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20 AUGUST 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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Tami Cotel

By Thomas Hauser
When Lennox Lewis (pictured) and Vitali Klitschko meet in the ring on June 21, one of the most important people in the arena will be a 48-year-old woman with long brown hair wearing jeans and a form-fitting top. Tami Cotel is the production coordinator for HBO Boxing, and virtually everything that happens on fight night will bear her imprint. Tami Cotel

Gatti-Ward III: Postscript

By Thomas Hauser Two careers ended in Atlantic City on June 7th. Gatti-Ward III: Postscript

Al Gavin

By Thomas Hauser On June 7, 2003, Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward will face off for Part Three of their Club Fight Trilogy. Al Gavin

The Strange Case of Steve Smoger

By Thomas Hauser
Steve Smoger (pictured refereeing Hopkins vs Trinidad) is universally recognized as one of the best referees in boxing. In recent years, he has also been a municipal court judge in Ventnor, Margate, Port Republic, and Pleasantville, New Jersey. Therein lies the quandry. The Strange Case of Steve Smoger

Cedric Kushner: Saving A Life

By Thomas Hauser Cedric Kushner (pictured in his prime) looks healthier these days than he has in years. Cedric Kushner: Saving A Life

Jim Lampley In Depth

By Thomas Hauser "In some ways, I'm a mass of contradictions," says Jim Lampley. Jim Lampley In Depth

An Open Letter to Ron Scott Stevens

Dear Ron, Congratulations on your appointment as chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. An Open Letter to Ron Scott Stevens

Good News and Good Riddance at the New York State Athletic Commission

By Thomas Hauser
Ron Scott Stevens has been designated by Governor George Pataki as the new chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. For the past eight years, the commission has been widely viewed as a slush fund for the Republican Party and a dumping ground for political patronage employees. Good News and Good Riddance at the New York State Athletic Commission

Conflicts of Interest

By Thomas Hauser Boxing has a lot of problems. Conflicts of Interest

Three Smart For Their Own Good

By Thomas Hauser
Mickey Duff, the venerable British boxing promoter, once said of a fellow who was giving him a hard time, "You've heard of someone being too smart for his own good. Well, this guy is three smart." Three Smart For Their Own Good

Jones-Ruiz and the Roy Jones Legacy

By Thomas Hauser For ten years, Roy Jones Jr. has been a dominant force in professional boxing. Jones-Ruiz and the Roy Jones Legacy

DiBella v. Hopkins

By Thomas Hauser Lou DiBella has won a $610,000 libel judgment against Bernard Hopkins in a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. DiBella's lawsuit was filed in December DiBella v. Hopkins

New York State Athletic Commission Update

By Thomas Hauser Sources in Albany report that New York Governor George Pataki intends to appoint Jerry Becker as the next chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. Becker would replace Bernard Kerik who has New York State Athletic Commission Update

Ward-Gatti II

By Thomas Hauser It was only a ten-round fight. There was no title on the line. Micky Ward (pictured by Tom Casino) was never a world champion, and Arturo Gatti only briefly held the IBF junior lightweight crown. Ward-Gatti II

Fistic Christmas Carols

By Thomas Hauser The sweet science exists in a world of its own. Thus, in the spirit of the holiday season, I'd like to offer the following Christmas carols, honouring various members of the boxing community. DECK Fistic Christmas Carols

George Foreman On Character

By Thomas Hauser The tradition continues. Each holiday season for the past few years, this column has been devoted to some thoughts from George Foreman. Earlier this year, I talked with George about the issue of George Foreman On Character

Don King and George W. Bush Redux

By Thomas Hauser Last September, I received a tape of a telephone conversation between Don King and George W. Bush -- at least, I said I did -- and promptly transcribed it for Secondsout. Most readers were appreciative, Don King and George W. Bush Redux

Tony Soprano Does Boxing

By Thomas Hauser The whole world is waiting for season number five of The Sopranos on HBO. And yours truly has a copy of the finished tapes. Plot summaries for each of the thirteen episodes follow. Episode #1 Still Tony Soprano Does Boxing

Team Ruiz

By Thomas Hauser: On March 1st, John Ruiz and Roy Jones, Jr. will do battle at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas for the WBA heavyweight crown. Ruiz has taken a lot of criticism; much of it centered on his Team Ruiz

Testifying Before Congress

By Thomas Hauser The call came on Wednesday, January 29th from Ken Nahigian (a member of the majority staff for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation). He wanted to know if I'd Testifying Before Congress

Larry Merchant

By Thomas Hauser: Another HBO boxing telecast has begun. Everything is hot. Pulsating theme music, computer-generated graphics, sizzling video clips, the electric voice of Jim Lampley. Then Lampley delivers the Larry Merchant

Hello, Joe: A Letter to Joe Louis

By Thomas Hauser Hello, Joe. October 26th is coming up. That's the 50th anniversary of the last fight of your career; the one against Rocky Marciano. I remember what you said after you fought Jersey Joe Walcott in 1947: Hello, Joe: A Letter to Joe Louis

Bill Cayton belongs in the Hall of Fame

By Thomas Hauser One can make a strong argument that Bill Cayton belongs in the International Boxing Hall of Fame because of his accomplishments as a manager. Over the years, he guided Mike Tyson, Wilfredo Benitez, and Bill Cayton belongs in the Hall of Fame


By Thomas Hauser On November 13th, the New York State Assembly Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Sports, chaired by Joseph Morelle, held a public hearing as part of its investigation into the scandals that have plagued Testimony

Fighting for America

By Thomas Hauser On November 23rd, DiBella Entertainment will present "Fighting For America," featuring nine professional bouts at Roseland Ballroom in New York. James "The Hammer" Butler, Brian Adams, and Olympians Fighting for America

Guilty Pleasures: The Rematch, Marc Ratner, and Las Vegas

By Thomas Hauser For many people involved with boxing, there's a guilty pleasure in following the sport. And those feelings can be even more pronounced when a fight is tied to the pleasures of Las Vegas. Marc Ratner, Guilty Pleasures: The Rematch, Marc Ratner, and Las Vegas

The "New" New York State Athletic Commission

By Thomas Hauser On October 22nd, the New York State Senate confirmed the appointment of past (and now future) New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly as chairman of the State Athletic Commission. Kelly The "New" New York State Athletic Commission

The Black Lights

By Thomas Hauser Editor's Note: "The Black Lights" by SecondsOut columnist Thomas Hauser is one of the most widely heralded books ever written about boxing. Hauser joined the training camp of WBC super-lightweight The Black Lights

George Foreman on Christmas

By Thomas Hauser Traditions evolve in a particularly nice way. Two years ago, I authored a poem entitled "A Christmas Eve Visit From George Foreman." Last December, as the holidays approached, I wrote an article George Foreman on Christmas

No! No! No! Don't"

By Thomas Hauser In 1980, in response to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, the Carter Administration sought to organize a boycott of the Moscow Olympics. As part of that effort, it sent Muhammad Ali to five No! No! No! Don't"

The Handshake

By Thomas Hauser It's a time-honored axiom in boxing: "Never fall in love with a fighter; because if you do, sooner or later, he'll break your heart." Lou DiBella fell in love with Bernard Hopkins. Now Hopkins has The Handshake

Dr. Margaret Goodman

By Thomas Hauser When Hasim Rahman was knocked out by Lennox Lewis this past November, the first person to reach him was a woman with long red hair dressed in a black Gucci pants suit with a black leather collar. There Dr. Margaret Goodman

Everlast: The Choice of Champions

By Thomas Hauser Everlast is the oldest major brand name in boxing. The company was founded in 1910 by a 17-year-old Bronx resident named Jacob Golomb. Golomb, the son of a tailor, wanted to manufacture swimsuits that Everlast: The Choice of Champions

Lewis-Tyson: Cancel The Fight

By Thomas Hauser First, the facts. A press conference was scheduled to take place at the Millennium Hotel in Manhattan on Tuesday January 22nd to announce a heavyweight championship fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Lewis-Tyson: Cancel The Fight

Mosley-Forrest: A good fight becomes a great one

By Thomas Hauser When Shane Mosley versus Vernon Forrest first appeared on boxing's radar screen several years ago, the assumption was that, when it happened, it would be a blockbuster fight. Things didn't turn out that Mosley-Forrest: A good fight becomes a great one

Nevada says "No" to Mike Tyson

By Thomas Hauser The Nevada State Athletic Commission has denied Mike Tyson's request for a license. The decision came after a two-and-a-half hour hearing with Tyson present and was by a 4 to 1 vote. The sole dissenter Nevada says "No" to Mike Tyson

Bernard Hopkins: Craftsman At Work

By Thomas Hauser Greg Sirb, Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, stood outside the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania, last Saturday night and savored the moment. Bernard Hopkins (right) was Bernard Hopkins: Craftsman At Work

The New Mike Tyson

By Thomas Hauser Boxing fans, take note. A major anniversary is approaching. On March 1, 2001, Mike Tyson invited twenty members of the national media to his palatial Las Vegas home. During their hour-long get-together, The New Mike Tyson

Francisco Bojado: The young phenom stumbles

By Thomas Hauser You see them in every sport; the young athletes who dazzle their peers with performances and physical skills beyond their tender years. At age 18, Wayne Gretzky led the National Hockey League in Francisco Bojado: The young phenom stumbles

Some Thoughts On Boxing

By Thomas Hauser Boxing is such a chaotic mess that it belongs on the internet. The difference between a champion and an also-ran is that an also-ran does things almost right and a champion does them exactly right. Some Thoughts On Boxing

The 96-4 Purse Split

By Thomas Hauser Carl Daniels is on the verge of filing a lawsuit against AOL-TimeWarner and Don King Productions in the United States District Court for New Jersey. The suit will allege that the defendants tortiously The 96-4 Purse Split

Robson Books

By Thomas Hauser The most prolific publisher of boxing books in the world is Robson Books. Jeremy Robson, who founded the company with his wife Carole, was born in North Wales and raised in London. At the start of his Robson Books

Audley Harrison

By Thomas Hauser Audley Harrison has an attitude. "I've always been opinionated," says the man who triumphed in the super heavyweight division at Sydney to become the first British boxer in 32 years to win an Olympic Audley Harrison

Jameel McCline: The Stepping Stone

By Thomas Hauser Jameel McCline is easy to like. The 31-year-old heavyweight spent his early years in Harlem with his mother and five siblings, all of whom were on welfare. When Jameel was seven, his mother put him in a Jameel McCline: The Stepping Stone

Lewis-Tyson: The Gathering Storm

By Thomas Hauser In mid-January of this year, Mike Tyson visited Jose Torres in New York. Tyson and Torres share a unique bond. In the 1960s, Torres was trained and managed by Cus D'Amato, who guided him to the world Lewis-Tyson: The Gathering Storm

Lewis-Tyson draws closer

By Thomas Hauser Two months ago, Mike Tyson came back to New York to visit with Zab Judah. Over the years, the two men have developed a close relationship. And while some observers question whether Iron Mike has been Lewis-Tyson draws closer

Reflections on Lewis-Tyson

By Thomas Hauser Boxing, more than any other sport, is dependent upon a single great athlete at any given time to enter the public consciousness. On June 8th, Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson did battle at The Pyramid in Reflections on Lewis-Tyson

The Quotable Mr. King and the Quotable Mr. Hopkins

By Thomas Hauser Now that Don King is promoting Bernard Hopkins, they constitute boxing's most quotable couple. Neither of them has ever lost a press conference. Give either one a microphone, and a luncheon turns into a The Quotable Mr. King and the Quotable Mr. Hopkins

Ted Williams: A Tribute

By Thomas Hauser A boxing website headquartered in England is an unusual forum to write about an American baseball player. But there's a special bond among great athletes. The death of one is felt by all. Death is a Ted Williams: A Tribute

The Insurance Issue

By Thomas Hauser When Vernon Forrest and Shane Mosley fought their rematch on July 20th, the focus was on the fight. But the bout also showcased a troubling side issue. Boxing, more than any other professional sport, The Insurance Issue
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