Author: Charles Hill

Terrific Terence

On Saturday night, May 20, 2017, Terence “Bud” Crawford delivered yet another masterful performance, this time against former Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz. Crawford, who is a proud Omaha, Nebraska native, defended his  WBC and WBO Super Lightweight championship belts at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Even the staunchest critic would be hard-pressed to find any chinks in...

Canelo Cruises To Win Over Chavez Jr

Canelo Cruises To Win Over Chavez Jr Las Vegas, Nevada Outside the T-Mobile Arena, fight fans celebrated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, as anticipation mounted for the clash of Mexico’s two most popular boxers. The Las Vegas Strip provided the backdrop for the festive atmosphere. Music filled the air; beer and margaritas were free-flowing; and Cinco de Mayo weekend...

Future Stars Overcome Adversity

Future Stars Overcome Adversity Saturday afternoon at the StubHub Center in Carson, California began with a trio of boxers managed by Eglis Klimas. Maxim Dadashev knocked out Bilal Mahasin in impressive fashion. Alexander Besputin defeated hard-punching veteran Breidis Prescott via unanimous decision, and Olympic Gold Medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov recovered from a first-round knockdown to stop Victor Vazquez in Round 2. Gaibnazarov...

Young Guns – Richard Schaefer’s April 9 card

Young Guns Veteran Josesito Lopez continued his journey back into respectability with a workmanlike win over Saul Corral on April 9 in Los Angeles. The Riverside Rocky entertained the crowd at LA Live’s Novo with an exciting ten-round unanimous-decision victory. Lopez and Corral went toe- to-toe, with Josesito clearly getting the best out of the encounters. Lopez is now 35-7 (19 KOs), while Corral fell...

Shakur-Stevenson
A DEBUT WORTH WATCHING

A DEBUT WORTH WATCHING Recently, I sat down with a sensational boxing prospect named Shakur Stevenson. The 19-year-old from Newark, New Jersey was poised, and wise beyond his years. Despite the tug-of-war between promotional companies, managers, and advisers in the fight game attempting to land the multi-talented Olympian, Stevenson appeared at ease with his decision to sign with Top Rank. (He...

No Fear Factor

No Fear Factor Without question, Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (36-0 w/33 KO's) has been the most feared fighter of the current era. His pursuit of title shots and unification bouts has resembled Clint Eastwood leading an Easter Egg hunt. The end result is a foregone conclusion, yet and still, the journey is filled with mazes, delays, and redirections. The simple explanation is...

Mayweather vs. McGregor

Mayweather vs. McGregor [caption id="attachment_979" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Credits: Instagram[/caption] On March 6, 2017, Miguel "Dax" Cedillo was the first to break the story that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor agreed to a fight that would take place on June 10, 2017. The contest will be boxing, not MMA which McGregor is an expert in. McGregor will be attempting to hone his pugilistic...

One Time Is Enough

One Time Is Enough As temperatures dipped below 20 degrees in Brooklyn, organic electricity continued to build inside the Barclays Center. Anticipation for the 147-pound unification clash between Danny “Swift” Garcia and Keith “One Time” Thurman could be felt in the air minutes before the two champions would enter the ring. The WBC and WBA title belts were at stake, as...

Birmingham Brawls

Birmingham Brawls My first sustained visit to Birmingham, Alabama started off rocky. Though the airport is clean, convenient, and filled with friendly folk, many of the employees are unfamiliar with Uber. Sometimes as a California kid, I forget that not all parts of the country move at the same pace. Uber is relatively new to the Yellowhammer State, and apparently a...

Intelligent Boxing’s Trainer of the Year: Manny Robles

As Manny Robles stood outside on a cool, crisp day in Southern California, he took a few moments to reminisce as to how he got started. “My dad got me into boxing. Manuel ‘Chato’ Robles. He was a great trainer. He passed away. He’s gone now. I try to carry his legacy and carry his name the best way possible. He’s...

Will Lomachenko Be Too Hi-Tech For Walters?

Will Lomachenko Be Too Hi-Tech For Walters?   This Saturday, the most talented boxer in the world will make his second ring appearance of 2016. Vasyl Lomachenko has the footwork of a ballerina, thanks to his mother, and the hands of a fighter, thanks to his father. The combination of his pedigree, discipline, and competitive spirit make him the must-see warrior in...