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Why Lomachenko, not Spence, is the Fight the Fans Want for Mikey Garcia

Why Lomachenko, not Spence, is the Fight the Fans Want for Mikey Garcia

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 13 2018

Later this month WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia 38-0 (30) will fight a unification bout with IBF titlist Robert Easter 21-0 (14). Some observers seem to be over-thinking the fight, nothing new there, suggesting Easter could be Garcia's stumbling block - but don't buy into it. Under the best case scenario, Easter goes the distance and loses a lopsided decision, but it's more likely that Mikey w...

David vs. Goliath: Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

David vs. Goliath: Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Jul 13 2018

The Biblical battle of David vs. Goliath has endured for thousands of years as an inspiration for underdogs in one-on-one combat. But few people have written of that storied confrontation in a more intriguing fashion than Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell authored a collection of essays published under the title David and Goliath (Little Brown and Company). The book examines nine individuals from vari...

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 5: All Roads Lead to L.A. or La.

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 5: All Roads Lead to L.A. or La.

By: David A. Avila Jul 12 2018

All roads lead to L.A. in the world of boxing. Whether it’s Los Angeles or Louisiana prizefighting is headed toward a busy weekend in the city of Angels or the Big Easy. Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse both have L.A. ties and will meet for the WBA welterweight world title on Saturday. New Orleans native Regis Prograis fights Juan Jose Velasco in a super lightweight title match on the same ...

A Quick Look at Francesco Pianeta, Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent

A Quick Look at Francesco Pianeta, Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 12 2018

Chapter Two of Tyson Fury’s comeback will unfold on August 18 at Windsor Park, a 22,000-seat soccer stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Francesco Pianeta will be in the opposite corner. An Italian by birth but a citizen of Germany where he has resided since the age of 10, the 33-year-old Pianeta (pictured) is a former two-time world title challenger. Fury (26-0, 19 KOs) was the lineal heavy...

Regis Prograis Living Proof That, Yes, You Can Go Home Again

Regis Prograis Living Proof That, Yes, You Can Go Home Again

By: Bernard Fernandez Jul 11 2018

NEW ORLEANS -- Super lightweight contender Regis “Rougarou” Prograis admits he is not familiar with acclaimed author Thomas Wolfe’s final novel, You Can’t Go Home Again, which was published posthumously in 1940. It’s probably just as well; the central figure in Wolfe’s pessimistic take on a prodigal son’s painful and long-delayed journey back to the place of his birth, George Webber,...

Mikey Garcia Looks Ahead to Robert Easter amidst Chatter of Mikey vs. Spence

Mikey Garcia Looks Ahead to Robert Easter amidst Chatter of Mikey vs. Spence

By: The Sweet Science Jul 11 2018

Story by Special Correspondent Tarrah Zael -- Four-division world champion Mikey Garcia held a media day workout yesterday, July 10, at Fortune Gym in West Hollywood for his upcoming lightweight battle against undefeated IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. The IBF and WBC world title unification bout is scheduled for 12 rounds on July 28 and will be showing live on Showtime from the Staples...

The Son Also Rises: Rafael Garcia Jr. at the Mayweather Gym

The Son Also Rises: Rafael Garcia Jr. at the Mayweather Gym

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 11 2018

Rafael Garcia, a fixture on the Las Vegas boxing scene for more than four decades, passed away this past November at the age of 88. As a young man in his native Mexico, Garcia sparred with the legendary Mexican bantamweight Raul “Raton” Macias. After relocating to Nevada, he worked with more than three dozen title-holders as a trainer and cut man and then, late in his career, acquired a measur...

Regis Prograis Will Soon Be the Fighter to Beat at 140

Regis Prograis Will Soon Be the Fighter to Beat at 140

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 10 2018

Roughly this time last year WBC/WBO junior welterweight/super lightweight champ Terence Crawford was preparing to fight IBF/WBA champ Julius Indongo. On August 19th Crawford knocked out Indongo in the third round to become the undisputed champ at 140. With the victory, Crawford became a two-division titlist, having previously won the WBO lightweight title. He then set his sights on capturing a wor...

W.C. Heinz: When The Subject Was Boxing, Perhaps No Writer Was Better

W.C. Heinz: When The Subject Was Boxing, Perhaps No Writer Was Better

By: Rick Assad Jul 09 2018

During the mid-20th century when there were about a dozen daily newspapers in New York City, three sportswriting giants loomed large. They were Walter "Red'' Smith of the Herald Tribune, Jimmy Cannon at the Daily News, Post and Journal-American, and W.C. Heinz at the Sun. Of the trio, Heinz, who passed away 10 years ago this past February at age 93 in Vermont, is probably the least known, bu...

Pacquiao Is Capable of Winning or Losing Spectacularly against Matthysse

Pacquiao Is Capable of Winning or Losing Spectacularly against Matthysse

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 09 2018

This weekend boxing's only eight division titlist Manny Pacquiao 59-7-2 (38) will fight WBA title holder Lucas Matthysse 39-4 (36) for the chance to be slaughtered by WBO title holder Terence Crawford later this year. The bout takes place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Both Pacquiao and Matthysse are easy to root for because they always give a good effort and their styles make for ...