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Former Heavyweight Champ Chris Byrd Sizes Up the Cruiserweight Tourney

Former Heavyweight Champ Chris Byrd Sizes Up the Cruiserweight Tourney

By: Bernard Fernandez Jul 13 2017

At just 46 years of age, two-time former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd (pictured with Don King following his 2002 victory over Evander Holyfield) is a broken man. Literally. “I’m paying a price for having fought as a heavyweight,” the 6-1½ Byrd, a silver medalist for the United States in the middleweight division at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, said from San Diego, where he now trai...

Three Punch Combo: Smith vs Barrera, Under the Radar Fights and More

Three Punch Combo: Smith vs Barrera, Under the Radar Fights and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jul 10 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- After pulling two stunning upsets in 2016, light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19 KO’s) returns to the ring on Saturday to face Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KO’s). This is a high stakes, high reward fight for Smith who can solidify his position in what is becoming a deep light heavyweight division with a victory. Entering 2016, Smith was known mostly as a fun...

Weekend Boxing Update: WBSS Quarterfinals, Copper Box Chaos and More

Weekend Boxing Update: WBSS Quarterfinals, Copper Box Chaos and More

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 09 2017

On the second Saturday of July, boxing in the U.S. was at a near-standstill. There were two noteworthy shows in the U.K., but these events were overshadowed by developments in Monaco where the pairings were announced for the opening rounds of the World Boxing Super Series. The WBSS, which is slated to begin in September, consists of two single-elimination tournaments, one for cruiserweights and...

The World Boxing Super Series: Meet the Contestants

The World Boxing Super Series: Meet the Contestants

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 07 2017

The contestants in the World Boxing Super Series will be officially announced tomorrow (Saturday, July 8) in Monaco, but the event will be anticlimactic as the names have already leaked out. There are two separate single-elimination tournaments, one for cruiserweights and one for super middleweights. At stake, say the sponsors, is $50 million in total prize money. In addition, the winners of each ...

A Pier 6 Brawl in Philly Enlivens a Soft Boxing Weekend

A Pier 6 Brawl in Philly Enlivens a Soft Boxing Weekend

By: The Sweet Science Jun 25 2017

WEEKEND BOXING RECAPS -- On an otherwise quiet weekend for boxing, there was a corker in South Philadelphia that would have undoubtedly commanded Fight of the Year discussion if witnessed by more eyeballs. The match at the 2300 Arena, billed for the Pennsylvania State 154-pound title, paired Philadelphia’s Tyrone "Young Gun" Brunson (25-6-2) against Reading’s Kermit Cintron (39-6-3). Knocked d...

Weekend Boxing Recaps Apart From Kovalev-Ward

Weekend Boxing Recaps Apart From Kovalev-Ward

By: The Sweet Science Jun 18 2017

The Ward-Kovalev rematch overshadowed everything else, but on a night when Nevada’s referees did not put their best feet forward, there was plenty of activity around the globe. There was even a world title fight in Germany where native son Tyron Zeuge (pictured on the left) prevailed in the fourth defense of his WBA 168-pound title, winning a wide 12-round decision over Paul Smith. Zeuge (21-...

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...

A Joshua-Klitschko Rematch Seems Inevitable, and that’s Distressing

A Joshua-Klitschko Rematch Seems Inevitable, and that’s Distressing

By: Frank Lotierzo May 19 2017

 If the reports leaking out are true, Wladimir Klitschko will activate his rematch clause with Anthony Joshua and the two will meet again in the fall. I didn’t want to see that happen, but I can't say I blame Wladimir because it's really hard to walk away from millions of dollars doing something you love and were great at. I was hoping Klitschko 64-5 (53) would ride off into the sunset and h...

Canelo’s Drawing Power Will Zoom into the Stratosphere if he Beats GGG

Canelo’s Drawing Power Will Zoom into the Stratosphere if he Beats GGG

By: Frank Lotierzo May 14 2017

With the announcement of the much anticipated middleweight title bout between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez 49-1-1 (34) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin 37-0 (33), I think it's fair to say the boxing community hasn't been this electrified since it became official that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would meet in May of 2015. The confrontation between Canelo and Golovkin represents a great style contras...

Briggs vs Oquendo and the Odious WBA “Regular” Heavyweight Title Belt

Briggs vs Oquendo and the Odious WBA “Regular” Heavyweight Title Belt

By: Arne K. Lang May 12 2017

BRIGGS VS OQUENDO -- In 1989, at age 40, George Foreman appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The accompanying caption read “A Blast From The Past.” That would be an apt title for the forthcoming match between 45-year-old Shannon Briggs and 44-year-old Fres Oquendo as both men have seemingly been around forever. Their 12-round contest at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollyw...