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23 MARCH 2018


Thomas Hauser is the author of 34 books including 'Muhammad Ali: His Life And Times'. In 2005, he was honored by the Boxing Writers Association of America, which bestowed the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism upon him. He was the first Internet writer ever to receive the honor. Thomas describes writing for as a chance to 'explore new frontiers and deliver cutting-edge material to website readers'. His next book - ‘The Greatest Sport of All' - will be published by the University of Arkansas Press later this year.


Use the search box below to reference Hauser's entire archive from 2001 to date on Secondsout.

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The Colossus of Clones

By Thomas Hauser
Boxing is the world's hardest sport and also the world's hardest business. Earlier this month, Nikolai Valuev and Thomas Adamek defended their titles at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Tucked away on the undercard in an off-television bout was a man who, sixteen months ago, stood at the center of the boxing universe. The Colossus of Clones

Nikolai Valuev: More Than Meets The Eye

By Thomas Hauser
Let's start with some thoughts from Nikolai Valuev himself. He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) on August 21, 1973. He's the World Boxing Association heavyweight champion, stands 7-feet-2-inches tall, weighs 328 pounds, and has 45 wins in 45 fights. Nikolai Valuev: More Than Meets The Eye
The Continuing Education of Ireland’s John Duddy

The Continuing Education of Ireland’s John Duddy

By Thomas Hauser
On September 29th, John Duddy fought Yory Boy Campas at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The fight was made by Team Duddy with the expectation that it would be the next step up the ladder for the popular Irish middleweight. Instead, it became a harrowing journey and a defining fight in ways that were both good and bad. The Continuing Education of Ireland’s John Duddy

Steve Farhood

By Thomas Hauser
"I was clearly a mistake." Those are Steve Farhood's first words when asked to provide biographical data about himself. "I'm the last of four children," he elaborates. "And my parents were divorced one month before I was born."

Farhood might have been a mistake, but he doesn't make many of them. Over the course of 28 years in boxing, he has fashioned a well-deserved reputation for integrity and competence. Steve Farhood

Hey, Bernard; Go Back To School

By Thomas Hauser
Millions of students will be going back to school this week, and many of them will be asked to write the time-honored essay, "What I Did On My Summer Vacation". Thus, it's worth checking in with one of boxing's finest students -- Bernard Hopkins, who retired from the sweet science this year following a unanimous decision triumph over Antonio Tarver. Hey, Bernard; Go Back To School

Tim Smith

By Thomas Hauser
Sara Lee cakes once had a promotional jingle that went, "Everybody doesn't like something; but nobody doesn't like Sara Lee."

Similarly, everybody doesn't like someone; but nobody doesn't like Tim Smith. Tim Smith

Don King At 75

By Thomas Hauser

There are times when it's hard to like Don King. And there are times when it's hard to dislike him.

King is unique; a man of foresight, vision, and (some say) foul play. Hard-working, brilliant, charismatic; he's one of the most complex people ever to grace the American scene. His rise in the sweet science is almost as remarkable as Muhammad Ali's. He is an icon and a legend in his own time. Don King At 75

Boxing After Dark on HBO

By Thomas Hauser
Boxing After Dark made its debut on February 3, 1996. Through July 29th of this year, it has been home to 157 fights.

The idea behind the original Boxing After Dark series was to give the public competitive fights between exciting young fighters on the rise. But on occasion, the show was a vehicle of accommodation. Instead putting "stars of the future" in competitive bouts, HBO opted at times for mismatches to showcase a particular fighter. Boxing After Dark on HBO

Lee Samuels and Alan Hopper

By Thomas Hauser
Bob Arum and Don King aren't ordinary people. They're brilliant and demanding, focused and driven; admired in some circles and disliked in others. They've dominated the sweet science for longer than most of today's fighters have been alive. And each of them relies on a savvy director of public relations to help achieve his goals. Lee Samuels and Alan Hopper

Roy Jones In Idaho

By Thomas Hauser
When Roy Jones was young, he glowed. There was an aura about him and words came out of his mouth like bursts of machine-gun fire. The glow is gone now. Roy's face looks old for his 37 years and there's a bit of cotton in his voice. Roy Jones In Idaho

Nevada's "Safety Committee" Report

By Thomas Hauser
At long last, the Nevada State Athletic Commission's Advisory Committee on Boxer Health and Safety has issued its report. Many of the recommendations simply call for further study of problems or suggest that the NSAC ask the state legislature for additional funds to address an issue. Nevada's "Safety Committee" Report

Richard Schaefer and The Golden Boy Empire

By Thomas Hauser
Richard Schaefer is an interesting man. Soft-spoken, polite, smart with old-world sensibilities. Like his father, he has a passion for collecting classic Swiss stamps (those from 1848 through 1875, when the postal system in Switzerland changed). He's fluent in Swiss German (his native language), German, French, and English, and also speaks a bit of Spanish. Richard Schaefer and The Golden Boy Empire

Legacy Fights: Hopkins-Tarver and Taylor-Wright

By Thomas Hauser
Fights that shape a fighter's legacy are rare in boxing.

Earlier this month, four elite fighters stepped into the ring in two fights on back-to-back weekends. On June 10th, Bernard Hopkins moved up in weight to challenge Antonio Tarver for the right to be called the best light-heavyweight in the world. Eight days later, Jermain Taylor defended his middleweight championship against Winky Wright. Legacy Fights: Hopkins-Tarver and Taylor-Wright

The Matchmakers

By Thomas Hauser

"Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match,
Find me a find, catch me a catch
Matchmaker, matchmaker, look through your book,
And make me a perfect match."

Lyrics by Shelson Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof The Matchmakers

George Ward: The Inspector

By Thomas Hauser
Go to a fight. Watch each corner between rounds. If the fight is being properly regulated, someone will be standing on the ring apron just outside the ropes, staring intently at the interplay between the fighter, his trainer, and anyone else who's involved. That observer is an inspector. George Ward: The Inspector

Oscar and Ricky: Blue Chip and Blue Collar

By Thomas Hauser
Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton are boxing's poster boys on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. Earlier this month, they were showcased on consecutive weekends in major fights. And to draw them closer in the public mind, HBO televised a rerun of De La Hoya's May 6th fight with Ricardo Mayorga as the lead-in to a live telecast of Hatton's May 13th bout against Luis Collazo. Oscar and Ricky: Blue Chip and Blue Collar

Dan Rafael

By Thomas Hauser

"A sportswriter," Jimmy Cannon once wrote, "is entombed in a prolonged boyhood." If Cannon were alive today, he might cite Dan Rafael to prove his point.

Rafael is the boxing writer for He writes breaking news, feature stories, a weekly notebook, and Monday wrap-up. He also answers questions during online chats and compiles rankings. Reading his work enables fans to keep current in the sweet science. Dan Rafael

Who's Betting What On The Fights?

By Thomas Hauser

Boxing has a problem; a big one. Think of it as a monster that's hiding under the bed. Eventually, the monster is going to come out and take a big chunk out of boxing.

Fighters, trainers, managers, promoters, even government regulators, can legally bet on fights. They can also bet on fights that they're involved with. Who's Betting What On The Fights?

Lamon Brewster and the Medical Mess

By Thomas Hauser: It has been widely reported that Lamon Brewster suffered a detached retina in his left eye in the first round of his April 1st WBO heavyweight title fight against Sergei Liakhovich in Cleveland, Ohio.

However, multiple sources tell SecondsOut that these reports don't tell the whole story. Yes, Brewster suffered a detached retina during the Liakhovich fight. But his eye was injured BEFORE the bout. Lamon Brewster and the Medical Mess


By Thomas Hauser

Some fighters let their fists do their talking for them. Not Paulie Malignaggi.

Malignaggi is a flashy dresser with a big mouth who's basically a good guy. He's also a walking poster boy for hair gel and wears so many tassels on his boxing shoes that it's like fighting with five-pound weights on his feet. Paulie

James Toney, Hasim Rahman, and the Battle of the Bulge

By Thomas Hauser
"Boxing," Jon Saraceno once wrote, "remains in a perpetual eight-count time warp." To prove that theory, one need look no further than today's heavyweight muddle.

There was a time when a heavyweight championship bout was a seismic event in the world of sports. Now, with four "champions," few people know when a title fight is taking place, let alone care. James Toney, Hasim Rahman, and the Battle of the Bulge

Elite Referees Recall Their Most Memorable Fight

By Thomas Hauser
Fighters are never alone in the ring. Metaphorically, yes; but not literally. There's always a third man. Yet fans tend to forget the referee unless there's controversy or worse.

Dave Barry is enshrined in boxing lore as the arbiter who presided over the "long count" in the second bout between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney. Elite Referees Recall Their Most Memorable Fight

Sound and Fury

By Thomas Hauser
As Muhammad Ali grows older, there have been myriad books that view him in middle-age and seek to put his accomplishments in perspective. These efforts have been of varying merit. For example, The Soul of a Butterfly purports to be Ali's own reflections on life's journey. Unfortunately, his "reflections" include Muhammad reminiscing about a thirteenth-round knockout of Joe Frazier in 1974 at Madison Square Garden. Sound and Fury

The Opponent

By Thomas Hauser
Early on the evening of February 16th, Anthony Ottah took the subway from his home in Brooklyn to 34th Street in Manhattan. The Opponent

Larry Merchant: Football Player

By Thomas Hauser

This Saturday is a time of celebration. Larry Merchant, the heart and soul of HBO Boxing, will turn 75. Merchant was born in New York on February 11, 1931. He's best known to sports fans for his association with the sweet science. But his first love was football, and he was pretty good on the gridiron. Larry Merchant: Football Player

Manny Pacquiao: Where the Money Is Going

By Thomas Hauser
During the build-up to the January 21, 2006, rematch between Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao, a great deal was said about the relationship between Pacquiao and his former promoter, Murad Muhammad. Pacquiao's current management team maintained that the Filipino hero had been badly exploited by Muhammad, and that there would be no more exploitation in the future. In examining what has happened since then, it makes sense to let the numbers speak for themselves. Manny Pacquiao: Where the Money Is Going

The Heavyweight Not-So-Merry Go-Round

Thomas Hauser surveys the fate of the heavyweight division in the post-Lennox-Lewis era. And in a SecondsOut exclusive, he reveals the fight by-fight predictions of twenty experts who were asked what the results would be if the ten leading heavyweights in the world fought each other?

The first-place finisher?

JAMES TONEY The Heavyweight Not-So-Merry Go-Round

Mayweather-Judah Goes Down the Drain

By Thomas Hauser
It would have been a great writers' fight. Floyd Mayweather Jr is at or near the top of most pound-for-pounds lists. Zab Judah was the undisputed 147-pound champion of the world. But forget about pound-for-pound. With these guys, it's carat-for-carat. Mayweather-Judah Goes Down the Drain

Fighters of the Decade

By Thomas Hauser
A. J. Liebling once wrote of the importance of tradition in boxing with the words, "The sweet science is joined onto the past like a man's arm onto his shoulder." Fighters of the Decade

Jermain Taylor Does It Again

Taylor-Hopkins II was the last big fight of 2005. Thomas Hauser was with Team Taylor in the days leading up to the fight and in Taylor's dressing room during the climactic hours just before the fight. Now he tells the full story of that dramatic week. Jermain Taylor Does It Again

Boxing Gloves

By Thomas Hauser

The Romans forced gladiatorial slaves into combat wearing cesti weighted with iron spikes on their fists. Getting hit with cesti must have hurt. Now boxers wear gloves; not to protect an opponent's face but to safeguard their hands.

Modern gloves date to John Broughton, whose "Broughton's Rules" governed boxing from their promulgation in 1743 until 1838, when the London Prize Ring Rules were adopted. Boxing Gloves

Fighter Safety and the Nevada State Athletic Commission

By Thomas Hauser

Every now and then, a chain of events reveals rot within a respected institution.

In recent years, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has been wrestling with a series of high-profile medical incidents. Through it all, Flip Homansky has been the commission's leading proponent of proper medical care for fighters. Homansky was appointed to the commission five years ago. Prior to that, he served as a ringside physician for two decades. Fighter Safety and the Nevada State Athletic Commission

Olympic Boxing: Scoring the Fights

By Thomas Hauser
The Beijing Olympics are three years away. The London games are seven years in the future. But reform comes slowly in the convoluted world of international sports, so now is the time to take a long hard look at how Olympic boxing is scored. Olympic Boxing: Scoring the Fights

Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver

SPECIAL REPORT: Roy Jones Jr boycotted the media as he prepared for Tarver-Jones III. But in Jones's dressing room during the hours before the fight, Thomas Hauser had access to one of the most intriguing personalities and unique fighters to ever grace a boxing ring. Click here for Hauser's remarkable report on Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver. Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter

By Thomas Hauser
Knockout power is an aphrodesiac in boxing.

Boxing is starving for a marketable heavyweight.

Because of those realities, a lot of dreams were riding on Samuel Peter's broad shoulders when he arrived at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City last Saturday night. Wladimir Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter

Keeping An Eye On "The Contender"

By Thomas Hauser
When boxing fans last saw The Contender, the TV reality show conjured up images of the Titanic after the iceberg. One week before its May 24th grand finale, NBC announced that it was canceling the series. Then, for good measure, the network put the Contender's championship fight between Sergio Mora and Peter Manfredo up against the finals of American Idol. Keeping An Eye On "The Contender"

Happy Birthday, Jimmy Glenn

By Thomas Hauser
Jimmy's Corner is a blue-collar bar on 44th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan. It's open seven days a week from an hour before noon until to 4:00 AM.

Every square foot is covered with photographs of fighters and posters heralding long-ago ring confrontations. Happy Birthday, Jimmy Glenn

Lem Satterfield

By Thomas Hauser Sometimes the lives of boxing writers are as interesting as the lives of the people we write about.

Lem Satterfield was born in Washington DC on September 2, 1962. Lem Satterfield

In The Ring

By Thomas Hauser
Most people have been on a baseball diamond and a basketball court. At least once in their life, they've walked across a football field. But relatively few people have ever set foot inside a boxing ring. In The Ring

Hopkins v Taylor: The Changing of the Guard

By Thomas Hauser: On August 26, 2000, Jermain Taylor witnessed a professional boxing match in person for the first time. "I had just qualified for the 2000 Olympics," he recalls. "Some guy took the entire US Olympic boxing team to Las Vegas on his private jet to see Fernando Vargas fight Ross Thompson. Vargas knocked him out. Dominick Guinn was on the undercard and knocked his opponent out too. That was special to me because Dominick and I are both from Arkansas." Hopkins v Taylor: The Changing of the Guard

The Downward Spiral

By Thomas Hauser
The current FBI probe into boxing has broadened to include a manslaughter investigation into the death of Bradley Rone. The Downward Spiral

The Future of Boxing and the Internet

By Thomas Hauser
The major media has largely abandoned boxing. Twenty years ago, virtually every big-city newspaper had a writer whose primary responsibility was to cover boxing. Now some newspapers haven't staffed a fight since Lewis-Tyson. Many newspapers don't even print the results of championship fights anymore. The Future of Boxing and the Internet

The Tip of the Iceberg

By Thomas Hauser
On Tuesday, January 9th, a dozen FBI agents raided the offices of Top Rank, Bob Arum's promotional company, in Las Vegas. The raid was conducted pursuant to a sealed search warrant. The agents seized computers, boxing contracts, medical records, and financial documents. The Tip of the Iceberg

George Foreman on Setting an Example

By Thomas Hauser This is the fifth year in a row that I've devoted a holiday column to some thoughts from George Foreman. George Foreman on Setting an Example

Christmas Carol

By Thomas Hauser and Charles Dickens Boxing was dead. There was no doubt about that. Christmas Carol

Don King Does Atlantic City

By Thomas Hauser The term "world champion" has a different meaning today than in the past. Don King Does Atlantic City

Vitali Klitschko Crashes Joe Mesi's Garden Party

By Thomas Hauser December 6 was supposed to be Joe Mesi's night. Vitali Klitschko Crashes Joe Mesi's Garden Party

Brener Zwikel are one of the best

By Thomas Hauser
There are very few companies in professional boxing that are known for decency and competence and are universally liked. Brener Zwikel are one of the best

Roy Jones and RJ

By Thomas Hauser Roy Jones Jr is the most gifted fighter of his time. Roy Jones and RJ

Bordello Boxing

By Thomas Hauser Okay, gang. Listen up. This is a good one. Bordello Boxing
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