Asia & Oceania

Three Punch Combo: Pacquiao on ESPN, Evander’s Maiden Show and More

Three Punch Combo: Pacquiao on ESPN, Evander’s Maiden Show and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jun 19 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO: Late Sunday, Top Rank formally announced that ESPN would be televising the welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn. Speculation has been running rampant on social media regarding Top Rank’s future plans and this announcement begins to shed some light as to exactly what Top Rank has up its sleeve. Make no mistake about it; Pacquiao-Horn is not a one fig...

McGregor vs. Mayweather Evokes Memories of Other Fiascos

McGregor vs. Mayweather Evokes Memories of Other Fiascos

By: Jeffrey Freeman Jun 18 2017

For better or worse, Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor is official for August 26 in Vegas. The strange pairing, a comebacking Mayweather against reigning UFC lightweight champion McGregor, will be a 12-round boxing match in a boxing ring contested at 154 pounds. McGregor will not be allowed to kick, wrestle, or do anything but box with his 10 oz. gloved fists and move with his two shoed feet....

Mayweather-McGregor: As Always, Follow The Money

Mayweather-McGregor: As Always, Follow The Money

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 15 2017

OK, so I was wrong. I have been wrong before. But on those occasions when I did offer a prediction that turned out to be incorrect, it was usually made for the right reason, or what I believed to be the right reason. In this instance, I should have used an adding machine instead of logic before making like Nostradamus. Upon further reflection, it is now obvious to me that the matchup of boxing ...

New Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield was a Mama’s Boy and is Glad of It

New Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield was a Mama’s Boy and is Glad of It

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 12 2017

CANASTOTA, N.Y. – He might have mentioned deceased mentors George Benton, Lou Duva and Dan Duva, as well as a few others who to one degree or another helped him along the way, as having had a positive influence on an illustrious career that landed him in the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. And maybe Evander Holyfield would have done that, had his extemporaneous remarks here ...

The Late Jimmy Lennon Sr. is Reunited With His Son in the IBHOF

The Late Jimmy Lennon Sr. is Reunited With His Son in the IBHOF

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 09 2017

CANASTOTA, N.Y. – The recent deaths of Eddie Samuels and Matthew Peltz, still in their 30s and the respective sons of longtime Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels and Philadelphia-based Hall of Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, serve as a sad reminder of an immutable truth: no parent ever expects to outlive their child. Induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame offers only a small measure ...

IBHOF Inductees Tompkins and Farhood are Best Buddies On and Off the Set

IBHOF Inductees Tompkins and Farhood are Best Buddies On and Off the Set

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 08 2017

CANASTOTA, N.Y. – The working relationship between a boxing blow-by-blow announcer and an analyst is not unlike that of say, a premier quarterback and his go-to wide receiver. Maybe it isn’t absolutely necessary for the two to be best buddies away from the arena, but it sure doesn’t hurt. Veteran blow-by-blow announcer BARRY TOMPKINS and color commentator STEVE FARHOOD have been teammates...

Menayothin Closing on Mayweather’s 49-0 Record

Menayothin Closing on Mayweather’s 49-0 Record

By: Ted Sares Jun 04 2017

Underneath the glitter and hype of Canelo vs. Golovkin, the prospect of Mayweather vs. McGregor, and the reality of Kovalev vs. Ward, something has been going on that has received minimal attention in the boxing world,  but if it plays out, it could have disproportionate impact. It involves a talented Thai fighter known as Chayaphon Moonsri aka Wanheng Menayothin. This relatively unknown minim...

“Iron Ambition” – Mike Tyson and Cus D’Amato: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

“Iron Ambition” – Mike Tyson and Cus D’Amato: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 03 2017

TYSON AND D’AMATO -- Few fighters have captured the public imagination the way that Mike Tyson did. The primary architect of “Iron Mike” as the world saw him was Cus D’Amato. Four years ago, Tyson co-authored an autobiography entitled Undisputed Truth with Larry Sloman. Now Tyson and Sloman have reunited to write Iron Ambition (Blue Rider Press), a biography of D’Amato as viewed throu...

Miguel Cotto and Yoshihiro Kamegai in L.A. with Golden Boy

Miguel Cotto and Yoshihiro Kamegai in L.A. with Golden Boy

By: David A. Avila Jun 01 2017

LOS ANGELES-After months of hunting for the right fit, boxing great Miguel Cotto found not only an opponent but a co-promoter in Golden Boy Promotions it was announced on Wednesday. "We are happy to be partnering with Cotto and Kamegai for this event, but I do want to announce that our efforts to bring boxing back in a big way to Puerto Rico is one that will become a reality in the near future,...

Why I’d take Errol Spence over Anybody at Welterweight

Why I’d take Errol Spence over Anybody at Welterweight

By: Frank Lotierzo May 31 2017

With IBF welterweight title holder Errol Spence's dazzling showing and stoppage of former title holder Kell Brook, many are speculating as to where Spence fits within the pecking order among the current elite welterweights.... a list consisting of Keith Thurman 28-0 (22), who holds the WBA/WBC titles, Manny Pacquiao 58-6-2 (38), who is the WBO titlist, along with former title holders Shawn Porter ...