Dream Bouts For 2018! Part 2

Dream Bouts For 2018! Part 2

In part one of this article, I went over three matches that I would love to see happen throughout the rest of 2018 (Murata vs. Andrade; Lomachenko vs. M. Garcia; Bivol vs. Kovalev https://pugilistsparadise.com/2018/04/17/dream-bouts-for-2018-part-1 for part 1). Let’s go over the remainder of my list of dream fights for 2018! If all promotional teams could just get along for once, these are the fights I’d like to be treated to. (Wilder vs. Joshua is obvious, so it’s implied and doesn’t need yet another article) Read more

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Dream Bouts For 2018! Part 1

Dream Bouts For 2018! Part 1

Boxing had a pretty quiet weekend. There were a few bouts, most notably Ryota Murata (14-1 11KO) successfully defended his (Junior Varsity) WBA Middleweight Championship against tough, but limited Emanuele Blandamura (27-2 5KO). While no fight should be labeled as easy, Murata was the heavy favorite to win, and he did just that. However, the reason we’re here today is to go over my list of dream fights for the remainder of the year! If all promotional teams could just get along for once, these are the fights I’d like to be treated to. (Wilder vs. Joshua is obvious, so it’s implied and doesn’t need yet another article) Read more

Tyson Fury To Return June 9th!

Tyson Fury To Return June 9th!

The heavyweight division has seen a much needed resurgence as of late. There is a great mix of younger fighters, still building their craft and legacy (Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker, Jarrell Miller etc.) and fighters nearing the end of their career looking to cement their place in Boxing history (Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev, Luis Ortiz). One thing has been missing from the division for the last two years, the man who beat the man, Tyson Fury (25-0 18KO). It’s been a bumpy ride, but the 29 year-old, undefeated Fury has been issued a boxing license and has announced his ring return for June 9th.  An opponent hasn’t been announced yet, so let’s take a look at (what I believe is) a solid game plan to shake the rust off and efficiently build into a spot to challenge for one of the World Titles currently held by Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Read more

Surveying The Landscape: Junior Middleweight (154 pounds)

Surveying The Landscape: Junior Middleweight (154 pounds)

We were treated to a couple of great fights this weekend, two of which took place in, and shifted the landscape of the Junior Middleweight division. Due to the results in recent fights, let’s take some time and look over a few of the talents at 154 pounds and assess some of their (apparent) strengths and weaknesses. Today we will be looking at, from my perspective, a handful of the top fighters in the division in no particular order. Read more

Weighing In: Demond Nicholson

Weighing In: Demond Nicholson

Boxing is a sport in which diligence is not always rewarded fairly. Some pugilists amass an undefeated record against lesser opposition, are given a title shot against a less-than-worthy adversary, get spoon fed a belt, and proceed to hop on social media acting as if they accomplished something great. They are not Champions, they are entertainers. Other fighters give it their all in the gym every day, take bouts on short notice, grit through the tough weight loss regimen and win, only to be put on the back burner until another prospect needs a short notice opponent. Demond Nicholson(18-2-1 17KO) doesn’t fall into either category, but rather in the category of the hopeful, hard working prospect. Read more

Canelo Withdraws, Who’s Next For GGG?

Canelo Withdraws, Who’s Next For GGG?

With the news that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has officially withdrawn from his rematch with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, the big question is, who is next? Last September GGG and Canelo fought to a controversial draw, a fight in which many (most) boxing aficionados agree that Golovkin won. As is the unfortunate norm in this sport, a rematch was devised to hopefully erase doubt and crown a decisive winner. The fans will have to wait however, as Canelo has officially withdrawn from the rematch after testing positive for banned substances on two separate occasions during his preparations for the fight. Golovkin and his team are still standing by the May 5th date and are looking for a credible opponent to fill the spot. Let’s take a look at a few of the front runners. Read more