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    The International Boxing Hall of Fame Announces the Class of 2022

    PRESS RELEASE: (Dec. 7, 2021) -- The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the members of the Class of 2022. Living inductees include champions Miguel Cotto, Roy Jones Jr., and James Toney in the men’s Modern category; champions Regina Halmich and Holly Holm in the women’s...
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    Renowned Author Leigh Montville Talks About Muhammad Ali, The Myths and the Man

    By Rick Assad Over the course of five-decades-plus, Leigh Montville has delivered books on the careers of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Dale Earnhardt, Jim Calhoun, Manute Bol, Evel Knievel, John Montague and Muhammad Ali. Each is well-written and researched and tells an interesting story, but it's...
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    Jake Paul Re-Ups with Tyron Woodley on Dec. 18 after Tommy Fury Pulls Out

    By Arne K. Lang Tommy Fury has pulled out of his Dec. 18 match in Tampa with Jake Paul on Showtime PPV. Stepping in for Fury is Tyron Woodley. This will be a rematch. Paul defeated Woodley by split decision on Aug. 29. Fury cited a broken rib and a bacterial chest infection in a formal...
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    Tank Davis Survives His LA Premier; Turns Away Tenacious Isaac Cruz

    By David A. Avila LOS ANGELES-It was the Los Angeles premiere for Gervonta “Tank” Davis and though his knockout streak was snapped, and the scores were close, the WBA lightweight titlist was able to breathe a sigh of relief in defeating Isaac Cruz by unanimous decision on Sunday. If not for an...
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    Don King’s Return to Atlantic City Made for a Press Conference Unlike Any Other

    By Bernard Fernandez 23 years ago today, on Dec. 5, 1998, Johnny Tapia challenged WBA bantamweight champion Nana Yaw Konadu of Ghana at the brand-new Atlantic City Convention Hall. The details of the fight have faded from my memory, but not so the bizarre pre-fight press conference in which...
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    Fast Results from the MGM Grand: Haney Retains His Title in an Entertaining Scrap

    By Arne K. Lang LAS VEGAS -- In his third title defense, WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney successfully defended his title with a unanimous decision over Joseph "Jojo" Diaz. The judges had it 116-112 and 117-111 twice. This reporter favored Haney by 116-112. The scores were somewhat...
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    Results from London: Sweet Revenge for Anthony Yarde; KOs Lyndon Arthur in the 4th

    By Arne K. Lang One year ago, on Dec. 5 of 2020, 29-year-old light heavyweights Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde met behind closed doors at London’s Copper Box arena. Manchester’s Arthur kept his undefeated record intact, winning a split decision. Yarde fought the early rounds with an eye toward...
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    The Hauser Report: Jeff Wald and Other Notes

    By Thomas Hauser The holiday season is a time to tie up loose ends from earlier in the year. With that in mind, I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the passing of Jeff Wald who died on November 12 at age 77. Wald was a show business manager, then a producer, and later in life, a boxing...
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    Avila Perspective, Chap. 163 -- Lightweights: Is ‘Tank’ the One?

    By David A. Avila Is Gervonta “Tank” Davis the best of the best in the lightweight division? Boxing’s lightweight division reigns supreme once again this weekend. But of all the lightweights roaming the boxing landscape, is Davis the one? This weekend we find out more as Devin Haney defends...
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    Surprises, Surprises on a Heavyweight-Heavy Triller Show in New York

    By Arne K. Lang Triller Fight Club camped out at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom tonight while its partner “Verz” was on the opposite coast at the Hollywood Palladium orchestrating the rap battle with which the boxing card was bundled. Those that purchased the event on streaming platforms such...
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    This Former College Cheerleader Just May be Boxing’s Second-Best Heavyweight

    By Arne K. Lang Here’s something that you probably don’t know about Joe Joyce. The British bomber was once an exchange student at California’s Sacramento State University and during his enrollment, which was in the fall semester (football and basketball season), he joined the cheerleading...
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    The Day Canelo Got Buzzed

    By Ted Sares Puerto Rican Jose Miguel Cotto, the older brother of future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto, retired in 2012 with a fine record of 33-4-1. He was stopped just once, by streaking Juan Diaz (28-0 at the time) and fought a number of high-level competitors including Shane Gannon (22-6)...
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    It’s Just Another Day for Birthday Boy Ben Davison, Boxing’s Hottest Young Trainer

    By Arne K. Lang Happy birthday to British boxing coach Ben Davison who turned 29 today, Nov. 29. Davison is in Las Vegas where many people come to celebrate a birthday, but for him it’s merely another day at the office. Actually, he’s currently plying his trade at two “offices.” In the...
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    The Hauser Report: The Strange Odyssey of Lopez-Kambosos and Triller (Part Two)

    By Thomas Hauser Initially, Triller scheduled the lightweight title-unification bout between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos for June 5, 2021. But on April 27, it was announced that Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul would be contested on June 6. Wary of the competition for pay-per-view buys...
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    The Hauser Report: The Strange Odyssey of Lopez-Kambosos and Triller (Part One)

    By Thomas Hauser On Saturday night, November 27, Teofimo Lopez fought to defend his multiple 135-pound titles against George Kambosos at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The primary storyline coming into the bout wasn't the fight. Lopez was a 9-to-1 betting favorite, and very few...
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    Stephen Fulton Unifies Super Bantamweight Title by Majority Decision

    By David A. Avila It was not a classic, but it was brutal as Stephen Fulton pulled out a majority decision over Brandon Figueroa to remain undefeated and to win the battle between super bantamweight world titlists on Saturday. Marco Antonio Barrera versus Erik Morales it was not. WBO titlist...
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    Fast Results from the Big Apple: Kambosos Upsets Teofimo Lopez in a Scorcher

    By Arne K. Lang Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos finally settled their differences tonight. The bout, postponed over and over again, materialized in the Theater at Madison Square Garden where Lopez and Kambosos engaged in a bloody brawl before a sell-out crowd. And when the smoke cleared...
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    Waseem Digs Deep to Upend Barrera on a Dubai Card Rife with Mismatches

    By Arne K. Lang There was a boxing event today in the United Arab Emirates, a show inside a facility in Dubai that was both a luxury car showroom and an entertainment complex. Of the four major bouts, only one was competitive. This was foreseeable as it was a grungy show even before 11th-hour...
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    Avila Perspective, Chap. 162: Women on the Verge of a Breakout and More

    By David A. Avila The women have arrived. No longer do they take a backseat to men on boxing cards unless they are not deserving. Let’s be frank. Women prizefighters are savage. Beginning on Friday, two Mexican women headline rival fight cards in Mexico. Kenia Enriquez (pictured) meets...
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    The First Monster Upset of the 20th Century Happened on a Thanksgiving

    By Arne K. Lang One wouldn’t have thought that holding a big fight on a Thanksgiving would be a smart idea. True, many workers get the next day off and get to sleep late. However, it’s a day when family comes first and a big meal with all the trimmings doesn’t lend itself to getting off one’s...
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