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Inoue Treads Water, Yaegashi Betrayed by Old Legs in Japan

Inoue Treads Water, Yaegashi Betrayed by Old Legs in Japan

By: Matt McGrain May 24 2017

Another big weekend of boxing has passed in Japan but it seems the boxing juggernaut that is The Land of the Rising Sun is losing steam. Pound-for-pounder and super-flyweight number one Naoya Inoue fought the main event in the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Sunday night but his opponent reeked of alphabet-strap mandatory. Mexican Ricardo Rodriguez was 16-3 going in and his marginal claim to fame b...

Loews Santa Monica Hosts the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation Fight Card

Loews Santa Monica Hosts the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation Fight Card

By: David A. Avila May 23 2017

Sugar Ray Leonard, one of the great icons of boxing, remains a powerful figure in the sports world. Though he has not fought in 20 years the former great remains an ambassador for prizefighting and as a fighter for a great cause. Riley & Co. presents its eighth annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” charity boxing night in Santa Monica, Calif. on Wednesday May 24. Proceeds from the event w...

Watching Mayweather Pilot Gervonta Davis’s Career Will Be Fascinating

Watching Mayweather Pilot Gervonta Davis’s Career Will Be Fascinating

By: Frank Lotierzo May 22 2017

His promoter and friend is the recently retired pound-for-pound champ, Floyd Mayweather, and he's known in some boxing circles as "Mini Mike Tyson." His name is Gervonta Davis 18-0 (17) and he currently holds the IBF junior lightweight title. This past weekend he made his first title defense and destroyed the UK's Liam Walsh in three-rounds. Walsh entered the bout 21-0 but he was no threat to Davi...

The Hauser Report: The Best and Worst of Boxing

The Hauser Report: The Best and Worst of Boxing

By: Thomas Hauser May 21 2017

Saturday, May 20, saw a six-hour window with multiple fights on HBO and Showtime, five of which were notable for varying reasons. First up, 22-year-old Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KOs) defended his IBF 130-pound belt against challenger Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) in London. Davis, who’s promoted by Mayweather Promotions, is an exciting fighter and a good one. He has breakout potential, which he...

Business-Minded Russell Family Brings Class to a Wild Night of Fisticuffs

Business-Minded Russell Family Brings Class to a Wild Night of Fisticuffs

By: Ronan Keenan May 21 2017

OXON HILL, MD -- Saturday night’s Showtime-televised boxing event at the MGM National Harbor promised to be a night of fist-flying, but the plan was for punches to be thrown only by the prizefighters. Unfortunately, one-twos were launched by a variety of people who didn’t have the gloves on, making it a busy night for the local police force. The most notable non-sanctioned action occurred a...

May 20th Boxing Scorecard: Davis, Uzcategui, Crawford, Benavidez and More

May 20th Boxing Scorecard: Davis, Uzcategui, Crawford, Benavidez and More

By: The Sweet Science May 21 2017

The action was hot and heavy on the third Saturday of May. The festivities got under way at the Copper Box Arena in London where Gervonta Davis (pictured on the right) had an easy go in the first defense of his IBF 130-pound title. With Floyd Mayweather shouting encouragement, Davis TKOed Liam Walsh in the third frame. After two feeling-out frames, Davis cranked up the juice and the overmatched Wa...

Ringside Report: Erick Ituarte Wins NABF Title in Ontario, Calif.

Ringside Report: Erick Ituarte Wins NABF Title in Ontario, Calif.

By: David A. Avila May 20 2017

ONTARIO, CA -- A night of split decisions saw Erick Ituarte survive a knockdown and slide by Isaac Zarate in the main event on Friday. Split decisions ruled the night and Ituarte (17-1-1, 2 KOs) did just enough to beat Zarate (12-3-2, 2 KOs) in an eight round fight for the vacant NABF junior featherweight title on the Thompson Boxing Promotions card. Ituarte, 22, fights out of Santa Ana, Cal...

Outrage Greets N’Dam N’Jikam’s Decision over Ryota Murata in Tokyo

Outrage Greets N’Dam N’Jikam’s Decision over Ryota Murata in Tokyo

By: The Sweet Science May 20 2017

Had you known ahead of time that Saturday’s fight at Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum between Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and Ryota Murata would yield a controversial decision, you would have placed your coin on Murata. Historically, the “home field advantage” is stronger in boxing than in any other sport. But it was N’Dam N’Jikam who emerged victorious in the 12-round bout for the vacant WBA “...

A Grand Feast Awaits Fight Fans on the Third Saturday of May

A Grand Feast Awaits Fight Fans on the Third Saturday of May

By: Arne K. Lang May 18 2017

SATURDAY'S FISTIC FEAST -- What a difference a year makes! In May of last year, boxing fans in North America were moaning over a sport that was mired in the doldrums. Today those fans are whistling a happy tune, gratified that the slack was short-lived. The last Saturday of April brought us a scintillating see-saw rumble between the two men generally recognized as the top two heavyweights in th...

A Three Day Festival — Golden Boy, Thompson Boxing & Mayweather

A Three Day Festival — Golden Boy, Thompson Boxing & Mayweather

By: David A. Avila May 18 2017

A triple delight takes place this week starting in Tucson, then going to Ontario, California, then moving to London for a fight that will be combined for TV viewing with other fights taking place in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Mexicali’s favorite son Diego De La Hoya (17-0) faces Oxnard’s Erik Ruiz (16-6-1) in a super bantamweight showdown tonight (Thursday, May 18), near the OK Corral; it’s Tuc...