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Punch Stats: Building a Data Base Can Be Frustrating

Punch Stats: Building a Data Base Can Be Frustrating

By: Kelsey McCarson Jul 20 2018

Looking to dig up some punch statistics from an old or recent fight? It might be harder than you think. Other than digging through BoxBec wiki entries (which can be a hit or miss process), there’s no single resource on the internet today to consistently find punch stats. CompuBox, one of the most referenced and widely used resources in the sport of boxing, is basically nothing more than a lan...

Busy Friday for Thompson Boxing: Zhora on ShoBox; Dutchover at Ontario

Busy Friday for Thompson Boxing: Zhora on ShoBox; Dutchover at Ontario

By: David A. Avila Jul 19 2018

Southern California’s small promotional powerhouse steps forward with a fight card in California and sends a potential contender to Iowa on the same day. Zhora Hamazaryan (9-0, 6 KOs) meets Thomas Mattice (12-0, 10 KOs) in a crucial battle between undefeated lightweights at WinnaVegas Casino and Resort in Sloan, Iowa on Friday July 20. It will be televised by Showtime. Hamazaryan, 22, is o...

Literary Notes: Rocky Marciano and More

Literary Notes: Rocky Marciano and More

By: Thomas Hauser Jul 19 2018

John Jarrett has been writing about boxing since 1951 when his first article, a piece about Rocky Marciano, was published in Boxing News. Since then, he has been involved with the sweet science in myriad ways including ongoing service as Northern Area Secretary for the British Boxing Board of Control for forty years. During that time, he has written nine books, he most recent of which (Rocky Marci...

The Avila Perspective Chapter 6: Munguia, Cruiserweights and Pacman

The Avila Perspective Chapter 6: Munguia, Cruiserweights and Pacman

By: David A. Avila Jul 18 2018

Adjoining states in the west host a number of boxing cards including a world title contest that features a newcomer who, before knocking out a world champion, was erroneously categorized by a Nevada official as unworthy of a title challenge. Welcome to the world of Mexico’s Jaime Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) the WBO super welterweight world titlist who meets England’s Liam Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs) ...

Rocky Fielding is Boxing’s Newest ‘Rocky’

Rocky Fielding is Boxing’s Newest ‘Rocky’

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 17 2018

On a weekend when Manny Pacquiao delivered his best performance in years and 140-pound hotshot Regis Prograis took another leap forward, Rocky Fielding’s triumph in Germany got lost in the shuffle. In a big upset, Fielding snatched the WBA 168-pound title from Tyron Zeuge with a fifth round stoppage. This was quite a turnabout for Fielding considering where he was on Nov. 7, 2015. Where he...

Three Punch Combo: Pacquiao-Matthysse Redux, a ‘ShoBox’ Preview and More

Three Punch Combo: Pacquiao-Matthysse Redux, a ‘ShoBox’ Preview and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jul 17 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO: This past weekend, Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO’s) returned to the ring after a little more than a year off and made surprisingly easy work of Lucas Matthysse (39-5, 36 KO’s), stopping him in round seven to win a welterweight belt. Many, including myself, thought Matthysse just may have been too much for Pacquiao at this point in Pacquiao’s career. The old Pacquiao is ...

Prograis Wins ‘Battle of New Orleans’ With Crunching Body Attack

Prograis Wins ‘Battle of New Orleans’ With Crunching Body Attack

By: Bernard Fernandez Jul 15 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Before one of his division-record 25 heavyweight title defenses, Joe Louis was approached by a fan who advised him that the “Brown Bomber’s” upcoming opponent did not like to get hit to the body. “Who do?” Louis famously replied. If there was ever any doubt beforehand, this much was established during New Orleans native Regis “Rougarou” Prograis’ much-hyped, E...

Fast Results from Kuala Lumpur: Vintage Pacquiao TKOs Matthysse

Fast Results from Kuala Lumpur: Vintage Pacquiao TKOs Matthysse

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 14 2018

It was late Sunday morning in Kuala Lumpur when Lucas Martin Matthysse stepped into the ring against Manny Pacquiao to defend his WBA welterweight title. The 39-year-old Pacquiao, who can be called a living legend without exaggeration, is not the Pacquiao of old, but tonight he turned back Father Time and made his opponent look older than his years. The presumption was that the 35-year Matthyss...

A Quick Look at Francesco Pianeta, Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent

A Quick Look at Francesco Pianeta, Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 12 2018

Chapter Two of Tyson Fury’s comeback will unfold on August 18 at Windsor Park, a 22,000-seat soccer stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Francesco Pianeta will be in the opposite corner. An Italian by birth but a citizen of Germany where he has resided since the age of 10, the 33-year-old Pianeta (pictured) is a former two-time world title challenger. Fury (26-0, 19 KOs) was the lineal heavy...

Regis Prograis Living Proof That, Yes, You Can Go Home Again

Regis Prograis Living Proof That, Yes, You Can Go Home Again

By: Bernard Fernandez Jul 11 2018

NEW ORLEANS -- Super lightweight contender Regis “Rougarou” Prograis admits he is not familiar with acclaimed author Thomas Wolfe’s final novel, You Can’t Go Home Again, which was published posthumously in 1940. It’s probably just as well; the central figure in Wolfe’s pessimistic take on a prodigal son’s painful and long-delayed journey back to the place of his birth, George Webber,...