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A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Dec 16 2017

James Lawton calls boxing “the world’s oldest and most embattled sport.” A Ringside Affair (Bloomsbury Publishing) recounts his sojourn through the sweet science as lead sportswriter for The Independent and Daily Express in London. Lawton’s remembrance begins with what he calls “the first significant fight’ he covered, the 1977 match-up between a fading Muhammad Ali and Earnie Shave...

Will The Fourth Time be a Charm for Tenacious Ray Beltran?

Will The Fourth Time be a Charm for Tenacious Ray Beltran?

By: Rick Assad Dec 15 2017

In ice hockey when a player scores three goals in a game, it's called a hat trick. For Ray Beltran, he's tallied his version of a hat trick, but in a negative way after challenging for the World Boxing Organization's lightweight championship three times, only to fall short on each occasion. Still Beltran, a 36-year-old who launched his professional career in 1999 with a unanimous decision wi...

Fast Results From Ekaterinburg: Povetkin Defeats Uninspired Hammer

Fast Results From Ekaterinburg: Povetkin Defeats Uninspired Hammer

By: Arne K. Lang Dec 15 2017

Ekaterinburg, Russia, near the border of Europe and Asia, was the site of an important heavyweight match today (Friday, Dec. 15) pitting former WBC world heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin against Christian Hammer (aka Cristian Ciocan). A gold medalist for Russia in the 2004 Olympics, Povetkin improved his record to 33-1 with a virtual shutout over his German-Croatian opponent. Hammer (22-5...

Ringside at Fantasy Springs: Morales Tops Zenunaj

Ringside at Fantasy Springs: Morales Tops Zenunaj

By: David A. Avila Dec 15 2017

INDIO, Calif.-A gash over the eye of Carlos Morales ended a fight prematurely but saw him capture the vacant NABA super featherweight title by technical decision over Dardan Zenunaj on Thursday. Though it only lasted less than seven rounds Morales (17-2-3, 6 KOs) and Zenunaj (14-4, 11 KOs) did a lot of talking and mugging with each other that caused bad blood and an accidental head butt. It was...

A Night to Remember in Gritty Lowell, a City with a Great Boxing Tradition

A Night to Remember in Gritty Lowell, a City with a Great Boxing Tradition

By: Ted Sares Dec 14 2017

The names of professional boxers who competed in Lowell, Massachusetts, as amateurs read like a who's who of boxing greats. As fellow writer Jeffrey Freeman (KO Digest) writes, “…Lowell is proudly known more for its amateur boxers than for its professionals. Lowell has the annual Golden Gloves tournament and twice hosted The Nationals, in 1973 and 1995. Brockton was home to former World Hea...

The Jeff Horn Story: It’s Playing Out the Way It Was Supposed To

The Jeff Horn Story: It’s Playing Out the Way It Was Supposed To

By: Frank Lotierzo Dec 14 2017

With 2017 counting down many boxing observers are reflecting on what a great year it's been, like no other in recent memory, and 2018 looks to continue on the same path. As always, boxing is driven by its fights and fighters as it should be, but sometimes the ugly business side of it rears its head and that must be acknowledged too. This year we saw some tremendous bouts in Sor Rungvisai-Gonzal...

Three Consecutive Nights of TV Fights

Three Consecutive Nights of TV Fights

By: David A. Avila Dec 14 2017

Golden Boy Promotions returns to the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 14, with an eight-fight card. The end of the year fight card features Golden Boy Promotions prospects that mostly train in the Riverside County area. ESPN will televise. The card lost luster on Wednesday afternoon when undefeated super bantamweight Diego De La Hoya missed weight and his 10-round matc...

Feisty USA Boxing President John Brown Sees Better Times Ahead

Feisty USA Boxing President John Brown Sees Better Times Ahead

By: Bernard Fernandez Dec 13 2017

Sometimes a fresh coat of paint and moving the same rickety furniture around isn’t enough. Sometimes that perennial fixer-upper needs to have a wrecking ball taken to it to make way for a new and improved structure. And if you’ve taken the lead assignment for an overdue rebuilding project, you either admit that the task figures to be lengthy and daunting or you don’t, parsing your words for ...

Cinderella Man Jeff Horn TKOs Gary Corcoran to Set Up a Mega-fight in Vegas

Cinderella Man Jeff Horn TKOs Gary Corcoran to Set Up a Mega-fight in Vegas

By: Arne K. Lang Dec 13 2017

Jeff Horn successfully defended his WBO world welterweight title in his first defense, turning away Gary Corcoran with an 11th round TKO at the Convention and Exhibition Center in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia. The victory sets up a mega-fight with Terence Crawford which is expected to transpire in Las Vegas in April. Horn won his title with a controversial decision over Manny Pacquiao, a...

Lucas Matthysse, Mercito Gesta and Other Fight Notes

Lucas Matthysse, Mercito Gesta and Other Fight Notes

By: David A. Avila Dec 12 2017

SANTA MONICA, CALIF.-Two popular contenders met the media at a swanky Santa Monica restaurant on Tuesday looking to re-enter the boxing stratosphere after months in cyberspace. Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse and Philippine’s Mercita Gesta converged at the Malbec Argentinean Cuisine where Argentine food is the specialty. The Golden Boy Promotions affair was held to promote the upcoming fight ca...