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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-...

Canelo’s Drawing Power Will Zoom into the Stratosphere if he Beats GGG

Canelo’s Drawing Power Will Zoom into the Stratosphere if he Beats GGG

By: Frank Lotierzo May 14 2017

With the announcement of the much anticipated middleweight title bout between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez 49-1-1 (34) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin 37-0 (33), I think it's fair to say the boxing community hasn't been this electrified since it became official that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would meet in May of 2015. The confrontation between Canelo and Golovkin represents a great style contras...

James Toney, Heavyweight Champion of the World

James Toney, Heavyweight Champion of the World

By: Matt McGrain May 14 2017

You wake into a world this Sunday the fourteenth of May, 2017, which James Toney rules as heavyweight champion of the world. Toney picked up the vacant World Boxing Foundation strap, the worthlessness of which is underlined by the heavyweights to have held it. Audley Harrison is probably the most well-known name on my side of the Atlantic to have thrown it aloft, while forty-year old former Mik...

Liev Schreiber’s dead-on impersonation of Wepner makes Chuck work

Liev Schreiber’s dead-on impersonation of Wepner makes Chuck work

By: Bernard Fernandez May 13 2017

MOVIE REVIEW -- The closing credits indicate that the screenplay for Chuck, the new movie about the life of rough-around-the-edges brawler Chuck Wepner, who got a dream shot at Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight championship and became a sort of folk hero for knocking “The Greatest” down (maybe, or maybe not) in the ninth round, was written by collaborators Jeff Feuerzeig, Jerry Stahl, Michael Crist...

Who Judges the Judges and Referees? – CSAC Takes Charge

Who Judges the Judges and Referees? – CSAC Takes Charge

By: David A. Avila May 13 2017

A recent high profile fight card saw middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin retain his world titles and super flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez lose his title. Both results at Madison Square Garden in New York City exploded with controversy due to the decisions rendered by three judges and the overall supervision by the referee. Serious doubt from fans about...

25 Years Ago, Michael Moorer and Bert Cooper Waged a Tumultuous Battle

25 Years Ago, Michael Moorer and Bert Cooper Waged a Tumultuous Battle

By: Bernard Fernandez May 12 2017

THE MOORER–COOPER BARNBURNER: They often are called “closet classics,” a term employed to describe thrilling, two-way action fights that, for whatever reason, somehow have managed to escape widespread public attention both in the then-and-now and in a broader historical sense. By that definition, the incredible slugfest waged by Michael Moorer and “Smokin’” Bert Cooper on May 15, 19...

Briggs vs Oquendo and the Odious WBA “Regular” Heavyweight Title Belt

Briggs vs Oquendo and the Odious WBA “Regular” Heavyweight Title Belt

By: Arne K. Lang May 12 2017

BRIGGS VS OQUENDO -- In 1989, at age 40, George Foreman appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The accompanying caption read “A Blast From The Past.” That would be an apt title for the forthcoming match between 45-year-old Shannon Briggs and 44-year-old Fres Oquendo as both men have seemingly been around forever. Their 12-round contest at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollyw...

Avila’s Pound for Pound List Spring 2017

Avila’s Pound for Pound List Spring 2017

By: David A. Avila May 11 2017

MY TOP DOZEN POUND FOR POUND -- Most of the major fights have taken place for 2017 with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s win over Julio Cesar Chavez marking the last of the pound for pound fighters. A couple more take place within a month’s span including England’s Kell Brook meeting with American Errol Spence Jr. But for the most part, we have a semblance of those who belong on the dozen top ...