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Errol Spence Will Look Great While Vanquishing Lamont Peterson

Errol Spence Will Look Great While Vanquishing Lamont Peterson

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 18 2017

On January 13th or 20th of next year, the fighter who many believe is the best welterweight in the world, Errol Spence 22-0 (19), will make the first defense of the IBF title he won from Kell Brook this past May in England. His opponent will be former two division title holder Lamont Peterson 35-3-1 (17). Peterson vacated his WBA (regular) title so he can challenge for Spence's IBF belt. The bout ...

Gausha Is Erislandy Lara’s Last Chance to Woo Fans

Gausha Is Erislandy Lara’s Last Chance to Woo Fans

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 12 2017

He's a versatile and accomplished fighter who has only suffered two setbacks in 28 pro bouts. One was extremely close against a super star fighter, Canelo Alvarez, and the other was such a terrible decision that the judges who scored the fight for his opponent, Paul Williams, were suspended indefinitely. And to his chagrin, he's been avoided by some of the big name fighters in his division since t...

The Difference in Self Awareness Between Joshua and Wilder

The Difference in Self Awareness Between Joshua and Wilder

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 08 2017

Boxing has enjoyed a great year in 2017 with two and a half months still to go. IBF/WBA heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua 19-0 (19) defends his belts against former title challenger Kubrat Pulev 25-1 (13) later this month on October 28th. The following week, on November 4th, WBC champ Deontay Wilder 38-0 (37) fights a rematch with the man he beat for the title back in January of 2015, Bermane Stive...

There Never Was Going To Be a Wilder-Ortiz Fight

There Never Was Going To Be a Wilder-Ortiz Fight

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 06 2017

Starting in early July this past summer rumors began to emerge that WBC heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder 38-0 (37) was going to defend his title in late October or early November against former interim WBA title holder Luis Ortiz 27-0 (23) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The prospect of Wilder-Ortiz had the boxing world frothing with anticipation. I too was excited, although I suspected...

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

By: Bernard Fernandez Oct 05 2017

It was at the New York City press conference to officially announce the Nov. 4 WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and the man many deemed to be his most credible challenger to date, Cuban expatriate Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs). I cornered promoter Lou DiBella and asked for his thoughts on the stylistic differences between Wilder-Ortiz, which fi...

Conor McGregor Should Thank Robert Byrd Instead Of Admonishing Him

Conor McGregor Should Thank Robert Byrd Instead Of Admonishing Him

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 04 2017

With the 118-110 score submitted for Canelo-Golovkin by judge Adalaide Byrd a few weeks ago, it's been open season on boxing officials. As someone who has found fault with some recent scorecards tabulated by a select few during the past year, I can see why. I disagreed with the decision in the first Gonzalez-Rungvisai bout that went to Rungvisai and the decision rendered in the first Ward-Kovalev ...

Ringside Report: Spike O’Sullivan Wins Bloody Boston Beatdown

Ringside Report: Spike O’Sullivan Wins Bloody Boston Beatdown

By: Jeffrey Freeman Oct 01 2017

BOSTON ​—​ ​When​ ​the​ ​Irish​ ​came​ ​to​ ​Boston​ ​in​ ​the​ ​late​ ​1840s​ ​during​ ​the​ ​great​ ​potato​ ​famine, they​ ​found​ ​it​ ​difficult​ ​to​ ​gain​ ​meaningful​ ​employment​ ​in​ ​Beantown.​ ​Those​ ​new​ ​American​ ​citizens were​ ​told​ ​in​ ​no​ ​unc...

Mairis Briedis Tops Mike Perez in Riga

Mairis Briedis Tops Mike Perez in Riga

By: Phil Woolever Sep 30 2017

LATVIAN HOMECOMING - The charcoal canvas and white ring posts signifying the World Boxing Super Series held another significant result as Mairis Briedis advanced in the cruiserweight bracket with a unanimous decision over Mike Perez. “It wasn’t easy but we did it together,” the bruised hometown hero Briedis, 23-0 (18), told a frenzied crowd at crowded Arena Riga afterward. It was probably...

Why Canelo Had A Better Night Than Golovkin

Why Canelo Had A Better Night Than Golovkin

By: Frank Lotierzo Sep 30 2017

Now that the storm has quelled regarding the decision rendered declaring Canelo-Golovkin a draw, maybe some other aspects of the fight can be examined. If there ever was a big fight in which I had no rooting interest it was this one. As most know who've read this column, as elite world class fighters I'm not a big fan of either Canelo or GGG. The thought how any observer could consider either amon...

Jermell Charlo’s Kingdom Has Come

Jermell Charlo’s Kingdom Has Come

By: Kelsey McCarson Sep 29 2017

Jermell Charlo pulled up to media day in a white Bentley. If you have never attended such an event for a fighter, here is what happens. The fighter invites fans and media to watch him work out. He shows up 30 minutes late or so to be sure he’s the last to arrive, then parades around the gym to showcase what it sort of looks like when he actually works out. In truth, a fighter’s media day...