Author Archives: Matt McGrain

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...

Joseph Parker Gains Razor Thin Decision over Andy Ruiz in New Zealand

Joseph Parker Gains Razor Thin Decision over Andy Ruiz in New Zealand

JOSEPH PARKER WINS WBO HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE -- Joseph Parker, now 22-0, fulfilled the dream of his lifetime this morning in Auckland, New Zealand, becoming that country's first heavyweight strap-holder at just twenty-four years of age. His victory came at the expense of Andy Ruiz, who dropped his “0...

Graduation Night for Khalid Yafai as Luis Concepcion Comes Calling

Graduation Night for Khalid Yafai as Luis Concepcion Comes Calling

GRADUATION NIGHT FOR KHALIF YAFAI -- A fascinating meeting between old-guard and new will unfold in Manchester, England this Saturday night (Dec. 10) as British hope Khalid Yafai meets Panamanian Luis Concepcion on the Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina card. Concepcion's super flyweight strap, and a whole ...

Murat Gassiev Thunders into the Realm of Cruiserweight Kingpins

Murat Gassiev Thunders into the Realm of Cruiserweight Kingpins

MURAT GASSIEV GATECRASHES -- Two Russian warriors delivered a knockdown drag-out battle straight from the old school in Moscow last night (Saturday, Dec. 3) in a fight that feels like a true passing of the torch from one generation to the next. Perhaps not quite fight of the year material, both men ...

Samuel Peter Shambles Into Bulgaria; Kubrat Pulev Awaits

Samuel Peter Shambles Into Bulgaria; Kubrat Pulev Awaits

SAMUEL PETER RESURFACES IN BULGARIA -- Samuel Peter knows the feeling of a gun being pressed against his head; it is alleged that this was how a family altercation ended, an in-law understandably feeling he needed some iron to back his play in separating the furious Peter from his defenseless victim...

The 50 Greatest Lightweights of All Time: Part Five (10-1)

The 50 Greatest Lightweights of All Time: Part Five (10-1)

   By Matt McGrain Welcome to the final part of this series and to the top ten at lightweight. #10 Lou Ambers (91-8-7) The hook Ambers generally hangs his contendership for top ten status on is his win over Henry Armstrong, but this 1939 victory was tarnished somewhat by the fact that ...

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

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

Lightweights - I must apologize for the endlessly spiraling word count.  The difference between these fighters is tiny, but as the fighters get greater the increments by which they are separated become smaller and my explanations become longer.  My advice to those still interested enough to read ...

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

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

It is normal, in my experience, to whet the appetite of the reader with a short introduction to the top thirty that promises below a collection of brutal and cognitive fighters so wonderful as to reward even the lightest perusal with head-shaking disbelief at the collection of brilliance assembled o...

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

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

by Matt McGrain Rules are everything. Whether it's the laws of physics describing the impact of a left hook upon a granite jaw or the Sweet Science's editor applying the rules of grammar to the work we writers “bless” him with, they describe what we see, do and feel.  The process of order...