Author Archives: Howard Knowles

Broner vs Garcia – Fight Preview

Part of the greatness of boxing is that as fans we are exposed to fighters with different stories and personalities, meeting in a ring looking for the same result. That result isn’t limited to just being the winner, or becoming the champion, often the greatest result from a fight is earning respect. Earning the respect from your opponent, from your peers, and from the public. Next Saturday, the 140 pound showdown between Broner and Garcia will pit two fighters with different stories, with polar opposite personalities, each searching for the same result, respect! Adrian Broner is one of boxing’s most ...

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Keep the momentum going: Fights we want to see

The start of 2017 has been a good year for boxing. We had the welterweight showdown between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, where Thurman furthered his case as the best in the division. We had the return of heavyweight excitement with Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, where Joshua defeated the legend and took over as the best heavyweight in the world. GGG and Canelo each won their fights guaranteeing us a match between the two in September. Errol Spence is finally catching the eyes of the public whilst Pacquiao and Horn caused the sport a black cloud, however, the entertainment ...

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Pound for Pound Rankings – July 2017

Beginning this month I will generate my Pound For Pound list of the 10 best fighters in boxing regardless of weight class. I rank the fighters based off quality of opposition, performance, and the impact of their performance. Here we go! 1st – Andre Ward Record: 32-0 16 KOs Recent Activity: KO Win vs Sergey Kovalev After defeating Kovalev via knockout, all doubts were erased from the first fight controversy. After years of being a top 3 fighter, finally Ward sits atop his rightful and well-earned spot at the top. 2nd -Gennady Golovkin Record: 37-0 33 KOs Recent Activity: UD ...

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Boxing suffers again – Pacquiao’s loss to Horn

In an action packed fight, boxing once again suffers a loss in the public eye with the Unanimous Decision win over Manny Pacquiao by Jeff Horn. Never mind the fact that Horn wasn’t docked points for his three headbutts, never mind the fact Horn’s face was a complete mess, never mind the fact that in the 9th RD the referee wanted to stop the fight, Horn was overall completely outclassed. Horn gave a great effort and did better than expected, however, at best I have him at three rounds. If the punch stats aren’t telling enough, (with Pacquiao Thrown/Landed 573/182 ...

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Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn – Fight Prediction

The old saying as we age is “like fine wine, you get better with time”, a narrative that is consistently challenged in sports. In sports we have the saying that father time is undefeated, which has been challenged many times, however the majority of time father time has lived up to its reputation. Of course in the NBA Kobe Bryant retired after dropping 60 points in his final game, however that season was statistically his worse. An even better example is NFL legend Peyton Manning who retired after he won the Super bowl, however like Kobe his final season was ...

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Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn – Fight Preview

Manny Pacquiao, one of Boxing’s all-time greats will step into the ring this weekend with a few questions surrounding his appearance. In the aftermath of his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr, (Pacquiao injured his rotator cuff in his right shoulder weeks leading up to the fight and had surgery the day after the fight) Pacquiao’s popularity amongst casual fans dwindled. Of course, he is still a global megastar; however, his PPV numbers in his two fights have decreased. Pacquiao looked impressive defeating top welterweights Tim Bradley and Jesse Vargas, however, father time is undefeated.  Pacquiao will enter the ring this ...

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10 Year Anniversary – Greatest Fights – Part 1

2007 featured a few good fights for Boxing. Here I want to revisit some of the best fights of that year, and the impact that those matches made on the fight game moving forward. 9/29/2007 – Kelly Pavlik vs Jermain Taylor for the Middleweight Championship During this period for boxing the middleweight division wasn’t as dominant as it were in the past few years. Roy Jones, Hopkins, Trinidad etc. Had moved up to the Light Heavyweight, and we were entering the emergence of the Welterweight Division. Coming into this fight Pavlik was beginning to make a name for himself amongst ...

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Mayweather vs McGregor – Good for boxing?

Please No, Not Again! Not after the aftermath of the Mayweather/Pacquiao from May 2015 in which casual boxing fans were left with a bad taste in their mouth, PPV sales decreased, and boxing had a bad image in the sports world. In my opinion it wasn’t the $100 price tag it came with but the lack of action, after the years of the buildup was what did it. Pacquiao who is an all-time great fighter, fought the fight with an injured shoulder, and while he had his great moments in rounds 2, 4, 6, 8 & 9, Mayweather out pointed ...

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Ward vs Kovalev – Post Match Review

Whatever doubts there were after Andre Ward was given a highly controversial unanimous decision, along with three light heavyweight title belts following his November fight against Sergey Kovalev, there were none remaining after Saturday night. I predicted Andre Ward to win by decision, and in a shocking fashion Andre Ward won via knockout to the body in the 8th round! Although Kovalev said he trained for better stamina, he seemed to be very winded after the 4th round. Ward had a vicious body attack but he was warned twice during the fight for low blows. Kovalev claimed the final body ...

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Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev Part 2 – Fight Prediction

Normally a boxing rematch consists of one of three possibilities, 1) the winner of the first fight wins more decisively, 2) the rematch doesn’t truly live up to the excitement of the first fight or 3) the rematch shows who the true winner of the first fight was or should have been. On occasion, there are some rematches that are even better than the first fight, but the majority of the time, those are the possibilities. There are examples for each possibility in boxing history. We had Floyd Mayweather defeat Marcos Maidana more decisively in their rematch; we had Muhammad ...

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