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Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia Meet the Press in L.A.

Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia Meet the Press in L.A.

By: David A. Avila Jun 21 2017

Several years have passed since I last heard Adrien Broner face-to-face and nothing has changed. He’s still a funny and honest guy. Broner met his upcoming adversary Mikey Garcia at the Conga Room in downtown L.A. where the media was predominantly Latino on Tuesday afternoon. They will be meeting each other in the boxing ring on July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Showtime will televis...

Vinnie Curto vs. Roger Phillips: Our Tale Begins With This Tawdry Mismatch

Vinnie Curto vs. Roger Phillips: Our Tale Begins With This Tawdry Mismatch

By: Ted Sares Jun 20 2017

There is nothing “Rockyesque” about this tale. No, this about two boxers who went through varying degrees of hell in their personal lives. Only one persevered despite adversity, turmoil and abuse of the very worst kind. Middleweight Roger Phillips, out of Pittsfield, MA, fought from 1971 to 1981 and toted up a forgettable record of 6-35-2. He was TKO’d in Portland, ME, on March 6, 1981 in...

Ward Was Better Prepared for the Rematch and Erased All Doubts

Ward Was Better Prepared for the Rematch and Erased All Doubts

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 20 2017

When the "boxer" beats the "puncher" the first time they fight - the rematch is usually a repeat of the first fight. When light heavyweight champ Andre Ward 32-0 (16) won a disputed unanimous decision over Sergey Kovalev 30-2-1 (26), the man he dethroned for the title last November, he had to get up off the canvas from a 2nd round knockdown. He also had to stage a huge rally during the second half...

In a Flawed Promotion, Andre Ward Makes a Statement

In a Flawed Promotion, Andre Ward Makes a Statement

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 20 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT -- In an earlier era, the June 17 rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev would have been a can’t-miss promotion. Two of the best fighters in the world reprising a 2016 encounter that ended in controversy with Ward prevailing on the judges’ scorecards by a razor-thin margin. But this is 2017. Instead of galvanizing boxing fans, Ward-Kovalev II was symbolic of boxing’s...

Three Punch Combo: Pacquiao on ESPN, Evander’s Maiden Show and More

Three Punch Combo: Pacquiao on ESPN, Evander’s Maiden Show and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jun 19 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO: Late Sunday, Top Rank formally announced that ESPN would be televising the welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn. Speculation has been running rampant on social media regarding Top Rank’s future plans and this announcement begins to shed some light as to exactly what Top Rank has up its sleeve. Make no mistake about it; Pacquiao-Horn is not a one fig...

Weekend Boxing Recaps Apart From Kovalev-Ward

Weekend Boxing Recaps Apart From Kovalev-Ward

By: The Sweet Science Jun 18 2017

The Ward-Kovalev rematch overshadowed everything else, but on a night when Nevada’s referees did not put their best feet forward, there was plenty of activity around the globe. There was even a world title fight in Germany where native son Tyron Zeuge (pictured on the left) prevailed in the fourth defense of his WBA 168-pound title, winning a wide 12-round decision over Paul Smith. Zeuge (21-...

McGregor vs. Mayweather Evokes Memories of Other Fiascos

McGregor vs. Mayweather Evokes Memories of Other Fiascos

By: Jeffrey Freeman Jun 18 2017

For better or worse, Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor is official for August 26 in Vegas. The strange pairing, a comebacking Mayweather against reigning UFC lightweight champion McGregor, will be a 12-round boxing match in a boxing ring contested at 154 pounds. McGregor will not be allowed to kick, wrestle, or do anything but box with his 10 oz. gloved fists and move with his two shoed feet....

Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

By: David A. Avila Jun 18 2017

LAS VEGAS -- Andre “S.O.G.” Ward separated himself from Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev with emphatic body shots to win by technical knockout and retain the WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles on Saturday. “I’ve never been the most talented, never the biggest, but we keep knocking down giants,” said Ward. After two fights totaling 20 rounds Oakland’s Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) emerge...

Ward vs Kovalev 2 Results – Ward Stops Krusher in 8

Ward vs Kovalev 2 Results – Ward Stops Krusher in 8

By: Miguel Iturrate Jun 17 2017

Ward vs Kovalev 2 Results From Vegas - HBO Boxing rolled out the red carpet this past Saturday night as the Mandalay Bay hosted their latest pay-per-view, headlined by the light heavyweight rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. The two men fought twelve close rounds this past November and Saturday's fight started off with a series  ofclose rounds that saw Kovalev be the busier fighter...

Can Ward or Kovalev Equal Light Heavyweight Greats of the Past?

Can Ward or Kovalev Equal Light Heavyweight Greats of the Past?

By: David A. Avila Jun 16 2017

Light heavyweights seldom receive the spotlight. Instead, they are the undesignated lone wolves of professional boxing. But the 175-pound weight division has contributed some of the best skilled prizefighters the world has ever seen for more than 100 years. Many who dwell in the light heavyweight class are not quite big enough for the heavyweights and too big for the middleweights and lower...