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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...

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...

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...

Three Punch Combo: Chocolatito’s Hall of Fame Credentials and More

Three Punch Combo: Chocolatito’s Hall of Fame Credentials and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Sep 18 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- Earlier this month, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez suffered a stunning knockout loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a 115-pound title fight. The loss capped a disappointing year for Gonzalez who also dropped a disputed decision to Sor Rungvisai in March. When the year began, many in the sport ranked Gonzalez at or near the top of the pound for pound list. The consecutive lo...

The Journey of Triple G and Canelo Part 1

The Journey of Triple G and Canelo Part 1

By: David A. Avila Sep 12 2017

Two warriors, one from Kazakhstan and the other from Mexico, are poised to battle before thousands in an arena and millions on television. It shows the international power of professional boxing. Many Americans will be watching and millions of other nationalities from around the world will be joining too when WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO middleweight titlist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) c...

Rungvisai vs Gonzalez 2 Results From Carson

Rungvisai vs Gonzalez 2 Results From Carson

By: Miguel Iturrate Sep 10 2017

Rungvisai vs Gonzalez 2 Results - The StubHub Center in Carson, California played host to HBO Boxing on Saturday night that put the super flyweight division firmly in the spotlight. Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez was looking for redemption  and his lost WBC world super flyweight title against Thailand's Sor Rungvisai. From the opening bell the champion Rungvisai looked extremely confident and bo...

Can American Super Flyweights Keep Up With Mexico and Asia at StubHub?

Can American Super Flyweights Keep Up With Mexico and Asia at StubHub?

By: David A. Avila Sep 08 2017

Super flies only date back to the days of VCRs in the 1980s. But from the beginning, the 115-pound limit division has delivered pound for pound one of the most exciting divisions in prizefighting, though you probably didn’t notice. On Saturday some of the most impressive array of super flyweights in decades gather at the StubHub Center when eight super flies led by Roman “Chocolatito” ...

Three Punch Combo: Margarito, Roman, Benavidez, Inoue and More

Three Punch Combo: Margarito, Roman, Benavidez, Inoue and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Sep 05 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- Last week was a slow week in the sport but there were two significant fights. On Saturday, Sept. 2, Antonio Margarito (41-8, 27 KO’s) scored a somewhat controversial technical decision win against veteran Carson Jones (40-11-3, 30 KO’s) in a 154-pound contest. Also, Daniel Roman (23-2-1, 9 KO’s) captured a 122-pound belt scoring an impressive ninth round stoppage of the ...

Boxing Isn’t Dead, but Newspaper & TV News Editors Are Trying to Kill It

Boxing Isn’t Dead, but Newspaper & TV News Editors Are Trying to Kill It

By: David A. Avila Aug 30 2017

Boxing is not dead. In fact it’s a powerful force that just can’t be killed. Boxing fanatics that ignored that exhibition in Las Vegas and attended the WBO super welterweight title fight between Miguel Cotto and Yoshihiro Kamegai starkly provided the strongest example of boxing’s strength on Saturday. A sold out crowd of more than 7400 fans spilled into the StubHub Center tennis stadiu...

3 Punch Combo: Derevyanchenko-Johnson Plus The Big Sham and More

3 Punch Combo: Derevyanchenko-Johnson Plus The Big Sham and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Aug 22 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- It is a busy week for the FS1 network as they will be televising three separate live boxing shows, the best of which will take place Friday night from Miami, OK. In the main event, Sergiy Derevyanchenko (10-0, 8 KO’s) takes on Tureano Johnson (20-1, 14 KO’s). The winner will be installed as a future mandatory challenger for a 160-pound belt. Derevyanchenko (pictured in ...