WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs) has reportedly suffered a leg injury during training, and he won’t be able to defend his title against his mandatory challenger Felix Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) on September 16 as previously planned.
Bangkok, Thailand — Thai boxer Wanheng Menayothin grabbed his 51st straight victory Wednesday in a long but lop-sided bout against a fighter from the Philippines, defending his WBC title and surpassing the undefeated record of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The 105-pound minimumweight champion, nicknamed the “dwarf giant” for his compact build and heavy hitting style, won on points after a bruising 12 rounds against Pedro Taduran in the Thai city of Nakhon Sawan.
There’s a lot of confusion among boxing fans in who are the very best welterweights in the division right. The ratings that we see from the four sanctioning bodies and Ring Magazine almost appear to some fans be senseless without reason. For example, Ring Magazine has Kell Brook rated No.1, and that’s not someone that the average boxing fans would agree as being good enough to deserve that rating.
Boxing is a fringe sport with a limited number of casual viewers and a much smaller cadre of dedicated fans—those who can name more than five or six current champions out of the sixty-eight possible slots. Other barriers to following the sport include constantly changing champions, worldwide nationalities (and with it, worldwide names), lack of cohesive schedules, and most importantly, lack of coverage by the general sports media.
On September 16th, 2017, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) will attempt to climb a hill that few fighters have summited. In this era of multiple sanctioning organization champions, it is a common feat to pick up a belt in several weight classes. However, the feat of a welterweight or junior middleweight defeating the perceived “best” middleweight has only happened in a few rare instances.
Throughout the boxing world there are many fighters that for one reason or another never achieve their full potential. This can be due to any number of reasons: a thirst for money over glory, the lack of a fighters’ mentality, or problems with mental health. Over the next few weeks I am going to invite the readers to explore the history of some of these cases of wasted talent with me, and hopefully make some helpful suggestions to the fighters and their training team as how to get them back on track and moving forward.
LAS VEGAS – Wednesday was yet another day of boxing fun and folly. There may be more colorful sports on the day of the actual competition. But there is none better than boxing during the run-up. These guys could make a turtle race sound like a Super Bowl.
MEET the true Joys in women’s basketball—Love Joy, Lyla Joy and Leah Joy Sto. Domingo from Sto. Nino in Marikina.
The eldest, Love Joy, 19, plays for the University of the East women’s team.
In her four-year stint under Coach Ai Lebornio, she has already made a name for herself, winning the Rookie of the Year award four years ago and late last year, got herself an early birthday and Christmas gift as she was selected in the UAAP’s Mythical Five, together with National University’s trio of MVP Afril Bernardino, finals’ MVP Gemma Miranda, and Jack Danielle Animam, together with De La Salle University’s Mary Snow Penaranda.
Up until two months ago, it was thought that boxing discussions this week would center around Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, depending on the outcome of their fight that was to be held last weekend. Was a clear winner determined? Was there a beatdown, mentally or physically, that would require time for the loser to recover? More importantly to the fans, and just as intriguing, would be what would be what would be next for both.
North Vancouver - If the Philippines follows the US law on citizenship, Tim Tebow, former Heisman Trophy Awardee and former Denver Bronco’s quarterback would have been a natural-born Filipino citizen. Tim was born in Makati, Philippines but the Republic follows “jus sanguinis,” which is citizenship by blood and not where you were born.
LAS VEGAS via YSA - Many attribute the Pambansang Kamao’s success to his tragic past. Some say he is victorious because of his faith. Others think it’s his family that keeps him on top of the game.
Jamaica's boxing fans are still at a loss for words, since hearing that their favourite international boxing star, Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters, lost his World Boxing Association (WBA) Featherweight Super Champion title on the scale in New York last week.
Walters was scheduled to meet Colombian Miguel Marriaga in a 12-round title fight at the Madison Square Garden Theatre on Saturday, June 13, but at the Friday afternoon weigh-in, he was a pound over the 126 pound limit, and forfeited the title immediately.
Tony Bellew was hoping to get a title shot against one of the heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker, but it looks like he’s going to have to settle for a rematch with36-year-old David Haye. That fight is the 34-year-old Bellew’s best payday available to him, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
#13 IBF Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) gave #8 IBF Sergey Rabchenko (27-2, 20 KOs) a boxing lesson tonight in totally outclassing him and stopping him in the 9th round on Saturday night in their IBF junior middleweight title eliminator at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
With today being a holiday, I thought I’d drop some knowledge on all you boxing fans in putting together my accurate top 10 light welterweights in the sport. I’ve checked out the top 10 from Ring Magazine and ESPN and I was disappointed and the names and the rankings for fighters.
Saul “Neno” Rodriguez has agreed to a multi-year promotional agreement with Top Rank, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today. Rodriguez fought under the Top Rank banner from 2011-2016 and has returned with an eye on contending in the 130-pound division.
LAS VEGAS (June 1, 2018) - Undefeated super bantamweight contender Carlos Castro has signed a multi-year promotional agreement with Top Rank, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today. Castro, a 24-year-old resident of Phoenix, Arizona, has a record of 20-0 with nine knockouts and is the current WBC USNBC super bantamweight champion.
Top Rank stunned a lot of boxing fans earlier on Tuesday in making the winning bid for the purse bid for the IBF light heavyweight eliminator fight between unbeaten 2-time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) and Germany’s Enrico Koelling. Top Rank will now be the promoters for the fight, according to Dan Rafael.
Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) wonders if Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) is ever going to fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) or not. Trout, 31, notes that Canelo is saying that he’ll fight Golovkin in September of next year rather than right now.
Earlier today, unbeaten IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) was a no-show for his scheduled press conference with challenger Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 Kos) for their rematch next month on October 29 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
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