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Nat Heaven remained undefeated by scoring an explosive 1st round stoppage over Donovan Dennis in a scheduled 8-round Heavyweight bout. Both guys landed heavy shots until Heaven landed a crushing right to the jaw that sent Dennis down. Dennis got to his feet but was wobbly and the fight was stopped at 3:00 of round one. “I give all hail ... Read More »

Pacquiao-Bradley 2: Settling scores

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By Bart Barry- LAS VEGAS – Having scored the first match between American Timothy Bradley and Filipino Manny Pacquiao the wrong way from ringside, I found myself situated in a spot from which scoring was impossible at the rematch. With the back wall as my headrest, peering at the ring from a seat meters above the ceiling camera and a ... Read More »

Compassion a double-edged dilemma for Pacquiao

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By Norm Frauenheim– LAS VEGAS – A compassionate Manny Pacquiao can’t win. That’s the popular theory, anyway. Pacquiao Freddie Roach introduced it. Media and fans have been repeating it ever since. But compassion is also the reason Pacquiao is still fighting. That’s Timothy Bradley trainer Joel Diaz’s theory. “A lot of people need him,’’ Diaz said. Diaz said Thursday that ... Read More »

Return to the scene of a “robbery”

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By Bart Barry– Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, not Macao, undefeated American welterweight Timothy Bradley will make a rematch of his 2012 fight with Filipino Manny Pacquiao, one sure to provide scoring quandaries, and what bad-faith and acrimony our beloved sport attaches to such. A shame, that, since Bradley and Pacquiao are generally good-faith guys. Whatever ... Read More »

A Krushing konclusion to a bad year’s worst week

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By Bart Barry Quick, off the top of your head, name the contracted terms of Sugar Ray Robinson’s rematch with Jake LaMotta in 1943. No? OK, how about the purse split between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns for “The War” in 1985? Not springing to mind. What about the name of Israel Vazquez’s advisor during cable-network negotiations for his ... Read More »

Kovalev stops Agnew in 7 to retain Light Heavyweight crown

ATLANTIC CITY–Sergey Kovalev may not be getting the fight with Adonis Stevenson that he was hoping for, but he was professional in scoring three knockdowns en route to a 7th round stoppage to retain the WBO Light Heavyweight title at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom inside of Boardwalk Hall. Agnew came out in a southpaw stance and tried to land quick ... Read More »

Respect? Bradley starts by looking at himself

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By Norm Frauenheim Just when Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather Jr., most of the NFL, NBA and major-league baseball have us convinced that disrespect is an athlete’s best friend, along comes Timothy Bradley with a different take and some real friends because of it. “I don’t feel I’m disrespected at all, honestly,” Bradley said. It was an astonishing comment, straight out ... Read More »

¡Puro Duran!

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By Bart Barry Tuesday the WBC’s official Twitter account posted a picture of Roberto Duran embracing the late Esteban De Jesus, a picture I retweeted excitedly. Saturday, May’s edition of The Ring magazine arrived, and while it bore a cover photo of Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao beneath a title that read “The Rematch Issue,” it might well have included ... Read More »

Why I will be in Las Vegas in April

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By Bart Barry A few weeks back I did something I rarely do: I made plans to attend a Las Vegas fight, Timothy Bradley versus Manny Pacquiao on April 12, without having much of an idea why. What follows, then, is an effort to understand better my interest in this event. If there was a hint of the overrated about ... Read More »

Glazkov decisions former world champ Adamek

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BETHLEHEM, PA—Vyachslav Glazkov scored the biggest win of his career as he scored a 12 round unanimous decision over former two-division world champion Tomasz Adamek at the Sands Hotel Casino From the opening bell there was a lot of contact with Glazkov establishing his power shots early that caused a massive swelling around the right eye of Adamek as early ... Read More »

Danny Garcia has his own plan

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By Norm Frauenheim Danny Garcia might be the only fighter not trying to elbow his way toward the front of the line that leads to the big paycheck that comes with a bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Garcia wouldn’t turn down the opportunity. Too many numbers after the dollar sign to do that. But he’s not going to launch a ... Read More »

Canelo takes El Perro to the pound (and Tony Weeks keeps him awake)

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By Bart Barry Saturday in Las Vegas the redhead anointed by one very powerful Mexican television network as the man most likely to continue his country’s outstanding pugilistic tradition, mainly on the virtue of his unique hair color and pigmentation, victimized, via 10th round technical stoppage, a hopeless fellow Mexican in a dog collar. In preventing the man in the ... Read More »

Canelo gets the victory and the boos

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LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez got the victory. Got the boos, too Alvarez won the fight, but failed to win back many of his disaffected fans with a 10th-round technical knockout of Alfredo Angulo Saturday night at the MGM Grand. Canelo’s first fight since a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September was supposed to restore his popularity among Mexican ... Read More »

FOLLOW ALVAREZ – ANGULO LIVE

Follow all the action LIVE as it happens when former Super Welterweight champions Canelo Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo fight in a 12 round bout. The action begins at 9 pm eastern with a 3 fight undercard which we be highlighted by a a 122 pound world title fight between Leo Santa Cruz and Cristian Mijares. Former world champion Jorge Linares ... Read More »

Mayweather draws a crowd at any time and against anybody

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. was an hour late Saturday for his own news conference. But a crowd stuck around, waiting for him to arrive anyway. It just goes to show that Mayweather can draw a crowd even if he’s fighting nobody. Marcos Maidana is next on Mayweather’s rich Showtime card, May 3 in a pay-per-view ... Read More »

Mexican veterans, (former) Soviet newcomers, and autodidacts

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SAN ANTONIO – In this city’s Alamodome on Saturday, before Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could whup Austin’s Bryan Vera and position himself for a match with undefeated Kazakhstani Gennady Golovkin, Mexican Orlando Salido took undefeated Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko to school and found him wanting, decisioning him by split scores of 113-115, 116-112, 115-113. Salido also forced upwards a number ... Read More »

Diaz prevails, Najera entertains, and Saucedo disappoints (somewhat) in South Texas

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SAN ANTONIO – Houston lightweight Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, a former world champion, found across from him in Saturday’s sixth and final off-television match a motivated opponent with a workable gameplan and little respect for Diaz’s resume. It was no matter – Diaz dispatched of him with time anyway. Diaz (39-4, 19 KOs) whacked and wore-down Mexican Gerardo Robles (18-13, ... Read More »

Tough Sell: Mayweather will have an easier time beating Maidana

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s biggest challenge on May 3 won’t come from Marcos Maidana. Not even Maidana’s heavy-handed power has much of a chance at knocking Mayweather off his pound-for-pound perch. But Mayweather’s promotional skill faces a real test as he reaches what could be the halfway point of a Showtime deal for a possible six fights and a potential $250 ... Read More »

The Legend’s Son returns to returning

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SAN ANTONIO – Mexican “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returns to this city sometime in the next few days, returns to a local scale sometime Friday afternoon, and returns to an Alamodome ring Saturday night against Austin’s Bryan Vera. The middle spectacle, Friday’s, should prove the week’s most suspenseful, and if Chavez somehow misses weight also its ... Read More »

Vazquez defends Lightweight crown over Shafikov

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Miguel Vazquez defended his IBF Lightweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Denis Shafikov at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian in Macao, China. Vazquez picked, pecked, got in, got out and held before Shafikov could mount any offense throughout the contest. Shaifov was cut on the forehead and over the right eye. Vazquez of Mexico won by ... Read More »

Dmitry Salita talks Ukrainian Politics situation

Former world title challenger and promoter Dmitry Salita talks about the recent political unrest that is going on his native Ukraine. 1. What are your thoughts of Vitali Klitschko going into Politics I think Vitali is a man of the people. You look at his career and see how he over came difficulties early on to become one of the ... Read More »

Visiting “Age of Impressionism” while reading “Juan Diaz and the Age of Impressionism”

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HOUSTON – Returned to Texas’ largest city and the fourth-largest city in our country, a day before a day we celebrate the father of our country’s birthday by acknowledging all the presidents’ birthdays in a single day because federal holidays, if mismanaged, might force the private sector to pay time-and-a-half, I looked across boxing’s landscape, barren yet again, and thought ... Read More »