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In a Shocking Development, Andre Ward Calls it Quits

In a Shocking Development, Andre Ward Calls it Quits

Andre Ward, the reigning WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion, America’s last Olympic gold medalist, and the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport according to several polls, shocked the boxing universe today, Sept. 21, by announcing his retirement. “From the bottom of my heart,” said the 33-year-old Ward on his web site, “thank y...

Heavyweights Collide in Manchester: Breaking Down the Parker-Fury Fight

Heavyweights Collide in Manchester: Breaking Down the Parker-Fury Fight

This weekend in the UK’s Manchester Arena, beltholder Joseph Parker (23-0) and rookie Hughie Fury (20-0) are set to squabble over a bauble sanctioned by a rankings organization that sees Christian Hammer as the world’s number two heavyweight contender. As a heavyweight championship match it is a bad joke; as a crossroads fight for two o...

LaMotta

Remembering Jake LaMotta….one of Boxing’s Most Colorful Characters

On Wednesday morning, Sept. 20, flags at the International Boxing Hall of Fame were lowered to half-staff in memory of former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta who passed away the previous day at age 95 in a Florida nursing home following a bout with pneumonia. The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, LaMotta had been induc...

Oscar Valdez Straddles Two Worlds….Plus Other Fight Notes

Oscar Valdez Straddles Two Worlds….Plus Other Fight Notes

Oscar Valdez straddles two worlds as deftly as he handles incoming fire from top contenders inside the prize ring. Whether it’s Tucson, Arizona or Nogales, Mexico the WBO featherweight world titlist glides through the differences confidently like breathing in and out. But confidence is not cockiness. Though undefeated after five yea...

This Title Shot is a Hart-to-Hart Production

This Title Shot is a Hart-to-Hart Production

As much a political activist as a boxing promoter, Top Rank founder and chairman Bob Arum is providing 500 free tickets for Friday night’s ESPN-televised fight card at the Tucson Convention Center to so-called “Dreamers,” children of illegal immigrants, mostly from Mexico, whose status for remaining in the United States has been called i...

How She Could Have Scored it 118-110 for Canelo

How She Could Have Scored it 118-110 for Canelo

During the early days of the gloved era and probably before, managers and promoters would slip reporters money or buy them dinners and drinks - with a wink and a smile -- to get their fighters some needed positive publicity. Today things are too regulated to go that route, although it seems some writers give certain fighters, for one reason or...

Henry Armstrong’s Las Vegas Episode: A Dip into the Pool of Tank Town Boxing

Henry Armstrong’s Las Vegas Episode: A Dip into the Pool of Tank Town Boxing

Henry Armstrong, active from 1931 to 1945, won the featherweight, welterweight, and lightweight world titles, in that order, in a day when there were only eight widely recognized weight classes. He briefly held all three belts simultaneously. During the course of his career he had a run of 27 straight knockouts and, in October of 1939, success...

Three Punch Combo: Chocolatito’s Hall of Fame Credentials and More

Three Punch Combo: Chocolatito’s Hall of Fame Credentials and More

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- Earlier this month, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez suffered a stunning knockout loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a 115-pound title fight. The loss capped a disappointing year for Gonzalez who also dropped a disputed decision to Sor Rungvisai in March. When the year began, many in the sport ranked Gonzalez at or near ...

GGG-Canelo: In the Court of Public Opinion the Hung Jury Smacks of Injustice

GGG-Canelo: In the Court of Public Opinion the Hung Jury Smacks of Injustice

You don’t have to be a boxing fan to understand the confusion that is sometimes attendant to the intricacies of the legal process. Imagine you’re a regular viewer of Court TV, and you’ve followed a particular case as if it were first-run episodes of your favorite television show. You have dispassionately weighed all the evidence that was...

Golovkin’s Fear Realized as Canelo Escapes With a Draw

Golovkin’s Fear Realized as Canelo Escapes With a Draw

Fight fans waited two years to find out who was the better fighter between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez 49-1-2 (34) and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin 37-0-1 (33) and, at least officially, they'll have to wait a little longer. This past weekend, with the bragging rights and titles on the line in the middleweight division, Canelo and GGG fought to a disputed ...