Exclusive Interview by Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci “Throughout my boxing career even as an amateur I never had it easy.”–Freddie “Pit-Bull” Liberatore Freddie Liberatore grew up in Bayside and in 1988 won the New York Golden Gloves at featherweight. A promising pro career lay before him with his crowd pleasing brawling style. An under rated […]
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By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci This past weekend Billy Joe Saunders struggled big time with cherry picked number 10 WBO middleweight contender Artur Akavov. Yours truly covered the fight just days before and warned that this was a very live under dog going up against a champion who refused to fight any number one contender […]
Vinny’s Views: It’s The Big One Elizabeth…Billy Joe Saunders is Finally Defending his Title – Breaking It Down By the Numbers!
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci For the true fight fans who catch every bout on cable your patience has paid off as the oft postponed first WBO middleweight title defense of Billy Joe Saunders has finally come to fruition. Saunders will be defending just 2 weeks shy of the anniversary of his twelve round victory […]
Vinny’s Views: Vasyl Lomachenko Blows Out Nicholas Walters – Creates Shades of Sugar Ray Leonard – Roberto Duran “No Mas” Fiasco!
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci Photo credit Chris Farina – Top Rank The great fight that wasn’t to be. The stage was set at the Cosmopolitan in Vegas to what appeared to be a solid and outstanding year end matchup of two top ten fistic greats coming on the heels of promoter Bob Arum’s 2000th […]
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci Hold tight sports fans like the presidential election this will get uglier before it gets better. In that vein, it’s easy to dismiss this robbery as Kovalev won the “popular” vote while Ward won the electoral vote and move on and be done with it. Not so fast and not […]
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci Alright sports fans I predicted against logic that Sergey Kovalev would box and win a twelve round decision and I was right. On popular Facebook boxing threads, I challenged Andre Ward’s fans to be on the lookout as such providing the judging was fair. What I witnessed last night was […]
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci I am saddened to report the untimely passing of 52 year old former heavyweight contender Alex Stewart of London who gave the sport thirteen years of memorable battles in a see/saw career that capped off at 53-10, 40 KO’s. A terrific boxer who was perhaps too game for his own […]
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci As always, the winds of change are upon us and there is a good vibe transcending across the boxing faithful, while the last days of eager anticipation melt away mounting tensions of the biggest match of the year. While we await Kovalev Vs Ward the internet is buzzing with both […]
Vinny’s Views: The Rest of the Boxing Schedule for 2016 & Bold Prediction for the Winner Between Keith Thurman & Danny Garcia!
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci OK fans with coffee cup in hand I tackle one of the hottest debates on the horizon. (My Publisher “Bad” Brad has threatened if I turn in another column when I’m watering my gullet with Grey Goose laced with Café’ Patron that he’ll sign my checks in crayon, so I […]
Vinny’s Views: Sergey Kovalev Defeats Andre Ward, Vasyl Lomachenko Beats Nicholas Walters & More of the Remainder of 2016 Boxing Matches
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci It’s a damn shame some fighters are constantly running for cover like Marines ducking shrapnel, and worst yet that some fights simply can’t get made. With that said, Happy Veterans Day to all of our RSR readers who have served or currently serve in the military. The boxing landscape of […]
Sergey Kovalev Sits Down With RSR and Talks About the Biggest Fight of his Boxing Career Against Andre Ward
Exclusive Interview by Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci “You know I will never go in ring and say “I will do this, I will do that.” It is very difficult to knock someone out. If I get a KO, I will. Most important is to win!”—Sergey Kovalev With just two weeks to go before fans are […]
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci OK, when I’m wrong I admit it. I covered this fight for Ringside Report on August 26th after the match was signed and predicted Manny would win 9 of 12 rounds in completely dominating overmatched Jessie Vargas. In actuality, Manny ran away with the fight having won all, but the […]
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci On the heels of this week’s conviction of Charmon Sinkfield for the murder of WBC super welterweight champion Vernon Forrest back on July 25, 2009 finally brings closure for both his family and the brotherhood of the boxing community and fans. Sinkfield’s conviction promises a life sentence without the possibility […]
Exclusive Interview by Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci “Let me put it this way, a month ago a guy asked me, “Michael what does it feel to be a legend?” I said to him if I ever become one I’ll let you know!”—Mike Weaver In June of 1979 the immortal Larry Holmes took on challenger Mike […]
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci End of summer has arrived and I’m still spitting watermelon seeds in disgust. This has turned out to be a highly pampered year by one too many boxing stars. Let me keep you all up to date and vent before I spill my Café’ Patron. First up, this past week […]
Vinny’s Views: Danny Garcia Is Way Overrated, Tyson Fury’s Struggles, Andre Ward Vs Sergey Kovalev, Roy Jones, JR RETIRE! & More…
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci Let me start by saying I love the sport I cover even in spite of itself. Seems almost every boxing writer has uttered those words sometime in their careers from decade to decade, generation to generation. Presently the fall of ’16 is littered with reminders of all that is wrong […]
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci With deep regret I’m writing about the passing of the great Aaron Pryor this past Sunday morning, October 10th as confirmed by his widow Frankie Pryor. “The Hawk” passed on in a hospice where he was fighting heart disease since this past July. The champion had fists of fury that […]
Vinny’s Views: Anthony Joshua Vs Wladmir Klitschko Breaking It Down By the Numbers & Fight Prediction!
By Vinny “Glory Days’ Lucci The heavyweight title match up between the two goliaths Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko has been awaiting confirmation long past an internet rumor. Ringside Report brings the fans the complete exploration and break down of fight slated for November 26 in Manchester England for Joshua’s IBF title. This was same […]
Vinny’s Views: Vasyl Lomanchenko Vs Nicholas Walters SET & The Rest of the Big Sked in Boxing for 2016
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci Hey Sports fans, the fall of sixteen is shaping up to have a classic ending. First up we just received confirmation on Wladimir Klitschko accepting a title shot for Anthony Joshua’s IBF belt on November 26 in Manchester England, as we also wait for signatures on WBA middleweight mandated title […]
Vinny’s Views: Time to Strip the Self-Professed Fat Man Tyson Fury of His Titles – He’s Already Stripped Himself of Pride!
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci Something is terribly wrong with the man who would be king. Start with his name. Tyson Fury conjures up images of “Mike Tyson” and well, “fury.” You’d think with a name like that the world would be witnessing a special breed of animal in the heavyweight hierarchy but instead half […]
Vinny’s Views: Memo To Oscar De La Hoya – Don’t Force Canelo Alvarez to Wear the Same Pantyhose We Know You Are So Found Of & Stop the Ridiculous Demands On Making a Match with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin!
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci If you’re the betting type, the last two weeks have provided some easy money if you bet the favorites in recent middleweight matches. Gennady Golovkin made short work of welterweight champ Kell Brook and Daniel Jacobs obliterated two time challenger Sergio Mora, while Canelo Alvarez dismantled junior middleweight champion Liam […]
Vinny’s Views: Memo to Boxers – Cut the Crap With Making Weight for Boxing Matches Especially Championship Ones!
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci Hey RSR Readers it’s time to spit some venom on another bleeding sore of our beloved sport. Last Week I trekked through what I believe is the ten biggest ills that saturate through the boxing landscape in which nothing good ever permeates from it. From time to time it’s my […]
Vinny’s Views: Canelo Alvarez Vs Liam Smith Broken Down by The Numbers & Pick the Round Alvarez Knocks Out Smith!
By Vinny “Glory Days “Lucci This Saturday we get to witness the calendar filler for Golden Boy Promotions as they keep their prize possession busy while waiting for Gennady Golovkin to grow old. Canelo Alvarez will be fighting Liam Smith for his WBO light middleweight title. I wish there was some blood and vinegar to […]
Vinny’s Views: Gennady Golovkin – Kell Brook Clash Earns “Special K” More Fans in Defeat & Daniel Jacobs Stop The Flip Flopping!
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci The middleweight clash yesterday did little to wet our appetites on tonight’s boxing headliner. Such easy work almost felt like a prelim for Daniel Jacobs’ rematch with Sergio Mora. While their first bout a year ago looked unwarranted it did hold a few key moments of intrigue in its brief […]
Vinny’s Views: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin – Kell Brook Inside Information, Betting Odds & Fight Prediction
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci All right sports fans, as we head into tomorrow night’s middleweight title fight between unbeaten champs Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Kell Brook more questions have been raised than answered so allow me to get you on track for fan favorite which has incredibly taken on a life of its own. […]