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Andre Berto Returns to Boxing’s Last Chance Corral

Andre Berto Returns to Boxing’s Last Chance Corral

By: Bernard Fernandez Apr 19 2017

In assessing his career, and boxing in general, Andre Berto makes a valid point. There are incredible highs and depressing lows, and those who step inside the ropes long enough and often enough should be prepared for either eventuality. “I’ve always wanted to feel everything that this game has to offer,” said the two-time former welterweight champion, who squares off against another oneti...

Porter Needs to Make a Statement and Andre Berto Fits the Bill

Porter Needs to Make a Statement and Andre Berto Fits the Bill

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 19 2017

PORTER vs BERTO -- This Saturday’s WBC welterweight title eliminator between former title holders Andre Berto 31-4 (24) and Shawn Porter 26-2-1 (16) should be a fun fight to watch based on their last bouts. Last April, in his rematch with Victor Ortiz, Berto came off the deck to score a fourth round stoppage. This was five years after losing to Ortiz by a unanimous decision the first time they m...

The Last Man to Defeat Floyd Mayweather Weighs in on Shakur Stevenson

The Last Man to Defeat Floyd Mayweather Weighs in on Shakur Stevenson

By: Arne K. Lang Apr 18 2017

OLYMPIC BOXERS TURNING PRO -- Five members of the U.S. men’s boxing squad that competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics have turned pro. Flyweight Antonio Vargas turned pro on Feb. 24. Light flyweight Nico Hernandez made his pro debut on March 25. Lightweight Carlos Balderas had his first pro fight on April 9. Bantamweight Shakur Stevenson makes his maiden run this Saturday on Bob Arum’s big show at ...

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Thursday’s ESPN Event, Julius Indongo and More

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Thursday’s ESPN Event, Julius Indongo and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Apr 17 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- It’s a point I keep harping on but good matchmaking makes good fights. And good fights bring back buzz to the sport which brings back the fans. Though the participants on Thursday’s Golden Boy show on ESPN are not the biggest names, they are solid fighters who are well matched and should provide excellent action in competitive fights. The main event is a super lightweig...

Indongo Upends Burns in Glasgow, Unifying the 140-pound Titles

Indongo Upends Burns in Glasgow, Unifying the 140-pound Titles

By: The Sweet Science Apr 15 2017

INDONGO UPSETS BURNS -- Julius Indongo has fought only twice outside his native Namibia, but Indongo has become quite the road warrior. In December he burst on the international scene with a shocking one-punch knockout of previously undefeated Eduard Troyanovsky in Moscow. It took only 40 seconds for Indongo to claim the IBF junior welterweight title. On Saturday he ventured into hostile Glasgow w...

Ringside at the Belasco: Charles Huerta Wins Battle of Los Angeles

Ringside at the Belasco: Charles Huerta Wins Battle of Los Angeles

By: David A. Avila Apr 15 2017

LOS ANGELES - Charles Huerta faced undefeated Ivan Delgado in a battle of Los Angeles and won by knockout in a fight that was fierce in the few rounds it lasted on Friday. The win seemingly puts Huerta back in the hunt. With a large crowd from Paramount and Maywood supporting Huerta (19-5, 12 KOs) and a loud big crowd from South Central L.A. voicing their support for Delgado (11-1-1, 4 KOs) ...

Late Bloomer Avtandil Khurtsidze Barrels into Leicester

Late Bloomer Avtandil Khurtsidze Barrels into Leicester

By: Arne K. Lang Apr 14 2017

KHURTSIDZE vs LANGFORD -- Avtandil Khurtsidze, a 36-year-old middleweight from the Republic of Georgia, had a coming out party in March of last year. It was supposed to be the other way around. Khurtsidze was the opponent in a match designed as a showcase for his opponent, undefeated Antoine Douglas. Now Khurtsidze finds himself in a bigger fight. On April 22 he opposes 18-0 Tommy Langford in Leic...

SoCal Rolling in April With Several Cards on Tap

SoCal Rolling in April With Several Cards on Tap

By: David A. Avila Apr 14 2017

SOUTH GATE, Calif.-Every boxing gym across Southern California seems to be working at a fever pitch pace with a series of fight cards rolling in for the next two months. Three Mexican world champions – Oscar Valdez, Gilberto Ramirez, and Jessie Magdaleno -- arrived for a media day in South Gate to meet the media in advance of a Top Rank fight card at the StubHub Center on April 22 in Carson....

Jhonny Gonzalez Doing his Thing

Jhonny Gonzalez Doing his Thing

By: Ted Sares Apr 13 2017

KNOCKOUT ARTIST JHONNY GONZALEZ -- His name resulted from a misspelling on his birth certificate, relatively few know about his career, and you need to dig in the ratings to find his name (he is ranked No. 6 by the WBC), but Jhonny González Vera is a three-time former world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBO bantamweight title from 2005 to 2007, and the WBC featherweight title t...

Canelo Ready for Mexican vs. Mexican War in Las Vegas

Canelo Ready for Mexican vs. Mexican War in Las Vegas

By: David A. Avila Apr 12 2017

If you’re familiar with prizefighting you know the significance of Mexican idol versus Mexican idol. Putting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) versus Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) means an army of Mexican fight fans will descend on Las Vegas like locusts on Saturday May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena. HBO pay-per-view will televise the Golden Boy Promotions card. “The most di...