31.10.2019 - 14:00 Uhr
By: Robert Aaron ContrerasIn 2017, Vasyl Lomachenko turned away Jason Sosa to affirm his position as the super featherweight touchstone, the 130-pound king. Meanwhile, Miguel Berchelt was fighting through a violent field of warmongers—namely Takashi Miura and Francisco Vargas—to put together a tremendous ledger… for its time. The problem is the Mexican champion has hardly added to it since.Nearly three years on, Berchelt (36-1, 32 KO) is still universally recognized as the No. 1 boxer in the class, set to defend his WBC championship against none other than Sosa (23-3-4, 16 KO) at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The broadcast will air on ESPN, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET. A win this weekend would mark five consecutive title defenses. While the belt may be firmly in his grasp, the plaudits for his reputation continue to slip away. Photo Credit: Top Rank Boxing Twitter AccountThe Mexican titleholder earned the throne in a terrific year of action that saw the 130-pound hierarchy arranged by a de-facto tournament across HBO. The last man left standing was Berchelt, savagely dispatching Vargas in the eleventh round. That same night Miura bounced Mickey Roman for a shot at the divisional helm.Berchelt’s return to California is his first start in the west coast since defeating Miura. Outlasting the Japanese berserker over the distance, he minted his new green belt with a crippling power-hitting attack en route to a decision verdict. After Berchelt took care of Miura, he opened the year 2018 with two soft touches. In the form of an unheralded southpaw Maxwell Awuku and a washed featherweight in Jonathan Victory Barros, perhaps the champ had earned it after such a tough run up the ranks. But as Lomachenko jumped up to 135 pounds, the weight class opened up again. And, ultimately, Berchelt’s decision to recycle familiar names—picking off the aforementioned Roman—provided no further grist for his placement atop the new super featherweight elite that emerged in 2019.This year, Cinderella champions Andrew Cancio and Jamel Herring picked up respective crowns, staging giant upsets. And gaining traction most of all is IBF beltholder Tevin Farmer. Streaking up the win column, with the dizzying style to play foil to a demolition man like Berchelt, Farmer took part in five championship bouts. This in the same time period that Berchelt only defended his title twice—including an indefensible return match with Vargas. Farmer, having already won twice this year, pleaded for a unification with Berchelt. But the dedicated WBC envoy has recently turned his focus in-house to Herring or, worse, Oscar Valdez. Note, Valdez has yet to officially compete at the 130-pound limit. In the end, Berchelt is instead fighting another figure from 2017 in Sosa. A rejuvenated, classy box-fighter in Sosa, to be sure. But a quondam bit player nonetheless.Assuredly, the bookies are shorting Sosa at eight-to-one odds. His three-fight win streak should be at four straight. Following a short stint as WBO champion—proving himself a notch above the likes of Javier Fortuna and Stephen Smith—he was robbed in 2017 against Yuriorkis Gamboa. Sosa, the definition of a two-handed banger, routinely beat Gamboa to the punch, forced to unbind himself from the Cuban’s grappling. Only to be handed a majority-decision loss.In August, Sosa returned to form, headlining an ESPN+ show. He overpowered the sizable Haskell Rhodes to a TKO victory. Rhodes, a former Floyd Mayweather Sr. pupil and longtime lightweight, had never before been stopped inside the distance—in the past extending bombardiers like Sergey Lipinets and Edner Cherry. Sosa floored Rhodes three times, twice with a right hand, once with a left. The third knockdown of the fight in the seventh round was one too many for Rhodes’ corner and they promptly threw in the towel.Sosa doesn’t work off of a jab. Instead initiating punch combinations with either hand—sometimes even squaring up his shoulders to his opponent. A high output guy, through and through. Also a master of punching out of clinches, muscling up his man before hitting and separating. Ancajas defends super flyweight world titleIt does not take much for a world champion to lose his legitimacy in the public conscious. Win or lose on Saturday, Jerwin Ancajas (31-1-2, 21 KO) is in with another unproven challenger. This one named Jonathan “Titan” Rodriguez (21-1, 15 KO) continuing his run of lackluster title defenses over the last three years.In his first action of the year, Ancajas returned in chief support of light heavyweight ruler Artur Beterbiev on ESPN, battering Japanese veteran Ryuichi Funai to a doctor’s stoppage ahead of Round 7. The stoppage represented his seventh title defense—currently the longest reigning super flyweight beltholder. He picked up the title in 2016. Though, before crushing Funai, Ancajas swallowed an arduous split-decision nod against Alejandro Santiago, an obscure and undersized brawler out of Mexico.Next up to bat is Rodriguez, who is exactly the same age as Santiago. And hardly more accomplished. On paper, the 24-year-old Mexican has a respectable record, knocking out 70 percent of his opponents—a passing grade, at least. Never competing outside of his own backyard, Rodriguez’s only opponent of note is countryman Felipe Orucuta.The two met in the main event of Fox Sports-Latin America broadcast. Rodriguez was the winner by seventh-round TKO, hospitalizing Orucuta for two whole months.Closing in on the weekend, Ancajas is as high as a -1200 favorite to get by Rodriguez, the considerable underdog (+600).The post Berchelt vs. Sosa Fight Preview appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.



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25.01.2020 - 22:41 Uhr

By: Hans ThemistodeWBO Welterweight title holder Terence Crawford has been a professional boxer for 12 years now. He’s managed to win world titles in three different weight classes and is universally considered one of, if not the very best in the world pound-for-pound. Yet, with everything that Crawford has achieved in the ring, his boxing resume is amongst the weakest, regardless of weight class. The competition of Crawford is always in question but don’t pin any of the blame on him. Simply put, some of the very best fighters in the world aren't exactly in a rush to step foot inside the ring with him. Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) has spent the vast majority of his career calling to face the best but no has answered the call. Crawford has repeatedly claimed that his lack of a big name opponent hasn't been frustrating. If no one of note decides to face him, then he will simply continue to dominate whomever they place in front of him. Frustration hasn't hit Crawford just yet, but it does seem that it has affected his promoter Bob Arum. Although he has reached out to just about everyone about matching his star fighter with a big name opponent, it seems as though Arum has decided to go in another direction. Paying attention to every sport is extremely difficult. Yet, even the most dedicated fans of boxing, football or even tennis who don’t pay attention to the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) knows one name. Conor McGregor. On January 18th, the MMA superstar made quick work of Donald Cerrone in their contest at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor of course, loss his first and only boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August of 2017. McGregor’s now looking for redemption against Mayweather. If he can't secure that contest, then he is reportedly very much interested in a matchup against eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Bob Arum on the other hand, has another idea in mind. How about McGregor turn his attention to Crawford. In the case of both Mayweather and Pacquiao, McGregor would be forced to face them in the boxing ring. In a bout with Crawford however, Arum wants to see his star face McGregor in the boxing ring and in the octagon.“You’ve got an elite boxer in Terence Crawford fighting an elite MMA guy in Conor McGregor under MMA rules,” said Arum. “You don’t think that would be interesting and something the public would want to see? I think it’s very realistic. Whenever they are ready, we are ready,” Arum said, referring to UFC president Dana White and McGregor. “We’d do the MMA fight first if that’s what they want.”Realistic? Yes. Dangerous? Also yes. Crazy? Hell yes. Crawford is a great fighter. Maybe even the best in the world but MMA is a completely different animal. The story is always the same when it comes down to these crossover matchups. If it takes place in the boxing ring then the boxer will win. If it’s done inside of the octagon, then the MMA fighter will take home the victory. That might be the right away to think about those scenarios normally, but Crawford is anything but normal.“I’m a fighter first,” Crawford said. “As a fighter, I would entertain it. I just have to have the proper time to prepare myself. It would be a little more than boxing training. I haven’t been in that [wrestling] environment in a long time, but most definitely I feel I can compete with anyone given the proper time to train on the MMA side, being that I have a wrestling background. McGregor would have worry about my stand-up game as well. It would be interesting. He’s got good kicks and he’s strong. I’d have to prepare myself for those things, but I feel I would be all right. A lot of people may say if Terence goes into the Octagon, he will get crushed, but they don’t know me.”A fight with McGregor would gift Crawford with more money than he can count but that isn't on the mind of Crawford. The sort of attention that a fight with McGregor could bring the Welterweight champ is what he desires. If no one else wants to fight him then it’s time to get creative.“I can’t get none of these top welterweights in the ring to fight me, so whatever is clever,” said Crawford. “I’m with it all.”If this mega event actually does take place, the obvious outcome should be that Crawford wins in the boxing match and McGregor would take home the victory in the MMA matchup. But, according to Arum, McGregor certainly has no shot in the ring but you shouldn't sleep on Crawford in the octagon.“Fighting Crawford would be great for McGregor because he has no chance in a boxing match, except to pick up a check,” Arum said. “In an MMA match, he would be the favorite, but Crawford would have a chance because he’s one tough dude and because he has a wrestling background. I think that Crawford is the one boxer that can compete with an elite MMA guy under MMA rules. We’d do two fights so we can level the playing field by fighting in both disciplines. Mayweather and Pacquiao would never fight under MMA rules. Crawford would.”The post Bob Arum Wants Terence Crawford vs Conor McGregor in The Ring and Octagon appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

25.01.2020 - 14:02 Uhr
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Im Sommer 2016 machte sich Artem Harutyunyan bei allen Box-Fans in Deutschland einen Namen.Bei den Olympischen Spielen in Rio de Janeiro gewann der deutsche Profi-Boxer mit armenischen Wurzeln Bronze im Superleichtgewicht (bis 63,5 Kilo) - und holte damit die erste olympische Medaille eines deutschen Boxers seit 2004.Am Samstagabend steigt der Universum-Athlet beim ersten große Box-Highlight des neuen Jahres in Hamburg in den Ring und verteidigt seinen IBO International-Gürtel. (Der Boxabend in Hamburg am Samstag ab 21 Uhr LIVE im TV auf SPORT1 und im LIVESTREAM)Harutyunyan denkt gerne an Olympia-Triumph"Ich kann garantieren, dass wir sehr schöne Kämpfe liefern. Ich habe einen sehr starken Gegner und werde mein Bestes geben", verspricht der Profi der Universum Boxpromotion vor dem Kampf bei SPORT1.An seinen Olympia-Triumph erinnert er sich immer noch sehr gerne zurück. "Ich reflektiere meine Vorbereitung und die Art und Weise, wie ich damals geboxt habe, um zu wissen, ob ich mich mit der Zeit gesteigert und verbessert habe", erzählt der 29-Jährige.DAZN gratis testen und Kampfsport-Highlights live & auf Abruf erleben | ANZEIGE Ungeschlagener Harutyunyan bereit für WM-KampfSeit 20 Jahren steht Harutyunyan, der als Baby mit seiner Familie aus Armenien nach Deutschland flüchtete, im Ring. 20 Jahre Disziplin, Fleiß und Hingabe für sein großes Ziel, den Weltmeistertitel.Auch, wenn er sich auf das Hier und Jetzt konzentriert und nicht so weit in die Zukunft blicken will, sagt Harutyunyan: "Ich bin bereit, große Herausforderungen anzunehmen und eine Weltmeisterschaft zu boxen. Ob das in diesem oder im nächsten Jahr soweit ist, spielt keine Rolle, ich bin immer bereit dazu. Ich spüre, dass ich bereit bin, mich mit den Besten der Welt zu messen."In seinen bislang acht Profi-Kämpfen (Debüt 2017) ist er ungeschlagen, in seinem neunten Profi-Kampf bekommt es "The Original" nun mit Miguel Cesario Antin aus Argentinien zu tun.Sein 26 Jahre alter Gegner war ihm zuvor noch nicht geläufig: "Ich kenne die Namen der Weltmeister in meiner Klasse nicht. In der unmittelbaren Kampfvorbereitung schaue ich nur ein paar Runden meines Gegners auf Video an. Das reicht mir, den Rest sehe ich dann ja im Ring."Harutyunyan hat Leidenschaft für TattoosNeben dem Boxen hat Harutyunyan, dessen Idol Floyd Mayweather ist, noch eine weitere große Leidenschaft: Tattoos. Sein erstes ließ er sich gleich nachdem er volljährig wurde stechen. Im Laufe der Jahre kamen dann immer mehr dazu.Vergleicht der 29-Jährige seinen beiden Leidenschaften miteinander, steht für ihn fest: "Sich tätowieren zu lassen tut mehr weh als Boxen. Beim Boxen achte ich darauf, dass ich nicht so oft getroffen werden. Beim Tätowieren wird man von der Nadel ja dauernd getroffen".Auch den Medaillengewinn bei Olympia verewigte er mit zwei Samurai-Kämpfern auf seinem rechten Arm: "Die Kämpfer symbolisieren meinen Bruder und mich. Die letzten Überlebenden auf dem Schlachtfeld. Weil ich der letzte Boxer war, der aus der Nationalmannschaft noch im Rennen war und am Ende das deutsche olympische Boxen gerettet hat", erklärte Harutyunyan, dessen älterer Bruder Robert (30 Jahre) ebenfalls boxt.Jetzt aktuelle Sportbekleidung bestellen - hier geht's zum Shop | ANZEIGEHarutyunyan mit Tochter seines Trainers liiertEr sollte am Samstag ebenfalls in Hamburg in den Ring steigen, wurde jedoch in der Vorbereitung von einer Erkältung zurückgeworfen. "Er wird mich dann beim Kampf in der Ecke unterstützen", sagt Harutyunyan.Neben seinem Bruder und seinen Eltern hat er auch zu seinem Trainer Artur Grigorian eine ganz besondere Beziehung, denn seit vier Jahren ist er mit dessen Tochter Karina liiert: "Wir haben ein gutes Verhältnis und können Arbeit und Privatleben gut trennen. Tagsüber ist er mein Trainer, außerhalb der Trainingshalle dann wieder mein Schwiegervater."Einschätzung von SPORT1-Box-Experte Tobias Drews:"Ausgerechnet Superleichtgewicht. Da hat sich Artem Harutyunyan eine der sportlich schwersten Gewichtsklassen ausgesucht. Regis Prograis (USA) und Josh Taylor (Schottland) lieferten sich vor kurzem den Kampf des Jahres 2019 - im Finale der World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) um die Ali-Trophy. Artem muss sich also auf einiges gefasst machen, wenn er die Weltspitze angreift. Das Rüstzeug ist sicher vorhanden, die olympische Medaille ein guter Indikator. Die nächsten drei bis vier Kämpfe werden Aufschluss darüber geben, wie weit der Weg von Artem gehen kann."

24.01.2020 - 15:16 Uhr

By: Sean CroseMuhammad Ali fought professionally for just over 21 years. It was a remarkable career up until the very end, when horrible losses to Trevor Berbick and Larry Holmes showed it was finally time for “The Greatest” to hang up his gloves. Jack Dempsey dominated the sport of boxing in the 1920’s – but his pro career lasted just over thirteen years. Mike Tyson’s career lasted a bit past twenty years…and the final ten years of so of that career saw “Iron Mike” fighting well past his prime. The truth is that boxing is a brutal sport – one that generally doesn’t lead to a lot of longevity for those who aren’t named Bernard Hopkins. That’s why it’s not hyperbole to declare Manny Pacquiao’s now twenty-five year career nothing short of incredible.The international star started as a pro in the Philippians on January 22nd, 1995. His opponent in the four round contest was the 1-1 Edmund Eting Ignacio. Pacquiao won the bout by unanimous decision, then went on to a stellar career that has not only lasted decades but is remarkably still going strong. Since that first fight all those years ago, Pacquiao has gone from light flyweight all the way to junior middleweight. Along the way, he’s picked up titles in eight weight divisions and battled the biggest names of his generation. What makes this anniversary for Pacquiao particularly unique is that, at 41 years of age, the man is still a top level boxer. Although this is clearly the later part of the Filipino icon’s career, he’s still a major world titleholder. What’s more, in Pacquiao’s last fight, he defeated one of the best of boxing’s new generation of fighters, Keith “One Time” Thurman. People may argue Pacquiao isn’t the same man who absolutely destroyed Oscar De La Hoya back in 2008, but few are ready to write the future Hall of Famer off entirely – not after his recent performances last year against Thurman and Adrien Broner they’re not.Even though he now has to share his time between boxing and his work as a Senator for the Filipino government, “PacMan” still manages to step inside the ring when he can...and those fights are always must see events. Pacquiao’s intense, fast paced, aggressive style simply makes for great viewing. A Manny Pacquiao fight may be many things – but aside from a few exceptions (his superfight with Floyd Mayweather, for instance), a Manny Pacquiao fight is never considered boring. Couple this with the fact that Pacquiao comes across as a gentleman, and it’s easy to see why the man’s popularity is enduring, both in and outside the Philippians.  Here’s hoping he continues  for as long as he safely can. The post Manny Pacquiao Celebrates 25 Years Of Pro Boxing appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

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