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The Wladimir-Joshua Showdown: Sizing Up The Referee and Judges

The Wladimir-Joshua Showdown: Sizing Up The Referee and Judges

By: Matt McGrain Apr 28 2017

“The referee,” George Foreman once observed, “is going to be the most important person in the ring tonight – besides the fighters.” And, for all that this is one of those Georgeisms that has drawn mockery, you know exactly what he means. The referee is crucial, especially as regards the execution of certain aspects of strategy. In the richest fight of 2007, for example, the meeting...

Razvan Cojanu Competes for a World Heavyweight Title on May 6. Say who?

Razvan Cojanu Competes for a World Heavyweight Title on May 6. Say who?

By: Arne K. Lang Apr 27 2017

PARKER vs. COJANU ON MAY 6 -- Razvan Cojanu, who challenges WBO world heavyweight boxing champion Joseph Parker on May 6, has 18 pro fights under his belt, the same number as Anthony Joshua. The comparison ends there. Parker’s promoter, Duco Events, was left scrambling when Hughie Fury backed out with the fight barely two weeks away, citing a lower back injury. Their choices were to cancel th...

Why Joshua Will Dispatch Klitschko, Ushering in a New Heavyweight Era

Why Joshua Will Dispatch Klitschko, Ushering in a New Heavyweight Era

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 27 2017

Some refer to it as the passing of the torch or the changing of the guard. It occurs when a former longtime champ in the twilight of his career meets the newly projected star who is believed to be the next great fighter. It doesn't happen often but when it does it usually marks the end of one era and the dawning of another. When Jack Johnson beat James J. Jeffries it ushered in the Johnson era ...

Notes on Another StubHub Classic and a Look at Two Upcoming Shows

Notes on Another StubHub Classic and a Look at Two Upcoming Shows

By: David A. Avila Apr 26 2017

Hard core fight fans gathered at the StubHub and were treated once again to a memorable and impressive clash between featherweights. Mexico’s Oscar Valdez promised to ratchet up the intensity and was met with equal vigor by relatively unknown Miguel Marriaga of Colombia last Saturday before 5,600 fans. And of course it took place at the StubHub. If you’re a fight fan, you know all about ...

Near the D-Day Beaches, Simon Brown and Tyrone Trice Waged an Epic Battle

Near the D-Day Beaches, Simon Brown and Tyrone Trice Waged an Epic Battle

By: Bernard Fernandez Apr 26 2017

BROWN-TRICE I, A FORGOTTEN TREASURE -- Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, setting into motion the beginning of the end of World War II in the European theater. War – real war, the kind waged with bombs and bullets – cannot and should not be equated to any sporting event, so perhaps CBS commentators Tim Ryan and Gil Clancy were simply being prudent when they ref...

The Joshua-Klitschko Blockbuster: Birth of a New Era?

The Joshua-Klitschko Blockbuster: Birth of a New Era?

By: Matt McGrain Apr 25 2017

The narrative surrounding Anthony Joshua is the most familiar in all of boxing. Here is a young man caught up in the endless cycle of drugs and gangs that afflicts every major city in the world. A young man who hit the weights so he would continue to command the respect of his peers and who wound up in a boxing gym for similar reasons; a man whose own mother speculates darkly as to the path he wou...

The Freak Show: Bad Juju for Big George Foreman

The Freak Show: Bad Juju for Big George Foreman

By: Ted Sares Apr 25 2017

One of the most bizarre events in the history of heavyweight boxing took place 42 years ago this week. On April 26, 1975 in Toronto, George Foreman fought five men in five three round exhibitions that had all the markings of a freak show. This was the first time Foreman fought after having lost to Muhammad Ali in Zaire –a loss he regarded as a fluke. The Toronto exhibition (which George rarel...

Joshua-Klitschko Needs To Be Another Holmes-Norton

Joshua-Klitschko Needs To Be Another Holmes-Norton

By: Bernard Fernandez Apr 24 2017

JOSHUA VS. KLITSCHKO -- It is axiomatic in boxing that the heavyweight division is the engine that drives the sport, but that has been truer at certain times than at others. When Muhamad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and a host of only slightly lesser luminaries were at the throttle, their era was a luxuriously appointed bullet train barreling down the tracks with a full load of satisfied passe...

The Hauser Report: Shawn Porter, Jermell Charlo, and More

The Hauser Report: Shawn Porter, Jermell Charlo, and More

By: Thomas Hauser Apr 24 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT -- The latest installment of “Brooklyn Boxing” was contested at Barclays Center on April 22. The main fight of the evening was a WBC “elimination” bout between Shawn Porter (26-2, 18 KOs) and Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) to determine the mandatory challenger for Keith Thurman’s 147-pound crown. In a co-featured bout, WBC 154-pound title-holder Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 ...

Klitschko’s Legacy Probably Rests On Beating Joshua

Klitschko’s Legacy Probably Rests On Beating Joshua

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 23 2017

I say he is due all props for taking this fight. That's right. I salute the 41-year-old former unified heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko 64-4 (53), for accepting the biggest challenge of his career at such an advanced age for a fighter. In mid-December of last year Klitschko agreed to challenge IBF champ Anthony Joshua 18-0 (18) with the vacant WBA title also up for grabs. The bout will air liv...