Boxing and UFC

Israel Adesanya of Nigeria walks out prior to facing Robert Whittaker of Australia in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 271...

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 Articles written pre-Jan. 2022 have been archived so don’t feature in this list, to avoid clutter.

2022

JUNE

UFC 275
Prochazka pips Teixeira to LHW title with R5 sub after Shevchenko’s razor-thin defence
Virtual Presser: Santos keen to wrestle, Joanna targeting revenge and more

Making moves
Beterbiev blasts past Smith Jr inside two rounds – sorry Yarde, there’s bigger fish to fry
After his R4 blasting win over Bryan, Dubois must now step up the gears again
Joe Cordina’s stunning R2 KO opens up possibilities in super-featherweight division

Kambosos-Haney
Haney outclasses, comfortably outpoints Kambosos to unify all four lightweight titles
Kambosos Jr involved in weigh-in drama before undisputed lightweight title bout vs. Haney

may

Davis-Romero
Romero targets other lightweight stars, having acquitted himself well before TKO defeat
Gervonta Davis retains WBA title, lands perfect R6 TKO punch to dismiss Rolando Romero

Buatsi-Richards
Buatsi stays unbeaten at 16-0 with impressive UD win over domestic rival Richards
Battle of south London booked: Joshua Buatsi vs. Craig Richards LHW clash set for May 21

Redemption time
UFC Vegas 55: Lingering questions persist, a week after Holm-Vieira disputed decision
UFC Vegas 54: Blachowicz back to winning ways, calls for Teixeira-Prochazka winner

Charlo-Castano 2
Charlo chops Castano with R10 KO in back-and-forth rematch, now undisputed at 154lbs
Jaron Ennis predicts dominant, eventual KO win over Custio Clayton overnight

UFC 274
UFC 274: Key observations, five things we learned from May 7’s PPV card
After a historic weight miss yesterday, can Charles Oliveira redeem himself?

Canelo-Bivol
Brilliant Bivol breaks down Canelo en route to UD win, retains WBA LHW title
Canelo stresses patience is key in weekend’s light-heavyweight title battle with Bivol

aPRIL

Stevenson-Valdez
Stevenson outclasses Valdez en route to wide decision win, now unified 130lb champion
It’s been a long time coming, but Shakur’s showcase awaits on Apr. 30pre-fight comments

Taylor-Serrano
Katie Taylor withstands fiery Amanda Serrano storm to edge split decision win

Fury-Whyte
Fury fires R6 uppercut to TKO Whyte, retains WBC belt  before retirement talk resumes
Whyte typically bullish ahead of long-awaited title fight vs. heavily favoured Fury

Spence-Ugas
Spence Jr unifies WBA, WBC, IBF welterweight titles with R10 TKO win vs. Ugas
After successful arm surgery, Ugas looks to produce another upset in Spence’s backyard

Respect is earned
Vera vaults up at bantamweight, as knockdowns help him outpoint Font
Andrade earns historic sub win over Lemos on return to strawweight division
Muhammad stakes claim with disciplined all-round display, overwhelms Luque
Conor Benn batters Chris van Heerden with startling second-round TKO victory

Volkanovski-Zombie
UFC 273: Volkanovski’s vicious statement, after Sterling and Chimaev edge razor-thin wins
Preview: Two title fights, bad blood and compelling matchups to settle

Long-awaited returns
Golovkin earns R9 TKO win vs. Murata, but some serious questions remain unanswered

March

Big fights on the horizon
Repeat or revenge? Namajunas-Esparza 2 set for UFC 274 co-main event on May 7
Stevenson-Valdez: It’s been a long time coming, but Shakur’s showcase awaits on Apr. 30

UFC Columbus
UFC Columbus: Key observations, five things we learned from Mar. 26’s Fight Night card
With women’s flyweight in flux, Alexa Grasso must seize co-main chance

A whirlwind week
After last month’s injustice, Catterall returns to training but remains left in the lurch
UFC London: Aspinall’s HW ascent continues with first-round submission vs. Volkov
Scary rhabdomylosis diagnosis forces Vergil Ortiz Jr out of weekend McKinson fight

Ankalaev-Santos
UFC Vegas 50: Ankalaev thoroughly tested and knocked down; eventually outworks Santos
Thiago Santos, Magomed Ankalaev excited before their light-heavyweight title eliminator

UFC 272
UFC 272: Covington mauls Masvidal, after big victories for Mitchell and Holland
Chimaev? Win some big fights then I’ll destroy you like Masvidal, Covington insists

february

Taylor-Catterall
Taylor retains super-lightweight titles with highly controversial split decision win vs. Catterall
Ahead of rebooked Jack Catterall 140lb title defence, Josh Taylor eyes welterweight move

UFC’s surging contenders
Lightweight: Makhachev’s mauling streak continues with R1 TKO win vs. Green
Light-heavyweight: Hill’s highlight-reel R1 KO win over Walker puts LHW division on notice
Middleweight: Strickland outworks hesitant Hermansson, calls for Adesanya/Whittaker title fight

Khan-Brook
40 days on: After his Amir Khan KO win, what’s next for Kell Brook still remains unclear
Long overdue: Amir Khan, Kell Brook exchange words ahead of Saturday’s grudge match

UFC 271
UFC 271: Adesanya efficiency proves key in Whittaker rematch, retains middleweight title
Ahead of rematch, Whittaker says ego cost him in knockout loss to Adesanya

Eubank-Williams
Eubank Jr scores four knockdowns, eases past Williams with wide decision victory
Bad blood and egos aside, Eubank Jr must shine on enemy territory in Cardiff this weekend

January

UFC 270
Ngannou inflicts Gane’s first defeat, after Figueiredo regains flyweight strap
Ngannou vs. Gane – Long-awaited heavyweight unification bout upon us
Francis’ desire for boxing clause in future UFC deal an unwelcome distraction

Planning ahead
Errol Spence Jr vs. Yordenis Ugas welterweight title unification clash set for April 16
Rising welterweight star Jaron Ennis expecting busy 2022, targets world title push
Staying ready: Kattar keen for UFC 273 back-up role ahead of Volk-Zombie title fight

Doubt them at your peril
Thurman vows to produce increased workrate against bullish Barrios this weekend
UFC Vegas 46: Calvin Kattar returns in style, earns dominant UD win vs. Giga Chikadze


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
Dmitry Bivol
Caleb Plant
Billy Joe Saunders
Callum Smith

Terence Crawford
Shawn Porter
Kell Brook
Egidijus Kavaliauskas
Amir Khan

Errol Spence Jr
Yordenis Ugas
Danny Garcia
Shawn Porter

Devin Haney
George Kambosos Jr
Joseph Diaz
Jorge Linares

Gervonta Davis
Rolando Romero
Isaac Cruz
Mario Barrios
Leo Santa Cruz

Shakur Stevenson
Oscar Valdez
Jemel Herring
Felix Caraballo

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

Anthony Joshua
Oleksandr Usyk 1
Kubrat Pulev
Andy Ruiz 2
Joseph Parker

Dillian Whyte
Tyson Fury
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

Back the Brits
Heavyweight: Joe Joyce, Daniel Dubois
Light-heavyweight: Joshua Buatsi, Anthony Yarde
Middleweight: Chris Eubank Jr
Welterweight: Conor Benn

Specials
2021
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
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
Finally, Lopez-Kambosos Jr lightweight title fight looms large this weekend
If Bud is the division’s pinnacle, will Showtime Shawn P finally rise to the occasion?
September 25 title fight date, but don’t dare overlook the unbeaten Ukrainian
Even after patchy Carlos Takam win, time is of the essence for Joe Joyce
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
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

2020 post-lockdown – boxing’s return
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.
Eddie Hearn: Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury agree two-fight deal in principle

Throwback to…
History revisited: Groves beats Eubank Jr on points after thrilling finish
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
Daniel Dubois flattens Nathan Gorman, becomes British HW champion
Chris Eubank Jr impressive during commanding points win, retires James DeGale
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
Leon Edwards 2 – August 20
Jorge Masvidal 1and 2
Gilbert Burns
Colby Covingtonand 2

Israel Adesanya
Jared Cannonier – July 2
Marvin Vettori 2
Jan Blachowicz
Paulo Costa
Yoel Romero
Robert Whittakerand 2

Valentina Shevchenko
Taila Santos
Lauren Murphy
Jessica Andrade
Jennifer Maia
Katlyn Chookagian

Amanda Nunes
Megan Anderson
Felicia Spencer
Germaine de Randamie
Cris Cyborg

Alexander Volkanovski
Korean Zombie
Brian Ortega
Max Holloway 1and 2

Julianna Pena
Amanda Nunes
Sara McMann
Germaine de Randamie

Historical PPV card reviews
KO of the year? UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
Sweet redemption – UFC 260: Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2
A final farewell – UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Lesson in humility – UFC 253: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa
Valuable closure – UFC 252: Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier 3
Brutal beating – UFC 249: Justin Gaethje vs. Tony Ferguson
History made – UFC 247: Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes
Fierce but a decisive finish – UFC 214: Jones-Cormier 2

Specials, timeless features
After a productive 2021, Belal Muhammad seizing his chance in flimsy 170lb division
Casey O’Neill’s patient progression stance is one more UFC prospects should follow
2021 FOTY: Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega, UFC 266
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 FOTY Zhang Weili vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC 248
2019 Fight of the Year: Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington 1, UFC 245
Changing of the guard – UFC 243: Adesanya-Whittaker 1
Is Conor McGregor in danger of turning into the next Ronda Rousey?
UFC 193: Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm