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Indongo May Provide A Scary Moment Against Crawford, But That’s It

Indongo May Provide A Scary Moment Against Crawford, But That’s It

By: Frank Lotierzo Aug 16 2017

It's been 14 years since we've seen an undisputed unified champion atop the junior welterweight division. The last time the unified champ defended all the titles was back in January of 2003 when Kostya Tszyu defended the WBA-WBC-IBF titles against Jessie James Leija. The fight concluded when Leija's corner stopped the bout after the sixth round due to his perforated right eardrum. That'll change t...

Boxing’s Best and Most Complete Fighters

Boxing’s Best and Most Complete Fighters

By: Frank Lotierzo Aug 13 2017

I've never been much of a pound-for-pound list guy. Until recently I never placed any stock in those lists because they serve no real purpose. Everyone has their own personal thoughts as to what constitutes the best pound-for-pound fighters. The only thing I was ever absolutely certain of was that Sugar Ray Robinson was – and still is -- the greatest combination of elite boxing, speed, power-pun...

Superstardom Came When Saul Alvarez Morphed Into Canelo

Superstardom Came When Saul Alvarez Morphed Into Canelo

By: Bernard Fernandez Aug 09 2017

Lots of athletes have nicknames. Some are carryovers from childhood, some are self-invented, still others are the products of imaginative publicists or promoters seeking to coin a word or phrase that will separate their guy (or gal) from the madding crowd.  But it takes a truly special talent or personality to rise to the level where the nickname supersedes what’s printed on a birth certificate...

Wladimir Klitschko: A Career Appreciation

Wladimir Klitschko: A Career Appreciation

By: Frank Lotierzo Aug 08 2017

He participated in 29 heavyweight title bouts compiling a record of 25-4. Yes, Wladimir Klitschko 64-5 (53) fought with a version of the title on the line more than any other champion who has yet lived. To put his title bout record in perspective, Joe Louis was 27-1, Muhammad Ali 22-3, Larry Holmes 21-5, Lennox Lewis 15-2-1 and Mike Tyson 12-4. On top of that, you can make the case without much tr...

Three Punch Combo: Old School Fighters, a Lomachenko Look-Ahead and More

Three Punch Combo: Old School Fighters, a Lomachenko Look-Ahead and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Aug 08 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- This past week, we saw Raymundo Beltran (34-7-1, 21 KO’s) move a step closer to another crack at a world title belt with his majority decision win against tough contender Bryan Vasquez (35-3, 19 KO’s). Beltran’s story is a unique one in modern day boxing. He suffered several losses, including some by knockout, before finally finding himself and earning a world title shot...

Vasyl Lomachenko Is Much More Experienced Than You Realize

Vasyl Lomachenko Is Much More Experienced Than You Realize

By: Frank Lotierzo Aug 07 2017

The fandom is over the top with the emergence of boxing's next must-see fighter. He is Vasyl Lomachenko 9-1 (7), the current holder of the WBO junior lightweight title. This past weekend Lomachenko completely dominated an outclassed Miguel Marriaga 25-3 (21) who withdrew from the fight after the seventh round. Prior to fighting Vasyl, Marriaga lost a unanimous decision to Oscar Valdez for the WBO ...

Middleweight Iron Men: GGG, Canelo and Others

Middleweight Iron Men: GGG, Canelo and Others

By: Jeffrey Freeman Aug 06 2017

It’s never a good thing for a fighter to look past his next opponent but for fans and boxing writers it’s perfectly acceptable to consider what comes down the road. In the middleweight division, all eyes are currently fixed on September 16 in Las Vegas. It’s a month and a half to go before we know who the universally recognized middleweight champion of the world really is. Gennady Golovki...

Ringside in L.A.: Lomachenko Bedazzles Overmatched Marriaga

Ringside in L.A.: Lomachenko Bedazzles Overmatched Marriaga

By: David A. Avila Aug 06 2017

LOS ANGELES-Vasyl “High Tech” Lomachenko bedazzled the technically challenged Miguel Marriaga to win by technical knockout and retain the WBO junior lightweight world title on Saturday before an adoring crowd. Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) defused Colombia’s Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs) with his speed, dabbing and assortment of blows that sometimes connected with a thud and mostly tapped. But it was...

Herrera and Soto Karass Awaken Ghosts of the Old Olympic Auditorium

Herrera and Soto Karass Awaken Ghosts of the Old Olympic Auditorium

By: David A. Avila Aug 05 2017

INDIO, Ca.-Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera won the welterweight battle on Friday and Jesus Soto Karass captured the hearts of fans in a back and forth skirmish that harkened back to the smoky nights of the old Olympic Auditorium. It was like entering a time warp 50 years ago. Riverside’s Herrera (24-7, 7 KOs), jumped to a quick lead over L.A.-based Soto Karass (28-12-4) behind an educate...

Back to Back Fight Cards in SoCal: Herrera, Lomachenko, Mayer

Back to Back Fight Cards in SoCal: Herrera, Lomachenko, Mayer

By: David A. Avila Aug 03 2017

Two of boxing’s powerhouse promoters are presenting back-to-back fight cards in Southern California. Two welterweights with impressive fight ledgers meet each other for possible last hurrahs when Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (that’s him on the left) fights Jesus Soto Karass in the main event at Fantasy Springs Casino on Friday Aug. 4. Golden Boy’s fight card will be televised by ESPN...