Asia & Oceania

The Wladimir-Joshua Showdown: Sizing Up The Referee and Judges

The Wladimir-Joshua Showdown: Sizing Up The Referee and Judges

By: Matt McGrain Apr 28 2017

“The referee,” George Foreman once observed, “is going to be the most important person in the ring tonight – besides the fighters.” And, for all that this is one of those Georgeisms that has drawn mockery, you know exactly what he means. The referee is crucial, especially as regards the execution of certain aspects of strategy. In the richest fight of 2007, for example, the meeting...

Razvan Cojanu Competes for a World Heavyweight Title on May 6. Say who?

Razvan Cojanu Competes for a World Heavyweight Title on May 6. Say who?

By: Arne K. Lang Apr 27 2017

PARKER vs. COJANU ON MAY 6 -- Razvan Cojanu, who challenges WBO world heavyweight boxing champion Joseph Parker on May 6, has 18 pro fights under his belt, the same number as Anthony Joshua. The comparison ends there. Parker’s promoter, Duco Events, was left scrambling when Hughie Fury backed out with the fight barely two weeks away, citing a lower back injury. Their choices were to cancel th...

Ruben Olivares and Chucho Castillo Are Forever Linked by Their Great Rivalry

Ruben Olivares and Chucho Castillo Are Forever Linked by Their Great Rivalry

By: The Sweet Science Apr 21 2017

DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT TAMAS PRADARICS -- Rivalries always make boxing more popular. They help the sport borrow the attention of general sport fans who normally do not follow fist-fighting. Rivalries sometimes outlast complete generations of fight fans. Fathers tell tales about them to sons and the lineality flows on. There are celebrated ones. Everybody remembers the Al...

Jhonny Gonzalez Doing his Thing

Jhonny Gonzalez Doing his Thing

By: Ted Sares Apr 13 2017

KNOCKOUT ARTIST JHONNY GONZALEZ -- His name resulted from a misspelling on his birth certificate, relatively few know about his career, and you need to dig in the ratings to find his name (he is ranked No. 6 by the WBC), but Jhonny González Vera is a three-time former world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBO bantamweight title from 2005 to 2007, and the WBC featherweight title t...

Was Chocolatito Robbed on March 18? Count the WBC in that Chorus

Was Chocolatito Robbed on March 18? Count the WBC in that Chorus

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 06 2017

I have a creed that I live by when watching and scoring a professional boxing bout. And that is, the only score that counts is the one tabulated while watching the fight live and in the moment when you have no idea how it will end. I feel if I'm going to be critical of the judges scoring the fight -- and I have been on occasion over the years -- then I better hold myself to the same criteria they ...

Manny’s World Tour: What’s Next for the Pac-Man After Brisbane?

Manny’s World Tour: What’s Next for the Pac-Man After Brisbane?

By: Ted Sares Apr 05 2017

PACQUIAO'S FAREWELL TOUR -- Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2) seems to be embarking on his final tour, but like the entertainer Cher, “final” doesn’t seem to mean final. After his April 2016 bout with Timothy Bradley where he bankrolled a $20 million purse plus his cut of Filipino TV money, Manny said he was retired "as of now.” Sure he was. Speaking of Cher, a 2002 Rolling Stone article estimate...

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Luis Ortiz, Miguel Cotto and More

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Luis Ortiz, Miguel Cotto and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Apr 03 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO: Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz announced last week he was signing with Al Haymon. Previously, Ortiz had been working on a fight by fight deal with England’s Eddie Hearn. The signing with Haymon should open some interesting doors for the feared Ortiz. Look for Haymon to keep Ortiz active and move him quickly toward a date with Deontay Wilder. Why would Haymon pit his two t...

Ringside at the Cosmopolitan: Antonio Orozco Stops Keandre Gibson

Ringside at the Cosmopolitan: Antonio Orozco Stops Keandre Gibson

By: David A. Avila Apr 01 2017

LAS VEGAS-Antonio Orozco won the battle of undefeated super lightweights by knockout of Keandre Gibson to win the vacant WBC USNBC title on Saturday. San Diego’s Orozco (26-0, 17 KOs) used a punishing body attack to wear down the taller Gibson (16-1-1, 7 KOs) before more than 500 at the Chelsea Theater in the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. ESPN televised the Golden Boy Promotions fight card. B...

Antonio Orozco and Keandre Gibson Clash on ESPN on Saturday

Antonio Orozco and Keandre Gibson Clash on ESPN on Saturday

By: David A. Avila Mar 29 2017

It’s a battle of brains when undefeated Antonio Orozco and Keandre Gibson clash inside the boxing ring. St. Louis native Gibson (16-0-1, 7 KOs) meets San Diego’s Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) in the main event on Saturday April 1. The super lightweight clash takes place at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. ESPN will televise the Golden Boy Promotions card. Gibson will be right at home. For the l...

Fantasy Springs Notebook: Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley and More

Fantasy Springs Notebook: Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley and More

By: David A. Avila Mar 28 2017

Like a ghost from the recent past Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley showed up at the recent heavy-loaded fight card in Indio. “I’ve been laying low,” said Bradley. “Just taking it easy.” The former super lightweight and welterweight world champion Bradley was last seen almost a year ago, April 2016 to be exact, in losing by decision to the great Manny Pacquiao. It was only the second ...