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A Cursory Look Convinced Me I’m not a Fan of Bare Knuckle Boxing

A Cursory Look Convinced Me I’m not a Fan of Bare Knuckle Boxing

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 24 2018

I made a promise to a friend, and I kept it since that is what friends do when they give their word. But in this instance I felt a special obligation since the friend in question, Don Elbaum, is one of long-standing and maybe the last member of a once-populous club of truly original boxing characters. “Give it a look and tell me what you think,” Elbaum, who might be described as an aging le...

Vergil Ortiz Takes Air Out of Former Champ in L.A.

Vergil Ortiz Takes Air Out of Former Champ in L.A.

By: David A. Avila Jun 24 2018

LOS ANGELES-Step up and take a chance was the name of the game as two undefeated prospects saw their time under the spotlights on Saturday. Super lightweight contender Vergil Ortiz (10-0, 10 KOs) stepped up and took his turn with the human litmus test and Mexico City’s Juan Carlos Salgado (27-9-1, 16 KOs) at the Belasco Theater in front of a packed house. ESPN televised the Golden Boy Promoti...

U.K. Notebook: Josh Taylor UD 12 in Glasgow; Martin Murray UD 12 in London

U.K. Notebook: Josh Taylor UD 12 in Glasgow; Martin Murray UD 12 in London

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 23 2018

Local fan favorite Josh Taylor, who had never previously gone beyond eight rounds, took a big jump up in class on Saturday and passed the test with flying colors, turning away scrappy Viktor Postol in a good-action fight that had more drama than one could have gleaned from the scorecards. Taylor cemented the victory by knocking Postol down hard with a crunching left hand in the 10th stanza, but th...

Ringside Report from Ontario by Special Correspondent Tarrah Zael

Ringside Report from Ontario by Special Correspondent Tarrah Zael

By: The Sweet Science Jun 23 2018

ONTARIO, Calif.-Summer solstice brought a near upset in a battle of southpaws and saw a local lightweight hand an undefeated fighter his first loss on this longest day of the year on Friday. Thompson Boxing’s “New Blood” featured some of Southern California’s hot new prospects at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario but not everybody was happy, especially in the main event with many in the c...

Fast Results From Detroit: Shields Upends Spunky Gabriels

Fast Results From Detroit: Shields Upends Spunky Gabriels

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 23 2018

You have to give Claressa Shields credit. When the two-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning 168-pound champion decided to pursue a pair of alphabet straps in the middleweight division, she chose the more daunting of the two options, choosing Hanna Gabriels over the less formidable Christina Hammer. And now “T-Rex” owns the IBF and WBA belts and it will get easier from here. Costa Rica’...

Don Elbaum in Wyoming

Don Elbaum in Wyoming

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 22 2018

The next chapter in Wyoming’s experiment with bare-knuckle boxing unfolds tomorrow, June 23, in Gillette (pop. 32,000). Eight bouts are scheduled in the central pavilion of a complex whose chief annual event is a high school rodeo competition. The fights will be livestreamed on the FITE TV app. The price is $9.99. Bare-knuckle boxing is not this reporter’s cup of tea, but Don Elbaum is invo...

Hey, Frank, Not So Fast With That Canelo Over GGG Prediction

Hey, Frank, Not So Fast With That Canelo Over GGG Prediction

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 20 2018

Everyone loves a spirited debate, and I suppose I am no different. But although I tend to agree with my TSS colleague Frank Lotierzo’s well-thought-out analyses of most upcoming fights, his reasoning for “Why I Believe Canelo Triumphing over GGG is a Foregone Conclusion,” posted on this site on Monday, is at least somewhat flawed in my opinion. I have a few counter-points to the points he ma...

Requiem for a Heavyweight: The ‘Fighting Bob’ Martin Story

Requiem for a Heavyweight: The ‘Fighting Bob’ Martin Story

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 20 2018

In Rod Serling’s “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” a washed-up boxer is told that he must quit the sport immediately as he risks going blind, or worse, if he has one more hard fight. The boxer -- once a promising prospect -- is petrified as the world of the prize ring is the only world that he has ever known. The washed-up boxer Harlan “Mountain” McClintock (played by Jack Palance in the t...

Why I Believe Canelo Triumphing over GGG is a Foregone Conclusion

Why I Believe Canelo Triumphing over GGG is a Foregone Conclusion

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 19 2018

In slightly less than three months the most anticipated fight of 2018 will be taking place. Yes, with Joshua vs. Wilder not happening this year (and it won’t) Canelo vs. Golovkin II becomes the biggest fight of the year. And unless it comes out that Canelo was using performance enhancing drugs the first time they met, I can't see my thoughts changing. Sometimes fights are made that the public...

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 2: GGG, Danny Roman and More

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 2: GGG, Danny Roman and More

By: David A. Avila Jun 19 2018

LOS ANGELES-Can pugilistic bliss be attained by Gennady “GGG” Golovkin post-Canelo? It’s a question that was rendered to Mexican style prizefighter Golovkin before various media on Monday at the Palm Restaurant. Golovkin received a trinket from one of the other boxing publications and a variety of questions on Monday. It’s following his announcement last week that he will again fight...