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21 DECEMBER 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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SecondsOut Trainer of the Year – Robert Garcia

SecondsOut Trainer of the Year – Robert Garcia

By Matthew Hurley: With veteran trainer Freddie Roach experiencing his worst year in the corner and Fernando Beltrain concentrating primarily on one fighter, Juan Manuel Marquez, it was time for a member of the new guard to step out of the shadows and lay claim as the trainer to watch. Robert Garcia made himself known in 2011 and now, after a stellar 2012, he is SecondsOut Trainer of the Year. SecondsOut Trainer of the Year – Robert Garcia
Is Marquez Focusing Too Much On Muscle And Strength?

Is Marquez Focusing Too Much On Muscle And Strength?

By Matthew Hurley: As the most important fight of his career fast approaches, Juan Manuel Marquez is champing at the bit to get at Manny Pacquiao. Convinced that the only way he will finally put his controversial rivalry with the Filipino icon to rest is by knockout, ’Dinamita’ has been concentrating almost exclusively on the strength and power of his upper body. Is Marquez Focusing Too Much On Muscle And Strength?
Looking Back At Edwin Rosario

Looking Back At Edwin Rosario

By Matthew Hurley; He was blessed with smooth boxing skills and crunching power in both hands. But his inner demons led him down a self-destructive path that robbed him of his career, his family and his sense of self-worth. Looking Back At Edwin Rosario
Pacquiao Vs. Marquez IV – Overkill?

Pacquiao Vs. Marquez IV – Overkill?

By Matthew Hurley: When the announcement came that Manny Pacquiao will square off against Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time there was certainly a sense of been there, done that. Despite the skill level, excitement and controversy the first three bouts provided you almost get the feeling that these two evenly matched fighters are tired of seeing the other in the opposite corner. Pacquiao Vs. Marquez IV – Overkill?
Looking Back At Paul Pender

Looking Back At Paul Pender

By Matthew Hurley: For a man who defeated the great Sugar Ray Robinson twice for the middleweight crown, Paul Pender is sometimes forgotten in the pantheon of exceptional 160-pound fighters. A solid, rugged boxer who rose to the top near the end of his career, Pender sadly remains in a sort of fistic limbo outside of his hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts. Looking Back At Paul Pender
Meet Danny O’Connor

Meet Danny O’Connor

By Matthew Hurley: There is nothing quite like a gifted young fighter connecting on a visceral level with his hometown. Hero worship is prevalent in every sport but boxing is such a personal and emotionally draining experience for fighter and fan that once a connection is made it just grows tighter and tighter as the fighter’s career moves on. Meet Danny O’Connor
Pacquiao – Marquez:  Enough With Robbery Nonsense

Pacquiao – Marquez: Enough With Robbery Nonsense

By Matthew Hurley: Well, there’s nothing quite like a bit of controversy to get boxing fans all in a lather. The rubber match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, two fighters so evenly matched we all should have known going in that it would be another hotly contested bout, once again fought on nearly even terms and left their respective admirers in defensive mode. Pacquiao – Marquez:  Enough With Robbery Nonsense
 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
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