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Photo of the Day: Milan Hinich Spotted at the Store!

by on Mar.06, 2017, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

 

Milan Hinich smiles for the camera (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

Milan Hinich smiles for the camera (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

NORTHWEST SUBURBS OF CHICAGO, March 4, 2017 — Having just visited my mother, I  stopped by a neighborhood liquor store to pick up some wine to take home for dinner with my wife on the way home.  To my surprise, I spotted retired Croatian heavyweight boxer, Milan Hinich (who hails out of Chicago, which is 45 minutes away)!  I greeted him and had a nice chat about that night’s bout between Keith Thurman, Jr. and Danny Garcia, as well as Chicagoland boxing. (continue reading…)

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Candid ‘Foodie’ Keith Thurman Plans to Feast on Danny Garcia for Welterweight Title Unification Bout March 4th!

by on Feb.26, 2017, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon
Photos by Chris Getty

Keith Thurman, at left, works some drills with trainer Dan Birmingham.

Keith Thurman, at left, works some drills with trainer Dan Birmingham.

CLEARWATER, FL, February 25, 2017 — A week out from his Welterweight Championship unification bout versus World Boxing Council champion Danny Garcia (33-0 19 knockouts) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, the lithe and muscular, 5’ 7 1/2” tall World Boxing Association kingpin Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KO’s) packs a keen mind along with the muscle, athleticism and pop — a point he demonstrates when he recalls our interview at a shopping mall in his native Clearwater, Florida in 2012.
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‘Hands of Stone’ — A Long Time Coming Boxing Movie Lacks Oomph

by on Aug.27, 2016, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

 

maxresdefaultWhen he hit you, it felt like a jolt of lightning went through your body. So said one sparring partner in the 1970s who, after being knocked down discovered that Roberto Duran’s nickname, “Manos de Piedras’ (Hands of Stone) was very fitting, indeed. One of the greatest boxers of all time, Duran went on to win world titles in four weight divisions, retiring at age 50 with a record of 103 wins (70 by knockout) and 16 losses. ​

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Montell ‘Ice’ Griffin Relives the Highs and Lows of a Former Light Heavyweight Champ

by on Jul.07, 2016, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

 

Montell Griffin when he was champion and held the WBC Ligtht Heavyweight Title (photo courtesy of Montell Griffin).

Montell Griffin when he was champion and held the WBC Ligtht Heavyweight Title (photo courtesy of Montell Griffin).

 

CHICAGO — it was an inauspicious start, but oh what a ride — and, at times, what a heartache — it has been.

“My father and my brother, Tim, went to Johny Coulon’s Boxing Gym on the Southside to teach for 70 cents and ended up buying the gym,” Montell Griffin says.  ”And I just started boxing at the gym all the time.  I was two, three years old.”

Having reorganized Coulon’s Gym as Windy City Boxing Club, Inc. in 1973, his father, Clarence Griffin, gained a reputation as a solid trainer and often trained Muhammad Ali when he was in town.  In fact, Ali became such good friends that he regularly invited Clarence and little Montell over to his house. No doubt, this played a role in the young Griffin’s development as a fighter.

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Smith Pole-Axes Fonfara in TKO Upset; Warren Regains Crown over Payano with Dominant Win

by on Jun.19, 2016, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

Photos by Nabeel Ahmad / Premier Boxing Champions

 

Joe Smith, at left, rocks Andrzej Fanfara.

Joe Smith, at left, rocks Andrzej Fanfara.

CHICAGO, June 18, 2016 — He was a crude banger whose record was built on nobodies, in nothing towns, and across the ring was the established king — a future hall of famer — who’d battered and nearly knocked out Muhammad Ali nearly two years earlier. However, this didn’t stop a young George Foreman from bludgeoning Joe Frazier into submission that night in Kingston, Jamaica in January 1973.

Fast forward to tonight at the UIC Pavilion. Although Joe Smith, Jr. was a well decorated amateur (he won the 2008 New York Golden Gloves with a victory over Seanie Monaghan) he is no George Foreman (who won the Gold Medal at the 1968 Olympics as an amateur), but he’s a heavy handed slugger with a record of 21-1 with 17 knockouts against second rate opposition. Tonight, he’s facing Andrzej Fonfara, an established contender who dropped and went the distance in losing a decision for Adonis Stevenson’s WBC title in May 2014 and stopped the former WBC Middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April 2015. This should be a no-brainer.

Only it’s not. (continue reading…)

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