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 Articles pre-January 2021 have been archived and don’t feature in this list, to avoid clutter.

2021

OCTOBER

Timing is everything
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

World level contention?
After decimating Liam Taylor, David Avanesyan eyes Yordenis Ugas title fight
Eubank Jr: Beat Anatoli Muratov this weekend; big fight awaits in December

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

Conor Benn and his world level welterweight pursuit
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 vows to produce big display against Adrian Granados on Saturday
Benn’s brilliant R1 finish vs. Samuel Vargas kickstarts busy night of boxing for prospects

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

Poirier-Olivieira
UFC 269: Dustin Poirier vs. Charles Oliveira lightweight title fight in the works

august

Barboza-Chikadze
UFC Vegas 35: Chikadze produces statement finish, dismantles Barboza
Edson Barboza, Giga Chikadze itching for their exciting featherweight main event

Cannonier-Gastelum
UFC Vegas 34: Cannonier outworks gamely Gastelum in tense main event
Alexandre Pantoja looking to seize spot in flyweight title conundrum
Jared Cannonier aims to bounce back vs. a determined Kelvin Gastelum

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

Pacquiao-Ugas
Rematch Yordenis Ugas or retire? Assessing the Manny Pacquiao predicament
Errol Spence suffers retinal eye tear, WBA champ Yordenis Ugas to step up in his place
Errol Spence Jr: Manny Pacquiao’s a rare breed, a bad man but 147 is my division

UFC 265
UFC 265: Gane outclasses Lewis with R3 TKO, is new interim HW champion
Derrick Lewis, Ciryl Gane preview their interim heavyweight title fight
Vicente Luque expects big rankings boost, if he beats Michael Chiesa

Ortiz-Kavaliauskas
Vergil Ortiz’s star rises further after disciplined, tough R8 Kavaliauskas KO win
Expect fireworks: Egidijus Kavaliauskas hyped for Vergil Ortiz fight on August 14

July

Strickland-Hall
Strickland’s super striking breaks records as he eases past Hall
UFC Vegas 33: Sean Strickland keen to solve the Uriah Hall puzzle in main event

UFC Vegas 32: TJ Dillashaw returns, defeats Cory Sandhagen in tense main event
Gilbert Burns targets October/November return, names Leon Edwards as top choice

Makhachev-Moises
UFC Vegas 31: Makhachev mauls Moises in his first main event slot, Tate returns in style
Miesha Tate eyes UFC title in comeback, but refusing to rush before Reneau matchup

UFC 266: Volkanovski-Ortega, Shevchenko-Murphy and Nick Diaz’s return on Sept. 25
Frank Warren: Arthur-Yarde rematch is next, despite their contrasting situations

UFC 264
UFC 264: Poirier beats McGregor in trilogy via first-round TKO doctor stoppage
Bad guy Conor vs. a bullish Poirier – Time to finally settle this
Stephen Thompson believes he is Kamaru Usman’s worst matchup

Lopez-Kambosos Jr
Lopez’s assistant coach: Beat Kambosos Jr, then Devin Haney next?
Teofimo Lopez tests positive for COVID-19, Kambosos Jr fight rescheduled for August 14

Herring-Stevenson
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

JUNE

Davis-Barrios // Lomachenko-Nakatani
Barrios vows to return better than ever after Gervonta Davis defeat
Primetime: Davis, Lomachenko earn contrasting knockout victories – what’s next?
Gervonta Davis entering enemy territory at 140lbs as Mario Barrios awaits

Gane-Volkov
UFC Vegas 30: Composed Ciryl passes Volkov litmus test, remains unbeaten at 9-0
Ciryl Gane, Alexander Volkov welcome a pivotal main event task this weekend

Jermall Charlo still gunning for Gennady Golovkin and co after Montiel win

Zombie-Ige
UFC Vegas 29: Zombie patiently mixes it up, eventually outworks Ige for decision win
Dan Ige vows to impress in main event slot against Korean Zombie this weekend

UFC 263
UFC 263: Adesanya eases past Vettori in shutout, retains middleweight strap
Talk is cheap: Pivotal moment awaits Marvin Vettori in middleweight title slot
High-profile opponent: Leon Edwards eyes big weekend win over Nate Diaz

Rozenstruik-Sakai
UFC Vegas 28: Rozenstruik returns to winning ways with last-second Sakai KO
Come Saturday night, Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Augusto Sakai have plenty to prove

may

Haney-Linares
Haney’s gutcheck win over Linares suits the lightweight division nicely
Devin Haney vows to wear Jorge Linares down, earn dominant win

Fresh start: Daniel Dubois looking forward to return vs Bogdan Dinu on June 5
UFC Vegas 27: Carla Esparza dominates Yan Xiaonan, calls for title shot vs. Rose Namajunas
Dillian Whyte return mooted for August-September, Chris Arreola linked

UFC 262
Edson Barboza targets top names at featherweight after Shane Burgos win
UFC 262: Oliveira overcomes adversity, beats Chandler to win lightweight gold
This weekend, Viviane Araujo looks to do what Cynthia Calvillo couldn’t
Chandler-Oliveira officially announced for vacant lightweight title on May 15

UFC Vegas 26: Marina Rodriguez dominates Michelle Waterson in flyweight scrap

Canelo-Saunders
Calculated Canelo stops Saunders in round eight, seizes Brit’s WBO super-middleweight title
Time will tell: Canelo welcomes ring size change as Saunders gets his wish
Eddie Hearn insists Billy Joe Saunders is toughest divisional test for Canelo Álvarez

After comeback win vs. Chris Arreola, Andy Ruiz Jr namechecks Luis Ortiz next
UFC Vegas 25: Jiri Prochazka viciously flattens Dominick Reyes in title eliminator

April

UFC 261
Usman eyeing quick turnaround – UFC 263 return, according to his manager Ali Abdelaziz
Post-fight presser comments as Shevchenko, Namajunas and Usman talk
UFC 261: Kamaru Usman knocks out Jorge Masvidal, retains welterweight strap
Usman-Masvidal 2 set to headline full crowd PPV in Jacksonville
Toughest test? Valentina Shevchenko to defend flyweight title vs. Jessica Andrade next
Usman: Masvidal win left me unsatisfied, why I called for UFC 261 rematch

UFC Vegas 24: Robert Whittaker eases past Kelvin Gastelum, eyes Adesanya next
Ask and you may receive: Julianna Pena’s boldness earns her dubious title shot
UFC 266: Jan Blachowicz to defend his LHW title vs. Glover Teixeira on September 4

Vettori-Holland
UFC Vegas 23:  Vettori dominates Kevin Holland, calls for Adesanya rematch
No Darren Till, no problem for middleweight title-chasing Marvin Vettori

Boxing bonanza
Andy Ruiz Jr: I let a lot of people down but now? More motivated than ever
Demetrius Andrade: Ready to show I’m the best, after Liam Williams victory
Patience is the key: Jaron Ennis looking ahead after impressive Lipinets win

Herring-Frampton
Jamel Herring retains WBO super-featherweight title with R6 TKO, Carl Frampton retires
Step up: Carl Frampton targeting history vs. Jamel Herring this weekend

march

UFC 260
Ngannou wants more activity, targets July-August date for Jon Jones fight
Francis Ngannou knocks out Stipe Miocic, crowned new heavyweight champion

Whyte-Povetkin 2
Revenge is sweet: Whyte clinical in R4 TKO win vs. Povetkin
Whyte eager for in-ring return, Povetkin not ready yet as retirement looms large
Povetkin’s promoter: After we win Whyte rematch, will pursue WBC champ Fury

Coming out of retirement, former UFC champion Miesha Tate returns on July 17
Vergil Ortiz Jr’s justified confidence needs to be championed, not rubbished
UFC Vegas 22: Disciplined Derek Brunson derails the Kevin Holland hype train

Okolie-Glowacki
Okolie dismantles Glowacki in six rounds, becomes new WBO cruiserweight champ
Weigh-ins complete, Lawrence Okolie vs. Krzysztof Glowacki is official

David Benavidez itching for more activity, having eased past durable Ronald Ellis

Edwards’ unlucky run continues
UFC Vegas 21: Edwards-Muhammad ends in tears as eyepoke causes no contest
Belal Muhammad up next this weekend, Leon Edwards targeting overdue title shot

Eddie Hearn planning May PPV with Chisora-Parker headliner, Eubank Jr return

UFC 259
Blachowicz, Nunes win big after controversial bantamweight title finish
Caution up ahead: Why Jan Blachowicz presents Israel Adesanya’s biggest test yet
Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson featherweight title fight rebooked for March 6 card

FEBRUARY

UFC Vegas 20: Gane dominant vs. Rozenstruik in first main event, remains unbeaten at 8-0
Joseph Parker limps to deceptively lopsided decision victory over Junior Fa

Adrien Broner’s long-awaited return
Broner targeting two more fights in 2021, stresses importance of activity
Adrien Broner to return after two-year layoff vs. Pedro Campa next month

Lewis-Blaydes
UFC Vegas 19: Lewis’ R2 uppercut stuns Curtis Blaydes in heavyweight upset
Crazy or not, Derrick Lewis has opportunity to justify unlikely title ambitions

UFC 258
Alexa Grasso motivated, targeting top-10 ranked flyweight opponent next
Kamaru Usman earns R3 TKO vs. Gilbert Burns, retains welterweight title
Gilbert Burns confident, vows to wipe out 170lb division should he prevail

Volkov-Overeem
Volkov flawless as he blasts past Overeem, after Cory Sandhagen’s big win
UFC Vegas 18: Alexander Volkov embracing spotlight, feels he’s a future HW champ

Shawn Porter refusing to give up on potential Terence Crawford title bout

january

After Teofimo Lopez loss, Vasiliy Lomachenko ready to leave no doubts in 2021

UFC 257
Post-fight comments: McGregor humble but upsetPoirier uninterested in Chandler fight
UFC 257: Dustin Poirier avenges Conor McGregor loss, after Chandler’s emphatic debut
Forget the pre-fight pleasantries, Dustin Poirier must now seize the moment

Chiesa-Magny
Chiesa eases past Magny, calls out #1 contender Colby Covington next
UFC Fight Island 8: Michael Chiesa confident ahead of Neil Magny main event

Holloway-Kattar
UFC Fight Island 7: Holloway excels with awe-inspiring win over Kattar
Overlooking me is a mistake, Calvin Kattar warns Max Holloway

Eubank’s new deal
Golovkin is Eubank Jr’s top target for 2021, says new promoter Sauerland
Chris Eubank Jr’s latest promotional deal an opportunity to finally prove himself

Garcia-Campbell
Garcia survives knockdown, stops Campbell in R7 – new WBC interim LW champ
Ryan Garcia: I’m not worried about Luke Campbell, here to conquer the lightweight division


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
Billy Joe Saunders
Callum Smith

Terence Crawford
Kell Brook
Egidijus Kavaliauskas
Amir Khan

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
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
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
Dana’s determination was admirable, but this was inevitable from first bell
2020 Fight of the Year: Zhang Weili vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC 248
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

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 Covington

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

Amanda Nunes
Megan Anderson
Felicia Spencer
Germaine de Randamie
Cris Cyborg

Valentina Shevchenko
Lauren Murphy
Jessica Andrade
Jennifer Maia
Katlyn Chookagian

UFC card reviews
UFC 255: Deiveson Figueiredo vs Alex PerezUFC 256: Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno
UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje
UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa
UFC 252: Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier 3
UFC 251: Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 1
UFC on ESPN 12: Dustin Poirier vs Dan HookerPrelims
UFC 250: 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 232: Amanda Nunes vs Cris Cyborg
UFC 193: Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm