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Prograis Wins ‘Battle of New Orleans’ With Crunching Body Attack

Prograis Wins ‘Battle of New Orleans’ With Crunching Body Attack

By: Bernard Fernandez Jul 15 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Before one of his division-record 25 heavyweight title defenses, Joe Louis was approached by a fan who advised him that the “Brown Bomber’s” upcoming opponent did not like to get hit to the body. “Who do?” Louis famously replied. If there was ever any doubt beforehand, this much was established during New Orleans native Regis “Rougarou” Prograis’ much-hyped, E...

Fast Results from Kuala Lumpur: Vintage Pacquiao TKOs Matthysse

Fast Results from Kuala Lumpur: Vintage Pacquiao TKOs Matthysse

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 14 2018

It was late Sunday morning in Kuala Lumpur when Lucas Martin Matthysse stepped into the ring against Manny Pacquiao to defend his WBA welterweight title. The 39-year-old Pacquiao, who can be called a living legend without exaggeration, is not the Pacquiao of old, but tonight he turned back Father Time and made his opponent look older than his years. The presumption was that the 35-year Matthyss...

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 5: All Roads Lead to L.A. or La.

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 5: All Roads Lead to L.A. or La.

By: David A. Avila Jul 12 2018

All roads lead to L.A. in the world of boxing. Whether it’s Los Angeles or Louisiana prizefighting is headed toward a busy weekend in the city of Angels or the Big Easy. Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse both have L.A. ties and will meet for the WBA welterweight world title on Saturday. New Orleans native Regis Prograis fights Juan Jose Velasco in a super lightweight title match on the same ...

Regis Prograis Living Proof That, Yes, You Can Go Home Again

Regis Prograis Living Proof That, Yes, You Can Go Home Again

By: Bernard Fernandez Jul 11 2018

NEW ORLEANS -- Super lightweight contender Regis “Rougarou” Prograis admits he is not familiar with acclaimed author Thomas Wolfe’s final novel, You Can’t Go Home Again, which was published posthumously in 1940. It’s probably just as well; the central figure in Wolfe’s pessimistic take on a prodigal son’s painful and long-delayed journey back to the place of his birth, George Webber,...

The Son Also Rises: Rafael Garcia Jr. at the Mayweather Gym

The Son Also Rises: Rafael Garcia Jr. at the Mayweather Gym

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 11 2018

Rafael Garcia, a fixture on the Las Vegas boxing scene for more than four decades, passed away this past November at the age of 88. As a young man in his native Mexico, Garcia sparred with the legendary Mexican bantamweight Raul “Raton” Macias. After relocating to Nevada, he worked with more than three dozen title-holders as a trainer and cut man and then, late in his career, acquired a measur...

Pacquiao Is Capable of Winning or Losing Spectacularly against Matthysse

Pacquiao Is Capable of Winning or Losing Spectacularly against Matthysse

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 09 2018

This weekend boxing's only eight division titlist Manny Pacquiao 59-7-2 (38) will fight WBA title holder Lucas Matthysse 39-4 (36) for the chance to be slaughtered by WBO title holder Terence Crawford later this year. The bout takes place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Both Pacquiao and Matthysse are easy to root for because they always give a good effort and their styles make for ...

Women’s Boxing: How Do You Feel About It? Part Two of our Survey

Women’s Boxing: How Do You Feel About It? Part Two of our Survey

By: Ted Sares Jul 08 2018

We asked noted boxing buffs to share their thoughts on the subject of women’s boxing. We posed this question: “Women's boxing seems to be surging. How do you feel about this dimension of boxing and who is your favorite active or retired female boxer (if anyone)?” The results of the survey are appearing in two parts. Part One was published on July 7. Here's Part Two (L-W). ARNE LANG-TSS ed...

Women’s Boxing: How Do you Feel About It? The Results of a TSS Survey

Women’s Boxing: How Do you Feel About It? The Results of a TSS Survey

By: Ted Sares Jul 07 2018

PART ONE OF A TWO-PART STORY. In this our latest survey, we asked noted boxing buffs to share their thoughts on the subject of women’s boxing. We posed this question: “Women's boxing seems to be surging. How do you feel about this dimension of boxing and who is your favorite active or retired female boxer (if anyone)?” The respondents, 40 in all, were candid. Here are their diverse and in...

Luis Rodriguez was one of the Greatest of the Greats

Luis Rodriguez was one of the Greatest of the Greats

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 06 2018

Comparing fighters from different eras ignites one of the most intensely contested debates among boxing fans and observers. Sooner or later, the discussion evolves into who would've beaten whom? Aside from heavyweights, who are much bigger now than they were 50 years ago, not much has changed from light heavyweights on down, other than starting in the 1980s when the elite fighters and title-holder...

Mike Alvarado, Brandon Rios, and Victor Ortiz: Three Peas in a Pod

Mike Alvarado, Brandon Rios, and Victor Ortiz: Three Peas in a Pod

By: Ted Sares Jul 05 2018

Throw the names of these three into a hat. Shake it up and pull out any two. A great fight would be in the offing. Each now competes as a welterweight. Each has a similar record. Each fought common opponents. Each was a world champion. Each is of Hispanic heritage. Each had/has formidable punching power. Each was seldom in a dull fight. But each may not have much left. Alvarado (39-4) "It's ...