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Why Joshua Will Dispatch Klitschko, Ushering in a New Heavyweight Era

Why Joshua Will Dispatch Klitschko, Ushering in a New Heavyweight Era

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 27 2017

Some refer to it as the passing of the torch or the changing of the guard. It occurs when a former longtime champ in the twilight of his career meets the newly projected star who is believed to be the next great fighter. It doesn't happen often but when it does it usually marks the end of one era and the dawning of another. When Jack Johnson beat James J. Jeffries it ushered in the Johnson era ...

The Joshua-Klitschko Blockbuster: Birth of a New Era?

The Joshua-Klitschko Blockbuster: Birth of a New Era?

By: Matt McGrain Apr 25 2017

The narrative surrounding Anthony Joshua is the most familiar in all of boxing. Here is a young man caught up in the endless cycle of drugs and gangs that afflicts every major city in the world. A young man who hit the weights so he would continue to command the respect of his peers and who wound up in a boxing gym for similar reasons; a man whose own mother speculates darkly as to the path he wou...

Joshua-Klitschko Needs To Be Another Holmes-Norton

Joshua-Klitschko Needs To Be Another Holmes-Norton

By: Bernard Fernandez Apr 24 2017

JOSHUA VS. KLITSCHKO -- It is axiomatic in boxing that the heavyweight division is the engine that drives the sport, but that has been truer at certain times than at others. When Muhamad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and a host of only slightly lesser luminaries were at the throttle, their era was a luxuriously appointed bullet train barreling down the tracks with a full load of satisfied passe...

The Hauser Report: Shawn Porter, Jermell Charlo, and More

The Hauser Report: Shawn Porter, Jermell Charlo, and More

By: Thomas Hauser Apr 24 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT -- The latest installment of “Brooklyn Boxing” was contested at Barclays Center on April 22. The main fight of the evening was a WBC “elimination” bout between Shawn Porter (26-2, 18 KOs) and Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) to determine the mandatory challenger for Keith Thurman’s 147-pound crown. In a co-featured bout, WBC 154-pound title-holder Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 ...

Lomachenko Shines: The Hauser Report

Lomachenko Shines: The Hauser Report

By: Thomas Hauser Apr 09 2017

Vasyl Lomachenko was the story on Saturday night at the recently-opened MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Lomachenko, who’s at or near the top of most pound-for-pound lists, headlined a tripleheader on HBO that included appearances by Oleksandr Usyk and Oleksandr Gvozdyk. Lomachenko, Usyk, and Gvozdyk are all from Ukraine and are managed by Egis Klimov, who also manages Sergey Ko...

Ringside Report: Ukrainian Invasion A Big Success

Ringside Report: Ukrainian Invasion A Big Success

By: Ronan Keenan Apr 09 2017

OXON HILL, Md. -- It's a tired cliche, but “the more things change, the more they stay the same” was an apt description for the boxing event at the new MGM National Harbor in Maryland on Saturday. Five years ago at the London Olympics three boxers from the Ukrainian team were waving their nation’s flag in celebration after capturing medals. In Maryland on Saturday, three members of that team...

Quick Results from Oxon Hill: Lomachenko TKOs Overmatched Sosa

Quick Results from Oxon Hill: Lomachenko TKOs Overmatched Sosa

By: The Sweet Science Apr 08 2017

LOMACHENKO TKOs OVERMATCHED SOSA -- The new MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, Maryland, sits less than 12 miles from the White House. On Saturday, April 8, the resort hosted a Ukrainian boxing convention of sorts in their intimate 3,000-seat Theater. WBO 130-pound champion Vasyl Lomachenko was the headliner and he performed even better than expected, TKOing gritty but overmatched Jason Sosa...

Christina Newland’s “50 Best Boxing Movies of All Time”: A Provocative List

Christina Newland’s “50 Best Boxing Movies of All Time”: A Provocative List

By: Arne K. Lang Apr 04 2017

BEST BOXING MOVIES -- On March 30, the online magazine Paste published Christina Newland’s “The 50 Best Boxing Movies of All Time.” Paste, which has been around in one form or another since 2002, is a lifestyle publication with a fetish for lists, e.g. the 42 best Bob Dylan songs, the 50 best romantic comedies on Netflix, the 50 most underrated craft breweries. Newland, who appears to be ...

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Luis Ortiz, Miguel Cotto and More

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Luis Ortiz, Miguel Cotto and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Apr 03 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO: Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz announced last week he was signing with Al Haymon. Previously, Ortiz had been working on a fight by fight deal with England’s Eddie Hearn. The signing with Haymon should open some interesting doors for the feared Ortiz. Look for Haymon to keep Ortiz active and move him quickly toward a date with Deontay Wilder. Why would Haymon pit his two t...

The late Zack Clayton, Ref for Ali-Foreman, Named to the Basketball Hall of Fame

The late Zack Clayton, Ref for Ali-Foreman, Named to the Basketball Hall of Fame

By: Bernard Fernandez Apr 01 2017

Most boxing fans remember the late Zachariah “Zack” Clayton as the third man in the ring for Muhammad Ali’s stunning eighth-round knockout of George Foreman on Oct. 30, 1974, in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). But Clayton’s involvement in “The Rumble in the Jungle” is not his only brush with history as a referee; the lean Philadelphian became the first African-A...