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Mark Magsayo (left) took advantage of his opportunity to become the newest champion from the Philippines, defeating Gary Russell Jr. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime Boxing Magsayo

Mark Magsayo ends Gary Russell Jr.‘s reign, becomes new WBC World Featherweight champion

SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 21, 2022 – Filipino fight fans worldwide celebrated their nation’s newest champion Saturday. Challenger Mark Magsayo took advantage of his opportunity, defeating boxing’s longest reigning champion Gary Russell Jr. After Russell Jr. held the title just two months short of seven years, Magsayo is now the WBC World Featherweight champion via ...

Gary Russell Jr. is undeniably talented, but he needs to be more active for fans to appreciate him. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime BoxingGary Russell Jr. is undeniably talented, but he needs to be more active for fans to appreciate him. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime Boxing Gary Russell Jr.

Boxing preview: Reintroducing Gary Russell Jr. to boxing fans Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 21, 2022 – I find it irritating when someone comes up to me at a social gathering (in the pre-COVID days) and says, “Hi, remember me?” Chances are good, I don’t, and you’ve started whatever conversation you want to have by putting me on the spot. So, let me reintroduce you ...

NFL, Divisional Playoffs, Football

NFL 2021-2022 Preview and Bettor’s Guide: The Divisional playoffs

LOS ANGELES, January 18, 2022 — The 2021-2022 NFL Wildcard matchups are now in the history books. Now the Divisional playoffs are upon us. Before new history is made, looking back at the past will show that all four of these matchups have some roots in recent and ancient history. well, ancient by football standards. ...

NFL, The Tuck Rule, Playoffs

2001 Tuck Rule: 20 Years Later, still part of NFL Playoff infamy

LOS ANGELES, January 19, 2022 — It is not paranoia when they really are out to get you. It is not a conspiracy when the plot against you is real. For fans of the Silver and Black, the feud between the late NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle and the late Raiders owner Al Davis lives forever ...

Joe Smith Jr (R) defeated late replacement Steve Geffrard (L) to defend his WBO light heavyweight championship at Turning Stone Resort Casino Saturday in Verona, New York. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images Smith Jr. batters Geffrard

Joe Smith Jr. batters Geffrard to defend light heavyweight title

SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 15, 2022 – WBO light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr. sent his hometown fans happy into the cold night from the Turning Stone Casino, battering a game Steve Geffrard of Miami to retain his WBO World Light Heavyweight title. Geffrard took a knee one minute into the ninth round when Smith ...

Smith Jr. vs Geffrard: Working for the weekend Saturday, ESPN

SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 14, 2022 – WBO light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr. of Long Island (27-3, 21 KOs) never does anything the easy way. He worked full-time as a laborer digging trenches with a jackhammer for most of his professional career, training after the day was done. When he was finally able to ...

NFL, Wildcard, Football

NFL 2021-2022 Wildcard Preview and Bettor’s Guide

LOS ANGELES, January 14, 2022 — The 2021 NFL regular season is now in the history books. The Wildcard matchups are set. Before new history is made, a brief look at recent history and past history. Recent history saw the NFL regular season end in thrilling fashion. The Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers ...

Football, NFL, Week 18, Raiders

NFL Week 18 Preview and Bettor’s Guide: Leatherhead’s Bonus Week

LOS ANGELES, January 6, 2022 — Seventeen weeks of the 2021 NFL regular season are now permanently in the history books. Normally this would mean it is time for the playoffs, but not this year. Not yet. This is the first season where there are 18 weeks instead of 17. Each team plays 17 games ...

NFL, coaches, Black Monday

NFL 2021 Black Monday Coach Firing, and staying, Predictions

LOS ANGELES, January 5, 2022 — Happy New Year. You’re history. Happy Hanukkah. Clean out your desk. Merry Christmas. You’re fired. The NFL coaching carousel is about to spin like a dreidel. The NFL is a cold place in losing environments. The annual ritual of firing coaches on Black Monday is a long-established NFL tradition. As ...

AFC, NFL, Playoffs=

NFL 2021-2022 AFC Playoff Permutations and Combinations: The Chiefs…

LOS ANGELES, January 4, 2022 — The first 17 weeks of the 2021 NFL regular season are in the history books. In past years, this would mean the end of the regular season. Yet for the first time ever, Week 18 is here. Each team now plays 17 regular-season games instead of 16. This week ...

NFL, Playoffs, Football, 2021-2022

NFL 2021-2022 NFC Playoff Permutations and Combinations

LOS ANGELES — The first 17 weeks of the 2021 NFL regular season are in the history books. In past years, this would mean the end of the regular season. Yet for the first time ever, Week 18 is here. Each team now plays 17 regular-season games instead of 16. This week football jargon not ...

Viva Mexico: Canelo Alvarez unifies the super middleweight division with an 11th round TKO win over Caleb Plant. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime Boxing

Best In Boxing 2021: Canelo, Fury Wilder 3, and George Kambosos Jr. make their mark

SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 1, 2022 –The coronavirus still had its say about the boxing calendar, but the fans finally came back, and boxing did its part coming through with notable performances – many from unexpected sources in a year full of upsets. First, let’s pause and thank medical science for helping revive the Sweet ...

Big stakes for heavyweights Luis Ortiz Jr. (left) and Charles Marti in their main event on New Year's day. Photo: Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions Ortiz vs Martin

Ortiz vs Martin in New Year’s Day boxing bowl, Fox PPV

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 31, 2021 – Boxing isn’t a traditional sport for New Year’s Day. Enter Premier Boxing Champions, rolling the dice at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on an all-heavyweight on Fox Sports PBC PPV. Price tag is $39.95. The pay-per-view telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. ...

John Madden, Madden

John Madden, April 10, 1936 – December 28, 2021, is Football

LOS ANGELES, December 29, 2021 — There is absolutely football in heaven. Heaven would not be heaven without football. This coming Sunday, God’s biggest and best television studio in the sky will have its best broadcasting team calling the games. John Madden (April 10, 1936 – December 28, 2021) has finally been reunited with Pat ...

Christmas, Football, NFL

NFL Week 16 Preview and Bettor’s Guide: The joy of Christmas football!

LOS ANGELES, December 22, 2021 — Three weeks ago Jewish football fans celebrated Hanukkah by lighting Menorahs and watching football. We spun dreidels and watched football. We ate potato pancakes and watched football. Now the Christians have their turn. With Christmas approaching, there is only one thing to do for Christian football fans on Christmas ...

Gilberto Ramirez found himself in a firefight with Yunieski Gonzalez, finally getting a TKO in ten rounds. Photo: Kevin Estrada, Golden Boy Ramirez outlasts Gonzalez

Ramirez outlasts Gonzalez; Estrada and Serrano shine, and Jake Paul gets KO

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 18, 2021 – Mexican southpaw Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (43-0, 29 KOs) had to put in hard work against Yunieski Gonzalez of Miami via Cuba (21-4, 17 KOs), delighting the fans in San Antonio with a hardcore action fight. Gonzalez drew Ramirez into a slugfest, forcing Ramirez to eat far more punches ...

Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora tangle a second time Saturday in Manchester. Photo: Mark Robinson, Matchroom Boxing. Parker Chisora 2

Boxing holiday rush: Zurdo Ramirez, Parker Chisora 2, Jake Paul in action Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 17, 2021 – Boxing fans, avoid the last-minute holiday shopping rush and enjoy the last-minute rush of pugilism on the fight schedule Saturday. Communities Digital News puts it all together with our breakdown of best bets. Parker Chisora 2: 1 pm ET/10 am PT, DAZN Heavyweights Joseph Parker of New Zealand ...

Big Dogs, Chicago Bears, NFL, Football,

NFL 2021 Week 15 Preview and Bettor’s Guide: Letting the Big Dogs Out

DELRAY BEACH, Florida, December 15, 2021 — In September, all 32 NFL teams are like little puppies with dreams in their eyes. This is December. Put the NFL puppies to bed. December brings the words of John Randle and Mike Singletary that ring as true as a quarterback getting his bell rung. “This is when ...

Vasiliy Lomachenko (L) and Richard Commey (R) pose during the weigh-in at Madison Square Garden on Friday Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images Festival of fights

Festival of fights: Lomachenko, Donaire, Taylor headline multiple events Saturday

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 10, 2021 – The minute you finish reading this preview, be sure you’ve got fresh batteries in the remote control and all your electronic devices are fully charged. They’ve got to perform under pressure if you intend to watch all the boxing cards filling a heavy-duty fight calendar from around the ...