An edited version of this article was originally published on TheFightCity.com on September 11th, 2018: https://www.thefightcity.com/golovkin-middleweight-complicated-boxing/
In the wake of Triple G’s return to knockout form last May, there was much fanfare regarding his purported achievement of equalling Bernard Hopkins’ middleweight record of 20 consecutive world title defences. Assuming he is victorious next Saturday versus Canelo Alvarez, Golovkin will therefore set a new all-time record in the 160lb division. Well, sort of. As the saying often goes in love, life and boxing trivia, “It’s complicated.” Read more
This report was originally published on TheFightCity.com, on May 25th 2018: https://www.thefightcity.com/fight-report-inoue-vs-mcdonnell/
The bantamweight division is on notice: there is a Monster in town, and he is not taking any prisoners.
It was always going to be a tall order for Britain’s Jamie McDonnell. Defending away from home and competing against one of the most highly regarded fighters in world boxing; very few people were backing him to come away with his WBA “regular” world title belt. But no one foresaw the one-sided drubbing that Inoue dished out. Read more
An edited version of this article was published on TheFightCity.com website on October 5th, 2017: https://www.thefightcity.com/wilder-vs-ortiz-drugs-boxing/
Last month boxing fans were treated to the news that WBC heavyweight champion, “The Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), would defend his title against one of the most feared contenders in the division, Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs). In what has already been a stellar year for the sport of boxing, this promised to be yet another excellent contest, with sharply contrasting perceptions of champion and challenger providing the backdrop for an intriguing clash of styles. Read more
An edited version of this article, with the title “Undisputed Chaos”, was published on TheFightCity.com website on September 25th, 2017: https://www.thefightcity.com/undisputed-chaos-title-belts-boxing/
This past weekend witnessed a special event in boxing, as WBO/WBC 140lbs belt-holder Terrence Crawford swept aside IBF/WBA ruler Julius Indongo to become just the third man in history to unify boxing’s “Big Four” sanctioning belts. With each of the four governing bodies naming a minimum of one titlist across seventeen weight categories – not to mention various pointless distinctions between “super”, “regular”, “interim”, “diamond” and “emeritus” champions – the anointment of a truly undisputed king, albeit in a single division, provides a welcome reprieve from boxing’s messy landscape. Read more
This was a preview of the Superfly 2 card, published by Boxinginsider.com on September 8th 2017: https://www.boxinginsider.com/columns/super-flyweight-super-card-2017-just-keeps-giving/
“I think 2016 should go down as one of the worst years in boxing history, maybe the worst.” – Oscar De La Hoya, October 2016.
The Golden Boy’s sad assessment of the state of boxing almost a year ago may have been somewhat of an exaggeration, but it’s fair to say 2016 was not exactly a banner year for the sport. Still recovering from the stench of the Mayweather-Pacquiao mega-letdown in 2015 and facing the prospect of being usurped as the world’s No.1 combat sport by a surging UFC, boxing was certainly in need of a serious shot in the arm. Read more