Perhaps the hardest thing about competing in a weight class sport, is simply making the weight. Many boxers (along with wrestlers and mixed martial artists) have natural weights much higher than the class they compete in. It’s not unheard of for fighters to cut double digit pounds less than a week before stepping into the ring for their fight. Over time, this type of activity can cause huge problems in the body, including organ failure. To remedy this problem, the World Boxing Council is making a drastic, but necessary change to weigh-ins for bouts starting in January. Read more
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
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
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
Let me start off by saying I am glad to be back covering my favorite sport! I may have been silent from the writing side of things, but I have been paying plenty of attention to the happenings inside and outside the ring. I wanted to take the time to go over a problem that has been plaguing Boxing as of late (that we know of), the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) and offer my opinion on what should be done to combat it. Read more