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Why I Was Slow to Join the Chorus Trumpeting Lomachenko’s Greatness

Why I Was Slow to Join the Chorus Trumpeting Lomachenko’s Greatness

By: Frank Lotierzo May 18 2018

Yes, I certainly grasped how uniquely gifted Vasyl Lomachenko was while watching him in his pro debut versus Jose Ramirez. And in a close but losing effort to Orlando Salido in his next bout, I saw him become an experienced pro during the last four rounds after Salido used every old school and borderline trick in the book against him. And from his third bout against Gary Russell through to his 11t...

R.I.P. Troy Waters: Three-Time World Title Challenger

R.I.P. Troy Waters: Three-Time World Title Challenger

By: Arne K. Lang May 18 2018

Troy Waters, one of Australia’s most popular fighters, died on Thursday at age fifty-three in Sydney after a long battle with leukemia. A former Australian and Commonwealth (British Empire) super welterweight champion, Waters was active from 1984 to 1998, compiling a record of 28-5 with 20 KOs. Waters was raised on a remote farm on the Central Coast of New South Wales where the family settled...

Mexico vs. Philippines Split as Duarte and Duno Win at Fantasy Springs

Mexico vs. Philippines Split as Duarte and Duno Win at Fantasy Springs

By: David A. Avila May 18 2018

INDIO, CALIF.-A pair of Philippines versus Mexico lightweight clashes ended in a draw as Filipino lightweight Romero Duno (pictured on the right) won his match and Mexican lightweight Oscar Duarte took his bout on Thursday night. Both fights ended in surprising decisions. After Filipino lightweights upset previous undefeated Mexican fighters, Golden Boy Promotions again matched up prospects ...

Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack: A Fascinating Match

Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack: A Fascinating Match

By: Arne K. Lang May 17 2018

According to a press release, Saturday’s light heavyweight title fight between Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack at the Air Canada Centre is the most noteworthy fight in Toronto since June 22, 1984, when Aaron Pryor defended his 140-pound title against Nicky Furlano. That may be true, but it’s a poor comparison. Stevenson vs. Jack is a very intriguing match. At last glance, Stevenson, who will b...

Lightweights on Parade: Romero Duno at Fantasy Springs and More

Lightweights on Parade: Romero Duno at Fantasy Springs and More

By: David A. Avila May 16 2018

When the best fight the best you get a Romero Duno who was put on a small fight show and unexpectedly knocked out the hometown favorite easy peasy. On another show, Rey Perez toppled the same hometown fighter and he’s now in the semi-main event. The two Filipinos fighters headline the fight card at Fantasy Springs Casino. It won’t be easy for either but that’s the road they chose. D...

Lomachenko and Garcia: Lightning and Thunder

Lomachenko and Garcia: Lightning and Thunder

By: Ted Sares May 16 2018

Irish legend and former featherweight king Barry McGuigan takes it as far as you can go: “Lomachenko is one of the greatest fighters we have seen or ever will see,” he wrote in his regular weekly column in the (London) Mirror. He adds, “There is a kind of machine-like quality that stands in marked contrast to the American tradition of great showmen. You look at Sugar Rays Robinson and Leo...

A Paean to Sugar Ray Leonard: One of The Greatest Living P4P Boxers

A Paean to Sugar Ray Leonard: One of The Greatest Living P4P Boxers

By: Frank Lotierzo May 15 2018

Sugar Ray Leonard turns 62 on Thursday, May 17th. Beginning in 2007, when Floyd Mayweather emerged as an A-lister, Leonard’s name was often in the news. That’s because he was the man that Mayweather was most often measured against historically. An Olympic gold medalist and five division titlist, Leonard fought consistently between 1977 and 1982 and then sporadically from 1984-97 and had a c...

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser May 15 2018

Bigtime boxing is doing reasonably well in New York City with Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden at the center of the action. But club fights are struggling. That’s due in part to the high cost of promoting in the Big Apple. It’s also because suitable venues keep disappearing, particularly in Manhattan. Four years ago, Roseland Ballroom (which hosted 27 fight cards) was demolished to...

James Scott, Once a Famous Prison Boxer, Died Free but Virtually Anonymous

James Scott, Once a Famous Prison Boxer, Died Free but Virtually Anonymous

By: Bernard Fernandez May 14 2018

James Scott, suffering from dementia, passed away last week at a New Jersey nursing home. For a few years in the late 1970s, Scott, prisoner No. 57735 in New Jersey’s most notorious maximum-security correctional facility, Rahway State Prison, was the toast of boxing and the source of much speculation as to what he might have become had his special gift for controlled violence inside the ring bee...

Vasyl Lomachenko and the Lure of History

Vasyl Lomachenko and the Lure of History

By: Thomas Hauser May 14 2018

Boxing fans want to believe that they’re watching greatness. And today’s omnipresent hype machine feeds that desire. “History isn't what it used to be,” Patrick Kehoe writes. “Being historically significant is as overrated as you can get these days. Can't they get it in their agreements [with the television networks]? All they have to say is, ‘This fight is one for the ages.’ How ...