Joshua Defeats Klitschko by Knockout

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Anthony Joshua faced his toughest battle against Wladimir Klitschko who was fighting father time along fighting Joshua. For Klitschko, this was a legacy fight for to win would put him among the elites of boxing history as a three time champion of the division.  No fighter had won more heavyweight titles and fought in more than Klitschko who along with his brother dominated the heavyweight for much of this century. 
From 2004 to 2015, there was Klitschko at the top of the heavyweight division and Wladimir Klitschko attempted to win back his title in front of 90,000 British faithful in Wembley Stadium.  Joshua had the home ring advantage.  

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Boxing Judge Mauro DiFiore

The following article was written by Steve Corbo and is Reprinted here on with permission of Fra Noi Copyright 2017.

About The Author:  Steve Corbo has more than 35 years in the boxing game. He has been a professional boxing judge; color commentator for televised boxing; and is a top ring announcer, especially in Europe, where he has announced major world championship title bouts. Harold Lederman, a Boxing Hall of Famer and member of HBO Boxing’s broadcast team, has called Corbo, “one of the best boxing ring announcers in the entire world.” A Chicago native, he has also been heard as the backup PA announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing one of professional boxing’s most respected stars outside of the ring. From Chicago, the only Italian-American professional boxing judge in the state of Illinois, always in the neutral corner, is Mauro DiFiore.

DiFiore never steps into the ring and he must always maintain strict neutrality. His skills and 50 years of boxing experience have made him one of the most sought after professional boxing judges in the world.

His reputation as one of the best has brought him to a level few ever attain. The globetrotting DiFiore has judged championship matches all over the world. He has appeared on HBO, Showtime, ESPN and several international networks where he has been seen by millions of fight fans.

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Joshua vs. Klitschko – PREVIEW

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) was instrumental in connecting Tom to contribute his expertise to in 2008 – Tom is truly respected and appreciated by all.

Wladimir Klitschko is nearing the end of his career and he will be facing Anthony Joshua, who may be the heir to the Klitschko brothers’ former control of the title. From 2004 until Tyson Fury upset in 2016 of Wladimir, the Klitschko’s brothers have owned a portion of the heavyweight title  Wladimir won the WBO title in 2000 but lost his title with a upset knockout by Corrie Sanders in  and after regaining the title, he lost it in yet another knockout lost to Lamon Brewster. 

Wladimir reputation was a big fighter with a glass jaw but when he teamed up with Emanuel Steward who directed Lennox Lewis’ career to the top.  From that point Wladimir along with his brother dominated the heavyweight as they beat one opponent after another.  Wladimir has participated in 28 title bouts and winning 25 of them, a heavyweight record but for many pundits, Wladimir has never been granted his place as a elite heavyweight as he fought in what many view as a weak era of heavyweights but like Larry Holmes before him; Wladimir and his brother Vitali may get their due years later.  Holmes was never consider one of the elites until years later when he proved competitive in his 40’s. 

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Pound for Pound

By David Martinez /

I thank everyone that has contacted me with fan mail input. It’s a good feeling to be appreciated and respected.

In the past few years the three most asked questions have been: Who is the greatest boxer of all time? (Answer: Sugar Ray Robinson) Who would win between Muhammad Ali vs. Mike Tyson? (Answer: Ali) Who are the best prospects in boxing today? (Answer: Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Eddie Ramirez).

But as of late, most write in asking (and with their opinions): Who are the best pound for pound?

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Lomachenko vs. Sosa … Gvozdyk vs. Gonzalez … Usyk vs. Hunter … RECAP

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Last weekend on April 8, 2017, it was Ukrainian night at the fights as top Ukrainian fighters led by super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko who simply dismantled James Sosa with ease.  For every punch Sosa landed, he got nailed by four by Lomachenko.  Lomachenko simply looked impressive as he maneuvered around the ring and simply nailed Sosa whenever he wanted.  After nine rounds, Sosa corners decided that enough was enough as Lomachenko outclassed Sosa.  As Max Kellerman noted, Sosa didn’t even win any moment of the fight.

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Lou Duva – R.I.P.

By David Martinez /

On March 8, 2017, Lou Duva  passed away from natural causes at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Patterson, New Jersey. He was 94 years old.   

Lou had a remarkable career as a trainer, handling nineteen world champions. Some of the boxers, just to name a few, that Lou was involved with were Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Michael Moorer, Arturo Gatti, Mark Breland, Lennox Lewis, Rocky Lockridge, Bobby Czyz, Johnny Bumphus, Tony Tucker, Mike McCallum, Vinny Pazienza, Hector Camacho, Fernando Vargas, Andrew Golota, Alex Ramos, Livingstone Bramble, Tony Ayla Jr., and Joey Giardiello who was his first world champion  in 1963.

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Lomachenko, Gvozdyk, Usyk – Win on HBO Tripleheader Card

By David Martinez /

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1 / 6 by KO) successfully defended his title in a dominating performance over challenger Jason Sosa (20-2-4 / 15 by KO) Saturday night at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Lomachenko won every round from the start, until the fight was stopped after nine rounds when Sosa’s corner called off the fight.

Sosa showed heart, but was simply no match for the champion who is considered by most experts to be “pound for pound” one of boxing’s best.

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The HEAVYWEIGHTS – A Preview Look 2017

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and a contributor to since 2008 … to view all of Tom’s articles – go to the Categories section of this website and click onto his name.
The heavyweight division is now the becoming the most intriguing division as new fighters fight to be the new king of the hill.  Wladimir Klitschko makes his last stand against the younger Anthony Joshua, who has been simply knocking out one heavyweight after another.   Klitschko looked like 50 in his last fight against Tyson Fury as he simply never could pull the trigger against the awkward Fury.  When Fury imploded out of the ring and now his career is in jeopardy, Klitschko chance for avenging his loss died but now he is facing a younger opponent with power in front of 90,000 fight fans in Wembley stadium.
Joshua was 2012 Super Heavyweight Olympic champion and as a Pro, his record is 18 wins, 18 knockouts and with his Olympic background, he has technical skills matching the more experienced Klitschko.  This fight could be that turning of the guards if Joshua wins.   Joshua has the power but the question for Klitschko, what does he have left?  Five years ago, I would favor Klitschko but not now.

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Hey Harold!

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

Here’s a look at Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1 / 5 by KO) vs. Jason Sosa (20-1-4 / 15 by KO) WBO super featherweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds – airing on HBO this Saturday, April 8, 2017 from the MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

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