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23 NOVEMBER 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 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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James Toney Shakes Up The Heavyweight Division

By Thomas Hauser: On March 29th, Don King appeared at the kick-off press conference for the April 30th WBA heavyweight title fight between John Ruiz and James Toney with Bello Nock at his side. James Toney Shakes Up The Heavyweight Division

More Trouble For "The Contender"

Chief SecondOut columnist Thomas Hauser reveals more controversy surrounding 'The Contender' series on NBC. More Trouble For "The Contender"

The Threshold Issue

By Thomas Hauser: On March 13, 2004, Joe Mesi fought Vassiliy Jirov in Las Vegas. Mesi won, but was hit so hard and so often that his brain bled in three places. The Threshold Issue

"The Contender" On The Ropes

By Thomas Hauser:Ten months ago, I wrote an article about The Contender for this website. I recounted the plans of the show's producers and closed with the words, "At some point, The Contender will become more than a game, and reality in its truest sense will intervene." "The Contender" On The Ropes
John Duddy

John Duddy

By Thomas Hauser: If a Hollywood studio needed a fighter to play the hero in an oldtime boxing movie, the search could begin and end with John Duddy. John Duddy

Lennox Lewis: 2005

By Thomas Hauser:
Lennox Lewis is happy. There's a look of joy on his face. The former heavyweight champion is in a conference room at the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan, playing with his 9-month-old son, Landon. Lennox Lewis: 2005

The Future Of Boxing At ESPN

By Thomas Hauser
On October 20, 2004, ESPN and Main Events announced a ten-month partnership that calls for Main Events to promote seven regular Friday Night Fights telecasts, three fight cards on "special" dates, and two pay-per-view shows. The Future Of Boxing At ESPN

Good Times For Bernard Hopkins

By Thomas Hauser

These are heady times for Bernard Hopkins. Last September, he was paid $10,000,000 for knocking out Oscar De La Hoya. He's the undisputed middleweight champion of the world. Good Times For Bernard Hopkins

Craig Hamilton

By Thomas Hauser
Craig Hamilton is a Jesse Ventura look-alike. Strong, barrel-chested, fifty-three years old, with a clean-shaven head and deep booming voice. Craig Hamilton

The Open Wound

By Thomas Hauser: The horror of Sam Kellerman's murder is almost too great to grasp. We know these things happen, but not to us or to anyone in our family. Not if we live in a safe world and come from a comfortable upper-middle class home. But the reality of life is that no one is completely safe. The Open Wound

Medical Issues and the AAPRP

By Thomas Hauser: Boxing is a mess. Imagine if every National Football League match-up and Major League Baseball game were contested under different rules with different officials and different governing standards depending on the state in which the game is played. Medical Issues and the AAPRP

Jack Newfield and George Bush

By Thomas Hauser
The second inauguration of George W. Bush seems like a good time to remember Jack Newfield, who died of cancer last month. Jack Newfield and George Bush

Budd Schulberg

By Thomas Hauser
The press section at ringside these days bears little resemblance to the way it looked fifty years ago. The men no longer wear hats, suits, and ties. There are a significant number of women and a smaller contingent of newspaper writers. Computers have replaced typewriters. Budd Schulberg
A Holiday Season Fantasy

A Holiday Season Fantasy

By Thomas Hauser
In the 1960s and '70s, Muhammad Ali's most important contribution was to force an understanding of the divisions between black and white in American society and, ultimately, to help bridge that gap. A Holiday Season Fantasy

Al Bernstein

By Thomas Hauser
"I-i-i-t's Showtime!" So proclaims Jimmy Lennon just prior to the main event on each Showtime Championship Boxing telecast. Clearly, the fighters are the most important element in the equation. But no one should underestimate the value of the authoritative yet relaxed and pleasant voice heard on air as the ring action unfolds. Al Bernstein

The Disconnect

By Thomas Hauser
Boxing is the most basic and most easily understood of all sports. Virtually any person who ever lived in any place at any time could watch a fight for the first time and understand what the combatants were trying to do to one another. The Disconnect

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

Shame On Boxing

By Thomas Hauser

Sources in Mexico say that Marco Antonio Barrera underwent brain surgery in 1997 and has been fighting with a metal plate in his head ever since. Shame On Boxing

The Warrior

By Thomas Hauser
Fighters do things that most of us can only fantasize about, endure pain that most of us can't imagine, and go places that most of us will never go. Evander Holyfield is as pure a fighter as there is in boxing. He enobles the sport. The Warrior

Bill Cayton - 1918-2003

By Thomas Hauser In October of last year, Bill Cayton told me that he had inoperable cancer in both lungs. Bill Cayton - 1918-2003

Odds and Ends

The Battle Over "Who's A Promoter?"

By Thomas Hauser Oscar De La Hoya versus Shane Mosley was the second most important fight in boxing last week. The Battle Over "Who's A Promoter?"

Is A Scandal Brewing At ESPN ?

By Thomas Hauser
Five years ago, when ESPN inaugurated ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, the network promised viewers an experience reminiscent of Gillette Friday Night Fights from the 1950s. Now the public might be getting a rerun of ABC's scandal-ridden 1977 United States Boxing Championships. Is A Scandal Brewing At ESPN ?

Birthday Greeting For Rocky Marciano

By Thomas Hauser Hello, Rocky. Big day coming up. On September 1, you'll be eighty years old. Birthday Greeting For Rocky Marciano

Lennox Lewis: Nothing Left To Prove

By Thomas Hauser One year ago, like Shakespeare's Caesar, Lennox Lewis bestrode the world of heavyweight boxing like a colossus. Lennox Lewis: Nothing Left To Prove

Christy and Laila

By Thomas Hauser There's a time-honored rite of passage in boxing. And it can be ugly. A great fighter gets old. Christy and Laila

Are HBO and Showtime "Promoters" ?

By Thomas Hauser
The United States Senate adjourned for its August recess last week without voting on legislation that would create a federal boxing commission. Are HBO and Showtime "Promoters" ?

Once Again, Don King and George W. Bush

By Thomas Hauser On several occasions, I've posted transcripts of telephone conversations between Don King and George W. Once Again, Don King and George W. Bush

Professional Losers

By Thomas Hauser Kenneth Bentley is a professional fighter. At least, he says he is. Professional Losers

Mayorga-Forrest and the Golden Era

By Thomas Hauser This weekend's fight between Ricardo Mayorga and Vernon Forrest brings an interesting phenomenon to the fore. Mayorga-Forrest and the Golden Era

James Toney Reaches For Glory

By Thomas Hauser On October 4, James Toney will step into the ring with Evander Holyfield. James Toney Reaches For Glory

Lewis-Klitschko and Other Happenings

By Thomas Hauser Lennox Lewis almost gave away the heavyweight championship of the world on Saturday night. Lewis-Klitschko and Other Happenings

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
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