Archive for January, 2014

After long layoff, Victor Ortiz ready to get back to boxing against Luis Collazo

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Losses to Floyd Mayweather and Josesito Lopez derailed Victor Ortiz's rise, but he's back with a vengeance after 19 months (Grant Hindsley/AP

Losses to Floyd Mayweather and Josesito Lopez derailed Victor Ortiz’s rise, but he’s ready to get back in the ring. (Grant Hindsley/AP)

NEW YORK — Three years ago Victor Ortiz was on top of the boxing world, a welterweight champion barreling towards a showdown with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather. He was young, good looking with a compelling back story, a true star on the rise.

Today, Ortiz is something else entirely.

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  • Published On Jan 29, 2014
  • Mikey Garcia remains undefeated by taking out Juan Carlos Burgos at MSG

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    Mikey Garcia (left) was rarely seriously threatened by Juan Carlos Burgos during the fight. (Gregory Payan/AP)

    Mikey Garcia (left) was rarely seriously threatened by Juan Carlos Burgos during the fight. (Gregory Payan/AP)

    NEW YORK — Three thoughts on Mikey Garcia’s unanimous decision win over Juan Carlos Burgos and Bryant Jennings’ knockout win over Artur Szpilka at Madison Square Garden:

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  • Published On Jan 26, 2014
  • Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley set for rematch in April

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    Manny Pacquiao (right) will look to hand Timothy Bradley his first loss when the two meet in April.

    Manny Pacquiao (right) will look to hand Timothy Bradley his first loss when the two meet in April. (Chris Carlson/AP)

    NEW YORK — Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao will challenge WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley on April 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Top Rank announced on Saturday. Pacquiao-Bradley will be a rematch of the controversial 2012 fight that Bradley won in a highly disputed decision.

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  • Published On Jan 25, 2014
  • Three Thoughts: Curtis Stevens dominates in first-round knockout of Patrick Majewski

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    Curtis Stevens cruised to a knockout win against overmatched Patrick Majewski. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

    ATLANTIC CITY — Three thoughts on the card headlined by Curtis Stevens first round knockout win over Patrick Majewski:

    Welcome back, Curtis Stevens

    Stevens, 28, took the toughest loss of his career in the biggest fight of his career against Gennady Golovkin last November. But Stevens — who missed most of 2010 and all of 2011 in a promotional dispute — was determined to get back in the ring quickly. Against Majewski, Stevens (26-4) vowed to be more aggressive, to not think as much in the ring. That’s what he did, dropping Majewski three times en route to an easy knockout win.

    It’s difficult to discern whether Stevens made any real improvements since the Golovkin fight; Majewski, who went the distance in a loss to middleweight contender Patrick Nielsen last September, was completely overmatched, getting dropped by a jab on the first knockdown and getting overwhelmed by a flurry of power punches at the end. Still, it was an impressive comeback win for Stevens less than three months after such a devastating defeat. 

    Where now, Curtis?

    It’s a simple fact of boxing: If you can talk a good game and back it up with crunching power, you can climb back into the world title picture quickly. Stevens does both. The 160-pound division is rich with television friendly talent, but the most appealing candidate for Stevens could be WBO titleholder Peter Quillin. Quillin has struggled finding marketable opponents while Stevens promoter, Kathy Duva, told SI.com that she would like to get Stevens back in the ring quickly. There are plenty of politics involved — Stevens fought his last fight on HBO and Quillin fights exclusively on Showtime — but Quillin-Stevens would be a dynamic fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

    The rise of Thabiso Mchunu continues

    On the televised undercard cruiserweight Thabiso Mchunu scored his second straight significant victory, outpointing Olanrewaju Durodola. The compact, 5-foot-8 Mchunu is masterful at fighting taller opponents; he stays in a tight crouch and counterpunches with superior speed. Durodola looked uncomfortable against Mchunu throughout he fight, and there was an unusual amount of back and forth between fighter and trainer between rounds. For Mchunu though, it was another dominating win. Most of the top 200-pounders are in Europe, but the South African born Mchunu is rapidly moving up the cruiserweight rankings on his way to a world title shot.

    – By Chris Mannix


  • Published On Jan 25, 2014
  • Eager to move past loss, Curtis Stevens ready to take on all comers

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    Curtis Stevens was eager to get back into the ring even after falling to Gennady Golovkin in November. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

    Curtis Stevens was eager to get back into the ring even after falling to Gennady Golovkin in November. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

    ATLANTIC CITY — He watched the fight just once, but for Curtis Stevens one viewing of his November loss to middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin was enough to burn every detail into his memory. Sitting outside Gallagher’s Steakhouse this week, Stevens was able to recall every mistake he made against Golovkin. Backing up too much. Not letting his hands go enough. Too much time spent looking for the perfect shot.

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  • Published On Jan 24, 2014


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