Thursday 21st November 2019,
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Tyson Fury Returns

Tyson Fury Returns

In November 2015 Tyson Fury shocked the world by unseating Wladimir Klitschko to become the lineal Heavyweight Champion of the World. It was an accomplishment I never expected him to earn–at the time I was officially on record picking Klitschko by KO. The fight was utter garbage. I won’t say it was as terrible as [...]

June 13, 2018 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Bring on Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence!

Bring on Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence!

Last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Terence Crawford stopped Jeff Horn in Round 9 to claim the WBO welterweight belt. It makes him an alphabet champion in three weight classes. In today’s alphabet-soup boxing world, multi-division “world champions” have become shockingly common place. That is why it is necessary to look closely [...]

June 11, 2018 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn

Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn

Terence Crawford is widely regarded as a top pound-for-pound star. Almost anybody with a worthwhile opinion places him somewhere in the top five; top three is more common. He is equally skilled from both a southpaw and orthodox stance. He is dangerous from long, middle and close range. He is a cool tactician with the [...]

June 8, 2018 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Horn vs. Pacquiao Revisited

Horn vs. Pacquiao Revisited

Sunday afternoon, in anticipation of next weekend’s big clash between Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford, I rewatched Horn’s breakout victory over Manny Pacquiao from last July. The win lifted Horn from relative obscurity and made him a player in one of the biggest bouts of 2018. Right off I should make it clear: I think [...]

June 5, 2018 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Gary Russell vs. Joseph Diaz

Gary Russell vs. Joseph Diaz

Saturday night in the D.C. suburbs Gary Russell puts his WBC featherweight strap on the line against undefeated Joseph Diaz. This is an outstanding matchup–Russell is without question one of the division’s top three fighters and Diaz has established himself as a top-10 contender. Both men have stellar amateur resumes. I first noticed Diaz in [...]

May 17, 2018 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack

Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack

Adonis Stevenson is the lineal World Light Heavyweight Champion. Boxing fans can be forgiven if they do not much care for that fact, or do not even remember it. Since knocking out Chad Dawson in 2013, Stevenson has fallen far short of the ideal of a “fighting champ.” He has been active. He has won [...]

May 16, 2018 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Mikey Garcia vs. Vasyl Lomachenko: A Fight Boxing Needs

Mikey Garcia vs. Vasyl Lomachenko: A Fight Boxing Needs

Saturday night in Madison Square Garden Vasyl Lomachenko stopped Jorge Linares in Round 10 to capture the WBA lightweight belt. It made the Ukrainian superstar a three-division alphabet-soup champion in just his 12th professional bout. Anybody who is at all familiar with this column knows I don’t necessarily put a lot of weight in alphabet [...]

May 15, 2018 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Losing as a Way of Life

Losing as a Way of Life

Once again the Boxrec.com calendar has provided me with my weekly pugilistic curiosity. On Saturday in the legendary York Hall in London a boxing card will be held that features two fighters who sport a staggering combined of 7-137-1. In the evening’s main event, 4-1 Colin Day will face Fonz Alexander, a 30-year-old super featherweight [...]

May 9, 2018 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares

Boxing has never seen a fighter quite like Vasyl Lomachenko. The two-time Olympic gold medalist compiled an amateur career of 396-1. He had arguably the greatest amateur career in the sport’s history. His development as a professional has also been unprecedented. Even for elite talent, a professional career usually develops with some amount of caution. [...]

May 8, 2018 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Tony Bellew vs. David Haye

Tony Bellew vs. David Haye

Five years ago England’s Tony Bellew was a legitimate contender at light heavyweight. But his performances in his biggest fights had left him a solid notch below the division’s elite. In October 2011 he lost by majority decision to Nathan Cleverly. He took a shellacking from Adonis Stevenson in November 2013. But in the five [...]

May 4, 2018 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0