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The long-anticipated rematch between Mexico’s Juan “El Gallo” Francisco Estrada (41–3, 28 KOs) and Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (50–2, 41 KOs) is set to take place in 2021 on March 13.

A venue has not been chosen; however, regardless of where the fight takes place, fans can expect an action-filled night of boxing.

The stakes could not be higher for both fighters as the two pugilists have something to prove against each other.

When Estrada-age 30-and Gonzalez-age 33-first stepped in the ring in November 2012, it was Estrada’s first major world title bout and his first fight in the United…

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“I’m making it for the people that never made it. I’m making it for people that ain’t gonna make it.” — Hector Camacho.

Showtime’s documentary Macho: The Hector Camacho Story that was directed and narrated by Eric Drath, is a film that goes beyond the squared circle. The film transcends sports as it highlights the story of a beloved sports figure whose talent took him to the top of the boxing world only to be held down by his vices.

The documentary has numerous interviews featuring some of boxing’s most well-known figures such as Teddy Atlas, Steve Farhood, Ray Mancini…

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Boxing is the ultimate form of sports theater. The most memorable bouts are those that told the best story — a fight whose impact goes beyond the squared circle, leaving a lasting impression for years to come.

20-years ago, on December 02, 2000, the storied history between Mexico and Puerto Rico added another chapter to its legacy.

Puerto Rico’s Felix Trinidad (42–3, 35 KOs) was in the middle of the best run of his career when he faced 22-year old Fernando Vargas (26–5, 22 KOs).

After years of not being able to get significant fights at Welterweight while holding the…

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Almost 12-years ago, in December 2008, boxing fans witnessed Oscar De La Hoya (39–6, 30 KOs) sit on his stool after eight one-sided rounds against Manny Pacquiao and pull the plug on the fight and his career.

In retrospect, there is no shame in having your final fight be against a fellow legend like Pacquiao in what turned out to be a pseudo passing of the torch moment in the sport.

However, playing the role of the stepping-stone to launch someone else’s rise to the top may not have sat well with the Golden Boy after all these years.

Last…

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The country of Sweden isn’t known for producing professional pugilists.

The country’s most well-known boxer fought primarily in the 1950s in former Heavyweight champion, Ingemar Johannson (26–2, 17 KOs). Johansson is best remembered for his trilogy of fights with Floyd Patterson that resulted in stoppages in all three bouts.

Fairly recently, there have been a few boxers from Sweden that gained championship prominence. Fighters such as former Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion, Badou Jack stand out along with former Female boxing champions Mikaela Lauren and Frida Wallberg.

While Wallberg’s last bout was in 2013, she is the only fighter…

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Respect is often earned and not given. However, in the sport of boxing, those who deserve respect do not always receive it.

Unlike most sports, a loss in boxing can be more detrimental to one’s career than in almost any other sport.

A few weeks ago, mixed martial arts ( MMA) superstar Conor McGregor made his return to the sport headlining a major pay-per-view and faced an opponent in Donald Cerrone with a 36–13 record.

MMA and boxing are different sports, and the way losses are viewed is one of the most significant differences.

The moment referee Thomas Taylor counted…

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“The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” — Roy T. Bennet

The sport of boxing, just like all sports, is about entertainment. The reason fans pay for tickets, hotels, travel, and pay-per-view (PPV) is to witness their favorite form of entertainment.

For boxing fans, there is no higher form of entertainment than pugilism.

Ever since Manny Pacquiao (62–7–2, 39 KOs) arrived in America and into the consciousness of all boxing fans in June 2001, he has delivered entertaining performances win or lose on…

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“If we should be blessed by some great reward, such as fame or fortune, it’s the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past.” — Bodhidharma

Throughout the last ten years, there may have been fighters that participated in more fights, won more world titles; however, nobody’s name has brought more attention to the sport of boxing than Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (50–0, 27 KOs).

Before the start of the decade in 2010, Mayweather retired in 2008 with a first-ballot Hall-of-Fame career as one of the best defensive boxers in the history of boxing.

He was just the…

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The older you get, the faster time seems to pass by. It is sometimes hard to step back and reflect on how many changes the sport of boxing has gone through over the last 10 years.

And yet the changes that have taken place coincide with similarities with a new face. The same divisions that existed in boxing in 2010 are the same that exist in 2019 just with a different name.

Earlier this year, the Boxing Writer’s Association of America (BWAA) released its five nominees for the Joe Louis Fighter of the Decade award.

The nominees included Manny Pacquiao…

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SAINT PETERSBURG, FL — The sound of punches hitting the heavy bag surrounded by the smell of sweat usually illuminates the St. Pete Boxing Club in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

On this day a surprise party was set up to celebrate the life and career of Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (37–7–2, 19 KOs).

The world of boxing is often glamorized as a sport full of rich athletes. Boxing, like many other sports, isn’t black and white, but shades of grey.

Rarely does anyone escape the sport rich and undefeated, many leave the sport having left a piece of themselves behind.

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Hector Franco

Senior Writer/Editor for Frontproof Media

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