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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...

Mayweather-McGregor: As Always, Follow The Money

Mayweather-McGregor: As Always, Follow The Money

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 15 2017

OK, so I was wrong. I have been wrong before. But on those occasions when I did offer a prediction that turned out to be incorrect, it was usually made for the right reason, or what I believed to be the right reason. In this instance, I should have used an adding machine instead of logic before making like Nostradamus. Upon further reflection, it is now obvious to me that the matchup of boxing ...

Ward-Kovalev II: I’m Going With My First Instinct

Ward-Kovalev II: I’m Going With My First Instinct

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 15 2017

Handicapping the rematch in boxing should be easier than handicapping the first meeting between two elite championship caliber fighters. And in some ways it is and other times, because of factors involving more than just who is the greater combatant, it isn't. This is in play this weekend when light heavyweight champ Andre Ward 31-0 (15) fights Sergey Kovalev 31-1-1 (26), the man he dethroned for ...

The International Boxing Hall of Fame: Not High on my Bucket List

The International Boxing Hall of Fame: Not High on my Bucket List

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 15 2017

The 28th annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY, wrapped up Sunday, June 11. I can’t say that everyone had a grand time because I wasn’t there -- I’ve never been there – but I’ve yet to meet a boxing fan who went there and wasn’t keen to go back again. That being said, the IBHOF adheres to certain practices that this reporter ...

Daniel Franco Remains in Induced Coma

Daniel Franco Remains in Induced Coma

By: David A. Avila Jun 14 2017

Featherweight contender Daniel Franco remains in an induced coma after suffering a subdural hematoma more commonly known as a “brain bleed” and later an epidural hematoma after being knocked out last weekend in Sloan, Iowa during his fight with Jose Haro. “We got good news today,” said Al Franco father and trainer of Daniel Franco. “His temperature is at 98 degrees so we’re thankful...

Ward-Kovalev II Has 1980’s Style ‘Cold War’ Feel

Ward-Kovalev II Has 1980’s Style ‘Cold War’ Feel

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 14 2017

The 1980s passed into history, what, 27½ years ago? So much has changed in America and in the world since then. But maybe not as much as any of us would like to believe. Although the Soviet Union – once characterized by U.S. President Ronald Reagan as the “Evil Empire” – officially dissolved on Dec. 26, 1991, some of those old-time tensions between America and Russia again are bubbling...

Ward vs. Kovalev: This Time, All the Pressure is on Kovalev

Ward vs. Kovalev: This Time, All the Pressure is on Kovalev

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 13 2017

It was the signature fight of his career. He fought an undefeated opponent in the opponent’s home country. In spite of being undefeated and two years earlier beating the great Bernard Hopkins so decisively that all boxing fans finally knew Hopkins was finished as a championship caliber fighter, he was yet a slight underdog against an opponent who was moving up in weight to challenge him. Yes, I'...

Canastota Memories and a Look Ahead to the 2018 IBHOF Induction Class

Canastota Memories and a Look Ahead to the 2018 IBHOF Induction Class

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jun 12 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- This was the fourth straight year my wife and I made the journey to Canastota, NY for Hall of Fame weekend. Each year I have had memorable experiences and this year was no different. At the annual Boxing Hall of Fame weekend, you just never know who you will bump into. We were on the grounds early Friday and headed to Dunkin Donuts for coffee. It was early and we were the o...