Saturday 21st January 2017,
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Manny Pacquiao vs …Jeff Horn?!?

Manny Pacquiao vs …Jeff Horn?!?

When Manny Pacquiao faced Jessie Vargas last November, the majority of the boxing public greeted the fight with apathy. HBO passed on broadcasting the bout. The boxing media in general paid slight attention. It’s not that Vargas is a bum. His WBO welterweight belt was a paper title, but Vargas himself certainly deserved top-10 ranking [...]

January 5, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

On This Day in Boxing History: Floyd Patterson Was Born

On This Day in Boxing History: Floyd Patterson Was Born

On this day in 1935, two-time Heavyweight Champion of the World Floyd Patterson was born in Waco, North Carolina. However, his family moved to Brooklyn while he was still very young and he was every bit a product of the Borough. By his own account, Patterson was a troubled child. He would skip school and [...]

January 4, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland: This is a PPV?

Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland: This is a PPV?

Boxing is a brutal business and far too many fighters over the years have been exploited and left penniless, after making fortunes for others. So I never begrudge any prizefighter for getting as much scratch as he can, for as little effort as possible. But just because I do not fault a figher for doing [...]

January 3, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Corrales Beats Uchiyama in Rematch, Oguni Unseats Guzman

Corrales Beats Uchiyama in Rematch, Oguni Unseats Guzman

As the old saying goes, New Year’s Eve is amateur night. And when it comes to carousing and revelry, I turned professional decades ago. So I have little interest in navigating an evening crowded with regretful imbibers looking to salvage a disappointing year with one last orgy of poor decisions. In truth, I am all [...]

January 2, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Roman Gonzalez VS Carlos Cuadras: 2016 Fight of the Year

Roman Gonzalez VS Carlos Cuadras: 2016 Fight of the Year

I believe there is a pretty widespread consensus that Francisco Vargas’ June Draw with Orlando Salido deserves the honors as 2016’s Fight of the Year. I do not have a big problem with that opinion. The fight is in fact my own runner up. Vargas and Salido went after each other for 12 relentless rounds. [...]

December 29, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Naoya Inoue vs. Kohei Kono

Naoya Inoue vs. Kohei Kono

When a fighter stands just under 5’5″ tall, weighs 115 pounds, and still earns a nickname like “Monster,” it’s a pretty good indication that he might be something special. And in the case of Japan’s Naoya Inoue, we just might be looking at a once in a lifetime talent. Inoue first became a world champion [...]

December 28, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Carl Frampton: 2016 Fighter of the Year

Carl Frampton: 2016 Fighter of the Year

In 2016, Carl Frampton did exactly what boxing champions should do: He fought other undefeated champions. In February, he put his IBF super bantamweight belt up for grabs against fellow unbeaten Scott Quigg. Quigg held the “regular” WBA version of the 122-pound world title. As I never fail to mention when the opportunities arise, WBA [...]

December 28, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Must Make Fights for 2017

Must Make Fights for 2017

Boxing has no leagues or playoff system. For that reason, we sometimes miss out on fights that really should happen. Still, some fights demand to be made more than others. The following fights really need to happen in 2017: Roman Gonzalez vs. Carlos Cuadras II Roman Gonzalez’s UD over Carlos Cuadras last September is my [...]

December 23, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Three Fighters Ready for the Spotlight in 2017

Three Fighters Ready for the Spotlight in 2017

Fortunes rise and fall quickly in prizefighting. A two-fight swing can mark the difference between main event status and getting buried far down on the card. These are three fighters who should find themselves headlining in 2017: Oscar Valdez, Featherweight The working assumption for the past few years has been that Canelo Alvarez is this [...]

December 22, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

“The Real” World Champions: Final 2016 Edition

“The Real” World Champions: Final 2016 Edition

At times in this column, I have borrowed a thought experiment I first read about in The Ring and have presented my choice for the top fighter in the “Original Eight” weight classes. This is a useful exercise for boxing writers because it reminds us as fans that traditionally, there were far fewer paper titles, [...]

December 20, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0