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The Underappreciated Amateur Boxing Career of Ronnie Shields

The Underappreciated Amateur Boxing Career of Ronnie Shields

By: Kelsey McCarson Jun 27 2017

Ronnie Shields is one of the most successful and well-respected boxing cornermen in the world today. But before Shields was training elite class fighters for world championship runs, even before his own two-time title challenging career as a professional prizefighter, Shields was an outstanding amateur boxer. In fact, Shields amassed an overall record of 242-21. He fought and beat some of the very...

The NSAC Overturns the Verdict in the Rigondeaux-Flores Fight

The NSAC Overturns the Verdict in the Rigondeaux-Flores Fight

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 26 2017

On Saturday, June 17, Guillermo Rigondeaux defended his WBA 122-pound world title against Moises Flores in the chief undercard bout on the show headlined by the rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. Rigondeaux was credited with winning by KO 1, but there was some doubt as to whether the knockout punch was legal. Was it delivered before or after the bell ending the opening round? This m...

Who’s #1 on Today’s P4P List? It Has to Be Either Ward or Crawford

Who’s #1 on Today’s P4P List? It Has to Be Either Ward or Crawford

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 25 2017

A few weeks back it was pretty up in the air as to who the best pound-for-pound fighter was in boxing. Some polls had Gennady Golovkin at the top while others had Andre Ward number one with a few outliers having Vasyl Lomachenko at the top. In the mix, nipping at their heels, were Sergey Kovalev, Roman Gonzalez, Terence Crawford and Canelo Alvarez. Since February, Golovkin won a close 12-round ...

Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

By: David A. Avila Jun 18 2017

LAS VEGAS -- Andre “S.O.G.” Ward separated himself from Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev with emphatic body shots to win by technical knockout and retain the WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles on Saturday. “I’ve never been the most talented, never the biggest, but we keep knocking down giants,” said Ward. After two fights totaling 20 rounds Oakland’s Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) emerge...

Ryan Burnett Wins the IBF 118-pound Title by a Unanimous/Split Decision

Ryan Burnett Wins the IBF 118-pound Title by a Unanimous/Split Decision

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 12 2017

WEEKEND BOXING RECAPS -- Folks in Belfast went gaga over native son Carl Frampton who was 5-0 in world title fights before getting nudged off his perch by Leo Santa Cruz this past January. Now Frampton’s popularity has been diluted as sports fans in Northern Ireland’s largest city have a new hero to root for in local lad Ryan Burnett who wrested the IBF bantamweight title from Lee Haskins on S...

Oleksandr Gvozdyk: Is “The Nail” The Next Big Thing?

Oleksandr Gvozdyk: Is “The Nail” The Next Big Thing?

By: Ted Sares Jun 09 2017

Born in Kharkov, Ukraine but now living in Oxnard, California (where he is guided by Robert Garcia), Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk is not your normal Ukrainian boxer (except for the fact that he is a very fine boxer). Gvozdyk represented the Ukraine at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships. He was the Universiade world champion in 2008 and 2013 and Europe Cup winner in 2010. He also fought i...

Rising Middleweight Contender Luis Arias Aims to Win Big on June 17th

Rising Middleweight Contender Luis Arias Aims to Win Big on June 17th

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 07 2017

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev lock horns again on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. There are eight fights in all on the undercard, topped by a 12-round contest between undefeated super bantamweights Guillermo Rigondeaux and Moises Flores and a 10-round middleweight bout between Luis Arias and Arif Magomedov. Both fights are included on the HBO PPV telecast. Aria...

Remembering Diego “Chico” Corrales, Gone 10 Years This Month

Remembering Diego “Chico” Corrales, Gone 10 Years This Month

By: David A. Avila May 17 2017

Outside of the boxing ring Diego “Chico” Corrales was a mixture of wide-eyed kid and aw shucks mentality. Inside the ropes he was a locked-in human surface-to-surface missile armed with a nuclear warhead. Ten years have passed since the boxing world and sports lost the Las Vegas prizefighter to a horrific motorcycle accident. Despite his early passing, many will never forget him. My firs...

The Hauser Report: Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

The Hauser Report: Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

By: Thomas Hauser May 08 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT: Boxing is on the ropes in the United States. Self-inflicted wounds coupled with external forces have made it a niche sport. But there are places where the sweet science is healthy and has a fervent fan base. In England, 90,000 fans gathered a little more than a week ago to watch Anthony Joshua defend his heavyweight title against Wladimir Klitschko. Mexican boxing fans als...

Three Punch Combo: Reflections on Canelo, Matthysse, and Yuriorkis Gamboa

Three Punch Combo: Reflections on Canelo, Matthysse, and Yuriorkis Gamboa

By: Matt Andrzejewski May 08 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO – Yuriorkis Gamboa suffered a stunning loss this past weekend to veteran Robinson Castellanos. It was the type of loss that will probably end Gamboa’s days as a top contender. And thinking back on his career, it was just five years ago when Gamboa seemed destined to be the sport’s next pound for pound king. In March of 2012, HBO put out a press release officially announc...