By Richard E. Baker on May 4, 2022
Like Johnny Tapia, boxing has saved the life of Villalobos. (Photo: Richard E. Baker)
Steven Villalobos (15-1-1) is the reincarnated Illustrated man. He is a walking inkwell with stories spread over his body like a bookmobile. They represent his entire history from drug dealing to prison time to entering boxing... READ MORE
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…”
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...
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…
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…”
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…”
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…
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...
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…
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…”
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…
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…”
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…
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...
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…
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…”
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…
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…
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…
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...
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...”
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…"
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..."
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...
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…”
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..."
March 13, 2020
They are utterly ruthless, money-driven, emotionless, reptiles, with no heartbeats or the ability to taste anything other than fresh blood…
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…
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...
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. ...
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…”
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...
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…
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…”
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…”
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…”
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...
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…”
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…
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...”
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…”
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…”
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…
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...
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...”
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…”
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…
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...”
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…
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…
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..."
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...”
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…”
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……
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…
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..."
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..."
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...
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...
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...
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..."