This is just an update of the rankings page to reflect the results as of May 9th 2018. Notable changes include Jesse Hart’s move onto the Super Middleweight rankings as well as Dilian Whyte moving up onto the Heavyweight list. Take a peak and let me know where you agree and disagree on Twitter @TheGreatToddMan.
Former Middleweight World Champion Daniel Jacobs (34-2 29KO), won a hard fought battle against tough as nails challenger Maciej Sulecki (26-1 10KO) this weekend. The bout was quite competitive for a stint with Sulecki using elusive movement and a frequent jab while Jacobs landed counter punches that were effective, but not quite on the button. The bout seemed fairly close until the final round, when Jacobs set himself apart with a telling blow, causing Sulecki to touch the canvas for the first time in his career. He beat the count, but lost the fight on all score cards. What should have been a welcome victory for Jacobs, seems to have turned into a world of criticism, speculating that Jacobs is isn’t the fighter he was a year or two ago. Let’s take a more in depth look at these accusations. Read more
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
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
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
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
Tonight has all of the ingredients for an exciting night in the ring! We have a couple of World Championship bouts and an eliminator bout to become the mandatory for the winner of Jarrett Hurd vs. Erislandy Lara fight. All of the fights look competitive on paper, let’s delve into my prediction shall we? Read more