ince its brief heyday, when fighters like Christy Martin and Laila Ali captivated national audiences, women's boxing has largely been absent from the spotlight -- few appearances on major cards, and almost nonexistent on television. Yet, on the day when amateur middleweight boxer Claressa Shields made history as the first American boxer (male or female) to win gold medals in back-to-back Olympics, professional fighters Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent also made history as the first women to be featured on Premier Boxing Champions' first nationally televised female undercard. Vincent, an openly gay fighter from New London, Connecticut, is an in-your-face brawler who dons short, tricolored hair and has her upper body covered in tattoos.
Argentina’s David Emanuel Peralta shocked former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero by winning a 12-round split decision Saturday night in the welterweight main event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The mostly unknown Peralta, (26-2-1, 14 KOs) defeated Guerrero, (33-5-1, 18 KOs) by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 for Peralta and 115-113 for Guerrero in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike TV. Guerrero opened strong in the first two rounds, scoring at will over the slower Peralta. Guerrero continued to have success in the third round as they traded back and forth. Peralta started to mount a consistent attack in the fifth round, upping the tempo and using movement
Although Canelo Alvarez was roundly shellacked by boxing observers and fans for choosing to move down from middleweight to junior middleweight to fight Liam Smith instead of taking on Gennady Golovkin, it doesn’t sound like he or his promoter regret the decision. Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya told reporters this week that ticket sales have been strong for the Sept. 17 Alvarez-Smith fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He believes those sales figures are a precursor to an impressive pay-per-view buy number. “We really can’t say how many PPVs it’s going to sell, but we’re expecting a big number,” De La Hoya said. “We strongly feel that Canelo’s star power is only growing, and as we get