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Caleb Plant: I'm The Big Dog at 168 - I'm Not Chasing Nobody!

Caleb Plant: I'm The Big Dog at 168 - I'm Not Chasing Nobody!

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Some people believe Caleb Plant is the real deal. Others not so much. But it doesn’t much matter to the Tennessee-born super middleweight either way. He’s got enough belief for a...

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The Greatest Encore: Ranking the Best Heavyweights Since Ali

As Mondays go, this one was pretty big. Not only was it the 35th incarnation of a holiday honoring a leader taken far too soon from his calling, but it also marked another anniversary of the birth of ...

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8 Most Wanted: Fights That'll Continue Boxing's Roll in 2021

8 Most Wanted: Fights That'll Continue Boxing's Roll in 2021

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Don't look now, but boxing is on a roll in 2021. Gradually relegated from the mainstream by the rise of MMA and a prolonged dearth of transcendent stars, the sweet science finish...

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Facing Forward: Spence, Fury, Davis, Saunders To Fuel 2021's Highest Highs

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 greet the New Year with a pr...

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Best of 2020 Begins and Ends with Fury, Davis, Zepeda and Rosario

Best of 2020 Begins and Ends with Fury, Davis, Zepeda and Rosario

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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Golovkin Still Needs Canelo More Than Canelo Needs Him

Golovkin Still Needs Canelo More Than Canelo Needs Him

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - They’ve spent several years as part of each other’s lives. And though it’s been 1,193 days since they fought the first time and 829 days since their compelling rematch, precious ...

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Trainer Banks: Golovkin Ready to Kick-Start Second Dominant Decade

Trainer Banks: Golovkin Ready to Kick-Start Second Dominant Decade

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Just like that, it’s been a decade at the top for Gennady Golovkin. The middleweight division’s Kazakh-born boogeyman fought for his first title belt – a second-tier WBA trinket ...

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Back From The Abyss, Gilberto Ramirez is Going Big at 175

Back From The Abyss, Gilberto Ramirez is Going Big at 175

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - OK, let’s figure this out. Gilberto Ramirez is 29 years old. He’s unbeaten in 40 fights. He’s certainly talented and it wouldn’t be a stretch to label him charismatic. So why isn...

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Director Drath Strikes Documentary Gold With

Director Drath Strikes Documentary Gold With "Macho Camacho" Tale

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - A documentary, by definition, is a program providing “a factual record or report.” Which means stringing together grainy footage with narration gleaned from Boxrec.com would be s...

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Ex-Champ Rivera Happy to Test De La Hoya's Comeback Mettle

They were born 62 days apart in 1973. They debuted 16 days apart in 1992. And they won championships on the very same day – May 6 – in 2006. So it’s no surprise Jose Antonio Rivera feels a particular ...

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Final Bell Came Far Too Soon For

Final Bell Came Far Too Soon For "Macho Time"

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - A famous person unexpectedly dies. And the immediate inclination for the geniuses in my line of work is to assemble something that’s both worthy of an undisputed profundity champ...

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Epic Farewell a Reminder That Greats Don't Often Meet

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Hard to believe it’s been a dozen years. And as I sit this morning watching the outer bands of a tropical storm test the flexibility of my backyard trees, I vividly recall steppi...

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Election 2020: Casting My Ballots For IBHOF Immortality

Election 2020: Casting My Ballots For IBHOF Immortality

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s election season. And after many years in which a few names clearly separated from the pack of “modern” fighters angling for International Boxing Hall of Fame induction, we’v...

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Best Way To Enhance Lopez's Emerging Profile? Challenge Manny Pacquiao

Best Way To Enhance Lopez's Emerging Profile? Challenge Manny Pacquiao

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Teofimo Lopez has officially reached the level Frank Sinatra used to sing about. In reverse. He’s made it anywhere. And now it he ought to get a shot to make it there. The chatt...

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Loma-Lopez Mea Culpa: Making Sense of a Pick Gone Bad

Loma-Lopez Mea Culpa: Making Sense of a Pick Gone Bad

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Sometimes you write a column and you just know it’s a good one. It’s a lot like when a basketball shot “feels good off the hands.” It was exactly that way for me last week. Upon ...

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Lomachenko's Weekend Dominance Will Leave a Historic Impression

Lomachenko's Weekend Dominance Will Leave a Historic Impression

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - I’ve come to a decision. Or, to be more accurate, I’ve confirmed a decision I’d already considered. Vasyl Lomachenko is the best boxer in the world. Bar none. And to those contra...

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Maintaining Status Quo the Wrong Move for a Pre-Trilogy Wilder

Maintaining Status Quo the Wrong Move for a Pre-Trilogy Wilder

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s eight weeks (or so) before a Deontay Wilder fight. But it doesn’t sound the same. By this point in the fight-selling process the “Bronze Bomber” has usually issued an inappr...

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It's Another Big Fight Anniversary, But This One's Not So Happy

It's Another Big Fight Anniversary, But This One's Not So Happy

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s pretty amazing to think about. Seems as soon as one high-profile championship fight anniversary from the late 1970s or early 1980s passes, another one comes rolling through ...

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Panama Lewis, Requiem For a Cheater

People die. Sometimes they’re people in your family. Sometimes they’re people you know. And sometimes they’re people you’ve never met, but of whose work you’ve been made aware. The common denominator ...

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Remembering

Remembering "The Showdown" – Still a Thrill After 39 Years

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Whaddya know, it’s here again. Tomorrow is my favorite day of the year. OK, maybe it's a few pegs behind my wife and son’s birthdays, our wedding anniversary and Christmas -- but...

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