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Wilder vs Washington Has a Storyline Straight out of Charles Dickens

Wilder vs Washington Has a Storyline Straight out of Charles Dickens

By: Bernard Fernandez Feb 21 2017

  It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … *Charles Dickens’ opening to his classic 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens never authored a book about the incongruities of 21st century heavyweight boxing. And why should he have? The British-born creator of some of literature’s most enduring fictional characters was 58 when he died in 1870, long before the...

Three Punch Combo: Hurd vs. Harrison, Ugonoh-Breazeale and More

Three Punch Combo: Hurd vs. Harrison, Ugonoh-Breazeale and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Feb 20 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- Jarrett Hurd puts his undefeated record on the line this Saturday when he faces once beaten Tony Harrison for the vacant IBF Junior Middleweight title. Hurd, considered by many boxing insiders as a future star, has put on some scintillating performances in his most recent bouts. But could that be a mirage and could he be in for trouble on Saturday? There’s no disputing th...

British Heavyweight Nathan Gorman: Another Traveller on the Rise

British Heavyweight Nathan Gorman: Another Traveller on the Rise

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 19 2017

BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHTS -- These are giddy times for heavyweight boxing in England. IBF champion Anthony Joshua is widely considered the real deal, merely the most talented heavyweight on the planet. David Haye, Dillian Whyte and Hughie Fury are all rated in the top five by one or more of the major sanctioning bodies. Cuban ex-patriot Luis Ortiz, who left Miami for greener pastures in London, is on t...

Friday Boxing Recaps: A Big Upset in El Paso; Roy Jones Soldiers On

Friday Boxing Recaps: A Big Upset in El Paso; Roy Jones Soldiers On

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 18 2017

FRIDAY BOXING RECAPS -- Jose Felix Jr., a consensus 9/4 favorite, stumbled badly on Friday night in El Paso where he was taken to school by unheralded 33-year-old Jonathan Maicelo (pictured on the left), a native of Peru fighting out of North Bergen, New Jersey. Felix, who had a 35-1-1 record coming in, had designs on fighting the winner of the forthcoming lightweight title bout between Jorge Lina...

Robert Manzanarez Wins by KO in his U.S. Debut in Downtown L.A.

Robert Manzanarez Wins by KO in his U.S. Debut in Downtown L.A.

By: David A. Avila Feb 18 2017

FIGHT NIGHT AT THE BELASCO -- Mexico’s Robert Manzanarez arrived as a mystery with a gaudy record and showed how he got it by stopping former champion Gamaliel Diaz by knockout on Friday. Manzanarez (34-1, 28 KOs), a southpaw super lightweight, though born in Phoenix, had fought exclusively in Mexico and showed his talent was real in defeating fellow Mexican Diaz (40-16-3, 19 KOs) in the main...

Adrian Granados is a Live Underdog vs. Broner The Clown

Adrian Granados is a Live Underdog vs. Broner The Clown

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 17 2017

NO SHOCK IF ADRIAN GRANADOS UPSETS THE ODDS -- Saturday’s bout between former multiple division title holder Adrien Broner 32-2 (24) and fringe contender Adrian Granados 18-4-2 (12) offers a multitude of conundrums. And that's not even including how Broner couldn't make the contract weight of 142 pounds and in order to keep the fight alive the weight was bumped up to 147. Just when Broner pro...

Joe Smith Jr Rockets Into the Fast Lane and Has Lucrative Options

Joe Smith Jr Rockets Into the Fast Lane and Has Lucrative Options

By: Ted Sares Feb 17 2017

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT JOE SMITH JR. -- Back in April 2008, Joe Smith Jr. defeated Seanie Monaghan in the final round of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves tournament at Madison Square Garden in the 178-pound novice division. So the two are not strangers, but that was then and this is now. And now the heavy-handed, highly-regarded light heavyweight Smith Jr, 27, is no longer a professional “prospe...

ADRIEN BRONER: Boxing’s Problem Child Faces an Uncertain Future

ADRIEN BRONER: Boxing’s Problem Child Faces an Uncertain Future

By: Bernard Fernandez Feb 16 2017

ADRIEN BRONER -- His nickname is “The Problem,” which might be the most apt moniker in all of boxing. But, too often, four-division former world champion Adrien Broner has been a problem to himself and not to his opponents. His decision-making out of the ring has been baffling, his conduct outrageous, his irresponsibility legendary. Somewhere along the line, on his way to adding his name to...

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Announces the Class of 2017

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Announces the Class of 2017

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 15 2017

NEVADA'S BOXING HERITAGE -- On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the class of 2017. The 14-member class, headed by Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, is divided into three categories: Nevada resident boxers, non-Nevada resident boxers, and non-boxers. Longtime Los Angeles sportscaster Rich Marotta is the guiding spirit behind the Nevada Hall of Fame which ...

Saul “Neno” Rodriguez Ready to Unload in Mayweather Promotions Debut

Saul “Neno” Rodriguez Ready to Unload in Mayweather Promotions Debut

By: David A. Avila Feb 15 2017

NENO RODRIGUEZ MOVING ON UP -- RIVERSIDE, Ca.-Working out in a narrow-sized boxing gym located near Riverside North High, super featherweight contender Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (pictured with his father) has that look of a young gunfighter you might envision during the old Wild West days. He’s got an itchy trigger finger and plenty of bullets. Next week Rodriguez (20-0-1, 15 KOs) gets a c...