Joshua vs. Kiltschko

By: Moses Vered


Boxing will once again be the central focus of the sports world when former heavyweight champion Wladamir Klitschko faces his biggest test against the young and powerful Antony Joshua.


On April 28th a record breaking 90,000 fans are expected to fill Wembley Stadium with millions more tuning in around the world. The enormous interest in this fight is surly on course to break all sorts of records and when its all said and done may be considered the biggest heavyweight fight since the 2002 showdown between Lennox Lewis and former champ Mike Tyson.


Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “The demand for tickets for Joshua vs Klitschko is phenomenal - this is unquestionably the biggest fight in British boxing history and we would have sold out Wembley twice over.”


Wladamir Klitschko is coming off of the longest layoff of his career, an 18-month ring absence. In his last fight on November 2015 father time seemed to finally catch up to the then 39-year old, as he looked listless in losing his titles to Tyson Fury by unanimous decision.


Ukraine's Klitschko is has put the disappointment of 2016 behind him. He said ultimately that while his year was a bust professionally, it was at least rewarding personally.


"I enjoyed my time off. It was the first time in 26 years (including amateur boxing) I had such a long layoff," Klitschko told ESPN.


Klitschko seems to have put the defeat behind him and is now squarely focused on Anthony Joshua.


“This is one of the biggest challenges I’ve had in my life – coming back after an 18-month break and fighting a young champion, really talented, athletic and all of this.


“I’m the underdog in this fight and this is actually exciting for me. I haven’t been in this situation for such a long time. I feel young and challenged.


After the Fury loss Klitschko activated a rematch clause in the contract, which forced Fury to miss a mandatory defense of the IBF title – now owned by Anthony Joshua who defeated Charles Martin. An ankle injury and going to rehab forced Tyson Fury to twice delay and eventually call off the rematch, leaving Klitschko without a bout for months.


Anthony Joshua poses the biggest match of the Ukrainian native’s career. The challenge for the 27-year-old Joshua is unlike any he's seen while fighting just 44 total rounds -- an average of fewer than three rounds per fight. Klitschko, on the other hand, put in 46 rounds across his last five fights alone and has 358 total rounds in a career that stretches back to 1996, when Joshua was still in elementary school.


To date, only the grudge match against Dillian Whyte and the battle with the Dominic Breazeale have surpassed three rounds of boxing – both stretching to the seventh but ending by technical knockout. It’s not so much that the opponents have been bad boxers; it’s more that Joshua is just on another level to them.


Joshua has developed nicely over his 18 fight carrer, He’s a relentless and highly skilled fighter who has knocked out all 18 of his opponents. He has five first-round knockouts, eight in the second round.


Joshua also has a good amateur pedigree, as he won the gold medal at super heavyweight in the 2012 London Games. That’s not to mention that at 6-foot-6, he can look Klitschko in the eyes.


Although the young champion is considered the favorite in this bout there are some that question if he is prepared for this massive challenge.


“The questions are correct,” Joshua said. “Is it too soon? Have my opponents prepared me for this? God would never put me in a position I couldn’t handle, fighting Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 people.”


The stakes are high for both men headed into this contest.


Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO) is looking to prove he still has plenty left in the tank, and a win over Joshua would pretty much put him right back on top of the mountain.


Joshua (18-0 18 KO) looks to mark the start of a new era of dominance in the heavyweight division.


The winner of this contest will be crowned the IBF and WBA heavyweight Champion.

Arias Defends USBA Middleweight Title With UD Over Sigmon

By Raymundo Dioses


Luis Arias defeated Scott Sigmon at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead in Homestead, Pennsylvania on March 31, 2017 with a dominant unanimous decision victory.

Arias, (17-0, 8KO) made his first defense of the USBA middleweight title by attacking to the body early and was able to hold off a rugged Sigmon over 10 rounds in what was the main event of a Fighter Management fight card. 

Scores were 99-91 across all three judge’s scorecards.

A Midwest native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Arias won the vacant USBA title with a TKO win over Darryl Cunningham inside four rounds in a hometown bout on August 20, 2016. 

Arias is trained by noted trainer John David Jackson.

Golovkin Defends IBF Middleweight Title for Third Time With UD Win Over Jacobs


By: Raymundo Dioses


Unified middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin made his third successful defense of the International Boxing Federation title with a unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York in front of 19,939 fans on March 18, 2017. 

Golovkin, (37-0, 33KO) faced a stiff challenge in Jacobs, who pressed the champion to the full twelve round distance for the first time in his career.  Golovkin fought behind a steady jab and recorded a knockdown via right hand in the fourth round. 

"I respect Daniel Jacobs, and he did a very good job and clean job," Golovkin said.  "Daniel Jacobs is my favorite fighter -- quality, very good fighter after I knocked him down. I respect his team."  Golovkin’s consecutive knockout win streak ended at 23 with the Jacobs bout. 

Jacobs, (32-2, 29KO) did not show up to make the agreed weight for the day-of-fight weigh-in and was thus ineligible to win the IBF title.  It was unknown how much Jacobs weighed by fight night as the Brooklyn native did not weigh-in for HBO.  Jacobs remained competitive following the fourth round knockdown yet ultimately was outpointed by the Kazakhstan countryman by the scores of 115-112 twice and 114-113. 

Golovkin, who won the IBF title in October 2015 via knockout win over David Lemieux, now stands just two more defenses away from matching longtime IBF middleweight (and light heavyweight) champion Bernard Hopkins.  Hopkins set the record of middleweight title defenses at 20, with Golovkin trailing by two with 18 defenses.

Fiordigiglio retains IBF I/C title in Italy


Italian contender Orlando Fiordigiglio (27-1, 12 KOs) successfully retained his IBF I/C belt at jr. middleweight on Saturday night in Siena (Tuscany), Italy. The 32-year-old Fiordigiglio, a former Italian and European Union titlist, had to sweat and grit, but he was able to get past the always game Howard Cospolite (now 15-6-2, 6 KOs) of France. The French challenger started the bout at a high pace, trying to match the upset he caused in Denmark in May 2015, when he stopped the previously unbeaten Abdul Khattab. Fiordigiglio, however, was able to weather the storm and seemed to have success with his counterpunching during the middle rounds. At the beginning of round nine, though, a cut caused by an accidental headbutt a few rounds earlier forced British referee Mickey Vann to stop the contest and read the scorecards. All of the judges had it 87-85 Fiordigiglio, who was then awarded the technical decision and kept his crown.



De Loach Wins Vacant USBA Super Welterweight Title, Hurd Wins Vacant IBF Super Welterweight Title


By Raymundo Dioses

De Loach Wins Vacant USBA Super Welterweight Title

Justin De Loach needed only two rounds to dispatch Chris Pearson in a minor-upset that occurred on the undercard of a Mayweather Promotions fight card from The Pechanga in Temecula, California on February 24, 2017. 

De Loach, (17-1, 9KO) knocked Pearson to the canvas twice in round two, with Pearson taking the full count following the second knockdown as De Loach notched a KO win at 2:30 in round two. 

With the win De Loach picks up the vacant USBA super welterweight title. 


Hurd Wins Vacant IBF Super Welterweight Title

Jarrett Hurd fought Tony Harrison for the vacant IBF super welterweight title at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on February 25, 2017 and after a slow start and many competitive back and forth rounds, was able to drop and stop Harrison in round eight. 

“I did it! Tony Harrison was a tough opponent. We knew he would use a lot of movement in the fight. The game plan was to wear him down as the fight wore on. One thing I do well is keep my composure. We knew landing shots to the body and keeping the pressure on him was going to eventually break him down,” said Hurd.

Hurd, (20-0, 14KO) is now the IBF’s newest champion.  The title became vacant a few weeks before the bout after former champion Jermall Charlo, who won the belt in 2015 and made three successful defenses, made the decision to vacate and move up to the middleweight division. 

Han Retains IBF Featherweight Title Over Gerula


By: Raymundo Dioses


Texas native Jennifer Han defended the IBF featherweight title for the fourth time with a dominant ten round unanimous decision over Olivia Gerula in front of 3,000 fans at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas.

Han, (16-3, 1KO) scored a knockdown in round five and fought behind a steady left hand jab, straight right hands and left hand hooks en route to 100-89 scorecards from all three judges.

"I felt great out there," Han said. 

"Olivia's a road warrior and I knew she was dangerous. She's gone into a lot of good fighter's home towns and pulled off upsets. But Louie (trainer, Burke) has the best expertise, the best game plan. I tried my best to follow that game plan in the ring."