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Isaac Zarate Rallies to Outpoint Christian Ayala at the Ontario Doubletree

Isaac Zarate Rallies to Outpoint Christian Ayala at the Ontario Doubletree

By: David A. Avila Feb 17 2018

ONTARIO, Calif.-Isaac Zarate switched gears, stood his ground and grinded out a victory against talented Christian Ayala of Tijuana in a super bantamweight clash on Friday. It wasn’t easy. Zarate (14-3-3) fell behind Ayala’s counter-punching style before a sold out audience at the Doubletree Hotel, but he made the necessary adjustments after losing the first three rounds on the Thompson Box...

Fast Results from Reno: Ray Beltran Outpoints Paulus Moses

Fast Results from Reno: Ray Beltran Outpoints Paulus Moses

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 17 2018

In the first world title fight in Reno in 12-plus years, veterans Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) and Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KOs) put on a good show in pursuit of the vacant WBO lightweight title. When the smoke cleared, fan favorite Beltran emerged with the belt, winning by scores of 117-111 twice and 116-112. There were no knockdowns, but both fighters were bloodied, in particular the victorious Be...

Southern California: The Soul of Boxing Part 3

Southern California: The Soul of Boxing Part 3

By: David A. Avila Feb 16 2018

It was the biggest Los Angeles fight in decades when Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya agreed to meet Sugar Shane Mosley for not only the WBC welterweight world title but for status as the best fighter pound for pound. Both prizefighters had been born and raised in the city of Angels and had been rivals throughout their amateur boxing years. Their two roads converged at the sparkling new St...

I Dug Deeper into Bob Foster’s Long Title Run and Wish That I Hadn’t

I Dug Deeper into Bob Foster’s Long Title Run and Wish That I Hadn’t

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 16 2018

Recently on the Boxing Channel I did a "What If" feature between former light heavyweight champions Bob Foster and Michael Spinks. “What If” fights match two greats or near greats from different eras who fought at the same weight and held the same title. Obviously there's no right or wrong answer but trying to see who has the best case to warrant the nod is fun. In pro football, there's a b...

Saturday’s “Tripleheader” Lays Out Well for Serious Boxing Fans

Saturday’s “Tripleheader” Lays Out Well for Serious Boxing Fans

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 15 2018

There are three important boxing shows on Saturday, Feb. 17. The host cities are Manchester, England, El Paso, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The good news for serious boxing fans is that none of the main events overlap. The fight getting the most buzz is the Manchester fight between WBA 168-pound title holder George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr (pictured). Over in the U.K., this would be a major ...

Prograis Benefits Fighting Indongo Instead of Postol

Prograis Benefits Fighting Indongo Instead of Postol

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 13 2018

With unified junior welterweight champ Terence Crawford 32-0 (23) relinquishing his four titles to move up and campaign in the stacked welterweight division, the arrival of NABF super lightweight champ Regis Prograis 20-0 (17) couldn't have come at a better time. Crawford, the most skilled and dominant champ at 140 since the early 1980s when it was "Hawk Time" and Aaron Pryor was the alpha dog of ...

Southern California, the Soul of Boxing: Part 2 (How It Came to Be)

Southern California, the Soul of Boxing: Part 2 (How It Came to Be)

By: David A. Avila Feb 12 2018

Though Southern California produced the first ever featherweight world champion when Solly “Garcia” Smith captured it in the 1890s, the sparsely populated region could not compete with the East Coast in the 19th century and most of the 20th century. It was a simple matter of numbers. While the entire state of California had a population of 1.2 million in the 1890s, New York by comparison...

Battle Royale at Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs Desert

Battle Royale at Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs Desert

By: David A. Avila Feb 11 2018

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.-Desert fighting was the theme of this fight card that saw a battle royale between various parts of the arid municipalities on Saturday. Antonio Rodriguez (12-20-1) pounded out a win over San Diego’s Danny Andujo (5-3) in a six round bantamweight fight before more than 800 fans at the Celebrity Theater at Agua Caliente Casino. The World Fighting Championships card was not...

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...

Time to Get Reel: A Look at Upcoming Boxing Films

Time to Get Reel: A Look at Upcoming Boxing Films

By: Jose Corpas Feb 10 2018

The first elaborate ring entrance by a high-profile fighter took place on the big screen. One year before Muhammad Ali walked down the aisle to face Earnie Shavers to the theme from Star Wars, Apollo Creed put on a George Washington wig, got on a fake boat, and made his way to the ring while the Marine’s Hymn played. More than forty years later, all fighters make grand entrances and the Rocky se...