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Two Nights in So Cal- Fantasy Springs and The Forum

Two Nights in So Cal- Fantasy Springs and The Forum

By: David A. Avila Feb 21 2018

It’s a new year with new hopes for various promoters in the Southern California region as two nights of prizefighting take center stage. On Thursday, Jojo Diaz (25-0, 13 KOs) defends the NABO featherweight title against Victor Terrazas (38-4-2, 21 KOs) in the 10-round main event at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. The Golden Boy Promotions event will be televised by ESPN. Two days l...

Noted Boxing Buffs Recall Their First Live Boxing Event and its Impact

Noted Boxing Buffs Recall Their First Live Boxing Event and its Impact

By: Ted Sares Feb 20 2018

PART ONE OF A TWO-PART SERIES -- On June 6, 1948, the storied Marigold Gardens in Chicago was filled with cigar smoke, boxing being a bastion of political incorrectness and all. The smell of sweat, beer, cheap cigars, and Italian sausage mixed with an occasional whiff of perfume provided a comfortable, if pungent, setting for this eleven-year-old, as my dad thought it was time we enjoyed our first...

Danny Garcia Is Back and Spence and Crawford Are Blocking His Path

Danny Garcia Is Back and Spence and Crawford Are Blocking His Path

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 19 2018

This past weekend former WBC welterweight title holder Danny Garcia 34-1 (20) looked terrific for not having fought in 11 months coming off his first loss against Keith Thurman in their welterweight unification bout. In what was virtually a title elimination fight, Garcia stopped the aggressive and tough Brandon Rios 34-4-1 (25) in the ninth round with a well-placed right hand to the chin over ...

Three Punch Combo: Handicapping Keith Thurman’s Next Opponent and More

Three Punch Combo: Handicapping Keith Thurman’s Next Opponent and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Feb 18 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- Welterweight champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KO’s) is set to return to the ring on May 19th against an opponent to be determined. When Thurman does return, it will be on the heels of a 14-month layoff and he has made it very clear the opponent will not be any of the top contenders at welterweight. So just who will be in the ring with Thurman on May 19th? Here are the realis...

Picture Perfect at the Palladium: “Popeye” Rivera Bullies Kevin Cobbs

Picture Perfect at the Palladium: “Popeye” Rivera Bullies Kevin Cobbs

By: Jeffrey Freeman Feb 11 2018

WORCESTER — She arrives at the small dark venue an hour early with her Nikon cameras in hand. She wonders where she’ll be shooting from at ringside. Will other credentialed media members get in her way or even steal her shot? What’s the overhead lighting situation? “I’ve worked with a million photographers and so many of them don’t know boxing,” fight publicist Bob Trieger told th...

Danny Garcia Must Embrace Underdog Role, Even as a Big Favorite

Danny Garcia Must Embrace Underdog Role, Even as a Big Favorite

By: Bernard Fernandez Feb 10 2018

Elite fighters, which three-time former world champion Danny Garcia still considers himself to be, of necessity must be a curious mix of unbridled confidence and the quiet desperation of a perennial underdog. Those who make the mistake of becoming too comfortable, of presuming that every bout will end in victory because of their physical or tactical superiority, run the risk of suffering a blow to...

Irregularities Mar New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Election

Irregularities Mar New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Election

By: Thomas Hauser Feb 08 2018

On January 10, 2018, the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame announced the names of 22 individuals who will be inducted into the hall in April. This year’s class runs the gamut from former heavyweight champion James J. Corbett (who dethroned John L. Sullivan in 1892) to Jake Rodriguez (28-8-2 with 8 KOs and 7 KOs by). As in years past, some of the inductees were well-chosen. Other selections have...

Noted Boxing Buffs Name The Nicest Person They Have Met in Boxing

Noted Boxing Buffs Name The Nicest Person They Have Met in Boxing

By: Ted Sares Feb 02 2018

I'm back again with another survey. This time I asked more than two dozen noted boxing buffs to name the nicest person they had met in boxing. One could select a boxer, active or retired, but it didn’t have to be a boxer. It could be anyone associated with the sport, living or deceased (but not a family member and preferably not a close associate). As in my previous surveys, I get to weigh in...

Zab Judah Keeps on Fighting as he Eases into a New Career

Zab Judah Keeps on Fighting as he Eases into a New Career

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 30 2018

Eighteen years have elapsed since Zab Judah won his first world title and he’s still slinging leather. Last Saturday, Jan. 27, Judah won a 10-round decision over Mexican journeyman Noel Mejia Rincon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Judah vs. Rincon was ballyhooed by a geographically challenged PR flack as “the biggest and most exciting boxing card in Western Canada since Chuval (sic) vs. Ali in...

Was it a Coincidence That Matthysse Mentioned Pac-Man after TKOing Kiram?

Was it a Coincidence That Matthysse Mentioned Pac-Man after TKOing Kiram?

By: Frank Lotierzo Jan 29 2018

This past weekend Lucas Matthysse 39-4 (36) fought for the second time in six months, stopping Tewa Kiram 38-1 (28) in the eighth round after having him down twice. Kiram entered the bout undefeated but other than a solid jab he didn't have much to offer. The win over Kiram earned Matthysse, 35, the vacant WBA (Regular) welterweight belt. Keith Thurman is the holder of the actual WBA title belt. ...