Sometimes in heavyweight boxing a fighter, with just one win, arrives on the world stage and captures the attention of anyone and everyone interested in boxing in a massive way. This was exactly what happened on this day, Halloween, in 1992. Lennox Lewis may already have been known to a good share of fight fans, due to his winning the Olympic gold medal in 1988, but his performance on this night really catapulted the Brit to superstardom.
Former two-weight world champ Juan Manuel Lopez showed over the weekend that when he is matched a certain way, he can still fight and he can still win. The 33-year-old southpaw went to war with his bitter rival Wilfredo Vazquez Jnr this past Saturday in an intense, all-Puerto Rican grudge-match, and he won via exciting 11th-round KO. Juanma was out-boxed in the early going of the fight but his power and sheer determination got him the win in the end.
Mighty atom Paddy Barnes MBE can stake a strong claim to be considered Ireland’s most decorated amateur boxer ever….despite a ring manner never best suited to the etiquette of the vested code, writes Glynn Evans.
Joshua Burke believes an impressive performance in his next fight could set him up for a shot at the Midlands Area Cruiserweight Title writes James Eley.
The 30-year-old has two wins and a defeat to his name and he feels a positive display on Black Country Boxing’s ‘Going for Gold’ show at Walsall Town Hall, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on November 19th could put him in contention for a title chance.
The WBA World Super Welterweight Championship fight between Jack Culcay and Demetrious Andrade is off and will not take place in the foreseeable future.
Team Sauerland won the purse bids to stage the fight on August 15, and had planned to schedule the bout as a co-featured main event alongside the WBA World Super Middleweight title contest between Tyron Zeuge and Giovanni De Carolis on November 5 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.
By Bill Dwyre: Some kings wear easily the crown. Or, in the case of boxing, the title belt.
ÓSCAR VALDEZ, a Mexican marvel, is doing exactly that these days. And he has had to be a quick learner.
Former heavyweight champ Shannon Briggs, who has been chasing a big fight with David Haye, seems to think he has found himself a world title chance instead. The vocal 44-year-old, who insists Haye will not face him due to fear, posted on his Instagram account how he will be facing Australia’s Lucas Browne for the soon to be vacant WBA belt.
“BREAKING: WBA to order Shannon Briggs and Lucas Browne to fight for Tyson Fury’s vacated WBA world heavyweight title,” Briggs posted on social media yesterday.
Retired heavyweight great Lennox Lewis believes Wladimir Klitschko’s vast experience will prove too much for Anthony Joshua if the two meet next spring as is a strong possibility. Speaking with Sky Sports News HQ, Lewis said he favours 40-year-old Klitschko to beat 27-year-old Joshua, but only “slightly.”
“I would have to say Wladimir [wins] because of the experience,” Lewis said. “We have seen a lot of Anthony Joshua’s fights but he has knocked out everybody so what has he learned?