Saturday 21st January 2017,
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Boxing

Sullivan Barrera Impresses

Sullivan Barrera Impresses

Sometimes a promotion has done its job best when their plans go awry. Heading into last Friday night’s showdown between Sullivan Barrera and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, it was the younger Ukrainian who was being viewed as the potential player in the light heavyweight division. Barrera was a true contender, but at 34 and coming off from [...]

December 19, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Alexander Povetkin vs. Bermane Stiverne

Alexander Povetkin vs. Bermane Stiverne

In 2016, the heavyweight division has been gradually pushing back into the spotlight. There will be one last major heavyweight bout this weekend in Russia, when Alexander Povetkin faces former WBC belt holder Bermane Stiverne. Neither man has fought yet this year. Stiverne is 38 and Povetkin 38, so neither of them can be viewed [...]

December 15, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Bernard Hopkins: One More Fight With Father Time

Bernard Hopkins: One More Fight With Father Time

In October 1988 I was a senior in High School. Roberto Alomar and Craig Biggio were concluding their rookie campaigns in the Major Leagues. Reggie Miller was preparing for his second season with the Indiana Pacers and Gary Payton had yet to step onto an NBA court. Deion Sanders and Junior Seau had both yet [...]

December 14, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Anthony Joshua Blasts Eric Molina

Anthony Joshua Blasts Eric Molina

When contemplating potential boxing matchups, I try not to put too much emphasis on common opponents. Different fighters bring different qualities and talents with them into a fight. George Foreman blasted both Joe Frazier and Ken Norton. Norton and Frazier both had wins over Muhammad Ali and gave him all he could handle in two [...]

December 13, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Jermall Charlo Stops Julian Williams

Jermall Charlo Stops Julian Williams

While he wouldn’t be my final choice, Jermall Charlo deserves short-list recognition for Fighter of the Year honors. With his Round 5 stoppage of Julian Williams last weekend, he completed one of the best years in the sport for 2016. Last May, he decisioned former champion Austin Trout. I thought the win was more convincing [...]

December 12, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Jr.

This weekend, the Balkanization of the heavyweight division will become officially complete, when Joseph Parker faces Andy Ruiz in Aukland, for the vacant WBO belt. After this fight, every one of the four major sanctioning organizations will recognize a different man as the heavyweight champion. All great empires are followed by a period of upstarts [...]

December 8, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

The Pound-for-Pound Top 10

The Pound-for-Pound Top 10

With Terence Crawford heading into action this weekend and the year winding down, it’s a good time to update the pound-for-pound top 10. 1. Roman Gonzalez, WBO Super Flyweight Champion Chocolatito pushed his record to 46-0 with 38 KOs in 2016, and collected a world title in a fourth division. But his September victory over [...]

December 7, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Abner Mares vs. Jesus Andres Cuellar

Abner Mares vs. Jesus Andres Cuellar

Saturday night in Los Angeles, Abner Mares will face Jesus Andres Cuellar. This is yet another case of the WBA turning a perfectly compelling clash of contenders into a phony world title bout. According to the WBA, Cuellar is the reigning world champion and his title is up for grabs against Mares. But, of course, [...]

December 6, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Billy Joe Saunders Wins an Embarrassing Defense

Billy Joe Saunders Wins an Embarrassing Defense

I am not sure any boxer in the world did more damage to his reputation in 2016 than Billy Joe Saunders. Coming into this year, the Brit was riding high. In December of last year, he captured the WBO version of the middleweight crown from Andy Lee by hard-fought split decision. Then came a year [...]

December 5, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0

Miguel Cotto to Return in February

Miguel Cotto to Return in February

When a boxer of a certain age has been out of action long enough, you start to assume he is retired. Then again, boxers almost never walk away while they still think they can compete at a high level and draw a big crowd. So nobody should be surprised that Miguel Cotto is plotting a [...]

December 2, 2016 Briggs Seekins Boxing, Headlines 0