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Weekend Boxing Recap: From New Jersey to China and Points In-Between

Weekend Boxing Recap: From New Jersey to China and Points In-Between

By: The Sweet Science Jan 22 2017

WEEKEND BOXING RECAP -- The month of January tends to be a slow month for boxing. This weekend was consistent with the historical pattern. However, there were a few noteworthy boxers in action, most notably former two-division world champion Zab Judah who returned to the ring after a 37-month hiatus for a tune-up fight with Jorge Luis Munguia in Trenton, New Jersey. The match played out according ...

Ringside in Montebello: Big Upsets on a Small Show

Ringside in Montebello: Big Upsets on a Small Show

By: David A. Avila Jan 22 2017

RINGSIDE REPORT -- Who knew that Montebello would be the city of upsets on Saturday night. A large fight card shrunk to seven, then six bouts when one of the heavyweights collapsed into a seizure before stepping into the boxing ring at the Quiet Cannon Country Club in this LA County community. Just two days ago about 12 bouts were scheduled, but the flu and other maladies struck the All Star...

Edwin Pope’s Death Further Contracts Fraternity of Great Boxing Writers

Edwin Pope’s Death Further Contracts Fraternity of Great Boxing Writers

By: Bernard Fernandez Jan 21 2017

EDWIN POPE DIES AT 88 -- There are some stories that I never wanted to write, and this is one of them. One of the finest and most iconic of American sports writers, longtime Miami Herald columnist Edwin Pope, was 88 when cancer claimed him the evening of Jan. 19, with his family by his side, in Okeechobee, Fla. Mr. Pope – briefly a colleague of mine, when I was on the Herald’s sports staff ...

Time is Running Out for Trouble Plagued ex-Champ Zab Judah

Time is Running Out for Trouble Plagued ex-Champ Zab Judah

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 20 2017

TOUGH TIMES FOR ZAB JUDAH -- Heading into his 2001 match in Las Vegas with Kostya Tszyu, IBF 140-pound champion Zab Judah was on top of the world. The baby-faced boxer from Brooklyn, recently turned 24, was undefeated in 27 pro fights and seemingly every bit as good as he had been cracked up to be when he left the amateur ranks. “Zab Judah is a kid who’s going to make $50 million, and you see ...

Ringside at the Worcester Palladium: A Mostly Entertaining Sockfest

Ringside at the Worcester Palladium: A Mostly Entertaining Sockfest

By: Jeffrey Freeman Jan 20 2017

RINGSIDE REPORT FROM WORCESTER — For the (not so) United States of America, the future starts Friday with the inauguration of newly elected President Donald J. Trump. For the lame duck New England boxing scene, that future started the night before the inauguration in Worcester, Massachusetts with a Rivera Promotions Entertainment fight card (billed as New England's Future) set before a sellout c...

Two Big March Cards Prove Boxing is Still a Major League Sport in NYC

Two Big March Cards Prove Boxing is Still a Major League Sport in NYC

By: Bernard Fernandez Jan 19 2017

BOXING IN THE BIG APPLE -- Residents of New York City, even those who have arrived there from somewhere else, either are born with or soon acquire an attitude of superiority endemic to the five boroughs. They tend to regard inhabitants of such relatively nearby East Coast metropolises as Philadelphia and Boston as veritable rubes from the sticks who are perpetually jealous that their towns aren’...

SoCal’s Danny Roman Faces Texan Adam Lopez in Atlantic City

SoCal’s Danny Roman Faces Texan Adam Lopez in Atlantic City

By: David A. Avila Jan 19 2017

ROMAN vs LOPEZ ON SHOWTIME -- Danny Roman fought his way through some of Southern California’s best. Now he’s ready to face one of Texas best fighters. Roman (21-2-1, 7 KOs) meets San Antonio’s Adam Lopez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) in a title eliminator for the WBA super bantamweight division on Friday, Jan. 20. California meets Texas in Atlantic City, New Jersey of all places. Showtime will televis...

Look Out Lomachenko, Mikey Garcia Is About To Enter Your Radar

Look Out Lomachenko, Mikey Garcia Is About To Enter Your Radar

By: Frank Lotierzo Jan 18 2017

  MIKEY GARCIA, THE FORGOTTEN MAN -- Time heals all wounds and makes us forget, so they say. In less than two weeks, the highly anticipated rematch between WBA featherweight title holder Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. However, there is a fighter on the undercard challenging for the WBC lightweight title who, if he wins, becomes a serious threat ...

Remembering Luna vs. Luna: A Closet Classic Extraordinaire

Remembering Luna vs. Luna: A Closet Classic Extraordinaire

By: Ted Sares Jan 17 2017

THE LUNA VS. LUNA CLASSIC: When it comes to closet classics, I defer to fellow writer and friend Lee Groves. Lee wrote a fine book titled: TALES FROM THE VAULT: A Celebration of 100 Boxing Closet Classics. Lee may even have coined the phrase “Closet Classic” and in my opinion is the best authority on such fights. Some of his favorites are: Danny Lopez-Juan Malvarez Antonio Avelar-Wilfredo ...

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Matchmaking, Mayweather-McGregor, and Zab Judah

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Matchmaking, Mayweather-McGregor, and Zab Judah

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jan 16 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- When done well, the art of matchmaking in boxing can produce very entertaining fights that make fans want to watch again. When done poorly, it can produce such fights that make fans wonder if they should tune in again. This past weekend we saw perfect examples of matchmaking done well and, to put it kindly, not so well. Many of us were rightfully dreading PBC’s first tele...