Author Archives: Scott Levinson

Scott Levinson has been a rabid boxing fan since his earliest memories. A writer and educator, Scott has been studying the sport's history for over 25 years. He also has extensive knowledge of the game on an international level, as he has closely followed the sport in Europe, Asia, and South America for many years. He is based in the San Diego area, and can be contacted at scottmlevinson@yahoo.com.

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev preview & prediction

Fight Pick & Preview – Klitschko vs. Pulev: On September 6, world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko defends his crown against top contender Kubrat Pulev in Hamburg, Germany. Klitschko is riding a long wave of unchallenged success, but there is a sneaking suspicion on the part of some that Pulev may be something other than typical Klitschko fodder. Fans could certainly use a competitive heavyweight title fight, something that hasn’t been witnessed in years.

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Did referee Vic Drakulich screw up the Brandon Rios vs. Diego Chaves fight?

Examining the Controversial Refereeing & Stoppage of Rios vs. Chaves: In boxing, there are almost no absolutes. In the eyes of many, referee Vic Drakulich spoiled the welterweight showdown between Brandon Rios and Diego Chaves by overly injecting himself into the action. Let’s take a look at the facts and explore some different ideas, as we try to make sense of what took place last Saturday evening in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.

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Which young welterweight star will be the future king of the division?

Which Welterweight Replaces Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao at the Top? As we look at the top of the welterweight division, we see a lot of well-known names. Guys like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and Juan Manuel Marquez have been around seemingly forever and still occupy the top reaches of 147 pounds. Even some of the best from the second tier are over-30 fighters who have been around for quite some time, fighters like Marcos Maidana, Robert Guerrero, and Timothy Bradley–just to name a few.

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Boxing World Cup: The Philippines

The Philippines boast of a robust boxing history that in a pound-for-pound sense ranks high among the most boxing-rich nations in the world. Manny Pacquiao becoming a boxing superstar brought added distinction and more visibility to how much the sport is revered in this country. But even without Pacquiao, the Philippines had made an indelible mark on the sport. Let’s break it down along the lines in which we generally judge how big boxing is within certain countries:

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Boxing World Cup: Japan

Japan is and has long been a force in the ranks of international championship boxing, mostly at the professional level, but increasingly at the amateur level. In the midst of a boxing boom, the number of Japanese champions and contenders in the sport is mind-boggling. And when looking at some of the best up-and-coming pros, many of them are Japanese and on the brink of doing big things. Pound for pound, it’s difficult to find a country more productive in boxing than Japan. Let’s see how it breaks down across some different lines of analysis:

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Showtime Boxing results: Guerrero vs. Kamegai, Russell vs. Lomachenko, Alexander vs. Soto-Karass

On Saturday, June 21st, Showtime Boxing brings fans a tripleheader from the Stubhub Center in Carson, California. Headlining the event is Robert Guerrero’s return after a layoff of more than one year, facing Yoshihiro Kamegai, and opening the bill is Devon Alexander vs. Jesus Soto-Karass. The most interesting fight of the three though is sandwiched in between, Gary Russell Jr. vs. Vasyl Lomachenko. Right here, check out the results from tonight’s Showtime Boxing tripleheader.

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Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara preview & prediction

Fight Pick & Preview – Canelo vs. Lara: On July 12, two of the top 154-pounders in the world tangle in a highly-anticipated encounter, as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez takes on Erislandy Lara in a 12-rounder. This bout features an interesting contrast in styles, and as the fight approaches, each fighter is receiving support, with much of the boxing public split on who they think will win.

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Top 5 middleweight champions of the past 25 years

Boxing’s Best Modern Middleweight Champions: As the middleweight torch has been passed to Miguel Cotto, there is a new kingpin at 160 pounds. While most boxing observers think Gennady Golovkin is the premier 160-pounder in the business, Cotto’s claim is dent-proof, as he is the legitimate Middleweight Champion of the World beyond dispute. How much of a championship impact he makes in the middleweight division remains to be seen.

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The foolishness of denying Miguel Cotto’s great win over Sergio Martinez

Miguel Cotto Deserves Full Credit & Glory for His Middleweight Championship Victory: Amidst the afterglow of Miguel Cotto’s triumphant win over Sergio Martinez are signs that some are looking to attach an asterisk to the Puerto Rican legend’s achievement. Some want to go about as if the result came down to what was wrong with Martinez, rather than what Cotto did right.

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