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title Andre Ward Sweet Science Teacher

By Shaun La: This upcoming weekend has Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) pitted in a true championship bout that the Light-Heavyweight division wants and what the sport of boxing needs overall in a rematch with Sergey Kovalev. Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s) first bout positioned a by-the-book boxer (Andre) vs. a boxer who can punch (Sergey) into a combative contest, back in November of 2016. Depending on whom you ask (mainly the fans of either boxer), one will say that Andre pulled the win off by boxing smartly, later on in the bout. Others will protest that Sergey had won the majority of the rounds and should have remained undefeated—-a distinction that Andre will carry into their rematch. Read the rest of this entry »



title Rule Britannia? Part 2

By Adam Godfrey – Just over a year ago (April 25th, to be exact) I wrote an article exalting the contribution of Great Britain to the crop of recognised World Champions at the time. Britain boasted thirteen belt holders, the most of any country in the world. Anthony Joshua had just beaten Charles Martin to claim the IBF title. Tyson Fury was 5 months into being a unified Heavyweight Champion, and Carl Frampton was a month away from stamping his authority on the featherweight division by besting Leo Santa Cruzin what would become a fight of the year candidate (at the time he was the WBA and IBF Super-Bantamweight Champion having beaten fellow Brit Scott Quigg in February 2016, although he would later be stripped of the former belt when he spurned the opportunity to fight P4P fighter Guillermo Rigondeux, instead choosing to move up in weight). Read the rest of this entry »



title Weekend Wrap — Burnett, Prograis Step Up

By Donavan Leonard – This weekend in boxing was low on marquee names but still held plenty of action.  Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) of Northern Ireland continued his ascent through the paid ranks, capturing the IBF Bantamweight title from England’s Lee Haskins. It was a dominating performance, with Burnett dropping Haskins in the 6th round and again in the 11th round.   Unfortunately there has been more talk about the absurdity of judge Clark Sammartino’s scorecard than about the fight itself.  While the other two judges scored the bout 119-107 for Burnett, his card read 118-108 for Haskins.  It is believed that he confused the fighters, which is hopefully the case.    His scorecard made an impression on British Boxing Board of control commissioner Robert Smith, who stated that Sammartino will no longer be allowed to judge fights in his country. Read the rest of this entry »



title Brandon Rios vs. Aaron Herrera – Results

By Jim Dower: Making a comeback after close to 2 years out of the ring, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) stopped journeyman Aaron Herrera (32-7-1, 21 KOs) in the 7th round on Sunday night in a successful comeback at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California. The 31-year-old Rios wore down the younger, faster and more powerful 28-year-old Herrera until stopping him with a right hand to the body in the 7th. Read the rest of this entry »



title Golovkin: Canelo is nervous like a rabbit

By Dan Ambrose: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) sees fear in Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) as the two head towards their meeting inside the ring on September 16. Golovkin says ever since the fight with the Mexican star Canelo was announced, he’s seemed nervous, and rabbit-like. Golovkin says Canelo is just talking and looking nervous. Golovkin says Canelo just relax, because their fight is just the way life is. Read the rest of this entry »



title Dmitry Bivol Q&A: Getting to know the next big thing at 175lbs

By Ian Aldous: This Saturday night, Dmitry Bivol (10-0) puts his unbeaten record and No.1 ranking with the WBA on the line in a ten-rounder against Cedric Agnew (29-2). The man from Kyrgyzstan, who currently holds the WBA interim light-heavyweight championship, will be looking to make a name for himself as part of the Ward/Kovalev 2 televised undercard, live on HBO PPV. This week, Dmitry took some time to talk with me over the phone via his translator, Artem Yalanskiy. Read the rest of this entry »



title Daniel Jacobs possible for Canelo-Golovkin undercard

By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA World middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) is being mentioned as a possible undercard fight on the September 16th Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »



title Brandon Rios vs. Aaron Herrera tonight

By Dan Ambrose: Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (33-3-1, 24 KOs) will be coming out of his 19-month retirement on Sunday night to face Aaron Herrera (32-6-1, 21 KOs) in a 10 round fight in what he hopes is a successful comeback on Premier Boxing Champion at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California. Rios retired following a 9th round TKO loss to Tim Bradley on November 7, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »



title Jarrett Hurd vs. Austin Trout on July 29

By Dan Ambrose: IBF World junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd will be defending his title for the first time next month against former WBA 154lb champion Austin Trout on July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Hurd, 26, needed to get an exception to face #14 Trout by the International Boxing Federation, because he was supposed to fight #3 IBF Cedric Vitu in his first defense. Read the rest of this entry »



title Ryan Burnett vs. Lee Haskins – Results

By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) unseated International Boxing Federation World bantamweight champion Lee Haskins (34-4, 14 KOs) by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Burnett dropped Haskins twice in the fight in knocking him down in the 6th and 11th rounds. Both fighters were cut from a clash of heads in the 2nd round. Read the rest of this entry »



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