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Stories by Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.
Tyson Fury (left) and Deontay Wilder aren't strangers after two memorable fights. Number three takes place July 24. Photo: Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions Fury and Wilder

Fury and Wilder engage in a war of no words; Lopez vs Kambosos off due to COVID  

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 15, 2021 – The state of California returned mainly to normal life on Tuesday with almost all pandemic restrictions lifted as the West Coast boxing media gathered for the first time since early 2020 for a news conference featuring the July 24 trilogy rematch between heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. ...

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Stevenson plays the waiting game, marks time with Nakathila Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 11, 2021 – Think back to the last time undefeated junior lightweight Shakur Stevenson of New Jersey (15-0, 8 KOs) faced a serious challenge as a pro. Keep thinking. We’ll wait. If you can’t come up with one, it’s because the 23-year-old has passed every test with flying colors. Stevenson is ...

Nonito Donaire (left) became a world banntamweight champion for the third time with his defeat of Nordine Oubaali. Photo: Esther LIn, Showtime Boxing

Nonito Donaire knocks out Nordine Oubaali and Father Time Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 29, 2021 –  Nonito Donaire is giving Father Time the fight of his life. The 38-year-old veteran delivered his best performance in years, knocking down Nordine Oubaali of France (17-1, 12 KOs) three times en route to a fourth-round knockout victory. Donaire (41-26, 27 KOs) wins the WBC World Bantamweight title. ...

Devin Haney delivered the fight performance he needed againstJorge Linares in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ed Mulholland, Matchroom Boxing Devin Haney gets

Devin Haney gets hard-won victory over Jorge Linares

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 29, 2021 – WBC World Lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney of Las Vegas (26-0, 15 KOs) had to suck it up in a match of wits and will, pushed to the limit by veteran Jorge Linares of Venezuela (47-6, 29 KOs) Saturday in front of 5,312 happy fans at the ...

Nordine Oubaali (left) and Nonito Donaire pose after making weight on Friday for their title fight in Carson. Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime Boxing Oubaali vs Donaire

Oubaali vs Donaire preview: Big ambitions at bantamweight

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 28, 2021 –  While boxing fans fixate on heavyweights and celebrity fights, they risk missing the biggest and best action in the sport found in the smaller weight divisions. In 2019, four-division champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire and world bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue of Japan delivered an all-action Fight of the ...

Devin Haney and Jorge Linares face off after weighing in on Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ed Mulholland, Matchroom Boxing Haney vs Linares

Preview: Haney vs Linares puts spotlight on lightweight division Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 28, 2021 – WBC World Lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney of Las Vegas (25-0, 15 KOs) will either show he’s an elite boxing talent – or not — when he faces veteran Jorge Linares of Venezuela (47-5, 29 KOs) Saturday in front of his hometown fans in Las Vegas. Haney ...

Jose Ramirez (left) and Josh Taylor have a few last words at Friday's face off for the undisputed junior welterweight championship in Las Vegas. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images

Ramirez vs Taylor preview: What boxing should be  

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 21, 2021 –  When casual boxing fans ask, “Hey, are there any good fights this weekend?” or “Should I cough up the money for this pay per view?” those among us who follow the sport reply with limited enthusiasm. We want people to enjoy boxing as much as we do, but ...

Brandon Figueroa's preparation and conditioning paid off with a victory over Luis Nery to unify two of the super bantamweight division titles Saturday. Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime Boxing

Carson results: Brandon Figueroa batters Luis Nery to unify titles Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 15, 2021 –  Live by the sword, die by the body shot. WBA Super World Super Bantamweight Champion Brandon “Heartbreaker” Figueroa of (22-0-1, 17 KOs) of Welasco, Texas dug deep, digging to the body of WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Luis Nery of Mexico (31-1, 24 KOs), adding Nery’s title to ...

Canelo Alvarez reacts after defeating Billy Joe Saunders in the eighth round of their bout for the WBC, WBA, WBO 168 pound titles at AT&T Stadium Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Photo: Michael Owens, Matchroom Boxing Canelo breaks record

Canelo breaks record, breaks down Saunders to win third division title

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 8, 2021 – Real, honest to goodness crowds returned to boxing in record numbers at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on its biggest weekend all year, setting an all-time indoor record at 73,126. They enjoyed a first-class Cinco de Mayo flourish of mariachi music and dance as pound-for-pound WBC/WBA Super Middleweight champion ...

Elwin Soto and Katsunari Takayama put on a show in Dallas. Photo: Ed Mulholland, Matchroom Boxing Soto and Takayama

Undercard results Saturday: Soto and Takayama deliver Texas sized thrills

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 8, 2021 – Elwin Soto of Mexicali (19-1, 13 KOs) and Katsunari Takayama of Japan (32-9, 12 KOs)  gave the Texas fans a thrilling co-main content, making every second count in the fight for Soto’s WBO World Light Flyweight, with  Soto prevailing by ninth-round TKO after referee Laurence Cole waived off ...

Andy Ruiz Jr. (left) and Chris Arreola are in the best shape of their lives going into their heavyweight fight on Saturday. Photo: Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions Ruiz vs Arreola

Ruiz vs Arreola: Heavyweight Hunger Games, Fox PPV Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif. April 30, 2021 –  In theory, boxers in the heavyweight division don’t have to worry about making weight like their fellow fighters in the smaller weight divisions. They aren’t necessarily worried about following stringent nutrition plans and suffering for the scale. Mexican-American heavyweights Andy Ruiz Jr. of Imperial, California, and fellow Southern ...

Emanuel Navarrete and Christopher Diaz pose during their final pre-fight news conference in Kissimmee, Florida. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc Puerto Rican boxing

Puerto Rican boxing party: Navarrete vs Diaz plus Edgar Berlanga Saturday, ESPN

SAN DIEGO, Calif., April 23. 2021 – Puerto Rican flags and loyalties will be flying in Florida on Saturday as fans get to watch several Boricuan boxers take on challengers from around the world in a Puerto Rican boxing showcase. Headlining the sold-out Silver Spurs Arena event in Kissimmee is two-division champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete of ...