L.L.L: Lomachenko, Linares, lightweight.

When assessing an outcome between a meeting of two elite fighters, nothing is more telling than momentum. The burden of expectation is often more damaging than its worth, and when your always expected to win, momentum is difficult to find. Such was the story for both Jorge Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko, both tipped- at different times- to march their way to super stardom from the first time they made the ring walk without wearing a head guard (yes… the rules have changed now). Now, in the prime of their careers, the pressures of fulfilling their early promise meets its ultimate test. A seasoned, elite professional of 16 years squares off against the fastest rising superstar in the sport.  Continue reading “L.L.L: Lomachenko, Linares, lightweight.”

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Can Joseph Parker win?

6 years ago, climbing through the ranks of a bleak heavyweight division, a young Samoan born New Zealander began his long, arduous journey on the road of an unknown contender aspiring to become something more. Never before had a New Zealand representative made it to the top of the sport’s most unforgiving weight class, despite David Tua’s – arguably one of the best fighters never to win a world title-  best efforts. Now at long last, a promising young talent blessed with hand speed and athleticism few modern heavyweights can boast, Joseph Parker- owner of New Zealand’s first and only world heavyweight championship title- is where his early believers always said he would be. Continue reading “Can Joseph Parker win?”

Deontay Wilder: Don’t reject- give respect.

Finally, after 3 years as a reigning heavyweight world champion, Deontay Wilder at last proved his worth in the most important fight of his life. Stretching an unbeaten record to 40 victories the Bronze Bomber was once again true to his name, flooring the formerly unbeaten Cuban Luis Ortiz 3 times before delivering a fearsome uppercut in the 10th to pick up his 39th knockout. A KO percentage that does not lie; Wilder’s staggering power was never in question going into the bout, but even after 10 years as a professional questions over his capabilities at the highest level had gone unanswered- until now.  Continue reading “Deontay Wilder: Don’t reject- give respect.”

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