Sixteen Pounds of Punches

By Richard E. Baker on March 29, 2021

Competence, not health, was the main concern in those days. (Photo: Richard E. Baker)

The trick is not to fill up paper with any boxer but to choose boxers with real skill and potential, ones who have a chance to make the big time, to at least become true prospects, contenders, and possibly even champions…READ MORE

Sixteen Pounds of Punches

March 29, 2021

The decision for a young boxer to go pro is partially made for boxers in the United States. The law does not say how old he can be but how young he cannot be…

Canelo vs. The Fans

March 24, 2021

Many of the best fighters are not champions and many champions are little more than contenders. Not being a champion may be a convenient excuse to avoid a fight…

Whyte Stops Povetkin in Rematch

March 27, 2021

His punch resistance isn’t nearly where it should be; and like all older athletes, his physical reflexes are too slow to match what his mind recognizes needs to be done…

Jose Benavidez Sr.: Thank God for One More Day

March 10, 2021

“They didn’t have a childhood. I regret that now, because that wasn’t what I wanted, but I was just trying to make them better. I wanted them to be strong in life…”

Estrada Wins Split Decision Over Gonzalez in Thrilling Rematch

March 13, 2021

Estrada vs. Gonzalez was a lot like any historically great, elite level fight between evenly matched fighters...

Benavidez Punishes Game Ronald Ellis

March 15, 2021

“I want all the big guys, and as you can see, I love throwing punches and I love stopping people. Me against any of the big names would be a great fight…”

Vergil Ortiz Stops Maurice Hooker in 7, Calls Out Crawford

March 21, 2021

It was just the type of fight Ortiz needed at this point in his career before he moves on to higher level opposition…

Claressa Shields: First Boxer to Win Undisputed Titles in 2 Divisions

March 5, 2021

It was a tremendous performance by Shields, who at 25 years old, continues to improve fight after fight...

Dirrell Fights Davis to a Split Draw

February 28, 2021

Davis started out well, light on his feet and moving laterally. At times he tried to initiate some rough stuff, but Dirrell isn't called "The Dog" for nothing...

Turkey Shoot: Canelo Clobbers Yildirim

February 28, 2021

Yildirim must have had a game plan in mind going in. But whatever the game plan might have been, it was abandoned at the first hard shot Canelo landed...

Big Freeze in Montana

March 3, 2021

One is always too cold to know how cold it is in Montana. Once the temperature drops to the level of tree limbs cracking in half, what difference does the cold make?

Claressa Shields Makes Her Own Way

March 5, 2021

Claressa wants to challenge herself as a combat athlete, but the difference in how these sports treat their female athletes is the primary motivator…

Jalapeño Popper—Episode 3—Debut

March 5, 2021

That first walk to the ring must feel like it takes forever. The crowd in Great Falls, Montana, was anxious for a fight, any kind of activity that would let them out of the house…

David Benavidez, a Hawk Seeking a Meal

February 14, 2021

After Benavidez beat Dirrell he has been calling out Caleb Plant. Plant has responded with a tweet-full of excuses. “He acts like a woman on twitter,” said Benavidez…

Adrien Broner, Falling in Love Again

February 19, 2021

Since love is war and love is blind and love is a four-letter word and a losing game, Broner professing his newfound love almost makes a weird kind of sense…

Catch and Counter with Caryn: Berchelt vs. Valdez

February 19, 2021

It’s a highly anticipated bout, coming at a particularly opportune time for boxing fans—there has been a lull in the sport in recent months as far as high profile fights go…

Oscar Valdez KOs Miguel Berchelt

February 20, 2021

Valdez showed a whole other layer of his skills tonight. He boxed beautifully, utilizing angles, feints, showing different looks, and showing incredible intelligence in the ring…

Uninspired Broner Outpoints Santiago

February 21, 2021

“Broner did a nice job in there. The decision could have gone both ways. He fought a great fight. We were in it to win this fight and he got the decision…"

Commey Stops Marinez in Six

February 13, 2021

He looked great tonight. Marinez didn’t come to lose, but he just wasn’t able to hang with Commey, a strong fighter who packs a punch and has good fundamentals…

Ten-Count for Leon Spinks

February 7, 2021

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, the one-time Olympic gold medalist, started Muhammad Ali on his long goodbye on February 15, 1978...

One Chocolate Malt, Please

February 4, 2021

Brito stayed in Washington. With David Benavidez, Abraham Martinez, and Jose Valenzuela training in Big Bear for future fights the gym here feels fairly empty…

Plant Puts on Clinic Against Game Caleb Truax

January 30, 2021

The angles Plant used were absolutely beautiful—he nearly always ensured he could get off with whatever he wanted while keeping Truax from letting his hands go …

Do Not Go Gently

February 5, 2021

He has always been an in-your-face kind of fighter, a non-stop banger exciting to watch. He will exhaust an opponent by walking him down. He also hits very hard...

Stephen Fulton Wins Skillful Dogfight Against Angelo Leo

January 23, 2021

Angelo Leo and Stephen Fulton faced off in a 12-rounder for Leo's WBO world super bantamweight title…

Kovalev Caught Doping

January 25, 2021

Those early infractions, while scary and unbecoming, were chalked up to his being a stranger in a strange land unfamiliar with the customs of his adopted home...

Waiting for a Call

January 25, 2021

Thinking Simmons was finished, he showered him with bombs coming all the way from Canada. LeCoure learned that not every stunned fighter goes down…

Weight and See

January 26, 2021

Reyes picked up the black & white picture and held the shot in both hands. He outlined his face and body with his finger. “I look fat,” he said. “You are fat,” replied Javier…

Saturday Night Fever: Plant vs. Truax

January 30, 2021

Positioned precisely where he belongs in the P4P rankings, Plant may have bigger fish to fry than Caleb Truax, but it’s Truax who’s on his radar tonight…

Ryan Garcia, Dropped Early, is First to Stop Luke Campbell

January 2, 2021

Campbell grimaced in pain and fell to his knees. He wasn't able to make the count and the fight was waved off… 

Fight Rumor

January 16, 2021

Word spread and I expected a number of calls. People in the boxing game often call me thinking I might have some information that might benefit them. I don’t…

The Sun Will Come Out

January 21, 2021

Think of all the great fighters we have known, boxers who have put their lives on the line yet could not eat in certain restaurants or stay in certain hotels…

Rascon, Back to Mexico

January 22, 2021

She brings something more into the ring than just boxing. She likes putting on a show. Costumes are fine but there is no greater show than a good fight with plenty of action…

Down at the Chicken Ranch

January 23, 2021

“I always thought he would be one of the greats. You can’t be great if you don’t fight the best and Benavidez is currently the best super middleweight in the world…”

Morrell Beats Gavronski on FOX

December 26, 2020

Morrell threw a picture-perfect 1-2-3 (jab, left hand, right hook) to drop Gavronski heavily at the end of round 1. He was in over his head…

Exit, Stage Right

December 27, 2020

The corner wanted to continue. Gavronski was not yet beaten into insensibility, still able to almost speak a complete sentence, and still recognizable as human…

Catch & Counter With Caryn: 2020, The Year That

Almost Wasn't

December 31, 2020

Young champion Teofimo Lopez faced the great Vasyl Lomachenko for the undisputed lightweight world title…

Goodbye 2020

January 1, 2021

The last bit of news concerns the very popular heavyweight Chauncy Welliver. He was rushed to the hospital suffering from a very dangerous case of covid…

Saturday Night Fever: Garcia vs. Campbell

January 2, 2021

“He has no challenges for me. All he’s got is pitter-patter punches and amateur style punches. None of that is going to save him. I'm not even worried about Luke Campbell…”

Friday Night Fights: Golovkin vs. Szeremeta

December 16, 2020

Golovkin peaked six years ago, but since his two fights with Canelo Alvarez in 2017 and ‘18, the superlatives used to describe him have decreased in number and volume…

Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith Preview

December 18, 2020

At 6-foot-3 with a 78-inch reach, compared to his challenger’s 5-foot-8 with a 70½-inch reach, Smith could present problems Canelo has not yet overcome...

Golovkin TKOs Outclassed Szeremeta

December 18, 2020

Golovkin established his jab in the opening round and added a dazzling array of punches as the rounds progressed that seemingly could not miss…

Canelo Outboxes, Punishes Callum Smith for 12 Rounds 

December 19, 2020

Smith was simply too straight up-and-down for a fighter of Canelo’s caliber, regardless of the size difference...

Mike Gavronski—Once More into the Breach

December 24, 2020

If David Morrell wins, he goes on to more money and more fame. If Mike Gavronski loses, he falls into the well paid opponent category…

Catch & Counter with Caryn: Errol Spence Jr. Vs. Danny Garcia

December 5, 2020

Spence's last fight was versus Shawn Porter in September 2019, just before the accident. It was grueling...

Spence Inspires in Win Over Garcia

December 5, 2020

This was Spence’s first fight back after a serious car accident in October 2019. Questions abounded heading into this fight: would Spence look the same?

Saturday Night Fever: Joshua vs. Pulev

December 12, 2020

“With all due respect to Anthony Joshua, I don't think he's that good, nor do I think he's invincible. I have everything. I’m here now, ready to fight and win…”

Joshua Stops Pulev in 9

December 12, 2020

Joshua was able to anticipate much of what Pulev was doing and throwing, and Pulev’s lack of adjustment were obvious in the way Joshua was able to control him...

The World of Billy Walker

December 16, 2020

Filmed in gritty black and white, the documentary explores the life and times of the former heavyweight contender known as the “Golden Boy” and “Blond Bomber…”

Holyfield challenges Tyson to third fight

December 1, 2020

“My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses. Now I can see why he wanted a tune-up fight before thinking about fighting me…” 

Claressa Shields Goes for the Gold

December 2, 2020

Despite its increased visibility, women’s boxing hasn’t exactly taken the world by storm. Old habits die hard, while boxing tradition dies even harder… 

Ground control to Tyson Fury

December 2, 2020

“Often it can be those close to us who make us doubt ourselves because they want to guide us to take the safe route, the well-travelled path through life…” 

Spence-Garcia Final Presser

December 3, 2020

Until the opening bell sounds, doubts persist that Spence, no matter how hard at work he is in the gym, may have lost a step, if not physically than psychologically… 

Mexican Fiesta

December 4, 2020

Finding fights in the time of covid is tough. Fights have gone the way of the blacksmith, the party line telephone, and silent movies. Many gyms have been closed… 

Fire and Brimstone and Deontay Wilder

November 16, 2020

Former heavyweight champion of the world Deontay Wilder isn’t the first person to believe his own lies, nor will he be the last...

Caveat emptor: Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.

November 26, 2020

“We wanted to make sure that they both understood that it was a sanctioned exhibition fight. It's going to look like a boxing match…”

Joe Joyce Stops Daniel Dubois in 10

November 28, 2020

It was a superb performance by Joyce, who showed that he has a higher level of skill than perhaps many people realized. It was also a very good showing by Dubois...

Tyson/Jones Jr. draw after 8 rounds

November 28, 2020

Tyson was asked if he would resume his pro career. “This is bigger than fighting for championships. We’re humanitarians, we’re helping people. I’m into that now…”

What if Mike Tyson stages a comeback?

November 30, 2020

George Foreman liked what he saw, was impressed by Tyson’s performance, and foresees big things in Mike’s future should he decide to take that path…

Haney Easily Outpoints Gamboa

November 8, 2020

“I want the big fights,” said Haney after the bout. “Fighting someone like Gamboa was a steppingstone but I’m here for the big fights…”

Luis Ortiz Stops Alexander Flores in One

November 7, 2020

Less than a minute into round 1, Ortiz caught Flores with a right hook to the body that dropped the American fighter. Flores also seemed to injure himself on the way down...

Crawford vs. Brook Preview

November 12, 2020

“He’s not the only opponent that went into the fight thinking they were going to stop me or knock me out, so that’s nothing new for me…”

Vidal Stops Ortiz in 2 on FS1

November 14, 2020

Vidal landed shot after shot, and though Ortiz may not have taken any single monumental punch, he was simply taking too much damage…

Crawford TKOs Kell Brook 

November 14, 2020

Brook performed well, before he walked into a punch he didn’t see coming, and has now lost three of his last six fights…

Mayweather goes on the offensive

October 23, 2020

There may be people who don’t know about sanctioning fees, even though I’ve yet to meet them. But it could be because of the company I keep…

Lomachenko Injured Prior to Lopez Fight

October 22, 2020

“I was injured coming into this fight as well, if you want to talk about injuries,” Lopez told ESPN, “but I didn’t make no excuses about it. You know what I mean...

Monster Mash

October 24, 2020

Gene Fullmer was not a boxer in a conventional sense. He was often slow, awkward, and used tactics that confused his opponents…

Lipinets and Clayton Fight to a Majority Draw

October 24, 2020

The cards read 115-113 for Clayton, and 114-114 twice for a majority draw. A draw was a very fair result in a close, competitive bout in which it was hard to pick the winner...

Gervonta Davis Stops Leo Santa Cruz in Six

October 31, 2020

Davis’ sharp counters kept Santa Cruz guessing and thinking twice about letting his hands go as much as he normally does…

Tonight's the Night: Lomachenko vs. Lopez

October 17, 2020

“A lot of people talking about Teofimo Lopez. Who is this guy? He never fought any top fighters. Now he’s a world champion. Welcome to my club…”

Lopez Upsets Lomachenko for Undisputed Title

October 17, 2020

Loma wasn’t able to fully utilize his beautiful footwork and dance around Lopez as he normally does against his opponents; instead, he turned up the dog…

Judges Bungle Lopez-Loma Scorecards

October 18, 2020

Distinguishing good from bad, right from wrong, fact from fiction, truth from lies, might impinge on self-interest, which would be a pity, especially if that’s all there is…

Sonny Liston—Night Train

October 21, 2020

The media reluctantly embraced Sonny Liston as the celebrity he was and succeeded, to some extent, in humanizing the alleged monster in our midst…

The Jalapeño Popper Ready for Pro Debut

October 21, 2020

When Brito decided he did not like the amateurs, he and his father decided to do something different, an interesting experiment. His father kept him in the gym…

KO, or Not KO, that is the question 

October 12, 2020

Many shot fighters say they can make a comeback, that they have been reborn and renewed. Flores is hardly a shot fighter. He is more a throwback fighter...

The Basement Banger

October 13, 2020

“It was a sign. I left college sold everything I had, and moved to Los Angeles. I would stay in boxing and I would become a champion…”

Blood, Sweat and Tears: Loma vs. Lopez Preview

October 14, 2020

ESPN is giving the fight the star treatment it deserves. Check out Parts 1 and 2 of Blood, Sweat and Tears before tuning in to Saturday’s pick ‘em title bout…

Beautiful Boxing

October 15, 2020

At the fights she glides to her seat like an apparition of Athena, goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare. Athena is often depicted with a helmet and a spear…

Joshua vs. Pulev on December 12

October 17, 2020

Pulev’s only loss was by knockout to Wladimir Klitschko in 2014, just before Dr. K formally commenced his slide. But Pulev has won eight fights since then…

Television Exposure Does a Fighter Good

October 9, 2020

Heavy bags hang like bats from the ceiling accompanied by four round body bags dangling as if from two enormous bulls...

Benavidez Back on Track

October 9, 2020

“When I started boxing I used the ropes a lot. Being there came naturally to me. I learned how to swing back to the center whenever I liked…”

Zepeda KOs Baranchyk in Dogfight

October 3, 2020

Two-time world challenger Jose Zepeda flattened former IBF junior welterweight champion Ivan Baranchyk at 2:50 of round five in a scheduled 10-rounder…

Conwell Impresses in ShoBox Stoppage Win

October 7, 2020

Charles Conwell got the better of the action thanks to his superior defense, very good foot positioning, and educated inside game…

Mike Tyson vs. Trevor Berbick

October 3, 2020

Thirty-two-year-old Berbick was 31-4-1. Twenty-year-old Tyson was 27-0 and a 3-to-1 favorite. Much was expected from the heavy-handed bomber from Brooklyn…

Results from Part 1 of Charlo Doubleheader PPV

September 26, 2020

Derevyanchenko began to take too many punches in the early rounds. By the fourth, he looked like he was being worn down…

Charlo Twins Hit Pay-Per-View Tonight

September 26, 2020

It remains to be seen if the first major pandemic pay-per-view raises Jermall and Jermell Charlo's visibility and stock...

Results from Part 2 of Charlo Doubleheader PPV

September 26, 2020

Jermell appeared uncomfortable. He clearly didn’t like the feel of Rosario’s punches when they landed and even when they were blocked…

Satori in Las Vegas

September 28, 2020

“It wasn’t spectacular,” Arum said. “The poor guy, a minute later he might have gotten killed. The guy never was in with a world class fighter...”

Magsayo Wins Split Decision over Hermosillo

October 3, 2020

Magsayo, who is promoted and mentored by Manny Pacquiao and trains with Freddie Roach, showed superior athleticism and angles throughout the fight…

Lubin Outpoints Gausha

September 19, 2020

After the fight, he told Showtime’s Brian Custer that he thought the layoff might have had something to do with his less-than-perfect performance.…

Ugas Wins Split Decision Over Abel Ramos

September 6, 2020

Ugas seemed to have expected something else, and in this case, who can blame him? Ramos doesn’t normally purely box in his fights…

From one side of the ring to the other

September 6, 2020

When boxers get smart they start to think about their health and the best ways to collect a payday without getting hurt. When that happens a day job is in order…

It's Showtime! Lubin vs. Gausha Eliminator

September 19, 2020

Gausha dropped a unanimous decision in 2017 to Cuban wizard Erislandy Lara. That same year Lubin had his clock cleaned by Jermell Charlo in the first round…

Pedraza Dominates Overmatched Molina

September 20, 2020

“It was the experience that I've had at the top level that helped me finally put it together. I do believe I'm ready for a world title opportunity…”

Ramirez wins majority decision over Postol

August 29, 2020

WBC/WBO super lightweight champion Jose Carlos Ramirez eked out a majority decision over former WBC super lightweight champ Viktor Postol...

Lara Outclasses Vendetti

August 29, 2020

Vendetti was, of course, a big underdog. But Lara is now 37, his legs aren’t what they once were and Vendetti is a pretty good fighter…

Saturday Night Fever: Herring vs. Oquendo

September 5, 2020

“It’s not like I was the only one suffering. It’s a global pandemic, so I can’t really complain too much. Despite all the setbacks, I’m still able to handle business…”

Herring retains title via DQ over Oquendo

September 5, 2020

It was an unconventional ruling to say the least. Whether his vision was impaired or not, it appeared that Herring quit between rounds eight and nine…

Sunday Night Fights: Ugas vs. Ramos

September 6, 2020

Ugas has won 10 of his last 11 fights dating back to 2016. His only blemish during the past four years was a split decision loss to Shawn Porter…

Madrimov vs. Walker: Inviting Tragedy

August 18, 2020

Before Walker rose to his feet, the referee could be heard saying to the ringside doctor, “He (Walker) says he’s dizzy…”

Whyte vs. Povetkin Preview

August 20, 2020

“The story of my life is pressure. I’ve been under pressure my entire life. This is just another puzzle. There is more pressure because of the future, but that’s in the future...”

Sergio Martinez Returns, Stops Fandino to the Body

August 21, 2020

Maravilla was slower than he once was, of course, but he often showed flashes of his old self...

Povetkin Flattens Dillian Whyte

August 22, 2020

“I was pretty confident in the fourth round. I did go down twice, but it was OK, it wasn’t too much damage. I got woke up…”

Shawn Porter Trounces Sebastian Formella

August 22, 2020

He’s proven he’s one of the most versatile and elite fighters in the sport, including in the lion’s den of welterweight, for several years...

Boxing in the Time of Covid

August 9, 2020

"Usta be a fighter needed 50 bouts before he could fight for a championship. Now they fight for them on television after 10 or fifteen fights; and they don’t know nothing…"

Jamal James Defeats Thomas Dulorme on FOX

August 8, 2020

From round eight onward, James was in control and Dulorme seemed tired, following James around and not throwing much…

Benavidez Loses Title on Scale

August 15, 2020

"I’m very disappointed. This is obviously my first time missing weight. Just very disappointed to lose the title on the scale, but I’m still going to win the fight tomorrow..."

Benavidez Stops Angulo on Showtime

August 16, 2020

"I could have done some stuff better, but overall it was a great performance. I didn’t want to go too fast and leave myself exposed for some big shots…"

Pass the Vegetables

August 17, 2020

The long walk was not the walk of heroes, of cheering crowds, and of flashing lights. Both men entered the ring through a wave of silence, nothing to arouse the spirits...

Nicaragua jumps the gun

April 27, 2020

Daniel Ortega is a former revolutionary turned strongman who believes in power, but is wary of testing and what it might reveal…

Hope and Despair

June 10, 2020

Sure, the fights were not much, a few young scrappers getting a bit of paid exercise, but something is usually better than nothing...

Showtime Announces its 2020 Boxing Schedule

July 22, 2020

"This lineup delivers on our promise to provide boxing fans with the best talent, the most exciting fights and the highest quality presentation in the sport..."

A Championship Family

July 28, 2020

Boxers are constantly screwed. Chicanery in the game seems to be the normal. He was not going to let that happen to his boys…

The fight of his life

August 1, 2020

Every fight is the biggest fight of a serious boxer’s life, every fight a step forward or backward on what he hopes to be a successful career…

Kubrat Pulev maps Redemption Road

April 8, 2020

Stealing a kiss used to be poetic, like a lyric from the Great American Songbook brought to life. Nowadays—forget about it...

Rules of the Game: Exclusive Inside CSAC Boxing Officials Training

April 13, 2020

“Can this guy mathematically win at this point?” asked Reiss. “Does he have a real puncher's chance?”

Dan Rafael Walks the Plank 

April 15, 2020

I got to see close up and personal how ambition, toadyism, and lack of principle could be the foundation of a beautiful career…

The incredibly shrinking Harry Wills

April 17, 2020

“If I had told the boys about my fasting they would have said: ‘Harry is daffy. Taking socks on the chin has made him goofy...’”

Ten-Count for Eddie Cotton

April 20, 2020

“You could hear Emanuel in the corner. He was imploring. He said, ‘Lennox, just fight like a little bitch.’ Those were his exact words. I got it on tape…”

Wilder Bobblehead Dolls for Sale

March 24, 2020

“The referee did him a massive favor and the cornerman chucked in that towel,“ said Froch. “It couldn’t have come at a better time…”

Stone Cold Sigmund Wortherly

March 25, 2020

While growing up in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem, New York, in the 1940s and 1950s, Sigmund Wortherly had no shortage of positive role models...

On the QT: Tarantino's top 5 fight flicks

March 29, 2020

Can a factual story can be mythical? Maybe cinema makes it so. But De Niro, Scorsese, Jake LaMotta, Joe Pesci—bring it on…

Diddly boppers Pete and Nick Spanakos

April 2, 2020

“I’m very appreciative that I’m here and my brains are unscrambled enough where I can ask those kinds of questions…”

Beantown Boxing 1896

April 3, 2020

Forty men worked all night to erect a suitable ring, the sand packed hard, covered with boards, and blanketed with a resin-coated canvas…

The World According to Amir Khan

April 5, 2020

Amir and Faryal reconciled. In February she gave birth to their third child. It’s a boy. Khan is pleased to have a son, but he is restless…

O Lord, save us from the Boxing Promoter...

March 13, 2020

They are utterly ruthless, money-driven, emotionless, reptiles, with no heartbeats or the ability to taste anything other than fresh blood…

Ring of Fire—The Emile Griffith Story.

March 18, 2020

“Ring of Fire” tells the harrowing story of former welterweight, junior middleweight, and middleweight champion Emile Griffith…

Ten-Count for Roger Mayweather

March 19, 2020

There’s no better way to disrupt the solemnity of his passing, not to mention the tragedy having befallen the world, than to promulgate fake boxing news…

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

March 20, 2020

The State sought to destroy Jack Johnson out of fear that some Americans might get the wrong idea…

Charley Green: The Devil Made Him Do It

March 22, 2020

Although there was overwhelming evidence to suggest otherwise, Charley “Devil” Green always insisted he was not a triple murderer…

Don King disses Tyson Fury

March 9, 2020

“For Ali to compose a few words of real poetry,” said Mailer, “would be equal to an intellectual throwing a good punch...”

Twin Peeks: Reggie and Ronnie Kray

March 9, 2020

They lived a life of fast cars, fast women, hot blood and easy money and left countless busted noses in their wake…

Chauncy and the Chocolate Factory

March 10, 2020

Chauncy was learning on the job and was quickly gaining a following, more as an oddity than as a boxer. He should have been the first Butterbean…

125 Must-Read Boxing Articles (Part 5)

March 12, 2020

You find this sublime and sordid sport mentioned in politics, philosophy, business, fashion, the arts, religion, and in medicine…

Stevenson vs. Marriaga Preview/Cancelled

March 12, 2020

In an empty Hulu Theater, WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson will defend his title against perennial contender Miguel Marriaga…

Saturday Review: Kownacki vs. Helenius

March 6, 2020

“I respect him for taking this fight, but he chose the wrong opponent. This is not going to be a fight; it’s going to be a war…”

Is it one and done for Wilder?

March 5, 2020

If Wilder loses the third fight with Fury, proving once and for all that he can’t compete with an elite heavyweight, one and done seems a real possibility...

Movie review: "Body and Soul" starring John

Garfield

March 6, 2020

He wins a trophy in an amateur boxing tournament, and realizes that fighting is his ticket out of the slums…

Underdog Helenius stops Kownacki

March 7, 2020

In round four, Helenius dropped Kownacki with a right hand that was ruled a slip, but he was hurt and his defense, never his strong suit, was nonexistent…

Requiem for a Heavyweight

March 9, 2020

Appearances by former world-class pros like Max Baer and Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom add authenticity to the televised proceedings…

The Set-Up is arguably the greatest boxing movie ever made

March 3, 2020

“I remember the first time you told me that. You were just one punch away from the title shot then…”

Max Baer vs. James Braddock

March 2, 2020

The fight, which was called “the greatest fistic upset since the defeat of John L. Sullivan and Jim Corbett,” was scheduled for 15 rounds...

Resurgent Chocolatito Stops Yafai

March 1, 2020

Yafai would have been smart to box and move, instead of hoping to make a statement, a statement which blew up in his face...

John Fury: Father Knows Best

March 2, 2020

“I've been very unlucky,” the elder Fury told the BBC, “but very lucky as well…I’ve been a naughty boy and there is no point hiding it…”

Joshua vs. Pulev Preview

March 3, 2020

Pulev is a top-10 fighter, but falls short of being elite. A victory over Joshua, who we know can be beaten, would alter that perception dramatically…

Garcia decisions Vargas in barnburner

February 29, 2020

“I think I’m ready to get back in with the best. I want Manny Pacquiao or a rematch with Errol Spence. This is a great option to continue at 147…”

Andy Ruiz Jr. wants Tyson Fury

February 29, 2020

Fury will fight anyone. Atlas, God, Zeus, Hercules—Bring ‘em on, all on the same night. Oh, and if Joshua has time, Fury would love to fight him...

Saturday Night Fights: Garcia vs. Vargas

February 27, 2020

These guys are solid professionals. They will touch gloves before the opening bell and embrace when it’s over. Good sportsmanship is in their DNA. ...

Star clothier in Wilder's corner

February 26, 2020

Cosmo + Donato avoided incoming fire. They spoke with Wilder by phone. He said he doesn’t blame them. He wants them to design his next masquerade...

Sonny Liston vs. Floyd Patterson 1

February 26, 2020

On September 25, 1962, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson defended his title against fearsome Sonny Liston...

Don't Punch a Gift Horse in the Mouth

February 24, 2020

That’s the last thing fight fans want to hear. Hopefully it’s the last thing Tyson Fury wants to hear. But John Fury can be persuasive...

Wilder—Goodbye Emperor.

February 25, 2020

Wilder’s right hand could topple anyone, on any given day. His only flaw, seemingly unnoticed by the legions of his followers, was simple...

Fury clobbers KO King to regain title

February 22, 2020

With nowhere to run or hide and lacking the innate ability to fight back, Wilder was a sitting duck whose goose was cooked...

Team Wilder in disarray

February 23, 2020

Deontay is the kind of guy that’s a ‘go out on his shield kind of guy’ and he will tell you straight up don’t throw the towel in...”

Bump City Blues

February 24, 2020

He first looked old and beaten like a rich man who had just lost his fortune in the stock market and did not know how to get the money back...

Out of shape Fury weighs 273 lbs.

February 21, 2020

Even if the British beef is as pure as his intentions, Fury’s hamming it up might not help when it comes to defeating Deontay Wilder...

Rules of the Game: Jack Reiss Exclusive on Bryant Perrerra Stoppage

February 19, 2020

“I can’t say, ‘Let’s let the clock run out. Let’s go to the scorecards.’ I would be cheating the other fighter…”

Wilder Quizzed Ahead of Fury Rematch

February 19, 2020

“The first fight was an amazing fight. It was a very controversial fight. We left people confused about what happened or who won. This is judgment day…”

Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo 1

February 21, 2020

Nonstop action and rugged noncompliance with basic survival instincts, it was boxing at its most primordial, the very essence of a sport still full of surprises…

Tyson Fury Saves Lobsters

February 21, 2020

Fury can be seen sitting in a restaurant, reading the menu, trying to decide what to order, when the maître d' approached with a live lobster in his hand...

Fury for the Win

February 18, 2020

We’re not talking about Nobel Prize winning lectures here. This is Sell, Sell Time and this is P.T. Barnum’s sexiest dream…

Plant/Feigenbutz Final Presser

February 14, 2020

“If you want to take the belt back to Germany, you have to kill me. I don’t think he’s man enough to do that. This belt’s staying right here in Nashville...”

Plant Devours German in Nashville

February 16, 2020

Music blares from every doorway. The siren song of commerce beckons. And in the midst of it looms Breakstone Arena…

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 1

February 17, 2020

The bull/matador, hunter/hunted comparisons still suffice when discussing the first fight as their different styles meshed as though made for each other…

Fury Talks the Talk before Wilder Rematch

February 17, 2020

“I learned he can be hit, and he can be hurt quite regularly. That's the biggest thing that I learned about Deontay Wilder. Nothing I didn’t already know…”

125 Must-Read Boxing Articles (Part 4)

February 10, 2020

The sweet and sour science is omnipresent—universal—and comes with spiritual overtones; it touches upon science, and it is, arguably, an art form…

Inside PBC Wilder vs. Fury II (Episodes 1-3)

February 11, 2020

Anticipating upwards of 2 million pay-per-view buys, if Wilder-Fury II achieves that lofty goal, it will be the highest grossing heavyweight fight of all time...

Boxing's Disinformation Dilemma

February 12, 2020

We’re heard the excuses for inexcusable decisions, which range from boxing is subjective to “Boxing is the red light district of sports,” a million times...

Plant/Feigenbutz Media Workout

February 13, 2020

“I want to be first undisputed super middleweight champion. I want to be pound-for-pound. I want to be an immortal in the sport, a name that never fades…”

The Meteoric Rise and Fall of "Big" John Tate

February 13, 2020

He wanted the world to know that beneath the great big welcoming Southern smile was a good and decent man who deserved another shot at life…

Saturday Night Live: Russell vs. Nyambayar

February 7, 2020

“I think Tug is a lot more technically sound than a lot of the guys who I have competed against. He’s another guy with everything to gain and nothing to lose…”

Russell outpoints game King Tug

February 8, 2020

“He is a great champion who fought a great fight. I made a mistake by waiting for him during the fight. I’d love the rematch if I can get it…”

Sugar Ray Seales: Blind Man's Bluff

February 10, 2020

“Sure, you can love to box but as a professional you need to earn a living wage. No one will take care of you in your old age. I learned that the hard way…”

Rigondeaux vs. Solis Preview

February 4, 2020

“I want to make a statement and solidify my legacy as one of the best Cuban fighters ever. I want the boxing world to be talking about me…”

Let your fists do the talking

February 6, 2020

“It’s me,” said Wilder. “I believe in myself, strongly. While I’m the heavyweight champion of the world, I display this to people. I lead by example...”

Jarrell "Big Baby"Miller—Free at Last

January 30, 2020

When the news of his failed drug test originally broke, Miller, having forgotten that denial is the most sincere form of admittance, went on the defensive...

Toppenish—2020

January 31, 2020

Delgadillo has also fought mostly winning opponents, the bouts staged in Texas where tough boxers abound. This bout promised to be all action...

Duane Ford—a Lifetime in Boxing

January 31, 2020

A short, soft-spoken man with a lovely wife, he sits in the lobby of the Legends Casino in Toppinesh, Washington nursing a cup of coffee...

Ordenis Ugas TKOs Mike Dallas Jr.

February 2, 2020

“The most important thing was to get the victory. The main goal now is to keep winning and fight for a title. I’m ready for all of the top welterweights…”

Joe Louis vs. Jersey Joe Walcott 1

February 3, 2020

The Brown Bomber was approaching the end of his singular career and would retire, albeit briefly, after the rematch with Jersey Joe in June of ‘48...

Boxing by the book, Garcia schools Redkach

January 25, 2020

"A lesser man than would have hightailed it out of there once the beating began. Not Redkach. He stuck it out to the bloody end..."

Seen But Not Heard

January 26, 2020

Santana thought an upset was in the cards. He was sure he was catching Hurd at the perfect time. Look what happened when he fought J-Rock...