Author Archives: Phil Woolever

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...

Pulev vs Chisora: Crunch Time in Hamburg

Pulev vs Chisora: Crunch Time in Hamburg

Pulev vs Chisora - When ranked heavyweight contenders Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora appeared separately on a Sauerland Event undercard last December, they created a solid buzz of anticipation regarding an eventual elimination bout between the two sluggers. That clash ended up being scheduled so...

Klitschko: “One Thing I Can Promise, Fury’s Going to Face Nobody But Me In His Next Fight”

Klitschko: “One Thing I Can Promise, Fury’s Going to Face Nobody But Me In His Next Fi...

  By Phil Woolever SOMETHING HUGE BREWING – Lending a bit of credence to some of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s recent bluster about his next fight taking place at some exotic, previously unexploited location against an opponent other than Wladimir Klitschko may not have been the farth...

Sturm-Chudinov 2:  Fine Fight, Questionable Call

Sturm-Chudinov 2: Fine Fight, Questionable Call

Sturm-Chudinov 2 - OBERHAUSEN - Those who agreed with Felix Sturm’s majority decision over Fedor Chudinov, around ringside at least, were in the minority. Most people did agree that it was an exciting, hard fought contest. The controversial rematch for Chudinov’s WBA Super-middleweight title...

Fury’s Future after Klitschko :  Praise Thee Who Praise Themselves

Fury’s Future after Klitschko : Praise Thee Who Praise Themselves

DUSSELDORF, A FURY WONDERLAND - Is it too far a stretch to envision Tyson Fury as the boxer to assume Money Mayweather’s mantle? Not as far today as many people, including myself, thought it was, going into ESPIRIT Arena on a rainy Saturday evening. It will take many moons to assess Fury’s su...

Klitschko – Fury : Mind Games Part 2  :   Word Association

Klitschko – Fury : Mind Games Part 2 : Word Association

DUSSELDORF – Germany continues to adjust and adapt to strains of their admirable attempt to provide humanitarian relief to a sea of desperation, while events like Wladimir Klitschko versus Tyson Fury pale in significance but remain vital as evidence of mankind’s better social instincts. From ...