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Klitschko’s Legacy Probably Rests On Beating Joshua

Klitschko’s Legacy Probably Rests On Beating Joshua

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 23 2017

I say he is due all props for taking this fight. That's right. I salute the 41-year-old former unified heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko 64-4 (53), for accepting the biggest challenge of his career at such an advanced age for a fighter. In mid-December of last year Klitschko agreed to challenge IBF champ Anthony Joshua 18-0 (18) with the vacant WBA title also up for grabs. The bout will air liv...

Ringside at the StubHub: Valdez, Ramirez, Magdaleno Triumphant

Ringside at the StubHub: Valdez, Ramirez, Magdaleno Triumphant

By: David A. Avila Apr 23 2017

CARSON, CALIF.-WBO featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez wanted a thriller and Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga helped with 12 rounds of back and forth high level action that saw the champion retain the title by unanimous decision on Saturday. And once again an arena seemed to bring out the best in a world title fight. Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) walked into the StubHub Center looking to improve on a pre...

Ringside Report: WBC #1 Heiland Dismantles Veron in a Corker

Ringside Report: WBC #1 Heiland Dismantles Veron in a Corker

By: Diego Morilla Apr 22 2017

QUILMES, BUENOS AIRES, ARG. -- It is difficult to expect something new when two fighters have faced each other in five previous opportunities, but that's exactly what Jorge Sebastian Heiland and Mateo Damian Veron gave us on Friday, April 21st in the town of Quilmes, in a back-and-forth, intense bout capped by a spectacular stoppage that puts Heiland back in the game for bigger challenges in the i...

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...

Power Hitters Lead Saturday’s Top Rank Show at StubHub

Power Hitters Lead Saturday’s Top Rank Show at StubHub

By: David A. Avila Apr 21 2017

TOP RANK BOXING AT THE "HUB" -- Power hitters arrive just in time to greet the heat at the venue known for making legendary fights. Spring heat will greet three world champions of Mexican descent and an Olympian plus a few others. WBO featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez (21-0, 19 KOs) headlines the card with another title defense this time against Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs) a...

Ringside in Verona: Perez Wins an Unpopular Decision over Lopez

Ringside in Verona: Perez Wins an Unpopular Decision over Lopez

By: Matt Andrzejewski Apr 21 2017

VERONA, NY -- In a fight of contrasting styles, Michael Perez (25-2-2) scored a somewhat controversial split decision against Marcelino Lopez (32-2-1) in a super lightweight contest. Two judges favored Perez by scores of 97-92 and 96-93 respectively while the other had it for Lopez 96-93. The decision was booed by the crowd at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino who thought that Lopez’s harder p...

Cincinnati Bad Boy Adrien Broner Arrested in a Bullet-Riddled SUV

Cincinnati Bad Boy Adrien Broner Arrested in a Bullet-Riddled SUV

By: The Sweet Science Apr 20 2017

INCORRIGIBLE ADRIEN BRONER -- According to various reports, welterweight contender Adrien Broner was arrested shortly after midnight today (April 20) and spent four hours in police custody before being released on bond. Broner was stopped and arrested by Covington, Kentucky police as he was crossing into Kentucky in a rented Chevrolet SUV and was turned over to Cincinnati police who detained him o...

Andre Berto Returns to Boxing’s Last Chance Corral

Andre Berto Returns to Boxing’s Last Chance Corral

By: Bernard Fernandez Apr 19 2017

In assessing his career, and boxing in general, Andre Berto makes a valid point. There are incredible highs and depressing lows, and those who step inside the ropes long enough and often enough should be prepared for either eventuality. “I’ve always wanted to feel everything that this game has to offer,” said the two-time former welterweight champion, who squares off against another oneti...

Porter Needs to Make a Statement and Andre Berto Fits the Bill

Porter Needs to Make a Statement and Andre Berto Fits the Bill

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 19 2017

PORTER vs BERTO -- This Saturday’s WBC welterweight title eliminator between former title holders Andre Berto 31-4 (24) and Shawn Porter 26-2-1 (16) should be a fun fight to watch based on their last bouts. Last April, in his rematch with Victor Ortiz, Berto came off the deck to score a fourth round stoppage. This was five years after losing to Ortiz by a unanimous decision the first time they m...

The Last Man to Defeat Floyd Mayweather Weighs in on Shakur Stevenson

The Last Man to Defeat Floyd Mayweather Weighs in on Shakur Stevenson

By: Arne K. Lang Apr 18 2017

OLYMPIC BOXERS TURNING PRO -- Five members of the U.S. men’s boxing squad that competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics have turned pro. Flyweight Antonio Vargas turned pro on Feb. 24. Light flyweight Nico Hernandez made his pro debut on March 25. Lightweight Carlos Balderas had his first pro fight on April 9. Bantamweight Shakur Stevenson makes his maiden run this Saturday on Bob Arum’s big show at ...