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Esteemed Cut Man and Trainer Rafael Garcia Passes Away at Age 88

Esteemed Cut Man and Trainer Rafael Garcia Passes Away at Age 88

By: Arne K. Lang Nov 15 2017

Rafael Garcia, a fixture on the Las Vegas boxing scene for decades, passed away Tuesday morning (Nov. 13) from complications of leukemia at age 88. In recent years, Garcia was best known as Floyd Mayweather's cut man and hand wrapper. He was instantly recognizable by his ever-present beret which was decorated with pins. A 45-year resident of Las Vegas, Garcia was born in Puebla, Mexico. During ...

Morilla’s Spit Bucket – Melian Takes the Plunge, Forgotten Heavys and More

Morilla’s Spit Bucket – Melian Takes the Plunge, Forgotten Heavys and More

By: Diego Morilla Nov 08 2017

The Spit Bucket is your weekly source of random thoughts, opinions and comments about the Manly Art, compiled by TSS boxing writer Diego Morilla. Make your suggestions and comments and dare to give us your own short commentary on this week’s boxing issues by sending us an email at diegomorillabox@hotmail.com . Melian Jumps Right in the Deep End of the Pool There is usually very little to r...

Monday Morning Cornermen (Nov. 6 edition)

Monday Morning Cornermen (Nov. 6 edition)

By: Diego Morilla Nov 06 2017

In this new section of The Sweet Science, we step back and take a critical look at the fights that took place on the previous weekend, we compare our own previews with the way the actual fights went on, and we take your opinions and questions (along with those of special guests) to create a final analysis to another weekend of boxing. Follow us every Monday at #MMC and @TheSweetScience , and send ...

Indio’s Diaz Brothers Have Built an Elite Fight Club on the Coachella Desert

Indio’s Diaz Brothers Have Built an Elite Fight Club on the Coachella Desert

By: David A. Avila Nov 06 2017

INDIO, Calif.-Deep in the Coachella desert tiny scorpions come out at night so it’s best not to walk in sandals. Even the fancy gas stations get their share of the dangerous little creatures. In the summer the heat hits like a smack in the face yet it doesn’t stop the various gyms from filling up with eager wanna-be fighters. One of the more crowded gyms, Indio Boys and Girls Club, has b...

Argentine Legend Carlos Monzon: Revered and Reviled

Argentine Legend Carlos Monzon: Revered and Reviled

By: Bernard Fernandez Nov 03 2017

Sometimes the story you think you’re going to write takes a swift and decisive turn, as can be the case in boxing, where the outcome of a fight that seemingly is all but decided can swing the other way with a single well-placed blow. My original notion was to commemorate the career of Argentina’s greatest boxer, the late Carlos Monzon, who wrested the middleweight championship from Italy’...

Born Under a Feisty Star: Muhammad Ali, the Original Mr. October

Born Under a Feisty Star: Muhammad Ali, the Original Mr. October

By: Diego Morilla Oct 31 2017

The World Series is almost over, and the notion that the month of October is the right month for certain athletes to pave their way into immortality is once again reaffirmed. Moreover, those of you who believe that there are only twelve different ways in which our destiny can play out depending on the random alignment of the stars may find this article reassuring. Yes, dear baseball fans and delus...

Undercard Action From Cardiff: The Brits Prevail in Workmanlike Fashion

Undercard Action From Cardiff: The Brits Prevail in Workmanlike Fashion

By: The Sweet Science Oct 28 2017

Dillian Whyte hoped to steal the thunder from his countryman Anthony Joshua, but had to be content with a “W” and a minor WBC trinket after outpointing Robert Helenius over 12 rather dreary rounds. Whyte’s fight last year with Dereck Chisora was a humdinger. The see-saw battle was the consensus pick for “Fight of the Year.” His match tonight with Helenius was at the other end of the spec...

The Current Crop of Light Heavyweights: How Do They Stack Up?

The Current Crop of Light Heavyweights: How Do They Stack Up?

By: Ted Sares Oct 22 2017

November will be a very interesting month in the light heavyweight division. On November 4, Russia's Dmitry Bivol (pictured) meets Australia's Trent Broadhurst in Monte Carlo for the vacant WBA belt. A week later, the IBF version of the 175-pound title is up for grabs when Russia's Artur Beterbiev, a Canadian transplant, meets Germany's Enrico Koelling in Fresno. Later in the month, Sergey "Krushe...

An Unexpected Development Has Rob Brant Poised to Become a Force at 168

An Unexpected Development Has Rob Brant Poised to Become a Force at 168

By: Arne K. Lang Oct 17 2017

Looking at the “opening day” rosters for the double-barreled World Boxing Super Series, a 16-man lineup, it appears that Rob Brant was an after-thought. As the fields were being finalized, it dawned on the selection committee that there wasn’t a single fighter in either bracket who was actually born and bred in the United States. “Hey, this won’t look right,” someone said, “who can w...

Two Impressive Knockouts at Fantasy Springs

Two Impressive Knockouts at Fantasy Springs

By: The Sweet Science Oct 14 2017

Venezuela’s Ismael Barroso, a 34-year-old veteran, proved to be too strong and too tough for Albuquerque’s Fidel Maldonado Jr. in a battle of southpaws on Friday night at Fantasy Springs in Indio, CA. Barroso knocked Maldonado down with a left to the jaw in the third round and then ended the junior welterweight contest in the sixth with a wicked left to the liver. Barroso, a former interim ...