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18 APRIL 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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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

Don King, HBO, and the Heavyweight Muddle

By Thomas Hauser:
Like a traveling salesman displaying his wares, Don King returned to Madison Square Garden on November 13th. Don King, HBO, and the Heavyweight Muddle

Jay Larkin: That's Entertainment

By Thomas Hauser:
It has often been said that boxing is show business with blood. Jay Larkin's career has had its share of both. Jay Larkin: That's Entertainment

A Pass-Fail Exam for Nevada

By Thomas Hauser
The Nevada State Athletic Commission is at a crossroads. A Pass-Fail Exam for Nevada

Helping Mike Tyson

By Thomas Hauser
There was a time when Mike Tyson was known for his awesome ring talent. Now he's more like Michael Jackson. Jackson can still dance and sing a bit, but that's not why people turn on their television sets to watch him. Helping Mike Tyson

The Return of Felix Trinidad

By Thomas Hauser: Felix Trinidad is one of the few fighters in boxing today who inspires true passion among his followers. "Tito" is a hero in his homeland of Puerto Rico. When he fights in New York, it's like carnival time and the Puerto Rican Day Parade rolled into one. The Return of Felix Trinidad

Roy Jones: Postscript

By Thomas Hauser: Boxing commentator Teddy Atlas once commented on Roy Jones's ring greatness with the observation, "For years, Roy Jones was Secretariat in the Belmont, winning by thirty lengths." Roy Jones: Postscript

De La Hoya, Hopkins, and the Fight Capitol of the World

by Thomas Hauser
"New York," Jerry Izenberg once wrote, "was the greatest fight town that ever was and ever will be." De La Hoya, Hopkins, and the Fight Capitol of the World

De La Hoya v Hopkins: Gold v Concrete

By Thomas Hauser
When Oscar De La Hoya versus Bernard Hopkins was announced earlier this year, there were a lot of naysayers who said the fight would never happen. De La Hoya v Hopkins: Gold v Concrete

The Tangled Web

By Thomas Hauser
On August 18th, I posted an article on this website entitled "Shelly Finkel's Packaging Fee". The article outlined the complex contractual relationship between Finkel, Showtime, Main Events, and a group of young fighters that led to Shelly receiving a "packaging fee" of $1,725,000 from Showtime. The Tangled Web

Shelly Finkel's Packaging Fee

By Thomas Hauser: The business of boxing is generally conducted behind closed doors. But on occasion, the veil of secrecy is lifted and some interesting truths are revealed. Shelly Finkel's Packaging Fee

Heavyweight Champions and the War in Iraq

By Thomas Hauser
This is the political season. The United States is at war in Iraq. Those realities have become inextricably intertwined. Heavyweight Champions and the War in Iraq

Lewis-Tyson: 1984

By Thomas Hauser: When Mike Tyson steps into the ring for his annual public workout on July 30th, once again he'll be fighting a British citizen. Lewis-Tyson: 1984

The Contract

By Thomas Hauser
Don King has done a lot of things in his life, but his latest venture is truly special. The Contract

Pat English

Thomas Hauser talks boxing with Main Event attorney Pat English. Pat English

Jerry Izenberg: An Appreciation

By Thomas Hauser
The definitive history of contemporary sports in America has already been written. It starts in 1962 and continues to the present day. It encompasses the rise of the black athlete, westward expansion, the explosion of big money, and the dominance of television. There are vivid portraits of Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, and Bill Russell, and glimpses of Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, and Babe Ruth. Its author is Jerry Izenberg. Jerry Izenberg: An Appreciation

The Timekeeper

By Thomas Hauser

Whenever a professional boxing match takes place in New York, a good-natured, 41-year-old mother of two who works for the United States Postal Service is likely to be involved in every second of every round. The Timekeeper

More on Joe Mesi

By Thomas Hauser
On April 22, 2004, this writer recounted reports that Joe Mesi suffered a subdural hematoma (bleeding on the surface of his brain) after his March 13th victory in Las Vegas over Vassiliy Jirov. Following the fight, Mesi complained of a headache. Later in the month, he went to a neurologist in Buffalo, who ordered various tests including an MRI. More on Joe Mesi

Michael Buffer

By Thomas Hauser:
Shortly before Bernard Hopkins and Robert Allen answered the bell for round one earlier this month, a tall, slender, impeccably groomed man wearing a tuxedo entered the ring. Michael Buffer

De La Hoya Wins But Loses; Hopkins Loses and Wins

By Thomas Hauser: A fighter got old overnight this past weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but it wasn't 39-year-old Bernard Hopkins. De La Hoya Wins But Loses; Hopkins Loses and Wins

Boxing's Medical Mess

By Thomas Hauser
The high cost of drugs and lack of medical insurance for millions of Americans will be issues in the upcoming presidential campaign. But boxing has its own medical problems. If fighters are to be properly protected, the following issues must be addressed: Boxing's Medical Mess

Roy Jones: A Superstar Grows Older

By Thomas Hauser
There's a stylish edge to Roy Jones and nothing phony about him. He says what he thinks and does pretty much what he wants to do. His talent as a fighter has earned him that right. Roy Jones: A Superstar Grows Older

Boxing Isn't Easily Embarrassed But ...

By Thomas Hauser
Requesting that the United States Government conduct an investigation is serious business. Before doing so, one should, at the very least, get the facts straight. Boxing Isn't Easily Embarrassed But ...

Boxing Isn't Easily Embarrassed But . . .

By Thomas Hauser

Requesting that the United States Government conduct an investigation is serious business. Before doing so, one should, at the very least, get the facts straight. Boxing Isn't Easily Embarrassed But . . .

The Contender

By Thomas Hauser
Somewhere in America, there's an unknown fighter who, a year from now, will be more famous than any of today's heavyweight champions. The Contender

Don King and the Heavyweight Roller-Coaster

By Thomas Hauser
When Lennox Lewis retired earlier this year, it triggered a feeding frenzy that will continue into the foreseeable future. Don King and the Heavyweight Roller-Coaster

The Rumors About Joe Mesi

Thomas Hauser on the rumors surrounding Joe Mesi's last bout The Rumors About Joe Mesi

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
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