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Australia’s Moloney Twins: On The Rise in the Land Down Under

Australia’s Moloney Twins: On The Rise in the Land Down Under

By: Kid Hersh Feb 21 2018

Andrew Moloney rarely appears on a boxing card without his brother Jason Moloney sharing the bill. And vice versa. It’s worked out well. Both are undefeated. This coming Saturday, Australia’s version of the Charlo twins will be in action again, co-headlining a show at the St. Kilda Town Hall in Melbourne. Andrew (15-0, 10 KOs) meets Rene Dacquel (20-6-1) of the Philippines in a 12-round contes...

At Least Devon Alexander Has YouTube; “Jersey Joe” Didn’t

At Least Devon Alexander Has YouTube; “Jersey Joe” Didn’t

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 21 2018

This past weekend I watched a crossroads welterweight bout between former two-division champ Devon Alexander 27-4-1 (14) and former WBC welterweight title holder Victor Ortiz 32-6-3 (25). Alexander was inactive for 25 months due to his struggle to overcome his addiction to opioid painkillers before coming back to defeat Walter Castillo via a 10-round unanimous decision last November. A win over Or...

Southern California, The Soul of Boxing: part 4 of a 4-part series

Southern California, The Soul of Boxing: part 4 of a 4-part series

By: David A. Avila Feb 20 2018

A few weeks before Halloween a middleweight fighter from Kazakhstan, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was making his first ring appearance in Southern California and facing Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rubio. The outdoor arena was sold out. Latino fans dominated the attendance that included several movie stars like Sylvester Stallone. But they were not there for Mexico’s Rubio. It was the Kazakhstan...

Noted Boxing Buffs Recall Their First Live Boxing Event and its Impact

Noted Boxing Buffs Recall Their First Live Boxing Event and its Impact

By: Ted Sares Feb 20 2018

PART ONE OF A TWO-PART SERIES -- On June 6, 1948, the storied Marigold Gardens in Chicago was filled with cigar smoke, boxing being a bastion of political incorrectness and all. The smell of sweat, beer, cheap cigars, and Italian sausage mixed with an occasional whiff of perfume provided a comfortable, if pungent, setting for this eleven-year-old, as my dad thought it was time we enjoyed our first...

Danny Garcia Is Back and Spence and Crawford Are Blocking His Path

Danny Garcia Is Back and Spence and Crawford Are Blocking His Path

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 19 2018

This past weekend former WBC welterweight title holder Danny Garcia 34-1 (20) looked terrific for not having fought in 11 months coming off his first loss against Keith Thurman in their welterweight unification bout. In what was virtually a title elimination fight, Garcia stopped the aggressive and tough Brandon Rios 34-4-1 (25) in the ninth round with a well-placed right hand to the chin over ...

Three Punch Combo: Handicapping Keith Thurman’s Next Opponent and More

Three Punch Combo: Handicapping Keith Thurman’s Next Opponent and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Feb 18 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- Welterweight champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KO’s) is set to return to the ring on May 19th against an opponent to be determined. When Thurman does return, it will be on the heels of a 14-month layoff and he has made it very clear the opponent will not be any of the top contenders at welterweight. So just who will be in the ring with Thurman on May 19th? Here are the realis...

Isaac Zarate Rallies to Outpoint Christian Ayala at the Ontario Doubletree

Isaac Zarate Rallies to Outpoint Christian Ayala at the Ontario Doubletree

By: David A. Avila Feb 17 2018

ONTARIO, Calif.-Isaac Zarate switched gears, stood his ground and grinded out a victory against talented Christian Ayala of Tijuana in a super bantamweight clash on Friday. It wasn’t easy. Zarate (14-3-3) fell behind Ayala’s counter-punching style before a sold out audience at the Doubletree Hotel, but he made the necessary adjustments after losing the first three rounds on the Thompson Box...

Fast Results from Reno: Ray Beltran Outpoints Paulus Moses

Fast Results from Reno: Ray Beltran Outpoints Paulus Moses

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 17 2018

In the first world title fight in Reno in 12-plus years, veterans Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) and Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KOs) put on a good show in pursuit of the vacant WBO lightweight title. When the smoke cleared, fan favorite Beltran emerged with the belt, winning by scores of 117-111 twice and 116-112. There were no knockdowns, but both fighters were bloodied, in particular the victorious Be...

Southern California: The Soul of Boxing Part 3

Southern California: The Soul of Boxing Part 3

By: David A. Avila Feb 16 2018

It was the biggest Los Angeles fight in decades when Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya agreed to meet Sugar Shane Mosley for not only the WBC welterweight world title but for status as the best fighter pound for pound. Both prizefighters had been born and raised in the city of Angels and had been rivals throughout their amateur boxing years. Their two roads converged at the sparkling new St...

I Dug Deeper into Bob Foster’s Long Title Run and Wish That I Hadn’t

I Dug Deeper into Bob Foster’s Long Title Run and Wish That I Hadn’t

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 16 2018

Recently on the Boxing Channel I did a "What If" feature between former light heavyweight champions Bob Foster and Michael Spinks. “What If” fights match two greats or near greats from different eras who fought at the same weight and held the same title. Obviously there's no right or wrong answer but trying to see who has the best case to warrant the nod is fun. In pro football, there's a b...