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The Avila Perspective, Chapter 5: All Roads Lead to L.A. or La.

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 5: All Roads Lead to L.A. or La.

By: David A. Avila Jul 12 2018

All roads lead to L.A. in the world of boxing. Whether it’s Los Angeles or Louisiana prizefighting is headed toward a busy weekend in the city of Angels or the Big Easy. Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse both have L.A. ties and will meet for the WBA welterweight world title on Saturday. New Orleans native Regis Prograis fights Juan Jose Velasco in a super lightweight title match on the same ...

A Quick Look at Francesco Pianeta, Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent

A Quick Look at Francesco Pianeta, Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 12 2018

Chapter Two of Tyson Fury’s comeback will unfold on August 18 at Windsor Park, a 22,000-seat soccer stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Francesco Pianeta will be in the opposite corner. An Italian by birth but a citizen of Germany where he has resided since the age of 10, the 33-year-old Pianeta (pictured) is a former two-time world title challenger. Fury (26-0, 19 KOs) was the lineal heavy...

Regis Prograis Living Proof That, Yes, You Can Go Home Again

Regis Prograis Living Proof That, Yes, You Can Go Home Again

By: Bernard Fernandez Jul 11 2018

NEW ORLEANS -- Super lightweight contender Regis “Rougarou” Prograis admits he is not familiar with acclaimed author Thomas Wolfe’s final novel, You Can’t Go Home Again, which was published posthumously in 1940. It’s probably just as well; the central figure in Wolfe’s pessimistic take on a prodigal son’s painful and long-delayed journey back to the place of his birth, George Webber,...

Mikey Garcia Looks Ahead to Robert Easter amidst Chatter of Mikey vs. Spence

Mikey Garcia Looks Ahead to Robert Easter amidst Chatter of Mikey vs. Spence

By: The Sweet Science Jul 11 2018

Story by Special Correspondent Tarrah Zael -- Four-division world champion Mikey Garcia held a media day workout yesterday, July 10, at Fortune Gym in West Hollywood for his upcoming lightweight battle against undefeated IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. The IBF and WBC world title unification bout is scheduled for 12 rounds on July 28 and will be showing live on Showtime from the Staples...

The Son Also Rises: Rafael Garcia Jr. at the Mayweather Gym

The Son Also Rises: Rafael Garcia Jr. at the Mayweather Gym

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 11 2018

Rafael Garcia, a fixture on the Las Vegas boxing scene for more than four decades, passed away this past November at the age of 88. As a young man in his native Mexico, Garcia sparred with the legendary Mexican bantamweight Raul “Raton” Macias. After relocating to Nevada, he worked with more than three dozen title-holders as a trainer and cut man and then, late in his career, acquired a measur...

Regis Prograis Will Soon Be the Fighter to Beat at 140

Regis Prograis Will Soon Be the Fighter to Beat at 140

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 10 2018

Roughly this time last year WBC/WBO junior welterweight/super lightweight champ Terence Crawford was preparing to fight IBF/WBA champ Julius Indongo. On August 19th Crawford knocked out Indongo in the third round to become the undisputed champ at 140. With the victory, Crawford became a two-division titlist, having previously won the WBO lightweight title. He then set his sights on capturing a wor...

W.C. Heinz: When The Subject Was Boxing, Perhaps No Writer Was Better

W.C. Heinz: When The Subject Was Boxing, Perhaps No Writer Was Better

By: Rick Assad Jul 09 2018

During the mid-20th century when there were about a dozen daily newspapers in New York City, three sportswriting giants loomed large. They were Walter "Red'' Smith of the Herald Tribune, Jimmy Cannon at the Daily News, Post and Journal-American, and W.C. Heinz at the Sun. Of the trio, Heinz, who passed away 10 years ago this past February at age 93 in Vermont, is probably the least known, bu...

Pacquiao Is Capable of Winning or Losing Spectacularly against Matthysse

Pacquiao Is Capable of Winning or Losing Spectacularly against Matthysse

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 09 2018

This weekend boxing's only eight division titlist Manny Pacquiao 59-7-2 (38) will fight WBA title holder Lucas Matthysse 39-4 (36) for the chance to be slaughtered by WBO title holder Terence Crawford later this year. The bout takes place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Both Pacquiao and Matthysse are easy to root for because they always give a good effort and their styles make for ...

Three Punch Combo: Reviewing Top Rank’s Deal with ESPN and More

Three Punch Combo: Reviewing Top Rank’s Deal with ESPN and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jul 08 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO – On July 2, 2017, Jeff Horn upset Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO welterweight belt in an event televised by ESPN. Though all the particulars of a formal arrangement between ESPN and Top Rank were not all officially hammered out at that time, the fight between Horn and Pacquiao essentially represented the beginning of a landmark deal between Top Rank and the cable television gia...

Women’s Boxing: How Do You Feel About It? Part Two of our Survey

Women’s Boxing: How Do You Feel About It? Part Two of our Survey

By: Ted Sares Jul 08 2018

We asked noted boxing buffs to share their thoughts on the subject of women’s boxing. We posed this question: “Women's boxing seems to be surging. How do you feel about this dimension of boxing and who is your favorite active or retired female boxer (if anyone)?” The results of the survey are appearing in two parts. Part One was published on July 7. Here's Part Two (L-W). ARNE LANG-TSS ed...