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In Boxing, David Beating Goliath is Not Such a Rarity

In Boxing, David Beating Goliath is Not Such a Rarity

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 21 2017

There is a saying in football that “good and big beats good and little.” That’s usually true, but, as in the case with almost everything in life, there are exceptions to widely accepted rules. If not, why is there also a saying that “good things come in small packages”? The second truism is a common reference to the tiny boxes that hold engagement rings, which can be exorbitantly expensi...

Ward Was Better Prepared for the Rematch and Erased All Doubts

Ward Was Better Prepared for the Rematch and Erased All Doubts

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 20 2017

When the "boxer" beats the "puncher" the first time they fight - the rematch is usually a repeat of the first fight. When light heavyweight champ Andre Ward 32-0 (16) won a disputed unanimous decision over Sergey Kovalev 30-2-1 (26), the man he dethroned for the title last November, he had to get up off the canvas from a 2nd round knockdown. He also had to stage a huge rally during the second half...

In a Flawed Promotion, Andre Ward Makes a Statement

In a Flawed Promotion, Andre Ward Makes a Statement

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 20 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT -- In an earlier era, the June 17 rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev would have been a can’t-miss promotion. Two of the best fighters in the world reprising a 2016 encounter that ended in controversy with Ward prevailing on the judges’ scorecards by a razor-thin margin. But this is 2017. Instead of galvanizing boxing fans, Ward-Kovalev II was symbolic of boxing’s...

Three Punch Combo: Pacquiao on ESPN, Evander’s Maiden Show and More

Three Punch Combo: Pacquiao on ESPN, Evander’s Maiden Show and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jun 19 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO: Late Sunday, Top Rank formally announced that ESPN would be televising the welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn. Speculation has been running rampant on social media regarding Top Rank’s future plans and this announcement begins to shed some light as to exactly what Top Rank has up its sleeve. Make no mistake about it; Pacquiao-Horn is not a one fig...

Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

By: David A. Avila Jun 18 2017

LAS VEGAS -- Andre “S.O.G.” Ward separated himself from Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev with emphatic body shots to win by technical knockout and retain the WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles on Saturday. “I’ve never been the most talented, never the biggest, but we keep knocking down giants,” said Ward. After two fights totaling 20 rounds Oakland’s Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) emerge...

Ward vs Kovalev 2 Results – Ward Stops Krusher in 8

Ward vs Kovalev 2 Results – Ward Stops Krusher in 8

By: Miguel Iturrate Jun 17 2017

Ward vs Kovalev 2 Results From Vegas - HBO Boxing rolled out the red carpet this past Saturday night as the Mandalay Bay hosted their latest pay-per-view, headlined by the light heavyweight rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. The two men fought twelve close rounds this past November and Saturday's fight started off with a series  ofclose rounds that saw Kovalev be the busier fighter...

Ward-Kovalev II: I’m Going With My First Instinct

Ward-Kovalev II: I’m Going With My First Instinct

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 15 2017

Handicapping the rematch in boxing should be easier than handicapping the first meeting between two elite championship caliber fighters. And in some ways it is and other times, because of factors involving more than just who is the greater combatant, it isn't. This is in play this weekend when light heavyweight champ Andre Ward 31-0 (15) fights Sergey Kovalev 31-1-1 (26), the man he dethroned for ...

Ward-Kovalev II Has 1980’s Style ‘Cold War’ Feel

Ward-Kovalev II Has 1980’s Style ‘Cold War’ Feel

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 14 2017

The 1980s passed into history, what, 27½ years ago? So much has changed in America and in the world since then. But maybe not as much as any of us would like to believe. Although the Soviet Union – once characterized by U.S. President Ronald Reagan as the “Evil Empire” – officially dissolved on Dec. 26, 1991, some of those old-time tensions between America and Russia again are bubbling...

Ward vs. Kovalev: This Time, All the Pressure is on Kovalev

Ward vs. Kovalev: This Time, All the Pressure is on Kovalev

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 13 2017

It was the signature fight of his career. He fought an undefeated opponent in the opponent’s home country. In spite of being undefeated and two years earlier beating the great Bernard Hopkins so decisively that all boxing fans finally knew Hopkins was finished as a championship caliber fighter, he was yet a slight underdog against an opponent who was moving up in weight to challenge him. Yes, I'...

Oleksandr Gvozdyk: Is “The Nail” The Next Big Thing?

Oleksandr Gvozdyk: Is “The Nail” The Next Big Thing?

By: Ted Sares Jun 09 2017

Born in Kharkov, Ukraine but now living in Oxnard, California (where he is guided by Robert Garcia), Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk is not your normal Ukrainian boxer (except for the fact that he is a very fine boxer). Gvozdyk represented the Ukraine at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships. He was the Universiade world champion in 2008 and 2013 and Europe Cup winner in 2010. He also fought i...