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It’s Official: Joshua vs. Parker Goes March 31 in Cardiff, Wales

It’s Official: Joshua vs. Parker Goes March 31 in Cardiff, Wales

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 14 2018

A heavyweight title unification match between WBA/IBF champion Anthony Joshua and WBO titlist Joseph Parker has been in the works for some time. This morning (Sunday, Jan. 14) it was confirmed. Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) and Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) will lock horns on Saturday, March 31, at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. And, as the cliché goes, someone’s “O” will have to go. Joshua wil...

Errol Spence Should Have Everyone Talking After Fighting Lamont Peterson

Errol Spence Should Have Everyone Talking After Fighting Lamont Peterson

By: Frank Lotierzo Jan 13 2018

It went back and forth between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao until Floyd conclusively beat Manny in May of 2015 and then it was Mayweather. After Mayweather, Andre Ward was considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in boxing after he beat Sergey Kovalev. Ward further endorsed that sentiment when he stopped Kovalev seven months later in their rematch. Shortly thereafter, Ward retired from bo...

“I, Tonya”: The Strange Tale of a Disgraced Skater’s Road From Rink to Ring

“I, Tonya”: The Strange Tale of a Disgraced Skater’s Road From Rink to Ring

By: Bernard Fernandez Jan 13 2018

There are some sports – not boxing, obviously – that conjure images of wealth and privilege, perhaps because to become really good at them there has to be a lengthy and costly investment of time and money, those expenses often covered by well-to-do parents. Among the so-called “country club sports” are golf, gymnastics, tennis, swimming and figure skating. No world-class figure skater f...

Ringside Report From Verona: Ergashev Sparkles and Shields Marches On

Ringside Report From Verona: Ergashev Sparkles and Shields Marches On

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jan 13 2018

Although she did not get the knockout she desired, Clarissa Shields (5-0, 2 KO’s) successfully defended her 168-pound title belts with a dominant unanimous decision win against Tori Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KO’s) on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, NY. Nelson was game throughout but completely outgunned and outclassed by Shields who won by margins of 100-90 on all...

Boxing in the United States 2016-17: A Geographic Breakdown

Boxing in the United States 2016-17: A Geographic Breakdown

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 12 2018

 The U.S. Constitution requires the President to periodically go before Congress and address “The State of the Union.” The oration, customarily delivered in January, always touches upon the state of the economy. What follows are the results of a study that yield something akin to a “State of the Union” address for professional boxing in the United States. I think we can all agree that ...

Media Day in Indio: GGG, Belasco, and Lucas Matthysse at the Forum

Media Day in Indio: GGG, Belasco, and Lucas Matthysse at the Forum

By: David A. Avila Jan 11 2018

A new year brings new tidings about mega fights, old venues and an upcoming televised fight card this month. Deep in the Coachella Desert a few prizefighters from the Golden Boy Promotions stable gathered with the media at the Indio Boys and Girls Club on Thursday, Jan. 11. Also in attendance was Golden Boy’s president Eric Gomez. The titular head of Golden Boy told various media outlets t...

Amir Khan Returns to the Ring on April 21 and This Isn’t More Fake News

Amir Khan Returns to the Ring on April 21 and This Isn’t More Fake News

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 10 2018

As widely rumored, Amir Khan will return to boxing in 2018 under the aegis of Great Britain’s leading promoter, Matchroom Sport. Khan and Matchroom honcho Eddie Hearn officially came to terms on Wednesday, Jan. 10. It’s a three-fight deal that will commence on April 21 in Liverpool when Khan opposes the ubiquitous TBA. No doubt Khan and Hearn will allow speculation to “marinate” before unv...

Fantasy Fisticuffs: The Late Edwin Valero vs. Vasyl Lomachenko. Who Wins?

Fantasy Fisticuffs: The Late Edwin Valero vs. Vasyl Lomachenko. Who Wins?

By: Bernard Fernandez Jan 09 2018

Coulda, shoulda, woulda. It is the stuff dream fights are made of. What would have happened had Jack Dempsey fought Rocky Marciano, prime on prime? Or a Smoke and Iron pairing of Joe Frazier vs. Mike Tyson? Muhammad Ali against three-time Olympic champ Teofilo Stevenson? Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Sugar Ray Leonard from the deliciously rich, high-calorie dessert menu? The possibilities are endless....

Danny Garcia Orders from the Menu but Boxing Fans May be in For a Treat

Danny Garcia Orders from the Menu but Boxing Fans May be in For a Treat

By: Frank Lotierzo Jan 08 2018

Boxing fans love tough guys and always give them the benefit of the doubt. They usually excel when they have fighters in front of them with adequate but limited skills who they can bully. However, they can never get to the other side of the bridge when it's blocked by a fighter equally as tough who has world-class skills. Next month former two-division champ Danny Garcia 33-1 (19) will take on ...

Three Punch Combo: Checking Out Robert Easter Jr. and Tori Nelson and More

Three Punch Combo: Checking Out Robert Easter Jr. and Tori Nelson and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jan 08 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO: Boxing award season has concluded for 2017 with awards being given out in several categories. My favorite each year is the Breakthrough Fighter of the Year as we see someone step up and do something special that catches the eye. For 2017, the TSS award for Breakthrough Fighter went to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for his two wins against pound for pound darling Roman Gonzalez. In 2018...