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A Pier 6 Brawl in Philly Enlivens a Soft Boxing Weekend

A Pier 6 Brawl in Philly Enlivens a Soft Boxing Weekend

By: The Sweet Science Jun 25 2017

 WEEKEND BOXING RECAPS -- On an otherwise quiet weekend for boxing, there was a corker in South Philadelphia that would have undoubtedly commanded Fight of the Year discussion if witnessed by more eyeballs. The match at the 2300 Arena, billed for the Pennsylvania State 154-pound title, paired Philadelphia’s Tyrone "Young Gun" Brunson (25-6-2) against Reading’s Kermit Cintron (39-6-3). Knocked...

GGG and Canelo Take Hollywood by Storm

GGG and Canelo Take Hollywood by Storm

By: David A. Avila Jun 23 2017

HOLLYWOOD, Ca.-Thousands gathered in the streets of Hollywood below the iconic circular Capitol Records building where music legends Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and many others shelled out successful record careers. On a sweaty Thursday afternoon the musicians stepped aside as boxing took over like an avalanche as fans gathered to glimpse at middleweights Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “C...

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Stay Out of the Ring

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Stay Out of the Ring

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 23 2017

BOXING IN DANTE’S INFERNO -- Harry S Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, had a lot of pet phrases, probably the most enduring being “the buck stops here.” But there is another of good ol’ Harry’s sayings that has become part of the popular culture and is especially appropriate to the 65th anniversary of the infamous Sugar Ray Robinson-Joey Maxim bout, in which Robinson, well...

Daniel Franco Update: Boxer Returning to California to Continue His Recovery

Daniel Franco Update: Boxer Returning to California to Continue His Recovery

By: David A. Avila Jun 22 2017

Southern California’s Daniel Franco, who suffered a “brain bleed” following a title fight in Iowa two weeks ago, will be allowed to be moved back to his home area, said a spokesman for the Franco family. “He responded to questions and was able to move his fingers,” said Al Franco, the father of Daniel, 25, who also served as his boxing trainer. Franco (pictured in happier days with...

Mayweather-McGregor: “The Sting”

Mayweather-McGregor: “The Sting”

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 22 2017

Floyd Mayweather is one of a kind and I don't mean as a fighter. Starting the night of February 25th 1964, when I saw Cassius Clay for the first time in my life on the 6:00 PM news, two-months shy of my 6th birthday, I've been obsessed with the sport of boxing and have adamantly followed it from every aspect. When I'm asked to recite the names of some of the greatest fighters I've seen circa 1964-...

In Boxing, David Beating Goliath is Not Such a Rarity

In Boxing, David Beating Goliath is Not Such a Rarity

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 21 2017

There is a saying in football that “good and big beats good and little.” That’s usually true, but, as in the case with almost everything in life, there are exceptions to widely accepted rules. If not, why is there also a saying that “good things come in small packages”? The second truism is a common reference to the tiny boxes that hold engagement rings, which can be exorbitantly expensi...

Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia Meet the Press in L.A.

Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia Meet the Press in L.A.

By: David A. Avila Jun 21 2017

Several years have passed since I last heard Adrien Broner face-to-face and nothing has changed. He’s still a funny and honest guy. Broner met his upcoming adversary Mikey Garcia at the Conga Room in downtown L.A. where the media was predominantly Latino on Tuesday afternoon. They will be meeting each other in the boxing ring on July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Showtime will televis...

Vinnie Curto vs. Roger Phillips: Our Tale Begins With This Tawdry Mismatch

Vinnie Curto vs. Roger Phillips: Our Tale Begins With This Tawdry Mismatch

By: Ted Sares Jun 20 2017

There is nothing “Rockyesque” about this tale. No, this about two boxers who went through varying degrees of hell in their personal lives. Only one persevered despite adversity, turmoil and abuse of the very worst kind. Middleweight Roger Phillips, out of Pittsfield, MA, fought from 1971 to 1981 and toted up a forgettable record of 6-35-2. He was TKO’d in Portland, ME, on March 6, 1981 in...

Ward Was Better Prepared for the Rematch and Erased All Doubts

Ward Was Better Prepared for the Rematch and Erased All Doubts

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 20 2017

When the "boxer" beats the "puncher" the first time they fight - the rematch is usually a repeat of the first fight. When light heavyweight champ Andre Ward 32-0 (16) won a disputed unanimous decision over Sergey Kovalev 30-2-1 (26), the man he dethroned for the title last November, he had to get up off the canvas from a 2nd round knockdown. He also had to stage a huge rally during the second half...

In a Flawed Promotion, Andre Ward Makes a Statement

In a Flawed Promotion, Andre Ward Makes a Statement

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 20 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT -- In an earlier era, the June 17 rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev would have been a can’t-miss promotion. Two of the best fighters in the world reprising a 2016 encounter that ended in controversy with Ward prevailing on the judges’ scorecards by a razor-thin margin. But this is 2017. Instead of galvanizing boxing fans, Ward-Kovalev II was symbolic of boxing’s...