Articles by author: Cliff Rold(2401 results)

Jerwin Ancajas - The Traveling Man is Back on The Road

Debate the competitive merits of boxing various belts all day. It’s a valid conversation. Their economic and life impacts remain. Case in point: IBF 115 lb. titlist Jerwin Ancajas (27-1-1, 18 KO). The...Read More

2017 Soon Coming To a Close: The Creeping Reset

2017 Soon Coming To a Close: The Creeping Reset

By Cliff Rold - Yuandale Evans-Luis Rosa was one hell of a fight last Friday night. It was also 2017 in microcosm. Boxing is a gambler’s sport and many a gambler has enjoyed the thrill of the hot hand...Read More

Artur Beterbiev: Restart the Engine

Two year ago, Russian power puncher Artur Beterbiev appeared to be the most interesting rising, with a bullet, star in the light heavyweight division. Early knockout wins over former titlist Tavoris C...Read More

Jarrell Miller: The Other American

Jarrell Miller: The Other American

By Cliff Rold - At heavyweight, the 20th century was the American century. Johnson, Dempsey, Louis, Marciano, Ali, Tyson, Holyfield…the list ran deep. There were occasional foreign intrusions, but the...Read More

Deontay Wilder-Bermane Stiverne II: Post-Fight Report Card

Devastating knockouts light a special fire in fight fandom. It doesn’t really matter who they come against. Maybe the guy across the ring is a great opponent; maybe they showed up looking scared to de...Read More

Deontay Wilder-Bermane Stiverne II: Pre-Fight Report Card

Two years since his last fight in the ring, it’s a pleasure to note Bermane Stiverne has only put on a quarter of a pound since his win over Derric Rossy in November 2015. The bad news is that’s still...Read More

Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne II: A Product of Chaos

Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne II: A Product of Chaos

By Cliff Rold - Few fans are all that excited. It’s not even clear the fighters are particularly pumped. Regardless, the rematch between WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne is ...Read More

Anthony Joshua-Carlos Takam: Post-Fight Report Card

Anthony Joshua was in no danger of losing the fight. He was in danger of losing his perfect career streak of knockouts. Maybe he finishes Carlos Takam before he hears the bell to the end the twelfth. ...Read More

Anthony Joshua-Carlos Takam: Pre-Fight Report Card

Tyson Fury ended a title reign. Anthony Joshua ended an era. After trading knockdowns in the classic battle in April, Anthony Joshua found the finishing gear he needed late against Wladimir Klitschko....Read More

Carlos Takam Doesn't Have to Win to Win

Carlos Takam Doesn't Have to Win to Win

By Cliff Rold - He wasn’t even the replacement opponent. When Bert Cooper challenged Evander Holyfield for the heavyweight championship of the world in 1991, he was the replacement for the replacement...Read More

Ryota Murata-Hassan N'Dam II: Post-Fight Report Card

Ryota Murata had to beat Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam twice to get it official once. While he’d likely have preferred better judging the first time around, the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist from Japan walked awa...Read More

Ryan Burnett-Zhanat Zhakiyanov: Post-Unification Report Card

It’s an exciting time in the bantamweight division. It would be more exciting if Luis Nery hadn’t failed a PED test after his seemingly impressive victory over the long reigning king of the class, Shi...Read More

Hassan N'Dam vs. Ryota Murata II: Pre-Fight Report Card

As much as bad decisions are decried in boxing, it’s rare to see much consequence. Often the best we can hope for is an immediate rematch to right a perceived wrong. The first fight between Japan’s 20...Read More

Ryan Burnett-Zhanat Zhakiyanov: Pre-Unification Report Card

For the first time since Nonito Donaire moved up to 122 lbs. in 2012, the bantamweight division could have a titlist with one more than one belt to their name. Unlike the Fernando Montiel-Hozumi Haseg...Read More

Burnett-Zhakiyanov: Unification and Foundation

Burnett-Zhakiyanov: Unification and Foundation

By Cliff Rold - This Saturday on HBO (10:05 PM EST) will be a busy card. It’s a night as much about investment as it is in the action to unfold. HBO is attempting to reestablish their way in a market ...Read More

Mayhem at 154: Post-Tripleheader Report Card

There was a fierce battle. A sudden end. A Brooklyn crowd who found a way to entertain when the inaction in the ring left them with too much time on their hand. Going into Saturday night, it looked li...Read More

Mayhem at 154: Pre-Tripleheader Report Card

In one of the best top to bottom cards of the year (Showtime, 10 PM EST/7 PM PST), the Jr. middleweight division takes center stage with two highly compelling fights on paper and another with at least...Read More

Charlo, Lubin, Hurd: The Young Man's Game

Charlo, Lubin, Hurd: The Young Man's Game

By Cliff Rold - It was easy to lose sight of it in the excitement of an early knockdown and a devastating finish last December. Two men in the flush of their physical prime, still young and hungry and...Read More

A New Number One: BoxingScene Pound-for-Pound Update

A lot can happen in just a couple of months. At the last update, Andre Ward was coming off his best win in years, Roman Gonzalez was coming off a controversial first defeat. They stood atop the list w...Read More

Anthony Crolla vs. Ricky Burns: Something For The Locals

No matter the quality of a fight, location often makes the difference in whether there is an event at hand or not. On Saturday, a pair of former lightweight titlists will lock horns in Manchester and ...Read More