Friday 28th April 2017,
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RIP Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson

RIP Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson

April 12 is the anniversary of two great losses for the sport of boxing. On April 12, 1981, Joe Louis passed away at the age of 66. Eight years later, to the day, Sugar Ray Robinson died at age 67. Louis and Robinson are two of the most iconic figures in boxing history. If there [...]

April 12, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Ricky Burns vs. Julius Indongo

Ricky Burns vs. Julius Indongo

Saturday in Glasgow, Ricky Burns will face Julius Indongo, in what is being billed as a world title bout. It is no such thing. Burns does hold the WBA trinket at 140 pounds and Indongo has the IBF version. But those belts are worth no more than the tin, leather and rhinestone sacrificed to make [...]

April 11, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Best Possible Opponents for Vasyl Lomachenko

Best Possible Opponents for Vasyl Lomachenko

Vasyl Lomachenko battered Jason Sosa on Saturday night, winning every round of the fight and forcing Sosa’s team to stop the fight following Round 9. Nobody should be surprised. Sosa received a gift draw against Nicholas Walters in December 2015. Walters was humiliated by Lomachenko last November. This was a complete mismatch on paper and [...]

April 10, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Updated Pound-for-Pound Top 10

Updated Pound-for-Pound Top 10

This is a daunting time to put forth a pound-for-pound list. Regular names on the list have recently suffered losses or else looked less than spectacular. A large number of rising stars still need another big win to deserve a spot. 1. Andre Ward I had splitting six rounds each with Sergey Kovalev last November, [...]

April 7, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev II!

Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev II!

The news boxing fans have been waiting for finally arrived. Andre Ward will give Sergey Kovalev his rematch on June 17. For the second year in a row, the biggest fight in boxing will take place at 175 pounds. These are the top two pound-for-pound fighters in boxing. Their battle last year was fought at [...]

April 6, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa

With only eight professional fights on his resume, Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko has already collected alphabet-soup titles in two divisions. He appears on most pound-for-pound lists. I cannot remember anytime during the gloved era that a fighter has achieved this level of regard, this quickly. Lomachenko is arguably the greatest amateur fighter who ever lived. He [...]

April 5, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Yunieski Gonzalez

Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Yunieski Gonzalez

When you are a boxing fan, it’s important to take note when you are in the midst of a historical moment for the sport. So pay attention to what is going on right now in the light heavyweight division. The 175-pound class has not been this deep with talent since the late 1970s and early [...]

April 4, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Michael Hunter

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Michael Hunter

Cruiserweight has long been a forgotten division in the United States. The title holders are more often than not European. Fans in America rarely know their names. So it’s a rare thing to see the way HBO is embracing and promoting Ukraine’s Olesandr Usyk. Not only is he a cruiserweight, he’s a cruiserweight with a [...]

April 3, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Luis Ortiz Signs With Al Haymon

Luis Ortiz Signs With Al Haymon

On Wednesday, Rick Reeno of BoxingScene reported that undefeated heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz had signed a deal with Al Haymon, arguably the most powerful behind-the-scenes man in the sport. This move should set Ortiz up to finally get the sort of high-profile fights he deserves. In my opinion, Ortiz is the most talented heavyweight boxer [...]

March 31, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

The Hottest Fighters in Every Weight Class Neighborhood

The Hottest Fighters in Every Weight Class Neighborhood

In the golden days of boxing there was just one champion per weight class. In our era of alphabet-soup absurdity, I fear we will never get to that clarity again. I do my best to uphold veracity of language. I refer only to a select group of fighters as “world champions.” The rest I call [...]

March 30, 2017 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0