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Bob Arum Takes Another Dip Into The Heavyweight Pond

Bob Arum Takes Another Dip Into The Heavyweight Pond

By: Bernard Fernandez Aug 15 2017

The secret of Bob Arum’s incredible longevity in boxing, a voracious, cannibalistic sport that tends to devour its young and weak and casually gnaw on the remnants of its old and infirm, is the 85-year-old’s ability to recognize and take advantage of coming changes before they happen, almost before anyone else knows those changes are needed. It is that remarkable sense of intuition, perhaps...

Luis Nery Demolishes Long-Reigning Bantamweight Champ Yamanaka

Luis Nery Demolishes Long-Reigning Bantamweight Champ Yamanaka

By: The Sweet Science Aug 15 2017

The last few weeks have produced two big upsets involving fighters from the Orient. On July 28, Chinese superstar Zou Shiming was stopped in the 11th round by unheralded Sho Kimura. On Tuesday, Aug. 15, long-reigning world bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka suffered a brutal fourth round stoppage at the hands of Mexico’s Luis “Pantera” Nery at Kyoto’s Shimazu Arena. The 34-year-old...

Three Punch Combo: An Unexpectedly Strong PPV Undercard and More

Three Punch Combo: An Unexpectedly Strong PPV Undercard and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Aug 14 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- This week, the pay-per-view undercard for Mayweather-McGregor was formally announced. As much as I hate the main event, I must applaud the organizers for putting together a pay-per-view undercard that delivers. I feared we’d get another Mayweather-Pacquiao type undercard with a couple of showcase bouts leading into the main event, but we didn’t. A strong undercard wasn’t...

Boxing and the Movies: Here’s an Anthology Series That Packs a Punch

Boxing and the Movies: Here’s an Anthology Series That Packs a Punch

By: Arne K. Lang Aug 14 2017

The late Stanley Weston, who had a long association with The Ring magazine, rising from copy boy to publisher, once said that he really didn’t like boxing but he liked to write about boxing because it was the sport with the best storylines. Over the years, those compelling storylines have captured the attention of some of the world’s best filmmakers. Before Hollywood got around to making good ...

Crawford and Indongo Seek 140-Pound Four-Title-Belt Sweep

Crawford and Indongo Seek 140-Pound Four-Title-Belt Sweep

By: Bernard Fernandez Aug 13 2017

Some say the hardest thing in sports is to hit a major league slider. And maybe that is so, if the slider was thrown by Hall of Famer lefthander Steve Carlton, master of the pitch. But even Carlton gave up the occasional home run on his signature delivery, which made a given batter’s chance of smacking one over the fence very difficult but not impossible. Contrast that with the herculean task...

Boxing’s Best and Most Complete Fighters

Boxing’s Best and Most Complete Fighters

By: Frank Lotierzo Aug 13 2017

I've never been much of a pound-for-pound list guy. Until recently I never placed any stock in those lists because they serve no real purpose. Everyone has their own personal thoughts as to what constitutes the best pound-for-pound fighters. The only thing I was ever absolutely certain of was that Sugar Ray Robinson was – and still is -- the greatest combination of elite boxing, speed, power-pun...

Floyd Mayweather Meets the Media: Quick Takeaways

Floyd Mayweather Meets the Media: Quick Takeaways

By: Arne K. Lang Aug 11 2017

The boxers going through their exertions weren’t the only ones working up a sweat at the Mayweather Boxing Club gym in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 10. The air conditioning wasn’t working properly or perhaps it was simply overwhelmed by the number of bodies on the premises. It was Media Day and the joint was packed. This Mayweather dude sure knows how to draw a crowd. The Vegas-bas...

Ringside at the Belasco: Charles Huerta Wins a Rough and Tumble Fight

Ringside at the Belasco: Charles Huerta Wins a Rough and Tumble Fight

By: David A. Avila Aug 11 2017

LOS ANGELES-Charles Huerta emerged from a foul infested brawl as the technical decision winner over Mexico’s Miguel Gonzalez on Thursday evening. A mostly pro-Huerta crowd saw their favorite fighter return to the ring as the victor in the main event once again at Belasco Theater. But the fight was marred with head butts and loads of clinching. Huerta (20-5, 11 KOs) had been away from boxin...

Nevada Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas: Hearns, McCarter, Porter

Nevada Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas: Hearns, McCarter, Porter

By: David A. Avila Aug 10 2017

Thomas “Hitman” Hearns leads a heavy duty roster of greats into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend in Las Vegas. Detroit’s Hearns will be joined in the Hall of Fame along with departed inductees including Salvador Sanchez, Ken Norton and referee Davey Pearl. Several others will also be honored in a two-day affair at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that begins Friday afternoon and end...

Ten Notable Boxers From Nebraska Not Named Terence Crawford

Ten Notable Boxers From Nebraska Not Named Terence Crawford

By: Arne K. Lang Aug 10 2017

Terence Crawford meets Namibia’s Julius Indongo at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 19th on ESPN. At stake are all the meaningful belts in the 140-pound division and for Crawford something more – a chance to cement his status as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. Regardless of whether he wins or loses or what he accomplishes in the next few years, Oma...