Asia & Oceania

An Unexpected Development Has Rob Brant Poised to Become a Force at 168

An Unexpected Development Has Rob Brant Poised to Become a Force at 168

By: Arne K. Lang Oct 17 2017

Looking at the “opening day” rosters for the double-barreled World Boxing Super Series, a 16-man lineup, it appears that Rob Brant was an after-thought. As the fields were being finalized, it dawned on the selection committee that there wasn’t a single fighter in either bracket who was actually born and bred in the United States. “Hey, this won’t look right,” someone said, “who can w...

3 Punch Combo: Miguel Cotto’s “Farewell Fight,” Demetrius Andrade and More

3 Punch Combo: Miguel Cotto’s “Farewell Fight,” Demetrius Andrade and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Oct 17 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- This week, it was formally announced that Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KO’s) would be facing Sadam Ali (25-1, 14 KO’s) on December 2nd at Madison Square Garden in what Cotto is claiming will be his final professional fight. The choice of Ali as Cotto’s opponent raised a lot of eyebrows as many believed Cotto would select a more high profile opponent for his farewell fight. ...

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

By: Bernard Fernandez Oct 05 2017

It was at the New York City press conference to officially announce the Nov. 4 WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and the man many deemed to be his most credible challenger to date, Cuban expatriate Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs). I cornered promoter Lou DiBella and asked for his thoughts on the stylistic differences between Wilder-Ortiz, which fi...

Time to Improvise for Chimpa and Valerio at Belasco

Time to Improvise for Chimpa and Valerio at Belasco

By: David A. Avila Oct 05 2017

Duke Ellington, the prolific jazz composer, once performed a musical play at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles during the 1940s. Ellington was known for writing “Take the A Train” an ode to New York City. A similar piece for L.A. might be called “Take the Blue Line” if you needed a nearby train. Jazz notes are seldom heard in Belasco any longer, but boxing combinations with...

Three Punch Combo: Makeable High Stakes Crossroads Fights and More

Three Punch Combo: Makeable High Stakes Crossroads Fights and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Oct 03 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- This week, two former world champions battle with their respective careers on the line when Anthony Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KO’s) takes on Ricky Burns (41-6-1, 14 KO’s). Such high stakes fights with so much on the line usually bring out the best in both fighters and make for memorable fights. With Crolla-Burns in mind, here are two more makeable high stakes crossroads fights th...

Boxers Who Enjoyed Career Success After A Dip

Boxers Who Enjoyed Career Success After A Dip

By: Ted Sares Oct 03 2017

Widely recognized as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez was on the cusp of achieving some major milestones and then disaster struck. Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai outpointed him in a close fight and then knocked him out in the rematch. Can Chocolatito bounce back? Time will tell, but he can take encouragement from the examples of the fighters listed b...

Avila’s Pound for Pound List

Avila’s Pound for Pound List

By: David A. Avila Sep 29 2017

It’s never been more difficult to comprise a pound for pound list than now. With stalwarts like Wladimir Klitschko, Andre Ward, and Tim Bradley retired and former place holders such as Roman Gonzalez, Sergey Kovalev and Manny Pacquiao suffering losses the list has changed dramatically. Here’s my current list with the top the same but the rest has changed: 1. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (3...

40 years have Passed since Muhammad Ali’s Last Title Defense

40 years have Passed since Muhammad Ali’s Last Title Defense

By: Frank Lotierzo Sep 27 2017

Forty years ago? That's how long it's been since former undisputed heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali made his last successful defense of the title he won for the second time from George Foreman three years earlier. On September 29th, 1977, Ali 54-2 (37), won a 15-round unanimous decision over dynamite punching Earnie Shavers 54-5-1 (52) at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It would be the la...

Three Punch Combo: The Future of Boxing on HBO and More

Three Punch Combo: The Future of Boxing on HBO and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Sep 25 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- Many have been writing HBO’s obituary in terms of its involvement in boxing. However, HBO is not going anywhere anytime soon though its presence in boxing may not be what it was in the past. A couple of announcements made in recent weeks signified not only HBO’s continued involvement in the sport but a possible new direction for the cable company in terms of its boxing cov...

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Dorticos-Kudryashov, Parker-Fury and More

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Dorticos-Kudryashov, Parker-Fury and More

By: Arne K. Lang Sep 24 2017

Cuban refugee Yunier Dorticos rang down the curtain on a busy weekend of professional boxing with a smashing second round knockout of Dmitry Kudryashov. The match was held in the Illusions Theater of the Alamodome in San Antonio, a curious place for a bout between a Cuban and a Russian, especially considering that it was a college football Saturday in football-mad Texas. The skirmish figured to...