Europe & Africa

Errol Spence Has Arrived

Errol Spence Has Arrived

By: Thomas Hauser May 27 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT: These are heady times for British boxing. Four weeks ago, Anthony Joshua knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 screaming fans in London to solidify his hold on the heavyweight division. On May 27, the scene shifted to Sheffield, where 27,000 partisans gathered in a soccer stadium to watch another Brit – 31-year-old local hero Kell Brook - defend his IBF 147-pound t...

Quick Results from Bramall Lane: Errol Spence Jr. Dethrones Kell Brook

Quick Results from Bramall Lane: Errol Spence Jr. Dethrones Kell Brook

By: The Sweet Science May 27 2017

A crowd estimated at 27,000 surged into Sheffield’s venerable Bramall Lane soccer stadium in hopes of seeing hometown hero Kell Brook turn away Errol Spence Jr. in Brook’s fourth defense of the IBF welterweight title he won in 2014 with a majority decision over Shawn Porter. They left disappointed. Speed kills, goes the old saying, and Spence, from the Dallas, Texas, suburb of DeSoto, was simp...

Friday Boxing Recaps: Storylines from Chicago, Boca Raton, and Cardiff

Friday Boxing Recaps: Storylines from Chicago, Boca Raton, and Cardiff

By: The Sweet Science May 27 2017

Hampered by the twin detriments of bad weather and a card consisting of foreseeably one-sided fights, Friday’s Top Rank show at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion played to a sea of empty seats. Perhaps 4,000 were in attendance when Northern Ireland’s Michael Conlan stepped into the ring for his second professional fight. Conlan had no difficulty disposing of Tijuana’s Alfredo Chanez. A body shot coll...

In an Under the Radar Fight, Orlando Salido Takes a Risky “Tune-Up”

In an Under the Radar Fight, Orlando Salido Takes a Risky “Tune-Up”

By: Arne K. Lang May 26 2017

It’s a fight that’s gone almost completely under the radar in the English-speaking world, but Orlando Salido returns to the squared circle on Saturday, May 27, in the city of Obregon in Sonora, Mexico. A true warrior in the mold of such legendary hell-for-leather fighters as Stanley Ketchel, Rocky Graziano, Mathew Saad Muhammad, and Arturo Gatti, Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs) opposes Columbia’s A...

Crawford is Boxing’s P4P King. As for Number 2, Let the Debate Begin

Crawford is Boxing’s P4P King. As for Number 2, Let the Debate Begin

By: Frank Lotierzo May 25 2017

I've been at this point for over a year now, and for the past five months on the Boxing Channel with host Miguel Iturrate, I've been making the case that Terence Crawford, not Vasyl Lomacheno, Andre Ward or Gennady Golovkin, is the most complete and best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing. After watching him dismantle former Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz, whose corner stopped the massacre after ...

Maybe Errol Spence is the `Phenom’ Who Truly Deserves That Moniker

Maybe Errol Spence is the `Phenom’ Who Truly Deserves That Moniker

By: Bernard Fernandez May 24 2017

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “phenom” as “A person of phenomenal ability or promise.” The Oxford dictionary more or less employs the same terminology: “A person who is outstandingly talented or admired, especially an up-and-comer.” Meet welterweight contender Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr., boxing’s phenom of the moment. Fight fans who have seen him in action are willi...

The Year 2009 Was a Year of Shock and Sadness in Boxing

The Year 2009 Was a Year of Shock and Sadness in Boxing

By: Ted Sares May 24 2017

It started in the early morning hours of April 27, 2009, when former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page, 50, died at home in Louisville. His death was consistent with positional asphyxia, an inability to breathe because of body position. "He had a hospital bed at home, and he slid out, which he has done before," said Jim Wesley, a Jefferson County deputy coroner. "His head was lodged between the r...

Watching Mayweather Pilot Gervonta Davis’s Career Will Be Fascinating

Watching Mayweather Pilot Gervonta Davis’s Career Will Be Fascinating

By: Frank Lotierzo May 22 2017

His promoter and friend is the recently retired pound-for-pound champ, Floyd Mayweather, and he's known in some boxing circles as "Mini Mike Tyson." His name is Gervonta Davis 18-0 (17) and he currently holds the IBF junior lightweight title. This past weekend he made his first title defense and destroyed the UK's Liam Walsh in three-rounds. Walsh entered the bout 21-0 but he was no threat to Davi...

The Hauser Report: The Best and Worst of Boxing

The Hauser Report: The Best and Worst of Boxing

By: Thomas Hauser May 21 2017

Saturday, May 20, saw a six-hour window with multiple fights on HBO and Showtime, five of which were notable for varying reasons. First up, 22-year-old Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KOs) defended his IBF 130-pound belt against challenger Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) in London. Davis, who’s promoted by Mayweather Promotions, is an exciting fighter and a good one. He has breakout potential, which he...

Business-Minded Russell Family Brings Class to a Wild Night of Fisticuffs

Business-Minded Russell Family Brings Class to a Wild Night of Fisticuffs

By: Ronan Keenan May 21 2017

OXON HILL, MD -- Saturday night’s Showtime-televised boxing event at the MGM National Harbor promised to be a night of fist-flying, but the plan was for punches to be thrown only by the prizefighters. Unfortunately, one-twos were launched by a variety of people who didn’t have the gloves on, making it a busy night for the local police force. The most notable non-sanctioned action occurred a...