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Amir Khan Probably Deserves a Little Less Scorn After 'Quitting'

“Quitter” is one of the dirtiest words in boxing. We admire fighters who “go out on their shield” rather than give up no matter the circumstances. In other words, we expect them to take a beating even...

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Jarrell Miller Threw Away The Opportunity of a Lifetime

Jarrell Miller Threw Away The Opportunity of a Lifetime

By Michael Rosenthal - How dumb can Jarrell Miller be? The unbeaten heavyweight contender was set to make a career-high $6.5 million against IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua on June 1 in New Y...

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Lomachenko Might Be Wise To Get Used To Uninspiring Bout

By Michael Rosenthal - Vasyl Lomachenko’s frustration is admirable. The man wants real challenges, not gimmies like Anthony Crolla. And he has difficulty hiding his feelings. I was at a press conferen...

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Don't Begin The 10 Count Over A Prone Amir Khan Just Yet

Don't Begin The 10 Count Over A Prone Amir Khan Just Yet

By Michael Rosenthal - Two upcoming fights featuring the Nos. 1 and 2 pound-for-pounders bring back memories of the old days, when great boxers picked on valiant, but limited British fighters and almo...

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The Women, Led By Claressa Shields, Have Earned Our Attention

The Women, Led By Claressa Shields, Have Earned Our Attention

By Michael Rosenthal - Lucia Rijker, arguably the greatest female boxer ever, was asked a generation ago how she felt about those who constantly questioned whether a women’s place was in a boxing ring...

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The Patience of Boxing Fans Often Pays Off in The End

The Patience of Boxing Fans Often Pays Off in The End

By Michael Rosenthal - Boxing fans must be the most patient sports fans in the world. Those who follow the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox never have to wonder when – or if – the baseball rivals w...

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Would Spence vs. Pacquiao Be Any Better Than Spence-Garcia?

Would Spence vs. Pacquiao Be Any Better Than Spence-Garcia?

By Michael Rosenthal - First Errol Spence picked on a little guy. Now he’s after an old guy. Errol, with due respect, you’re going to have to pick on someone who doesn’t enter the ring at a distinct d...

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Mikey Garcia is a Winner Regardless of Result Against Spence

Mikey Garcia is a Winner Regardless of Result Against Spence

By Michael Rosenthal - Mikey Garcia has already won. I would’ve advised him not to move up in weight to challenge IBF welterweight titleholder Errol Spence, just as his family members (including broth...

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Robert Guerrero, Jesus Cuellar Get TKO Wins in Carson

CARSON, California – Former two-division champion Robert Guerrero, 35, stopped Hevinson Herrera after five rounds on the undercard of the Shawn Porter-Yordenis Ugas card Saturday at Dignity Health Spo...

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Shawn Porter Wins Split Nod Over Yordenis Ugas in Close Fight

Shawn Porter Wins Split Nod Over Yordenis Ugas in Close Fight

By Michael Rosenthal - CARSON, California – Shawn Porter is a fortunate man. The WBC titleholder could never solve the problems he faced against slick challenger Yordenis Ugas yet emerged with a split...

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Abel Ramos Gets Off The Floor To Decision Francisco Santana

CARSON, California – Abel Ramos outpointed Francisco Santana in a 10-round fight for relevance in the welterweight division on the Shawn Porter-Yordenis Ugas card Saturday. Santana stalked Ramos most ...

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Efe Ajagba Crushes Amir Mansour in Two Rounds

Dignity Health Sports Park , Carson - Rising heavyweight puncher Efe Ajagba (9-0, 8 KOs) took a step in competition and destroyed Amir Mansour (23-4-1, 16 KOs) in two rounds. Ajagba was pushing Mansou...

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Shawn Porter Has a Plan To Change The Way He's Perceived

Shawn Porter Has a Plan To Change The Way He's Perceived

By Michael Rosenthal - Shawn Porter is already perceived as an accomplished fighter. The one-time amateur standout has been among the best welterweights in the world for six-plus years, he has won two...

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Fighter of The Decade? Mayweather, Ward Top List of Candidates

Fighter of The Decade? Mayweather, Ward Top List of Candidates

By Michael Rosenthal - To be selected as Fighter of the Year is a rare, legacy-defining honor and is often among the proudest moments in the career of any boxer. To be selected Fighter of the DECADE? ...

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If Degale is Healthy, He Beats Eubank. If Not, He Might Be Done.

If Degale is Healthy, He Beats Eubank. If Not, He Might Be Done.

By Michael Rosenthal - James DeGale really is at a crossroads. The Olympic and two-time professional champion, his body having failed him, hasn’t been the fluid, fleet-footed boxing whiz of old for se...

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Anthony Joshua's Interminable Patience Will Pay Off in The End

Anthony Joshua's Interminable Patience Will Pay Off in The End

By Michael Rosenthal - Anthony Joshua had to fight someone somewhere. Jarrell Miller in New York City wasn’t a bad choice. Joshua undoubtedly has felt neglected over the past year or more. The holder ...

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Teofimo Lopez - Hold On Tightly And Enjoy The Ride

Teofimo Lopez - Hold On Tightly And Enjoy The Ride

By Michael Rosenthal - Some people want to reserve judgment on Teofimo Lopez, which makes sense. He has fought only 12 times as a professional. We won’t know how good he truly is for at least two or t...

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Is This Version of Keith Thurman as Good as The Previous One?

Is This Version of Keith Thurman as Good as The Previous One?

By Michael Rosenthal - One has to feel for Keith Thurman. The 30-year-old WBA welterweight titleholder, speaking the day before he fought Josesito Lopez this past Saturday in Brooklyn, bemoaned the fa...

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Adrien Broner's Days As An Attraction Are Winding Down

Adrien Broner's Days As An Attraction Are Winding Down

By Michael Rosenthal - Has Adrien Broner’s act run its course? Broner is a good self-promoter, even if he gets crude in the process. He followed the lead of the best self-promoter in the business and ...

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Why Most of Us Still Root For Manny Pacquiao

Why Most of Us Still Root For Manny Pacquiao

By Michael Rosenthal - Manny Pacquiao is no longer the juggernaut who commanded our attention a decade-plus ago. He’s still good at 40, just not what he was. The best welterweights are named Crawford,...

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