The Week’s Boxing Schedule Featuring Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury, Erislandy Lara And James DeGale

Puerto Rico and Mexico had their superfight last week, now it’s Germany and the UK’s turn. Tens of thousands will pile into a football stadium to see heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko (pictured sparring with brother Vitali, now a Ukrainian politician) fight buffoon/possibly legit contender Tyson Fury on Saturday, US time. Saturday also sees a free […]

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 21:  (R-L)  Canelo Alvarez throws a right at Miguel Cotto during their middleweight fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Canelo Alvarez Out-Huges Miguel Cotto

That headline isn’t meant to troll. Canelo Alvarez boxed pretty well Saturday night on HBO Pay-Per-View against Miguel Cotto — he didn’t win just because he was massive. But massive-ness was the main mechanism of Alvarez’s wide decision win over the middleweight champion. We don’t know how much the two men weighed on fight night, […]

(L-R) Guillermo Rigondeaux throws a right to the face of Drian Francisco during their junior featherweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cotto Vs Canelo Undercard Results

(Guillermo Rigondeaux throws a left to the face of Drian Francisco during their junior featherweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday in Las Vegas; Photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images) Keep coming back here for updates on the Cotto vs Canelo undercard on HBO Pay-Per-View: ****** Well, the main event is going to have a […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Current WBC champion Miguel Cotto (L) and contender Canelo Alvarez, Former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion, pose after a news conference announcing their upcoming WBC middleweight title bout on August 24, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. The WBC middleweight title bout  will take place November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Professionals: Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez Preview And Prediction

Very few of us view our jobs with any romance. They’re something we do because we must. We work to live. We don’t live to work. Sports provide an escape from the drudgery of day-to-day routine and it’s easy to mythologize them. We see heartbreak and triumph in the feats of the athletically gifted, and […]

LAS VEGAS - JULY 26:  Antonio Margarito (R) knocks down Miguel Cotto to win the WBA welterweight title fight by TKO in the 11th round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena July 26, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.    (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Boricua to The Bone: Why Miguel Cotto Has No Place In The Hall of Fame

Next to presidents and dressmakers on Oscar night, professional athletes form arguably the most scrutinised group on the planet. Boxing, as a niche sport with a passionate and partisan fanbase, is a magnet for aggressive hyperbole. Yet within such caustic surroundings, the extent to which professional fighters can manipulate our perceptions is often quite remarkable. […]


Boxing Trash Talk And The Art Of Promotion

Vulgarity makes an easy news story. Promoters have always known it. Insults, expletives and occasionally even racism and homophobia have long been go-to methods for convincing fans to spend. Media outlets, desperate for content to fill 24-hour channels and websites, have little choice but to play along. Yet for much of the boxing public, a […]


Cat’s Column: We Could All Use More Teddy Atlas And Other Random Notes

If anybody was curious as to how the new pairing of Tim Bradley and trainer Teddy Atlas would go, they got an emphatic response in between rounds 7 and 8 last Saturday night. Bradley was cruising. His opponent, Brandon Rios, was merrily plodding face-first into pretty much every punch Bradley threw, and Bradley was well ahead […]

WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. connects on Brandon Rios during their title fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Requiem For Rios – Or How I Learned To Stopped Worrying And Love The Bam

“Talk to me son,” bellowed referee Russell Mora after Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios had received a third low blow In the space of two minutes. “Let’s go baby!” came the defiant response from a man who seemed almost to be drawing energy from his opponent’s attempts to foul. Although his body would sag with each […]

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Edwin Rodriguez And Frank Galarza

The boxing schedule is late this week (apologies!), but there’s not much on so hopefully you can forgive us. Edwin Edwin Rodriguez vs. Michael Seals, Friday, Spike, Biloxi Miss. Former Andre Ward (who?) victim Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KO) continues on his way against Seals (19-0, 14 KO), at light heavyweight. Seals has hardly beaten anyone with […]

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 09:  Former boxer Evander Holyfield (L) is inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame by former boxer Mike Tyson at the second annual induction gala at the New Tropicana Las Vegas on August 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“30 For 30: Chasing Tyson,” Reviewed

For a time in the early and mid 90s, there were two major professional sports in Atlanta: Braves Baseball and Evander Holyfield. If you were a young fight fan in the south, The Real Deal was your guy. Undersized for a heavyweight, he won with tenacity and an absurd work rate. ESPN’s new documentary “30 […]


Timothy Bradley Stops Brandon Rios, An Odd Sight

Boxing watchers tend to see too much of one side or the other when a fighter looks good and his opponent looks bad. Both sides were in exhibition in roughly even — and extreme — measure Saturday on HBO when a nimble, disciplined Timothy Bradley, newly under the tutelage of Teddy Atlas, surprisingly stopped the […]