Feature Articles

SoCal’s 16-Year-Old Phenom Joseph Landeros Hits Chihuahua

SoCal’s 16-Year-Old Phenom Joseph Landeros Hits Chihuahua

By: David A. Avila Dec 06 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif.-For decades Mexico has been sending its best across the border to beat up on boxers on this side. Lately, that trend has been reversed. Riverside’s Joseph Landeros, with school books in tow, has been crossing the border south of us to put his mitts on prizefighters in rugged Mexico. And he’s not alone. Landeros (11-0, 11 KOs) is part of a new trend of anxious teens itch...

The TSS Official Lomachenko-Rigondeaux Prediction Page

The TSS Official Lomachenko-Rigondeaux Prediction Page

By: Arne K. Lang Dec 06 2017

We surveyed members of our editorial staff to get their thoughts on the historic Lomachenko-Rigondeaux fight being staged Saturday in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Consistent with the odds, there was a Lomachenko tilt but his Cuban adversary also drew support. The respondents are listed alphabetically. Lomachenko TKO8 in a fight he dominates from the opening bell. Coming up two weight c...

Vitali Beats Wlad to the IBHOF; Morales and Wright Complete the Trifecta

Vitali Beats Wlad to the IBHOF; Morales and Wright Complete the Trifecta

By: Bernard Fernandez Dec 05 2017

Boxing fans like to speculate about fights that didn’t happen almost as much as they love offering their opinions, with much conviction and passion, about those that did. With Tuesday’s announcement that three-time heavyweight champion Vitali “Dr. Iron Fist” Klitschko has been voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, a familiar topic—Who was the ...

Global Warfare for Super Featherweights in Las Vegas on Saturday

Global Warfare for Super Featherweights in Las Vegas on Saturday

By: David A. Avila Dec 05 2017

Super featherweights take center stage in Las Vegas with a number of the best 130-pounders in the world on a boxing card resembling global warfare. Can you imagine if the world could settle its difference by sending its best fighter to face another country’s best fighter? This fight card is kind of like that but without politics. Mexico, USA, Japan, Russia, Nicaragua, and United Kingdom...

Filip Hrgovic: Will He Be Croatia’s First World Heavyweight Champion?

Filip Hrgovic: Will He Be Croatia’s First World Heavyweight Champion?

By: Matt McGrain Dec 05 2017

At just 2-0, it may be that Filip Hrgović is a little too green for a detailed look, but all the other numbers are right. Twenty-five years of age and listed at 6’6”, Hrgović has tipped the scales at 223 and 224lbs respectively in his two professional outings to date and although shorn of fat, there is a hint of the raw-boned to his perfectly proportioned frame that will allow for weight ...

Three Punch Combo: Salido-Roman, Farmer-Ogawa and More

Three Punch Combo: Salido-Roman, Farmer-Ogawa and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Dec 04 2017

The marque fight of the weekend takes place at Madison Square Garden, a battle between Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KO’s) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KO’s), two all-time amateur greats competing for a 130-pound title belt. In Las Vegas on the same night, Orlando Salido (44-13-4, 31 KO’s) battles Miguel Roman (57-12, 44 KO’s) in a bout that is also being contested on the 130-pound divisi...

Diego Morilla’s “Monday Morning Cornermen” (Dec. 1 edition)

Diego Morilla’s “Monday Morning Cornermen” (Dec. 1 edition)

By: Diego Morilla Dec 04 2017

In this new section of The Sweet Science, we step back and take a critical look at the fights that took place on the previous weekend, we compare our own previews with the way the actual fights went on, and we take your opinions and questions (along with those of special guests) to create a final analysis to another weekend of boxing. Follow us every Monday at #MMCatTSS and @TSSboxingnews , and se...

Holiday Reading: 2017

Holiday Reading: 2017

By: Thomas Hauser Dec 03 2017

Each year during the holiday season, I publish a list of what I consider to be the best books on boxing. That list, updated to accommodate recently published titles, follows. Taken together, the books offer a compelling look at the sweet science from bare-knuckle days to the present. Some of these books are now out of print. But with the proliferation of online services like Abebooks.com and Am...

Cotto’s Farewell Fight Reminiscent of Other Disappointing Goodbyes

Cotto’s Farewell Fight Reminiscent of Other Disappointing Goodbyes

By: Bernard Fernandez Dec 03 2017

NEW YORK – It ended the way many had expected it would. There was Ali, moving well, landing crisp, clean shots, putting on the kind of performance the naysayers didn’t believe he was capable of delivering. Shortly after the final bell had rung, his hand was raised in victory in a historic bout that marked the conclusion of a legendary, Hall of Fame career. Except that this was not Dec. 11, ...

Sunday Report Card, Dec. 3: The Ultimate Weekend Wrap-Up

Sunday Report Card, Dec. 3: The Ultimate Weekend Wrap-Up

By: Diego Morilla Dec 03 2017

The Sweet Science’s Diego Morilla compiles a full weekend wrap-up of the most relevant boxing events in the worldwide scene with short recaps, links to videos and other articles, and all the info you need to keep up with the week’s most important results. Every fight that matters is right here, in one place, and at one click away. Follow us every Sunday on Twitter at #SRCatTSS @TheSweetScience...