Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (L) and broadcaster Barry Tompkins share a laugh at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony in 2013. On Tuesday, Tompkins and broadcast partner Steve Farhood were both elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The final 60 seconds of the middleweight title fight between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard in Las Vegas on April 6, 1987, were riveting.
Anthony Joshua has risen to the top of boxing's heavyweight division in serene fashion, with barely a clean punch landing on him in 17 straight professional wins. For the British fighter, the real work starts now. On Saturday, Joshua makes the second defense of his IBF title against a 34-year-old American with nothing to lose and a huge punch in his armory. Everyone is in agreement: Eric Molina is a credible challenger and Joshua's most dangerous fight to date. "We've specifically trained to land the knockout shot," Molina said Thursday. "There's nothing else we've worked on, other than landing that shot." That one big punch wobbled fellow American Deontay Wilder in Molina's only other world
The quintessential John Molina Jr. first seeped into the boxing public’s consciousness on July 9, 2010, during his lightweight fight against undefeated “Hammering” Hank Lundy in a small venue in Rhode Island, about 3,000 miles from Molina’s Covina, Calif., home. It was an episode of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Molina was 20-1 coming in but had not beaten anyone of real consequence. Lundy was a smack-talking fighter out of Philly who seemed to have the goods to back up the cockiness. Lundy dominated Molina through seven rounds, talking trash the whole way. But in the 8th, with Molina down badly on all three scorecards, “The Gladiator” suddenly dropped Lundy with a powerful right. Then in the