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The Joshua-Klitschko Blockbuster: Birth of a New Era?

The Joshua-Klitschko Blockbuster: Birth of a New Era?

By: Matt McGrain Apr 25 2017

The narrative surrounding Anthony Joshua is the most familiar in all of boxing. Here is a young man caught up in the endless cycle of drugs and gangs that afflicts every major city in the world. A young man who hit the weights so he would continue to command the respect of his peers and who wound up in a boxing gym for similar reasons; a man whose own mother speculates darkly as to the path he wou...

Joshua-Klitschko Needs To Be Another Holmes-Norton

Joshua-Klitschko Needs To Be Another Holmes-Norton

By: Bernard Fernandez Apr 24 2017

JOSHUA VS. KLITSCHKO -- It is axiomatic in boxing that the heavyweight division is the engine that drives the sport, but that has been truer at certain times than at others. When Muhamad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and a host of only slightly lesser luminaries were at the throttle, their era was a luxuriously appointed bullet train barreling down the tracks with a full load of satisfied passe...

The Hauser Report: Shawn Porter, Jermell Charlo, and More

The Hauser Report: Shawn Porter, Jermell Charlo, and More

By: Thomas Hauser Apr 24 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT -- The latest installment of “Brooklyn Boxing” was contested at Barclays Center on April 22. The main fight of the evening was a WBC “elimination” bout between Shawn Porter (26-2, 18 KOs) and Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) to determine the mandatory challenger for Keith Thurman’s 147-pound crown. In a co-featured bout, WBC 154-pound title-holder Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 ...

Klitschko’s Legacy Probably Rests On Beating Joshua

Klitschko’s Legacy Probably Rests On Beating Joshua

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 23 2017

I say he is due all props for taking this fight. That's right. I salute the 41-year-old former unified heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko 64-4 (53), for accepting the biggest challenge of his career at such an advanced age for a fighter. In mid-December of last year Klitschko agreed to challenge IBF champ Anthony Joshua 18-0 (18) with the vacant WBA title also up for grabs. The bout will air liv...

Ruben Olivares and Chucho Castillo Are Forever Linked by Their Great Rivalry

Ruben Olivares and Chucho Castillo Are Forever Linked by Their Great Rivalry

By: The Sweet Science Apr 21 2017

DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT TAMAS PRADARICS -- Rivalries always make boxing more popular. They help the sport borrow the attention of general sport fans who normally do not follow fist-fighting. Rivalries sometimes outlast complete generations of fight fans. Fathers tell tales about them to sons and the lineality flows on. There are celebrated ones. Everybody remembers the Al...

Cincinnati Bad Boy Adrien Broner Arrested in a Bullet-Riddled SUV

Cincinnati Bad Boy Adrien Broner Arrested in a Bullet-Riddled SUV

By: The Sweet Science Apr 20 2017

INCORRIGIBLE ADRIEN BRONER -- According to various reports, welterweight contender Adrien Broner was arrested shortly after midnight today (April 20) and spent four hours in police custody before being released on bond. Broner was stopped and arrested by Covington, Kentucky police as he was crossing into Kentucky in a rented Chevrolet SUV and was turned over to Cincinnati police who detained him o...

Andre Berto Returns to Boxing’s Last Chance Corral

Andre Berto Returns to Boxing’s Last Chance Corral

By: Bernard Fernandez Apr 19 2017

In assessing his career, and boxing in general, Andre Berto makes a valid point. There are incredible highs and depressing lows, and those who step inside the ropes long enough and often enough should be prepared for either eventuality. “I’ve always wanted to feel everything that this game has to offer,” said the two-time former welterweight champion, who squares off against another oneti...

Porter Needs to Make a Statement and Andre Berto Fits the Bill

Porter Needs to Make a Statement and Andre Berto Fits the Bill

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 19 2017

PORTER vs BERTO -- This Saturday’s WBC welterweight title eliminator between former title holders Andre Berto 31-4 (24) and Shawn Porter 26-2-1 (16) should be a fun fight to watch based on their last bouts. Last April, in his rematch with Victor Ortiz, Berto came off the deck to score a fourth round stoppage. This was five years after losing to Ortiz by a unanimous decision the first time they m...

The Last Man to Defeat Floyd Mayweather Weighs in on Shakur Stevenson

The Last Man to Defeat Floyd Mayweather Weighs in on Shakur Stevenson

By: Arne K. Lang Apr 18 2017

OLYMPIC BOXERS TURNING PRO -- Five members of the U.S. men’s boxing squad that competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics have turned pro. Flyweight Antonio Vargas turned pro on Feb. 24. Light flyweight Nico Hernandez made his pro debut on March 25. Lightweight Carlos Balderas had his first pro fight on April 9. Bantamweight Shakur Stevenson makes his maiden run this Saturday on Bob Arum’s big show at ...

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Thursday’s ESPN Event, Julius Indongo and More

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Thursday’s ESPN Event, Julius Indongo and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Apr 17 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- It’s a point I keep harping on but good matchmaking makes good fights. And good fights bring back buzz to the sport which brings back the fans. Though the participants on Thursday’s Golden Boy show on ESPN are not the biggest names, they are solid fighters who are well matched and should provide excellent action in competitive fights. The main event is a super lightweig...