Author Archives: Matt McGrain

The Joshua-Klitschko Blockbuster: Birth of a New Era?

The Joshua-Klitschko Blockbuster: Birth of a New Era?

The narrative surrounding Anthony Joshua is the most familiar in all of boxing. Here is a young man caught up in the endless cycle of drugs and gangs that afflicts every major city in the world. A young man who hit the weights so he would continue to command the respect of his peers and who wound up...

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Five: 10-1

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Five: 10-1

GREATEST FEATHERWEIGHTS, PART V: It is possible that the Top Five listed below is the single finest collection of fighters I have assembled in running down the Top Fifties in six of the eight classic weight divisions. As a ten, it may not measure up to Middleweight and Lightweight, but as a five, th...

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Four: 20-11

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Four: 20-11

GREATEST FEATHERWEIGHTS, PART IV -- Monsters abound in this, the penultimate installment of The Fifty Greatest Featherweights of all time. That said, the demarcation line between these fighters who make up the second clutch, and the legends of fistic dominance who pack the top ten is reasonably c...

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Three: 30-21

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Three: 30-21

From the sublime to the obscure, Part 3 of my rundown of the Fifty Greatest Featherweights of all time has as wide a variety of pugilists as any installment of any list I have published for this website.  A North American puncher, an African legend, a Ukrainian tough, an Irish hero; if you want var...

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Two: 40-31

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Two: 40-31

THE GREATEST FEATHERWEIGHTS, PART TWO OF A FIVE-PART SERIES: Legacy used to be a big word but as Lou Dibella puts it in “Rocky Balboa”, “every jock has a legacy these days.” If the clothes make the man then the results make the legacy.  Sometimes the narrowest of decisions can spell the ...

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part One: 50-41

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part One: 50-41

The Featherweights were a maddening project. Part of the fun for me in undertaking this project, which has already seen me run through the greatest heavyweights, light-heavyweights, middleweights, welterweights and lightweights of all time has been a cross-comparison of the weight divisions which...

Results from Tokyo: A Spectacular Win For Naoya Inoue

Results from Tokyo: A Spectacular Win For Naoya Inoue

INOUE KOs KONO -- Naoya “The Monster” Inoue stepped up to 12-0 at the expense of Japanese hardman Kohei Kono (now 32-10-1) in Tokyo, Japan today. Kono had never been stopped as he stepped into the Ariake Colosseum ring while much of America slept, but he can say that no longer. His back was twic...

All Eyes on Japan as the Curtain Closes on Another Year of Boxing

All Eyes on Japan as the Curtain Closes on Another Year of Boxing

ALL EYES ON JAPAN -- As we in the western world plan for the usual orgy of fireworks, booze and the resultant hangovers, in Japan New Year is synonymous with boxing. On the 30th, wonderkid and superfly kingpin Naoya Inoue (11-0) will clash with veteran Kohei Kono (32-9-1) in an anticipated all Japan...

It Wasn’t Crowd-Pleasing, but Usyk’s Work vs. Mchunu Was Very Good

It Wasn’t Crowd-Pleasing, but Usyk’s Work vs. Mchunu Was Very Good

USYK RETAINS WBO TITLE -- Oleksandr Usyk's HBO debut was quite rightly overshadowed by the last dance of the great Bernard Hopkins last night in Inglewood, California, but there has rarely been a better illustration of the timeless nature of pugilism. As one genius is bundled unceremoniously from th...

Kal Yafai Thrashes Luis Concepcion

Kal Yafai Thrashes Luis Concepcion

KAL YAFAI THRASHES LUIS CONCEPCION -- The great unknown going into what seemed on paper an already unknowable confrontation between Luis Concepcion (drops to 35-5) and Kal Yafai (now 21-0) was the impact of Concepcion's weight. The WBA strapholder was stripped on the scale after coming in two pounds...