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Sat 17-Nov-2018
Defending his WBO junior welterweight title for the first time, Maurice Hooker got up from a knockdown to stop hometown hero Alex Saucedo in round seven Friday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. By John J. Raspanti Floored early, WBO champ Hooker gets up and stops Saucedo
Thu 15-Nov-2018
How many authors can say their father once sparred with a former heavyweight champion of the world? Colleen Aycock can. By John J. Raspanti The Magnificent Max Baer by Colleen Aycock and David D. Wallace: A review
Thu 8-Nov-2018
Not many fighters improve with age. It goes against the law of physics. Aging, along with wear and tear, corrodes the reflexes although an argument could be made that the great Archie Moore was better at 35 then 25. Same goes for former heavyweight champion Jersey Joe Walcott. Bernard Hopkins also comes to mind. By John J. Raspanti Tony Bellew's quest for one more upset
Thu 1-Nov-2018
In the real world, Nonito Donaire, at almost 36, is young. In the squared circle however, where the truth can rear its head in a brutal way, he’s old. By John J. Raspanti Can the old man find the fountain of youth?
Mon 22-Oct-2018
Former WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan has a pretty good idea what he’ll be facing Oct. 27 at the U.N.O Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA. By John J. Raspanti The Rougarou might not scare Flanagan, but his power will probably stop him
Sun 14-Oct-2018
WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford had heard enough from Jose Benavidez Jr. By John J. Raspanti Close for five rounds, Crawford pulls away and stops Benavidez
Wed 3-Oct-2018
In a fitting tribute to Don “War-A-Week” Chargin, who died last week, Paco Presents Boxing and Don Chargin Productions present six exciting fights this Saturday night at the Cache Creek Resort and Casino in Brooks, CA. By John J. Raspanti Diaz Jr.determined to return with a bang, Bourland seeks revenge against Hernandez
Mon 24-Sep-2018
WBA super-middleweight champion George Groves puts his title on the line Sept.28 against Callum Smith in the World Super Series Final at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, South Arabia. By John J. Raspanti Groves and Smith fight for all the marbles on Friday
Tue 11-Sep-2018
They were friends once. Sparred with each other. The older fighter tried to help the younger. From all the reports, they got along well. By John J. Raspanti From respect to scorn: Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin throw hands again
Sun 9-Sep-2018
Shawn Porter fulfills his dream By John J. Raspanti Porter digs down deep, wins WBC title
Wed 5-Sep-2018
I like this fight. Two former champions fighting for a vacant world title. It’s about pride, ego and, determination. They both want it bad. Their fight might come down to who wants it more. By John J. Raspanti Who ya got?  Danny Garcia takes on Shawn Porter Sept.8
Wed 22-Aug-2018
Ray Beltran has been a boxing professionally for 19 years. Over the course of his pugilistic life, he’s fought in Arizona, New Jersey, Michigan, Nevada, and Scotland. By John J. Raspanti The man who wouldn't quit: Ray Beltran is a champion
Wed 8-Aug-2018
“His whole life was a million to one shot.” That line, from the iconic film, Rocky, could describe the life of Rocky Marciano, the undefeated former heavyweight champion of the world. Book review by John J. Raspanti Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano's fight for perfection in a crooked world
Thu 2-Aug-2018
He’s no kid. At 34, he’s been fighting professionally for nine years. He’s been waiting for his chance at the brass ring since 2016 when he was initially ranked the mandatory challenger by the WBC. By John J. Raspanti Alvarez finally gets his title shot, can he upset Kovalev?
Thu 26-Jul-2018
IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. reminds me of some of the guys that guarded me during my erstwhile high school basketball career eons ago. They were tall and skinny with the wingspan of a Pterodactyl. By John J. Raspanti The tall and the short of it: Robert Easter Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia
Thu 19-Jul-2018
Their names may be unfamiliar, as well as unpronounceable to Western tongues, but the bottom line is this. These guys can fight. By John J. Raspanti Undefeated but unknown by many, Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev battle for cruiserweight supremacy
Mon 2-Jul-2018
“Fighting is in my blood,” Gabriel Flores Jr. told me last week, speaking at his father’s gym in Stockton, Ca. In more ways than one. By John J. Raspanti Gabriel Flores Jr: Triumph over tragedy
Sat 30-Jun-2018
This is a story of two former world champions. They were talented fighters, blessed with fast hands and feet. Both won titles in their early twenties, lost them soon after, fought each other, and were broke and out of the game by the age of 28. Their managers were scum. One was a compulsive gambler, the other a mobster. By John J. Raspanti A tale of two Johnnys: Johnny Bratton and Johnny Saxon
Sun 24-Jun-2018
“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Robert Burns. By John J. Raspanti Golovkin defeats Alvarez at the negotiating table, can he do it again in the ring?
Sun 17-Jun-2018
Easy work By John J. Raspanti IBF champ Spence Jr. stops Ocampo in opening round
Thu 7-Jun-2018
Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares are ready to “throw hands” once again. By John J. Raspanti Take two: Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares meet again
Wed 6-Jun-2018
Jeff Horn is the Rodney Dangerfield of boxing. You remember Dangerfield who claimed “I get no respect at all.” By John J. Raspanti Skill is the key: Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn
Tue 29-May-2018
Book review by John J. Raspanti The Million Dollar Man: Jack Dempsey
Tue 22-May-2018
In 1992, retired boxer Randy Shields was minding his own business at a local diner in the San Fernando Valley, CA. By John J. Raspanti Former NABF welterweight champion Randy Shields: Survival of the fittest
Tue 15-May-2018
Sladjan Janjarin began his boxing career with little more than hope and a dream. He was born in Tavnik, a small town in central Bosnia-Herzegovina. Money was scarce. His parents worked long hours for little pay. Janjarin and his two older brothers helped any way they could. By John J. Raspanti Sladjan Janjanin fights for respect
Tue 8-May-2018
There are different measures of talent. Belting out a karaoke tune (in key) is one. Singing an aria takes it several levels up. Sports is loaded with athletes with varying degrees of talent. By John J. Raspanti Talent galore: Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares
Wed 2-May-2018
First off, I need to make a confession. Last March, when Tony Bellew and David Haye faced off against each other at the O2 Arena in London, Eng, I predicted a Haye victory. By John J. Raspanti Tony Bellew vs. David Haye: The rematch
Wed 25-Apr-2018
A win this Saturday night against Maciej Sulecki at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, could position former middleweight titleholder, Daniel Jacobs, closer to the fight he desperately wants-a rematch with IBO, WBA, and WBC champion, Gennady Golovkin. By John J. Raspanti Former champ Jacobs wants rematch with GGG, Taylor hopes to unify
Wed 18-Apr-2018
Back when I was a young buck, when a boxer hit 30 he was on the back nine of his career. The greatest example of this is when two of the greatest fighters in history, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier met for the second time in 1974. By John J. Raspanti Carl Frampton, 31, vs. Nonito Donaire, 35: Is age just a number?
Sun 15-Apr-2018
The first thing I noticed about former heavyweight challenger Ron "The Butcher" Stander was his smile. It’s warm and friendly. His eyes twinkle as he tells jokes. As he speaks, his wife, Toddy, shakes her head and laughs. By John J Raspanti Former heavyweight contender Ron Stander: Warrior
Tue 10-Apr-2018
My late dad introduced me to movies. By John J. Raspanti Classic Movie Review: Humphrey Bogart stars in The Harder They Fall
Sat 7-Apr-2018
“The kid will fight anybody.” Paco Damien Promoter-Paco Presents By John J. Raspanti Michael Ruiz Jr. is ready for the challenge
Wed 4-Apr-2018
It was hard to watch, but not unexpected By John J. Raspanti Timber goes David Price for hopefully the last time
Sun 1-Apr-2018
In a highly anticipated heavyweight fight between two undefeated champions, WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua added the WBO title to his collection by winning a lackluster 12 round unanimous decision over Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales Saturday night. By John J. Raspanti Joshua wins but fight lacks drama
Wed 28-Mar-2018
WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker talked his way into a shot at IBF, IBO and WBA champion Anthony Joshua. Will he regret it? Likely not. Reports indicate that Parker will earn upwards of 10 million dollars. By John J. Raspanti Can Parker defeat Joshua? Maybe
Tue 27-Mar-2018
David Price is a professional fighter. He stands six-foot-eight, and weights over 250 pounds, but he’s not particularity intimidating, especially to other fighters. Why is that?  Because they know his weakness, his Achilles heel, his kryptonite. By John J. Raspanti Walking the plank with David Price
Wed 14-Mar-2018
You lose two fights and suddenly you’re not that good. Social media goes crazy. You’re overrated they say. Hold on a second. Not that good? Come on. He lost to a guy with the last named of Ward who many called the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. By John J. Raspanti Is Sergey Kovalev underrated? You better believe it
Fri 9-Mar-2018
I’ll never forget the roar of the crowd when heavy underdog Alfredo Angulo connected with a crunching left hook to the jaw of Erislandy Lara on the night of June 8, 2013. By John J. Raspanti Battle at the StubHub: Oscar Valdez vs. Scott Quigg
Tue 6-Mar-2018
Talk is cheap, actions speak louder. Well, usually. By John J. Raspanti Joseph Parker talks himself into the next big heavyweight fight with Anthony Joshua
Thu 1-Mar-2018
Last week WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder raised eyebrows by stating unequivocally that if he had fought Mike Tyson, he would have destroyed the former champ. "Me vs Tyson in 86, I’d kick the hell outta that guy," Wilder told TMZ. By John J. Raspanti Wilder looking to make a statement, but he better keep his guard up
Tue 27-Feb-2018
WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev returns to the ring March 3 to face fellow countryman Igor Mikhalkin at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. By John J. Raspanti With potential big fights down the road, Kovalev focuses  on Mikhalkin
Thu 22-Feb-2018
Words are cheap. Actions speak louder. Reality sometimes bites. By John J. Raspanti Memo to Chris Eubank: Time to get real!
Thu 15-Feb-2018
Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz will meet in the ring this Saturday at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX. It wasn’t too long ago that the pair were sitting on top of the world. By John J. Raspanti Fighting to remain relevant: Devon Alexander takes on Victor Ortiz
Fri 9-Feb-2018
George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. will swap hands on Feb.17 at the Manchester Arena in London, England. The bout, which sold out in seven minutes, is one of most anticipated fights of the new year. By John J. Raspanti The Saint takes on the performer: George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr.
Mon 29-Jan-2018
There are times when the real and the imaginary intertwine. By John J. Raspanti Joe Louis knocks out the goons from "On the Waterfront"
Sun 21-Jan-2018
Errol Spence fights like a man who has something to prove. In a way he does. Spence impressed most by traveling to the UK and toppling Kell Brook. Other than that, his resume is a little thin. Wins over Leonard Bunda and Chris Algieri were nice but…By John J. Raspanti Spence proves his point, stops Peterson to retain IBF belt
Thu 18-Jan-2018
Both are confident By John J. Raspanti Something to prove? Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson ready to go
Thu 11-Jan-2018
Champions expected to be in attendance: Raul Perez, Rodolfo Gonzalez, and Danny “Little Red” Lopez. Also scheduled to attend are popular local fighters Armando Muniz, Frankie Duarte, and Ruben Castillo. James J. Jeffries to be inducted into the National Boxing Hall of Fame Feb.17
Tue 2-Jan-2018
Picking the fighter of the year isn’t always easy. Manny Pacquiao first won the award in 2006 followed by a guy named Floyd Mayweather. Paquiao was honored the next two years as well. He was the man and the debate was muted. Those particular years were easier. This year was not. Bu John J. Raspanti 2017 Maxboxing fighter of the year: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
Mon 1-Jan-2018
The fight of the year for 2017 took place across the pond in April. The bout had all the classic components that make boxing so compelling and fascinating. The young man, with only 18 fights under his belt, would be taking on the former champion, who had held the heavyweight championship for over 10 years. The two had sparred a few years before. The older fighter took the younger man under his wing, mentoring him. They liked each other. By John J. Raspanti 2017 Maxboxing fight of the year: Anthony Joshua knocks out Wladimir Klitschko
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