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Why Joshua Will Dispatch Klitschko, Ushering in a New Heavyweight Era

Why Joshua Will Dispatch Klitschko, Ushering in a New Heavyweight Era

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 27 2017

Some refer to it as the passing of the torch or the changing of the guard. It occurs when a former longtime champ in the twilight of his career meets the newly projected star who is believed to be the next great fighter. It doesn't happen often but when it does it usually marks the end of one era and the dawning of another. When Jack Johnson beat James J. Jeffries it ushered in the Johnson era ...

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...

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...

Ringside at the StubHub: Valdez, Ramirez, Magdaleno Triumphant

Ringside at the StubHub: Valdez, Ramirez, Magdaleno Triumphant

By: David A. Avila Apr 23 2017

CARSON, CALIF.-WBO featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez wanted a thriller and Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga helped with 12 rounds of back and forth high level action that saw the champion retain the title by unanimous decision on Saturday. And once again an arena seemed to bring out the best in a world title fight. Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) walked into the StubHub Center looking to improve on a pre...

Ringside in Dortmund: Briedis UD 12 Huck. Can You Say Anti-Climactic?

Ringside in Dortmund: Briedis UD 12 Huck. Can You Say Anti-Climactic?

By: Phil Woolever Apr 02 2017

DORTMUND, GERMANY - It wasn’t pretty by any means, but for dozens of raucous Latvian fans who made the trip, Mairis Briedis did a beautiful job dominating Marco Huck to earn the vacant WBC cruiserweight belt along with a lucrative spot in the division’s intriguing unification scenarios. Did some chump suggest taking the “under” proposition regarding the length of this contest? If so, he...

Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis : Heavy Cruisers Collide

Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis : Heavy Cruisers Collide

By: Phil Woolever Mar 30 2017

THE GOLDEN ERA OF CRUISERWEIGHTS - Once upon a time in fightland, the cruiserweight division, with it’s first title tilt in 1979, was the most maligned division in boxing. While the top of the heap included heroes like Evander Holyfield, the ranks below were much thinner talent-wise, to the point that few matches garnished much interest or acclaim. Fine fighters like Bobby Czyz, Vassiliy Jiro...

Three Punch Combo: Notes on GGG, the World Boxing Super Series and More

Three Punch Combo: Notes on GGG, the World Boxing Super Series and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Mar 20 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO: Boxing can be a funny sport. Often it is not if a fighter wins but how he looks in winning that determines his future fights. Sometimes, not looking sharp in winning can open the door to bigger fights more than looking impressive in victory. This may be the case for Gennady Golovkin following his twelve round unanimous decision win against Danny Jacobs this past Saturday at Madi...

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Razor-thin Decisions and two Frightful Knockouts

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Razor-thin Decisions and two Frightful Knockouts

By: Arne K. Lang Mar 12 2017

The second weekend of March was chock full of good boxing matches. As usual, Mexicans were well represented among the winners and losers. On Friday, big wins were scored by a Japanese Mexican and by a Mexican from Northern Ireland. In Tokyo, former WBO world bantamweight champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (33-2) had a relatively easy time in a 10-round match with Thai Veteran Pipat Chai...

In His New Book, Jerry Izenberg Pays Homage to the Golden Era of Heavyweights

In His New Book, Jerry Izenberg Pays Homage to the Golden Era of Heavyweights

By: Bernard Fernandez Feb 08 2017

JERRY IZENBERG’S “Once There Were Giants”: -- Anyone who saw the great 2004 biopic about Ray Charles, Ray, might recall what Jamie Foxx, who won the Academy Award as Best Actor for his spot-on portrayal of the R&B legend, said in explaining Charles’ mid-1960s excursion into country music. “It’s the stories, man,” Foxx, as Charles, said of the title character’s surprisingly e...

Muhammad Ali: A Life – Insights Culled from a New Documentary

Muhammad Ali: A Life – Insights Culled from a New Documentary

By: Thomas Hauser Jan 12 2017

ALI -- Last year, I was involved in the making of a documentary entitled Muhammad Ali: A Life that will be televised by Epix on January 17 to mark the 75th anniversary of Ali’s birth. Robert Lipsyte and Randy Roberts are featured prominently in the documentary. Lipsyte covered Ali as a journalist for the New York Times and other publications from the early 1960s on. He was present at the Fift...