The Last Call for Brandon Rios

This weekend in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, former lightweight world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) will take on Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) in a crossroads match up. The bout is a WBC (World Boxing Council) final eliminator, giving the winner a title shot against Keith “One Time” Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs). Rios, this weekend against Garcia has one more chance to deliver another classic encounter. This weekend is the last call for Brandon Rios. One more shot at glory could put him back into boxing relevancy.

The Complexities of Unification

Boxing is a dirty sport. Not for what goes on in the ring, where the honesty of two men and their fists are on display, but for what goes on outside of the ring when sport turns to prize fighting.   Moreover, because a prize is involved, everything, if not anything, about who the best is, in any division, not just amongst welterweights, is rarely sorted out.  

Frontproof Media's Future of Boxing Series: De'Von Abraham

Frontproof Media presents the next installment in the Future of Boxing series. This is a series where FrontProof Media will be putting the spotlight on the future of the sport of boxing. De'Von Abraham (2-0, 0 KOs) fights out of King's Boxing Gym in Oakland, California. Abraham fights in the featherweight (126) and super featherweight (130) divisions and is one of the many rising prospects coming out of California. Abraham will have his third professional bout on February 15th at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California against Guadalupe Arroyo.

These Styles Don't Make Fights

They say that “styles make fights.”  The classic example is boxer versus puncher.  Can the boxer be slick enough to outmaneuver the puncher?  Can the puncher move forward and catch the boxer?  We are often told this matchup will create an exciting night of boxing.  Unfortunately, when the skills are too widely mismatched, it is a disservice to the sport as was the case in HBO’s mid-December card featuring WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders v. David Lemieux and Cletus Seldin v. Yves Ulysee Jr. It will most likely be the case again on February 17th when Danny Garcia faces Brandon Rios.