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Tue 17-Oct-2017
Languishing on the ropes is rarely a good thing in boxing. It worked for Muhammad Ali nearly 33 years ago against George Foreman, but remember, we’re talking about “The Greatest.” By John J. Raspanti Grroves lack of defense leaves Eubank Jr. salivating
Thu 12-Oct-2017
Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield, who fights October 21 at the Armory in San Francisco, CA, has had 23 professional fights. He’s won 19 of them, with 11 knockouts but many have been on the road where getting a fair shake by the judges can be difficult. By John J. Raspanti Karim Mayfield: Returning home to fight Oct.21
Fri 6-Oct-2017
I wasn’t surprised when I heard Andre Ward announced his retirement. By John J. Raspanti Andre Ward: Reflections on a great career
Wed 20-Sep-2017
“I have to keep winning” Michael Ruiz Jr. By John J. Raspanti Michael Ruiz Jr: Always fighting back
Tue 19-Sep-2017
We shouldn’t have been surprised. With boxing’s horrific history of terrible judging, especially in Sin City, would another bad score really surprise us? By John J. Raspanti Alvarez and Golovkin show talent and respect, but unseeing Byrd ruins the evening
Wed 13-Sep-2017
This is what boxing has always been about. Two champions challenging each other. In this case, between them, the opponents have climbed into the squared circle 86 times, scoring 85 wins and knocking out 67 challengers. By John J. Raspanti The boxing event of the year: Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez
Sun 10-Sep-2017
In the blink of an eye things can change in boxing. By John J. Raspanti Sor Rungvisai removes all doubt, knocks Gonzalez cold
Wed 6-Sep-2017
Revenge can be a great motivator. By John J. Raspanti Roman Gonzalez wants his title back
Tue 29-Aug-2017
During his life Frankie Duarte has battled opponents both inside and outside of the boxing ring. He beat them all. By John J. Raspanti Frankie Duarte "Back from the Depths"
Thu 24-Aug-2017
It’s enough to make anyone who believes in fair play sick. By John J. Raspanti Winning at all costs:  McCumby victory over George changed to no-contest, suspended for 18 months
Wed 16-Aug-2017
He’s a warrior and survivor in the brutal sport of professional boxing. He’s fought virtually everyone in the junior middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight division. But he has never faced two opponents in successive weeks. By John J. Raspanti Darnell Boone is ready to face anything, even two opponents in two weeks
Fri 11-Aug-2017
He’s back, but the question is why? by John J. Raspanti After being knocked out four times, heavyweight David Price returns to the ring
Thu 3-Aug-2017
They’re a combined 71 years old. That’s old in the young man’s game of boxing. Nobody knocks out father time. Hard fights wear the body down. The reflexes dull. By John J. Raspanti Old men on the mountain: Mauricio Herrera vs. Jesus Soto Karass
Tue 25-Jul-2017
A loss in any sport is difficult. But in boxing, the ultimate individual competition, losing can be magnified. In the ring, it’s just you and the other guy. All your team can do is provide support and console. The loss is on you. By John J. Raspanti Carl Frampton moves on from his first defeat
Thu 13-Jul-2017
Fasten your seatbelts: Omar Figueroa meets Robert Guerrero By John J. Raspanti Fasten your seatbelts: Omar Figueroa meets Robert Guerrero
Mon 10-Jul-2017
Eubank Jr., Abraham square off this Saturday By John J. Raspanti Eubank Jr., Abraham square off this Saturday
Wed 5-Jul-2017
The West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame returns with another exciting event By John J. Raspanti The West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame returns with another exciting event
Thu 29-Jun-2017
Comeback kid Buglioni returns to action July 1 by John J. Raspanti Comeback kid Buglioni returns to action July 1
Mon 26-Jun-2017
Bosnia native Sladjan Janjanin dreams of fighting in America by John J. Raspanti Bosnia native Sladjan Jamjanin dreams of fighting in America
Tue 20-Jun-2017
“Underdog” Alan Sanchez continues to prove the naysayers wrong "I’ve always been the B side." Alan Sanchez By John J. Raspanti "Underdog" Alan Sanchez continues to prove the naysayers wrong
Wed 14-Jun-2017
The sequel: Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev meet again By John J. Raspanti The sequel: Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev meet again
Tue 13-Jun-2017
Adrian Clark: Determined to make a difference By John J. Raspanti Adrian Clark: Determined to make a difference
Wed 7-Jun-2017
Jimenez faces Pryor Jr. in rematch: The time is now By John J. Raspanti Jimenez faces Pryor Jr. in rematch: The time is now
Fri 2-Jun-2017
Amir Mansour works and waits for his shot By John J. Raspanti Amir Mansour works and waits for his shot
Thu 25-May-2017
Bomber versus destroyer: Kell Brook takes on Errol Spence By John J. Raspanti Bomber versus destroyer: Kell Brook takes on Errol Spence
Tue 16-May-2017
Inside the Gevonta Davis vs. Liam Walsh showdown Young and sassy, versus experienced and clever
Tue 9-May-2017
"Protect Yourself at All Times" by Adrian Clark A successful professional boxer can make and spend an unimaginable amount of money-while, at the same time, his career may be brief, and sometimes deadly. One punch and it’s over. By John J. Raspanti Adrian Clark strives to help boxers in and out of the ring
Mon 1-May-2017
In the annals of movie history, boxing has played a distinctive role. By John J. Raspanti Liev Schreiber delivers golden performance as Chuck Wepner
Mon 24-Apr-2017
A shot at a world title drives heavyweight contender Amir Mansour. When he stepped into the ring last month to face Travis Kauffmann, Mansour was a decided underdog. Some of it was perception, but most of it was the venue. By John J. Raspanti After defeating his latest opponent, Amir Mansour waits for his shot at the heavyweight championship of the world
Mon 17-Apr-2017
Last year at the Billar El Perro Salado in Tijano, Bajo, California, Mexico, young cruiserweight Javonta Charles faced gigantic heavyweight Juan Luis Lopez Alcarez. By John J. Raspanti Heavy-handed prospect Javonta Charles ready to make his move
Fri 14-Apr-2017
Former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev entered the small conference room ready to meet the assemble of boxing scribes posed to pepper him with questions about his rematch with Andre Ward, which goes down June 17 at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. By John J. Raspanti The roundup: Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward meet the press
Mon 3-Apr-2017
Michael Ruiz Jr. defines a fighter. He trains for hours in his chosen profession for little in return, except some bruises and disappointments. Still, he fights on, with the support of family, the love of his girlfriend, and the belief that his time will come. By John J. Raspanti Michael Ruiz Jr, the ultimate underdog, faces his toughest test
Wed 22-Mar-2017
It seems almost inconceivable that a fighter with the credentials of former interim world junior welterweight champion, Mauricio Herrera, would be racked by doubt. By John J. Raspanti After some doubt, Mauricio Herrera returns to the ring
Mon 13-Mar-2017
Amir “Hardcore” Mansour will be fighting for more than an opponent on March 17--he’ll be battling for respect. Nothing has been given to the 44-year-old heavyweight contender. He’s earned everything through hard work and dedication. By John J. Raspanti Amir Mansour: Fighting for respect and a crack at a world title
Mon 6-Mar-2017
There’s no quit in Kermit Cintron. Never was, never will be. For the past number of years, the former IBF champion has battled injuries and other issues. He broke his hand in 2007, ignored the pain, and fought on. But his best asset--his power--was damaged. By John J. Raspanti Kermit Cintron fights for one more chance at a world title
Fri 3-Mar-2017
Undefeated welterweight kingpins Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia will settle their differences in the ring this Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Thurman has won all 27 of his fights, with 22 knockouts. Garcia has 19 stoppages in his 33 victories. By John J. Raspanti Who ya got? Keith Thurman battles Danny Garcia
Wed 1-Mar-2017
For most of us, doing a good job is a pride thing. We strive to be the best we can. If we make a mistake, we apologize, get chewed on by the boss a little, and make a point of not screwing up again. It’s not that simple if you’re a professional boxer. One loss can set your career back—or possibly end it. By John J. Raspanti It's do or die time for Dawson and Fonfara
Sun 26-Feb-2017
Deontay Wilder successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title Saturday night for the fifth time by stopping Gerald Washington in round five at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. By John J. Raspanti Wilder thrills his hometown fans by stopping Washington
Thu 16-Feb-2017
A record can be misleading. By John J. Raspanti The pride and determination of Darnell Boone
Sat 11-Feb-2017
He wasn’t supposed to win. A year ago, Mike Mollo traveled to Legionowo, Poland, to fight undefeated local hero, Karzysztof Zimnoch. By John J. Raspanti "Merciless" Mike Mollo: Fighting for country and family
Sun 5-Feb-2017
Christen Hammer (21-4, 12 KOs) retained his WBO European heavyweight title Saturday night by climbing off the canvas in round five to stop an exhausted David Price (21-4, 18 KOs) at the Olympia Arena in London, England. By John J. Raspanti Hammer sends Price into oblivion
Wed 1-Feb-2017
David Price, once considered by some a "shoo-in" for world heavyweight championship honors, will fight former "Tyson Fury" victim Christen Hammer February 4 at the London Olympia on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr.’s fight with Renold Quinaln. By John J. Raspanti Heavyweight David Price continues his comeback Feb. 4 on ITV
Sun 29-Jan-2017
In the weeks leading up to his rematch with Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz repeated one word over and over. Patience. by John J. Raspanti Ringside photos by German Villasenor Patient Santa Cruz edges Frampton in rematch
Tue 24-Jan-2017
Rematches, like movie sequels, are usually letdowns. Usually, but not always. By John J. Raspanti Repeat or revenge: Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz do it again
Sun 15-Jan-2017
The two best fighters in the super middleweight division put on a show last night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. By John J. Raspanti Champions DeGale and Jack battle to majority draw
Sat 7-Jan-2017
Words. They can play a big part in what happens during a boxing match. Words can be spoken softly or intensely. But they must resonate in the ring to be effective. By John J. Raspanti 2016 Maxboxing trainer of the year: Virgil Hunter
Wed 4-Jan-2017
Three minutes into his fight with heavy underdog Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. last year, world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton found himself on the canvas for the second time. Most everyone at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas was stunned. Frampton most of all. By John J. Raspanti 2016 Maxboxing Fighter of the year: Carl Frampton
Sat 31-Dec-2016
As Bernard Hopkins toppled backward through the ring ropes, landing on the cement floor, a collective gasp rose throughout the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, CA. By John J. Raspanti This is the end: When legends die hard
Mon 26-Dec-2016
A few weeks ago, at the Manchester Arena in London, England, Frank Buglioni could likely feel his dream of capturing the British light heavyweight title slipping away. And, in a sense, his boxing career. By John J. Raspanti Back from the abyss: The epic comeback of Frank Buglioni
Sat 24-Dec-2016
When Joe Smith Jr. knocked future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins out of the ring, and into retirement last weekend, a chorus of critics sang, “Hopkins is 51, So what?" and “Ten years ago, Hopkins would have toyed with Smith.” By John Raspanti Why Joe Smith might not be "Just Another Smith"
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