Ronda Rousey first ever MMA fighter to grace front cover of legendary Ring magazine – some fans outraged

Ronda Rousey first ever MMA fighter to grace front cover of legendary Ring magazine - some fans outraged

MMA superstar Ronda Rousey has caused quite a stir – or maybe that should be Oscar De La Hoya, the owner of Ring Magazine, has caused quite a stir – with the female fighter being the first MMA fighter to ever appear on the legendary publication’s front cover. Rousey will grace the cover of the January 2016 issue of “The Bible of Boxing,” and some boxing fans are somewhat upset at a practitioner of another sport, some say a rival sport, appearing on the cover of their “bible.”

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British boxing in the autumn/fall of 2015: ’tis the season of postponement

British boxing in the autumn/fall of 2015: ’tis the season of postponement

Fight fans, like all sports fans, have at one time or another been forced to accommodate the frustration of big events being postponed. But (is it just me?) it seems more and more fights are being postponed these days. Just now, news has broken how Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight title defence against Diego Chaves, originally set for October 24th, has been postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Brook.

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James Toney unable to walk away, will fight Eric Martel Bahoeli in Canada next month

James Toney unable to walk away, will fight Eric Martel Bahoeli in Canada next month

For reasons only he knows, former multi-weight champion and onetime star James Toney refuses to give up fighting. “Lights Out,” now aged 47 and sporting a 76-10-3(46) record compiled over a quite astonishing 27 years as a pro boxer, will box Canada’s Eric Martel Bahoeli next month.

Toney has put the fight up on his Twitter page and the bout, scheduled for just eight-rounds, is up on BoxRec as happening in Ontario on November 13th. Perhaps fittingly, that day is Friday the 13th.

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Donovan “Razor” Ruddock: he dared to comeback!

Donovan "Razor" Ruddock: he dared to comeback!

Though most people, when they read, or saw, how Canada’s Donovan Ruddock was stopped, his comeback derailed, in three-rounds by Dillon Carman on Friday night, claimed that Razor was foolish in the first place for trying to attain new glory at the advanced age of 51, the fact is the gutsy warrior showed plenty of guts and courage in trying to push the boundaries all athletes are restrained by.

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Zab Judah: still (getting into) crazy after all these years!

Zab Judah: still (getting into) crazy after all these years!

Fight fans have grown accustomed to pre-fight brawls, scuffles at weigh-ins and even testy behaviour between two rival fighters after the fight, yet yesterday, light-welterweights Zab Judah and Hevinson Herrera took things one step further. Attempting to weigh-in ahead of today’s scheduled ten-rounder in New York – a fight that would have marked former welterweight king Judah’s first fight since December of 2013 – the New Yorker and the Colombian got into a heated exchange before having a chance to step onto the scales.

According to a piece by Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, the two fighters were stood next to each other filling out their medical forms, when the trouble started.

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Lucas Browne scores 9th-round KO over a determined Julius Long, fails to impress

Lucas Browne scores 9th-round KO over a determined Julius Long, fails to impress

Top-ranked, unbeaten heavyweight contender Lucas Browne overcame a far tougher and determined Julius Long than anybody expected earlier today in Australia. Eventually, after a rough and tough night’s work, Browne got the KO win with a second remaining in the ninth-round. Now 23-0(20), Browne said post-fight how he injured his thumb in the early going. Long, loser of eleven of his last 12 bouts, falls to 16-19(14). Still, the 38-year-old put on one of his best showings in some time.

“Big Daddy,” as Browne is known, is closing in on a shot at a world title and the 36-year-old has called out all manner of big names recently. It’s likely that none of these fighters – Tyson Fury included – will have seen anything to worry them in Browne’s latest win.

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Floyd Mayweather Junior lists his top-5 fighters of all-time

Floyd Mayweather Junior lists his top-5 fighters of all-time

Much has been made of the recent top-five unbeaten superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior came out with in terms of his picks for the five best fighters in boxing history. For those fans that missed it, Mayweather – currently, of course, 48-0 and closing in on his 49th and “final” fight, against huge underdog Andre Berto in September – listed the following top-5:

1: Floyd Mayweather Junior (wow, what a surprise!)

2: Roberto Duran

3: Pernell Whitaker

4: Julio Cesar Chavez

5: Muhammad Ali

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Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg – Now who wins!?

Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg - Now who wins!?

Forget Amir Khan-Kell Brook; the best all-British showdown that can be made right now is Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg. And, in light of the respective showings of the two champions last night, this potentially massive showdown has seen a shift in fan opinion.

Go back to when the fight was first spoken about as a sure-fire sizzler, and Frampton had a slight edge to win in the opinion of maybe 60-percent of the fans/experts. Now, with Quigg blowing away Kiko Martinez – the same Martinez who twice went to war with Frampton – it is no longer the Irishman who is the perceived favourite. Frampton’s stock went down a little with his up-from-the-floor battle with a determined and very tough Alejandro Gonzalez Junior, and now Quigg Vs. Frampton looks like a gamble for the Barry McGuigan-managed star.

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