Canada & Usa

The Hauser Report: Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse

The Hauser Report: Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse

By: Thomas Hauser Jul 15 2018

The more time goes by, the less Manny Pacquiao feels like a feel-good story. On July 14 in Kuala Lumpur, “Pacman” knocked out Lucas Matthysse to claim one more in a long line of sanctioning body belts. But the narrative has changed. Ten years ago, Pacquiao was on the verge of launching a three-fight knockout streak against Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Miguel Cotto that would establis...

Hollywood Fight Results: Giyasov and Martinez Win By KO on a Deep Card

Hollywood Fight Results: Giyasov and Martinez Win By KO on a Deep Card

By: The Sweet Science Jul 15 2018

RINGSIDE REPORT BY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT TARRAH ZAEL --A crowd filled the room to support local prospects in what would be a long night of Bash Boxing promotions on Saturday night at the Florentine Gardens on Hollywood Boulevard. The fight card was a long list of upcoming talent in the area and showcased boxers in almost every weight class. Each bout had the crowd engaged in the action as the n...

I Hope My Hunch is Wrong, but Don’t Be Surprised to see Mayweather-PacMan II

I Hope My Hunch is Wrong, but Don’t Be Surprised to see Mayweather-PacMan II

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 15 2018

Boxing's only eight division titlist Manny Pacquiao won a big fight this past weekend, stopping Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round. In the process, he ended his nine year and 13-fight drought of not winning inside the distance. Manny was intent on showing the boxing world that he's not yet, five months shy of his 40th birthday, a second tier fighter and the setback to Jeff Horn in his prior bout...

Prograis Wins ‘Battle of New Orleans’ With Crunching Body Attack

Prograis Wins ‘Battle of New Orleans’ With Crunching Body Attack

By: Bernard Fernandez Jul 15 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Before one of his division-record 25 heavyweight title defenses, Joe Louis was approached by a fan who advised him that the “Brown Bomber’s” upcoming opponent did not like to get hit to the body. “Who do?” Louis famously replied. If there was ever any doubt beforehand, this much was established during New Orleans native Regis “Rougarou” Prograis’ much-hyped, E...

Fast Results from Kuala Lumpur: Vintage Pacquiao TKOs Matthysse

Fast Results from Kuala Lumpur: Vintage Pacquiao TKOs Matthysse

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 14 2018

It was late Sunday morning in Kuala Lumpur when Lucas Martin Matthysse stepped into the ring against Manny Pacquiao to defend his WBA welterweight title. The 39-year-old Pacquiao, who can be called a living legend without exaggeration, is not the Pacquiao of old, but tonight he turned back Father Time and made his opponent look older than his years. The presumption was that the 35-year Matthyss...

Joet Gonzalez Wins NABO; Seniesa and Maricela KO Foes in L.A.

Joet Gonzalez Wins NABO; Seniesa and Maricela KO Foes in L.A.

By: The Sweet Science Jul 14 2018

RINGSIDE REPORT BY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT TARRAH ZAEL --Judges gave a surprising split decision to Glendora, California’s Joet Gonzalez (20-0, 11 KO) over Tijuana, Mexico’s Rafael Rivera (25-2-2) on Friday on a Golden Boy Promotions card at The Novo at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The judges scored the 10-round main event 97-93 and 96-94 for Gonzalez; also, 96-94 for Rivera; allowing Gonzalez t...

Why Lomachenko, not Spence, is the Fight the Fans Want for Mikey Garcia

Why Lomachenko, not Spence, is the Fight the Fans Want for Mikey Garcia

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 13 2018

Later this month WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia 38-0 (30) will fight a unification bout with IBF titlist Robert Easter 21-0 (14). Some observers seem to be over-thinking the fight, nothing new there, suggesting Easter could be Garcia's stumbling block - but don't buy into it. Under the best case scenario, Easter goes the distance and loses a lopsided decision, but it's more likely that Mikey w...

David vs. Goliath: Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

David vs. Goliath: Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Jul 13 2018

The Biblical battle of David vs. Goliath has endured for thousands of years as an inspiration for underdogs in one-on-one combat. But few people have written of that storied confrontation in a more intriguing fashion than Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell authored a collection of essays published under the title David and Goliath (Little Brown and Company). The book examines nine individuals from vari...

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 5: All Roads Lead to L.A. or La.

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 5: All Roads Lead to L.A. or La.

By: David A. Avila Jul 12 2018

All roads lead to L.A. in the world of boxing. Whether it’s Los Angeles or Louisiana prizefighting is headed toward a busy weekend in the city of Angels or the Big Easy. Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse both have L.A. ties and will meet for the WBA welterweight world title on Saturday. New Orleans native Regis Prograis fights Juan Jose Velasco in a super lightweight title match on the same ...

A Quick Look at Francesco Pianeta, Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent

A Quick Look at Francesco Pianeta, Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 12 2018

Chapter Two of Tyson Fury’s comeback will unfold on August 18 at Windsor Park, a 22,000-seat soccer stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Francesco Pianeta will be in the opposite corner. An Italian by birth but a citizen of Germany where he has resided since the age of 10, the 33-year-old Pianeta (pictured) is a former two-time world title challenger. Fury (26-0, 19 KOs) was the lineal heavy...