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Fast Results from Quebec: Billy Joe Saunders Puts on a Clinic

Fast Results from Quebec: Billy Joe Saunders Puts on a Clinic

By: Arne K. Lang Dec 17 2017

The WBO middleweight title fight tonight at the Bell Center in Laval, Quebec, Canada, was a rare specimen, a true “pick-‘em” contest on the books of U.K. bookmakers. The odds gave promise of a nail-biter, but to the contrary it was a monotonous, one-sided affair, a tour-de-force for defending champion Billy Joe Saunders who made David Lemieux look much older than his 28 years. Saunders, a...

A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Dec 16 2017

James Lawton calls boxing “the world’s oldest and most embattled sport.” A Ringside Affair (Bloomsbury Publishing) recounts his sojourn through the sweet science as lead sportswriter for The Independent and Daily Express in London. Lawton’s remembrance begins with what he calls “the first significant fight’ he covered, the 1977 match-up between a fading Muhammad Ali and Earnie Shave...

Will The Fourth Time be a Charm for Tenacious Ray Beltran?

Will The Fourth Time be a Charm for Tenacious Ray Beltran?

By: Rick Assad Dec 15 2017

In ice hockey when a player scores three goals in a game, it's called a hat trick. For Ray Beltran, he's tallied his version of a hat trick, but in a negative way after challenging for the World Boxing Organization's lightweight championship three times, only to fall short on each occasion. Still Beltran, a 36-year-old who launched his professional career in 1999 with a unanimous decision wi...

Fast Results From Ekaterinburg: Povetkin Defeats Uninspired Hammer

Fast Results From Ekaterinburg: Povetkin Defeats Uninspired Hammer

By: Arne K. Lang Dec 15 2017

Ekaterinburg, Russia, near the border of Europe and Asia, was the site of an important heavyweight match today (Friday, Dec. 15) pitting former WBC world heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin against Christian Hammer (aka Cristian Ciocan). A gold medalist for Russia in the 2004 Olympics, Povetkin improved his record to 33-1 with a virtual shutout over his German-Croatian opponent. Hammer (22-5...

The Jeff Horn Story: It’s Playing Out the Way It Was Supposed To

The Jeff Horn Story: It’s Playing Out the Way It Was Supposed To

By: Frank Lotierzo Dec 14 2017

With 2017 counting down many boxing observers are reflecting on what a great year it's been, like no other in recent memory, and 2018 looks to continue on the same path. As always, boxing is driven by its fights and fighters as it should be, but sometimes the ugly business side of it rears its head and that must be acknowledged too. This year we saw some tremendous bouts in Sor Rungvisai-Gonzal...

Feisty USA Boxing President John Brown Sees Better Times Ahead

Feisty USA Boxing President John Brown Sees Better Times Ahead

By: Bernard Fernandez Dec 13 2017

Sometimes a fresh coat of paint and moving the same rickety furniture around isn’t enough. Sometimes that perennial fixer-upper needs to have a wrecking ball taken to it to make way for a new and improved structure. And if you’ve taken the lead assignment for an overdue rebuilding project, you either admit that the task figures to be lengthy and daunting or you don’t, parsing your words for ...

Cinderella Man Jeff Horn TKOs Gary Corcoran to Set Up a Mega-fight in Vegas

Cinderella Man Jeff Horn TKOs Gary Corcoran to Set Up a Mega-fight in Vegas

By: Arne K. Lang Dec 13 2017

Jeff Horn successfully defended his WBO world welterweight title in his first defense, turning away Gary Corcoran with an 11th round TKO at the Convention and Exhibition Center in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia. The victory sets up a mega-fight with Terence Crawford which is expected to transpire in Las Vegas in April. Horn won his title with a controversial decision over Manny Pacquiao, a...

Talking Shop With The Inimitable Roy Jones Jr.

Talking Shop With The Inimitable Roy Jones Jr.

By: Kelsey McCarson Dec 12 2017

Ya’ll musta forgot about Roy Jones Jr. I sure haven’t. Roy hasn’t either. Having chatted with him on the phone last week, in fact, I still can’t decide which one of us was more impressed with his outstanding boxing career: him or me. “How do ya’ll dispute [me being the best] when you can go look at the YouTube videos and you’ll see me do things that you’ll never see anybody e...

An Unforgiving Minute

An Unforgiving Minute

By: Springs Toledo Dec 11 2017

At 11:30 Saturday night, as Guillermo Rigondeaux was surrendering in his corner after the sixth round of his fight against Vasyl Lomachenko, BWAA president Joe Santoliquito typed a post on Facebook, “Rigondeaux hurt his left wrist.” Dave Wilcox replied immediately: “I think he hurt his left ego.” He skipped the post-fight press conference and headed to a hospital near Madison Square Gar...

Arslanbek Makhmudov, a Big Man with a Big Upside, Turned Pro Last Weekend

Arslanbek Makhmudov, a Big Man with a Big Upside, Turned Pro Last Weekend

By: Matt McGrain Dec 11 2017

Arslanbek Makhmudov is a giant of a heavyweight. Listed anywhere between 6’5 and 6’6 and scaling over 260lbs, this Russian national out of Alania has made hardly a ripple in turning professional this weekend in Toronto, Canada, but it may not be too long before this giant of a man is turning heads right across the world. He has already turned mine. Makhmudov boxed for Russia as an ama...