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Henry Armstrong’s Las Vegas Episode: A Dip into the Pool of Tank Town Boxing

Henry Armstrong’s Las Vegas Episode: A Dip into the Pool of Tank Town Boxing

By: Arne K. Lang Sep 18 2017

Henry Armstrong, active from 1931 to 1945, won the featherweight, welterweight, and lightweight world titles, in that order, in a day when there were only eight widely recognized weight classes. He briefly held all three belts simultaneously. During the course of his career he had a run of 27 straight knockouts and, in October of 1939, successfully defended his welterweight title five times in a s...

GGG-Canelo: In the Court of Public Opinion the Hung Jury Smacks of Injustice

GGG-Canelo: In the Court of Public Opinion the Hung Jury Smacks of Injustice

By: Bernard Fernandez Sep 17 2017

You don’t have to be a boxing fan to understand the confusion that is sometimes attendant to the intricacies of the legal process. Imagine you’re a regular viewer of Court TV, and you’ve followed a particular case as if it were first-run episodes of your favorite television show. You have dispassionately weighed all the evidence that was presented during the trial and decided that the prosec...

Canelo vs Triple G Results – They Duel To A Draw

Canelo vs Triple G Results – They Duel To A Draw

By: Miguel Iturrate Sep 17 2017

Canelo vs Triple G Results - The T-Mobile Arena in Las vegas hosted HBO pay-per-view on Saturday night as boxing fans finally got the Saul Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin middleweight showdown. The IBF, WBA and WBC belts belonging to Golovkin were on the line and from the start you could see the gravitas on Triple G's face. Alvarez was cool and confident at the outset but as the fight entered the m...

Fast Result from London: Billy Joe Saunders Outpoints Willie Monroe Jr.

Fast Result from London: Billy Joe Saunders Outpoints Willie Monroe Jr.

By: The Sweet Science Sep 16 2017

Willie Monroe Jr. knew he was in hostile territory at Friday’s weigh-in when the seven-year-old son of his opponent kicked him in the balls. The opponent, Billy Joe Saunders, wasn’t quite as belligerent on the following night at the Copper Box Arena, but the elder Saunders did enough to retain his WBO middleweight title by a unanimous decision, turning away the invader from Rochester, New York...

Two Big Fights in England Embellish a Grand Boxing Weekend

Two Big Fights in England Embellish a Grand Boxing Weekend

By: Arne K. Lang Sep 15 2017

Saturday’s big shebang in Las Vegas has diverted the spotlight from two important boxing shows in England. At the Copper Box Arena in London, Billy Joe Saunders defends his version of the middleweight title against Willie Monroe Jr. in a battle of southpaws. At the Echo Arena in Liverpool, hometown hero Callum Smith meets Sweden’s Erik Skoglund in a battle of unbeatens. The winner advances to ...

Why Power and Chin Will Decide Canelo-Golovkin

Why Power and Chin Will Decide Canelo-Golovkin

By: Frank Lotierzo Sep 14 2017

The fight that fans couldn't wait to see is about to come to fruition - Canelo vs. Golovkin for middleweight bragging rights with all the titles and hardware going to the winner. The biggest star in boxing, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez 49-1-1 (34), fighting the perceived biggest puncher in boxing Gennady "GGG" Golovkin 37-0 (33). Two years ago most observers saw this matchup overwhelmingly in favor of Go...

The Journey of GGG and Canelo Part Two

The Journey of GGG and Canelo Part Two

By: David A. Avila Sep 14 2017

Deep in an area called Mira Loma, near Riverside, California, prizefighters from Mexico regularly congregated in an outdoor gym made of aluminum siding in the early 2000s. Trainer Jose “Chepo” Reynoso often brought his fighters from Guadalajara, Mexico to the gym owned by Willy Silva. They formed a bond and friendship that still lasts to this day. One autumn day the veteran trainer broug...

GGG-Canelo: The Relative Silence Has Been Deafening

GGG-Canelo: The Relative Silence Has Been Deafening

By: Bernard Fernandez Sep 13 2017

No matter what happens Saturday night when Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez square off in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, there will be comparisons drawn between a showdown eagerly anticipated by so-called boxing purists and the one that occurred three weeks earlier, in which the sport’s reigning pay-per-view king, Floyd Mayweather Jr., scored a 10th-round stoppage of UFC sensation Conor McGrego...

The Journey of Triple G and Canelo Part 1

The Journey of Triple G and Canelo Part 1

By: David A. Avila Sep 12 2017

Two warriors, one from Kazakhstan and the other from Mexico, are poised to battle before thousands in an arena and millions on television. It shows the international power of professional boxing. Many Americans will be watching and millions of other nationalities from around the world will be joining too when WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO middleweight titlist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) c...

Anthony Joshua vs. Stipe Miocic in 2018? That’s Hardly Far-Fetched

Anthony Joshua vs. Stipe Miocic in 2018? That’s Hardly Far-Fetched

By: Matt Andrzejewski Sep 11 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- After Conor McGregor put up a more spirited effort than most anticipated against Floyd Mayweather Jr. a few weeks ago in Las Vegas, thoughts turned to other UFC fighters possibly facing boxing’s best in the squared circle. As a matter of fact, current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic went as far as challenging Anthony Joshua on Twitter to a fight in the immediate afterm...