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Crolla vs Burns Quick Results From Manchester

Crolla vs Burns Quick Results From Manchester

By: Miguel Iturrate Oct 07 2017

Crolla vs Burns Results From Manchester - The Manchester Arena hosted an all-British duel in the lightweight division Saturday night as Anthony Crolla faced Ricky Burns. Kudos to the city of Manchester and their boxing fans for creating a raucous atmosphere for the fights, especially the main event. The all-British showdown of former world champions got off to a methodical start, as expected. T...

Fast Result From Stuttgart: Eubank Demolishes Yildirim

Fast Result From Stuttgart: Eubank Demolishes Yildirim

By: The Sweet Science Oct 07 2017

Chris Eubank Jr. advanced to the semi-final round of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight tournament with a smashing third round knockout over previously undefeated Avni Yildirim. Eubank set the tone in the opening round when he landed a vicious uppercut that knocked his Turkish adversary to one knee. The second round was fairly even, but Eubank cranked up the juice in round three, lan...

Valerio Shines and Chimpa Survives a Foul Fest at Belasco

Valerio Shines and Chimpa Survives a Foul Fest at Belasco

By: David A. Avila Oct 07 2017

LOS ANGELES-Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez got the win over former world champion Gamaliel Diaz in a foul infested hugging war and Edgar Valerio (pictured in the black trunks) eased like the breeze on a summer-like autumn Friday. Gonzalez (18-1, 15 KOs) never could overcome the constant holding and butts by Diaz (40-18-3, 19 KOs) but out-worked the Mexican veteran before a subdued crowd at the...

Prominent Trainer Ronnie Shields Reflects on a Life in Boxing

Prominent Trainer Ronnie Shields Reflects on a Life in Boxing

By: Kelsey McCarson Oct 06 2017

Ronnie Shields never thought boxing would be his life. After a stalwart amateur career consisting of over 260 bouts and 33 professional fights, Shields called it quits in 1988 only to be called into action to work the pads as a trainer for various boxers in Houston that he called friends. Shields (pictured with junior middleweight title-holder Erislandy Lara) had always loved working with ot...

There Never Was Going To Be a Wilder-Ortiz Fight

There Never Was Going To Be a Wilder-Ortiz Fight

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 06 2017

Starting in early July this past summer rumors began to emerge that WBC heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder 38-0 (37) was going to defend his title in late October or early November against former interim WBA title holder Luis Ortiz 27-0 (23) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The prospect of Wilder-Ortiz had the boxing world frothing with anticipation. I too was excited, although I suspected...

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

By: Bernard Fernandez Oct 05 2017

It was at the New York City press conference to officially announce the Nov. 4 WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and the man many deemed to be his most credible challenger to date, Cuban expatriate Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs). I cornered promoter Lou DiBella and asked for his thoughts on the stylistic differences between Wilder-Ortiz, which fi...

Time to Improvise for Chimpa and Valerio at Belasco

Time to Improvise for Chimpa and Valerio at Belasco

By: David A. Avila Oct 05 2017

Duke Ellington, the prolific jazz composer, once performed a musical play at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles during the 1940s. Ellington was known for writing “Take the A Train” an ode to New York City. A similar piece for L.A. might be called “Take the Blue Line” if you needed a nearby train. Jazz notes are seldom heard in Belasco any longer, but boxing combinations with...

Following up on Luis Ortiz, the WBC, and VADA

Following up on Luis Ortiz, the WBC, and VADA

By: Thomas Hauser Oct 04 2017

The World Boxing Council took another step forward today (Wednesday, Oct. 4) when WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced that the organization had withdrawn its sanction of the scheduled November 4 heavyweight championship fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. The WBC’s action came in the aftermath of a positive test result on a urine sample taken from Ortiz during a random drug t...

Conor McGregor Should Thank Robert Byrd Instead Of Admonishing Him

Conor McGregor Should Thank Robert Byrd Instead Of Admonishing Him

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 04 2017

With the 118-110 score submitted for Canelo-Golovkin by judge Adalaide Byrd a few weeks ago, it's been open season on boxing officials. As someone who has found fault with some recent scorecards tabulated by a select few during the past year, I can see why. I disagreed with the decision in the first Gonzalez-Rungvisai bout that went to Rungvisai and the decision rendered in the first Ward-Kovalev ...

Three Punch Combo: Makeable High Stakes Crossroads Fights and More

Three Punch Combo: Makeable High Stakes Crossroads Fights and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Oct 03 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- This week, two former world champions battle with their respective careers on the line when Anthony Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KO’s) takes on Ricky Burns (41-6-1, 14 KO’s). Such high stakes fights with so much on the line usually bring out the best in both fighters and make for memorable fights. With Crolla-Burns in mind, here are two more makeable high stakes crossroads fights th...