Boxing News by Richard E. Baker

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…

Monster Mash

October 24, 2020

The Buddhists say all sorrow lies in the past and dwelling there is not the best choice. We have a tendency to glorify such times…

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…”

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…”

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…

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…

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…"

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...

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…

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...

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…

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…

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...

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...

Mick Conlon's Revenge

December 15, 2019

He was redeemed by earning a 10-round unanimous decision over Vladimir Nikitin to retain his WBO Intercontinental featherweight belt...

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…

Roy Jones Jr. Moves on Washington

January 15, 2020

To have a fight with any BoxRec stars in the Northwest is a treat. Jones is bringing several. He and the casino appear to be a perfect fit...

Dannie Williams on the Comeback Trail

January 17, 2020

Keys clearly had the better skills. Trouble was, he did not throw enough of them. Someone forgot to tell him that throwing punches is a big part of boxing...

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...

A dull fight for fans, a great fight for Canelo

November 7, 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..."

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...

Mick Conlon's Revenge

December 15, 2019

He was redeemed by earning a 10-round unanimous decision over Vladimir Nikitin to retain his WBO Intercontinental featherweight belt...

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... 

Just Another Travesty

January 6, 2020

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...