Author: Mike Samuels

CounterPunch: A Review

On June 16th Netflix unveiled a new original film, CounterPunch, a documentary examining the current state of boxing through the perspective lenses of three fighters: Christopher “Lil B-Hop” Colbert, Cam F. Awesome, and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. I will watch anything related to the sweet science, and I applaud Jay Bulger, a former amateur boxer himself, for directing this project and...

Toney Puts The “Lights Out” On His Career, But We Should Judge It In The Proper Context

It’s over—finally. James Toney (77-10-3, 46 KOs) finished his illustrious career with a TKO, sort of, in the sixth round against journeyman Mike Sheppard (24-21-2, 10 KOs) to capture the vacant World Boxing Foundation heavyweight title. The “championship” has about as much credibility as the final phases of Toney’s career. The fight took place at the Eastern Michigan University Campus Convocation Center, and...

Joshua Proves Merit, Knocks Out Klitschko In Thrilling Fashion

Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) answered every question about his legitimacy on Saturday night. Wladimir Klitschko, bloodied from a cut above his left eye and bruised from an epic heavyweight showdown that ended moments earlier, endorsed the young man with the class and dignity he's fought with over his remarkable career: "The best man won tonight, and it's an amazing...

Golovokin’s and Chocolatito’s Performances Continue the False Narrative of Exposed Fighters

Golovokin's and Chocolatito's Performances Continue the False Narrative of Exposed Fighters The March 18th HBO pay-per-view delivered two fantastic fights to the boxing enthusiast. Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) looked less than invincible--again--as he traded shots with Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) in what turned out to be a much more even-paced fight than most figured. Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (46-1, 38...

“Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!” 30-Years Later

"Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!" 30-Years Later “Iron” Mike Tyson hasn’t thrown a meaningful punch, unless you count the overhand right he landed in an epic scene for the movie “The Hangover,” in over a decade, but that hasn’t stopped fans of the former two-time heavyweight champion and self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” from nostalgically living vicariously through him with Nintendo’s all-time...

Gamboa No Stranger to Pressure, Returns in Co-Feature on HBO

Gamboa No Stranger to Pressure, Returns in Co-Feature on HBO The 2017 boxing season is off to a tremendous start, and it’s likely that Yuriorkis "El Ciclon de Guantánamoz" Gamboa’s long-awaited return to the ring on March 11th could be forgotten by many fans of the sport. Gamboa (25-1, 17 KO’s) is back in the ring against Nicaraguan journeyman Rene...

Legendary BHop Final Fight This Saturday

  Legendary BHop Final Fight This Saturday   Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) will retire the “Alien” moniker on Saturday night at the Forum in Atlantic City, and once again reach into his endless bag of tricks to dust off “The Executioner” for one final encore in a light heavyweight bout against Joe Smith. It’s fitting to end things on the East Coast, where...

Lomachenko vs Walters: Round by Round

Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KO’s) vs. Vasyl Lomachenko (6-0, 4 KO’s) Round-By-Round Round 1 Both fighters using the first moments to feel one another out. Walters lands a lunging body shot. Lomachenko fires back immediately with a straight right that lands. Both men jabbing and feinting often. Most of the round is being fought in the center of the ring. Lomachenko lands...

Jesse Vargas vs. Manny Pacquiao, A Closer Look by Mike Samuels

Manny Pacquaio makes his return to the ring against Jessie Vargas on November 5th. This week Intelligent Boxing examines five major categories—power, speed, stamina, chin, and heart—to get a glimpse of what fight fans may come to expect between these two warriors. Power: There are a lot of unanswered questions circling around Manny Pacquaio and his ability to become the dynamic—even...

Quick Jabs with Christian Chimpa Gonzalez

Quick Jabs with Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez Intelligent Boxing caught up with Golden Boy Promotion’s lightweight prospect Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez prior to his return to the Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. His September 2 opponent would be Jonathan Corrales. Intelligent Boxing: Hi Chimpa, nice to speak with you. You have fought at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles a lot during your...

Quick Jabs with Genaro El Conde Gamez by Mike Samuels

Quick Jabs with Genaro "El Conde" Gamez by Mike Samuels Intelligent Boxing caught up with rising lightweight Genaro "El Conde" Gamez prior to his fight against Vernon Alston at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California on September 30th. Intelligent Boxing: Nice to hear from you Genaro. You’ve spent a lot of time fighting in Los Angeles. What has it been like...

Swift But Safe

Swift But Safe Danny Garcia’s biggest opponent over the last couple of years has been his critics. It appears as though Garcia, the WBC welterweight champion, will continue to dodge the tongues of those who have spoken out against his recent opposition, rather than the fists of a legitimate contender yet again. Garcia is set to square off against Samuel Vargas on...