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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...

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...

Three Punch Combo: What’s Next For Last Weekend’s Big Winners and Losers?

Three Punch Combo: What’s Next For Last Weekend’s Big Winners and Losers?

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jul 17 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- There were several significant bouts this past weekend and with that several good performances. Let’s get the crystal ball out and look to what may lie in store in the near future for some of the winners. Omar Figueroa Jr. (27-0-1, 19 KO’s) may have had the best performance of the weekend with his third round knockout victory against Robert Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KO’s) ...

Berchelt vs Miura Go To War in Los Angeles

Berchelt vs Miura Go To War in Los Angeles

By: Miguel Iturrate Jul 16 2017

Berchelt vs Miura Go To War in Los Angeles  Golden Boy Promotions was at the Inglewood Forum for the second night of a doubleheader in Southern California. WBC world super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt took on Japan's Takashi Miura in the evening's main event. The pair looked to be on their way to deliver fireworks as expected as Miura hit the canvas in the opening round. Miura got up...

Age, Bad Judging, and Jeff Horn Beat Manny Pacquiao

Age, Bad Judging, and Jeff Horn Beat Manny Pacquiao

By: Thomas Hauser Jul 03 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT -- On Sunday, July 2 (Saturday night in the United States), Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn met in the ring at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, before 51,052 fans to battle for the WBO welterweight title. Pacquiao, who entered the ring with a 59-6-2 (38 KOs) record, is no longer the force in boxing that he once was, either as a fighter or a commercial attraction. Five year...

Fast Results From Brisbane: Jeff Horn Upsets Pac-Man in a Shocker

Fast Results From Brisbane: Jeff Horn Upsets Pac-Man in a Shocker

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 02 2017

The weatherman promised sunny skies and temperatures in the high 60’s and he delivered, much to the satisfaction of the throng that descended on Brisbane’s SunCorp Stadium for the biggest boxing event in the history of Australia. And the Aussies that came hoping to see one of their own produce a monumental upset were rewarded when Jeff Horn was accorded a unanimous decision over defending WBO ...

When The Gates Opened for the Great Flood of Eastern European Boxers

When The Gates Opened for the Great Flood of Eastern European Boxers

By: Ted Sares Jun 30 2017

Difficult-to-pronounce Eastern European names that often end in a “v” “y” or “o” now dot the boxing landscape. And there are plenty of imposing nicknames to accompany them like  “Zar,” ”The Eagle,” “The Machine,” “The Beast,”  “Russian Hammer,” Krusher,” and “The Nail.” One of the common denominators--aside from their origin-- is the level of excellence t...

Three Punch Combo: Matchups We Would Like To See on ESPN and More

Three Punch Combo: Matchups We Would Like To See on ESPN and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jun 26 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- Top Rank announced late last week a deal with ESPN to televise Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn on July 2nd. As part of the deal, it is anticipated Top Rank will get a slew of dates from the network to televise bouts that were previously shown on premium cable. With Top Rank’s stable and claim that it will be willing to work with other promoters, there is the potential for some very...