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23 SEPTEMBER 2014

 

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 Secondsout.com 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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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

Will a Bad Boxing Bill Become Law ?

By Thomas Hauser: A proposal that could put people in harm's way and would result in an economic windfall for a small privately-held corporation is wending its way through the New York State legislature. On June 14th, it was approved by the State Senate by a vote of 57 to 3. It's now in the State Assembly Committee on Tourism, Arts and Sports Development and is expected to come before the full Assembly this autumn. Will a Bad Boxing Bill Become Law ?

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

Fighters Are Dying: Stop The Nonsense

By Thomas Hauser: On September 23, 2005, Raymond "Skip" Avansino (chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission) announced the formation of an advisory committee on boxer health and safety to review the commission's medical guidelines and recommend changes to better protect fighters in Nevada. Avansino's action came in the wake of a four-month period during which four fighters left the ring in Las Vegas with bleeding in their brain. Two of them (Martin Sanchez and Leavander Johnson) died. Fighters Are Dying: Stop The Nonsense

What Madison Square Garden Boxing Could Be

By Thomas Hauser: When Seth Abraham left his position as president and chief executive officer of Time Warner Sports In 2000 to become executive vice president and chief operating officer of Madison Square Garden, fans hoped that the Garden would once again become The Mecca of Boxing. Abraham had developed and managed all sports strategies at HBO, but the sweet science was his signature sport. Under his leadership, the network had become the most powerful force in boxing. What Madison Square Garden Boxing Could Be

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 ESPN.com. 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

Paulie

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

More on Pay-Per-View Piracy and The Internet

By Thomas Hauser

Last week, when I posted an article about pay-per-view piracy and the Internet, reader reaction was swift.

Some of the responses involved humorous recollections. Writer extraordinaire George Kimball reminisced about a man he met a dozen years ago who was a retired cop working as an investigator for a Boston cable company. More on Pay-Per-View Piracy and The Internet

Pay-Per-View Piracy and The Internet

By Thomas Hauser
There was a time not long ago when boxing's pay-per-view industry was undermined by illegal "black boxes". Authorized cable boxes contain filters that impede the flow of unauthorized signals to a subscriber's home. Pay-Per-View Piracy and The Internet

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

First Fight

By Thomas Hauser: From time to time, I recount the memories of boxing personalities regarding the first professional fight they ever saw. The tradition continues with this column. First Fight

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

The Day I Met Muhammad Ali

By Thomas Hauser: Secondsout is pleased to share the following excerpt from Thomas Hauser's new book with our readers. "The Lost Legacy of Muhammad Ali" has just been published in the United States by Sport Classic Books and in the United Kingdom by Robson Books. The Day I Met Muhammad Ali

Who Owns the Titles?

By Thomas Hauser: On June 25, 2005, Carlos Maussa knocked out Vivian Harris to earn the right to be called the WBA junior-welterweight champion. Note that I didn't say Maussa won the WBA title (although, like others in the industry, I frequently use that terminology). That's because the title stayed with Main Events. Who Owns the Titles?

Oscar De La Hoya: A Personal Portrait

By Thomas Hauser:
One gauge of celebrity status is name recognition. Like Madonna Ciccone and Oprah Winfrey, Oscar De La Hoya is a first-name phenomenon. Oscar De La Hoya: A Personal Portrait

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

Mark Taffet

By Thomas Hauser: One day in 1993, Mark Taffet found himself sitting on a train beside George Foreman. The occasion was a press tour to publicize Foreman's upcoming fight against Tommy Morrison. Mark Taffet

The Resurrection of Saint Louis (DiBella)

By Thomas Hauser: Lou DiBella was once one of the most powerful people in boxing. As the number-two man at HBO Sports, he had considerable input into how the network's substantial financial resources were spent. He was also the driving force behind HBO's Boxing After Dark and an integral member of the team that elevated World Championship Boxing to an industry-wide standard The Resurrection of Saint Louis (DiBella)

Gatti-Mayweather: What Did You Expect?

By Thomas Hauser: Cus D'Amato once said, "When two fighters meet in the ring, the fighter with the greater will prevails every time unless the other man's skills are so superior that his will is never tested." Gatti-Mayweather: What Did You Expect?

Ron Scott Stevens

By Thomas Hauser: It's fight night at Madison Square Garden, the most famous arena in the world. From a regulatory point of view, things don't just come together by chance on occasions like this. Someone has to make them happen. It's like getting everything and everyone in order for a circus parade. Ron Scott Stevens

Nobody Does It Better: Bob Arum and Building A Fighter

By Thomas Hauser: Building a boxing superstar is a long arduous process with no easy road to success. Bill Cayton built fighters brilliantly from a manager's perch; most notably, Mike Tyson. Main Events shepherded Evander Holyfield's rise to glory. Lou DiBella is trying to do the same with Jermain Taylor. But nobody has built superstars from scratch more consistently than Bob Arum. Nobody Does It Better: Bob Arum and Building A Fighter

Bobby Goodman

By Thomas Hauser:
In the pre-dawn hours of October 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali solidified his place in boxing history by knocking out George Foreman in the eighth round of their heavyweight championship fight in Zaire. In his dressing room after the fight, the first person he hugged was Bobby Goodman. Bobby Goodman

Nine Days In Las Vegas

By Thomas Hauser: Sanitized vice is always on display in Las Vegas. The unsanitized kind takes place behind closed doors. The city works hard to create an environment in which each of its 37,000,000 annual visitors feels welcome. Nine Days In Las Vegas
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