Puerto Rico

Ringside in Worcester: Irvin Gonzalez Wins a Thriller

Ringside in Worcester: Irvin Gonzalez Wins a Thriller

By: Jeffrey Freeman Jun 11 2017

WORCESTER, MA. — Promoter Jose Antonio Rivera has had himself a very busy rookie year in 2017. Last January, the former WBA welterweight champion put on his first hometown show, ten professional bouts headlined by 2015 New England Golden Gloves featherweight champion Irvin Gonzalez. Then in April, Rivera’s second card at the downtown Palladium featured a comebacking Matt Remillard in action. B...

Ringside Report: Prograis Demolishes Diaz

Ringside Report: Prograis Demolishes Diaz

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 10 2017

VERONA, N.Y. – When Regis Prograis was 16 years old, he and his family fled New Orleans the day before Hurricane Katrina. The greatest natural disaster ever to hit the United States mainland, Katrina struck their hometown on Aug. 29, 2005, turning much of the below-sea-level city into a fetid swamp and international symbol of despair. Nearly 12 years have passed since Katrina wrought almost u...

Three Punch Combo: Thoughts on Garcia vs. Broner, Brandon Rios, and More

Three Punch Combo: Thoughts on Garcia vs. Broner, Brandon Rios, and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jun 05 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO: This week it was announced that Adrien Broner would face Mikey Garcia (pictured following his smashing knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin) in late July in what is a significant fight for both men. The match-up has raised a lot of eyebrows in the boxing community as Garcia is not the type of opponent that Broner has typically faced. Could it be that for a variety of reasons Broner is b...

“Iron Ambition” – Mike Tyson and Cus D’Amato: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

“Iron Ambition” – Mike Tyson and Cus D’Amato: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 03 2017

TYSON AND D’AMATO -- Few fighters have captured the public imagination the way that Mike Tyson did. The primary architect of “Iron Mike” as the world saw him was Cus D’Amato. Four years ago, Tyson co-authored an autobiography entitled Undisputed Truth with Larry Sloman. Now Tyson and Sloman have reunited to write Iron Ambition (Blue Rider Press), a biography of D’Amato as viewed throu...

Undefeated Prospects Keep Their Zeros in L.A.

Undefeated Prospects Keep Their Zeros in L.A.

By: David A. Avila Jun 03 2017

LOS ANGELES-Co-main events featuring heavy hitters saw a lot of action but not the knockouts fans expected on Friday night’s fights. Still it was interesting to see how knockout punchers dealt with experienced opposition. Speedy featherweight Azat Hovhannisyan (12-2, 10 KOs) unloaded on Mexico City’s Isao Carranza (15-9-1, 8 KOs) to win by unanimous decision in front of a sold-out crowd ...

Miguel Cotto and Yoshihiro Kamegai in L.A. with Golden Boy

Miguel Cotto and Yoshihiro Kamegai in L.A. with Golden Boy

By: David A. Avila Jun 01 2017

LOS ANGELES-After months of hunting for the right fit, boxing great Miguel Cotto found not only an opponent but a co-promoter in Golden Boy Promotions it was announced on Wednesday. "We are happy to be partnering with Cotto and Kamegai for this event, but I do want to announce that our efforts to bring boxing back in a big way to Puerto Rico is one that will become a reality in the near future,...

Why I’d take Errol Spence over Anybody at Welterweight

Why I’d take Errol Spence over Anybody at Welterweight

By: Frank Lotierzo May 31 2017

With IBF welterweight title holder Errol Spence's dazzling showing and stoppage of former title holder Kell Brook, many are speculating as to where Spence fits within the pecking order among the current elite welterweights.... a list consisting of Keith Thurman 28-0 (22), who holds the WBA/WBC titles, Manny Pacquiao 58-6-2 (38), who is the WBO titlist, along with former title holders Shawn Porter ...

Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Class

Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Class

By: Bernard Fernandez May 29 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Fact: Between 1984 and ’88, this seashore resort town was the site of 451 boxing cards at its various casino properties, more than a few of which were nationally and even internationally televised, and headlined by some of the sport’s most celebrated and prestigious stars. Fact: In 2016, Atlantic City staged just six boxing cards, of which none of the main events cou...

Three Punch Combo: What’s in the Cards for Spence, Kell Brook, and Cotto?

Three Punch Combo: What’s in the Cards for Spence, Kell Brook, and Cotto?

By: Matt Andrzejewski May 28 2017

 THREE PUNCH COMBO: Errol Spence Jr. scored an impressive knockout victory against Kell Brook on Saturday to take Brook’s IBF welterweight title. Both fighters now face interesting possibilities as they move forward in their respective careers. Spence, who entered the fight with a lot of questions, not only showcased his tremendous skills but proved he has a very good chin as well as the wil...

Friday Boxing Recaps: Storylines from Chicago, Boca Raton, and Cardiff

Friday Boxing Recaps: Storylines from Chicago, Boca Raton, and Cardiff

By: The Sweet Science May 27 2017

Hampered by the twin detriments of bad weather and a card consisting of foreseeably one-sided fights, Friday’s Top Rank show at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion played to a sea of empty seats. Perhaps 4,000 were in attendance when Northern Ireland’s Michael Conlan stepped into the ring for his second professional fight. Conlan had no difficulty disposing of Tijuana’s Alfredo Chanez. A body shot coll...