Articles by Hector Franco

Where in the world is Yuriorkis Gamboa?

Before Luis Ortiz, Guillermo Rigondeux, Erislandy Lara, and Rances Barthelemy, Yuriorkis Gamboa was the standout Cuban boxer in all of boxing.  Gamboa had a perfect blend of speed and power that is rarely seen in…


Drug testing in boxing & the media

There’s a new media age in the world of boxing.  The landscape of the sport is so much different from any of the other sports and when it comes to the media, it’s so much…


2015: Year of the A-Side

With all the events that took place in 2015, the one take away that this year will leave on the sport is its legacy as the beginning of the era of the A-side.  This term…


2015 FIGHTS of the Year

Similar to the fighter of the year, there was no clear winner for fight of the year.  2015 did have some great fights, but none that stood out as classics or that could stand against…


2015 Fighters of the Year

2015 is a year that will not be forgotten by boxing fans.  It was a year where the biggest fight of the generation took place and boxing finally got back on network television.  While these…


Tyson Fury and South Africa

This past November in Germany there was a changing of the guard in the heavyweight division.  Tyson Fury dethroned the longtime champion of the division Wladimir Klitschko.  The fight itself was an ugly affair that…


Two Nights in December

The first eight days of December marked the anniversary of some of the biggest fights in the career of future hall of famer Manny Pacquiao. The first fight taking place on December 6, 2008 against…