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The Cruiserweight Division is Hot, But For How Long?

The Cruiserweight Division is Hot, But For How Long?

By: Bernard Fernandez Feb 08 2018

The cruiserweight division, the perennial unwanted stepchild of professional boxing, will soon crown its first undisputed champion since Evander Holyfield stopped Carlos De Leon in eight rounds to unify the IBF, WBA and WBC titles on April 9, 1988, at the Caesars Sports Pavilion in Las Vegas. (The WBO, which came into existence in 1988, did not crown its first cruiser champ, Boone Pultz, until Dec...

Roy Jones Jr. Says He Was Better Than Mayweather….and Roy’s Right!

Roy Jones Jr. Says He Was Better Than Mayweather….and Roy’s Right!

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 07 2018

Undefeated records, especially when it comes to boxing, are very overvalued. If a boxer is a star, he can pretty much pick and choose whom he fights. With four sanctioning bodies (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO) it's easy to find a limited opponent to fight with a title on the line and pass it off as a legitimate championship bout and enough fans will buy it, literally and figuratively. Until Floyd Mayw...

So Cal Fight Chatter: Notes on a Crowded February

So Cal Fight Chatter: Notes on a Crowded February

By: David A. Avila Feb 07 2018

Gyms are heating up all over Southern California and the first fight card for February will take place in the Palm Springs area. Many more will follow this month. A boxing fight card takes place Saturday Feb. 10, at Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It will not be televised. But it kicks off the year with both amateur and professional boxing in an all-night affair. A n...

Three Punch Combo: Roy Jones Jr.’s Most Scintillating Moment and More

Three Punch Combo: Roy Jones Jr.’s Most Scintillating Moment and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Feb 06 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO: On Thursday, Roy Jones Jr. has what he says will be his last professional fight when he faces journeyman Scott Sigmon in Jones’ hometown of Pensacola, FL. Some are skeptical that this will in fact be the last time Jones sets foot in a boxing ring, but for a variety of reasons I believe this will be his final fight. With that said, I figured it would be a good time to go down m...

Title Bout II: The Cult Classic Boxing Board Game Returns

Title Bout II: The Cult Classic Boxing Board Game Returns

By: Jeffrey Freeman Feb 05 2018

When boxing historian and statistician James Vincent Trunzo created his beloved boxing simulation board game TITLE BOUT in 1976 it was to satisfy a nagging curiosity that many of us shared with him at that time. Who would win if Muhammad Ali boxed Rocky Marciano in a mythical battle of all-time heavyweight greats? Was there really any way to find out? Like many Boomers, Trunzo watched boxing on...

Andrew Tabiti Isn’t Your Typical High Grade Cruiserweight

Andrew Tabiti Isn’t Your Typical High Grade Cruiserweight

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 05 2018

These are exciting times for the cruiserweight division. The talent pool has never been deeper. From a global perspective, there has never been a cruiserweight fight as eagerly anticipated as the forthcoming match between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev. It is expected to transpire in May in Saudi Arabia. One hesitates, however, to call this the golden age of cruiserweights because most of the...

@Max(imum)Kellerman

@Max(imum)Kellerman

By: The Sweet Science Feb 04 2018

Editor's note: The following letter to Max Kellerman is being posted on behalf of the author, Dino da Vinci. Dear Sir: A short time ago, you had erroneously referred to us Patriots fans as amongst the dumbest fans in sports. I initially saw it as an attempt to keep the ratings up, figuring you were toeing the company line. You were being a good soldier, doing as you were told, and it woul...

The “Lone Star Cobra” Was Special But Didn’t Fulfill His Vast Potential

The “Lone Star Cobra” Was Special But Didn’t Fulfill His Vast Potential

By: Bernard Fernandez Feb 04 2018

When Donald Curry, the “Lone Star Cobra,” was at his best, which was exceptionally good, he gave no thought of someday being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame because no such place then existed. The IBHOF officially opened its doors on June 10, 1989, and its first induction class was enshrined exactly one year later, both momentous occasions in the picturesque, central New Yo...

No Boxing at the 2020 Olympics?

No Boxing at the 2020 Olympics?

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 04 2018

The sport of boxing is in jeopardy of being expelled from the 2020 Olympiad in Tokyo. Yesterday (Feb. 3) International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said this drastic action would be taken if AIBA, amateur boxing’s governing body, did not get its house in order. “The IOC reserves the right to review the inclusion of boxing at the Youth Olympics in 2018 and Tokyo 2020,” said Bach...

Fast Results From Russia: Gassiev Stops Dorticos in 12

Fast Results From Russia: Gassiev Stops Dorticos in 12

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 03 2018

The 12,000-seat Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia, hosted the second semi-final match in the cruiserweight tournament of the World Boxing Super Series. Murat Gassiev and Yunier Dorticos, both undefeated, met with the IBF and WBA titles at stake. Pundits were expecting a short fight as Gassiev and Dorticos made short work of their first round opponents and were rated the two hardest punchers in ...