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Three Punch Combo: What’s Next for Boxing’s Ukrainian Hit Squad?

Three Punch Combo: What’s Next for Boxing’s Ukrainian Hit Squad?

By: Matt Andrzejewski Apr 11 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- Oleksandr Usyk and Oleksandr Gvozdyk each scored solid wins on Saturday night in their respective showcases on HBO. The future looks bright for both and they have interesting options for their next big engagements. On his rise up the cruiserweight division, Usyk (pictured) received a lot of buzz from hardcore fans. Though his last three performances have all been relatively...

Sosa Isn’t On Lomachenko’s Level But Won’t Be Awed By The Moment

Sosa Isn’t On Lomachenko’s Level But Won’t Be Awed By The Moment

By: Frank Lotierzo Apr 05 2017

LOMACHENKO VS SOSA -- No, he's not nearly as big of an underdog as Buster Douglas was the night he shocked the boxing world with a stunning 10th round knockout of undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, but no one gives Jason Sosa 20-1-4 a chance to upset WBO junior lightweight title holder Vasyl Lomachenko 7-1 (5). Today boxing is more of a business than anything else - something that doesn't...

Looking Back With Fresh Eyes, the Right Guy Won the Hagler-Leonard Fight

Looking Back With Fresh Eyes, the Right Guy Won the Hagler-Leonard Fight

By: Jeffrey Freeman Apr 04 2017

MY HAGLER-LEONARD NOTEBOOK REVISITED -- Thirty years later, some people still can't understand why Marvelous Marvin Hagler walked away from boxing in total disgust after losing his world middleweight championship by split decision to a comebacking Sugar Ray Leonard in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 6, 1987. Was it as simple as Leonard's apparent refusal to ever grant Hagler a rematch? That was surel...

Memories of Hagler-Leonard, 30 Years Later

Memories of Hagler-Leonard, 30 Years Later

By: Bernard Fernandez Apr 04 2017

LOOKING BACK AT HAGLER-LEONARD -- It’s funny, some of the little things you remember about a major boxing event that took place 30 years ago. Oh, sure, the big stuff was really big when long-reigning middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard squared off the night of April 6, 1987, in the outdoor stadium at Caesars Palace:  A sellout crowd of 15,366, with ticket demand ...

The Richie Sandoval Story: Hard Times and High Times for a Knight of the Prize Ring

The Richie Sandoval Story: Hard Times and High Times for a Knight of the Prize Ring

By: Arne K. Lang Mar 29 2017

To say that former world bantamweight champion Richie Sandoval had a boxing career marked by highs and lows would be a great understatement.  Sandoval was on cloud nine after earning a berth on the 1980 U.S. Olympic boxing team. Then President Jimmy Carter demobilized Richie and all of his teammates, enacting a boycott in protest of Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan. As a pro, Sandoval (on th...

A Night of Unbridled Violence at Madison Square Garden

A Night of Unbridled Violence at Madison Square Garden

By: Ted Sares Mar 22 2017

A NIGHT OF UNBRIDLED VIOLENCE -- Sometimes—not very often—but sometimes the  intensity, ferocity and even  cruelty that fighters like Mike Tyson, Nigel Benn, Tony Ayala Jr., and Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. brought to the ring could make a bout almost too edgy to watch. They and a few others engaged in fights that had you on the edge of your seat amazed at what was transpiring in the ring. There ...

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Three: 30-21

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Three: 30-21

By: Matt McGrain Mar 14 2017

From the sublime to the obscure, Part 3 of my rundown of the Fifty Greatest Featherweights of all time has as wide a variety of pugilists as any installment of any list I have published for this website.  A North American puncher, an African legend, a Ukrainian tough, an Irish hero; if you want variety in approach rather than origin we have ugly stylists and obscure slicksters and lunatic pressur...

A Conversation with International Boxing Federation President Daryl Peoples

A Conversation with International Boxing Federation President Daryl Peoples

By: Arne K. Lang Mar 10 2017

A LOOK INSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL BOXING FEDERATION -- In 1995, six years after earning a degree in political science from New Jersey’s Upsala College, Daryl Peoples joined the International Boxing Federation in the role of an administrative assistant. He stayed the course through turbulent times, advancing through the ranks. In May of 2010, after serving as the chairman of the ratings committee, ...

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Two: 40-31

The 50 Greatest Featherweights of all Time Part Two: 40-31

By: Matt McGrain Mar 06 2017

THE GREATEST FEATHERWEIGHTS, PART TWO OF A FIVE-PART SERIES: Legacy used to be a big word but as Lou Dibella puts it in “Rocky Balboa”, “every jock has a legacy these days.” If the clothes make the man then the results make the legacy.  Sometimes the narrowest of decisions can spell the difference between historical impact and interminable exclusion. Sometimes it is fair; often it isn...

Carl Frampton is a Celebrity, but Barry McGuigan was an Uber-Celebrity

Carl Frampton is a Celebrity, but Barry McGuigan was an Uber-Celebrity

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 27 2017

FRAMPTON AND THE McGUIGANS -- Carl Frampton, who defends his WBA featherweight title against former champion Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Grand Garden on Saturday, has achieved a singular distinction that eluded his manager Barry McGuigan. Frampton, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, is the first fighter from Ireland to achieve top billing on a major fight card staged on the Las Vegas Strip. Perhaps ...