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Usyk vs. Gassiev: A Strong Fight of the Year Candidate; Do Not Miss It

Usyk vs. Gassiev: A Strong Fight of the Year Candidate; Do Not Miss It

By: Matt McGrain Jul 17 2018

Not since 1986 and the legendary war between a young Evander Holyfield and the iron man Dwight Muhammad Qawi has a cruiserweight contest so stirred the imagination of the hardcore boxing fan. When Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (14-0 with 11 knockouts) and Russian Murat Gassiev (26-0 with 19 knockouts) meet this Saturday atop a stacked bill in Moscow it will begin a new lineage for the division’s c...

Angulo vs. Rosado: ‘This Time Things Will Be Different’

Angulo vs. Rosado: ‘This Time Things Will Be Different’

By: Ted Sares Jul 16 2018

Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (24-7) and “King” Gabe Rosado (24-11) have a lot in common. Both make the Red Cross take notice (as they openly and easily cut) and both are seldom in a boring fight. In fact, back in 2009 a prime “El Perro” (pictured being held back by the referee) bombed out Rosado in two rounds. Now, they are scheduled to fight each other again on August 18 in a 165-pound c...

Hollywood Fight Results: Giyasov and Martinez Win By KO on a Deep Card

Hollywood Fight Results: Giyasov and Martinez Win By KO on a Deep Card

By: The Sweet Science Jul 15 2018

RINGSIDE REPORT BY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT TARRAH ZAEL --A crowd filled the room to support local prospects in what would be a long night of Bash Boxing promotions on Saturday night at the Florentine Gardens on Hollywood Boulevard. The fight card was a long list of upcoming talent in the area and showcased boxers in almost every weight class. Each bout had the crowd engaged in the action as the n...

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...

Literary Notes: “Joshua” —  Book Review by Thomas Hauser

Literary Notes: “Joshua” — Book Review by Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 30 2018

Given the popularity of boxing in England, we can expect a stream of books about Anthony Joshua from across the pond. Joshua by John Dennen (Yellow Jersey Press) is one of the early arrivals. Dennen has had access to Joshua from Anthony’s early days as an amateur. The book is a thorough recounting of AJ’s life in the ring from his first visit to a boxing gym in 2004 through his April 29, 20...

Best Still Yet to Come: The TSS 2018 Mid-Year Awards & Review

Best Still Yet to Come: The TSS 2018 Mid-Year Awards & Review

By: Jeffrey Freeman Jun 28 2018

While some of the biggest and most important fights in boxing continue to get pushed to the back burner of 2019 and beyond by greedy promoters and selfishly avoidant fighters, calendar year 2018 came out swinging with some excellent results inside and outside the ring. In March, World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua added another belt to his growing collection, decisioning Joseph Parker in ...

At Least We Don’t Have To Think About Joshua vs. Wilder For A While

At Least We Don’t Have To Think About Joshua vs. Wilder For A While

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 27 2018

Eddie Hearn, the promoter of WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, recently sent this text message to ESPN: "We have waited over a week for (Deontay) Wilder's comments on the contract and on Sunday and in the media we were told they will be back with their comments this Friday, nearly two weeks after it was sent.” "Who on earth waits nearly two weeks to get back regarding a fight t...

Fast Results from Frisco, Texas: Spence Demolishes Ocampo

Fast Results from Frisco, Texas: Spence Demolishes Ocampo

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 16 2018

It didn’t take long for Errol Spence Jr. to expose Carlos Ocampo as an unworthy title challenger. In a ring pitched in the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys, not quite 40 miles from Spence’s current home in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) successfully defended his IBF welterweight title on Showtime with a first round stoppage of his Mexican foe who was making hi...

Shafikov vs. Suarez in a Wednesday Fight Card at the Avalon Theater

Shafikov vs. Suarez in a Wednesday Fight Card at the Avalon Theater

By: David A. Avila Jun 05 2018

As bright as the lights shining on the Hollywood sign, the symbiotic relationship between Hollywood and prizefighting remains just as glowing. 360 Promotions brings its second edition featuring Denis Shafikov versus Hector Ambriz Suarez on Wednesday, June 6 at an historic venue, The Avalon Theater. Though the building has more fame as a music venue, boxing has been there before. On the same ...

Move Over, SMU. Olympic Boxing Could Be Facing the `Death Penalty’

Move Over, SMU. Olympic Boxing Could Be Facing the `Death Penalty’

By: Bernard Fernandez May 25 2018

Drastic wrongdoing would seem to require drastic action to correct. At least that was the position of the NCAA, whose leadership took such action following the 1986 college football season when it imposed the so-called “death penalty” on Southern Methodist University, which had demonstrated an ongoing and blatant disregard for the rules in the recruitment of star players. Yes, the quasi-profes...