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Ten Notable Boxers From Nebraska Not Named Terence Crawford

Ten Notable Boxers From Nebraska Not Named Terence Crawford

By: Arne K. Lang Aug 10 2017

Terence Crawford meets Namibia’s Julius Indongo at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 19th on ESPN. At stake are all the meaningful belts in the 140-pound division and for Crawford something more – a chance to cement his status as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. Regardless of whether he wins or loses or what he accomplishes in the next few years, Oma...

The Return of Charles Huerta at Belasco Theater in L.A.

The Return of Charles Huerta at Belasco Theater in L.A.

By: David A. Avila Aug 09 2017

A favorite son returns to the spotlight when Charles Huerta faces Miguel Gonzalez in a super featherweight main event on Thursday in the City of Angels. Fresh off a knockout victory, Huerta (19-5, 12 KOs) attempts to maintain the momentum when he faces the hard-hitting Gonzalez (20-2, 17 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico on Thursday Aug. 10, at Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Estrella TV will...

Superstardom Came When Saul Alvarez Morphed Into Canelo

Superstardom Came When Saul Alvarez Morphed Into Canelo

By: Bernard Fernandez Aug 09 2017

Lots of athletes have nicknames. Some are carryovers from childhood, some are self-invented, still others are the products of imaginative publicists or promoters seeking to coin a word or phrase that will separate their guy (or gal) from the madding crowd.  But it takes a truly special talent or personality to rise to the level where the nickname supersedes what’s printed on a birth certificate...

Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley Retires After 13 Years as a Pro

Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley Retires After 13 Years as a Pro

By: David A. Avila Aug 09 2017

Corona is a small town that once was home to one of the greatest bantamweights who ever lived back in the 1940s. But one sweltering hot summer day another boxer stepped foot in a boxing ring there to make his pro debut. Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley entered the prize ring on Aug. 20, 2004 and embarked on a sizzling pro career that saw him grab numerous world titles and after 37 pro bouts i...

Wladimir Klitschko: A Career Appreciation

Wladimir Klitschko: A Career Appreciation

By: Frank Lotierzo Aug 08 2017

He participated in 29 heavyweight title bouts compiling a record of 25-4. Yes, Wladimir Klitschko 64-5 (53) fought with a version of the title on the line more than any other champion who has yet lived. To put his title bout record in perspective, Joe Louis was 27-1, Muhammad Ali 22-3, Larry Holmes 21-5, Lennox Lewis 15-2-1 and Mike Tyson 12-4. On top of that, you can make the case without much tr...

Three Punch Combo: Old School Fighters, a Lomachenko Look-Ahead and More

Three Punch Combo: Old School Fighters, a Lomachenko Look-Ahead and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Aug 08 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- This past week, we saw Raymundo Beltran (34-7-1, 21 KO’s) move a step closer to another crack at a world title belt with his majority decision win against tough contender Bryan Vasquez (35-3, 19 KO’s). Beltran’s story is a unique one in modern day boxing. He suffered several losses, including some by knockout, before finally finding himself and earning a world title shot...

Tony Middleton: From Fighting to Singing

Tony Middleton: From Fighting to Singing

By: Thomas Hauser Aug 07 2017

The sports heroes and the music of our youth have a particularly evocative hold on us as we grow older. Recently, I was watching The Willows - one of the quintessential 1950s doo-wop groups - on YouTube. They were performing at a revival concert in the late-1990s, singing their signature song: Church Bells May Ring. I wanted to know more about their lead singer, Tony Middleton. So I Googled him...

Vasyl Lomachenko Is Much More Experienced Than You Realize

Vasyl Lomachenko Is Much More Experienced Than You Realize

By: Frank Lotierzo Aug 07 2017

The fandom is over the top with the emergence of boxing's next must-see fighter. He is Vasyl Lomachenko 9-1 (7), the current holder of the WBO junior lightweight title. This past weekend Lomachenko completely dominated an outclassed Miguel Marriaga 25-3 (21) who withdrew from the fight after the seventh round. Prior to fighting Vasyl, Marriaga lost a unanimous decision to Oscar Valdez for the WBO ...

Middleweight Iron Men: GGG, Canelo and Others

Middleweight Iron Men: GGG, Canelo and Others

By: Jeffrey Freeman Aug 06 2017

It’s never a good thing for a fighter to look past his next opponent but for fans and boxing writers it’s perfectly acceptable to consider what comes down the road. In the middleweight division, all eyes are currently fixed on September 16 in Las Vegas. It’s a month and a half to go before we know who the universally recognized middleweight champion of the world really is. Gennady Golovki...

Ringside in L.A.: Lomachenko Bedazzles Overmatched Marriaga

Ringside in L.A.: Lomachenko Bedazzles Overmatched Marriaga

By: David A. Avila Aug 06 2017

LOS ANGELES-Vasyl “High Tech” Lomachenko bedazzled the technically challenged Miguel Marriaga to win by technical knockout and retain the WBO junior lightweight world title on Saturday before an adoring crowd. Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) defused Colombia’s Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs) with his speed, dabbing and assortment of blows that sometimes connected with a thud and mostly tapped. But it was...