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Fight Night Guide – The Ultimate Weekend Preview, Nov. 17 edition

Fight Night Guide – The Ultimate Weekend Preview, Nov. 17 edition

By: Diego Morilla Nov 17 2017

The Fight Night Guide brings you a brief preview of every upcoming weekend’s most relevant fights compiled by Zona de Boxeo editor and TSS writer Diego Morilla, with all the basic information you need to know to check out the action and to know what to expect from every fighter. Follow us every week at #FNG @TheSweetScience @Morillaboxing Flint, Michigan, Friday Nov. 17 Anthony Dirrell vs....

Why Joshua Will Beat Wilder Regardless of Where They Fight

Why Joshua Will Beat Wilder Regardless of Where They Fight

By: Frank Lotierzo Nov 17 2017

Both fighters are well built and always look fit, one stands 6-6 and the other 6-7 and both have stopped every opponent they've faced. Their collective record is a resounding 59-0 (58), almost identical to Frazier and Ali 57-0 (48) before their first fight. One has some detractors because he was dropped by the best fighter he fought and the other has detractors because of the level of opposition h...

Dr. Ferdie Pacheco: December 8, 1927 – November 16, 2017

Dr. Ferdie Pacheco: December 8, 1927 – November 16, 2017

By: Thomas Hauser Nov 16 2017

Ferdie Pacheco, who died on November 16, was a doctor, author, artist, and television commentator. He’s best known for having been Muhammad Ali’s personal physician and cornerman from 1960 through 1977. My own relationship with Pacheco began in 1989. I was researching the book that would eventually become Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times and had compiled a list of two hundred people I wante...

Ferdie Pacheco, the Famous Fight Doctor, Dead at Age 89

Ferdie Pacheco, the Famous Fight Doctor, Dead at Age 89

By: Arne K. Lang Nov 16 2017

Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, a raconteur and Renaissance man who was Muhammad Ali’s personal physician from 1962 to 1977, died last night in his sleep at his home in Miami. Pacheco was 89 years old. The son of a pharmacist, Pacheco was raised in the Ybor City section of Tampa, also known as Little Havana, a place where cigars are still made by hand. As a teenager he worked as a waiter in the district...

Giovanni Santillan Returns to Defend NABO Title at Ontario, Calif.

Giovanni Santillan Returns to Defend NABO Title at Ontario, Calif.

By: David A. Avila Nov 16 2017

It’s the return of the conquering hero Giovanni Santillan who captured the vacant NABO welterweight title four months ago and now defends it on Friday. So what’s new? Santillan (22-0, 12 KOs) grabbed the regional title by knockout and now faces a mystery man in Ghana’s Dodzi Kemeh (19-1, 17 KOs) at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Friday, Nov. 17. It can be seen on Facebook live. ...

Morilla’s Spit Bucket – Oscar Tests our Patience, Rigo-Loma Draws Near and More

Morilla’s Spit Bucket – Oscar Tests our Patience, Rigo-Loma Draws Near and More

By: Diego Morilla Nov 16 2017

The Spit Bucket is your weekly source of random thoughts, opinions and comments about the Manly Art, compiled by TSS boxing writer Diego Morilla. Make your suggestions and comments and dare to give us your own short commentary on this week’s boxing issues by sending us an email at diegomorillabox@hotmail.com. Oscar Asks Boxing for a Love Test A few days ago, retired former champion and cur...

After Final Fight With Sadam Ali, It’s All Kids’ Play for Miguel Cotto

After Final Fight With Sadam Ali, It’s All Kids’ Play for Miguel Cotto

By: Bernard Fernandez Nov 15 2017

The same question keeps coming at Miguel Cotto with the regularity of a metronomic jab. Is the 37-year-old Puerto Rican legend’s announced farewell fight, against Sadam Ali on Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden, really the final time his many fans will see the four-division world champion in the ring? Or is his sincere-sounding intention to retire, win, lose or draw, subject to a change of heart, a...

Esteemed Cut Man and Trainer Rafael Garcia Passes Away at Age 88

Esteemed Cut Man and Trainer Rafael Garcia Passes Away at Age 88

By: Arne K. Lang Nov 15 2017

Rafael Garcia, a fixture on the Las Vegas boxing scene for decades, passed away Tuesday morning (Nov. 13) from complications of leukemia at age 88. In recent years, Garcia was best known as Floyd Mayweather's cut man and hand wrapper. He was instantly recognizable by his ever-present beret which was decorated with pins. A 45-year resident of Las Vegas, Garcia was born in Puebla, Mexico. During ...

“Big Baby” Lost Momentum in His Time to Shine

“Big Baby” Lost Momentum in His Time to Shine

By: Frank Lotierzo Nov 14 2017

"Big Baby" Lost Momentum in His Time to Shine He weighed a svelte 283 pounds, 15 pounds less than he did for his last televised fight. And that led many, including me, to accept the possibility that he just might make a statement in another high profile bout on national television….especially when promoter Eddie Hearn said that with a good showing against Mariusz Wach he could end up as IBF/W...

Cletus Seldin Brought the Hammer to the Nassau Coliseum

Cletus Seldin Brought the Hammer to the Nassau Coliseum

By: Arne K. Lang Nov 14 2017

The most impressive performance last weekend -- when measured against the level of expectation – was turned in by Cletus Seldin. Fighting at the Nassau Coliseum in an undercard bout that was part of the HBO telecast, Seldin knocked his opponent Roberto Ortiz to the canvas in the first 30 seconds and continued his assault into the third frame when the bout was stopped. The 31-year-old junior w...