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Ringside at the MGM Grand: Crawford TKOs Brave but Outclassed Horn

Ringside at the MGM Grand: Crawford TKOs Brave but Outclassed Horn

By: David A. Avila Jun 10 2018

Terence Crawford ripped the WBO welterweight world title away from Jeff Horn with a dominating performance in conquering his third weight division before a largely partisan crowd on Saturday. The end came at the 2:33 mark of round nine when referee Robert Byrd rescued Horn as he was being punished against the ropes. Any doubts about size differences faded quickly round by round. Crawford (33...

Fast Results from Manchester: Fury Breezes; Hooker Upsets Flanagan

Fast Results from Manchester: Fury Breezes; Hooker Upsets Flanagan

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 09 2018

The match between local fan favorite Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker with the WBO 140-pound belt at stake was ostensibly the main event, but the main selling point of tonight’s show at the Manchester Arena was the freak fight between Manchester-born Tyson Fury and Sefer Seferi. At the pre-fight press conference, the six-foot-nine Fury towered over his previously obscure opponent. The image bro...

Ringside at the Turning Stone: De La Hoya Romps over Outclassed Salgado

Ringside at the Turning Stone: De La Hoya Romps over Outclassed Salgado

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jun 09 2018

VERONA, NY -- Turning Stone Resort Casino hosted a nationally televised fight card in conjunction with the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend on Friday night. Before a star studded crowd that included 2018 Hall of Fame inductees Vitali Klitschko, Erik Morales and Ronald “Winky” Wright, amongst others, Diego De La Hoya (21-0, 10 KO’s) scored a stoppage win against tough v...

World Boxing Powers Gather in L.A. to Investigate Weight Cuts

World Boxing Powers Gather in L.A. to Investigate Weight Cuts

By: David A. Avila Jun 08 2018

LOS ANGELES-When WBO featherweight world titlist Oscar Valdez opted to fight a vastly overweight Scott Quigg of England, little did he foresee the future consequences of a broken jaw, bloody mouth and two badly swollen eyes. His manager Frank Espinoza feared the worst for his fighter Valdez and those fears materialized in blood and pain that rainy evening on March 10. “Quigg looked huge th...

Muhammad Ali Was Exonerated, but Trump Wants to Pardon Him Anyway

Muhammad Ali Was Exonerated, but Trump Wants to Pardon Him Anyway

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 08 2018

Sixteen days after granting a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson and not quite 48 hours after commuting the sentence of a 63-year-old great grandmother who was imprisoned for selling drugs, President Donald Trump told a group of reporters that he was considering a bunch of other pardons, specifically mentioning the late Muhammad Ali. “He was not very popular then; his memory is very popular now,...

Forty Years after Beating Norton, Holmes Gets His Respect

Forty Years after Beating Norton, Holmes Gets His Respect

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 07 2018

The narrative at the time was that he couldn't punch, had skinny legs, lacked heart and was too consumed with being a Muhammad Ali clone. That was the prevailing thought regarding Larry Holmes prior to his first title bout against WBC champ Ken Norton on June 9th, 1978. What a difference 40 years make. Holmes was fighting for his respect before going in against Norton, and today most of the ...

Ernest Hemingway, Boxing, and “Fifty Grand”

Ernest Hemingway, Boxing, and “Fifty Grand”

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 07 2018

Ernest Hemingway referenced boxing from time to time in his writing. But one of his works was devoted entirely to the sweet science. Hemingway’s great novels were far in the future when he wrote “Fifty Grand.” He was a 27-year-old journalist and short story writer. The Atlantic Monthly published the 8,000-word piece in 1927. Fifty Grand is told in the first person by Jerry Doyle, the t...

Shafikov, Hawton and Bohachuk Win on 360 Promotions Card

Shafikov, Hawton and Bohachuk Win on 360 Promotions Card

By: David A. Avila Jun 07 2018

HOLLYWOOD, Ca.-You can always count on Denis Shafikov for a dog fight. In front of a hometown crowd including IBF/WBA cruiserweight world champion Murat Gassiev shouting instructions, super featherweight contender Shafikov (39-4-1, 20 KOs) stormed to victory at The Avalon by decision over Mexico’s Hector Ambriz Suarez (12-7-1, 6 KOs). Regardless of the situation Shafikov always has a tough...

Terence Crawford, Natch, Votes for Himself as Pound-for-Pound Best

Terence Crawford, Natch, Votes for Himself as Pound-for-Pound Best

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 06 2018

There is no way of definitively proving who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and maybe that has been the case since Sugar Ray Robinson was widely conferred with that unofficial but highly prized designation in the 1940s. Oh, there might be a consensus of popular opinion at any given point in time, but when all is said and done it still comes down to individual perception. People l...

Oscar DLH Says Canelo-GGG II is a No-Go and That’s Fine With Me

Oscar DLH Says Canelo-GGG II is a No-Go and That’s Fine With Me

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 06 2018

According to Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, negotiations for the rematch between Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin have collapsed and he is now targeting Daniel Jacobs for Canelo’s next fight. And that’s fine with me. I hope we never see a Canelo-Golovkin rematch! To refresh your memory, Golovkin 37-0-1 (33) and Alvarez 49-1-1 (34) met in September of last...