Author Archives: The Sweet Science

Fast Result From Belfast: Burnett UD 12 Zhakiyanov

Fast Result From Belfast: Burnett UD 12 Zhakiyanov

Fighting in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ryan Burnett successfully defended his IBF world bantamweight title and added Zhanat Zhakiyanov’s WBA “Super” world bantamweight title to his dossier with a unanimous 12-round decision. The scores (119-110, 119-109, and 116-112) seemed a b...

It’s Official: Takam is In, Pulev is Out vs. Anthony Joshua on Oct. 28

It’s Official: Takam is In, Pulev is Out vs. Anthony Joshua on Oct. 28

Earlier today (Monday, Oct. 16) reports surfaced that Kubrat Pulev had suffered a shoulder injury and would be forced to withdraw from his Oct. 28th fight with Anthony Joshua at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. That report has been confirmed. Principality Stadium, a domed stadium with a re...

Santa Cruz and Mares Win Big, Setting Up Another Showdown

Santa Cruz and Mares Win Big, Setting Up Another Showdown

Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares are former sparring partners who engaged in one of the best fights in recent years, a lusty 12-round battle at LA’s Staples Center in August of 2015 that was decided in favor of Santa Cruz by a majority decision. That fight begged for a rematch and it will likely mat...

Two Impressive Knockouts at Fantasy Springs

Two Impressive Knockouts at Fantasy Springs

Venezuela’s Ismael Barroso, a 34-year-old veteran, proved to be too strong and too tough for Albuquerque’s Fidel Maldonado Jr. in a battle of southpaws on Friday night at Fantasy Springs in Indio, CA. Barroso knocked Maldonado down with a left to the jaw in the third round and then ended the jun...

Fast Result From Stuttgart: Eubank Demolishes Yildirim

Fast Result From Stuttgart: Eubank Demolishes Yildirim

Chris Eubank Jr. advanced to the semi-final round of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight tournament with a smashing third round knockout over previously undefeated Avni Yildirim. Eubank set the tone in the opening round when he landed a vicious uppercut that knocked his Turkish adversar...

Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Cancelled After Ortiz Tests Positive

Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Cancelled After Ortiz Tests Positive

Deontay Wilder’s Nov. 4 WBC heavyweight title defense against Luis Ortiz at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Showtime has been cancelled. According to ESPN, which broke the story, this action was taken after the undefeated 38-year-old Cuban tested positive for banned substances, namely chlorothiazide...

Fast Result From Manchester: Parker Turns Away Fury in a Dull Fight

Fast Result From Manchester: Parker Turns Away Fury in a Dull Fight

In a fight without an indelible moment (no surprise there), New Zealand's Joseph Parker successfully defended his WBO world heavyweight title with a majority decision over Hughie Fury. The scores were 118-110 twice and 114-114. The fight was originally slated to take place in May on Parker's turf...

Top Rank on ESPN: Valdez and Ramirez Overcome Tough Opponents

Top Rank on ESPN: Valdez and Ramirez Overcome Tough Opponents

Top Rank Boxing was at the Tucson Convention Center in Arizona and on ESPN this past Friday night with a full card of fights headlined by two world title bouts. In the featured attractions, WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez and WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez successfu...

In a Shocking Development, Andre Ward Calls it Quits

In a Shocking Development, Andre Ward Calls it Quits

Andre Ward, the reigning WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion, America’s last Olympic gold medalist, and the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport according to several polls, shocked the boxing universe today, Sept. 21, by announcing his retirement. “From the bottom of my heart,” said the...

Fast Result from London: Billy Joe Saunders Outpoints Willie Monroe Jr.

Fast Result from London: Billy Joe Saunders Outpoints Willie Monroe Jr.

Willie Monroe Jr. knew he was in hostile territory at Friday’s weigh-in when the seven-year-old son of his opponent kicked him in the balls. The opponent, Billy Joe Saunders, wasn’t quite as belligerent on the following night at the Copper Box Arena, but the elder Saunders did enough to retain h...