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Ringside Report: Erick Ituarte Wins NABF Title in Ontario, Calif.

Ringside Report: Erick Ituarte Wins NABF Title in Ontario, Calif.

By: David A. Avila May 20 2017

ONTARIO, CA -- A night of split decisions saw Erick Ituarte survive a knockdown and slide by Isaac Zarate in the main event on Friday. Split decisions ruled the night and Ituarte (17-1-1, 2 KOs) did just enough to beat Zarate (12-3-2, 2 KOs) in an eight round fight for the vacant NABF junior featherweight title on the Thompson Boxing Promotions card. Ituarte, 22, fights out of Santa Ana, Cal...

Outrage Greets N’Dam N’Jikam’s Decision over Ryota Murata in Tokyo

Outrage Greets N’Dam N’Jikam’s Decision over Ryota Murata in Tokyo

By: The Sweet Science May 20 2017

Had you known ahead of time that Saturday’s fight at Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum between Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and Ryota Murata would yield a controversial decision, you would have placed your coin on Murata. Historically, the “home field advantage” is stronger in boxing than in any other sport. But it was N’Dam N’Jikam who emerged victorious in the 12-round bout for the vacant WBA “...

A Joshua-Klitschko Rematch Seems Inevitable, and that’s Distressing

A Joshua-Klitschko Rematch Seems Inevitable, and that’s Distressing

By: Frank Lotierzo May 19 2017

 If the reports leaking out are true, Wladimir Klitschko will activate his rematch clause with Anthony Joshua and the two will meet again in the fall. I didn’t want to see that happen, but I can't say I blame Wladimir because it's really hard to walk away from millions of dollars doing something you love and were great at. I was hoping Klitschko 64-5 (53) would ride off into the sunset and h...

Trouble on the Sports Collectible Front: PSA/DNA and More

Trouble on the Sports Collectible Front: PSA/DNA and More

By: Thomas Hauser May 19 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT: Misrepresentations and forgeries are common in the sports collectibles market. Within that environment, many buyers rely on PSA and PSA/DNA for authentication. PSA focuses on authenticating and grading sports cards and other trading cards. PSA/DNA focuses on authenticating autographs and the overall memorabilia market. According to the PSA website, the two companies “have p...

A Grand Feast Awaits Fight Fans on the Third Saturday of May

A Grand Feast Awaits Fight Fans on the Third Saturday of May

By: Arne K. Lang May 18 2017

SATURDAY'S FISTIC FEAST -- What a difference a year makes! In May of last year, boxing fans in North America were moaning over a sport that was mired in the doldrums. Today those fans are whistling a happy tune, gratified that the slack was short-lived. The last Saturday of April brought us a scintillating see-saw rumble between the two men generally recognized as the top two heavyweights in th...

A Three Day Festival — Golden Boy, Thompson Boxing & Mayweather

A Three Day Festival — Golden Boy, Thompson Boxing & Mayweather

By: David A. Avila May 18 2017

A triple delight takes place this week starting in Tucson, then going to Ontario, California, then moving to London for a fight that will be combined for TV viewing with other fights taking place in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Mexicali’s favorite son Diego De La Hoya (17-0) faces Oxnard’s Erik Ruiz (16-6-1) in a super bantamweight showdown tonight (Thursday, May 18), near the OK Corral; it’s Tuc...

Remembering Diego “Chico” Corrales, Gone 10 Years This Month

Remembering Diego “Chico” Corrales, Gone 10 Years This Month

By: David A. Avila May 17 2017

Outside of the boxing ring Diego “Chico” Corrales was a mixture of wide-eyed kid and aw shucks mentality. Inside the ropes he was a locked-in human surface-to-surface missile armed with a nuclear warhead. Ten years have passed since the boxing world and sports lost the Las Vegas prizefighter to a horrific motorcycle accident. Despite his early passing, many will never forget him. My firs...

Terence Crawford is Boffo in Omaha; Can His Act Play as Well on a Bigger Stage?

Terence Crawford is Boffo in Omaha; Can His Act Play as Well on a Bigger Stage?

By: Bernard Fernandez May 16 2017

“Will it play in Peoria?” is a phrase widely believed to have been popularized by 19th century American author Horatio Alger. It has come to mean the viability of a given product, person, promotional theme or event to appeal to mainstream America, which Wikipedia defines as a “wide range of demographic and psychographic groups.” A native of Omaha, Neb., 29-year-old Terence “Bud” Cra...

Crawford Has Too Many Weapons for Diaz to Overcome

Crawford Has Too Many Weapons for Diaz to Overcome

By: Frank Lotierzo May 16 2017

TERENCE CRAWFORD vs FELIX DIAZ -- This weekend’s title bout between defending WBC/WBO and lineal junior-welterweight title holder Terence Crawford 30-0 (21) and the WBC's third ranked contender Felix Diaz 19-1 (9) at Madison Square Garden, will not be automatic for Crawford but he is an overwhelming favorite to prevail. Terence is a complete fighter and based on his resume, physicality and versa...

Three Punch Combo: A Live Underdog, Plus Under the Radar Fights and More

Three Punch Combo: A Live Underdog, Plus Under the Radar Fights and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski May 15 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- On Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, undefeated unified super lightweight champion Terence Crawford faces Felix Diaz in an HBO televised main event. Many in the sport are seeing this as a routine defense for Crawford. However, Diaz is a solid pro and has a decent chance of pulling a big surprise. Despite having ten fewer professional bouts than Crawford, Diaz, a two-...