Articles by author: Cliff Rold(2331 results)

Boxing: Not Dying. Again.

Boxing: Not Dying. Again.

By Cliff Rold - Hold off the eulogies. Bring quality product and quality results might follow. After an often abysmal 2016, boxing has rebounded in a huge way this year. Last year we were talking abou...Read More

Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev II: Post-Fight Report Card

The final punch Andre Ward landed was a low blow. To dismiss it entirely is intellectually dishonest; to pretend it didn’t happen a lie. To say emphatically it ended on three straight low blows would ...Read More

Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev II: Pre-Fight Report Card

It’s still certain to garner passionate argument. Who won the first fight between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev? Opinions vary. Cries of robbery, in favor of Kovalev, are probably still the strongest ...Read More

Ward-Kovalev II: Who Cares Who Isn’t Watching?

Ward-Kovalev II: Who Cares Who Isn’t Watching?

By Cliff Rold - Some fights grow, at least for a night, bigger than the sport. They belong to a bigger picture, a tapestry of memorable events, moments in time where the world slows down and boxing is...Read More

Lee Haskins-Ryan Burnett: Another Saturday of AWE

Boxing fans looking for their fix this weekend in the US might see slim pickings one week out from the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev rematch. It depends what they have in their cable package. For fans wit...Read More

Guillermo Rigondeaux's Last Best Chance to Fire up His Cult

Guillermo Rigondeaux's Last Best Chance to Fire up His Cult

By Cliff Rold - Next Saturday night, at least in hardcore fight circles, one of the best fights available will play out as a dramatic sequel. Can Sergey Kovalev convince the judges in enough rounds th...Read More

Adonis Stevenson-Andrzej Fonfara II: Pre-Fight Report Card

A lot of things can happen in twelve rounds. Even more can happen in the three years since. In May 2014, Andrzej Fonfara was riding a near six-year winning streak. It included impressive victories ove...Read More

Light Heavyweight Heats Up in Time for Summer

Light Heavyweight Heats Up in Time for Summer

By Cliff Rold - So far 2017 has been good for boxing across the scale. From Jr. bantamweight to heavyweight, we’ve seen fierce battles, changing faces, and all with the stage setting for even more big...Read More

Errol Spence-Kell Brook: Post-Fight Report Card

For the second time in the last couple of months, we have seen a considerable blue chip talent gambled against a veteran their record suggested they might not be ready for. It was a wise gamble when A...Read More

Julio Ceja Drops, Stops Anselmo Moreno in Three Rounds

In a fifteen-year career defined by a slick defense and canny reflexes, 31-year old former WBA bantamweight titlist Anselmo Moreno (36-6-1, 12 KO), 120 ½, of San Miguelito, Panama, appears not to have...Read More

Kell Brook-Errol Spence: Pre-Fight Report Card

The Olympic men’s boxing alumni of 2012 is rapidly taking their place at the head of the class. Four gold medalists from those Games currently hold major titles with heavyweight Anthony Joshua emergin...Read More

Anselmo Moreno: A Postscript or A New Chapter

Anselmo Moreno: A Postscript or A New Chapter

By Cliff Rold - He wasn’t so much knocked out as surrendered into the finish. It was a moment reminiscent of the end of Aaron Pryor-Alexis Arguello II or Manny Pacquiao-Erik Morales III. Anselmo Moren...Read More

Big Changes at 108: BoxingScene Ratings Update

Super Middleweight: David Benavidez made a big time statement on Saturday, dominating and stopping veteran Rogelio Medina just one year after Medina gave James DeGale everything he could handle. Benav...Read More

Uzcategui: Andre Dirrell Did a Quit Job Like He Did With Abraham!

Almost thirteen years after winning bronze as a 2004 Olympic middleweight, 33-year old super middleweight Andre Dirrell (26-2, 16 KO), 166 ½, of Flint, Michigan, won an interim IBF crown and the right...Read More

Gary Russell Jr. Drops, Stops Oscar Escandon in Seven Rounds

MGM NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs) stopped mandatory challenger Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17 KOs) in the seventh round. Russell's fast hands were on displ...Read More

Rances Barthelemy Drops, Decisions Relikh in WBA Eliminator

MGM National Harbor in Maryland - In a WBA junior welterweight eliminator, two division champion Rances Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KOs) won what some felt was a controversial twelve round unanimous decision...Read More

Gary Russell Jr. vs. Oscar Escandon - LIVE Results

To the enthusiasm of the early crowd, 2016 US Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell (1-0, 1 KO), 137 ¼, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, made his professional debut in the Jr. welterweight division. Russell sco...Read More

Terence Crawford-Felix Diaz: Pre-Fight Report Card

After a bit of a slower week, boxing is all over the place this weekend. Where one won’t find a single mega-event, there are a slew of good, meaningful fights in multiple divisions across multiple con...Read More

Gervonta Davis: Will He Make the Long Game?

Gervonta Davis: Will He Make the Long Game?

By Cliff Rold - When watching him fight, the thing that jumps out is often best seen between rounds. It’s the eyes. There is a focus to 22-year old Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KO) that is hard to miss. H...Read More

Joshua Arrives and More: BoxingScene Ratings Update

Heavyweight: Anthony Joshua went from untested to battle hardened in a single night, surviving a trip to the brink against Wladimir Klitschko to stop the longtime face of the class. He ascends to the ...Read More