Fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, Floyd Patterson (55-8-1, 40KO) was a 2X Heavyweight Champion who reigned supreme in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s. Patterson is often referred to as the bridge between Rocky Marciano & Sonny Liston, sometimes being forgotten in the pantheon of great boxers of the era. Patterson had an interesting style, with a crouched attack & relying on his supreme handspeed, getting in the kitchen of his opponent where he was great at pinpointing spots to throw his left hook and effective over-hand right. While on the smaller side as a Heavyweight, he made up for it with sheer aggression and big time punching power, most notably behind his left hook that came out a little wide, with violent intentions behind it. In Floyd’s case, though he had Cus’s ‘Peek-a-Boo’ stance, his offense was his best defense, and he made sure to stay on you so that he made it tough for you to get your own offense off & get to him… Continue reading “Talking Legends: Floyd Patterson”
This Saturday we will have a true crossroads fight in the 154 pound division as former WBA Super-Welterweight Champion Austin Trout (31-5-0, 17KO) faces Olympian Terrell Gausha (21-1-0, 10KO) in a 10 round main event at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Here we are keeping track with every division in boxing and how it maps out when it comes to the Ring-Magazine World Title Belts, here is the CURRENT breakdown in all 17 divisions…
Former WBO World Flyweight Champion Sho Kimura (18-2-2, 11KO) of Japan will make a move down to the Light Flyweight division to take a crack at the WBA (Regular) belt currently held by Carlos Canizales (21-0-1, 17KO) of Venezuela. Continue reading “Sho Kimura Moves Down to Light Flyweight”
At Lamex Stadium in Stevenage, British southpaw Billy Joe Saunders (28-0-0, 13KO) cruised past Shefat Isufi (27-4-2, 20KO) of Serbia, to win the WBO World Super Middleweight title…
Fast, angry and mentally locked in, Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder (41-0-1, 40KO) sent Mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale (20-2-0, 18KO) mentally into orbit with a right hand that must’ve felt as if Brezeale was hit with a metal baseball bat… Continue reading “Deontay Wilder Obliterates Dominic Breazeale with a Right Hand, Ends his Night Early”
Scottish southpaw Josh Taylor (15-0-0, 12KO) came out working behind his jab from the opening bell, using his length and footwork to keep Russian slugger Ivan Barnachyk (19-1-0, 12KO) at bay. The Tartan Tornado showed early on that he was the superior boxer in the ring, maneuvering out of harm’s way and leaving Baranchyk swinging at air when he attempted one of his haymakers. Continue reading “Josh Taylor Tames the Beast, Now Faces the Rougarou”
The last of the Semi-Finals matchups has just concluded in the Bantamweight division, and here you have your new RING-MAGAZINE/IBF Bantamweight World Champion 👑Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue (18-0-0, 16KO), as Inoue succeeded in dominating & knocking out then-IBF Champion Manny Rodriguez (19-1-0, 12KO) in only the 2nd round of this contest, putting Rodriguez down 3 times in the second round… Continue reading “The Monster Inoue was Let out the Cage, Knocks out Rodriguez to Advance to the Final Round”
Ryan Burnett (20-1-0, 10KO) made a successful return to the ring, showing no signs of lingering issues with his previously injured back Friday night at Ulster Hall in Belfast against Jelbrit Gomera (14-6-0, 7KO). Continue reading “Burnett Sharp in Belfast Return”
Talented, polarizing British boxer Billy Joe Saunders (27-0-0, 13KO) decided to alter his journey by looking north to enter the Super-Middleweight division. The former Champion finds himself at the doorstep of the vacant WBO Super-Middleweight World Title, and his opponent will be #1 ranked WBO contender Shefat Isufi (27-3-2, 20KO) who is of Serbian descent, fighting out of Germany. Continue reading “A Fresh Start at a Brand New Weight for Billy Joe Saunders”
This Saturday, we will finally get the World Boxing Super Series semifinal matchup between Super Lightweight contender and #2 seeded Josh the “Tartan Tornado” Taylor (14-0-0, 12KO) and current IBF champion and #4 seed Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (19-0-0, 12KO). Continue reading “Jon Uddin’s Prediction: Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk”
THOUGHTS – When this World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) tournament was announced, and they revealed who would be participating in it, the main match-up that excited me right out of the gate was the prospects of Inoue possibly fighting Rodriguez, though of course wasn’t certain whether their paths would cross, or what the seeding would even be. Fortunate enough for me, it happened to line up that way where they will meet in the second round of this tournament. Continue reading “Tré Berry’s Prediction & Breakdown for Naoya Inoue vs. Manny Rodriguez”
For what will be the co-headliner to the Wilder/Breazeale Showtime card that is happening in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclay’s Center, WBC Featherweight World Champion ‘Mr.’ Gary Russell Jr. (29-1-0, 17KO) finally returns from his 364 day hiatus to fight #3 WBC contender Kiko Martinez (39-8-2, 28KO) of Spain.
Russell is a bonafide World Class fighter, who has thee speediest hands in all of boxing, but he’s a confusing case… Continue reading “Gary Russell Returns to the Ring”
The Junior-Welterweight Tournament in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) has been heating up, and here we have the second of Semi-Final match-ups. Scotland’s young mega-talent & #2 Seed Josh ‘Tartan Tornado’ Taylor (14-0-0, 12KO) will finally get his first shot at a World Championship Title by facing #4 Seed/IBF Junior-Welterweight Champion Ivan ‘Beast’ Baranchyk (19-0-0, 12KO). Josh Taylor for this event is playing host to a Glasgow crowd at the SSE Hydro Arena.
Continue reading “The Beast Meets the Tartan Tornado”
Smooth, cool collective calm demeanor, brilliant, and a Champions heart that out-weighed his own stature & physique, Ricardo ‘Finito’ Lopez (51-0-1, 38KO) was the epitome of a great Champion. While there is no such thing as absolute perfection in this world, there is a such thing as virtual perfection within the boundaries of completion, or in this case, being a complete fighter void of any shortcomings, and that is exactly what Finito embodied throughout all of his 16 year career. Continue reading “Talking Legends: Ricardo Lopez”
BY TRÉ BERRY III 🖋️
As the awaited WBSS Semi-Final match between IBF Bantamweight Champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0-0, 12KO) & WBA ‘Regular’ Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue (17-0-0, 15KO) is on the horizon, we would like to shed a little backstory to Rodriguez, who despite his ascension to becoming a top-flight boxer, isn’t a household name yet. Rodriguez is a relatively quiet guy, who goes about his business in a professional manner, and always looks to challenge himself in training to hit the next plateau. He started his Professional career back in the year 2012, but when you know some of his journey before then, it’s pretty remarkable that he had even gotten himself to that point. Continue reading “The Fire Couldn’t Match His Burning Desire to Box (Manny Rodriguez) 🇵🇷”
Irish Featherweight prospect Michael Conlan (11-0-0, 6KO) will finally get his shot at revenge. He will take on Vladimir Nikitin (3-0-0, 0KO) of Russia, who won a controversial decision over Conlan in the 2016 Olympics. Continue reading “Conlan vs Nikitin: A Score to Settle”
Powerpunching WBC Heavyweight World Titlist Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder (40-0-1, 39KO) will look to make a 9th defense of his Title by letter of the law in facing Mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale (20-1-0, 18KO) on Saturday, May 18th.
As Emanuele Navarrete (27-1-0, 23KO) made his way to the ring Saturday night, the crowd at the Tucson Arena let the WBO Super Bantamweight champion know that they were behind him for his first title defense, which came in the form of a rematch with the man he took the belt from, Isaac Dogboe (20-2-0, 14KO). Continue reading “Navarrete Shines in Tucson, Dogboe at a Crossroads”
The terrorizing force that is known as ‘The Monster’ is up to bat in the Bantamweight Tourney Semi-Finals, that being P4P WBA ‘Regular’ World Champion Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue (17-0-0, 15KO). He will be taking on his toughest test in his career with outstanding Puerto Rican talent & IBF Bantamweight World Champion Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriguez (19-0-0, 12KO).
Who you see pictured here is Hungarian legend Laszlo Papp (27-0-2, 15KO), who was without a doubt one of the greatest Olympic & amateur boxers to ever put gloves on.
JARRETT ‘SW⚡FT’ HURD
Every now and then, we will do a segment for fighters who come up a little short, and for fighters whom in a particular area was heavy exploited in, regardless of the outcome. Before we start, I’d like to cast a spotlight on what Julian ‘J Rock’ Williams stated in his Post-Fight interview last night.
Emanuel Navarrete (27-1-0, 23KO) successfully defended his WBO Super-Bantamweight title after stopping Isaac Dogboe (20-2-0, 14KO) in the 12th round of their rematch last night.
After six rounds, the corner of Francisco ‘El Bandido’ Vargas (25-2-2, 18KO) had decided that they had seen enough, and called a halt to the fight as Miguel ‘El Alacran’ Berchelt (36-1-0, 32KO) wins the rematch and retains his WBC Super-Featherweight Title in Tucson.
What a high action fight we just got tonight on FOX-PBC to close the show out. Julian ‘J Rock’ Williams (27-1-1, 16KO) breaks his ceiling with an outstanding performance to dethrone ‘Sw⚡ft’ Jarrett Hurd (23-1-0, 16KO) to become the new Unified WBA/IBF Super-Welterweight Champion of the World.
We’ve been having a difficult weekend with the news breaking of the unfortunate passing of two very visible faces in the world of Boxing, intertwined in some of its most indelible moments within the last few decades.
Our feature of this week is this legendary fighter who fought out of the Lower East Side in New York City who fought on to become one of the cities greatest Champions, and that was the man nicknamed ‘The Ghetto Wizard’ Benjamin Leiner, or as we’ve come to known him as…Benny Leonard (90-6-1, 70KO) (Varying Records are Posted).
P4P superstar Oleksandr Usyk (16-0-0, 12KO) will have to wait unfortunately to make his long awaited debut to the Heavyweight division after word has gotten out that he had recently tore a bicep in one of his training sessions.
After careful consideration after his contest with Canelo Alvarez last Saturday, Daniel Jacobs came to the conclusion that with his type of build, and the struggles he has had of late in making weight, that he will vacate the Middleweight ranks, and move up to the Super-Middleweight division.
Back in the year 2017, we had an exciting brawl break out in the ring between Miguel ‘El Alacran’ Berchelt (now 35-1-0, 31KO) and then-WBC Super-Featherweight Champion Francisco ‘El Bandido’ Vargas (now 25-1-2, 18KO).
Fast rising welterweight prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr remained perfect, getting his 13th win is as many fights, all by knockout. Ortiz dispatched welterweight veteran Mauricio Herrera (24-9, 7KO) in three rounds in there scheduled 10 round 147 pound bout.
Ortiz was just testing the waters at 147 in this fight, saying he intends to go back to 140 and wants current WBO champion Maurice Hooker (26-0-3, 17KO).
Unified WBA/IBF Junior-Middleweight Champion ‘Sw⚡ft’ Jarrett Hurd (23-0-0, 16KO) is a must-watch fighter on his own, and now there is even more reason to watch him in action on May 11th.
Last night, Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz Jr. (29-1-0, 15KO) was very sharp as usual, befuddling and outclassing his opponent Freddy Fonseca (26-3-1, 17KO) of Nicaragua on the Daniel Jacobs/Canelo Alvarez undercard. Continue reading “Joseph Diaz Puts the Rest of His Division on Notice”
IBF Light Heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (14-0, 14KO) says he is looking for a unification fight next after stopping Radivoje Kaladjzic (24-2, 17KO) Saturday night in Stockton, California.
Tonight we had a highly technical fight, void of much action, but a well fought one, and by way of a UD victory, LINEAL, WBA, WBC, IBF Middleweight World Champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (52-1-2, 35KO) picked up his 3rd Title Belt in the Middleweight division, further unifying, and putting himself one step closer to becoming an Undisputed Champion.
The longest reigning Title-holder in his division, reigning IBF Super-Flyweight World Titlist Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas (31-1-2, 21KO) obliterated his Japanese opponent Ryuichi Funai (31-8-0, 22KO) with vigor, making a statement in saying to the rest of his contemporaries ‘don’t forget where I stand, and what I can do’ amid the interchangeable match-ups that’s been happening in this gift of a division.
Middleweight great Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (38-1-1, 34KO) during a scheduled press conference today has indicated that his new Head-Trainer for the final phase of his career will be Johnathan Banks, who you may remember from training Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko for a period of time after the passing of Legendary Head Trainer Emmanuel Steward.
THOUGHTS – This is one fight if any to watch right now in all of boxing when it comes to all-around interchangeable skills, inside/outside match-ups, and the cat and mouse game with 2 high IQ boxers constantly shifting and making adjustments to keep the other off balanced. You may also see multiple occasions where each fighter makes his presence felt with their power in the midst of the Chess game to be orchestrated inside the ring, which should help to add to what I feel will be a memorable, solid , well rounded contest.
After hearing how we won’t get this matchup or that matchup for the past few weeks, it’s a relief to head into this weekend with a great middleweight unification fight with 2 of the top 3 guys in the division. Continue reading “Jon Uddin Prediction: Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs”
Super Featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (28-1-0, 14KO) will face Nicaragua’s Freddy Fonseca (26-2-1, 17KO) in a 10 round match Saturday on the Canelo-Jacobs undercard at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Super Lightweight prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr. will make a move up to the welterweight division Saturday when he takes on tough journeyman Maurico Herrera in a 10 round bout that will serve as the co main event to Canelo-Jacobs. Continue reading “Prospect Watch: Vergil Ortiz Jr. Takes on Veteran Mauricio Herrera”
Known by a few simply as ‘Zoom’, by some as ‘The Professor’ & many as ‘The Road Warrior’, Azumah Nelson (38-6-2, 27KO) was the pride of Accra, Ghana, and was the consummate professional, not just as a boxer, but also as an ambassador to the sport, and to the youth. Continue reading “Talking Legends: Azumah Nelson”
Excellent IBF Super-Flyweight Champion Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas (30-1-2, 20KO) of the Philippines has an interesting challenge in front of him in #1 IBF world contender Ryuichi Funai (31-7-0, 22KO) of Japan.
Continue reading “Another Elite Super-Flyweight Champion Takes to the Ring as Ancajas Defends Against Funai”
The main draw for the Cajun Dome crowd in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, #1 seeded Regis ‘Rougarou’ Prograis (24-0-0, 20KO) dominated WBA Champion & tourney #3 seed Kiryl ‘Mad Bee’ Relikh (23-3-0, 19KO), forcing Relikh’s corner to stop the fight in the 6th round en route to his first World Championship. Continue reading “‘Rougarou’ Prograis Puts Up a Big Performance to Win His First World Title Belt”
With a devastating left hook, Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire (40-5-0, 25KO) registered a new candidate entry to ‘Knockout of the Year’ by putting tourney-replacement Stephon ‘Showstopper’ Young (18-2-3, 7KO) away in the 6th round with that one punch.
Yes, there you have it folks. New LINEAL/WBC Super-Flyweight World Champion Juan Francisco Estrada (39-3-0, 26KO) put forth a master-class performance and dominated the dangerous Srisaket Sor Rungvisai’s (47-5-1, 41KO) in particular the first 2/3rd’s of the fight, winning the fight by UNANIMOUS DECISION victory and becoming thee man in the Super-Flyweight division.
One of the great fights of the year, and certainly one of the better fights in recent memory at the Super-Bantamweight division, Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10KO) and T.J. Doheny (21-1-0, 15KO) both showed true Championship medal and fought a war throughout 12 rounds, fighting to the final bell, where Roman was awarded a MAJORITY DECISION victory. With this win, Roman is now the Unified WBA & IBF Super-Bantamweight World Champion.
Highly-touted Welterweight Jessie Vargas (29-2-2, 11KO) fought well respected veteran Humberto Soto (69-10-2, 37KO) and met at a catchweight of 151 lbs., putting together a solid action fight. Continue reading “Vargas and Soto Put on a Show, and Vargas Get the Stoppage Victory”
WBO Welterweight World Champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (35-0-0, 26KO) made due by cautiously taking apart Amir ‘King’ Khan (33-5-0, 20KO) through 6 rounds, culminating to a strange ending… Continue reading “‘Bud’ Crawford Smokes Amir Khan & Makes Him Quit in the 6th Round”