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A late bloomer

Super middleweights Jesse Hart (left) and Demond Nicholson. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

A Philly special

It’s been over two decades since a major boxing event took place inside of the city limits of Philadelphia. For a city that is steeped in boxing tradition, the absence of such a major event has partially been due to the landscape of the sport. January 18, 1992 (Meldrick Taylor vs. Glenwood Brown) and December […]

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2018: Champions whom will stay, whom will go and prospects to watch – Part two

Please click here to read Part One.   Welcome back to my annual look into the unfolding narratives and storylines of boxing (the second of three installments), a hopefully accurate and thought-provoking preview of every weight class from strawweight to heavyweight. Peering into this future, aided by my crystal boxing glove, becomes harder as the […]

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2018: Champions whom will stay, whom will go and prospects to watch – Part one

It is that time of year again, my own little Christmas tale, in which I make predictions that may haunt me like the Ghost of Christmas Past. This is my annual look into the future of boxing, hopefully an edifying preview of every weight class from strawweight (105 pounds) to heavyweight (200-plus). Yes, I take […]

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Photo courtesy of Brittany Rogers

Jesse Hart: The spotlight has arrived

When we last caught up with undefeated super middleweight contender Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 22-0 (18), he was on the verge of getting his shot at a world title. Before he could get his first opportunity at a world title belt, he needed to take care of Alan Campa in a stay-busy fight on the […]

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A Hurd mentality

  There are some well-known boxers who are afforded what some boxing fans view as an easy path to a world title shot. That is not the case with Jarrett “Swift” Hurd, who envisions himself as a modern-day Marvin Hagler. The Maryland native is developing into an attraction with burgeoning name recognition, thanks to exciting […]

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UCN Week in Review – #KovalevWard is On & #UCNinBigBear

A few weeks ago, after Andre Ward was a no-show for what was supposed to be the opening press conference announcing #KovalevWard, UCN’s Steve Kim appropriately asked “We have a fight…right?”   As we readied ourselves for a Saturday full of NFL pre-season action, Steve answered his own question.   You can all book ur […]

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UCN Week in Review – Another Dope, Olympics Tainted & a King Turns 85

This week, super-agency WME-IMG officially took the reigns of the UFC, after purchasing it for a mere $4B, and watched Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz battle for 5 intense, bloody rounds in their first event as ownership.   Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of WME-IMG (and the inspiration for Entourage character Ari Gold) was smiling ear-to-ear at […]

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UCN Week in Review – Where’s Ward(o)?

Oh, boxing, let’s face it.  You are as compelling outside of the ropes as you are inside the ring.  Sure, we love when two masters of The Sweet Science step into the ring and put on a show.  Hell, we love it when two guys who don’t know technique but know how to let their […]

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Photo by Emily Harney

Around and around they go

The announcement over the weekend of a rematch between IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal, scheduled for Jan. 30, was met with a bit of a collective groan by the boxing public. Yeah, the first fight was entertaining but, for the most part, was one-sided in the favor of the “Krusher,” who […]

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10 Count – Matthysse vs. Postol

In the next edition of UCN Original Series, 10 COUNT, UCN’s Steve Kim is joined by Michael Montero (Montero On Boxing) and Doug Fischer (Ring TV) to preview this weekend’s Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.  All 3 will be ringside to watch the fight first hand, but […]

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