The "Habanero Kid," Luis Gallegos, Wins First Victory

By Richard E. Baker on May 10, 2021

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You look him directly in the eyes. He looks confident, too confident. (Photo: Richard E. Baker)

One system says go for it, knock him out. The other system says to go easy, be smart, don’t blow all your strength too quickly. Your body attempts to balance the two systems. For a moment you feel uncomfortable and tingly… READ MORE

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Ryan Garcia, Dropped Early, is First to Stop Luke Campbell

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Campbell grimaced in pain and fell to his knees. He wasn't able to make the count and the fight was waved off… 

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Golovkin TKOs Outclassed Szeremeta

December 18, 2020

Golovkin established his jab in the opening round and added a dazzling array of punches as the rounds progressed that seemingly could not miss…

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Joshua Stops Pulev in 9

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Joshua was able to anticipate much of what Pulev was doing and throwing, and Pulev’s lack of adjustment were obvious in the way Joshua was able to control him...

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Canelo Outboxes, Punishes Callum Smith for 12 Rounds 

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Smith was simply too straight up-and-down for a fighter of Canelo’s caliber, regardless of the size difference...

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Morrell Beats Gavronski on FOX

December 26, 2020

Morrell threw a picture-perfect 1-2-3 (jab, left hand, right hook) to drop Gavronski heavily at the end of round 1. He was in over his head…

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Exit, Stage Right

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The corner wanted to continue. Gavronski was not yet beaten into insensibility, still able to almost speak a complete sentence, and still recognizable as human…

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Vidal Stops Ortiz in 2 on FS1

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Crawford TKOs Kell Brook 

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Joe Joyce Stops Daniel Dubois in 10

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It was a superb performance by Joyce, who showed that he has a higher level of skill than perhaps many people realized. It was also a very good showing by Dubois...

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Tyson/Jones Jr. draw after 8 rounds

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Tyson was asked if he would resume his pro career. “This is bigger than fighting for championships. We’re humanitarians, we’re helping people. I’m into that now…”

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Spence Inspires in Win Over Garcia

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Lopez Upsets Lomachenko for Undisputed Title

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Lipinets and Clayton Fight to a Majority Draw

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The cards read 115-113 for Clayton, and 114-114 twice for a majority draw. A draw was a very fair result in a close, competitive bout in which it was hard to pick the winner...

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Gervonta Davis Stops Leo Santa Cruz in Six

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Luis Ortiz Stops Alexander Flores in One

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Haney Easily Outpoints Gamboa

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Results from Part 1 of Charlo Doubleheader PPV

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Results from Part 2 of Charlo Doubleheader PPV

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“It was the experience that I've had at the top level that helped me finally put it together. I do believe I'm ready for a world title opportunity…”

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Zepeda KOs Baranchyk in Dogfight

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Ramirez wins majority decision over Postol

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Herring retains title via DQ over Oquendo

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From one side of the ring to the other

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Ugas Wins Split Decision Over Abel Ramos

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Lubin Outpoints Gausha

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Benavidez Stops Angulo on Showtime

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Sergio Martinez Returns, Stops Fandino to the Body

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Povetkin Flattens Dillian Whyte

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“I was pretty confident in the fourth round. I did go down twice, but it was OK, it wasn’t too much damage. I got woke up…”

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Shawn Porter Trounces Sebastian Formella

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Lara Outclasses Vendetti

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Nicaragua jumps the gun

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Fury clobbers KO King to regain title

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Garcia decisions Vargas in barnburner

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Yafai would have been smart to box and move, instead of hoping to make a statement, a statement which blew up in his face...

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John Fury: Father Knows Best

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“I've been very unlucky,” the elder Fury told the BBC, “but very lucky as well…I’ve been a naughty boy and there is no point hiding it…”

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Is it one and done for Wilder?

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Toppenish—2020

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Delgadillo has also fought mostly winning opponents, the bouts staged in Texas where tough boxers abound. This bout promised to be all action...

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Ordenis Ugas TKOs Mike Dallas Jr.

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“The most important thing was to get the victory. The main goal now is to keep winning and fight for a title. I’m ready for all of the top welterweights…”

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Russell outpoints game King Tug

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“He is a great champion who fought a great fight. I made a mistake by waiting for him during the fight. I’d love the rematch if I can get it…”

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Plant Devours German in Nashville

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Joe Smith Jr. wins Philly grudge match

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Claressa clobbers Habazin, makes history

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

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

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"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…"

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Shock Upset! Rosario dethrones J-Rock

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"The cut blurred my vision a little bit, but it wasn't the reason why I lost. He was the better fighter tonight. We've got a rematch clause. I'll see him again soon..."

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Seen But Not Hurd

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Santana thought an upset was in the cards. He was sure he was catching Hurd at the perfect time. Look what happened when he fought J-Rock...

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Crawford Dismantles Kavaliauskas

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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...

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Chavez Jr. flops in “No mas” against Jacobs

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 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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Jermell Charlo Wants to Make History

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

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"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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Gervonta smokes Gamboa in final round

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"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...”

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Tortoise vs. Tortoise: Wilder stops Ortiz again

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

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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...