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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...

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...

Three Punch Combo: Pro Boxing at the 2017 Quarter Pole, Linares-Garcia and More

Three Punch Combo: Pro Boxing at the 2017 Quarter Pole, Linares-Garcia and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Mar 27 2017

THE 2017 YEAR IN BOXING, A QUARTERLY REPORT -- The first quarter of the year is complete. Here are a few nuggets and observations I have compiled from what has been an eventful three months. On January 14th, an evenly matched bout between prospects Ievgen Khytrov and Immanuwel Aleem turned into something special. This was a back and forth war in which both fighters were hurt multiple times and ...

Jorge Linares Puts on a Clinic, Setting Up a Likely Showdown with Mikey Garcia

Jorge Linares Puts on a Clinic, Setting Up a Likely Showdown with Mikey Garcia

By: Frank Lotierzo Mar 27 2017

You had to have seen it to really appreciate it. If you love offensive boxing blended with technical mastery, then I suggest you watch a replay of this past weekend’s WBA lightweight championship bout between defending title holder Jorge Linares 42-3 (27) and the man he won it from last September, Anthony Crolla 31-6-3 (13). What you'll see is no doubt one of the best offensive exhibitions poste...

The New Pound-for-Pound Rankings: A Comparison of Three Polls

The New Pound-for-Pound Rankings: A Comparison of Three Polls

By: The Sweet Science Mar 23 2017

POUND-FOR-POUND TOP 10 -- In the last few days, three tribunals – The Ring, ESPN, and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board – issued a new set of ratings. The consensus #1 pound-for-pound fighter heading into last weekend – Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez – dropped to #3, #4, and #5, depending upon the source. Here are the three Top 10 lists, current as of March 23: THE RING ...

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Upsets and Near-Upsets Hither and Yon

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Upsets and Near-Upsets Hither and Yon

By: Arne K. Lang Mar 19 2017

The foremost attraction on the third weekend of March was housed at New York’s fabled Madison Square Garden where 19,939 turned out for a 7-bout card topped by two world title fights featuring two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. An upset in the co-feature was the capstone to a weekend full of upsets and the grand finale came close to yielding yet another surprise. The 115-po...

In Case You Hadn’t Noticed, Chocolatito is Gaining on Rocky and Floyd

In Case You Hadn’t Noticed, Chocolatito is Gaining on Rocky and Floyd

By: Frank Lotierzo Mar 17 2017

ROMAN GONZALEZ APPROACHES AN ICONIC MILESTONE -- Many forget but there was a time when the great Julio Cesar Chavez fought on Mike Tyson undercards to get exposure. At the time Tyson was the biggest draw in boxing. Conversely Chavez was one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport but wasn't a household name or that widely recognized in street clothes. Chavez, because of his pressure style...

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s Kryptonite

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s Kryptonite

By: David A. Avila Mar 14 2017

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez marched through three weight divisions like Napoleon’s army with slight potholes here and there but no Waterloos, until encountering the super flyweights. Now the pound for pound best takes pause. “I feel it is difficult at the heavier weight. Never did I think it would be easy. It takes time to get used to it but I will be fine at 115,” says Gonzalez, 29....

Omar Narvaez’s Financial Woes Attributed to Shady Business Practices

Omar Narvaez’s Financial Woes Attributed to Shady Business Practices

By: Diego Morilla Jan 31 2017

CAN OMAR NARVAEZ AFFORD TO KEEP FIGHTING? -- On a long-enough timeline, every former fighter sees his finances fall into disarray – just like any of us. But very few successful, long-time champions end their careers with barely enough money to make it through their training camp for their last bout. This appears to be the case with Argentina’s Omar Narvaez, a former WBO world flyweight and ...