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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”

Juan Diaz

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 »

Magdaleno stops Pazos in 4

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Former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno scored a 4th round stoppage over Jorge Pazos in a scheduled 10 round Lightweight fight at the C. Robert Lee Activity Center in Hawaiian Garden, California. Magdaleno dropped Pazons in round three with a straight left. Magdaleno finished things in the next round by sending Pazos to the canvas for referee Jack Reiss’s ten ... Read More »

History 101: Kathy Duva remembers what she doesn’t want Kovalev to repeat

Kathy Duva

Sergey Kovalev’s projected path to the top of the light-heavyweight division is at a stage in a well-worn process that is necessary, yet often dangerous for promising fighters who don’t know their history. The good news is that Kovalev has a promoter who won’t let him forget it. Kathy Duva has lived it. Duva’s historical lesson was delivered a couple ... Read More »

Juan Diaz and the Age of Impressionism

Juan Diaz

In the 1870s, a group of artists in Paris, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, decided to stop submitting their works to the official annual exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, also called the Salon. Dubbed “Impressionists,” these brave new visionaries instead mounted eight independent exhibitions of their own, featuring works done in a new, informal style based on modern subjects of everyday ... Read More »

Bling and blast: Maldonado stops Nater after four

SAN ANTONIO – Albuquerque welterweight Fidel Maldonado has the bling – sparkly purple trunks, gold trimmed, matching tights and safety-green boots – and occasional flashes of power, but ultimately a Monday Night Boxing main event in a Cowboys Dancehall bullring will likely mark the peak of his televised accomplishments. If that is the case, Maldonado’s (18-2, 15 KOs) corner stoppage ... Read More »

Malignaggi gets his Taub

Paulie Malignaggi

SAN ANTONIO – A small band of boxing media and bystanders gathered Sunday afternoon near an entrance of the Home Depot Center in Alamo Heights, an incorporated city in this city’s central-north quadrant, to see the weigh-in for Monday’s “Golden Boy Live!” show in the bullring of a local cowboy dance hall named, unerringly, Cowboys Dancehall. At least one of ... Read More »

Only one winner in the Khan-Maidana poll

Amir Khan

Polls can be as reliable as scorecards. About as scientific, too. That’s why it’s hard to know what to make of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s question to fans about his next opponent. Marcos Maidana? Or Amir Khan? From this corner, Khan still looks like Mayweather’s likely foe on May 3 no matter what the poll says. The only numbers that seem ... Read More »

An adieu to viciousness

Victor Ortiz

The meaningful part of American welterweight “Vicious” Victor Ortiz’s odd career ended Thursday night in an off-Broadway show with an off-Broadway opponent, about seven miles off Broadway, when Ortiz’s vicious tendencies got him corkscrewed in the blue mat of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center by a second-round right hook from Brooklyn southpaw Luis Collazo, while Ortiz’s own late-arriving right hook was still ... Read More »

Andy Nance: Boxing Lifer

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The sport and business of boxing has a way of testing a participant’s resolve and determination. No matter what angle or level of involvement one has in the sport, ups and downs simply come with the territory. For this reason perhaps, the fraternity of real boxing people is such a small group. Andy Nance, a former amateur standout and professional ... Read More »

Joshua stops Darch in 2

Lee Selby 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winner Anthony Joshua scored a 3rd round stoppage over Dorian Darch in a scheduled 6 round Heavyweight bout. Joshua ripped Darch with a hard combination on the ropes at the end of the 1st frame. Joshua landed several hard shots in round two and then landed a ripping left hook that sent Darch into ... Read More »

One More Time: Pacquiao-Bradley rematch inevitable

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Rematches can be predictable remakes, or tiresome redundancies, or just unnecessary. But Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley is none of the above. It had to happen. In some ways, April 12 is more of a resumption than a rematch of Bradley’s rancorous split-decision over Pacquiao on June 9, 2012. Once the controversy subsided to a dull roar, only questions were left in ... Read More »

Collazo knocks out Ortiz in two

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Luis Collazo scored a stunning 2nd round stoppage over Victor Ortiz in a battle of former Welterweight title holders at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Not much happened over the 1st rounds with Ortiz looking for the big shot and Collazo got in a few counters. The end came suddenly and with a big thud as Ortiz landed a straight ... Read More »

Garcia is ready to be redeemed by Gamboa

Mikey Garcia

Saturday in the little room at Madison Square Garden, Oxnard’s Mikey Garcia made another admirably professional showing, this time in the super featherweight division, against another wholly outmatched opponent, this time in the form of Mexican Juan Carlos “Miniburgos” Burgos, on HBO – a network quite supportive of Garcia. This match readied the table for a war in the summertime ... Read More »

Garcia defends 130 lb with decision over Burgos

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NEW YORK–Mikey Garcia remained perfect as he scored a 12 round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Burgos to retian the WBO Jr. Lightweight title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. It was a lackluster part for the most part. Burgos one shining moment came in round two when he landed a hard right hand that buckled Garcia badly. But ... Read More »

Ali comparison to Sherman’s rant is just more trash talk

Richard Sherman’s controversial interview with Erin Andrews after Seattle’s NFL playoff victory over San Francisco is being interpreted and analyzed more often than the Gettysburg Address. Much of the ongoing discussion leads to Muhammad Ali. Please, can everybody just leave the Ali comparison in the spit bucket. I suspect Sherman would if he could and that’s a compelling reason to ... Read More »

The Legend’s Son comes back to home (too)

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SAN ANTONIO – Thursday, Mexican “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. strode across the Alamodome stage to a podium that would conceal, for once, a fairly lean version of Junior, a version of him that surprisingly looked within 20 pounds of his next match’s contracted fighting weight, six weeks out, a match that will be a rematch with ... Read More »

Sanchez blows out Demecillo in four

David Sanchez scored a 4th round stoppage over Marco Demecillo in a scheduled 12 round Super Flyweight bout in a Hermosillo, Mexico. Sanchez dropped Demcillo with a hard body shot and the fight was stopped at 2:56 of round four. Sanchez, 115 lbs is now 24-2-2 with 19 knockouts. Demecillo, 115 lbs is 19-2-1. Francisco Rodriguez stopped Ernesto Guerrero in ... Read More »

Stars Needed: Mikey Garcia makes the short list

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The best in a new and diverse generation is about to make its claim on future stardom with a wave of new accents and surprising possibilities that could further re-make the face of the game. It used to be as familiar as a cheeseburger and fries. But today it’s more like an international food court. “A lot is happening in ... Read More »

Procrastination’s affirmer: Notes from the craft

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SAN ANTONIO – This week I began painting glass jugs instead of writing. Reading, socializing, Twitter, documentaries, laundry – all of these, it turned out, were not effectively enough keeping me from writing, despite many years of service in the enterprise. A vigorous new distraction came to the fore. The perfect week for it, too; a 2,000-word cover feature due ... Read More »

Trash Talk? Mayweather’s timing says something else

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Never-ending speculation about Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao is boxing’s version of Groundhog Day, the 1993 film starring Bill Murray as a weatherman trapped in time, re-living the same day everyday until he gets it right. Getting it right, of course, means an actual fight. Without one, we’ll only hear more of the same talk. I’d rather be a groundhog. More ... Read More »

Portrait of 2013’s most enjoyable week, part 2

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Editor’s note: For part 1, please click here. The seven-day stretch in mid October that began the Saturday Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley decisioned Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez found contrasting studies of how pain is treated, how humiliation is considered, and how vulnerability is concealed or exploited otherwise. Bradley, capable as any prizefighter of emoting when asked a fair question, showed ... Read More »

The 2014 Story of the Year: Pacquiao’s next move

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A crystal ball is just another glass chin, which is one way of saying New Year predictions have no chance. They’re fun, but they’re also about as likely as Top Rank’s Bob Arum and Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer wishing each other a Happy in any holiday season. More of the feud appears to be the only sure thing. But it ... Read More »

Portrait of 2013’s most enjoyable week, part 1

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The seven-day stretch in mid October that began the Saturday Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley decisioned Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez in Thomas & Mack Center ended with a more brutal stoppage victory over “Mile High” Mike Alvarado at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., a GPS-defying suburb of Denver, than even sadists anticipated, and transformed Ruslan “Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov into prizefighting’s looniest ... Read More »

A 2013 Ballot: Nominees for the good, bad, sad and the ugly

A look-back at 2013 with a nomination, one for every month in the calendar: Fight of the Year: Timothy Bradley’s decision over Ruslan Provodnikov. In an era when memories last about as long as a tweet, a Fight of the Year is often about timing. To wit: If it happened late in the year, it gets votes becauseit’s still remembered. ... Read More »

Adam Berlin: The struggle of the art

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My introduction to Adam Berlin’s writing came 4 1/2 years ago when he wrote for this site an account of Joshua Clottey’s preparations for a match with Miguel Cotto. I did not complete half Berlin’s piece before emailing our editor and asking him to throw whatever courtship we might at Berlin – a bio, an archive, a picture, whatever – ... Read More »

2013 Fighter of the Year: It’s a collective

A look back at any year starts with Fighter of the Year. But the 2013 ballot includes an argument against just about every candidate in the conversation. Light-heavyweight Adonis Stevenson is too much of a newcomer. Timothy Bradley’s split decision over Juan Manuel Marquez was debatable. Mikey Garcia’s victory over Orlando Salido was a technical decision, meaning the end wasn’t ... Read More »

The Problem, with schadenfreude

Adrein Broner

SAN ANTONIO – In the weeks to come, it will likely be discovered Adrien Broner suffered from a fatal strain of the deadlywhatever virus in his training camp, did his ringwalk with a right hand broken on the pads in his dressing room, crushed all five of his left knuckles in the first round, suffered invisible lacerations over both eyes ... Read More »