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President Trump Pardons Jack Johnson but Gets No Brownie Points From Me

President Trump Pardons Jack Johnson but Gets No Brownie Points From Me

By: Arne K. Lang May 24 2018

The campaign to secure a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson picked up steam in recent years. I knew the campaign would eventually bear fruit, and considering that posthumous pardons are so rare, the cynic in me figured that when it finally happened, the man in the Oval Office would be looking to win some brownie points from a community that he had largely alienated. In case you hadn’t noticed,...

Part of Hagler’s Great Legacy Is Remaining at 160

Part of Hagler’s Great Legacy Is Remaining at 160

By: Frank Lotierzo May 24 2018

Marvin Hagler was the undisputed middleweight champ from 1980 to 1987. It's hard to fathom he just turned 64 (May 23rd), but from what I've seen he still looks great. And like most all-time greats, the further away we get from his prime the more dominant he looks in hindsight. Hagler also has a huge fan base and his fans are very adamant about defending his legacy. And if ever there was a fighter ...

Jousce Gonzalez and Aaron McKenna Win by KOs in Santa Monica

Jousce Gonzalez and Aaron McKenna Win by KOs in Santa Monica

By: David A. Avila May 24 2018

SANTA MONICA-A star studded audience saw prospects battle along the sea shore at the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation benefit to battle diabetes on Wednesday. Luminaries such as Cindy Crawford, Cedric the Entertainer and of course Oscar De La Hoya watched a short program of boxing at Santa Monica Lowes Beach Hotel. Three of the four prospects are undefeated. For those who know boxing, the best m...

Stylistically Speaking, Daniel M was the Lomachenko of his Day

Stylistically Speaking, Daniel M was the Lomachenko of his Day

By: Arne K. Lang May 23 2018

When a fighter becomes recognized as an extraordinary fighter, pundits writing stories about him invariably conjure up the name of a great fighter of yesteryear who was stylistically similar. Gene Tunney was compared with Gentleman Jim Corbett. Both were seen as cerebral fighters who out-foxed their opponents while maintaining their composure in the heat of battle. The young Mike Tyson drew compar...

A Monster Awaits Colossal Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell in Japan

A Monster Awaits Colossal Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell in Japan

By: Matt McGrain May 22 2018

This Friday night in Ota, Japan, “The Monster” Naoya Inoue will attempt to bag a strap at a third weight in adding Jamie McDonnell’s WBA trinket to the titles he has picked up at light-flyweight and super-flyweight. It will be just his sixteenth professional contest. McDonnell, out of Yorkshire, England, has a professional record of 29-2-1, has gone unbeaten for a decade and has been waving...

Three Punch Combo: A Plug For Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend and More

Three Punch Combo: A Plug For Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski May 21 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY will soon be hosting its annual induction weekend which this year will take place from Thursday June 7th until Sunday June 10th. The four day event is a celebration of the sport and concludes with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday which will enshrine legends Vitali Klitschko, Erik Morales and Winky Wright, amon...

Tony Canzoneri Tops the List of the Top 10 Fighters from New Orleans

Tony Canzoneri Tops the List of the Top 10 Fighters from New Orleans

By: Arne K. Lang May 20 2018

Regis Prograis is widely considered the alpha male in the 140-pound division, a weight class bursting with talented fighters who seemingly haven’t yet reached their peak. Prograis risks his “interim” title on July 14 against Juan Jose Velasco, and although Velasco, a 31-year-old Argentine, is undefeated (20-0), the match is considered little more than a tune-up for “Rougarou” who is on a...

A Double Feature on Showtime: Stevenson-Jack Ends in a Draw; Russell UD Diaz

A Double Feature on Showtime: Stevenson-Jack Ends in a Draw; Russell UD Diaz

By: Arne K. Lang May 20 2018

Boxers are prone to grow old overnight. Adonis Stevenson, who turned 40 last September, would seem to be especially vulnerable. But don’t write Stevenson off quite yet. True, there were times tonight when he looked his age, but he had just enough in his tank to stave off the challenge of Badou Jack and retain his WBC light heavyweight title by virtue of the fight ending in a draw (115-113 Jack; ...

Philly’s Fighting Fletcher Brothers to Miss Their Call to the Hall

Philly’s Fighting Fletcher Brothers to Miss Their Call to the Hall

By: Bernard Fernandez May 19 2018

Being inducted into the hall of fame, any hall of fame, is and should be a signal honor for a boxer. On Sunday afternoon, at Romano’s Caterers in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia, two of the city’s three fighting Fletcher brothers – former middleweight contender Frank, nicknamed “The Animal,” and former lightweight contender Anthony, known as “Two Guns” – will be inducted w...

Why I Was Slow to Join the Chorus Trumpeting Lomachenko’s Greatness

Why I Was Slow to Join the Chorus Trumpeting Lomachenko’s Greatness

By: Frank Lotierzo May 18 2018

Yes, I certainly grasped how uniquely gifted Vasyl Lomachenko was while watching him in his pro debut versus Jose Ramirez. And in a close but losing effort to Orlando Salido in his next bout, I saw him become an experienced pro during the last four rounds after Salido used every old school and borderline trick in the book against him. And from his third bout against Gary Russell through to his 11t...