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So Cal Fight Chatter: Notes on a Crowded February

So Cal Fight Chatter: Notes on a Crowded February

By: David A. Avila Feb 07 2018

Gyms are heating up all over Southern California and the first fight card for February will take place in the Palm Springs area. Many more will follow this month. A boxing fight card takes place Saturday Feb. 10, at Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It will not be televised. But it kicks off the year with both amateur and professional boxing in an all-night affair. A n...

10 Count For Legendary Flyweight Champion Chartchai Chionoi

10 Count For Legendary Flyweight Champion Chartchai Chionoi

By: Matt McGrain Jan 23 2018

Legendary flyweight Chartchai Chionoi, “Little Marciano,” passed away this week after a long battle with Parkinson’s. His wife of forty-five years, Sirintorn, was in attendance.  He was seventy-five years old. Chionoi  turned professional in the late 1950s, the beginning of a career which would stretch to the mid-seventies, encompassing an incredible thirteen world title fights and two ...

Fantasy Fisticuffs: The Late Edwin Valero vs. Vasyl Lomachenko. Who Wins?

Fantasy Fisticuffs: The Late Edwin Valero vs. Vasyl Lomachenko. Who Wins?

By: Bernard Fernandez Jan 09 2018

Coulda, shoulda, woulda. It is the stuff dream fights are made of. What would have happened had Jack Dempsey fought Rocky Marciano, prime on prime? Or a Smoke and Iron pairing of Joe Frazier vs. Mike Tyson? Muhammad Ali against three-time Olympic champ Teofilo Stevenson? Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Sugar Ray Leonard from the deliciously rich, high-calorie dessert menu? The possibilities are endless....

Five World Title Fights Jazzed-Up Japan’s Year-End Boxing Swirl

Five World Title Fights Jazzed-Up Japan’s Year-End Boxing Swirl

By: Tamas Pradarics Jan 04 2018

Boxers around the world ate fancy dinners and cheered with glasses of champagne on the last days of the past year. But dozens of Japanese pugilists and their opponents first sweated in saunas then got gloved up and walked into prize rings to perform on the island’s traditional year-end boxing shows. A total of five world title fights were staged in two different cards in the last two days of ...

Naoya Inoue Crushes Yoann Boyeaux and Bids Farewell to 115lbs

Naoya Inoue Crushes Yoann Boyeaux and Bids Farewell to 115lbs

By: Matt McGrain Dec 31 2017

Yesterday in Yokohama, Japan, Naoya Inoue crushed the Frenchman Yoann Boyeaux in three short rounds having announced pre-fight that this would be his last contest at 115lbs. His final opponent at the super-flyweight limit was not a pleasing one. Boyeaux is not among the best ten fighters in his division which should be considered the minimal requirement for fighters with pound-for-pound status....

Boxing’s Best of the West for 2017

Boxing’s Best of the West for 2017

By: David A. Avila Dec 29 2017

Fractured relationships and splintered audiences didn’t stop prizefighting from surpassing all expectations in the year 2017. The sport of pro boxing kept moving forward like a rogue wave on the Pacific Ocean. Once again California led the way for staging pro boxing cards and once again had more cards than any other state in the union. Up and down the long shaped state pro boxing cards too...

Caleb Truax Forged the Upset of the Year

Caleb Truax Forged the Upset of the Year

By: Arne K. Lang Dec 27 2017

“Caleb Truax is a True Cinderella Man” read the headline above Chip Scroggins article in the Dec. 12 edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The allusion to Jimmy Braddock, the original Cinderella Man, wasn’t too far off the mark. Braddock’s 15-round decision over defending heavyweight champion Max Baer in 1935 ranks as one of the most memorable upsets in the history of boxing. It was ...

Siri: The Last of a Breed

Siri: The Last of a Breed

By: Ted Sares Dec 24 2017

Over the years, certain fighters had the unique ability to guarantee action as soon as the bell rang. Most of these warriors demonstrated a distinct disdain for defense and that, perhaps, was the key to their “style.” Tony Zale was the quintessential example. Much later, Arturo Gatti hit the scene and spine-tingling, fan-friendly action would start from the get-go. A young Tony Ayala dispen...

A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Dec 16 2017

James Lawton calls boxing “the world’s oldest and most embattled sport.” A Ringside Affair (Bloomsbury Publishing) recounts his sojourn through the sweet science as lead sportswriter for The Independent and Daily Express in London. Lawton’s remembrance begins with what he calls “the first significant fight’ he covered, the 1977 match-up between a fading Muhammad Ali and Earnie Shave...

Mickey Roman Ends Orlando Salido’s Career by TKO in Las Vegas

Mickey Roman Ends Orlando Salido’s Career by TKO in Las Vegas

By: David A. Avila Dec 10 2017

LAS VEGAS-In a battle of Mexican gladiators Mickey Roman knocked out Orlando “Siri” Salido to unceremoniously end the old war horse’s long and fiery era on Saturday. A 20-year career came to a sudden end. After many wars and bloody battles Salido (44-14, 31 KOs) simply ran out of bullets against the younger warrior Roman (58-12, 45 KOs) in the non-title fight at the Mandalay Bay Resort...