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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.
Gennadiy Golovkin is glad to get in a fight in 2020, and hopes to set a middleweight record. Photo: Michael Owens, Matchroom Boxing Golovkin vs Szeremeta

Golovkin vs Szeremeta: Big Drama Show returns with record in reach Friday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 17, 2020 – Middleweight powerhouse Gennadiy Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) will sneak in a fight in 2020 and get an opportunity to set a professional boxing record in his bout Saturday against mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta (21-0, 5 KOs) of Poland. The fight airs Friday, December 18, from Hollywood, Florida on ...

Anthony Joshua flattens Kubrat Pulev for the final time in the ninth round to retain his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles Saturday. Photo: Mark Robinson, Matchroom Boxing

Anthony Joshua puts it all together. Bring on Tyson Fury

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 12, 2020 – Anthony Joshua of Great Britain (24-1, 22 KOs) showed the best of both versions of himself in the ring, taking down Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria (28-2, 14 KOs.) with four knockdowns, making the final one stick for a ninth-round knockout win. “I stuck to what I know best: ...

Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev have words with each other at Friday's weigh-in ahead of their IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight title fight Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London. Photo: Mark Robinson, Matchroom, Boxing Joshua vs Pulev

Joshua vs Pulev: Don’t expect a lot of fury on Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 11, 2020 – Anthony Joshua of Great Britain (23-1, 21 KOs) may have the future on his mind Saturday at London’s Wembley Arena when he steps into the ring for the first time in a year. But he needs to take care of business first with opponent Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria ...

Errol Spence Jr. gets a unanimous decision win over Danny Garcia at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Saturday. Photo: Frank Micelotta/Fox Sports Errol Spence Jr. back

Asked and answered: Errol Spence Jr. back in form with decision over Danny Garcia

SAN DIEGO, Calif. December 5, 2020 – IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. of Dallas (27-0, 21 KOs) laid to rest the questions about his mental and physical fitness following his auto accident with a strong unanimous decision over Danny “Swift” Garcia of Philadelphia (36-3. 21 KOs). Spence Jr. didn’t look much different ...

Errol Spence Jr. (L) and Danny Garcia pose at the weigh-in for their fight Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo: Frank Micelotta/Fox Sports Spence Jr vs Garcia

To tell the truth: Spence Jr vs Garcia Saturday, Fox PPV

SAN DIEGO, Calif. December 4, 2020 – Saturday’s PPV matchup between IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. of Dallas (26-0, 21 KOs) and legitimate challenger Danny “Swift” Garcia of Philadelphia (36-2. 21 KOs) will answer several questions being asked about Spence Jr. These questions wouldn’t have come up but for Spence Jr.’s horrific ...

Mike Tyson weighed in at 220 pounds, Roy Jones Jr. at 210 pounds for their exhibition bout on Saturday. Photo: FITE TV

Tyson vs Jones Jr: Come for the novelty, stay for the fun

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 28, 2020 – If people know one name in boxing other than Muhammad Ali, it’s usually Mike Tyson. The 54-year-old Tyson lit up the internet when he posted video of himself sparring with flashes of his vintage power and speed. Tyson has been jonesing (ahem) for an actual fight ever since, ...

Daniel Jacobs and Gabe Rosado fought an uninspired contest, with Jacobs getting the edge. Photo: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom. Jacobs and Rosado

Thanksgiving turkey: Jacobs and Rosado fight to disputed split decision

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 27, 2020 – As if fans hadn’t already gotten enough turkey this Thanksgiving weekend. Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs of Brooklyn (37-3, 30 KOs) and “King” Gabe Rosado of Philadelphia (25-13-1, 14 KOs) delivered a disappointing fight barely better than a sparring session over 12 lackluster rounds. Neither man really deserved to ...

Terence Crawford blasted through Kell Brook in four rounds on Saturday. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images Terence Crawford blasts

Terence Crawford blasts through Kell Brook; thank U, next?

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 14, 2020 – WBO Welterweight World Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska (36-0, 27 KOs) maintained his pound for pound status in boxing with ease, dispatching a game Kell “Special K” Brook of Great Britain (39-3, 27 KOs) in four rounds. Crawford started the fight in an orthodox stance, and ...

Terence Crawford (left) and Kell Brook face off Friday in Las Vegas. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images Bud and Brook

Bud and Brook bicker before banging: Crawford vs Brook, ESPN Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 13, 2020 – WBO Welterweight World Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska (35-0, 26 KOs) sits among the top names of nearly every boxing observer’s pound for pound list. At the risk of sitting out pandemic 2020, Crawford and Top Rank found a dance partner. Stepping into the breach and ...

Devin Haney wins a dominating decision over Yuriorkis Gamboa, but not the showstopper he wanted. Photo: Ed Mulholland, Matchroom Boxing

Devin Haney wins decision over Yuriorkis Gamboa but disappoints

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 7, 2020 – Devin “The Dream” Haney of Las Vegas (25-0, 15 KOs) scored a near shutout on all three judges scorecards in his fight against veteran Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-4, 18 KOs) Saturday for a unanimous decision victory that really never seemed in doubt from the opening bell. Scores were ...

Gervonta Davis placed the perfect upper cut to knockout Leo Santa Cruz cold for a victory on Saturday night. Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime Boxing Gervonta Davis collects

Texas trick or treat: Gervonta Davis collects sweet Halloween win

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 31, 2020 – Gervonta “Tank” Davis of Baltimore (24-0, 23 KOs) got the statement win of his career Saturday, scoring a sixth-round knockout victory over Leo Santa Cruz of Los Angeles (37-2-1, 19 KOs). Davis is now both the WBA World Lightweight and WBA World Super Featherweight champion. Held in front ...

Naoya Inoue defended his titles with ease against Jason Moloney. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing Inoue stops Jason Moloney

Horror Show: Naoya Inoue stops Jason Moloney in seven

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 31, 2020 – Undefeated pound-for-pound, three-weight division champion Naoya “The Monster” Inoue of Japan (20-0, 17 KOs) is so talented, it’s scary. Australian Jason Moloney (21-2, 18 KOs) stood in bravely before The Monster for seven rounds before Inoue closed the fight with a massive right hand to the jaw Moloney ...

Oleksandr Usyk prevailed over a strong effort from Derek Chisora in their bout by unanimous decision Saturday. Photo: Mark Robinson.

Tricky test: Oleksandr Usyk wins decision over Derek Chisora

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 31, 2020 – Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine (18-0, 13 KOs) got more than many expected out of Derek Chisora of London (32-10, 23 KOs). Usyk prevailed in a real test by unanimous decision, with scores of 117-111 and 115-113 X 2. “I think it’s good, my boxing,” said Usyk in English ...

Gervonta Davis (left) and Leo Santa Cruz put two titles on the line Saturday in San Antonio. Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime Boxing Davis vs Santa Cruz

Weighty issues: Davis vs Santa Cruz brings fans to Texas, Showtime PPV

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 31, 2020 – The first most important question about the WBA World Lightweight and WBA World Super Featherweight title fight between Gervonta “Tank” Davis of Baltimore (23-0, 22 KOs) and Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) was answered at Friday’s weigh-in. Everyone can stop speculating about whether Davis will make the ...

Jaime Munguia (left) adjusted to the aggressive Tureano Johnson to secure a sixth round TKO win. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Boxing Munguia defeats Johnson

Busted: Munguia defeats Johnson after injury causes TKO

San Diego, Calif., October 30, 2020 – Former WBO Junior Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia of Mexico (36-0, 29 KOs) found a way to adjust to a solid offensive attack by Tureano Johnson of the Bahamas (21-3-1, 15 KOs), using effective uppercuts to hold Johnson at bay before scoring a sixth-round TKO win. Munguia landed a ...

Oleksandr Usyk (left) and Derek Chisora get into the Halloweenn spirit at their weigh In Friday. Photo: Mark Robinson, Matchroom Boxing Usyk vs Chisora

Heavy hitting Halloween: Usyk vs Chisora puts the fright in Fight Night

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 30, 2020 – Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine (17-0, 13 KOs) cracked open the door to the heavyweight division last October with a stoppage win over American Chazz Witherspoon. He can throw the door open to plenty of possible matchups with a definitive Halloween night victory over Derek Chisora of London (32-9, ...

Jaime Munguia takes on Tureano Johnson in the high desert to start a busy Halloween weekend of boxing. Photo: Golden Boy Boxing Munguia vs Johnson

Monster boxing weekend kicks off with Munguia vs Johnson Friday

San Diego, Calif., October 29, 2020 – Former WBO Junior Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia settles into the middleweight division hunt for the next great 160 pound champion on Friday at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Munguia of Tijuana, Mexico (35-0, 28 KOs) will take on stablemate Tureano Johnson of the Bahamas (21-2-1, ...