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In a Flawed Promotion, Andre Ward Makes a Statement

In a Flawed Promotion, Andre Ward Makes a Statement

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 20 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT -- In an earlier era, the June 17 rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev would have been a can’t-miss promotion. Two of the best fighters in the world reprising a 2016 encounter that ended in controversy with Ward prevailing on the judges’ scorecards by a razor-thin margin. But this is 2017. Instead of galvanizing boxing fans, Ward-Kovalev II was symbolic of boxing’s...

Three Punch Combo: Pacquiao on ESPN, Evander’s Maiden Show and More

Three Punch Combo: Pacquiao on ESPN, Evander’s Maiden Show and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jun 19 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO: Late Sunday, Top Rank formally announced that ESPN would be televising the welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn. Speculation has been running rampant on social media regarding Top Rank’s future plans and this announcement begins to shed some light as to exactly what Top Rank has up its sleeve. Make no mistake about it; Pacquiao-Horn is not a one fig...

Weekend Boxing Recaps Apart From Kovalev-Ward

Weekend Boxing Recaps Apart From Kovalev-Ward

By: The Sweet Science Jun 18 2017

The Ward-Kovalev rematch overshadowed everything else, but on a night when Nevada’s referees did not put their best feet forward, there was plenty of activity around the globe. There was even a world title fight in Germany where native son Tyron Zeuge (pictured on the left) prevailed in the fourth defense of his WBA 168-pound title, winning a wide 12-round decision over Paul Smith. Zeuge (21-...

McGregor vs. Mayweather Evokes Memories of Other Fiascos

McGregor vs. Mayweather Evokes Memories of Other Fiascos

By: Jeffrey Freeman Jun 18 2017

For better or worse, Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor is official for August 26 in Vegas. The strange pairing, a comebacking Mayweather against reigning UFC lightweight champion McGregor, will be a 12-round boxing match in a boxing ring contested at 154 pounds. McGregor will not be allowed to kick, wrestle, or do anything but box with his 10 oz. gloved fists and move with his two shoed feet....

Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

By: David A. Avila Jun 18 2017

LAS VEGAS -- Andre “S.O.G.” Ward separated himself from Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev with emphatic body shots to win by technical knockout and retain the WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles on Saturday. “I’ve never been the most talented, never the biggest, but we keep knocking down giants,” said Ward. After two fights totaling 20 rounds Oakland’s Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) emerge...

Ward vs Kovalev 2 Results – Ward Stops Krusher in 8

Ward vs Kovalev 2 Results – Ward Stops Krusher in 8

By: Miguel Iturrate Jun 17 2017

Ward vs Kovalev 2 Results From Vegas - HBO Boxing rolled out the red carpet this past Saturday night as the Mandalay Bay hosted their latest pay-per-view, headlined by the light heavyweight rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. The two men fought twelve close rounds this past November and Saturday's fight started off with a series  ofclose rounds that saw Kovalev be the busier fighter...

Can Ward or Kovalev Equal Light Heavyweight Greats of the Past?

Can Ward or Kovalev Equal Light Heavyweight Greats of the Past?

By: David A. Avila Jun 16 2017

Light heavyweights seldom receive the spotlight. Instead, they are the undesignated lone wolves of professional boxing. But the 175-pound weight division has contributed some of the best skilled prizefighters the world has ever seen for more than 100 years. Many who dwell in the light heavyweight class are not quite big enough for the heavyweights and too big for the middleweights and lower...

Mayweather-McGregor: As Always, Follow The Money

Mayweather-McGregor: As Always, Follow The Money

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 15 2017

OK, so I was wrong. I have been wrong before. But on those occasions when I did offer a prediction that turned out to be incorrect, it was usually made for the right reason, or what I believed to be the right reason. In this instance, I should have used an adding machine instead of logic before making like Nostradamus. Upon further reflection, it is now obvious to me that the matchup of boxing ...

Ward-Kovalev II: I’m Going With My First Instinct

Ward-Kovalev II: I’m Going With My First Instinct

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 15 2017

Handicapping the rematch in boxing should be easier than handicapping the first meeting between two elite championship caliber fighters. And in some ways it is and other times, because of factors involving more than just who is the greater combatant, it isn't. This is in play this weekend when light heavyweight champ Andre Ward 31-0 (15) fights Sergey Kovalev 31-1-1 (26), the man he dethroned for ...

The International Boxing Hall of Fame: Not High on my Bucket List

The International Boxing Hall of Fame: Not High on my Bucket List

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 15 2017

The 28th annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY, wrapped up Sunday, June 11. I can’t say that everyone had a grand time because I wasn’t there -- I’ve never been there – but I’ve yet to meet a boxing fan who went there and wasn’t keen to go back again. That being said, the IBHOF adheres to certain practices that this reporter ...