Puerto Rico

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...

The Hauser Report: Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse

The Hauser Report: Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse

By: Thomas Hauser Jul 15 2018

The more time goes by, the less Manny Pacquiao feels like a feel-good story. On July 14 in Kuala Lumpur, “Pacman” knocked out Lucas Matthysse to claim one more in a long line of sanctioning body belts. But the narrative has changed. Ten years ago, Pacquiao was on the verge of launching a three-fight knockout streak against Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Miguel Cotto that would establis...

Pacquiao Is Capable of Winning or Losing Spectacularly against Matthysse

Pacquiao Is Capable of Winning or Losing Spectacularly against Matthysse

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 09 2018

This weekend boxing's only eight division titlist Manny Pacquiao 59-7-2 (38) will fight WBA title holder Lucas Matthysse 39-4 (36) for the chance to be slaughtered by WBO title holder Terence Crawford later this year. The bout takes place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Both Pacquiao and Matthysse are easy to root for because they always give a good effort and their styles make for ...

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...

Mike Alvarado, Brandon Rios, and Victor Ortiz: Three Peas in a Pod

Mike Alvarado, Brandon Rios, and Victor Ortiz: Three Peas in a Pod

By: Ted Sares Jul 05 2018

Throw the names of these three into a hat. Shake it up and pull out any two. A great fight would be in the offing. Each now competes as a welterweight. Each has a similar record. Each fought common opponents. Each was a world champion. Each is of Hispanic heritage. Each had/has formidable punching power. Each was seldom in a dull fight. But each may not have much left. Alvarado (39-4) "It's ...

Book Review: “Latino Boxing in Southern California”

Book Review: “Latino Boxing in Southern California”

By: David A. Avila Jul 02 2018

Modern boxing has existed for more or less 160 years after the Marquis of Queensbury rules were adopted. Since that time hundreds and perhaps tens of thousands of pages have been quilled or typed depicting the sport’s torrid and colorful history. Prizefighters such as John L. Sullivan, Harry Greb and Georges Carpentier have had numerous novels written about their worthy exploits. Yet, though ...

Mercito Gesta and Manny Robles III Win North American Titles at Indio

Mercito Gesta and Manny Robles III Win North American Titles at Indio

By: David A. Avila Jun 15 2018

INDIO, Calif.-Mercito Gesta knocked off Robert Manzanarez and crosstown rivals Manny Robles III and Edgar Valerio put on a show in the desert 100 miles away from their Los Angeles roots on Thursday. Gesta (32-2-2, 17 KOs) captured the vacant NABO lightweight title with dogged determination against the taller counter-punching Manzanarez (35-2, 28 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Casino. A small crowd of ...

The Avila Perspective: Chapter 1 – Las Vegas Notebook and More Boxing

The Avila Perspective: Chapter 1 – Las Vegas Notebook and More Boxing

By: David A. Avila Jun 13 2018

Traveling to Las Vegas can be arduous and expensive. My photographer Al Applerose and I drove up Cajon Pass around noon and headed up and mountains through the desert. Not a lot of traffic for a Friday. After checking in to our Vegas hotel we ventured to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in search of margaritas. The Border Grill inside near the pool has pretty decent margaritas, but rather sma...

Look For Spence to ‘Do a Crawford’ on Ocampo, Only Sooner

Look For Spence to ‘Do a Crawford’ on Ocampo, Only Sooner

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 13 2018

WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford looked All World last week in stopping former title holder Jeff Horn. This Saturday, it’s Errol Spence’s turn. The presumed Sonny Liston of the division, Spence 23-0 (20) will make the second defense of his IBF welterweight title. His opponent is third ranked IBF contender Carlos Ocampo 22-0 (13) who, in all honesty after watching video of his recent b...

The Hauser Report: Four Fights

The Hauser Report: Four Fights

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 10 2018

There were a lot of fights available for viewing in the United States on Saturday, June 9. Anyone who was on the job and watched them all would have put in a full eight-hour shift and been eligible for overtime pay. The festivities began in England at the Manchester Arena where Tyson Fury returned to the ring after a 924-day absence. Fury will go down in history as one of boxing’s oddest h...