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Articles by Lyle Fitzsimmons (607 results)


Recent Heavyweight Momentum Warrants Generational Perspective

Recent Heavyweight Momentum Warrants Generational Perspective

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - I’m in a heavyweight state of mind. And given the recent deluge of big men carrying gaudy belts, it’s no coincidence. WBC kingpin Deontay Wilder vaporizes Luis Ortiz with a singl...

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From Favorite To Suspect, Joshua Faces Mettle Test in Rematch

From Favorite To Suspect, Joshua Faces Mettle Test in Rematch

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Go ahead… ask yourself. When was the last time a fighter who won as a prohibitive underdog suddenly transformed into a smart-money pick – if not exactly a consensus betting favor...

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A Life in Boxing Provides Much For Which To Be Thankful

A Life in Boxing Provides Much For Which To Be Thankful

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s a tradition my wife and I started when our son, Ryan, now 11, was far younger. Each night as we put him to bed, we’d have him list whatever good things had happened to him t...

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Ortiz Ready To Flip Wilder Script: I Know The Damage I Can Do!

Ortiz Ready To Flip Wilder Script: I Know The Damage I Can Do!

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Luis Ortiz thinks quite highly of Deontay Wilder. In fact, during a recent interview with Boxing Scene, he interchangeably labeled the WBC champion as both the best heavyweight i...

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Valiant Donaire Lost The WBSS Battle, But Won The Legacy War

Valiant Donaire Lost The WBSS Battle, But Won The Legacy War

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - I’ve never been a Nonito Donaire cheerleader. But that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize his talents. He’s clearly a world-class operator, obviously has world-class punching power a...

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Demise of Kovalev Makes Canelo vs. Ward a 175 Necessity

Demise of Kovalev Makes Canelo vs. Ward a 175 Necessity

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s been exactly 775 days… but who’s counting. Following a pristine run in which he fought 32 times against 31 men and never left a ring without a raised hand, Andre Ward walked...

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Building The Perfect Canelo as Kovalev Showdown Nears

Building The Perfect Canelo as Kovalev Showdown Nears

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Given all he’s accomplished, it’s easy to forget Canelo Alvarez is just 29. He turned pro as a 139-pound teenager, won his first regional title before he could buy a drink to cel...

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Haney: I Want Lomachenko Right Now, Not When He's 'Older'

Haney: I Want Lomachenko Right Now, Not When He's 'Older'

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Devin Haney has got rules on his side. After all, the 20-year-old lightweight – born in California and residing these days in Las Vegas – became the mandatory challenger to WBC c...

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Former prospect Dat Nguyen ditches gloves to chase BKFC glory

Former prospect Dat Nguyen ditches gloves to chase BKFC glory

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Dat Nguyen has an old-school vehicle and an ambitious roadmap. All he needs now is the right mix of stops to get him where he’s going. The Vietnam-born super featherweight, last ...

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IBHOF Modern Ballot: Rule Changes Create Tough Decisions For 2020

IBHOF Modern Ballot: Rule Changes Create Tough Decisions For 2020

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - And all of a sudden, it’s a challenge once again. After many years in which a few names separated themselves from the pack of “modern” fighters angling for International Boxing H...

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Spence-Porter Slugfest Reminds Us What Makes Great Fights Great

Spence-Porter Slugfest Reminds Us What Makes Great Fights Great

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - I like sports. Ask my wife of 13 years (and best friend of 14), Danielle, and she’ll tell you I’m as likely to be up at 2 a.m. watching replays of old Olympics or Super Bowls as ...

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Porter's star rose quickly, but never shined as bright as Spence's

Porter's star rose quickly, but never shined as bright as Spence's

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - There was a time I was all in. Just more than five years ago, as I sat a few rows from the ring at the DC Armory – in town to do a story on the latest Adrien Broner renaissance –...

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Tyson Fury's Still a Star, But He's Not The Heavyweight Champion

Tyson Fury's Still a Star, But He's Not The Heavyweight Champion

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Let’s make a few things clear. I admire, respect, and yeah… I even like Tyson Fury. The British big man boxed Wladimir Klitschko’s ears off in a fight I never thought he’d win. H...

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"Showdown" Anniversary Prompts New Holiday Declaration

I’ve made a decision. In my first act as President -- or at least imperial grand pooh-bah of all things boxing -- I’m making next Monday, Sept. 16, a national holiday. But not for the reasons you migh...

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Team Pacquiao's pursuit of Spence shouldn't progress beyond talk

Team Pacquiao's pursuit of Spence shouldn't progress beyond talk

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - I appreciate Manny Pacquiao. The things he’s accomplished since reaching the championship level more than two decades ago measure up to anyone over the same time frame, and he’ll...

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Kermit Cintron Eyes Return as Springboard To Dual-Sport Success

Kermit Cintron Eyes Return as Springboard To Dual-Sport Success

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Kermit Cintron is hardly the first fighter to change his mind on retirement. In fact, the list of boxers who’ve hung up the gloves before ultimately returning to the squared circ...

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Forgoing The Luck of The Draw, For Good

Forgoing The Luck of The Draw, For Good

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Every now and then, the tinkering mood just hits. I’m feeling bored, introspective, forward-thinking… whatever, and I begin pondering ways in which I can make the things I truly ...

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Long-Retired Fox Still Maintaining Role as Women's Boxing Champ

Long-Retired Fox Still Maintaining Role as Women's Boxing Champ

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Sue Fox only had 12 professional bouts, with four wins and three draws. In fact, her career in the 1970s was far from making any major impact on the sport, outside of a pioneerin...

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Yes… Civil Discourse Still Matters, Even When We Disagree

While I know I’m not Chris Mannix (I’m older) and this isn’t Sports Illustrated (we’re cheaper), there are no doubt at least a few things he and I have in common. First off, we’re both featured in mul...

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ESPN’s Ring Resurgence Prompts Top Rank Nostalgia

ESPN’s Ring Resurgence Prompts Top Rank Nostalgia

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Years ago, it was must-see TV. During my initial period of intoxication with boxing – ages 10 to 18, or thereabout – I can vividly remember turning down all manner of social inte...

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