Europe & Africa

Springs Toledo’s “Murderers’ Row” a Poignant Tale of Triumph and Tragedy

Springs Toledo’s “Murderers’ Row” a Poignant Tale of Triumph and Tragedy

By: Bernard Fernandez Jul 25 2017

The best, most enthralling books, be they fiction or non-fiction, of necessity must engage readers in at least one of two ways. One is the subject matter, which ideally is compelling enough to create enough interest to make someone want to continue to turn pages from the first to the last. The other – and it’s an area to which I attach much importance – is the manner in which the story is to...

Three Punch Combo: Adrien Broner’s Uncertain Legacy and More

Three Punch Combo: Adrien Broner’s Uncertain Legacy and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jul 24 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- Adrien Broner (33-2, 24 KO’s) faces Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KO’s) on Saturday night in a pivotal junior welterweight bout. The fight is not only pivotal for Broner’s future in the sport but for his legacy. If beaten decisively by Garcia, Broner will become a footnote in the sport’s history as one of the greatest hype jobs in modern boxing. Supporters of Broner will a...

Jermall Charlo Lying In Wait for Canelo-Golovkin Winner

Jermall Charlo Lying In Wait for Canelo-Golovkin Winner

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 24 2017

In most boxing circles it's as if things are pretty much settled in the middleweight division, and it's just a matter of who comes out on top this coming September 16th. Yes, the winner of the title bout between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez 49-1-1 (34) and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin 37-0 (33) will be assumed to be the fighter who reigns atop the food chain among boxing's elite 160-pounders.....or maybe not. ...

Juan LaPorte and the Mysterious Death of Salvador Sanchez

Juan LaPorte and the Mysterious Death of Salvador Sanchez

By: Jose Corpas Jul 23 2017

It was close to noon on August 12, 1982 when the radio blurted out four times in Spanish, “Salvador Sanchez is dead - I repeat – Salvador Sanchez is dead!” Each time the announcer repeated those words, my jaw sank lower and lower. Weeks later, at the corner store, at Vinny’s barbershop around the corner, and on every stoop on the block, everyone still shook their heads in disbelief. In our...

Tommy West-Tommy Ryan III: The Most Vicious Bout in Boxing History

Tommy West-Tommy Ryan III: The Most Vicious Bout in Boxing History

By: Matt McGrain Jul 22 2017

It was reported in the early days of 1905 that former welterweight and middleweight contender Tommy West was shot five times by a man named Paul Mullan in a dispute about boxing no less. He survived and lived for another quarter of a century. Undoubtedly former welterweight and middleweight champion Tommy Ryan, one of the greatest fighters of his and perhaps any other era, heard of West’s mis...

Ringside in Anaheim: Muwendo and Estrada Emerge Victorious

Ringside in Anaheim: Muwendo and Estrada Emerge Victorious

By: David A. Avila Jul 22 2017

ANAHEIM, CALIF.-With all the advantages of being a natural super lightweight Ismail Muwendo defeated the much shorter but more skillful Efrain Esquivias by decision on Friday. Long Beach’s Muwendo (19-0) continued his undefeated streak by using his height and natural strength to overpower Esquivias (17-7-1) at the M-3 Anaheim Events Center before a crowd of more than 500. Muwendo had at le...

London Prize Ring Rules: Regaining a Lost Empire

London Prize Ring Rules: Regaining a Lost Empire

By: Jeffrey Freeman Jul 21 2017

Forget Brexit. A lost Empire is now regained. The Revolutionary War avenged. It might be hard to fathom today in the land of Donald J. Trump and Deontay Wilder, but boxing’s bloody roots are firmly planted in the old country; England to be exact and London in particular. It was there in 1865, during our bloody Civil War here over the future of slavery, that John Douglas, the 9th Marques...

Robert Guerrero’s Journey from Gilroy to Las Vegas

Robert Guerrero’s Journey from Gilroy to Las Vegas

By: David A. Avila Jul 20 2017

When Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero first stepped into the prize ring, all I remember was a camel was involved. Thinking back on that day on April 22, 2001, a fighter by the name of Hector Camacho Jr. rode on the back of a camel into the outdoor lot of Fantasy Springs Casino. He was dressed like some kind of Arabian knight. On that same fight card Guerrero fought Alejandro Cruz who was also...

Don’t Listen to the Parroting Promoters: No Chance of Wilder-Ortiz

Don’t Listen to the Parroting Promoters: No Chance of Wilder-Ortiz

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 20 2017

In a year when a lot of fights that we thought we'd never see are being made and some are actually coming to fruition, there's another one being thrown out that at one time was thought to be a pipe dream. And that's WBC heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder 38-0 (37) fighting Cuban defector Luis Ortiz 27-0 (23). If you believe what has been circulated by the promoter parrots, Wilder is going to ...

Career Definers: These Boxers Will Always Be Identified With These Bouts

Career Definers: These Boxers Will Always Be Identified With These Bouts

By: Ted Sares Jul 19 2017

Most boxers have that one (or two) fights that define their careers. Of course none can top Buster Douglas when it comes to that one fight that was the diamond sparkling in the sand. But others stand out as well. Here is a sampling: Rene Jacquot Frenchman Rene Jacquot (that’s him on the right) shocked the boxing world in 1989 when he upset WBC welterweight champion Donald Curry in Grenoble...