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Fast Results From MSG: Golovkin Nips Jacobs; Chocolatito upset in a Bloodbath

Fast Results From MSG: Golovkin Nips Jacobs; Chocolatito upset in a Bloodbath

By: The Sweet Science Mar 19 2017

A BIG NIGHT OF BOXING AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN -- Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs entered the ring at Madison Square Garden with a combined record of 68-1 with 62 knockouts. No matter how the fight played out, said the pundits, it was certain to end inside the distance. But that opinion failed to properly measure the heart of Daniel Jacobs who came on strong after a wobbly start and n...

GGG, Mr. Excitement, Faces a Real Challenge in Daniel Jacobs

GGG, Mr. Excitement, Faces a Real Challenge in Daniel Jacobs

By: David A. Avila Mar 17 2017

In the middle of a Los Angeles area arena parking lot Gennady “GGG” Golovkin stood flanked by dozens of fans signing autographs and posing for photos graciously and patiently. Among those eagerly waiting their turn were African Americans, Latinos, Russians and others gathering around like a mini United Nations convention. Though Golovkin hails from Kazakhstan, a country located above Ira...

In Case You Hadn’t Noticed, Chocolatito is Gaining on Rocky and Floyd

In Case You Hadn’t Noticed, Chocolatito is Gaining on Rocky and Floyd

By: Frank Lotierzo Mar 17 2017

ROMAN GONZALEZ APPROACHES AN ICONIC MILESTONE -- Many forget but there was a time when the great Julio Cesar Chavez fought on Mike Tyson undercards to get exposure. At the time Tyson was the biggest draw in boxing. Conversely Chavez was one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport but wasn't a household name or that widely recognized in street clothes. Chavez, because of his pressure style...

For Some Elite Boxers, `Prime Time’ Can Be Too Short a Time

For Some Elite Boxers, `Prime Time’ Can Be Too Short a Time

By: Bernard Fernandez Mar 16 2017

When a world champion fighter is young, talented and at the top of his form, he can be excused for daring to believe the good times are going to last forever, or at least for a long time. But boxing is a “hurt business,” as the saying goes, and the glittering promise of all those tomorrows can be forever shrouded in darkness with one very bad night. Potentially brilliant careers have been r...

Jason Quigley Media Day and more SoCal Fight Chatter

Jason Quigley Media Day and more SoCal Fight Chatter

By: David A. Avila Mar 16 2017

SANTA MONICA, Ca.-With one week before entering the boxing ring Ireland’s Jason Quigley met with the media in a basement boxing gym on Wednesday. His stablemate Michael Conlan fights on St. Patrick’s Day in New York. Quigley doesn’t envy him. “It’s cold over there,” he said with a chuckle. Quigley has made sunny California his home base for the past three years and the warm...

R.I.P. Rodrigo Valdez, Former World Middleweight Champion

R.I.P. Rodrigo Valdez, Former World Middleweight Champion

By: Arne K. Lang Mar 15 2017

RODRIGO VALDEZ DEAD AT AGE 70 -- Former world middleweight champion Rodrigo “Rocky” Valdez died today (March 15) at his home in Cartagena, Columbia. His death was attributed to a heart condition complicated by diabetes. He was 70 years old. Born Rodrigo Valdes on Dec. 22, 1946, Valdez was two months shy of his 18th birthday when he made his pro debut in Cartagena. He went on to win the WBC ...

Meet Alex Saucedo, the Second Banana on Bob Arum’s St. Patrick’s Day Show

Meet Alex Saucedo, the Second Banana on Bob Arum’s St. Patrick’s Day Show

By: Arne K. Lang Mar 15 2017

TOP RANK AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN -- On Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, Bob Arum’s Top Rank organization showcases two-time Olympian Michael Conlan in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. It’s the pro debut for the 25-year-old Conlan, a junior featherweight who Arum hopes will someday become as big as Conor McGregor, the ex-plumber turned MMA superstar who shares Conlan’s Irish heritage. Co...

Danny Jacobs Inspired for GGG by Nutritionist Chris Algieri’s Rocky Story

Danny Jacobs Inspired for GGG by Nutritionist Chris Algieri’s Rocky Story

By: Jeffrey Freeman Mar 15 2017

DANNY JACOBS INSPIRED BY ALGIERI -- If your name is "Miracle Man" Danny Jacobs and you're fighting undefeated middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden on HBO Pay-Per-View a week after seeing fellow Brooklynite Curtis Stevens knocked out cold in upstate New York by left hooker David Lemieux on HBO BAD, you might be looking for some extra inspiration. Something to believe in. Som...

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Three: 30-21

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Three: 30-21

By: Matt McGrain Mar 14 2017

From the sublime to the obscure, Part 3 of my rundown of the Fifty Greatest Featherweights of all time has as wide a variety of pugilists as any installment of any list I have published for this website.  A North American puncher, an African legend, a Ukrainian tough, an Irish hero; if you want variety in approach rather than origin we have ugly stylists and obscure slicksters and lunatic pressur...

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s Kryptonite

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s Kryptonite

By: David A. Avila Mar 14 2017

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez marched through three weight divisions like Napoleon’s army with slight potholes here and there but no Waterloos, until encountering the super flyweights. Now the pound for pound best takes pause. “I feel it is difficult at the heavier weight. Never did I think it would be easy. It takes time to get used to it but I will be fine at 115,” says Gonzalez, 29....