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Articles by author: Lyle Fitzsimmons(530 results)

Crawford vs. Spence Heating Up as The Next Big Fight at 147

Crawford vs. Spence Heating Up as The Next Big Fight at 147

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s a once-in-a-generation proposition. Two unbeaten welterweights at the peaks of their abilities meeting in a championship-level showdown. It happened in 1981 when Ray Leonard...Read More

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares Rematch and Wars of The Past

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares Rematch and Wars of The Past

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It was shortly after 1 a.m. ET on Sunday. I’d just finished filing the last of my pieces on the Santa Cruz-Mares rematch in Los Angeles when I decided to skim the Twitter feed to...Read More

Crawford Ready For His Superstar Moment Under Vegas Lights

Crawford Ready For His Superstar Moment Under Vegas Lights

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Terence Crawford has officially reached the level Frank Sinatra used to sing about. He’s made it there. And now it appears he will make it anywhere. The amiable Nebraskan takes h...Read More

Late-Spring Buffalo Trip Spelled Trouble For Mancini, Bumphus

Late-Spring Buffalo Trip Spelled Trouble For Mancini, Bumphus

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It was our first time at a live fight card … and the end of a pair of eras. When old pal Phil MacDonald and I hopped in my dad’s Chevy Caprice for a trip from hometown Niagara Fa...Read More

Virgil Hill Discusses The 175 Landscape, Stevenson vs. Jack

Virgil Hill Discusses The 175 Landscape, Stevenson vs. Jack

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Virgil Hill knows a good light heavyweight when he sees one. After all, the Missouri native-turned-North Dakotan was among the world’s best 175-pound fighters for more than a dec...Read More

Jack Aims To Make a Career Statement With Win Over Stevenson

Jack Aims To Make a Career Statement With Win Over Stevenson

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Go ahead and accept a round of applause. Because if – even as Badou Jack reeled from the onslaught of one Derek Edwards – you still viewed him as a potential pound-for-pound elit...Read More

Stevenson Feels He'd Drill Kovalev, Expects Short Night With Jack

Stevenson Feels He'd Drill Kovalev, Expects Short Night With Jack

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Regrets? Sure, Adonis Stevenson has got a few. But when it comes to the opponents he’s fought in nearly five years as the WBC’s 175-pound champion – or, more notably perhaps, the...Read More

Vanes Plans To Come Forward, Make it a Real FIght With Golovkin

Vanes Plans To Come Forward, Make it a Real FIght With Golovkin

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Vanes Martirosyan, as of today, is a 32-year-old man. He’s been a pro fighter for 13 of those years, and was accomplished enough as an amateur to land a spot on the U.S. team tha...Read More

Adrien Broner's Post-Fight Antics Create Yet Another Black Cloud

Adrien Broner's Post-Fight Antics Create Yet Another Black Cloud

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Turns out Jimmy Buffett was dead wrong. The Key West-sopped crooner – in what became his first Billboard Top 40 single way back in 1974 – promised that “Come Monday, it'll be all...Read More

Vargas: I'll Take Control Early, Take Charge of Broner Every Minute

Vargas: I'll Take Control Early, Take Charge of Broner Every Minute

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Jessie Vargas has been at this for a while. He's gotten paid to punch people for just short of 10 full years, has held world title belts in a pair of weight classes and was a mem...Read More

Cintron Blasts Ex-Foe Canelo, Aims For Trilogy With Margarito

Cintron Blasts Ex-Foe Canelo, Aims For Trilogy With Margarito

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Add another former opponent to the list of those ripping Canelo Alvarez. Former welterweight title claimant Kermit Cintron, beaten in a bid for Alvarez’s 154-pound belt in 2011, ...Read More

'Cinderella' Truax still humble, hungry ahead of DeGale rematch

'Cinderella' Truax still humble, hungry ahead of DeGale rematch

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - The Box Nation announcers didn’t know. The fans at Copper Box Arena didn’t know. And James DeGale most certainly didn’t know. But Caleb Truax knew. The rugged Minnesotan dropped ...Read More

Trainer Expects Parker To Shine, Show His Best Against Joshua

Trainer Expects Parker To Shine, Show His Best Against Joshua

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It's five days until the opening bell. And now that the task of getting Joseph Parker physically prepped for a Saturday date with Anthony Joshua is complete, trainer Kevin Barry ...Read More

March Madness shocker yields memories of giant ring surprises

March Madness shocker yields memories of giant ring surprises

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - I've watched a lot of college basketball. I've covered Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Florida at regional sites in the NCAA tournament and once watched Niagara University lose an NIT...Read More

Hurd Studies History For Lara, Won't Rise Until He Gets Charlo

Hurd Studies History For Lara, Won't Rise Until He Gets Charlo

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It was nearly five years ago. But be sure, the closer Jarrett Hurd gets to meeting Erislandy Lara in Las Vegas the more he'll be relying on what happened to the southpaw stylist ...Read More

Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder: The Epic of a New Generation

Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder: The Epic of a New Generation

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - The answer depends on when fans came of age. Those in their 50s will hear the phrase “big heavyweight fight” and instantly recall 1970s images of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Ge...Read More

Badou Jack Plots His Path To Success, One Career at a Time

Badou Jack Plots His Path To Success, One Career at a Time

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Badou Jack has the fight he wanted. The decorated former Olympian will meet the lineal king of the 175-pound division – hard-punching Canadian-based southpaw Adonis Stevenson – o...Read More

Promoter: Superfly encore will pick up where 'Chocolatito' left off

Promoter: Superfly encore will pick up where 'Chocolatito' left off

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - The fighters are as tall as an American middle-schooler. And the weight of a model who’s just scarfed a sundae. Nevertheless, promoter Tom Loeffler has no qualms suggesting Satur...Read More

Mikey Garcia Discusses Belts, Lomachenko, Linares, Going To 147

Mikey Garcia Discusses Belts, Lomachenko, Linares, Going To 147

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It's not hard to find a boxing fan or media member who'll suggest -- in an era where superstars and promoters tend to pick and choose their fights -- that title belts no longer m...Read More

Showtime's Espinoza on Heavy TV Schedule, Mayweather, More

Showtime's Espinoza on Heavy TV Schedule, Mayweather, More

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It's a pretty good time to be Stephen Espinoza. Though the chill from a Super Bowl week in Minneapolis may linger awhile, the Showtime executive surely has a lot to look forward ...Read More

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