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Mercito Gesta and Manny Robles III Win North American Titles at Indio

Mercito Gesta and Manny Robles III Win North American Titles at Indio

By: David A. Avila Jun 15 2018

INDIO, Calif.-Mercito Gesta knocked off Robert Manzanarez and crosstown rivals Manny Robles III and Edgar Valerio put on a show in the desert 100 miles away from their Los Angeles roots on Thursday. Gesta (32-2-2, 17 KOs) captured the vacant NABO lightweight title with dogged determination against the taller counter-punching Manzanarez (35-2, 28 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Casino. A small crowd of ...

Jermell Charlo Didn’t Shine In His Breakout Fight Against Austin Trout

Jermell Charlo Didn’t Shine In His Breakout Fight Against Austin Trout

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 14 2018

He entered the ring wearing a Lion's head, thus signifying that he is one of the young Lions of boxing. And when he left the ring after winning a 12-round majority decision over former junior middleweight title holder Austin Trout, I had more doubts and more questions as to how authentically good he really is and a more firm belief that his twin brother Jermall is the better fighter of the two. Ye...

News Flash! Canelo-GGG II Finally a Done Deal

News Flash! Canelo-GGG II Finally a Done Deal

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 13 2018

Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, recently gave those involved in the management of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, an ultimatum: Agree to our terms by noon PT Wednesday, June 13, or the fight is dead. Noon came and went and the fight was dead, or so it seemed, but hold the phone. Two hours later the stalemate was finally broken and we have a fight. Canelo-GGG II, origina...

The Avila Perspective: Chapter 1 – Las Vegas Notebook and More Boxing

The Avila Perspective: Chapter 1 – Las Vegas Notebook and More Boxing

By: David A. Avila Jun 13 2018

Traveling to Las Vegas can be arduous and expensive. My photographer Al Applerose and I drove up Cajon Pass around noon and headed up and mountains through the desert. Not a lot of traffic for a Friday. After checking in to our Vegas hotel we ventured to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in search of margaritas. The Border Grill inside near the pool has pretty decent margaritas, but rather sma...

Look For Spence to ‘Do a Crawford’ on Ocampo, Only Sooner

Look For Spence to ‘Do a Crawford’ on Ocampo, Only Sooner

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 13 2018

WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford looked All World last week in stopping former title holder Jeff Horn. This Saturday, it’s Errol Spence’s turn. The presumed Sonny Liston of the division, Spence 23-0 (20) will make the second defense of his IBF welterweight title. His opponent is third ranked IBF contender Carlos Ocampo 22-0 (13) who, in all honesty after watching video of his recent b...

Joshua vs. Wilder is on the Cusp of Being Finalized, or Maybe Not

Joshua vs. Wilder is on the Cusp of Being Finalized, or Maybe Not

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 12 2018

The boxing world was all astir on Monday with the news that Deontay Wilder had accepted the terms set forth by Matchroom Sport honcho Eddie Hearn for a match between him and Anthony Joshua. “The ball is now in their court,” wrote Wilder on social media. Shelly Finkel, who is Wilder’s co-promoter along with Al Haymon, confirmed the news in a conversation with ESPN’s Dan Rafael. Finkel ac...

The Case for Michael Moorer

The Case for Michael Moorer

By: Ted Sares Jun 11 2018

This past weekend, the International Boxing Hall of Fame inducted three new members in the Modern Boxer category. Michael Moorer has yet to get the call and perhaps never will, but one can certainly build a case for him. Moorer’s name doesn’t comes up all that much in boxing conversations anymore and that’s a shame given his accomplishments and the remarkable events that shaped his career...

Maybe Horn Shouldn’t Have Said That Crawford Hadn’t Been Tested

Maybe Horn Shouldn’t Have Said That Crawford Hadn’t Been Tested

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 11 2018

It's an old cliché, but in this past weekend's WBO welterweight title bout both champion Jeff Horn 18-1-1 (12) and challenger Terence Crawford 33-0 (24) were exactly who we thought they were prior to them touching gloves: Horn, a tough and gritty mauler who upset a legend in his next-to-last bout and Crawford who is the most complete and versatile fighter in boxing. And when those two dynamics cl...

The Hauser Report: Four Fights

The Hauser Report: Four Fights

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 10 2018

There were a lot of fights available for viewing in the United States on Saturday, June 9. Anyone who was on the job and watched them all would have put in a full eight-hour shift and been eligible for overtime pay. The festivities began in England at the Manchester Arena where Tyson Fury returned to the ring after a 924-day absence. Fury will go down in history as one of boxing’s oddest h...

Ringside at the MGM Grand: Crawford TKOs Brave but Outclassed Horn

Ringside at the MGM Grand: Crawford TKOs Brave but Outclassed Horn

By: David A. Avila Jun 10 2018

Terence Crawford ripped the WBO welterweight world title away from Jeff Horn with a dominating performance in conquering his third weight division before a largely partisan crowd on Saturday. The end came at the 2:33 mark of round nine when referee Robert Byrd rescued Horn as he was being punished against the ropes. Any doubts about size differences faded quickly round by round. Crawford (33...