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Texicans, Mexicans and More at Fantasy Springs

Texicans, Mexicans and More at Fantasy Springs

By: David A. Avila Oct 12 2017

Deep in the desert region of Southern California a couple of guys from Dallas have made a temporary home in Indio. One of those Texans, Francisco Javier Martinez (3-0), enters the boxing ring in a six round featherweight clash against Mexico City’s Ricardo Arias (1-1-1) at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif on Friday. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be televised by ESPN. Martinez (...

R.I.P. Former World Middleweight Champ Terry Downes

R.I.P. Former World Middleweight Champ Terry Downes

By: Arne K. Lang Oct 12 2017

It has come to light that Terry Downes died last Friday, Oct. 6, in the London suburb of Watford at age 81. At the time of his death, he was England’s oldest surviving world champion. Downes finished his career with a record of 35-9 with 28 KOs. Most of his losses were stoppages that resulted from cuts. He is best remembered for his bloody three-fight series with Paul Pender. Downes won the m...

Saquon Barkley Might Surpass Athletic Feats of Great-Uncle Iran Barkley

Saquon Barkley Might Surpass Athletic Feats of Great-Uncle Iran Barkley

By: Bernard Fernandez Oct 11 2017

The All-America junior tailback for the Penn State Nittany Lions, strong and swift at 5-foot-11 and a chiseled 229 pounds, is a force to be reckoned with when he runs inside the tackles, gaining impressive yardage after first contact and occasionally taking it all the way to the end zone if he finds a bit of open space. He is no less impressive when he goes wide, where his 4.38 speed in the 40-yar...

The Boxer that had the Most Charisma? Ali in a Romp but Not Unanimous

The Boxer that had the Most Charisma? Ali in a Romp but Not Unanimous

By: Ted Sares Oct 10 2017

In previous surveys, we asked a set of respondents to name their favorite boxing book, favorite fighter, favorite fight, and favorite round. This survey asks respondents to name the boxer -- living or dead -- that had the most charisma. In common with the previous surveys, the contributors are listed alphabetically and I get to weigh in first. My choice is Max Baer. Baer mixed ring theatrics...

From Boxer to Puncher: The Evolution of Jermell Charlo

From Boxer to Puncher: The Evolution of Jermell Charlo

By: Kelsey McCarson Oct 10 2017

Jermell Charlo doesn’t have to carry his gym bag anymore. He’s got someone on payroll for that now, though judging by how the fighter looks today, you’d never guess he skips lifting anything. Charlo didn’t always amalgamate the musculature of a brawler with the tenacity of a Tasmanian devil.  Instead, the soft-spoken, athletic fighter was lean, not particularly mean and light as a feat...

Crossroads Fights, Tune-Up Fights, and Under the Radar Fights

Crossroads Fights, Tune-Up Fights, and Under the Radar Fights

By: Matt Andrzejewski Oct 09 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- In a pivotal crossroads fight in the 135-pound division, Anthony Crolla (32-6-3, 13 KO’s) scored a unanimous decision against Ricky Burns (41-7-1, 14 KO’s) in a competitive but more tactical contest than what was expected. There’s talk of a rematch, but given the nature of the fight a rematch seems very unlikely. So what is next for both Crolla and Burns? With the win...

Boxing History Went Up in Flames in Blaze That Destroyed Kronk Gym

Boxing History Went Up in Flames in Blaze That Destroyed Kronk Gym

By: Bernard Fernandez Oct 09 2017

As a trainer, the late, great Emanuel Steward always believed he could help guide his prized pupils to victory when everything seemingly was on the line. That sense of supreme confidence proved more than justified as Steward, sometimes referred to as the “Godfather of Detroit boxing,” worked with 41 world champions, 30 of whom he helped develop at that city’s shrine to the sweet science, the...

The Difference in Self Awareness Between Joshua and Wilder

The Difference in Self Awareness Between Joshua and Wilder

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 08 2017

Boxing has enjoyed a great year in 2017 with two and a half months still to go. IBF/WBA heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua 19-0 (19) defends his belts against former title challenger Kubrat Pulev 25-1 (13) later this month on October 28th. The following week, on November 4th, WBC champ Deontay Wilder 38-0 (37) fights a rematch with the man he beat for the title back in January of 2015, Bermane Stive...

Boxing Broadcaster Ray Flores is a Man on the Move

Boxing Broadcaster Ray Flores is a Man on the Move

By: Arne K. Lang Oct 08 2017

Ray Flores is a man on the move. During a two-week span in September, the affable 31-year-old boxing broadcaster worked five cards on three networks. A week ago, he worked a show in Las Vegas on Tuesday and another in Dallas on Friday. He’s also moving upward. It seems like only yesterday that he was PBC’s invisible ring announcer, the fellow consigned to performing his role off-camera. Nowada...

Crolla vs Burns Quick Results From Manchester

Crolla vs Burns Quick Results From Manchester

By: Miguel Iturrate Oct 07 2017

Crolla vs Burns Results From Manchester - The Manchester Arena hosted an all-British duel in the lightweight division Saturday night as Anthony Crolla faced Ricky Burns. Kudos to the city of Manchester and their boxing fans for creating a raucous atmosphere for the fights, especially the main event. The all-British showdown of former world champions got off to a methodical start, as expected. T...