Boxing

  • From the Navy to USC football to fighting for a heavyweight title, Gerald Washington's journey has been anything but ordinary

    Steven Muehlhausen at Boxing 21 hrs ago

    Some people get to where they want without taking the long road. For others though, the journey is not that easy.

    The latter can definitely be said for Gerald Washington as he prepares to face Deontay Wilder in the Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Washington grew up in Northern California, but when he was 13, him and his mother, Rosa Rangel, moved to Mexico. During his time south of the border, Washington attended school and took care of animals on a ranch.

    He eventually returned to the states and got involved in athletics, but he only played one season of football, as a senior (his only catch of the season was a 21-yard touchdown).

    After high school, Washington decided he wanted to serve in the military, where he was a helicopter mechanic in the Navy from 2000-2004. There, he learned how to work in a team environment. It started to prepare him for what was to come.

    Going through the experience at Chaffey, USC and his brief stint in the NFL made Washington learn what the environment would be like when it came to what he ultimately decided to do in life.

  • Openly gay boxer Yusaf Mack beats up online troll over slurs

    Franklin McNeil at Boxing 2 days ago

    Professional boxer Yusaf Mack, who is openly gay and an adult film actor, apparently applied his fighting skills outside the ring Saturday night at a Philadelphia-based barbershop. TMZ Sports was first to report the incident.

    According to witnesses, the usually mild-mannered Mack unleashed his anger upon learning that an Internet troll, one who’d been harassing him on a regular basis, was inside the establishment. The man allegedly had a history of targeting Mack due to his sexual orientation.

    So Mack found and began to pummel his harasser, who was getting his hair washed at the time of the attack. The brawl appeared to be one-sided, as punches from the hard-hitting Mack left the troll sprawled on the floor and unable to adequately defend himself.

    What the punches failed to do, however, was silence the troll. According to TMZ, the man continued  harassing Mack online with more homophobic slurs and claimed “me and him gonna fight again,” while refusing to provide his identity.

    No arrests were made nor charges filed in relation to the incident as of publishing time.

  • Adrien Broner scores split decision over Adrian Granados

    Franklin McNeil at Boxing 5 days ago

    Professional boxing made its debut Saturday night on Twitter as Adrien Broner, a former champion in four weight classes, earned a 10-round split decision over Adrian Granados in Cincinnati. The judges scored the welterweight fight 97-93 (Broner), 97-93 (Granados) and 96-94 (Broner).

    Yahoo Sports gave Broner the edge, 96-94.

    Broner improves to 33-2 (1 NC) as Granados slips to 18-5-2. However, slightly more than 52 percent of fans watching on Twitter had Granados winning the bout.

    Granados, facing the highest-profile opponent of his career, pressured Broner from the start of the opening round. Using his superior height and reach, Granados landed several looping right hands to Broner’s head in the stanza.

    But Broner, a notoriously slow starter, would close the gap in Round 2 by utilizing his foot and hand speed while catching Granados coming in head-first with right uppercuts to the jaw. The fighters would use their advantages throughout most of the fight to keep the scoring close.

    In the end, Broner got his way.

  • Here's how to watch Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados via Twitter

    Franklin McNeil at Boxing 7 days ago

    For the first time ever, Showtime will air a boxing event via live stream on Twitter, network officials announced on Friday. The card will be held at Cintas Center in Cincinnati on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. Fans can watch for free by going to the Twitter “Explore” tab or going to @ShowtimeBoxing.

    “With this unprecedented live stream on Twitter, we have the opportunity to reach boxing fans and casual observers everywhere with the industry-leading boxing programming we deliver to our subscribers on a consistent basis,” said Stephen Espinoza, Showtime executive vice president & General Manager.

    The live stream will feature three bouts, highlighted by former four-division world champion Adrien Broner taking on hard-hitting Adrian Granados.

    Broner [32-2-0, 24 KOs], a Cincinnati native and current WBA super lightweight titleholder, looks to extend his win streak to three. Granados will enter the ring with a professional mark of 18-4-2 with 12 knockouts.

    WBA welterweight champion David Avanesyan [22-1-1, 11 KOs] puts his title on the line against former champ Lamont Peterson [34-3-1, 17 KOs]. Light heavyweights Marcus Browne and Thomas Williams round out the event in a 10-round affair.

  • Bounce TV sets records for average and peak viewers; ShoBox does best number since 2014

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 10 days ago

    In so many ways that matter, 2017 is starting out as a departure from 2016 in boxing, and that’s a very good thing.

    The fights fans want to see are being made: Already announced for 2017 are interesting fights like the April 29 heavyweight title bout between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko; the IBF welterweight title bout between Kell Brook and Errol Spence Jr. and, of course, the middleweight unification bout in New York between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.

    The viewership numbers have been strong, too, and there was another indication of that on Friday. The Premier Boxing Champions put on a card that featured world title defenses by IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. and WBA bantamweight champion Rau’shee Warren.

    That show did the best viewership numbers in Bounce history. It averaged 501,000 viewers and peaked at 557,000. Those were significant increases over its usual ratings. And it also drew a far younger-than-average audience, with a median age of 44 (meaning half are under 44 and half over 44).

     

  • Floyd Mayweather, Dana White refute report that Conor McGregor fight is close to being done

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 10 days ago

    (Note: Story updated with Floyd Mayweather’s statement on the report.)

    The fight that makes sense for only one reason – money – appeared to be moving ever closer after an online report on Tuesday.

    A boxing match between the retired Floyd Mayweather, one of the greatest boxers in history, and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who has zero amateur or pro boxing matches on his record, was reportedly on the verge of being finalized according the Irish Sun.

    But when asked point blank by Yahoo Sports whether the report was accurate, UFC president Dana White said it was “not true.”

    And for his part, Mayweather posted a message via Twitter late Tuesday that also refuted the report.

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  • Silver medalist Shakur Stevenson signs with Top Rank, hires Andre Ward as co-manager

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 15 days ago

    Shakur Stevenson, a silver medalist for the U.S. boxing team in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, pulled a surprise on Thursday and signed a promotional deal with Top Rank.

    Stevenson also announced that light heavyweight champion Andre Ward, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, will serve as his co-manager along with James Prince and Josh Dubin.

    “Top Rank creates superstars, so I’m going with one of the best,” Stevenson told Yahoo Sports. “Look at what they’ve done: Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto. That’s what I want to do.”

    Top Rank chairman Bob Arum compared Stevenson to another Hall of Famer that he once promoted, Sugar Ray Leonard.

    Arum, who said Stevenson’s debut would come in April, was the 2016 Olympian that Top Rank coveted the most.

    “I think this kid will be the next big superstar, the next big American superstar, and that’s why so many people were chasing him,” Arum said. “He’s that good. Our people haven’t been as high on a guy we have signed in quite a while. He’s only 19 and he’s mind-boggling as a fighter and he has a wonderful personality and a great smile.

     

  • Boxer wins fight by TKO, but gets knocked out by thrown bucket of ice

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 15 days ago

    It was a tough night on Jan. 28 for Steven Butler, who lost for the first time in his 20th career fight when he was stopped in the seventh round by Brandon Cook at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

    But it was Cook who at the end of the night came out on the short end of the deal.

    Fans were unhappy about referee Marlon B. Wright’s stoppage, and began throwing objects at the ring. Upon the stoppage, Cook leaped into the arms of a cornerman and was lifted in the air in celebration. Cook then walked over to Butler to congratulate him.

    Butler (18-1-1, 15 KOs) was none too happy to see Cook (18-0, 11 KOs) and shoved him in the chest with both hands. But as Butler shoved Cook, an ice bucket thrown from someone outside the ring hits Cook on the left side of his head.

    Cook goes down immediately. If you don’t watch carefully, it can appear he’s going down from Butler’s shove.

    A brawl broke out and, according to CBC, four people were injured, including two employees as well as a man and a woman who were seated at ringside.

    Two men were arrested and further arrests could be made.

  • Two-time gold medalist Claressa Shields to headline ShoBox card in second pro fight

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 17 days ago

    Claressa Shields, the only American boxer, either male or female, to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals, will cross another barrier on March 10 when she becomes the first woman to headline a card on premium cable.

    Shields (1-0) will face Szilvia Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs) in the main event of Showtime’s ShoBox series at the MGM Grand Detroit Event Center.

    Though she will be favored, Shields isn’t being given a walkover in her main event debut. Szabados fought for the WBC super middleweight title on July 7, 2015, losing a unanimous decision to Nikki Adler in Germany.

    The bout, which will be six, two-minute rounds, is yet another milestone for Shields, whose goal long has been to erase any negative perception that exists about women in boxing.

    “Women haven’t been given the opportunity,” Shields told Yahoo Sports. “This is a big opportunity to be on TV and give the fans the chance to see us and cling to us and like the way we fight. This is big.”

    Shields, who reunited with long-time coach Jason Crutchfield, who led her to her first gold medal in 2012, said that instead of feeling pressure, she is “blessed to carry the torch” for women’s boxing.

  • Injury to James Kirkland forces cancellation of bout with Miguel Cotto

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 22 days ago

    James Kirkland suffered a broken nose which forced the cancellation of his planned Feb. 25 pay-per-view bout against former world champion Miguel Cotto, an injury which save the promotion a flood of red ink.

    The match would have been fine on HBO Sports, and it was puzzling when promoter Roc Nation opted to take it to pay-per-view. It was universally expected the bout would drown in a sea of red ink.

    The injury to Kirkland, who hasn’t fought since being knocked out by Canelo Alvarez on May 9, 2015, in Houston, forced the cancellation of the entire card.

    Cotto, one of the greatest fighters in this era, has also been off for nearly two years. He hasn’t fought since dropping the WBC middleweight title to Alvarez on Nov. 21, 2015, in Las Vegas.

    The bout with Kirkland was an odd choice of a match for Cotto’s return. Not only was Kirkland out a long time, he’s not in Cotto’s class and there was no significance to the match.