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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...

May 20th Boxing Scorecard: Davis, Uzcategui, Crawford, Benavidez and More

May 20th Boxing Scorecard: Davis, Uzcategui, Crawford, Benavidez and More

By: The Sweet Science May 21 2017

The action was hot and heavy on the third Saturday of May. The festivities got under way at the Copper Box Arena in London where Gervonta Davis (pictured on the right) had an easy go in the first defense of his IBF 130-pound title. With Floyd Mayweather shouting encouragement, Davis TKOed Liam Walsh in the third frame. After two feeling-out frames, Davis cranked up the juice and the overmatched Wa...

A Joshua-Klitschko Rematch Seems Inevitable, and that’s Distressing

A Joshua-Klitschko Rematch Seems Inevitable, and that’s Distressing

By: Frank Lotierzo May 19 2017

 If the reports leaking out are true, Wladimir Klitschko will activate his rematch clause with Anthony Joshua and the two will meet again in the fall. I didn’t want to see that happen, but I can't say I blame Wladimir because it's really hard to walk away from millions of dollars doing something you love and were great at. I was hoping Klitschko 64-5 (53) would ride off into the sunset and h...

A Grand Feast Awaits Fight Fans on the Third Saturday of May

A Grand Feast Awaits Fight Fans on the Third Saturday of May

By: Arne K. Lang May 18 2017

SATURDAY'S FISTIC FEAST -- What a difference a year makes! In May of last year, boxing fans in North America were moaning over a sport that was mired in the doldrums. Today those fans are whistling a happy tune, gratified that the slack was short-lived. The last Saturday of April brought us a scintillating see-saw rumble between the two men generally recognized as the top two heavyweights in th...

A Three Day Festival — Golden Boy, Thompson Boxing & Mayweather

A Three Day Festival — Golden Boy, Thompson Boxing & Mayweather

By: David A. Avila May 18 2017

A triple delight takes place this week starting in Tucson, then going to Ontario, California, then moving to London for a fight that will be combined for TV viewing with other fights taking place in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Mexicali’s favorite son Diego De La Hoya (17-0) faces Oxnard’s Erik Ruiz (16-6-1) in a super bantamweight showdown tonight (Thursday, May 18), near the OK Corral; it’s Tuc...

Canelo’s Drawing Power Will Zoom into the Stratosphere if he Beats GGG

Canelo’s Drawing Power Will Zoom into the Stratosphere if he Beats GGG

By: Frank Lotierzo May 14 2017

With the announcement of the much anticipated middleweight title bout between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez 49-1-1 (34) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin 37-0 (33), I think it's fair to say the boxing community hasn't been this electrified since it became official that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would meet in May of 2015. The confrontation between Canelo and Golovkin represents a great style contras...

25 Years Ago, Michael Moorer and Bert Cooper Waged a Tumultuous Battle

25 Years Ago, Michael Moorer and Bert Cooper Waged a Tumultuous Battle

By: Bernard Fernandez May 12 2017

THE MOORER–COOPER BARNBURNER: They often are called “closet classics,” a term employed to describe thrilling, two-way action fights that, for whatever reason, somehow have managed to escape widespread public attention both in the then-and-now and in a broader historical sense. By that definition, the incredible slugfest waged by Michael Moorer and “Smokin’” Bert Cooper on May 15, 19...

Briggs vs Oquendo and the Odious WBA “Regular” Heavyweight Title Belt

Briggs vs Oquendo and the Odious WBA “Regular” Heavyweight Title Belt

By: Arne K. Lang May 12 2017

BRIGGS VS OQUENDO -- In 1989, at age 40, George Foreman appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The accompanying caption read “A Blast From The Past.” That would be an apt title for the forthcoming match between 45-year-old Shannon Briggs and 44-year-old Fres Oquendo as both men have seemingly been around forever. Their 12-round contest at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollyw...

Avila’s Pound for Pound List Spring 2017

Avila’s Pound for Pound List Spring 2017

By: David A. Avila May 11 2017

MY TOP DOZEN POUND FOR POUND -- Most of the major fights have taken place for 2017 with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s win over Julio Cesar Chavez marking the last of the pound for pound fighters. A couple more take place within a month’s span including England’s Kell Brook meeting with American Errol Spence Jr. But for the most part, we have a semblance of those who belong on the dozen top ...