Madrimov vs. Walker: Inviting Tragedy
By Caryn A. Tate on August 18, 2020
Fighters are hard-pressed to admit that they’re hurt. (photo: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom)
Even when proper precautions are taken, sometimes there can still be a negative outcome. But what about when there are clear warning signs that go unheeded, such as in Walker’s case? It’s inviting a tragic outcome… READ MORE
Herring retains title via DQ over Oquendo
By Robert Ecksel on September 5, 2020
The champ intended to box, while the challenger came to brawl. (Mikey Williams/Top Rank)
“I wasn’t too satisfied with my performance, to be honest with you,” said Herring after the fight. “I didn’t want it to end like that. I’m disappointed with the outcome. But my team felt it was too much. So we just had to stop it or whatever…” READ MORE
Rigondeaux vs. Solis Preview
By Robert Ecksel on February 4, 2020
“I want to make a statement and solidify my legacy as one of the best Cuban fighters ever.”
On Saturday, February 8, in a fight televised live on Showtime from the PPL Center in the boxing hotbed of Allentown, Pennsylvania, former super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (19-1, 13 KOs), the 39-year-old southpaw from Miami by way of Santiago de Cuba, will move down in weight to fight 37-year-old Liborio Solis (30-5-1), from Panama City, Panama, by way of Maracay, Venezuela, for the vacant WBA “regular” bantamweight title.
“I’m trying to make history by winning a third world title in a second weight class, while also matching my two gold medals,” Rigondeaux said. “I want to make a statement and solidify my legacy as one of the best Cuban fighters ever. I want the boxing world to be talking about me, as I seek to become a world champion once again.”
The boxing world ceased talking about Rigondeaux two years ago when he quit on his stool against Vasiliy Lomachenko at Madison Square Garden. No self-respecting fighter is expected to quit, tapping out belongs to the world of MMA, least of all an elite boxer-puncher like Rigondeaux, and a win over Solis, who was a super flyweight titlist seven years ago, may move the needle, but only slightly.
“Solis is a good opponent and a worthy challenger, but I am ready to reclaim my status as a world champion. At super bantamweight I am a force to be reckoned with. Now that I’m moving down to bantamweight, I feel stronger and I’m getting the most out of my skills. The bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions are filled with great fighters to test myself against. It’s a very exciting time and I am training very hard for each opportunity that is granted to me.
“This is a very big deal for me. For years I was one of the best fighters in the world, if not, the best fighter in the world. When you’re a champion, you only fight the top opponents and those are the type of fights I want. I’m going to start another long reign as champion beginning February 8.”