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Keith Thurman: Hero vs Villain

Uncle Ben from Marvel’s Spiderman series once said in reference to being a hero, “with great power comes great responsibility”. In boxing our hero’s take on the responsibility of giving us the fans the fights we want to see. The proclaimed villains are the fighters who choose to duck and dodge the opponents fans want to see for their own safe gain. The question for many fighters during evaluation is are they the fans hero, or the fans villain? The welterweight division in boxing has been not only the most competitive, but also the most exciting division in boxing for ...

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Miguel Cotto: Well loved, yet under appreciated

After sixteen years, world titles in four weight classes and many memorable fights with some of boxing’s best, Miguel Cotto will call it a career on December 2nd when he faces Sadam Ali at Madison Square Garden in New York. While Ali isn’t the big name opponent that some expected, let’s be honest, Cotto was never going to fight Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez. Ali however will be a worthy sendoff for in my eyes arguably one of the most underappreciated boxers of this era to casual fans. Cotto may not have the undefeated record like Floyd Mayweather or rumbled ...

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Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux 60 Day Preview

In a little under 60 days, boxing fans will receive an early holiday treat on December 9th, when two of the most decorated amateurs and two of the best technical boxers on the planet fight with Vasyl Lomachenko vs Guillermo Rigondeaux in a 130-pound showdown. As the fight draws closer each fighter is guaranteeing not only victory, but victory in impressive fashion. With an amateur career record of 475 fights with 12 losses, and since turning pro, Rigondeaux’s record is 17 Wins by 11 Kos. Rigondeaux will be looking to put on a skillful boxing performance with his sharp counters, ...

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What happened to Amir Khan?

In the 2004 Olympics as a 17-Year-old fighter, one with fast hands, with a good jab to go along with his quick feet, won the Silver Medal in Athens and eyes were on him when he made his professional debut. He went on to be the youngest British World Champion at 22 years old, became a 2-division champion and has a record of 31 -4 with 19 KOs. Sadly, Khan has been inactive since his vicious KO loss to Canelo Alvarez while moving up in weight in May of 2016, and doesn’t have any planned fights for the rest of ...

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Pound for Pound Rankings – September 2017

With the retirement of Andre Ward, who’s the new number 1? Here are the P4P rankings for September 2017. 1) Gennady Golovkin 37-0-1 Draw 33 KOs In my eyes, GGG won his fight with Canelo in an exciting fight. Next Fight: TBD 2) Terence Crawford 32-0 23 KOs Crawford became the undisputed champ at Junior Welterweight in August & is now set to move up to the more competitive 147 Welterweight Division. Next Fight: TBD 3) Vasyl Lomachenko 9-1 7 KOs Loma made easy work with Marriaga in August, and will face his biggest test with Rigondeaux in December. Next ...

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2017 Boxing Retirements

In 2017, some of the best fighters of the 2000’s have decided to hang up the gloves. Here is a salute to the legends that are moving on. Juan Manuel Marquez Known as Dinamita (“Dynamite”), Marquez retires with a record of 56-7 with 40 KO’s, holding 9 titles in 4 divisions. Known for his great counter punching and his power, Marquez is in the category with the greatest Mexican fighters of all time. His epic battles with Manny Pacquiao will be remembered for years to come, and while he lost the overall trilogy with a record of 1 (win) -2(losses)-1 (draw) ...

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Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev

In his return fight coming off his impressive KO victory over Heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko, which was arguably the fight of the year, on October 28th, Heavyweight Champion Anthony  Joshua is scheduled to defend his world title belts against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. When tickets went on sale fans snapped up approximately 70,000 on the first day, according to Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn. The 27-year-old Joshua will be making his fourth title defense and will be looking to continue his quest to be not only boxing’s top heavyweight but as boxing top attraction. Joshua ...

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Vasyl Lomachenko vs Guillermo Rigondeaux

We have been treated to some big, big fights this year, but the best may be still to come; as pound-for-pound stars and former amateur greats, Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux are gearing up for their fascinating meeting. Confirmed for December 9th on ESPN, we will get a 130-pound showdown between two of the most decorated Amateur boxers in history. Lomachenko, who’s recognized as a top 5 Pound for Pound fighter will be facing his best challenge to date with Rigondeaux, who will be moving up in weight. There will be much on the line on December 9 when history ...

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Canelo vs GGG – Fight Review

In a fight billed as the ‘Fight of the year’, the action while not as explosive as we expected was there, the drama was there, but the decision took away from the overall impact from the fight, and as a result disrupted the action. In the early rounds Canelo looked more comfortable and was busier, while giving GGG a difficult target to find. In rounds four through nine, GGG became more comfortable and began to out box Canelo. Dictating the pace with his jab, cutting the ring off and landing his power shots against the ropes, it looked as if ...

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Open Letter to Wladimir Klitschko

Dear Dr. Steelhammer, I know that this is probably not quite the way you envisioned ending your brilliant career but kudos for a job well done. You were truly exemplary from beginning to end and a great ambassador for boxing. I can scarcely believe that we have now moved on to a new chapter in the heavyweight division – the post-Klitschko years. Admittedly, I was an early detractor. Your apparent reluctance to take risks baffled me considering your vast physical advantages over the competition. Perhaps it was nostalgia for the bygone Mike Tyson era, but I was not initially sold ...

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