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Crawford and Indongo Seek 140-Pound Four-Title-Belt Sweep

Crawford and Indongo Seek 140-Pound Four-Title-Belt Sweep

By: Bernard Fernandez Aug 13 2017

Some say the hardest thing in sports is to hit a major league slider. And maybe that is so, if the slider was thrown by Hall of Famer lefthander Steve Carlton, master of the pitch. But even Carlton gave up the occasional home run on his signature delivery, which made a given batter’s chance of smacking one over the fence very difficult but not impossible. Contrast that with the herculean task...

Boxing’s Best and Most Complete Fighters

Boxing’s Best and Most Complete Fighters

By: Frank Lotierzo Aug 13 2017

I've never been much of a pound-for-pound list guy. Until recently I never placed any stock in those lists because they serve no real purpose. Everyone has their own personal thoughts as to what constitutes the best pound-for-pound fighters. The only thing I was ever absolutely certain of was that Sugar Ray Robinson was – and still is -- the greatest combination of elite boxing, speed, power-pun...

Floyd Mayweather Meets the Media: Quick Takeaways

Floyd Mayweather Meets the Media: Quick Takeaways

By: Arne K. Lang Aug 11 2017

The boxers going through their exertions weren’t the only ones working up a sweat at the Mayweather Boxing Club gym in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 10. The air conditioning wasn’t working properly or perhaps it was simply overwhelmed by the number of bodies on the premises. It was Media Day and the joint was packed. This Mayweather dude sure knows how to draw a crowd. The Vegas-bas...

Ringside at the Belasco: Charles Huerta Wins a Rough and Tumble Fight

Ringside at the Belasco: Charles Huerta Wins a Rough and Tumble Fight

By: David A. Avila Aug 11 2017

LOS ANGELES-Charles Huerta emerged from a foul infested brawl as the technical decision winner over Mexico’s Miguel Gonzalez on Thursday evening. A mostly pro-Huerta crowd saw their favorite fighter return to the ring as the victor in the main event once again at Belasco Theater. But the fight was marred with head butts and loads of clinching. Huerta (20-5, 11 KOs) had been away from boxin...

Nevada Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas: Hearns, McCarter, Porter

Nevada Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas: Hearns, McCarter, Porter

By: David A. Avila Aug 10 2017

Thomas “Hitman” Hearns leads a heavy duty roster of greats into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend in Las Vegas. Detroit’s Hearns will be joined in the Hall of Fame along with departed inductees including Salvador Sanchez, Ken Norton and referee Davey Pearl. Several others will also be honored in a two-day affair at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that begins Friday afternoon and end...

Ten Notable Boxers From Nebraska Not Named Terence Crawford

Ten Notable Boxers From Nebraska Not Named Terence Crawford

By: Arne K. Lang Aug 10 2017

Terence Crawford meets Namibia’s Julius Indongo at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 19th on ESPN. At stake are all the meaningful belts in the 140-pound division and for Crawford something more – a chance to cement his status as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. Regardless of whether he wins or loses or what he accomplishes in the next few years, Oma...

The Return of Charles Huerta at Belasco Theater in L.A.

The Return of Charles Huerta at Belasco Theater in L.A.

By: David A. Avila Aug 09 2017

A favorite son returns to the spotlight when Charles Huerta faces Miguel Gonzalez in a super featherweight main event on Thursday in the City of Angels. Fresh off a knockout victory, Huerta (19-5, 12 KOs) attempts to maintain the momentum when he faces the hard-hitting Gonzalez (20-2, 17 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico on Thursday Aug. 10, at Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Estrella TV will...

Superstardom Came When Saul Alvarez Morphed Into Canelo

Superstardom Came When Saul Alvarez Morphed Into Canelo

By: Bernard Fernandez Aug 09 2017

Lots of athletes have nicknames. Some are carryovers from childhood, some are self-invented, still others are the products of imaginative publicists or promoters seeking to coin a word or phrase that will separate their guy (or gal) from the madding crowd.  But it takes a truly special talent or personality to rise to the level where the nickname supersedes what’s printed on a birth certificate...

Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley Retires After 13 Years as a Pro

Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley Retires After 13 Years as a Pro

By: David A. Avila Aug 09 2017

Corona is a small town that once was home to one of the greatest bantamweights who ever lived back in the 1940s. But one sweltering hot summer day another boxer stepped foot in a boxing ring there to make his pro debut. Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley entered the prize ring on Aug. 20, 2004 and embarked on a sizzling pro career that saw him grab numerous world titles and after 37 pro bouts i...

Wladimir Klitschko: A Career Appreciation

Wladimir Klitschko: A Career Appreciation

By: Frank Lotierzo Aug 08 2017

He participated in 29 heavyweight title bouts compiling a record of 25-4. Yes, Wladimir Klitschko 64-5 (53) fought with a version of the title on the line more than any other champion who has yet lived. To put his title bout record in perspective, Joe Louis was 27-1, Muhammad Ali 22-3, Larry Holmes 21-5, Lennox Lewis 15-2-1 and Mike Tyson 12-4. On top of that, you can make the case without much tr...