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19 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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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

Three Smart For Their Own Good

By Thomas Hauser
Mickey Duff, the venerable British boxing promoter, once said of a fellow who was giving him a hard time, "You've heard of someone being too smart for his own good. Well, this guy is three smart." Three Smart For Their Own Good

Jones-Ruiz and the Roy Jones Legacy

By Thomas Hauser For ten years, Roy Jones Jr. has been a dominant force in professional boxing. Jones-Ruiz and the Roy Jones Legacy

DiBella v. Hopkins

By Thomas Hauser Lou DiBella has won a $610,000 libel judgment against Bernard Hopkins in a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. DiBella's lawsuit was filed in December DiBella v. Hopkins

New York State Athletic Commission Update

By Thomas Hauser Sources in Albany report that New York Governor George Pataki intends to appoint Jerry Becker as the next chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. Becker would replace Bernard Kerik who has New York State Athletic Commission Update

Ward-Gatti II

By Thomas Hauser It was only a ten-round fight. There was no title on the line. Micky Ward (pictured by Tom Casino) was never a world champion, and Arturo Gatti only briefly held the IBF junior lightweight crown. Ward-Gatti II

Fistic Christmas Carols

By Thomas Hauser The sweet science exists in a world of its own. Thus, in the spirit of the holiday season, I'd like to offer the following Christmas carols, honouring various members of the boxing community. DECK Fistic Christmas Carols

George Foreman On Character

By Thomas Hauser 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 George Foreman On Character

Don King and George W. Bush Redux

By Thomas Hauser 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, Don King and George W. Bush Redux

Tony Soprano Does Boxing

By Thomas Hauser The whole world is waiting for season number five of The Sopranos on HBO. And yours truly has a copy of the finished tapes. Plot summaries for each of the thirteen episodes follow. Episode #1 Still Tony Soprano Does Boxing

Team Ruiz

By Thomas Hauser: On March 1st, John Ruiz and Roy Jones, Jr. will do battle at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas for the WBA heavyweight crown. Ruiz has taken a lot of criticism; much of it centered on his Team Ruiz

Testifying Before Congress

By Thomas Hauser The call came on Wednesday, January 29th from Ken Nahigian (a member of the majority staff for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation). He wanted to know if I'd Testifying Before Congress

Larry Merchant

By Thomas Hauser: Another HBO boxing telecast has begun. Everything is hot. Pulsating theme music, computer-generated graphics, sizzling video clips, the electric voice of Jim Lampley. Then Lampley delivers the Larry Merchant

Hello, Joe: A Letter to Joe Louis

By Thomas Hauser Hello, Joe. October 26th is coming up. That's the 50th anniversary of the last fight of your career; the one against Rocky Marciano. I remember what you said after you fought Jersey Joe Walcott in 1947: Hello, Joe: A Letter to Joe Louis

Bill Cayton belongs in the Hall of Fame

By Thomas Hauser One can make a strong argument that Bill Cayton belongs in the International Boxing Hall of Fame because of his accomplishments as a manager. Over the years, he guided Mike Tyson, Wilfredo Benitez, and Bill Cayton belongs in the Hall of Fame

Testimony

By Thomas Hauser On November 13th, the New York State Assembly Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Sports, chaired by Joseph Morelle, held a public hearing as part of its investigation into the scandals that have plagued Testimony

Fighting for America

By Thomas Hauser On November 23rd, DiBella Entertainment will present "Fighting For America," featuring nine professional bouts at Roseland Ballroom in New York. James "The Hammer" Butler, Brian Adams, and Olympians Fighting for America

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
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