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Hey Harold!

My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides with his short video links of upcoming fights.

Here’s a look at Srisaket Sor Rungvisal (44-4-1 / 40 by KO) vs. Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2 / 25 by KO) WBC super flyweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds – airing on HBO this Saturday, February 24, 2018 from the Inglewood Forum in Los Angeles, California.

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The Welterweight Division is Stacked High

Welterweight (147 lbs) Division 
Keith Thurman
Keith Thurman
Lucas Matthysse
Errol Spence Jr. Jeff Horn
1. Shawn Porter
2. Danny Garcia
3. Manny Pacquiao
4. Jessie Vargas
5. Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo
6. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov
7. Ray Robinson
8. Konstantin Ponomarev
9. Brandon Rios
10. Adrian Granados
11. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
12. Bradley Skeete
13. Jamal James
14. Ahmed El Mousaoui
15. Kerman Lejarraga
1. Danny Garcia
2. Manny Pacquiao
3. Jessie Vargas
4. Jamal James
5. David Avanesyan
6. Qudratillo Abduqaxorov
7. Kerman Lejarraga
8. Fabian Maidana
9. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
10. Samuel Vargas
11. Zhankozh Turarov
12. Valentyn Golovko
13. Konstantin Ponomarev
14. Alexander Besputin
15. Ivan Matute
3. Carlos Ocampo
4. Jessie Vargas
5. Bradley Skeete
6. Devon Alexander
7. Qudratillo Abduqaxorov
8. Keita Obara
9. Konstantin Ponomarev
10. Rashidi Ellis
11. Ray Robinson
12. Zhankhozh Turarov
13. Carlos Molina
14. Yordenis Ugas
15. Laszlo Toth
1. Terence Crawford
2. Manny Pacquiao
3. Bradley Skeete
4. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
5. Giovanni Santillan
6. Keita Obara
7. Taras Shelestyuk
8. Carlos Ocampo
9. Sammy Valentin
10. Stephen Danyo
11. Gabriel Angel Ledesma
12. Custio Calyton
13. Konstantin Ponomarev
14. Ray Robinson
15. Mikka Shonena

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P) Ring Sports Magazine was instrumental in connecting Tom to back in 2008 and his expertise is much appreciated by all – thank you!

The welterweight is where the action is as the division is filled with great fighters who are very even in talent.  Keith Thurman beat Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia in close bouts while Porter also lost another close decision to Kell Brook who lost to undefeated Errol Spence.  Spence most recent pasting of Lament Peterson showed that Spence may be the best of the Welterweights but you can’t forget Terrance Crawford who is moving up after cleaning out the junior welterweights.

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Current Champions

Every three months (February, May, August, November) on a quarterly basis offers this feature – the current boxing champions in each weight division. They are shown in their respective world title belt organization. Each champion’s professional ring record is listed in following format: win-loss-draw-no contest (knockout wins) and the date of winning their title.

           ( As of February 12, 2018 )      

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Orange County, California – Upcoming Fight Card


Any anniversary is special but when it is your 50th that makes it extra special and that is what the February 15th Fight Club OC show will be, Yes – it was seven years ago that Fight Club OC was launched in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center and on Thursday, February 15, 2018 the most successful club fight promotion in America will celebrate its 50th show anniversary.  And to all the fans that have supported this series over the past seven years a tremendous thank you from promoter Roy Englebrecht and the entire Fight Club OC staff. Tickets, all priced at $60.00, are on sale now at http:/   


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The NFL, NBA, MLB and Boxing

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on January 5, 2013
By Steve Corbo
Author Steve Corbo (kneeling) with current NFL player Tommy Zbikowski and members of the University of Notre Dame Football Team, including NFL Quarterback Brady Quinn, after one of Zbikowski’s amateur bouts.
Like most of us I was dismayed by the performance of the Men’s US Olympic Boxing Team in London. Add to our Olympic debacle the AIBA problems with USA Boxing, and it gets downright discouraging. Even those of us who love the game have to admit, boxing in the United States, just isn’t what it used to be.  And that is especially true in the heavier weight divisions.
To remind myself of what it used to be like I looked at a Ring Magazine from April 1980.  “The Ring’s World Ratings” listed the top ten heavyweights in the world, nine (9) of whom were from the United States.

Hey Harold!

My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides with his short video links of upcoming fights.

Here’s a look at Lucas Matthysse (38-4 / 35 by KO ) vs. Tewa Kiram ( 38-0 / 28 by KO) vacant WBA “regular” welterweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds and Jorge Linares (43-3 / 27 by KO) vs. Mercito Gesta (31-1-2 / 17 by KO) WBA lightweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds – airing on HBO on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from the Inglewood Forum in Los Angeles, California.  

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Canada’s Robert Cleroux Beat Chuvalo Twice

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on September 26, 2014
Bob Cleroux 1969


By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

No doubt the most well known heavyweight to come out of Canada is George Chuvalo. For a while Lennox Lewis called it his home and Trevor Berbick made his mark but George is still #1 in Canada. Nevertheless there is a very overlooked heavyweight contender from the 1960’s who at one time was closing in on a world title shot. His name was Robert Cleroux. The fact is that “Big Bob” had a trilogy of bouts with Chuvalo for the Canadian heavyweight title. Cleroux won two of those contests.
Cleroux was born on February 23,1938. He joined the punch for pay ranks in 1957 after winning the Montreal Golden Gloves title in 1956. At 6’1” and weighing over 200 pounds, he was a fairly big heavyweight in his era. He won twelve of his first thirteen contests. Only a draw with Eddie Vick stained his record. He beat Eddie in a return go. Vick would go on to fight the likes of Tommy “Hurricane” Jackson. Chuck Wepner, Jeff Merritt and Bob Foster twice during his career. Bob invaded New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1959 and suffered his first loss. An eight round decision to veteran Buddy Turman.
Cleroux would regroup to win nine in a row including a decision over Willie Besmanoff and a five round kayo against Roy “Cut-N-Shoot” Harris. In 1960 he won a close and hard fought split decision over Chuvalo to capture the Canadian crown. Later in the year he would drop a twelve round verdict to George losing the title. In between those two battles, Bob halted Turman in two rounds to gain a measure of revenge.

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Let’s Get a Boxing Movie

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on December 12, 2012

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer 

Since this is the holiday season you may have some time off of work to relax and watch a few movies. There are several classic boxing movies that are available at your local video store to fill a void left by a lack of live boxing action. I’m going to list some of my favorites that you may find entertaining. “Gentleman Jim”, the story of James J. Corbett is my personal favorite. Errol Flynn is great as Corbett and Ward Bond is even better as John L. Sullivan. Next up would be Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano in “Somebody Up There Likes Me”. Then Robert DeNiro in the story of Jake LaMotta titled “Raging Bull”.

Robert Ryan is a hard luck, aging but proud fighter in “The Set Up”. Charles Bronson plays a bare knuckle battler and James Coburn is his fast talking manager in “Hard Times”.  More than a boxing movie, with a great cast like Marlon Brando, Rod Stieger and Lee J. Cobb, is “On The Waterfront”. It gave us Brando’s character, Tommy Malloy’s unforgetable line,”I coulda’ been a contender”.

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