Shock Upset! Rosario dethrones J-Rock

By Robert Ecksel on January 18, 2020

Jeison Rosario took it to an extreme. He trained for 16 weeks—and it paid off. (TrappFotos)

A skilled, intelligent, disciplined, principled hard-hitting fighter, J-Rock's stock surged when he dropped and defeated thought to be indestructible Jarrett Hurd via unanimous decision to win the titles in May 2019...

Matchroom lock out the Heavys?

January 6, 2020

The sport was mocked as being the stomping ground of morons. There is a special sneer reserved for boxing, generally speaking…

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Chavez Jr. flops in “No mas” against Jacobs

December 21, 2019

Security pushed Chavez through the crowd by forming a phalanx to protect him. The guards used round cards to shield the fighter from incoming...

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When Tyson dissed Mayweather

December 19, 2019

"Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people. It's being accepted by the people. He's a little scared man. He's a very small, scared man..."

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Quarry Family Values

December 20, 2019

Boxing, it seemed, was the only Quarry family business. The patriarch, Jack, who was 81 when I spoke with him, wouldn’t have had it any other way…

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Jack Johnson vs. James J. Jeffries

December 22, 2019

With 10–7 odds favoring Jeffries, 20,000 fight fans crammed into a specially built arena in downtown Reno to watch history being made...

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Charlo blisters "Super Bad" to regain title

December 22, 2019

The fight changed hands several times. Sometimes it seemed Harrison wouldn’t be denied. Other times Charlo’s single-mindedness was flammable... 

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Long Count Broadcast Surfaces

December 23, 2019

We hear a man describe this historical event as it unfolds in front of him, just a few feet away from the microphone. He has no idea what’s going to happen... 

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Tank Davis to the Rescue

December 24, 2019

"I’m always going to be me in the ring and do what Gervonta Davis does. That’s be explosive, be fast, and if we go 12 rounds, I’m definitely here for it..." 

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Jermell Charlo Wants to Make History

December 25, 2019

He wanted no judges involved in the decision and decided to throw as many ineffectual punches as he could hoping he might miss the air... 

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Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston

December 24, 2019

Sonny Liston came up the hard way. He thought Clay was soft, the pampered fair-skinned momma’s boy from the other side of the tracks.... 

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The Pope Is Dope

December 25, 2019

"Every time I go to another country, the people are so passionate, they embrace you. They lift you up. It’s almost like the opposite back home…" 

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Crawford nixes Shawn Porter...for now

December 27, 2019

"If we had to fight and if it made sense, then that would be a fight that we would both agree upon. But right now, I feel like that’s not something we should discuss..."

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It's Official! Wilder-Fury II on February 22

December 28, 2019

"I proved myself the first time and I’m ready to do it again. It was a very controversial fight. I promise my fans that there won’t be any controversy with this one..."

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Vitali Klitschko Is Santa

December 28, 2019

Klitschko can be seen riding through the streets of Kiev on a quad bike dressed as Santa Claus, his long white beard flowing in the wind...

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Gervonta smokes Gamboa in final round

December 28, 2019

"I couldn't put pressure on it. I wanted to keep going. I told my corner it was a problem, but I wanted to keep going because I'm a warrior...”

Chavez Sr. and Jr. unite to fight "haters"

January 2, 2020

"I don’t eat meat, clenbuterol or [fail] doping exams for my fight—myself. That’s not legal! They are natural and do not come from meat…"

The loaded handgun and Errol Spence Jr.

January 2, 2020

The cops failed to determine, according to a spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department, whether it belonged to Spence or not.

Is greed good?

January 3, 2020

Paying $50 a month for that which rarely feels like a deal at $19.99 a month seems like a boondoggle, given the hit or miss quality of the fights DAZN streams…

Tortoise vs. Tortoise: Wilder stops Ortiz again

November 24, 2019

Today’s boxers live in fear. They are afraid of stiff competition; they are afraid of losing; they are afraid of getting hurt...

125 Must-Read Boxing Articles! (Part 1)

January 3, 2020

The ring is a violent place where skin, bone, and brain are damaged. But it is also a place where a boxer discovers, deep down, who he, or she, really is…

Broner's Solution

January 4, 2020

Only one current boxer’s name springs out from the garbage heap when I think about dumbness in all its crass and predictable and foul forms: Adrien Broner…

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Friday Night Fights: Jacobs vs. Chavez

December 17, 2019

"This is the right fight to get me back to the top. It’s a big risk because of the activity he’s had, but I am not a steppingstone for him…"

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Preview: Harrison vs. Charlo II

December 18, 2019

"I don’t want it to go the judges. That’s my worst nightmare. If it does go 12 rounds, he’s going to be very injured at the end..."

Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. 1

January 6, 2020

On June 1, 2019, WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defended his titles against last minute replacement Andy Ruiz Jr…

Just Another Travesty

January 6, 2020

There are no words to describe Bob Lafrate. I refuse to use the title “judge” with him. To use the term judge implies some kind of competence, something he lacks...

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Mick Conlon's Revenge

December 15, 2019

He was redeemed by earning a 10-round unanimous decision over Vladimir Nikitin to retain his WBO Intercontinental featherweight belt...

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Crawford-Kavaliauskas tonight on ESPN

December 14, 2019

"They can criticize me all they want. I’m going to get that. I’m not worried about what the critics say, or how they feel I should go with my career..."

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I’m Dreaming of a Whyte Christmas

December 11, 2019

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) withdrew its accusation against Whyte, who failed a pre-fight urine test when trace amounts of a banned substance were found...

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George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle

December 9, 2019

"The media had said so many bad things about me and I kept trying to defend myself. What better way to defend yourself than to prevail in a fight like that?"

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Joshua outpoints Ruiz to regain titles

December 7, 2019

"I think the partying and all that stuff got the best of me. I gained too much weight. It affected me a lot. Next fight I’m going to be prepared..."

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Preview: Joshua vs. Ruiz 2

December 5, 2019

Ruiz has been feted for striking a blow for fat men around the world. Everyone said it could be done and he proved everyone wrong…

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Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran 1

December 3, 2019

The difference between the two men, in and out of the ring, couldn't have been more stark, and the result shocked the world...

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George Foreman ranks Deontay Wilder

November 26, 2019

"He’s good, but he hasn’t approached Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson—no, he hasn’t approached that type of recognition yet. No way..."

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Tortoise vs. Tortoise: Wilder stops Ortiz again

November 24, 2019

Today’s boxers live in fear. They are afraid of stiff competition; they are afraid of losing; they are afraid of getting hurt...

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Revisiting the Heartbreak of Sonny Liston

November 20, 2019

"Someday they’ll write a blues song just for fighters. It’ll be for slow guitar, soft trumpet, and a bell."—Charles "Sonny" Liston...

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Jack Dempsey vs. Luis Angel Firpo

November 18, 2019

Jack Dempsey defended his heavyweight title against Luis Angel Firpo on September 14, 1923, at the Polo Grounds in New York City...

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A dull fight for fans, a great fight for Canelo

November 7, 2019

"He was defensive, he was closing up his guard. All he was doing was trying to establish points, but we knew what was coming..."

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Crawford Dismantles Kavaliauskas

December 15, 2019

Kavaliauskas came to fight and came to win and gave as good as he got during the back-and-forth exchanges in the first half of the bout...

Plotting the Rise of Gervonta Davis

January 6, 2020

There has been talk of a possible unification bout with WBA/WBO champion Vasiliy Lomachenko or IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez. …

Plant vs. Feigenbutz Preview

January 6, 2020

On Saturday, February 15, IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) will defend his title against Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs)…

The Great Rollino, Strongest Man in the World

January 8, 2020

Rollino’s love affair with boxing reached its apex in 1919, when his brother took him to Toledo, Ohio, to see Jack Dempsey knock out the gargantuan Jess Willard

Conflict (Cash with no questions)

January 8, 2020

Eddie Hearn says the “Hospitality out there (Saudi Arabia) is first class…” He doesn’t seem to be a man to ask questions while the drinks stay iced…

Friday Night Fights: Shields vs. Habazin

January 9, 2020

“She talks about disrespect, but doesn't have a clue what that means. Every time she opens her mouth, she's disrespectful. In fact she's all bark and no bite…”

Jesse Hart vs. Joe Smith Jr. Preview

January 10, 2020

“That shit was hurtful to me. This is not business. This is not for bragging rights neither. This is something that my family put on me…”

Claressa clobbers Habazin, makes history

January 11, 2020

As history has shown, patriarchy has its limits, and anything which keeps women down needs to be dispensed with while there’s still time…

Munguia TKOs Spike O'Sullivan

January 11, 2020

Jaime Munguia, in his debut at 160, stopped Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan via 11th-round TKO to capture the vacant WBO Intercontinental middleweight title…

The Grinch Can Fight

January 11, 2020

Steve Nelson is another Midwest boxer, the new hotbed since Bud Crawford proved one does not have to be born in L.A., New York, or Las Vegas…

Joe Smith Jr. wins Philly grudge match

January 12, 2020

The judge who scored the fight for Hart needs to have his head and eyes examined. Seeing the fight as close is bad enough. Scoring it in Hart’s favor was still worse…

125 Must-Read Boxing Articles! (Part 2)

January 13, 2020

Boxing is a bloody ballet—a compelling, captivating, and enthralling business. The reporting of this insane sport goes well beyond sport pages and The RING…

They came; they saw; they concurred

January 14, 2020

Wilder,'s power is primordial, the stuff of the gods. Fury is an anomaly. He’s as big as a tree but emulates Ali and Willie Pep...

Muhammad Ali Goes to Mars

January 15, 2020

During the interview Ali riffed on going to Mars, how boasting got him to his first title, and why he first learned how to box....