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Fri 22-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti: When he stepped through the ropes last Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, CA., Roman Gonzalez was still something of a mystery. Though undefeated in 42 fights, with 36 knockouts, the native of Managua, Nicaragua’s career was more “Invisible Man" than the "Incredible Hulk". His fight against former light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa would be only his fourth in the United States. It was being televised on HBO Championship Boxing--as the lead in for middleweight A force to be reckoned with: "Chocolatito" Gonzalez
Sun 17-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin says he wants to fight the big boys. In the interim, Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) stopped gutsy challenger Willie Monroe Jr. (19-2, 6 KOs) in round six at the Forum in Inglewood, California Saturday night. In round one, Monroe Jr., a shifty southpaw, found success with his right jab. Golovkin stayed busy by connecting with lead right hands to head and body... GGG's knockout streak reaches 20, stops Monroe Jr. in six
Tue 12-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti: A hush fell over the crowd as the man with the white mustache made his way into the bar. As he stopped near a table, with his wife at his side, a group of admirers crowded around him, eager to shake his hand and take a snapshot. He obliged. I couldn’t help myself either. I had wanted to meet Danny Lopez for years. His wife, Bonnie, was kind enough to take a picture of us. I’ll cherish it forever... Mingling with pugilistic legends: The West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame
Sun 10-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti Photo © Ed Mulholland, Golden Boy via Getty Images: All it took was a little over eight minutes, but man was it fun getting there. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) brutally knocked out James “The Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) in round three at the Minute Maid Stadium in Houston, TX Saturday night, but it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. As expected, Kirkland, a southpaw, took it to Alvarez seconds into the match. He pushed the redhead into the ropes and landed Alvarez ices Kirkland in explosive battle
Fri 8-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti: It’s easy to forget that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who meets heavy-handed James Kirkland this Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, is only 24 years old. But, in a sense, he’s a veteran since he was 15 when he started boxing. Alvarez sports a gaudy record of 44 wins and one defeat. That loss was to the best fighter of his generation, Floyd Mayweather. Kirkland is a powerful southpaw with 28 knockouts in his 31 wins. The only blemish on his record came a Canelo Alvarez faces dangerous James Kirkland May 9
Tue 5-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): This guy is good. Super-talented Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) retained his WBO featherweight championship by stopping overwhelmed Gamalier Rodriguez (25-3-3, 17 KOs) in round nine at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada last Saturday night. The bout started slowly. Lomanchecko, a southpaw, worked off his jab. Rodriguez, slightly taller, went to the body. Lomachenko connected with a hard left in round two... Lomachenko stops Rodriguez in round nine, retains featherweight title
Sun 3-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti: The money was paid in full. In a bout many called the “Fight of the 21st Century,” Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) outworked peoples champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) over 12 rounds to win a clear unanimous decision at a sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night. Mayweather stays undefeated, wins 12-round decision over Pacquiao
Thu 30-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: A boxing career is all about moving forward. A setback can be devastating, especially nowadays when one loss can seriously damage a fighter’ aspirations. On April 30, at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA, Mercito Gesta (28-1, 16 KOs) will meet Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KOs) in what is arguably the most important fight of their respective careers. A glance at Gesta’s record shows a bid for lightweight championship honors in 2012. It would be easy to consider that Gesta and Molina meet at the crossroads
Wed 29-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Each day the “Fight of the 21stCentury” between undefeated Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao inches closer. The bout has been talked about for over five years. On social media, fans argue 24-7 on who’s going to win. They discuss possible scenarios. Many of the discussions turn personal and nasty. Since the fight was announced, Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (56-5, 38 KOs) have also been debating the finer points of their match. That makes sense. They’re Mayweather and Pacquiao play point, counter point
Mon 27-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Over-confidence can be a killer. Just ask Phillip Jackson Benson, who last week faced perennial upset machine Darnell "Deezol" Boone at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Valley Forge, PA. Jackson Benson entered the squared circle that night riding a 12-fight win streak--including 10 consecutive knockouts. He undoubtedly looked up Boone’s misleading record of 20 wins and 21 losses. He probably figured that all he had to do was show up... Boone drops the bomb, stops Benson in six
Fri 24-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: A few weeks ago at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IND, undefeated super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez tasted the canvas for the second time in his undefeated boxing career. Normally this would be bad thing, but Jimenez turned a potential disaster into a positive. In the first round, Jimenez was mixing it up with heavy-handed journeyman Kevin Engel. But something was missing. He didn’t feel sharp. He was doing pretty well until a straight right dropped him. He was Down but not out, Mike Jimenez rises to face his toughest test
Mon 20-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: In an old fashioned brawl, Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) survived some rocky moments to win a 12 round majority decision over super tough Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) at the Turning Stone and Casino in Verona, New York. The scores were 114-114 and 115-113 (twice) for Matthysse. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing judged Matthysse the winner by a 115-113 tally... Matthysse edges Provodnikov in thrilling 12 rounder
Wed 15-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” Lucas Matthysee has knocked out 34 of 36 opponents. Ruslan Provodnikov has scored 17 knockouts in his 24 wins. Former champions Matthysee and Provodnikov will meet this Saturday night at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, in one of the most eagerly anticipated matches this year. Both men are looking forward to testing themselves against each other... Matthysee and Provodnikov prepare to go to war
Sun 12-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Current WBC and WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia captured a razor-thin split decision over former IBF titleholder Lamont Peterson at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday night. The scores were 114-114 (a draw) and 115-113 (twice) for Garcia. MaxBoxing and DoghouseBoxing had Garcia the winner by a tally of 115-113. The fight was contested at a catchweight of 143-pounds. Garcia made no attempt to get down to the junior welterweight limit of 140 Garcia edges Peterson in compelling 12 rounder
Thu 9-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Andy Lee will make the first defense of his WBO middleweight championship this Saturday against former champion Peter Quillin at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) captured the title by stopping favored Matt Korobov last year. The thirty-year almost didn’t make it to his match with Korobov. In June, Lee was floored in the first round by heavy-handed John Jackson. He survived to flatten Jackson with one punch in round five... Lee and his counter right look to derail Quillin
Mon 6-Apr-2015
John J. Raspanti: Stan “The Man” Martyniouk believes he’s a pretty good fighter. His record of 13 wins in 15 bouts bears that out... Training with Pacquiao was great, but Martyniouk wants a real fight
Mon 6-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson successfully defended his belt for the fifth time Saturday afternoon by winning a 12 unanimous decision over rugged Sakio Bika at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. The scores were 115-111, 116-110 and 115-110. Maxboxing and had Stevenson winning the fight by a 119-108 tally. In round one, Stevenson, a southpaw, moved slightly and established his jab... Stevenson pounds Bika to retain WBC title
Wed 1-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: It pains me to read that former “blood and guts warrior” Matthew Saad Muhammad lies in a Philadelphia cemetery without a headstone. Saad Muhammad died last year at the age of 59. The cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s not surprising that in the end, his huge heart was stronger than his body. Saad Muhammad was dropped off at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia in 1958... Matthew Saad Muhammad lies in an unmarked grave
Mon 30-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Esther Lin / SHOWTIME): Gary Russell Jr. made the most of his second attempt at a world title by stopping defending WBC featherweight titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez in round four at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday night. With a big edge in quickness and mobility, Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) worked angles and kept the heavy-handed Gonzalez at bay in round one. Gonzalez, a little taller, and with a reach advantage, stalked but mostly drew air... Russell Jr. floors Gonzalez three times, wins WBC title
Fri 27-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti: The boxer versus the slugger. It’s a cliché, but in this case it’s accurate. Jhonny Gonzalez (the slugger) defends his WBC world featherweight title against Gary Russell Jr. (the boxer) this Saturday night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The styles of the two fighters is potentially the most interesting aspect of their bout. Russell Jr., 26, is all about speed. He’s loaded with it, but as he found out against Vasyl Lomachenko, speed can take you only so far. Opposites attract: Gonzalez meets Russell Jr.
Mon 23-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Alfonso Gomez (25-6-2, 12 KOs) boxed and slugged his way to a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over aggressive Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-3-1, 22 KOs) Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Gomez, 34, was quicker and busier throughout the match. In round one, he caught Kamegai, a southpaw, with a number of overhand rights. Kamegai worked the body—his thinking likely being that the 34-year-old Gomez would eventually run out of gas... Gomez gets the better of Kamegai
Fri 20-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Tonight on FOX 1 Sports and Fox Deportes, perennial contender Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) will battle Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California. Competing in the hit TV show "The Contender" 11 years ago brought Gomez fame, if not fortune. Gomez was one of 16 contestants vying for a million dollars. By the end of the tournament he was ranked third, not bad for a guy who some thought wouldn’t make it out of the first Gomez and Kamegai set for potential barn burner on Fox Sports 1
Sun 15-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © David Spagnolo, Main Events): IBF, WBA and WBO champion Sergey Kovalev continued his march through the light heavyweight division by stopping former WBC titleholder Jean Pascal in round eight Saturday night at a rocking Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The opening stanza revealed the differences in styles between the two fighters. Pascal is a boxer in an unorthodox way. Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) can flat out punch. Pascal (29-3, 17 KOs) shot his jab and Sergey Kovalev stops Jean Pascal in exciting slugfest
Thu 12-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): In a sense, I hate my headline. When Al Hayman announced the debut of a series of high-profile fights on national television, I was thrilled. Boxing and TV have had a relationship with each other for over sixty years. On September 23, 1952, the Gillette Safety Razor Company presented the Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott on NBC. Sugar Ray Robinson, Archie Moore, Willie Pep, and Rocky Graziano all appeared on Gillette’s F Thurman and Guerrero save PBC from being average
Wed 11-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): A more subdued (until after the fight) Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) dominated John Molina (27-6, 22 KOs) over 12 rounds to win a unanimous decision Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The judges scored the fight 120-108 (twice) and 118-110 for Broner. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing had Broner winning the fight by a 119-109 tally. In the opening stanza, Broner tatooed Molina Jr... Adrien Broner doesn’t excite, but gets the victory
Sun 8-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): In easily the biggest fight of his young career, Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) used a combination of speed and procession to score a hard-fought unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The scores were 120-107 and 118-109 (twice). Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing had Thurman winning 117-110. Thurman set the pace in the opening stanza... Thurman beats Guerrero in exciting 12 round slugfest
Fri 6-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti: For the past forty years, Jose Sulaiman was the man a top of the World Boxing Council (WBC). In his position as president, he often stirred up controversy. But he also worked, often behind the scenes, to improve the sport of boxing. After his death last January, Jose’s son Mauricio was elected to replace him. One of his priorities in his new post is to continue his father’s efforts in improving ring safety. The senior Sulaiman’s tenure was a mixed bag of WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman works for change
Thu 5-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti: With the deck appearing to be stacked hopelessly against her, Melissa McMorrow (10-5-3, 1 KO) regained the WBO flyweight title by winning a split decision over a shocked Kenia Enriguez (13-1, 6 KOs) at the Centro De Convenciones in Baja California, Mexico last Saturday night. McMorrow entered the contest not only facing an undefeated fighter in her hometown, but also being on the losing end of two dubious decisions in Mexico. McMorrow, the shorter boxer by a few inches... Redemption for McMorrow as she regains WBO belt
Fri 27-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Mighty Melissa McMorrow will return to the scene of the crime February 28 to face WBO titleholder Kenia Enriqeez (13-0, 6 KOs) at the Centro De Convenciones, Rosarito, in Baja California, Mexico. McMorrow, 33, who held the title for two years before being forced to vacate it due to promotional issues, will be fighting in Mexico for the third consecutive time. Last year, McMorrow (9-5-3, 1 KO) was on the short end of two dubious decisions. The fights were close... Can McMorrow get a fair decision in Mexico?
Tue 24-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: After years of trash talk and excuses, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will finally meet in the ring May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., Mayweather said last Friday. Mayweather took to the social-media app called "Shots" to announce the fight was official. With a photo of the signed contract in the background, Mayweather wrote, "What the world has been waiting for has arrived. "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal."... They both said yes: Mayweather to fight Pacquiao May 2 in Vegas
Mon 23-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: WBO super middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) defeated Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) for the second time in five months Saturday night, but this time more clearly at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. All three judges had Abraham winning the rematch comfortably by scores of 116-112, 117-111, 117-111. ... Abraham leaves no doubt in return match with Smith
Sun 22-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Christian Kuechl): WBA middleweight boxing champion Gennady Golovkin retained his title Saturday night by stopping courageous challenger Martin Murray in round 11 at the Salle des Etoile Arena in Monte Carlo. The knockout victory was the 19th consecutive for Golovkin, who also defended his middleweight crown for the 13th time. Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) started slowly in the opening stanza. He laid-back and let Murray (29-2, 12 KOs) throw a number of punches. Golovkin Golovkin knockout streak hits 19 with stoppage of Murray
Thu 19-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Heavyweight David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) will be in search of his fourth consecutive win this Saturday when he faces virtual unknown Irineu Beato Costa Jr. (16-2, 14 KOs) at the O2 Arena in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany. Price, 31, has been sidelined for nine months due to injuries to his hand and his bicep. His fight with Costa Jr. is on the undercard of the Arthur Abraham vs. Paul Smith rematch. An impressive performance is paramount for Price’s future... Giant heavyweight Price returns to the ring Feb. 21
Sun 15-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Paul Smith has managed to get under the skin of WBO super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham. The pair met last September when Abraham won by unanimous decision. Nearly everyone, excepting Smith’s corner-and his family, had Abraham the victor. The problem was the margin of victory. Two judges scored the fight 117-111 for Abraham, while the third must have been watching another bout. His 119-109 tally was ridiculous. This writer had Abraham ahead by two points. R Abraham plans to knock out Smith on Feb. 21
Wed 11-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Quickly becoming the most popular fighter in the game, WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will be in search of consecutive knockout number nineteen on February 21 when he faces Martin Murray at the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Nineteen knockouts in a row. Are you kidding me? That’s no typo. On the surface, Golovkin’s record is quite impressive. He has entered the squared circle thirty one times and never come close to losing... Can Golovkin make Murray his latest knockout victim?
Sun 8-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Super middleweight contender James DeGale has been calling out IBF champion Carl Froch for months. Froch, 37, also the “regular” WBA champion, scoffed at DeGale’s challenges, using words “lack of motivation” and “no interest.” Last Tuesday, Froch vacated his title, opening up the possibility that DeGale, 29, will face Andre Dirrell on April 25 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Dirrell, 31, answered in the affirmative when asked about fighting DeGale... DeGale likely to face Dirrell for super middleweight title
Tue 3-Feb-2015
By John J. Raspanti: In the sport of boxing, every fighter worth his salt ends up in the ring facing an opponent whose skills have dimished. It may be a rite of passage, but it can also be hard to watch. Last Friday night, at the Foxwoods Resorts in Mashantucket, CN., undefeated light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera went in search of an impressive victory. His opponent was former super-middleweight champion Jeff Lacy, 37, a loser in four of his last seven fights. None of this mattered. Lacy is a Barrera takes advantage of aging  Lacy
Sat 31-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti: In his 15 years as a professional fighter, Darnell Boone has been labeled a journeyman by some, and a gatekeeper by others. He’s also a spoiler, having ended the unbeaten winning streaks of boxers Chris Archer, James Countryman, James Johnson, and a guy named Adonis Stevenson, who just happens to be reigning WBC light heavyweight champion. Boone, 35, is also the only man to knock undefeated super middleweight champion, Andre Ward, to the canvas. Ward got up to win, but he Darnell “The Deezol” Boone: The man who refuses to stay down
Sun 25-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): here was no need to hype the third fight between warriors Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Their first two bouts were brutal delights, with each man claming a victory. The main question heading into tonight’s third go-around was who had more left in the tank. Two minutes into the rubber match, it was obvious that Rios was the more energetic fighter. The 28-year-old from Oxnard, Ca. pounded Alvarado from pillar to post--leading to a stoppage.. Rios systematically destroys Alvarado
Fri 23-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Most boxing fans remember Mark Breland. He captured gold at the 1984 Olympic Games by boxing circles around his opponents. Breland parlayed his Olympic success into a solid professional career winning 35 of 38 fights. He won the WBA world welterweight title on two occasions in the 1980s. Still, there were some who said he was overratedand never reached his potential. Critics... Wilder won the fight, but trainer Breland deserves some credit
Sun 18-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor): The expected knockout didn’t happen, but Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) became the first American heavyweight fighter since Shannon Briggs to win a piece of the heavyweight crown by jabbing his way to a 12-round unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1, 16 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night. The scores were 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing had Wilder winning the match 118-110... Slugger Wilder boxes his way to victory
Sat 17-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti: The questions here are many and varied. Can challenger Deontay Wilder take a punch? Will WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne be able to counter the wide shots of Wilder? Does Wilder have a stamina issue? Is Stiverne too slow to catch Wilder? Does previous competition mean that much when two huge men with power duke it out? Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) will be defending the crown he captured when he eliminated Chris Arreola last year. Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) pummeled... Fight day in Sin City
Thu 15-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti: It’s apparent that Amir Iman can punch. The 24-year-old fighter, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by way of Albany, NY., has laid waste to 13 of his 15 opponents. Iman, who’s glided under the radar for most of his short career, will get his chance to shine this Saturday night when he faces fellow hard-hitter Fidel Maldonado Jr. (19-2, 16 KOs) on the undercard of the world heavyweight championship fight between Bermane Stiverne, and Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand Garden in Las V Amir Iman ready to make an impression on Jan.17
Sat 10-Jan-2015
John J. Raspanti: WBC heavyweight champion of the world Bermane Stiverne has stopped 21 of his 24 opponents. That’s a knockout percentage of 87 percent. Deontay Wilder, who will meet Stiverne on January 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV., has KO’d all 32 of his adversaries. Neither boxer has agreed on much during the pre-fight buildup, except that their scheduled 12-round fight won’t go the distance. “A short, painful night,” said Stiverne a few weeks ago at a media press conference. Stiverne and Wilder agree: Expect a short night on January 17
Fri 9-Jan-2015
John J. Raspanti: Jerry Fitch has spent most of his life writing about boxing. He’s the author of two engaging books on pugilism, James Louis Bivens: The Man Who Would... 50 Years of Fights, Fighters and Friendships
Mon 5-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti: There were a number of outstanding fights in 2014. Last August, strawweights Francisco Rodriguez Jr. and Katsunari Takayama battled for 12 rounds at the famed Arena Monterey in Monterrey, MX. Takayama had the edge in the first half of the fight. Rodriguez dug deep and battled on, eventually overtaking Takayama in the last few rounds. The give and take nature of the bout left the crowd salivating for more. MaxBoxing's 2014 Fight of the Year: Matthysse vs. Molina Jr.
Sun 4-Jan-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Image by icheehuahua, MaxBoxing): After his fighter, former heavyweight champion of the world, Max Schmeling "lost" by decision to Jack Sharkey in 1932, Schmeling’s manager, Joe Jacobs, grabbed the microphone at Madison Square Garden and bellowed, "We wuz robbed." In the shady world of boxing, there were a number of similar decisions in 2014 that left many fans and commentators shaking their heads in disbelief. Just two weeks ago, on a special Thursday night card on ES MaxBoxing's 2014 Robbery of the Year: Garcia W 12 Herrera
Wed 31-Dec-2014
By John J. Raspanti: There were a lot of great candidates for MaxBoxing’s Fighter of the Year. Such as... Terence Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) had a phenomenal 2014. In March, Crawford, of Omaha, Neb., traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to defeat hometown hero Ricky Burns. He returned to Omaha three months later and stopped talented Yuriorkis Gamboa in the ninth round of a thrilling bout. Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) rolled through 2014 by… MaxBoxing's Fighter of the Year for 2014 is…
Mon 29-Dec-2014
By John J. Raspanti: Oh, the knockout, the most dramatic outcome in boxing. It can happen without warning. It’s akin to being broadsided by a bus. One battered fighter is left prone on the floor while the winner, rejoices near his fallen foe. While picking the knockout of the year can be challenging, three fights come to mind. Heavyweight contender Amir Mansour has the kind of power that can knock a house down. Most know his story. Mansour lost eight years of his career in prison. In 2010, MaxBoxing's 2014 knockout of the year is…
Sat 20-Dec-2014
By John J. Raspant: A disappointing 2014 ended on a high note Friday night for Adonis Stevenson. The defending WBC light heavyweight champion, who many thought would fight WBO champion Sergey Kovalev this year, knocked out overmatched Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky with a perfect left at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. The time was 2:42 seconds of round five. The bout got off to a slow start... Stevenson flattens Sukhotsky in Five
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