Author Archives: The Sweet Science

Quick Results from Bramall Lane: Errol Spence Jr. Dethrones Kell Brook

Quick Results from Bramall Lane: Errol Spence Jr. Dethrones Kell Brook

A crowd estimated at 27,000 surged into Sheffield’s venerable Bramall Lane soccer stadium in hopes of seeing hometown hero Kell Brook turn away Errol Spence Jr. in Brook’s fourth defense of the IBF welterweight title he won in 2014 with a majority decision over Shawn Porter. They left disappoint...

Friday Boxing Recaps: Storylines from Chicago, Boca Raton, and Cardiff

Friday Boxing Recaps: Storylines from Chicago, Boca Raton, and Cardiff

Hampered by the twin detriments of bad weather and a card consisting of foreseeably one-sided fights, Friday’s Top Rank show at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion played to a sea of empty seats. Perhaps 4,000 were in attendance when Northern Ireland’s Michael Conlan stepped into the ring for his second pr...

May 20th Boxing Scorecard: Davis, Uzcategui, Crawford, Benavidez and More

May 20th Boxing Scorecard: Davis, Uzcategui, Crawford, Benavidez and More

The action was hot and heavy on the third Saturday of May. The festivities got under way at the Copper Box Arena in London where Gervonta Davis (pictured on the right) had an easy go in the first defense of his IBF 130-pound title. With Floyd Mayweather shouting encouragement, Davis TKOed Liam Walsh...

Outrage Greets N’Dam N’Jikam’s Decision over Ryota Murata in Tokyo

Outrage Greets N’Dam N’Jikam’s Decision over Ryota Murata in Tokyo

Had you known ahead of time that Saturday’s fight at Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum between Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and Ryota Murata would yield a controversial decision, you would have placed your coin on Murata. Historically, the “home field advantage” is stronger in boxing than in any other sp...

Canelo Routs Chavez Jr on “Cinco De Mayo”

Canelo Routs Chavez Jr on “Cinco De Mayo”

One week after one of the most fan-friendly heavyweight title fights in history, the mercurial sport of boxing took a backward step. The heavily-hyped all-Mexican showdown at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was a stinker. Canelo Alvarez thoroughly outclassed Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In a performance t...

Parker Outpoints Cojanu in Auckland Plus Friday Night Recaps

Parker Outpoints Cojanu in Auckland Plus Friday Night Recaps

WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (23-0) successfully defended his belt on Saturday at the Vodofone Events Centre in the Manukau district of New Zealand with a 12-round unanimous decision over late sub and former sparring partner Razvan Cojanu. Parker won by scores of 119-108 and 117-110 ...

Stitch Duran at Wembley: Just Another Day At The Office

Stitch Duran at Wembley: Just Another Day At The Office

BOXING’S EXPERT “CUT MAN” BY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT LUIS CORTES III -- Last Saturday night at London’s Wembley Stadium, Jacob “Stitch” Duran plied his trade before an electric crowd of 90,000 fans that were there for the most part to support the fighter in the opposite corner. But for Dur...

Quick Results from London: Joshua Prevails by TKO 11 in a Humdinger

Quick Results from London: Joshua Prevails by TKO 11 in a Humdinger

The late, great sportswriter Dick Young once wrote that the greatest moments in sports are the moments immediately preceding the first bell of a heavyweight championship fight. There haven’t been many moments like that since Young wrote these words, but today we witnessed one of those moments. The...

Quick Results from Brooklyn: Porter Wins Bloody Brawl on TKO 9

Quick Results from Brooklyn: Porter Wins Bloody Brawl on TKO 9

In a bloody and rather messy fight between two former 147-pound titlists, Shawn Porter improved to 27-2-1 with a ninth round stoppage of Andre Berto (31-5) in the main event of Saturday’s card at the Barclays Center. With the win, Porter put himself in line for a rematch with WBC/WBA welterweight ...

Ruben Olivares and Chucho Castillo Are Forever Linked by Their Great Rivalry

Ruben Olivares and Chucho Castillo Are Forever Linked by Their Great Rivalry

DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT TAMAS PRADARICS -- Rivalries always make boxing more popular. They help the sport borrow the attention of general sport fans who normally do not follow fist-fighting. Rivalries sometimes outlast complete generations of fight fans. Fathers tell tales abo...