Asia & Oceania

A Closer Look at the Officials in the Mayweather-McGregor Fight

A Closer Look at the Officials in the Mayweather-McGregor Fight

By: Arne K. Lang Aug 19 2017

No matter one’s feelings about the integrity of the Mayweather-McGregor fight, this is a huge international sporting event. By my loose calculation, the match has already shattered the mark set by the Johnson-Jeffries fight for the most words showered on a boxing match. That 1910 bout at Reno was promoted by Tex Rickard who named himself the referee, theoretically working gratis, and saw no reas...

A Sudden Surge of Retirements: Uchiyama, Miura, and Juan Manuel Marquez

A Sudden Surge of Retirements: Uchiyama, Miura, and Juan Manuel Marquez

By: David A. Avila Aug 16 2017

No other sport or entertainment industry compares to prizefighting. When its participants retire it’s a time for celebration of their noble contributions. Every year a few even give their lives for the sport. Across the globe three professional boxers hung up their gloves this past week, two from the island nation of Japan and one from Mexico. Two countries that when mixed together in the ...

Luis Nery Demolishes Long-Reigning Bantamweight Champ Yamanaka

Luis Nery Demolishes Long-Reigning Bantamweight Champ Yamanaka

By: The Sweet Science Aug 15 2017

The last few weeks have produced two big upsets involving fighters from the Orient. On July 28, Chinese superstar Zou Shiming was stopped in the 11th round by unheralded Sho Kimura. On Tuesday, Aug. 15, long-reigning world bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka suffered a brutal fourth round stoppage at the hands of Mexico’s Luis “Pantera” Nery at Kyoto’s Shimazu Arena. The 34-year-old...

Floyd Mayweather Meets the Media: Quick Takeaways

Floyd Mayweather Meets the Media: Quick Takeaways

By: Arne K. Lang Aug 11 2017

The boxers going through their exertions weren’t the only ones working up a sweat at the Mayweather Boxing Club gym in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 10. The air conditioning wasn’t working properly or perhaps it was simply overwhelmed by the number of bodies on the premises. It was Media Day and the joint was packed. This Mayweather dude sure knows how to draw a crowd. The Vegas-bas...

Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley Retires After 13 Years as a Pro

Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley Retires After 13 Years as a Pro

By: David A. Avila Aug 09 2017

Corona is a small town that once was home to one of the greatest bantamweights who ever lived back in the 1940s. But one sweltering hot summer day another boxer stepped foot in a boxing ring there to make his pro debut. Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley entered the prize ring on Aug. 20, 2004 and embarked on a sizzling pro career that saw him grab numerous world titles and after 37 pro bouts i...

Back to Back Fight Cards in SoCal: Herrera, Lomachenko, Mayer

Back to Back Fight Cards in SoCal: Herrera, Lomachenko, Mayer

By: David A. Avila Aug 03 2017

Two of boxing’s powerhouse promoters are presenting back-to-back fight cards in Southern California. Two welterweights with impressive fight ledgers meet each other for possible last hurrahs when Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (that’s him on the left) fights Jesus Soto Karass in the main event at Fantasy Springs Casino on Friday Aug. 4. Golden Boy’s fight card will be televised by ESPN...

Wladimir Klitschko Retires

Wladimir Klitschko Retires

By: Arne K. Lang Aug 03 2017

Today (Thursday, August 3) Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement. “As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of and now I want to start my second career after sports,” said Klitschko in his formal press release. “I would never have imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful career. I’m very thankful for this. Thanks to everyone...

Nonito Donaire Ready For Another Run at Featherweight

Nonito Donaire Ready For Another Run at Featherweight

By: The Sweet Science Aug 01 2017

NONITO DONAIRE UPDATE BY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT TAMAS PRADARICS – Nonito Donaire last fought in November 2016 when he lost a decision along with his WBO super bantamweight title to undefeated Jessie Magdaleno. Soon after the Filipino fighter’s long-term partnership with Top Rank Promotions came to an end. With that, the former four-division champ became a free agent and it was uncertain whether...

In a Shocker, Sho Kimura TKOs Chinese Superstar Zou Shiming in Shanghai

In a Shocker, Sho Kimura TKOs Chinese Superstar Zou Shiming in Shanghai

By: The Sweet Science Jul 28 2017

In a shocker, Japan’s Sho Kimura has won the WBO flyweight title with an 11th round stoppage of Zou Shiming in Shanghai. Shiming was making the first defense of the title he won in November when he out-pointed Prasitsak Phaprom at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Kimura overcame a bad cut over his right eye suffered in the third round. He ended the contest with a flurry of punches tha...

Robert Guerrero’s Journey from Gilroy to Las Vegas

Robert Guerrero’s Journey from Gilroy to Las Vegas

By: David A. Avila Jul 20 2017

When Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero first stepped into the prize ring, all I remember was a camel was involved. Thinking back on that day on April 22, 2001, a fighter by the name of Hector Camacho Jr. rode on the back of a camel into the outdoor lot of Fantasy Springs Casino. He was dressed like some kind of Arabian knight. On that same fight card Guerrero fought Alejandro Cruz who was also...