Boxing and UFC

Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan reacts to her knockout of Lauren Murphy in their UFC flyweight championship fight during the UFC 266 event on...

Oh, you thought I only covered football? Think again… Here’s a list of my boxing and UFC pieces in chronological order – with the most recent at the top.

Stay tuned for more across all divisions and disciplines at world level during an exciting time! Articles written pre-Sept. 2021 have been archived so don’t feature in this list, to avoid clutter.

2022

January

UFC 270
Ngannou inflicts Gane’s first defeat, after Figueiredo regains flyweight strap
Ngannou vs. Gane – Long-awaited heavyweight unification bout upon us

Doubt them at your peril
Rising welterweight star Jaron Ennis expecting busy 2022, targets world title push
UFC Vegas 46: Calvin Kattar returns in style, earns dominant UD win vs. Giga Chikadze

Planning ahead
UFC 271: Ahead of rematch, Whittaker says ego cost him in knockout loss to Adesanya
COVID-19: Callum Johnson withdraws from Smith Jr title fight, Anthony Yarde eyes matters
UFC 272: Volkanovski-Holloway 3, Sterling-Yan 2 title fights to headline March 5 PPV
Francis Ngannou’s desire for boxing clause in future UFC deal an unwelcome distraction

2021

DECEMBER

End of year features
2021’s Sleeper Fight of the Year: Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano – an action-packed duel
2022 must be about less talk and more action for returning Keith Thurman
After a productive 2021, Belal Muhammad seizing his chance in flimsy 170lb division

Conor Benn and his world level welterweight pursuit
Hearn names Adrien Broner, Robert Guerrero as possible Benn opponents
Conor Benn produces career-best display, flattens Chris Algieri in four rounds
Boxing round-up: Benn’s new deal, Usyk confident, Parker-Chisora 2 booked
Slow and steady: After UD win vs. Granados, targeting Adrien Broner next makes sense
Benn’s brilliant R1 finish vs. Samuel Vargas kickstarts busy night of boxing for prospects

Staking a claim for world titles
Joseph Parker’s improved display vs. Derek Chisora sets up encouraging 2022
Anthony Yarde blasts Lyndon Arthur in rematch with R4 KO, reinforces world title bid
After decimating Liam Taylor, David Avanesyan eyes Yordenis Ugas title fight

Other UFC Vegas cards
UFC Vegas 44: Lewis sets KO record to end 2021, after big wins for Muhammad, Gamrot
Analysis – UFC Vegas 43: Vieira, Brady victories pose more questions than answers
UFC Vegas 42: Max Holloway outworks Yair Rodriguez in featherweight war

UFC 269
Pena dethrones Nunes, before Oliveira submits Poirier on crazy night
O’Malley? Cruz resurgence? Munhoz masterclass? Aldo’s win vs. Font sets up BW chances
Julianna Pena on Amanda Nunes’ privilege, ahead of rescheduled title matchup
Oliveira relishes chance to play spoiler in first lightweight title defence vs. Poirier

Lightweight showcase
Vasiliy Lomachenko’s Commey clinic elevates him in Kambosos Jr sweepstakes
Gervonta Davis withstands Isaac Cruz challenge, defends WBA lightweight strap
Haney retains his WBC lightweight strap with comfy decision win over Diaz Jr
Kambosos Jr: Here to fight the best, but now? I’m the shot caller

november

Lopez-Kambosos Jr
Kambosos Jr stings Lopez, crowned new unified lightweight champion
Finally, Lopez-Kambosos Jr lightweight title fight looms large this weekend
Teofimo Lopez’s assistant coach: Beat Kambosos Jr, then Devin Haney next?
Lopez tests positive for COVID-19, Kambosos Jr title fight rescheduled — then cancelled again

Crawford-Porter
Crawford crunches Porter, earns R10 TKO in fifth WBO welterweight title defence
Crawford feels a dominant win this month will justify his pound-for-pound status
If Bud is the division’s pinnacle, will Showtime Shawn P finally rise to the occasion?

Poirier-Olivieira
Oliveira relishes chance to play spoiler in first title defence vs. Poirier next month
UFC 269: Dustin Poirier vs. Charles Oliveira lightweight title fight in the works

UFC 268
Trainer Trevor Wittman goes unbeaten – big wins for Usman, Namajunas and Gaethje
Kamaru Usman promises a more flawless display in his Colby Covington title rematch

Canelo-Plant
Canelo crumples Plant with R11 TKO, is now undisputed super-middleweight titlist
Canelo Alvarez insists this weekend’s unification title fight vs. Caleb Plant is personal

OCTOBER

UFC 267
UFC 267: New LHW champion Glover Teixeira teaches a valuable lesson in persistence
Are you watching? This weekend has a sleeper PPV card setting up 2021’s big finish in style

Herring-Stevenson
Stevenson breaks down Herring to win WBO super-featherweight title with R10 TKO
Brash bravado aside, Shakur cannot afford to underestimate this latest test
Close to complete: Herring-Stevenson in advanced talks for late 2021 title bout
Shakur Stevenson issues Jamel Herring warning, ahead of his own Nakathila fight

Timing is everything
UFC Vegas 41: Burning questions remain as Vettori outworks Costa in fiery LHW clash
UFC Vegas 40: Ladd labours to forgettable featherweight main event defeat by Dumont
Casey O’Neill’s patient progression stance is one more UFC prospects should follow
UFC Vegas 39: Marina Rodriguez ruins Mackenzie Dern’s showcase night with harsh lesson

Fury-Wilder 3
Fury defends WBC title with R11 KO vs. Wilder in crazy trilogy bout
After several delays and legal arbitration, the trilogy is finally here

Santos-Walker
UFC Vegas 38: Santos outlasts Walker in five-round clash, calls out Prochazka
Thiago Santos finally feels 100% again after injury-plagued losing run

SEPTEMBER

UFC 266
Time to think: 145lb champion happy to win gruelling Ortega war, discusses future
UFC 266: Volkanovski outlasts Ortega, retaining featherweight title in frenetic thriller
Alexander Volkanovski insists Brian Ortega doesn’t deserve featherweight strap

Joshua-Usyk
Usyk outboxes Joshua to record emphatic points win, new world HW champion
Build-up continues: Joshua better than before, but under pressure to deliver vs. Usyk
Time to trim: Joshua preparing for Usyk’s movement, coming in lighter
September 25 title fight date, but don’t dare overlook the unbeaten Ukrainian

Divisional gatekeepers? No thanks
UFC Vegas 37: Anthony Smith swarms Ryan Spann in R1, calls for Aleksandar Rakic rematch
UFC Vegas 36: Derek Brunson submits Darren Till in R3, now on a five-fight win streak

Next steps for Joe Joyce
Sure thing: Joseph Parker welcomes possible bout with title-chasing Joyce
Even after patchy Carlos Takam weekend win, time is of the essence

Joshua Buatsi and his slow-burning LHW world title quest
Ricards Bolotniks
Daniel Dos Santos
Showcasing USA-based improvements under new trainer Virgil Hunter
Marko Calic


timeless archives – fight reviews, throwbacks and more

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Throws a left at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena...

Canelo Álvarez
Caleb Plant
Billy Joe Saunders
Callum Smith

Terence Crawford
Shawn Porter
Kell Brook
Egidijus Kavaliauskas
Amir Khan

Gervonta Davis
Isaac Cruz
Mario Barrios
Leo Santa Cruz

Tyson Fury
Deontay Wilder 12, the rematch3, trilogy
Otto Wallin
Tom Schwarz

Anthony Joshua
Oleksandr Usyk
Kubrat Pulev
Andy Ruiz 2
Joseph Parker

Dillian Whyte
Oscar Rivas
Alexander Povetkin 1and 2
After a great 2018, why Whyte must choose his next fights wisely

Deontay Wilder
Reviews from Fury fight 1, 2 and 3 above
Extended fallout from Tyson Fury 2 result
Luis Ortiz 1and 2
Dominic Breazeale

Post lockdown, boxing is back
Keith Thurman plotting boxing return, eyeing Kell Brook as potential UK fight
Matchroom Fight Camp begins on August 1, Whyte-Povetkin slated for Aug. 22
Bantamweight Michael Plania earns big upset win vs WBO #1 contender Josh Greer Jr.
Shakur Stevenson cruises to R6 TKO against Felix Caraballo as boxing returns

Specials
Rematch Yordenis Ugas or retire? Assessing the Manny Pacquiao predicament
After gutcheck win vs. Jorge Linares, Devin Haney suits the lightweight division nicely
Vergil Ortiz Jr’s justified confidence needs to be championed, not rubbished
Chris Eubank Jr’s latest promotional deal an opportunity to finally prove himself
2020 Knockout of the Year: Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz
Back like I never left: Errol Spence Jr retains WBC, IBF welterweight titles vs. Danny Garcia
Worth the wait? Finally, Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce is just a week away now
Star in the making? Lopez beats Lomachenko, new undisputed lightweight champion
100 days on from his nightmare in Saudi Arabia: What’s next for Andy Ruiz Jr?
2019 Fight of the Year: Errol Spence Jr vs Shawn Porter
History revisited: Groves beats Eubank Jr on points after thrilling finish

Throwback to…
Daniel Dubois flattens Nathan Gorman, becomes British HW champion
Chris Eubank Jr impressive during commanding points win, retires James DeGale
Is Conor McGregor in danger of turning into the next Ronda Rousey?
Floyd Mayweather cements his legacy, beats Manny Pacquiao in Fight of the Century


UFC: Champion’s corner — plus timeless features

Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman pose for a post fight portrait backstage during the UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2019 in Atlanta,...

Kamaru Usman
Jorge Masvidal 1and 2
Gilbert Burns
Colby Covingtonand 2

Israel Adesanya
Marvin Vettori 2
Jan Blachowicz
Paulo Costa
Yoel Romero
Robert Whittaker

Valentina Shevchenko
Lauren Murphy
Jessica Andrade
Jennifer Maia
Katlyn Chookagian

Amanda Nunes
Megan Anderson
Felicia Spencer
Germaine de Randamie
Cris Cyborg

Alexander Volkanovski
Brian Ortega
Max Holloway 1and 2

Julianna Pena
Amanda Nunes
Sara McMann
Germaine de Randamie

UFC PPV card reviews
UFC 265: Ciryl Gane vs Derrick Lewis
UFC 263: Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori 2
UFC 262: Charles Oliveira vs Michael Chandler
UFC 260: Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou 2
UFC 258: Usman vs Gilbert Burns
UFC 257: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2UFC 264: McGregor vs Poirier 3
UFC 255: Deiveson Figueiredo vs Alex PerezUFC 256: Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno
UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje
UFC 253: Adesanya vs Paulo CostaUFC 259: Jan Blachowicz vs Adesanya
UFC 252: Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier 3
UFC 251: Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 1UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal 2
UFC 250: Amanda Nunes vs Felicia Spencer
UFC 249: Justin Gaethje vs Tony Ferguson
UFC 247: Jon Jones vs Dominick Reyes
UFC 245: Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington
UFC 243: Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker
UFC 193: Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm

Specials, timeless features
Caution up ahead: Why Jan Blachowicz presents Israel Adesanya’s biggest test yet
Crazy or not, Derrick Lewis has chance to justify unlikely title ambitions
Forget the pre-fight pleasantries, Dustin Poirier must now seize the moment
Dana’s determination was admirable, but this was inevitable from first bell
2020 Fight of the Year: Zhang Weili vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC 248