Gassiev vs. Dorticos – a modern classic

Murat Gassiev, Yuniel Dorticos - Boxing News

The “semi-final” label attached to this fight may be taking some of the glamor and luster away. The WBSS tourney has proved to be a great platform for premium boxing and has matched the best against the best, a rarity in our sport.

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Yunier Dorticos Stops Dmitry Kudrayshov

Dmitry Kudryashov, Yuniel Dorticos - Boxing News

WBA cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0) from Cuba fought Russian boxer Dmitry Kudryashov (21-2) in San Antonio, Texas in a quarterfinal of the WBSS tournament with the WBA title on the line. The WBC Silver Title held by the Russian was not at stake.

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Floyd vs Conor: A Preview of “The Money Fight”

Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather Jr - Boxing News

Floyd Mayweather Jr. made his professional debut 21 years ago and wasn’t a novice even then, he was a schooled and proven amateur with Olympic silver for credentials. He started as a super featherweight and grew up to (super) welterweight. This time the fight is contracted at light middleweight or 154 lbs., a comfortable limit considering the two years of inactivity/retirement for the boxing superstar.

Conor McGregor has some amateur boxing background but no official boxing fights to his name. He is an MMA phenomenon stretching his skills from 145 lbs to 170 lbs and has provided exciting fights garnished with foul language to keep the masses exhilarated. His strength as a martial artist is striking, especially hand strikes and he excels in his stand-up game against all comers in MMA.

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Ward vs. Kovalev: The Low Blow

The worst type of body shots land below the belt. A good body shot always hurts even when it’s legal and it hurts worse and longer than the usual head bang. Head punch KOs that cause unconsciousness are not perceived as very painful, if at all, while body shots keep the recipient awake and provide clean unobscured pain.

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Cruiserweight Wars: Dorticos stops Kalenga

This week’s schedule is packed so tight with cruiserweight bouts that some good ones will probably be overlooked. Tonight’s card in Moscow which was supposed to be headlined by the heavyweight showdown between Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin will go on with three cruiserweight bouts now headlined by Denis Lebedev. Beibut Shumenov will fight Junior Wright in Las Vegas with the WBA title at stake. There were two other interesting fights in the same weight class preceding the mainstream shows that deserve to be mentioned and were well worth watching.

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The 155 lbs Malarkey

Amir Khan, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez - Boxing News

Boxing has seen its fare share of ludicrous and irresponsible match-ups in the past but recently the outrage has become the norm. One mainstream title is being passed around without any regard of rankings, weight limits and boxers’ safety. Money can’t buy health.

The WBC middleweight title has become the black sheep of boxing. It is an illustration of the turmoil and disorder in the industry.

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