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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...

Joshua-Klitschko Needs To Be Another Holmes-Norton

Joshua-Klitschko Needs To Be Another Holmes-Norton

By: Bernard Fernandez Apr 24 2017

JOSHUA VS. KLITSCHKO -- It is axiomatic in boxing that the heavyweight division is the engine that drives the sport, but that has been truer at certain times than at others. When Muhamad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and a host of only slightly lesser luminaries were at the throttle, their era was a luxuriously appointed bullet train barreling down the tracks with a full load of satisfied passe...

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 Report: WBC #1 Heiland Dismantles Veron in a Corker

Ringside Report: WBC #1 Heiland Dismantles Veron in a Corker

By: Diego Morilla Apr 22 2017

QUILMES, BUENOS AIRES, ARG. -- It is difficult to expect something new when two fighters have faced each other in five previous opportunities, but that's exactly what Jorge Sebastian Heiland and Mateo Damian Veron gave us on Friday, April 21st in the town of Quilmes, in a back-and-forth, intense bout capped by a spectacular stoppage that puts Heiland back in the game for bigger challenges in the i...

Ringside in Verona: Perez Wins an Unpopular Decision over Lopez

Ringside in Verona: Perez Wins an Unpopular Decision over Lopez

By: Matt Andrzejewski Apr 21 2017

VERONA, NY -- In a fight of contrasting styles, Michael Perez (25-2-2) scored a somewhat controversial split decision against Marcelino Lopez (32-2-1) in a super lightweight contest. Two judges favored Perez by scores of 97-92 and 96-93 respectively while the other had it for Lopez 96-93. The decision was booed by the crowd at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino who thought that Lopez’s harder p...

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Thursday’s ESPN Event, Julius Indongo and More

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Thursday’s ESPN Event, Julius Indongo and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Apr 17 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- It’s a point I keep harping on but good matchmaking makes good fights. And good fights bring back buzz to the sport which brings back the fans. Though the participants on Thursday’s Golden Boy show on ESPN are not the biggest names, they are solid fighters who are well matched and should provide excellent action in competitive fights. The main event is a super lightweig...

Indongo Upends Burns in Glasgow, Unifying the 140-pound Titles

Indongo Upends Burns in Glasgow, Unifying the 140-pound Titles

By: The Sweet Science Apr 15 2017

INDONGO UPSETS BURNS -- Julius Indongo has fought only twice outside his native Namibia, but Indongo has become quite the road warrior. In December he burst on the international scene with a shocking one-punch knockout of previously undefeated Eduard Troyanovsky in Moscow. It took only 40 seconds for Indongo to claim the IBF junior welterweight title. On Saturday he ventured into hostile Glasgow w...

Late Bloomer Avtandil Khurtsidze Barrels into Leicester

Late Bloomer Avtandil Khurtsidze Barrels into Leicester

By: Arne K. Lang Apr 14 2017

KHURTSIDZE vs LANGFORD -- Avtandil Khurtsidze, a 36-year-old middleweight from the Republic of Georgia, had a coming out party in March of last year. It was supposed to be the other way around. Khurtsidze was the opponent in a match designed as a showcase for his opponent, undefeated Antoine Douglas. Now Khurtsidze finds himself in a bigger fight. On April 22 he opposes 18-0 Tommy Langford in Leic...

SoCal Rolling in April With Several Cards on Tap

SoCal Rolling in April With Several Cards on Tap

By: David A. Avila Apr 14 2017

SOUTH GATE, Calif.-Every boxing gym across Southern California seems to be working at a fever pitch pace with a series of fight cards rolling in for the next two months. Three Mexican world champions – Oscar Valdez, Gilberto Ramirez, and Jessie Magdaleno -- arrived for a media day in South Gate to meet the media in advance of a Top Rank fight card at the StubHub Center on April 22 in Carson....

Let’s Put the Brakes on the Grandiose Statements Regarding Lomachenko

Let’s Put the Brakes on the Grandiose Statements Regarding Lomachenko

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 12 2017

LOMACHENKO MANIA -- In over 50 years of being obsessed by and closely following the sport of boxing I've never seen anything like the Vasyl Lomachenko fandom, by both those whose boxing aptitude and opinion I value and others I don't think so much of. It's mind boggling how so many are over the top for Lomachenko, as if we've never seen an off-the-chart talented fighter or murderous puncher before...