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15 DECEMBER 2017


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.

Features Articles
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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

The State of Boxing

By Thomas Hauser "Boxing," says Lou DiBella, "is in the worst state that I can remember. It's now a cable/satellite-TV business on the verge of imploding from lack of corporate support. It's a money-losing business. The State of Boxing

Judd Burstein: The Lawyer of the Moment

By Thomas Hauser Bernard Hopkins thought his next fight would be an easy one: August 17th against Morrade Hakkar. Now that bout has fallen through and the schedule looks a lot tougher. On November 4th, "The Judd Burstein: The Lawyer of the Moment

Mafaufau Tavita Lio Mafaufau Sanerivi Talimatasi and the Heavyweight Picture

By Thomas Hauser Okay; I'm being a wise-ass. But hey; it's David Tua's real name. And last Saturday night in Atlantic City, Tua moved a step closer to stage center in the heavyweight division when he annihilated Mafaufau Tavita Lio Mafaufau Sanerivi Talimatasi and the Heavyweight Picture

Ruiz vs. King: The Vultures Were Circling

By Thomas Hauser If one were to choose a handful of men who have shaped, molded, and personified professional boxing over the past century, Don King would be among them. King has put on some great shows and is a show Ruiz vs. King: The Vultures Were Circling

September 11th: One Year Later

By Thomas Hauser: One year ago, we put aside our games. The United States was attacked by terrorists who commandeered four civilian airplanes and turned them into weapons of mass destruction. Three thousand people September 11th: One Year Later

Don King and George W. Bush

By Thomas Hauser: In January 2001, I reported on how Don King counseled George W. Bush in the art of trickeration, thereby helping him capture Florida's 25 electoral votes and the presidency of the United States. Now, Don King and George W. Bush

Joe Dwyer and the New York State Athletic Commission

By Thomas Hauser : On June 19th, George Pataki formally designated Bernard Kerik as chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. The following day, a hearing on the nomination was held by the Standing Committee Joe Dwyer and the New York State Athletic Commission

The WBA In New York: A Hole the Size of a Quarter

By Thomas Hauser Rats are adept at squeezing through small openings. I once saw a rat trying to squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter. It got its head through, which is usually the determining factor. But it was The WBA In New York: A Hole the Size of a Quarter

Training Mike Tyson

By Thomas Hauser Sooner or later, most people around Mike Tyson become "former." That's true of his wives, managers, television networks, and promoters. It's also true of his trainers. Over the years, nine men have had Training Mike Tyson

Don King and George W. Bush Redux

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, although a few Don King and George W. Bush Redux

George Foreman on Character

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 character and George Foreman on Character
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