Boxing and UFC

Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates after defeating Julianna Pena in their bantamweight title bout during UFC 277 at American Airlines Center on July...

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 Articles written pre-April 2022 have been archived so don’t feature in this list, to avoid clutter.

2022

SEPTEMBER

Sandhagen-Yadong
Cory Sandhagen’s R4 TKO – doctor stoppage – vs. Song Yadong at UFC Vegas 60 on Sept. 17

Joyce-Parker
Joyce-Parker set for Sept. 24, with nowhere to run an apt tagline for upcoming PPV bout

Stevenson-Conceicao
Stevenson secures comfy UD12 win over Conceicao, calls for Haney and Lomachenko at 135lbs
Stevenson 1.6lbs overweight, loses 130lb world titles before Friday night’s Conceciao clash

Canelo-GGG 3
Canelo ends Golovkin trilogy with UD win to retain his 168lb titles as expected, but underwhelms
History revisited: Canelo’s R12 MD win over Golovkin, in previewing this weekend’s trilogy bout

Bentley-Morrison
Bentley batters Morrison, Zorro passes Spelman gutcheck and more
Friday Fight Night – British middleweight title: Bentley vs. Morrison tops bill from York Hall show

UFC 279
Wacky, weird and wild: Unpacking UFC 279 as Nate Diaz and villain Khamzat Chimaev win big
Rewind – UFC 273: Chimaev challenged by Burns, earns razor-thin win after memorable clash

Ruiz-Ortiz
Ruiz scores three knockdowns during UD win vs. Ortiz, Wilder ringside is open to possible bout
Here we go again: Ruiz ends 16-month layoff vs. Ortiz this weekend, needing continuity

UFC Paris
UFC Paris: Five things we learned from a memorable Fight Night card in new surroundings
UFC FN Paris: Whittaker ponders 205lbs move, before co-main event matchup with Vettori

August

UFC 278
Usman at peace with shock KO defeat, welcomes trilogy clash in England next year
Leon Edwards dethrones Kamaru Usman with R5 head kick KO, new welterweight champion

AJ-Usyk 2
Usyk weathers spirited Joshua display to retain world HW titles, calls for Fury unification
Same result or three-time champ? Usyk-Joshua 2 poses questions before tonight’s title rematch
Rewind to Sept. 2021: Usyk outboxes Joshua to points win, new world heavyweight champion

Lopez-Campa
The Takeback begins: Lopez overwhelms Campa, secures R7 TKO on junior-welterweight debut
Teofimo Lopez has 140lb titles in his sights before light-welterweight debut vs. Pedro Campa

Vera-Cruz
UFC San Diego: Vera’s violent run extends with R4 head kick win vs. Cruz – 135lb division beware
Rewind: Ahead of Dominick Cruz main event, a look back at Marlon Vera UD5 Rob Font on Apr. 30

Ortiz Jr vs. McKinson
Rewind: Ortiz Jr’s R9 TKO win vs. McKinson, a look at what’s perhaps next for both
Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Michael McKinson tonight: Time to shine bright, or a step too far?

Hill’s showcase continues
UFC Vegas 59: Jamahal Hill overwhelms Thiago Santos in back-and-forth LHW duel
Rewind – UFC Vegas 48: Hill’s highlight-reel R1 KO win over Walker puts 205lb division on notice

Joyce-Parker
Joyce-Parker set for Sept. 24, with nowhere to run an apt tagline for upcoming PPV bout
Frank Warren interested in exploring Wilder-Joyce, with opponent for Sept. 24 still TBC

JULY

UFC 277
Nunes exacts revenge on Pena in gruelling title rematch, Moreno bests KKF again
Nunes’ passion reignited before Pena rematch, Moreno keen to derail Kara-France

Making moves
Buatsi, Pascal agree IBF invitation to enter talks for final LHW title eliminator bout
Andrade urges Eubank Jr to agree fight terms, but domestic duel with Benn nearly finalised

Garcia-Fortuna
Sacrifices: Mayweather replies as Garcia’s plans for Davis megafight are met with terms
Fortuna flattened, Davis next? Saturday’s showing has Garcia gunning for 140lb showdown

Cause for intrigue
UFC London: Five things we learned from another emotionally draining Fight Night card

UFC 276
UFC Long Island: What’s next for Volkanovski after Rodriguez’s anticlimactic main event win?
Adesanya outpoints Cannonier, after Volkanovski dominates Holloway in trilogy fight

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


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
Gennadiy Golovkin 2GGG 3
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 Jrrematch on Oct. 15 
Joseph Diaz
Jorge Linares

Gervonta Davis
Rolando Romero
Isaac Cruz
Mario Barrios
Leo Santa Cruz

Shakur Stevenson
Robson Conceicao
Oscar Valdez
Jemel Herring
Felix Caraballo

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

Anthony Joshua
Oleksandr Usyk 1and 2
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
Robert Helenius – Oct. 15
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
Super-lightweight: Josh Taylor, Jack Catterall
Super-featherweight: Joe Cordina

Specials
2022
Stevenson-Valdez: It’s been a long time coming, but Shakur’s showcase awaits on Apr. 30
40 days on: After his Amir Khan KO win, what’s next for Kell Brook still remains unclear
Bad blood and egos aside, Eubank Jr must shine on enemy territory in Cardiff this weekend
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 of Nigeria poses for a portrait with UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou of Cameroon after his victory during the UFC 263 event...

Israel Adesanya
Alex Pereira — November 12
Jared Cannonier
Marvin Vettori 2
Jan Blachowicz
Paulo Costa
Yoel Romero
Robert Whittakerand 2

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

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

Amanda Nunes
Julianna Pena 1and 2
Megan Anderson
Felicia Spencer
Germaine de Randamie
Cris Cyborg

Alexander Volkanovski
Max Holloway 1and 2and 3
Korean Zombie
Brian Ortega

Carla Esparza
Zhang Weili – Nov. 12
Rose Namajunas 2
Yan Xiaonan
Marina Rodriguez
Michelle Waterson

Deiveson Figueiredo
Brandon Moreno 1rematchtrilogy
Alex Perez
Joseph Benavidez 2

Aljamain Sterling
TJ Dillashaw – Oct. 22
Petr Yan 1and 2
Cory Sandhagen

Francis Ngannou
Ciryl Gane
Stipe Miocic 2
Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Jiri Prochazka
Glover Teixeirarematch Dec. 10
Dominick Reyes
Volkan Oezdemir

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