by Cliff Rold It looked like he’d been solved. Jessie Vargas was stunned and taking fire in the fourth round. As the round ended, Sadam Ali was fired up with momentum on his side. Ali didn’t win another round. In the best performance of his career, a fighter whose... Read more
By CompuBox WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the crowd swelled at the DC Armory ahead of the Ortiz-Thompson fight, Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) and Sadam “World Kid” Ali (22-1, 13 KOs) squared off in the co-main event for the WBO Welterweight world championship. Vargas closed the show landing 21 of... Read more
If Terry Flanagan can see off the challenge of Derry Mathews in defence of his WBO lightweight title at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday night the lucrative unification he has dreamt of against former school class-mate Anthony Crolla could become a reality this summer. Read more
Cuban star Guillermo Rigondeaux, a double Olympic gold medallist and WBA super-bantamweight champion, has failed to get a Visa for the UK from his training camp in Russia and will not face Liverpool’s Jazza Dickens in his home town. However, Terry Flanagan’s WBO lightweight world-title defence against Derry Mathews will... Read more
As Terry Flanagan lifted his lightweight world title belt above his head on the pitch at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium a few weeks ago, he could not help but look back and want to pinch himself as the fans in the stands roared for him. Growing up in nearby... Read more
By CompuBox Fresh from a stunning knockout of Bryant ‘By-By’ Jennings and eager to continue his quest to be the best heavyweight in the sport, WBA Interim Heavyweight World Champion Luis ‘The Real King Kong’ Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) will face former world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson... Read more
By CompuBox Fresh from a stunning knockout of Bryant ‘By-By’ Jennings and eager to continue his quest to be the best heavyweight in the sport, WBA Interim Heavyweight World Champion Luis ‘The Real King Kong’ Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) will face former world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson... Read more
When some of the biggest names in British public life called for Muhammad Ali to be given an honorary knighthood last week, I was one of those cheering loudest. Boris Johnson and champion boxers Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams are among those urging Britain to honour the greatest sportsman of all... Read more
Conventional wisdom would suggest that Amir Khan could be the sacrificial lamb to the slaughter when he steps up two weight ­classes to challenge Mexican Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez for the World Boxing Council middleweight title in Las Vegas on May 7, but the Bolton welterweight insisted yesterday that his... Read more
The super-bantamweight title unification fight between Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton has become the must-watch fight of the year. The set-pieces at this week’s build-up in Manchester have enhanced a compelling match-up between fighters who will share a purse estimated at more than £5 million. Small men, huge egos, and a refusal... Read more