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Jerwin Ancajas Dominates All-Filipino Contest In California

Jerwin Ancajas Dominates All-Filipino Contest In California

By: Matt McGrain May 27 2018

Filipino Jerwin Ancajas continued an unbeaten streak that stretches back to 2012 tonight with victory over countryman Jonas Sultan in Fresno, California. The world’s #3 super-flyweight according to the TBRB moved to 30-1-1 while Sultan, ranked #8 going in, dropped to 14-4. Sultan justifiably spoke before the fight of having matched superior competition to Ancajas in taking out Sonny Boy Janer...

Jack Johnson’s Pardon

Jack Johnson’s Pardon

By: Thomas Hauser May 26 2018

Boxing has a long history of rich white men exploiting black fighters for their own personal gain. Donald Trump did it as a casino magnate before his holdings in Atlantic City devolved into bankruptcy. He did it again on May 24 when he pardoned Jack Johnson. Johnson’s story is well known. He was the greatest heavyweight of his era and a symbol of towering importance. Thirty years ago, Arth...

Ramirez vs. O’Connor: Stepping Stone or Mismatch?

Ramirez vs. O’Connor: Stepping Stone or Mismatch?

By: Ted Sares May 26 2018

When a bloated James Toney fought Denis Lebedev in Moscow in 2015 with the WBA cruiserweight title somehow at stake, I feared for the global road warrior’s welfare but he got through it. Meanwhile, the fearsome looking Russian got another legendary notch –Calzaghe style--on his belt. A totally shot Danny Williams had lost eight straight bouts when he fought comebacking Oleg Maskaev in 2013 ...

British Boxing Fans Mourn The Deaths of Brendan Ingle and Dean Francis

British Boxing Fans Mourn The Deaths of Brendan Ingle and Dean Francis

By: Arne K. Lang May 25 2018

On Friday, May 24, British boxing fans were saddened to learn of the deaths of two prominent members of the UK fistic fraternity. The noted trainer Brendan Ingle, who was afflicted with Alzheimer’s, passed away at the age of 77. Former boxer Dean Francis, who had been battling colon cancer, died at the age of 44. Ingle was born in Dublin, the son of a dockworker. He was one of 15 children. As...

Move Over, SMU. Olympic Boxing Could Be Facing the `Death Penalty’

Move Over, SMU. Olympic Boxing Could Be Facing the `Death Penalty’

By: Bernard Fernandez May 25 2018

Drastic wrongdoing would seem to require drastic action to correct. At least that was the position of the NCAA, whose leadership took such action following the 1986 college football season when it imposed the so-called “death penalty” on Southern Methodist University, which had demonstrated an ongoing and blatant disregard for the rules in the recruitment of star players. Yes, the quasi-profes...

In a Shocker, Naoya Inoue Shatters Jamie McDonnell In One

In a Shocker, Naoya Inoue Shatters Jamie McDonnell In One

By: Matt McGrain May 25 2018

Japan’s Naoya Inoue today sent shockwaves throughout the bantamweight division and the wider boxing world with a first round knockout of the highly ranked Jamie McDonnell, out of England. It was the first outing at 118lbs for the Japanese who looked very much home at his new poundage which has brought him his third strap in just his sixteenth fight. McDonnell, a colossal bantamweight, had reh...

Part of Hagler’s Great Legacy Is Remaining at 160

Part of Hagler’s Great Legacy Is Remaining at 160

By: Frank Lotierzo May 24 2018

Marvin Hagler was the undisputed middleweight champ from 1980 to 1987. It's hard to fathom he just turned 64 (May 23rd), but from what I've seen he still looks great. And like most all-time greats, the further away we get from his prime the more dominant he looks in hindsight. Hagler also has a huge fan base and his fans are very adamant about defending his legacy. And if ever there was a fighter ...

Jousce Gonzalez and Aaron McKenna Win by KOs in Santa Monica

Jousce Gonzalez and Aaron McKenna Win by KOs in Santa Monica

By: David A. Avila May 24 2018

SANTA MONICA-A star studded audience saw prospects battle along the sea shore at the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation benefit to battle diabetes on Wednesday. Luminaries such as Cindy Crawford, Cedric the Entertainer and of course Oscar De La Hoya watched a short program of boxing at Santa Monica Lowes Beach Hotel. Three of the four prospects are undefeated. For those who know boxing, the best m...

Stylistically Speaking, Daniel M was the Lomachenko of his Day

Stylistically Speaking, Daniel M was the Lomachenko of his Day

By: Arne K. Lang May 23 2018

When a fighter becomes recognized as an extraordinary fighter, pundits writing stories about him invariably conjure up the name of a great fighter of yesteryear who was stylistically similar. Gene Tunney was compared with Gentleman Jim Corbett. Both were seen as cerebral fighters who out-foxed their opponents while maintaining their composure in the heat of battle. The young Mike Tyson drew compar...

A Monster Awaits Colossal Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell in Japan

A Monster Awaits Colossal Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell in Japan

By: Matt McGrain May 22 2018

This Friday night in Ota, Japan, “The Monster” Naoya Inoue will attempt to bag a strap at a third weight in adding Jamie McDonnell’s WBA trinket to the titles he has picked up at light-flyweight and super-flyweight. It will be just his sixteenth professional contest. McDonnell, out of Yorkshire, England, has a professional record of 29-2-1, has gone unbeaten for a decade and has been waving...