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Isaac Zarate Rallies to Outpoint Christian Ayala at the Ontario Doubletree

Isaac Zarate Rallies to Outpoint Christian Ayala at the Ontario Doubletree

By: David A. Avila Feb 17 2018

ONTARIO, Calif.-Isaac Zarate switched gears, stood his ground and grinded out a victory against talented Christian Ayala of Tijuana in a super bantamweight clash on Friday. It wasn’t easy. Zarate (14-3-3) fell behind Ayala’s counter-punching style before a sold out audience at the Doubletree Hotel, but he made the necessary adjustments after losing the first three rounds on the Thompson Box...

Fast Results from Reno: Ray Beltran Outpoints Paulus Moses

Fast Results from Reno: Ray Beltran Outpoints Paulus Moses

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 17 2018

In the first world title fight in Reno in 12-plus years, veterans Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) and Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KOs) put on a good show in pursuit of the vacant WBO lightweight title. When the smoke cleared, fan favorite Beltran emerged with the belt, winning by scores of 117-111 twice and 116-112. There were no knockdowns, but both fighters were bloodied, in particular the victorious Be...

Southern California: The Soul of Boxing Part 3

Southern California: The Soul of Boxing Part 3

By: David A. Avila Feb 16 2018

It was the biggest Los Angeles fight in decades when Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya agreed to meet Sugar Shane Mosley for not only the WBC welterweight world title but for status as the best fighter pound for pound. Both prizefighters had been born and raised in the city of Angels and had been rivals throughout their amateur boxing years. Their two roads converged at the sparkling new St...

I Dug Deeper into Bob Foster’s Long Title Run and Wish That I Hadn’t

I Dug Deeper into Bob Foster’s Long Title Run and Wish That I Hadn’t

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 16 2018

Recently on the Boxing Channel I did a "What If" feature between former light heavyweight champions Bob Foster and Michael Spinks. “What If” fights match two greats or near greats from different eras who fought at the same weight and held the same title. Obviously there's no right or wrong answer but trying to see who has the best case to warrant the nod is fun. In pro football, there's a b...

Saturday’s “Tripleheader” Lays Out Well for Serious Boxing Fans

Saturday’s “Tripleheader” Lays Out Well for Serious Boxing Fans

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 15 2018

There are three important boxing shows on Saturday, Feb. 17. The host cities are Manchester, England, El Paso, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The good news for serious boxing fans is that none of the main events overlap. The fight getting the most buzz is the Manchester fight between WBA 168-pound title holder George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr (pictured). Over in the U.K., this would be a major ...

Plane Crashes, Boxing, and Lessons Learned

Plane Crashes, Boxing, and Lessons Learned

By: Ted Sares Feb 14 2018

Last year was the safest year on record for commercial air travel. Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial jets in 2017. President Donald Trump celebrated this achievement in a tweet posted on Jan. 2: "Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news -- it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!" What t...

Prograis Benefits Fighting Indongo Instead of Postol

Prograis Benefits Fighting Indongo Instead of Postol

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 13 2018

With unified junior welterweight champ Terence Crawford 32-0 (23) relinquishing his four titles to move up and campaign in the stacked welterweight division, the arrival of NABF super lightweight champ Regis Prograis 20-0 (17) couldn't have come at a better time. Crawford, the most skilled and dominant champ at 140 since the early 1980s when it was "Hawk Time" and Aaron Pryor was the alpha dog of ...

Southern California, the Soul of Boxing: Part 2 (How It Came to Be)

Southern California, the Soul of Boxing: Part 2 (How It Came to Be)

By: David A. Avila Feb 12 2018

Though Southern California produced the first ever featherweight world champion when Solly “Garcia” Smith captured it in the 1890s, the sparsely populated region could not compete with the East Coast in the 19th century and most of the 20th century. It was a simple matter of numbers. While the entire state of California had a population of 1.2 million in the 1890s, New York by comparison...

No Deontay, You Wouldn’t Have Kicked the Hell Out of Vintage Tyson

No Deontay, You Wouldn’t Have Kicked the Hell Out of Vintage Tyson

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 12 2018

Yeah, I've seen enough and agree that WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder would've kicked the hell out of vintage Mike Tyson circa 1986 when Mike at age 20 won his first title, which also happened to be the WBC version. And if I become shaky on that pick, Wilder will reinforce me because that's what he says he believes. And let me inform you, I'm very shaky! Last month Wilder took many in the ...

Joseph Parker and His Trainer Kevin Barry are Joined at the Hip

Joseph Parker and His Trainer Kevin Barry are Joined at the Hip

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 12 2018

New Zealand’s Joseph Parker, the WBO world heavyweight champion, challenges WBA/IBF belts-holder Anthony Joshua on March 31 at 78,000-seat Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua’s most recent fight was staged here. His bout with late sub Carlos Takam was a sellout, setting a new world record for the largest live audience at a boxing event at an indoor venue. Based on early returns, Jos...