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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...

Three Punch Combo: A Plug For Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend and More

Three Punch Combo: A Plug For Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski May 21 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY will soon be hosting its annual induction weekend which this year will take place from Thursday June 7th until Sunday June 10th. The four day event is a celebration of the sport and concludes with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday which will enshrine legends Vitali Klitschko, Erik Morales and Winky Wright, amon...

Why I Was Slow to Join the Chorus Trumpeting Lomachenko’s Greatness

Why I Was Slow to Join the Chorus Trumpeting Lomachenko’s Greatness

By: Frank Lotierzo May 18 2018

Yes, I certainly grasped how uniquely gifted Vasyl Lomachenko was while watching him in his pro debut versus Jose Ramirez. And in a close but losing effort to Orlando Salido in his next bout, I saw him become an experienced pro during the last four rounds after Salido used every old school and borderline trick in the book against him. And from his third bout against Gary Russell through to his 11t...

Lightweights on Parade: Romero Duno at Fantasy Springs and More

Lightweights on Parade: Romero Duno at Fantasy Springs and More

By: David A. Avila May 16 2018

When the best fight the best you get a Romero Duno who was put on a small fight show and unexpectedly knocked out the hometown favorite easy peasy. On another show, Rey Perez toppled the same hometown fighter and he’s now in the semi-main event. The two Filipinos fighters headline the fight card at Fantasy Springs Casino. It won’t be easy for either but that’s the road they chose. D...

Lomachenko and Garcia: Lightning and Thunder

Lomachenko and Garcia: Lightning and Thunder

By: Ted Sares May 16 2018

Irish legend and former featherweight king Barry McGuigan takes it as far as you can go: “Lomachenko is one of the greatest fighters we have seen or ever will see,” he wrote in his regular weekly column in the (London) Mirror. He adds, “There is a kind of machine-like quality that stands in marked contrast to the American tradition of great showmen. You look at Sugar Rays Robinson and Leo...

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser May 15 2018

Bigtime boxing is doing reasonably well in New York City with Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden at the center of the action. But club fights are struggling. That’s due in part to the high cost of promoting in the Big Apple. It’s also because suitable venues keep disappearing, particularly in Manhattan. Four years ago, Roseland Ballroom (which hosted 27 fight cards) was demolished to...

Vasyl Lomachenko and the Lure of History

Vasyl Lomachenko and the Lure of History

By: Thomas Hauser May 14 2018

Boxing fans want to believe that they’re watching greatness. And today’s omnipresent hype machine feeds that desire. “History isn't what it used to be,” Patrick Kehoe writes. “Being historically significant is as overrated as you can get these days. Can't they get it in their agreements [with the television networks]? All they have to say is, ‘This fight is one for the ages.’ How ...

Hard Rocks & Super Men: Kovalev vs. Alvarez Headed to Atlantic City

Hard Rocks & Super Men: Kovalev vs. Alvarez Headed to Atlantic City

By: Jeffrey Freeman May 13 2018

START SPREADING THE NEWS — The rebuilding of former unified world light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev continues August 4 in Atlantic City at the soon to be open Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; a boxing rich entertainment venue formerly known as the Trump Taj Mahal. Kovalev, the 35-year-old defending WBO light heavyweight champion (32-2-1 with 28 knockouts) will face undefeat...

Lomachenko Might Not Want to Take the Elevator Too Far North

Lomachenko Might Not Want to Take the Elevator Too Far North

By: Bernard Fernandez May 13 2018

NEW YORK – The early-shift bellman at the Row NYC Hotel, an avid boxing fan, was raving over what he’d seen the previous night on ESPN from a very slick, highly skilled, tremendously entertaining southpaw from a distant land. Vasiliy Lomachenko, he informed a departing guest whose luggage identified him as a fellow fight buff, was eerily reminiscent of another very slick, highly skilled, treme...

Ringside at the Turning Stone: Munguia Demolishes Sadam Ali

Ringside at the Turning Stone: Munguia Demolishes Sadam Ali

By: Matt Andrzejewski May 13 2018

VERONA, NY -- Jaime Munguia (29-0, 25 KO’s) announced his presence on the world stage by dominating and stopping Sadam Ali (26-2, 14 KO’s) to win the WBO 154-pound title. After scoring three knockdowns in the first three rounds of the fight, Munguia finished Ali with a pinpoint left hook to the jaw in round four. Munguia dropped Ali early in round one with a powerful left hook. A series of ...