The fight of his life

By Richard E. Baker on August 1, 2020

He will never be an opponent unless he fights for a world title. (Photo: Richard E. Baker)

Every fight is the fight of his life. Every fight brings him closer to the spotlight. There is no such thing as a small fight, not for a man determined to reach the top, the roar of the crowd, the ring lights representing his world… READ MORE

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 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…

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...

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…

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…”

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?”

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…

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…

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…

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…”

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…

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…”

Is it one and done for Wilder?

March 5, 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…”

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…”

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...”

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

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…”

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 each hand...

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...”

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...

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…”

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…

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…”

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…

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…

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...”

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…”

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...

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...”

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…”

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

Wilder proceeded to lecture even those of us who know that everyone is out of Africa about his motivation, which he is convinced is superior to everyone else’s…

Wilder-Fury 2: Knock Yourselves Out

January 29, 2020

“I’m the Gypsy King. There’s only been one and there’s only likely to be one going forward. That’s one belt that Deontay Wilder can’t ever win...”

Seen But Not Hurd

January 25, 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...

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..."

125 Must-Read Boxing Articles! (Part 3)

January 26, 2020

The tug-of-war moral ambivalence of boxing is one reason why media coverage of boxing goes well beyond sport pages and Ring Magazine…

Tyson Fury—The Boxing Superhero

January 28, 2020

Someone like Tyson—brave, dedicated, skilled, tough, talented—is paid millions to show us all that superheroes might just exist for real…

Joe Smith Jr. wins Philly grudge match

January 12, 2020

The judge who scored the fight for Hart needs to have his head and eyes examined. Seeing the fight as close is bad enough. Scoring it in Hart’s favor was still worse…

125 Must-Read Boxing Articles! (Part 2)

January 13, 2020

Boxing is a bloody ballet—a compelling, captivating, and enthralling business. The reporting of this insane sport goes well beyond sport pages and The RING…

Shock Upset! Rosario dethrones J-Rock

January 17, 2020

"The cut blurred my vision a little bit, but it wasn't the reason why I lost. He was the better fighter tonight. We've got a rematch clause. I'll see him again soon..."

Saturday Night Fever: Garcia vs. Redkach

January 21, 2020

“I know Ivan is coming to fight. We’ve followed each other’s careers. I know he’s hungry and he wants to show the fans that he belongs on this level...”

Coach Kay Koroma: Training Jarrett Hurd & the USA Amateur Boxing Team

January 25, 2020

Koroma and Hurd completed part of their training camp in Colorado Springs, at the Olympic Training Center...

The Grinch Can Fight

January 11, 2020

Steve Nelson is another Midwest boxer, the new hotbed since Bud Crawford proved one does not have to be born in L.A., New York, or Las Vegas…

Jesse Hart vs. Joe Smith Jr. Preview

January 10, 2020

“That shit was hurtful to me. This is not business. This is not for bragging rights neither. This is something that my family put on me…”

Claressa clobbers Habazin, makes history

January 11, 2020

As history has shown, patriarchy has its limits, and anything which keeps women down needs to be dispensed with while there’s still time…

Friday Night Fights: Shields vs. Habazin

January 9, 2020

“She talks about disrespect, but doesn't have a clue what that means. Every time she opens her mouth, she's disrespectful. In fact she's all bark and no bite…”

Munguia TKOs Spike O'Sullivan

January 11, 2020

Jaime Munguia, in his debut at 160, stopped Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan via 11th-round TKO to capture the vacant WBO Intercontinental middleweight title…

Matchroom lock out the Heavys?

January 6, 2020

The sport was mocked as being the stomping ground of morons. There is a special sneer reserved for boxing, generally speaking…

Plant vs. Feigenbutz Preview

January 6, 2020

On Saturday, February 15, IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) will defend his title against Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs),…

The Great Rollino, Strongest Man in the World

January 8, 2020

Rollino’s love affair with boxing reached its apex in 1919, when his brother took him to Toledo, Ohio, to see Jack Dempsey knock out the gargantuan Jess Willard…

Conflict (Cash with no questions)

January 8, 2020

Eddie Hearn says the “Hospitality out there (Saudi Arabia) is first class…” He doesn’t seem to be a man to ask questions while the drinks stay iced…

Plotting the Rise of Gervonta Davis

January 6, 2020

There has been talk of a possible unification bout with WBA/WBO champion Vasiliy Lomachenko or IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez. …

Chavez Sr. and Jr. unite to fight "haters"

January 2, 2020

"I don’t eat meat, clenbuterol or [fail] doping exams for my fight—myself. That’s not legal! They are natural and do not come from meat…"

The loaded handgun and Errol Spence Jr.

January 2, 2020

The cops failed to determine, according to a spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department, whether it belonged to Spence or not...

Is greed good?

January 3, 2020

Paying $50 a month for that which rarely feels like a deal at $19.99 a month seems like a boondoggle, given the hit or miss quality of the fights DAZN streams…

125 Must-Read Boxing Articles! (Part 1)

January 3, 2020

The ring is a violent place where skin, bone, and brain are damaged. But it is also a place where a boxer discovers, deep down, who he, or she, really is…

Broner's Solution

January 4, 2020

Only one current boxer’s name springs out from the garbage heap when I think about dumbness in all its crass and predictable and foul forms: Adrien Broner…

Vitali Klitschko Is Santa

December 28, 2019

Klitschko can be seen riding through the streets of Kiev on a quad bike dressed as Santa Claus, his long white beard flowing in the wind...

It's Official! Wilder-Fury II on February 22

December 28, 2019

"I proved myself the first time and I’m ready to do it again. It was a very controversial fight. I promise my fans that there won’t be any controversy with this one..."

The Pope Is Dope

December 25, 2019

"Every time I go to another country, the people are so passionate, they embrace you. They lift you up. It’s almost like the opposite back home…" 

Crawford nixes Shawn Porter...for now

December 27, 2019

"If we had to fight and if it made sense, then that would be a fight that we would both agree upon. But right now, I feel like that’s not something we should discuss..."

Gervonta smokes Gamboa in final round

December 28, 2019

"I couldn't put pressure on it. I wanted to keep going. I told my corner it was a problem, but I wanted to keep going because I'm a warrior...”

When Tyson dissed Mayweather

December 19, 2019

"Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people. It's being accepted by the people. He's a little scared man. He's a very small, scared man..."

Quarry Family Values

December 20, 2019

Boxing, it seemed, was the only Quarry family business. The patriarch, Jack, who was 81 when I spoke with him, wouldn’t have had it any other way…

Chavez Jr. flops in “No mas” against Jacobs

December 21, 2019

 Security pushed Chavez through the crowd by forming a phalanx to protect him. The guards used round cards to shield the fighter from incoming...

Long Count Broadcast Surfaces

December 23, 2019

We hear a man describe this historical event as it unfolds in front of him, just a few feet away from the microphone. He has no idea what’s going to happen... 

Jermell Charlo Wants to Make History

December 25, 2019

He wanted no judges involved in the decision and decided to throw as many ineffectual punches as he could hoping he might miss the air... 

I’m Dreaming of a Whyte Christmas

December 11, 2019

UK Anti-Doping withdrew its accusation against Whyte, who failed a pre-fight urine test when trace amounts of a banned substance were found in his system...

Crawford-Kavaliauskas tonight on ESPN

December 14, 2019

"They can criticize me all they want. I’m going to get that. I’m not worried about what the critics say, or how they feel I should go with my career..."

Joshua outpoints Ruiz to regain titles

December 7, 2019

"I think the partying and all that stuff got the best of me. I gained too much weight. It affected me a lot. Next fight I’m going to be prepared..."

Friday Night Fights: Jacobs vs. Chavez

December 17, 2019

"This is the right fight to get me back to the top. It’s a big risk because of the activity he’s had, but I am not a steppingstone for him…"

Preview: Harrison vs. Charlo II

December 18, 2019

"I don’t want it to go the judges. That’s my worst nightmare. If it does go 12 rounds, he’s going to be very injured at the end..."

Preview: Joshua vs. Ruiz 2

December 5, 2019

Ruiz has been feted for striking a blow for fat men around the world. Everyone said it could be done and he proved everyone wrong…

George Foreman ranks Deontay Wilder

November 26, 2019

"He’s good, but he hasn’t approached Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson—no, he hasn’t approached that type of recognition yet. No way..."

A dull fight for fans, a great fight for Canelo

November 14, 2019

"He was defensive, he was closing up his guard. All he was doing was trying to establish points, but we knew what was coming..."

Revisiting the Heartbreak of Sonny Liston

November 20, 2019

"Someday they’ll write a blues song just for fighters. It’ll be for slow guitar, soft trumpet, and a bell."—Charles "Sonny" Liston...

Tortoise vs. Tortoise: Wilder stops Ortiz again

November 24, 2019

Today’s boxers live in fear. They are afraid of stiff competition; they are afraid of losing; they are afraid of getting hurt...