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Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford and the Last of the Great American Brawlers

Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford and the Last of the Great American Brawlers

By: Jose Corpas Mar 28 2017

THE THINNING POOL OF BRAWLERS -- “This guy was a real slugger.” With those words, I was introduced to Bennie Briscoe. Before I could say “I know,” the legendary middleweight playfully waved off the statement and, in a voice and delivery not unlike that of Jeff Mayweather’s, said something about that cat not knowing what he was talking about. What that cat was saying was that Briscoe w...

Fantasy Springs Notebook: Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley and More

Fantasy Springs Notebook: Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley and More

By: David A. Avila Mar 28 2017

Like a ghost from the recent past Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley showed up at the recent heavy-loaded fight card in Indio. “I’ve been laying low,” said Bradley. “Just taking it easy.” The former super lightweight and welterweight world champion Bradley was last seen almost a year ago, April 2016 to be exact, in losing by decision to the great Manny Pacquiao. It was only the second ...

Three Punch Combo: Pro Boxing at the 2017 Quarter Pole, Linares-Garcia and More

Three Punch Combo: Pro Boxing at the 2017 Quarter Pole, Linares-Garcia and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Mar 27 2017

THE 2017 YEAR IN BOXING, A QUARTERLY REPORT -- The first quarter of the year is complete. Here are a few nuggets and observations I have compiled from what has been an eventful three months. On January 14th, an evenly matched bout between prospects Ievgen Khytrov and Immanuwel Aleem turned into something special. This was a back and forth war in which both fighters were hurt multiple times and ...

Jorge Linares Puts on a Clinic, Setting Up a Likely Showdown with Mikey Garcia

Jorge Linares Puts on a Clinic, Setting Up a Likely Showdown with Mikey Garcia

By: Frank Lotierzo Mar 27 2017

You had to have seen it to really appreciate it. If you love offensive boxing blended with technical mastery, then I suggest you watch a replay of this past weekend’s WBA lightweight championship bout between defending title holder Jorge Linares 42-3 (27) and the man he won it from last September, Anthony Crolla 31-6-3 (13). What you'll see is no doubt one of the best offensive exhibitions poste...

The Hauser Report: Trouble in Montana, Mayweather-McGregor Redux, and John Duddy

The Hauser Report: Trouble in Montana, Mayweather-McGregor Redux, and John Duddy

By: Thomas Hauser Mar 27 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT: Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission executive director Greg Sirb is on the short list of administrators who have a full understanding of how to regulate boxing. Sirb is passionate about the sweet science and recently directed his passion toward the State of Montana. Section 6303(a) of the federal Professional Boxing Safety Act provides that no person may promote or partici...

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Five: 10-1

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Five: 10-1

By: Matt McGrain Mar 26 2017

GREATEST FEATHERWEIGHTS, PART V: It is possible that the Top Five listed below is the single finest collection of fighters I have assembled in running down the Top Fifties in six of the eight classic weight divisions. As a ten, it may not measure up to Middleweight and Lightweight, but as a five, the Featherweights are right there with the very best. Happily, these five all but picked themselve...

Results From Manchester: Linares Too Classy for Crolla

Results From Manchester: Linares Too Classy for Crolla

By: The Sweet Science Mar 25 2017

JORGE LINARES RETAINS HIS TITLE -- Jorge Linares was in hostile territory last September when he opposed Manchester’s Anthony Crolla in Manchester with Crolla’s WBA world lightweight title at stake. But Linares, competing in his 10th world title fight, emerged victorious, copping a unanimous decision in a bout where the local man had several good moments. A rematch clause dictated a do-over wh...

‘The New’ Ray Robinson is Looking to Make a Name for Himself

‘The New’ Ray Robinson is Looking to Make a Name for Himself

By: Bernard Fernandez Mar 25 2017

PHILADELPHIA -- It would have been a great story, if not a unique one.  A boxing-obsessed father, maybe even a former fighter himself, names his son after a legendary champion. The kid takes up the sport his daddy was so crazy about, finds he has a natural affinity for it, and does honor to his distinguished namesake. It happened exactly that way for Tyson Fury, whose dad, John, was a renowned...

Arthur Conan Doyle and The Croxley Master

Arthur Conan Doyle and The Croxley Master

By: Thomas Hauser Mar 24 2017

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE’S TALE OF THE PRIZE RING -- Arthur Conan Doyle is known throughout the world as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, the most famous detective of all time. Less known is the fact that Doyle, a doctor by trade, was a boxing enthusiast. Holmes first appeared in print in 1887 when Doyle was 28 years old. A decade later, Doyle authored a 15,000-word novella entitled The Croxley Mast...

Jason Quigley Wins NABF Title on ESPN Card at Fantasy Springs

Jason Quigley Wins NABF Title on ESPN Card at Fantasy Springs

By: David A. Avila Mar 24 2017

INDIO, Calif.-Ireland’s Jason “El Animal” Quigley stormed to an early lead and despite an injured right hand held off the late rally from New Jersey’s Glen Tapia to win the vacant NABF middleweight title on Thursday. A near packed house at Fantasy Springs Casino, including many flag waving fans directly from Ireland, saw Quigley (13-0, 10 KOs) win by unanimous decision on the ESPN fight...