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Lucas Matthysse, Mercito Gesta and Other Fight Notes

Lucas Matthysse, Mercito Gesta and Other Fight Notes

By: David A. Avila Dec 12 2017

SANTA MONICA, CALIF.-Two popular contenders met the media at a swanky Santa Monica restaurant on Tuesday looking to re-enter the boxing stratosphere after months in cyberspace. Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse and Philippine’s Mercita Gesta converged at the Malbec Argentinean Cuisine where Argentine food is the specialty. The Golden Boy Promotions affair was held to promote the upcoming fight ca...

Talking Shop With The Inimitable Roy Jones Jr.

Talking Shop With The Inimitable Roy Jones Jr.

By: Kelsey McCarson Dec 12 2017

Ya’ll musta forgot about Roy Jones Jr. I sure haven’t. Roy hasn’t either. Having chatted with him on the phone last week, in fact, I still can’t decide which one of us was more impressed with his outstanding boxing career: him or me. “How do ya’ll dispute [me being the best] when you can go look at the YouTube videos and you’ll see me do things that you’ll never see anybody e...

An Unforgiving Minute

An Unforgiving Minute

By: Springs Toledo Dec 11 2017

At 11:30 Saturday night, as Guillermo Rigondeaux was surrendering in his corner after the sixth round of his fight against Vasyl Lomachenko, BWAA president Joe Santoliquito typed a post on Facebook, “Rigondeaux hurt his left wrist.” Dave Wilcox replied immediately: “I think he hurt his left ego.” He skipped the post-fight press conference and headed to a hospital near Madison Square Gar...

3 Punch Combo: Truax’s Improbable Upset, a Winky Wright Flashback and More

3 Punch Combo: Truax’s Improbable Upset, a Winky Wright Flashback and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Dec 11 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 KO’s) stunned the boxing world this past Saturday scoring a majority decision win against the heavily favored James DeGale (23-2-1, 14 KO’s) to win a 168-pound belt. Truax is a great story of perseverance and seizing the moment in this sport. Ironically, nearly 20 years ago to the day another major upset also took place with a fighter in a very simi...

Rigondeaux Never Had a Chance against Lomachenko

Rigondeaux Never Had a Chance against Lomachenko

By: Frank Lotierzo Dec 11 2017

What can you say other than he did what he was supposed to do and you look forward to seeing him down the road in a more competitive fight? Yes, Vasyl Lomachenko 10-1 (9) dominated Guillermo Rigondeaux 17-1 (11) so thoroughly that Rigo refused to come out for the seventh round. That's pretty impressive when you think about it. But in watching the fight it only took until about the halfway point of...

Arslanbek Makhmudov, a Big Man with a Big Upside, Turned Pro Last Weekend

Arslanbek Makhmudov, a Big Man with a Big Upside, Turned Pro Last Weekend

By: Matt McGrain Dec 11 2017

Arslanbek Makhmudov is a giant of a heavyweight. Listed anywhere between 6’5 and 6’6 and scaling over 260lbs, this Russian national out of Alania has made hardly a ripple in turning professional this weekend in Toronto, Canada, but it may not be too long before this giant of a man is turning heads right across the world. He has already turned mine. Makhmudov boxed for Russia as an ama...

The Hauser-Report: Lomachenko Shines Against Rigondeaux

The Hauser-Report: Lomachenko Shines Against Rigondeaux

By: Thomas Hauser Dec 10 2017

The third fight card in as many weeks at Madison Square Garden was contested at The Theater on December 9. The promotional hook was the occasion of two two-time Olympic gold medalists facing off in a professional championship fight for the first time. Vasyl Lomachenko, age 29, is the reigning WBO 130-pound champion and at or near the top of most pound-for-pound lists. He lost a disputed split-d...

Lomachenko Continues His “Make-‘Em-Quit” Tour vs. Rigondeaux

Lomachenko Continues His “Make-‘Em-Quit” Tour vs. Rigondeaux

By: Bernard Fernandez Dec 10 2017

NEW YORK – The Vasyl Lomachenko “Make-’Em-Quit” Tour played the Garden here Saturday night, where the headliner of boxing’s strangest and arguably most impressive act extended what has to be some kind of record by getting his fourth straight opponent to surrender rather than offer himself up for continued humiliation and physical punishment. In terms of mathematical improbability, those ...

Mickey Roman Ends Orlando Salido’s Career by TKO in Las Vegas

Mickey Roman Ends Orlando Salido’s Career by TKO in Las Vegas

By: David A. Avila Dec 10 2017

LAS VEGAS-In a battle of Mexican gladiators Mickey Roman knocked out Orlando “Siri” Salido to unceremoniously end the old war horse’s long and fiery era on Saturday. A 20-year career came to a sudden end. After many wars and bloody battles Salido (44-14, 31 KOs) simply ran out of bullets against the younger warrior Roman (58-12, 45 KOs) in the non-title fight at the Mandalay Bay Resort...

Loma vs Rigo Ends In Surprise – Rigo Doesn’t Come Out For 7th

Loma vs Rigo Ends In Surprise – Rigo Doesn’t Come Out For 7th

By: Miguel Iturrate Dec 09 2017

Loma vs Rigo - WBO world super featherweight title action topped Top Rank's ESPN offering Saturday night as Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1) met Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0). The fight marked the first time two men who had won a pair of Olympic gold medals each met in the pro ranks and the fight had generated a lot of hype since it was announced. Saturday night saw both men finally meet in the ring. As so...