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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....

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,...

Three Punch Combo: What’s in the Cards for Spence, Kell Brook, and Cotto?

Three Punch Combo: What’s in the Cards for Spence, Kell Brook, and Cotto?

By: Matt Andrzejewski May 28 2017

 THREE PUNCH COMBO: Errol Spence Jr. scored an impressive knockout victory against Kell Brook on Saturday to take Brook’s IBF welterweight title. Both fighters now face interesting possibilities as they move forward in their respective careers. Spence, who entered the fight with a lot of questions, not only showcased his tremendous skills but proved he has a very good chin as well as the wil...

Inoue Treads Water, Yaegashi Betrayed by Old Legs in Japan

Inoue Treads Water, Yaegashi Betrayed by Old Legs in Japan

By: Matt McGrain May 24 2017

Another big weekend of boxing has passed in Japan but it seems the boxing juggernaut that is The Land of the Rising Sun is losing steam. Pound-for-pounder and super-flyweight number one Naoya Inoue fought the main event in the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Sunday night but his opponent reeked of alphabet-strap mandatory. Mexican Ricardo Rodriguez was 16-3 going in and his marginal claim to fame b...

Outrage Greets N’Dam N’Jikam’s Decision over Ryota Murata in Tokyo

Outrage Greets N’Dam N’Jikam’s Decision over Ryota Murata in Tokyo

By: The Sweet Science May 20 2017

Had you known ahead of time that Saturday’s fight at Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum between Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and Ryota Murata would yield a controversial decision, you would have placed your coin on Murata. Historically, the “home field advantage” is stronger in boxing than in any other sport. But it was N’Dam N’Jikam who emerged victorious in the 12-round bout for the vacant WBA “...

A Grand Feast Awaits Fight Fans on the Third Saturday of May

A Grand Feast Awaits Fight Fans on the Third Saturday of May

By: Arne K. Lang May 18 2017

SATURDAY'S FISTIC FEAST -- What a difference a year makes! In May of last year, boxing fans in North America were moaning over a sport that was mired in the doldrums. Today those fans are whistling a happy tune, gratified that the slack was short-lived. The last Saturday of April brought us a scintillating see-saw rumble between the two men generally recognized as the top two heavyweights in th...

Avila’s Pound for Pound List Spring 2017

Avila’s Pound for Pound List Spring 2017

By: David A. Avila May 11 2017

MY TOP DOZEN POUND FOR POUND -- Most of the major fights have taken place for 2017 with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s win over Julio Cesar Chavez marking the last of the pound for pound fighters. A couple more take place within a month’s span including England’s Kell Brook meeting with American Errol Spence Jr. But for the most part, we have a semblance of those who belong on the dozen top ...

Stitch Duran at Wembley: Just Another Day At The Office

Stitch Duran at Wembley: Just Another Day At The Office

By: The Sweet Science May 05 2017

BOXING’S EXPERT “CUT MAN” BY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT LUIS CORTES III -- Last Saturday night at London’s Wembley Stadium, Jacob “Stitch” Duran plied his trade before an electric crowd of 90,000 fans that were there for the most part to support the fighter in the opposite corner. But for Duran, one of the most respected and sought-after cut men in all of combat sports, it was just another ...