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Willie Mays R.I.P.

Growing up a Dodger fan in the 50s and 60s there was no name more dreaded than Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants.

Though feared and loathed as a Giant, all fans including those in Brooklyn and Los Angeles respected the centerfielder who made the spectacular look mundane with his “basket catch” style of grabbing flyballs on the run.

Mays was special.

Willie Mays passed away on Tuesday June 18 in San Francisco. He was 93 years old and considered by most as the greatest Giant ballplayer of all time.

Dodger fans lucky enough to watch him play remember the joyful way he played the game as he sauntered out to centerfield. Old number 24 was also the center of many a great New York Giant and San Francisco Giant team from 1951 to 1972.

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Zepeda Wins Again

As the summer temperature sizzled, so did the ring as William “Camaron” Zepeda continued his assault on all lightweights including a destruction of Giovanni “El Cabron” Cabrera on Saturday.

 

The Golden Boy Promotions main event took place at Toyota Arena and saw Mexico’s undefeated Zepeda (31-0, 27 KO’s) pounce on Chicago’s Cabrera (22-2, 7 KO’s). The match exploded like fireworks, a spectacular show that was over in an instant. But it was lively while it lasted.

 

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Fantasy Springs Fight Results

Darius Fulghum dominated replacement veteran Vaughn Alexander throughout 10 light heavyweight rounds to win by unanimous decision in front of a lively crowd inside of the events center at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.  The event was publicized as Golden Boy Promotions ‘Golden Boy Fight Night on DAZN’ series. 

In the outset Alexander (18-12-1) pressed forward while Houston native Fulghum (12-0, 10 KOs) looked for timing and distance.  A body shot landed midway through round one and the Texan continued a body attack that put Alexader into a shell stance.  A full minute went by with Alexender not attempting a punch and the round ended with Fulghum connecting with a right hand.  Fulghum was originally set to square up against Ronald Ellis.   

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Bohachuk vs Vergil in August

Two of the most dangerous punchers in the sport eagerly agreed to face each other in August.

Undefeated Vergil Ortiz (21-0, 21 Kos) will challenge interim WBC super welterweight titlist Serhii Bohachuk (24-1, 23 Kos) on Aug. 10, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Golden Boy Promotions and 360 Promotions will promote the clash that will be streamed on DAZN.

No argument that Bohachuk and Ortiz are the hardest hitters in the business. Between the two super welterweights only one fight resulted in a decision. They both hate the judges.

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Pound for Pound Men 2023

For years the welterweight from Nebraska insisted he was the top in his weight class. Now, Terence Crawford proved he’s the best fighter in any weight division after his emphatic knockout win this last summer in Las Vegas.

It was an eye-opening moment for boxing.

Crawford now has the ability to move up a weight division or pick and choose the best money fight available. That’s what happens when you seek out the best and vanquish them with impunity.

Others to consider are Japan’s Naoya “Monster” Inoue whose knockout win over Stephen Fulton was a highlight reel for boxing lovers. And of course, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez showed that when others doubt his abilities and hunger he can turn on the engines and batter anyone standing in his way.

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Boxing March Madness 2024

Boxing and basketball, sometimes the two sports mix.

While college basketball was in its final run of the season, boxing was amassed with three eye-popping events in Arizona, Nevada and California.

Pro boxing fans took their pick.

Female prizefighting led the way as two champions in their own right collided in Arizona to determine the true absolute world champion in the minimumweight division. On one side was Costa Rica’s Yokasta Valle the IBF and WBO world titlist. On the other corner was East Los Angeles fighter Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada the WBA and WBC titlist.

Fans had been waiting five years for them to finally meet. On Friday March 29, the two speedy and determined champions displayed their distinct skills for 10 rounds at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Top Rank promoted the showdown and fans packed the arena.

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