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The Quarantine Debates: Carving Out Boxing's Mount Rushmore

The Quarantine Debates: Carving Out Boxing's Mount Rushmore

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - In a stretch of sans sports radio, it’s a go-to time filler. Discussing who belongs on the Mount Rushmore for any given sport. Because whether you squeeze LeBron alongside Wilt, ...

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With Canelo Trilogy, Golovkin Gets Closer To Soothing a Tattered Psyche

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s already been 556 days. And if recent suggestions are correct, it’ll be another 172 more. But regardless of when it occurs, one thing’s for certain: Gennady Golovkin is looki...

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A Boxing-Search Offense is The Best Virus Defense

A Boxing-Search Offense is The Best Virus Defense

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - OK, raise your hand if you’ve ever lived through something like this. No? Yeah… me neither. If you hadn’t noticed, beyond a middling UFC card in front of an empty Brazilian arena...

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Callum Smith Drops Financial Ball in Sidestepping Canelo's 168 Return

Callum Smith Drops Financial Ball in Sidestepping Canelo's 168 Return

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Ahhh… to be Canelo Alvarez. To have the boxing world by the tail to the extent that you can intermittently drop into a weight class – super middleweight, in this case – and make ...

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Now a Happy Warrior, Kirkland Continues Middleweight Career Reboot

Now a Happy Warrior, Kirkland Continues Middleweight Career Reboot

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Remember everything you’ve forgotten about James Kirkland. He was a snarling, menacing whirlwind of a junior middleweight, with an equally intimidating trainer and a penchant for...

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Weekend Rout Beat The Necessity Out of Fury-Wilder Rivalry

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Deontay Wilder was bleeding from the ear. And come to think it, so was I. The now-former heavyweight champion had been injured from a punch to the head from conquering behemoth T...

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Fury Notwithstanding, Wilder-Joshua Remains The Era's Defining Heavyweight Fight

Fury Notwithstanding, Wilder-Joshua Remains The Era's Defining Heavyweight Fight

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - I really like Tyson Fury. He’s an interesting guy. He’s a terrific fighter. And he’s got a back story – complete with redemptive elements – that’s undoubtedly world class. But th...

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Even 30 Years Later, Tyson-Douglas Shock Hasn't Gotten Old

Even 30 Years Later, Tyson-Douglas Shock Hasn't Gotten Old

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Buster Douglas beat Mike Tyson today. Thirty years ago today that is. And while consoling myself to the idea I'm old enough to clearly recall an event that occurred three decades...

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Hernandez Vows To Make James Kirkland Pay For His Comeback Choice

Hernandez Vows To Make James Kirkland Pay For His Comeback Choice

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Every comeback needs an opponent. But as for James Kirkland’s latest ring return, at least one man believes they chose poorly. That man is Marcos Hernandez. “I think a lot of peo...

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Andrade's Timetable Has Changed, But The Plan Remains The Same

Andrade's Timetable Has Changed, But The Plan Remains The Same

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Upon further review, he did leave himself an out. Because Demetrius Andrade will be fighting this week in my big South Florida backyard – a few days before the Super Bowl in Miam...

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Fulton Out To Steal Danny Garcia's Saturday Night Show in Brooklyn

Fulton Out To Steal Danny Garcia's Saturday Night Show in Brooklyn

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Stephen Fulton Jr. is in a good place. And if a fighter’s demeanor – particularly a cool, confident, almost playful mood – only five days before entering the ring is indicative, ...

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Wilder, Fury Taking a Chatty Path Toward February Rematch

Wilder, Fury Taking a Chatty Path Toward February Rematch

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - When a Deontay Wilder combination left Tyson Fury horizontal in the final round of their get-together 13 months ago in Los Angeles, the exultations were immediate. The Staples Ce...

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Facing Forward When it Comes To Canastota Enshrinement

Facing Forward When it Comes To Canastota Enshrinement

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s just more than five months away. That’s 156 days, for you need-to-be-exact types. Either way, for boxing fans, few weekends on the calendar provide the drama and jubilation ...

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Expect Garcia, Wilder, Loma To Provide 2020's Biggest Highlights

If you’ve gotten to this point and aren’t happy, it’s your own fault. You should have seen it coming last year. In keeping with tradition in this Tuesday morning space, we proactively greet the New Ye...

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Listing The Best of 2019? Look No Further Than Canelo, Wilder and Taylor

Listing The Best of 2019? Look No Further Than Canelo, Wilder and Taylor

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - There are a couple things I’ve always promised myself. I barely play golf. But if I was ever lucky enough to score a hole in one, I’ve vowed to pluck the ball out of the cup, sli...

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Charlo Fueled By Vengeance, Eager To Put Hands on Harrison

Charlo Fueled By Vengeance, Eager To Put Hands on Harrison

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - A year’s time has made quite a difference for Jermell Charlo. In December of 2018, while preparing for a title defense against Tony Harrison, the then-incumbent WBC 154-pound cha...

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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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