Asia & Oceania

Fast Results from Reno: Ray Beltran Outpoints Paulus Moses

Fast Results from Reno: Ray Beltran Outpoints Paulus Moses

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 17 2018

In the first world title fight in Reno in 12-plus years, veterans Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) and Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KOs) put on a good show in pursuit of the vacant WBO lightweight title. When the smoke cleared, fan favorite Beltran emerged with the belt, winning by scores of 117-111 twice and 116-112. There were no knockdowns, but both fighters were bloodied, in particular the victorious Be...

Southern California: The Soul of Boxing Part 3

Southern California: The Soul of Boxing Part 3

By: David A. Avila Feb 16 2018

It was the biggest Los Angeles fight in decades when Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya agreed to meet Sugar Shane Mosley for not only the WBC welterweight world title but for status as the best fighter pound for pound. Both prizefighters had been born and raised in the city of Angels and had been rivals throughout their amateur boxing years. Their two roads converged at the sparkling new St...

Joseph Parker and His Trainer Kevin Barry are Joined at the Hip

Joseph Parker and His Trainer Kevin Barry are Joined at the Hip

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 12 2018

New Zealand’s Joseph Parker, the WBO world heavyweight champion, challenges WBA/IBF belts-holder Anthony Joshua on March 31 at 78,000-seat Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua’s most recent fight was staged here. His bout with late sub Carlos Takam was a sellout, setting a new world record for the largest live audience at a boxing event at an indoor venue. Based on early returns, Jos...

Danny Garcia Must Embrace Underdog Role, Even as a Big Favorite

Danny Garcia Must Embrace Underdog Role, Even as a Big Favorite

By: Bernard Fernandez Feb 10 2018

Elite fighters, which three-time former world champion Danny Garcia still considers himself to be, of necessity must be a curious mix of unbridled confidence and the quiet desperation of a perennial underdog. Those who make the mistake of becoming too comfortable, of presuming that every bout will end in victory because of their physical or tactical superiority, run the risk of suffering a blow to...

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...

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...

Noted Boxing Buffs Name The Nicest Person They Have Met in Boxing

Noted Boxing Buffs Name The Nicest Person They Have Met in Boxing

By: Ted Sares Feb 02 2018

I'm back again with another survey. This time I asked more than two dozen noted boxing buffs to name the nicest person they had met in boxing. One could select a boxer, active or retired, but it didn’t have to be a boxer. It could be anyone associated with the sport, living or deceased (but not a family member and preferably not a close associate). As in my previous surveys, I get to weigh in...

Filipino Champ Ancajas and “Zurdo” Defend World Titles Saturday on ESPN

Filipino Champ Ancajas and “Zurdo” Defend World Titles Saturday on ESPN

By: David A. Avila Feb 01 2018

When IBF super flyweight titlist Jerwin Ancajas stepped out of the terminal at LAX he was surprised by what he saw. “The streets and buildings seem bigger and cleaner,” said Ancajas the Filipino champion making his first visit to the United States of America. Ancajas and his group headed immediately toward the gym where his mentor Manny Pacquiao had made his fame: the Wild Card Gym in Ho...

Zab Judah Keeps on Fighting as he Eases into a New Career

Zab Judah Keeps on Fighting as he Eases into a New Career

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 30 2018

Eighteen years have elapsed since Zab Judah won his first world title and he’s still slinging leather. Last Saturday, Jan. 27, Judah won a 10-round decision over Mexican journeyman Noel Mejia Rincon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Judah vs. Rincon was ballyhooed by a geographically challenged PR flack as “the biggest and most exciting boxing card in Western Canada since Chuval (sic) vs. Ali in...

Was it a Coincidence That Matthysse Mentioned Pac-Man after TKOing Kiram?

Was it a Coincidence That Matthysse Mentioned Pac-Man after TKOing Kiram?

By: Frank Lotierzo Jan 29 2018

This past weekend Lucas Matthysse 39-4 (36) fought for the second time in six months, stopping Tewa Kiram 38-1 (28) in the eighth round after having him down twice. Kiram entered the bout undefeated but other than a solid jab he didn't have much to offer. The win over Kiram earned Matthysse, 35, the vacant WBA (Regular) welterweight belt. Keith Thurman is the holder of the actual WBA title belt. ...