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Caleb Plant Drops, Decisions Jose Uzcategui To Win IBF Title

By Michael Rosenthal - LOS ANGELES – It was brains and athleticism over brawn and aggression. Caleb Plant used his superior skills and two knockdowns to overcome the determination of Jose Uzcategui an...

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Brandon Figueroa Breaks Down, Stops Moises Flores in Three

LOS ANGELES – Brandon Figueroa adopted the nickname “Heartbreaker” because of his good looks. A better moniker might be “Bodybreaker.” Figueroa passed the biggest test of his career on the Jose Uzcate...

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Ahmed Elbiali Crushes a Very Faded Allan Green in Three

LOS ANGELES – Ahmed Elbiali is still recovering emotionally from his knockout loss to Jean Pascal in December 2017. And while Allan Green is 39 and had been inactive, one never knows what a one-time t...

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Guillermo Rigondeaux Knocks Giovanni Delgado Out in One

Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles - Former world champion an two-time Olympic gold medal winner, Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-1, 12 KOs), stopped Giovanni Delgado (16-9) in one round....

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Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan Isn't Ideal But It's Fun

Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan Isn't Ideal But It's Fun

By Michael Rosenthal - Of course, Terence Crawford will be a heavy favorite when he defends his welterweight title against Amir Khan on April 20 on pay-per-view television. Crawford is either No. 1 or...

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Savor Your Favorite Fighters Because They Fade Away

Savor Your Favorite Fighters Because They Fade Away

By Michael Rosenthal - One thing I’ve learned in boxing is that you should appreciate transcendent fighters while they’re at their best because those periods are fleeting. I witnessed up close the cir...

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Advice: Follow Lead of Garcia, Mares, Usyk, Warrington, Fury

Advice: Follow Lead of Garcia, Mares, Usyk, Warrington, Fury

By Michael Rosenthal - The value of challenging oneself seems so obvious to me. Take Mikey Garcia and Abner Mares, who are in different stages of their careers but are taking similar risks in their ne...

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Gervonta Davis-Abner Mares: Mismatch or Surprise in Making?

Gervonta Davis-Abner Mares: Mismatch or Surprise in Making?

By Michael Rosenthal - LOS ANGELES – Leonard Ellerbe, the promoter of Gervonta Davis, was speaking at a press conference to promote Davis’ February 9 title defense against Abner Mares when he asked th...

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Robert Garcia: Among My Underdogs, Lopez Has Best Chance

LOS ANGELES – Robert Garcia has suddenly become the trainer of big underdogs. He’ll be in the corners of Josesito Lopez against WBA welterweight titleholder Keith Thurman on January 26, Abner Mares ag...

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One Man's Boxing Wish List For The Coming Year

One Man's Boxing Wish List For The Coming Year

By Michael Rosenthal - All boxing fans have their dream matchups. Here are 10 of mine for 2019. This is the best-possible matchup in boxing, in my opinion. Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) and Crawford (34-0, 25...

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Canelo Needs To Face a Legitimate Threat in Near Future

Canelo Needs To Face a Legitimate Threat in Near Future

By Michael Rosenthal - Let’s first talk about what the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding fight isn’t. It isn’t much of a fight at all. It’s a Top 10 pound-for-pounder against a fighter who, by all account...

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The Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury Result Wasn't Outrageous

The Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury Result Wasn't Outrageous

By Michael Rosenthal - A colleague I respect was in mid-tirade over the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury scoring when I weighed in with my own score: 113-113. He instinctively – and audibly – scoffed, his wa...

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Tyson Fury: Worst Decision Since First Lewis-Holyfield Fight

LOS ANGELES – Tyson Fury kept saying “it is what it is” but “it” bothered him a great deal the morning after his draw with Deontay Wilder. Fury, his face bruised but his confidence soaring, believes w...

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Tyson Fury Made a Bigger Statement Than Deontay Wilder

LOS ANGELES – Neither Deontay Wilder nor Tyson Fury had his hand raised after their fight but, in effect, Fury was the winner. A year ago The Gypsy King weighed God knows how much -- 350 pounds? 375? ...

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Chris Arreola Returns With a TKO Win Over Maurenzo Smith

LOS ANGELES – Chris Arreola, hoping to get one more shot at a heavyweight title, stopped journeyman Maurenzo Smith at the end of the sixth round on the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury card Saturday at Stapl...

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Joe Hanks is Trying To Regain Position, Aims To Shock Joe Joyce

Joe Hanks was a hot heavyweight prospect as recently as 2013, when his record stood at 21-0 (14 knockouts). And then, in a 10-month span, his career went south. The strapping, 6-foot-4 product of Newa...

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One Man's Opinion: This is Deontay Wilder's Time

One Man's Opinion: This is Deontay Wilder's Time

By Michael Rosenthal - LOS ANGELES – The noise before every high-profile fight – the bravado of the participants, the endless analysis, the chatter by fans, even the betting line – can cloud your judg...

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Deontay Wilder: I Ain't Afraid To Get Rid of The '0' On My Record

LOS ANGELES – Deontay Wilder was on a rant against those who have dodged his former opponent Luis Ortiz out of fear. Oritz is big, skillful and has a habit of inflicting pain on his opponents, all rea...

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Fury: Wilder Has Unusual Power - But Who Has He Knocked Out?

LOS ANGELES – Tyson Fury acknowledges what is generally believed to be Deontay Wilder’s greatest strength, his punching power. Wilder has stopped all 39 of his opponents, having KO’d the only fighter ...

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Adrien Broner is Risky Business For Manny Pacquiao

Adrien Broner is Risky Business For Manny Pacquiao

By Michael Rosenthal - Manny Pacquiao’s decision to fight Adrien Broner on January 19 was sound, but make no mistake: It’s risky. Pacquiao, who turns 40 on December 17, wants to make as much money as ...

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