Author Archives: Matt McGrain

Joshua-Wilder: The Fight that Everyone Wants to See That May Not Happen

Joshua-Wilder: The Fight that Everyone Wants to See That May Not Happen

Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder is the fight that everyone wants to see, a fight that both boxers are calling for, a fight that according to Joshua’s promoter and Wilder’s manager will be easy to make if the other side wants to do it. And yet it really might not happen. Here we take a look a...

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part One, 50-41

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part One, 50-41

Research for the Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of all time was more time consuming and expensive than even the Fifty Greatest Featherweights of all time. Expensive because online resources don’t stock footage of the greatest fighters to have mixed it at 118lbs in the same way they do the other d...

David Price: One Punch from the Big Time

David Price: One Punch from the Big Time

Only at heavyweight is the impossible dream of eternal sporting resurrection possible. They threw money at the corpse of Mike Tyson until he publicly declaimed his lost love for the sport live on television in order that he might be released; his nemesis Evander Holyfield boxed a career that survive...

In Britain, Joshua vs. Parker is More Than Just a Unification Fight

In Britain, Joshua vs. Parker is More Than Just a Unification Fight

It is rare, even unheard of, for the vision of the boxing world to be filled so completely by Great Britain. The second visit of Muhammad Ali to these shores, it is true, drew the sport’s eye to the country that gave the world the Marquis of Queensbury rules, but after Brian London capitulated ...

Gassiev-Dorticos Promises More Cruiserweight Fireworks

Gassiev-Dorticos Promises More Cruiserweight Fireworks

Having delivered upon its initial promise with the war between Oleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis last weekend in Latvia, the cruiserweight division promises more fireworks with the second semi-final in the World Boxing Super Series which sees Russian Murat Gassiev paired with Cuban exile Yunier Dort...

Formidable Heavyweight Prospect Filip Hrgovic Butchers Tom Little in Riga

Formidable Heavyweight Prospect Filip Hrgovic Butchers Tom Little in Riga

Filip Hrgovic took a step up in competition last night against Englishman Tom Little in Riga on the undercard of the Oleksandr Usyk-Mairis Briedis combat. “One step more than my last opponent” is how Hrgovic put it and this is accurate as it saw the Croatian move from guaranteed quick knockou...

Oleksandr Usyk Defeats Mairis Briedis in Riga Thriller

Oleksandr Usyk Defeats Mairis Briedis in Riga Thriller

The ringside hostilities were not perhaps as expected tonight in the Riga Arena, Latvia, as Oleksandr Usyk met Mairis Briedis in a high quality clash which comprised the first semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series. Usyk had plenty of support, and they were vocal as the two men met ring center....

10 Count For Legendary Flyweight Champion Chartchai Chionoi

10 Count For Legendary Flyweight Champion Chartchai Chionoi

Legendary flyweight Chartchai Chionoi, “Little Marciano,” passed away this week after a long battle with Parkinson’s. His wife of forty-five years, Sirintorn, was in attendance.  He was seventy-five years old. Chionoi  turned professional in the late 1950s, the beginning of a career which...

Usyk-Briedis Promises a High Quality Clash in Riga This Weekend

Usyk-Briedis Promises a High Quality Clash in Riga This Weekend

Pardon me for saying so, but somebody’s “O” has got to go. Oleksandr Usyk, out of Kiev, Ukraine, and Mairis Briedis, out of Riga, Latvia, meet this  Saturday night in the Riga Arena and, barring the unlikeliest of results, someone will leave the squared circle with that first “L” marri...

Naoya Inoue Crushes Yoann Boyeaux and Bids Farewell to 115lbs

Naoya Inoue Crushes Yoann Boyeaux and Bids Farewell to 115lbs

Yesterday in Yokohama, Japan, Naoya Inoue crushed the Frenchman Yoann Boyeaux in three short rounds having announced pre-fight that this would be his last contest at 115lbs. His final opponent at the super-flyweight limit was not a pleasing one. Boyeaux is not among the best ten fighters in his d...