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The Current Crop of Light Heavyweights: How Do They Stack Up?

The Current Crop of Light Heavyweights: How Do They Stack Up?

By: Ted Sares Oct 22 2017

November will be a very interesting month in the light heavyweight division. On November 4, Russia's Dmitry Bivol (pictured) meets Australia's Trent Broadhurst in Monte Carlo for the vacant WBA belt. A week later, the IBF version of the 175-pound title is up for grabs when Russia's Artur Beterbiev, a Canadian transplant, meets Germany's Enrico Koelling in Fresno. Later in the month, Sergey "Krushe...

Junior Middleweight Triple Header Should Net Lara vs. Charlo

Junior Middleweight Triple Header Should Net Lara vs. Charlo

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 16 2017

There were three outstanding 154-pound title bouts on Showtime this past weekend, and all three title holders made successful defenses and retained their hardware. Jarret Hurd halted Austin Trout when Trout's head trainer Louie Burke called in the referee after the 10th round to request the stoppage. Jermell Charlo retained his WBC title with a devastating one-punch first round knockout over undef...

The Hauser Report: The Barclays Buzz

The Hauser Report: The Barclays Buzz

By: Thomas Hauser Oct 16 2017

The first fight card at Barclays Center was contested on October 20, 2012, and featured four world title fights: Danny Garcia vs. Erik Morales, Paulie Malignaggi vs. Pablo Cesar Cano, Devon Alexander vs. Randall Bailey, and Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam vs. Peter Quillin. For good measure, Danny Jacobs, Luis Collazo, Dmitriy Salita, Eddie Gomez, and Boyd Melson were on the undercard. Barclays is sti...

Super Welterweight Showcase Results From Barclays

Super Welterweight Showcase Results From Barclays

By: Miguel Iturrate Oct 15 2017

Super Welterweight Showcase Results From Barclays - The Premier Boxing Champions put on a terrific night of fights at the Barclays Center Saturday night as the 154 lbers took center stage. WBA "super world" champion Erislandy Lara faced off against undefeated American Terrell Gausha in the final bout of the evening. The 34-year-old Lara has held the title for a long time but he was in need of a...

Gausha Is Erislandy Lara’s Last Chance to Woo Fans

Gausha Is Erislandy Lara’s Last Chance to Woo Fans

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 12 2017

He's a versatile and accomplished fighter who has only suffered two setbacks in 28 pro bouts. One was extremely close against a super star fighter, Canelo Alvarez, and the other was such a terrible decision that the judges who scored the fight for his opponent, Paul Williams, were suspended indefinitely. And to his chagrin, he's been avoided by some of the big name fighters in his division since t...

There Never Was Going To Be a Wilder-Ortiz Fight

There Never Was Going To Be a Wilder-Ortiz Fight

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 06 2017

Starting in early July this past summer rumors began to emerge that WBC heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder 38-0 (37) was going to defend his title in late October or early November against former interim WBA title holder Luis Ortiz 27-0 (23) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The prospect of Wilder-Ortiz had the boxing world frothing with anticipation. I too was excited, although I suspected...

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

By: Bernard Fernandez Oct 05 2017

It was at the New York City press conference to officially announce the Nov. 4 WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and the man many deemed to be his most credible challenger to date, Cuban expatriate Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs). I cornered promoter Lou DiBella and asked for his thoughts on the stylistic differences between Wilder-Ortiz, which fi...

Following up on Luis Ortiz, the WBC, and VADA

Following up on Luis Ortiz, the WBC, and VADA

By: Thomas Hauser Oct 04 2017

The World Boxing Council took another step forward today (Wednesday, Oct. 4) when WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced that the organization had withdrawn its sanction of the scheduled November 4 heavyweight championship fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. The WBC’s action came in the aftermath of a positive test result on a urine sample taken from Ortiz during a random drug t...

With Title Shot Against Charlo, Lubin Glad He Passed on 2016 Rio Olympics

With Title Shot Against Charlo, Lubin Glad He Passed on 2016 Rio Olympics

By: Bernard Fernandez Oct 02 2017

There are some questions that have no easy answers. Who can say why that chicken crossed the road? But Erickson Lubin, who challenges WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo on Oct. 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the kind of early prime-vs.-early prime matchup that almost never happens anymore, is convinced that a bird in the hand is preferable to the proverbial two in the ...

Avila’s Pound for Pound List

Avila’s Pound for Pound List

By: David A. Avila Sep 29 2017

It’s never been more difficult to comprise a pound for pound list than now. With stalwarts like Wladimir Klitschko, Andre Ward, and Tim Bradley retired and former place holders such as Roman Gonzalez, Sergey Kovalev and Manny Pacquiao suffering losses the list has changed dramatically. Here’s my current list with the top the same but the rest has changed: 1. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (3...