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23 APRIL 2014

 

Matthew Hurley has been writing about boxing for twelve years. He is a full time member of the Boxing Writers Association Of America and a voting member for the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. He has also worked with the USA Boxing amateur program. His first book on boxing, Ringside Reflections, was published in December of 2012. Ringside Reflections can be purchased at Amazon.com. Matthew lives in Quincy, Massachusetts.



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 Thomas Hearns – A Hall Of Fame Career

Thomas Hearns – A Hall Of Fame Career

By Matthew Hurley: There is a moment in every great athlete’s career that can be pointed to and qualified as the apex of his collective achievement. Disagreement amongst fans as to just what that particular moment was is usually born out of an almost fanatical love for the athlete in question. Debate in the world of sports has always been passionate, over-the-top and endless.  Thomas Hearns – A Hall Of Fame Career
Bernard Hopkins Continues To Add To His Legacy

Bernard Hopkins Continues To Add To His Legacy

By Matthew Hurley: His extraordinary professional career has stretched on for twenty-three years, and although there have been losses, both controversial and spot on, along with some uneven, tentative performances bordering on the tedious, he continues to persevere. Bernard Hopkins Continues To Add To His Legacy
Victor Ortiz Comes Full Circle

Victor Ortiz Comes Full Circle

By Matthew Hurley There is something so uniquely human when a boxer finds his courage, his sense of self-worth, called into question by people who have never truly experienced what it’s like to suffer the punishment of fists slamming into your body and head. In a young, up-and-coming fighter the reaction is often muted bewilderment. Victor Ortiz Comes Full Circle
George Kimball – An Appreciation

George Kimball – An Appreciation

By Matthew Hurley: When my obsession with the sport of boxing fully blossomed in the early 1980s, writer George Kimball was my go-to-guy. His columns in the Boston Herald, along with my monthly purchases of The Ring and KO Magazine, became as important to me as any school textbook. George Kimball – An Appreciation
Will Klitschko And Haye Give Us What We Need?

Will Klitschko And Haye Give Us What We Need?

By Matthew Hurley: The upcoming heavyweight title bout between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye has achieved something unexpected – it has garnered significant interest in a match up between two big men. It’s been quite some time since anyone outside of the Klitschko family and European fanbase has gotten jazzed about a Dr. Steelhammer title defense. Blame that on an American bias, Will Klitschko And Haye Give Us What We Need?
Mosley Ignores Underdog Tag

Mosley Ignores Underdog Tag

By Matthew Hurley: So why should anyone who follows prize fighting believe for a second that Shane Mosley has any chance of pulling off the upset against Manny Pacquiao this Saturday night? Mosley contends it’s the very notion so many believe he will be clobbered into retirement by the Filipino icon that he will leave everyone eating crow. He knows upsets are always in the offing, and all it takes is one shot. Mosley Ignores Underdog Tag
Morales Leaves Us Breathless

Morales Leaves Us Breathless

By Matthew Hurley: I suppose I owe something of an apology to Erik Morales. After all, what I thought would be my last article about him, until his hall of fame induction, all but begged him to retire. Morales Leaves Us Breathless
Donaire Continues Lighter Weight Tradition

Donaire Continues Lighter Weight Tradition

By Matthew Hurley: It was a left hand reminiscent of the one Manny Pacquiao launched that exploded on Ricky Hatton’s chin back in 2009. The comparison is appropriate because Nonito Donaire’s second round blowout of Fernando Montiel at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino thrilled and chilled a boxing public actively searching for new stars to brighten the pugilistic skyline. Donaire Continues Lighter Weight Tradition
Pacquiao – Mosley:  Don’t Like It, Then Don’t Buy It

Pacquiao – Mosley: Don’t Like It, Then Don’t Buy It

By Matthew Hurley: When the announcement came that Manny Pacquiao would face Shane Mosley on May 7th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas I shrugged, placed my hand over my mouth and yawned. Pacquiao – Mosley:  Don’t Like It, Then Don’t Buy It
Fights Of The Decade:  Morales – Pacquiao 1

Fights Of The Decade: Morales – Pacquiao 1

By Matthew Hurley: When creating a list of the best fights of the decade there are usually two or three front-runners for the top position. This past decade one would have to point to four particular bouts that exceeded all expectations: Marco Antonio Barrera – Erik Morales 1 (2000), Arturo Gatti – Micky Ward 1 (2002), Jose Luis Castillo – Diego Corrales 1 (2005) and Israel Vazquez – Rafael Marquez 3 (2008). Fights Of The Decade:  Morales – Pacquiao 1
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