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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...

No Deontay, You Wouldn’t Have Kicked the Hell Out of Vintage Tyson

No Deontay, You Wouldn’t Have Kicked the Hell Out of Vintage Tyson

By: Frank Lotierzo Feb 12 2018

Yeah, I've seen enough and agree that WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder would've kicked the hell out of vintage Mike Tyson circa 1986 when Mike at age 20 won his first title, which also happened to be the WBC version. And if I become shaky on that pick, Wilder will reinforce me because that's what he says he believes. And let me inform you, I'm very shaky! Last month Wilder took many in the ...

Joseph Parker and His Trainer Kevin Barry are Joined at the Hip

Joseph Parker and His Trainer Kevin Barry are Joined at the Hip

By: Arne K. Lang Feb 12 2018

New Zealand’s Joseph Parker, the WBO world heavyweight champion, challenges WBA/IBF belts-holder Anthony Joshua on March 31 at 78,000-seat Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua’s most recent fight was staged here. His bout with late sub Carlos Takam was a sellout, setting a new world record for the largest live audience at a boxing event at an indoor venue. Based on early returns, Jos...

Notes and Nuggets by Thomas Hauser

Notes and Nuggets by Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Feb 11 2018

On September 27, 2014, adult glamour model Jordan Carver and adult film star Melanie Muller entered a boxing ring in Dusseldorf, Germany, and did battle over four heated rounds. Their encounter could be dismissed as taking place far beyond the outer fringe of boxing but for one notable fact. The ring announcer was Michael Buffer. Carver was born in Germany in 1986. According to Wikipedia, sh...

Picture Perfect at the Palladium: “Popeye” Rivera Bullies Kevin Cobbs

Picture Perfect at the Palladium: “Popeye” Rivera Bullies Kevin Cobbs

By: Jeffrey Freeman Feb 11 2018

WORCESTER — She arrives at the small dark venue an hour early with her Nikon cameras in hand. She wonders where she’ll be shooting from at ringside. Will other credentialed media members get in her way or even steal her shot? What’s the overhead lighting situation? “I’ve worked with a million photographers and so many of them don’t know boxing,” fight publicist Bob Trieger told th...

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...

Southern California, the Soul of Boxing: Part I

Southern California, the Soul of Boxing: Part I

By: David A. Avila Feb 09 2018

Boxing is definitely not dead. The stark reality is the sweet science has never been bigger at any time in the history of the sport. You don’t believe it? The numbers do not lie. Hidden smack in the middle of Southern California, the entertainment capital of the world, where major motion pictures, television, music, and major sports teams dwell, the sport of boxing thrives like a hidden...