Europe & Africa

Usyk-Briedis Promises a High Quality Clash in Riga This Weekend

Usyk-Briedis Promises a High Quality Clash in Riga This Weekend

By: Matt McGrain Jan 22 2018

Pardon me for saying so, but somebody’s “O” has got to go. Oleksandr Usyk, out of Kiev, Ukraine, and Mairis Briedis, out of Riga, Latvia, meet this  Saturday night in the Riga Arena and, barring the unlikeliest of results, someone will leave the squared circle with that first “L” marring a previously perfect record. Usyk has cut a smouldering, steady burn through the cruiserweight...

The Hauser Report: A Virtuoso Performance by Errol Spence

The Hauser Report: A Virtuoso Performance by Errol Spence

By: Thomas Hauser Jan 22 2018

The January 14 IBF welterweight title fight between Errol Spence (22-0, 19 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs, 1 KO by) marked another step in the maturation process of a man who appears to be a special fighter. Young fighters on the rise have a look about them. Their confidence, optimism, and strength are evident in the way they walk, their posture, their eyes. Spence, who turned 28 o...

Fast Results from Brooklyn: Errol Spence Jr Shines; Easter Escapes

Fast Results from Brooklyn: Errol Spence Jr Shines; Easter Escapes

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 20 2018

Errol Spence Jr. likely moved up a couple of notches on the various pound-for-pound lists with a dominant showing against Lamont Peterson before an announced crowd of 12,107 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Making the first defense of the IBF world welterweight title he won in England with an 11th round stoppage of Kell Brook, Spence won every round before Peterson's trainer Barry Hunter instructed ...

Fight Night Guide – The Ultimate Weekend Preview (Jan. 19 edition)

Fight Night Guide – The Ultimate Weekend Preview (Jan. 19 edition)

By: Diego Morilla Jan 19 2018

The Fight Night Guide brings you a brief preview of every upcoming weekend’s most relevant fights compiled by the writing staff of Zona de Boxeo and The Sweet Science, 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 @TSSboxingnews @Morillaboxing Barclays Center, New York, Saturday, Jan. 20   ...

Is Regis Prograis the Best 140-Pound Boxer in the World?

Is Regis Prograis the Best 140-Pound Boxer in the World?

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 19 2018

Who is the best boxer who identifies as a junior welterweight? If this question were asked a few months ago, the answer would be a no-brainer. Terence Crawford was not only regarded by many as the top pound-for-pound boxer in the sport, but he also owned all of the significant 140-pound hardware. Currently 32-0, Crawford acquired four belts and held them simultaneously, joining a very select group...

Garcia vs. Lipinets is Off, Pushing Back the Entire Show

Garcia vs. Lipinets is Off, Pushing Back the Entire Show

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 17 2018

According to multiple reports, IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets suffered a hand injury in training and his Feb. 10 bout with Mikey Garcia at the Alamodome in San Antonio is off. Moreover, the entire card – a deep card with an international flavor -- has been postponed. At least that’s the word from co-promoter Richard Schaefer. In a conversation with ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Schaefer said...

The Minnesota Vikings Evoked Memories of Mike Weaver

The Minnesota Vikings Evoked Memories of Mike Weaver

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 16 2018

On Sunday, Jan. 14, the Minnesota Vikings advanced to the NFL championship game with a 29-24 triumph over the New Orleans Saints. Minnesota was dead in the water, or so it seemed, when New Orleans kicked a field goal with 29 ticks left on the clock to go up by a point, but the Vikings pulled it out with a 61-yard TD pass-and-run as time expired. The stunning denouement – the first walk-off TD in...

Easter Needs to Shine Against Fortuna to Get Mikey Garcia’s Attention

Easter Needs to Shine Against Fortuna to Get Mikey Garcia’s Attention

By: Frank Lotierzo Jan 15 2018

He's been saying WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia fears him, but I believe it's more about money than anything resembling fear. But I understand why IBF lightweight title holder Robert Easter 20-0 (14) has been spouting off, dropping Garcia's name. Easter is undefeated, holds a legitimate title, and the only names you hear regarding the elite lightweights are Garcia 37-0 (30) and WBA title holde...

Boxing’s Bomb Cyclone

Boxing’s Bomb Cyclone

By: Ted Sares Jan 14 2018

Anyone with this handle has to be big, and the one I have in mind is very big and very fit with a prominent six-pack, visible vascularity in his biceps and forearms, and broad shoulders featuring deltoids that flow down from an impressive trapezius. But he is not a body builder; he is a boxer—and boxer/puncher at that, capable of one-punch KO’s. He is 6’ 6” and weighs anywhere from 245-...

It’s Official: Joshua vs. Parker Goes March 31 in Cardiff, Wales

It’s Official: Joshua vs. Parker Goes March 31 in Cardiff, Wales

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 14 2018

A heavyweight title unification match between WBA/IBF champion Anthony Joshua and WBO titlist Joseph Parker has been in the works for some time. This morning (Sunday, Jan. 14) it was confirmed. Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) and Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) will lock horns on Saturday, March 31, at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. And, as the cliché goes, someone’s “O” will have to go. Joshua wil...