Author Archives: Phil Woolever

Charr – Ustinov: The Wisdom of Hometown Crowds

Charr – Ustinov: The Wisdom of Hometown Crowds

OBERHAUSEN - As he’s done for much of his life, Manuel Charr overcame serious obstacles on Saturday night, namely a fifty pound weight disadvantage against a taller, determined and favored foe in Alexander Ustinov. Charr came back from an early deficit to rattle Ustinov and drop him in the eigh...

Manuel Charr – Alexander Ustinov Could be a Pleasant Surprise

Manuel Charr – Alexander Ustinov Could be a Pleasant Surprise

HEAVY MUDDLE – Boxing’s resurgent heavyweight division has gained considerable prestige recently. Critics who previously bemoaned most prospects have now joined a lively debate about potential matchups among probably the strongest top-twenty field in many years. Those would-be Cinderella men ...

Mairis Briedis Tops Mike Perez in Riga

Mairis Briedis Tops Mike Perez in Riga

LATVIAN HOMECOMING - The charcoal canvas and white ring posts signifying the World Boxing Super Series held another significant result as Mairis Briedis advanced in the cruiserweight bracket with a unanimous decision over Mike Perez. “It wasn’t easy but we did it together,” the bruised home...

Oleksandr Usyk Halts Marco Huck : Not Close, But Here’s a Cigar

Oleksandr Usyk Halts Marco Huck : Not Close, But Here’s a Cigar

BERLIN- Oleksandr Usyk displayed the overall excellence. Marco Huck provided the heart. Their entertaining, though generally one-sided battle got the World Boxing Super Series off to a solid start as Usyk notched a TKO at 2:18 of the 10th round and snuffed Huck’s comeback dream. “I promised t...

Usyk – Huck Preview: Two Way Fireworks or One Way Down?

Usyk – Huck Preview: Two Way Fireworks or One Way Down?

BERLIN BRAWLING: Whatever glories or debacle may unfold when cruiserweights Oleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck collide September 9th, opening night of the World Boxing Super Series promises a big bang kick off. Whether related noise comes from the substantial underdog Huck making a real fight of it or...

Mayweather – McGregor: Fake News

Mayweather – McGregor: Fake News

HASHTAG HYPE – Which came first, the fake fight or the fake news about it? After recent weeks of increasingly credible teasers, it appears the blockbuster crossover boxing match between Floyd Mayweather, Jr and Conor McGregor may actually come to megabuck fruition soon. The latest “news”...

Ringside in Dortmund: Briedis UD 12 Huck. Can You Say Anti-Climactic?

Ringside in Dortmund: Briedis UD 12 Huck. Can You Say Anti-Climactic?

DORTMUND, GERMANY - It wasn’t pretty by any means, but for dozens of raucous Latvian fans who made the trip, Mairis Briedis did a beautiful job dominating Marco Huck to earn the vacant WBC cruiserweight belt along with a lucrative spot in the division’s intriguing unification scenarios. Did s...

Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis : Heavy Cruisers Collide

Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis : Heavy Cruisers Collide

THE GOLDEN ERA OF CRUISERWEIGHTS - Once upon a time in fightland, the cruiserweight division, with it’s first title tilt in 1979, was the most maligned division in boxing. While the top of the heap included heroes like Evander Holyfield, the ranks below were much thinner talent-wise, to the poi...

Glowacki vs Usyk : A Very Live Horse for Fight of the Year

Glowacki vs Usyk : A Very Live Horse for Fight of the Year

Glowacki vs Usyk - TOO MANY KILOMETERS FROM GDANSK – September’s calendar is a cornucopia of conking consequences, with some of boxing’s very best practitioners gracing the strands in major ports of call. Entertainment spectacles at locales like Cowboys Stadium or O2 Arena make fools, yet a...

Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook: Be Careful What You Wish For

Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook: Be Careful What You Wish For

BIG DRAMA INDEED – Middleweight champion and global fan favorite Gennady Golovkin has repeatedly sought, without avail, the opponent to present the type of test to elevate and propel “GGG” to true greatness. Kell Brook, the respected but relatively un-revered IBF welterweight titlist, has r...