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25 OCTOBER 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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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
A Savage Night Brings A Bit Of Redemption

A Savage Night Brings A Bit Of Redemption

By Matthew Hurley: Something happened in a boxing ring in Texas this past Saturday night that was both oddly just and unreasonably cruel. There was one man who has transcended his violent trade and transformed himself into a global phenomenon. A humble athlete at his peak who, with a smile and a wink, embraces his heroic status as a man of the people. A Savage Night Brings A Bit Of Redemption
A Vote For Donald Curry

A Vote For Donald Curry

By Matthew Hurley: Every year when I receive my International Boxing Hall Of Fame ballot there is one name I always hesitate at when I see it. In past years I’ve bit my lip and then moved on, not putting pen to paper. In my mind potential inductees into IBHOF should be held to the same high standard that voters for the baseball hall of fame hold those who play on the diamond. A Vote For Donald Curry
Upsets Always In The Offing

Upsets Always In The Offing

By Matthew Hurley There is nothing quite like an upset, in any sport. But when it comes to boxing the upset reminds us all that anything can happen, at any given moment, during those three-minute rounds. As HBO commentator Larry Merchant once said, “Boxing is the theatre of the unexpected.” Upsets Always In The Offing
Erik Morales: Not Knowing When To Quit

Erik Morales: Not Knowing When To Quit

By Matthew Hurley: Watching a great athlete slowly fall apart at the seams is heartbreaking for any fan. Sometimes the weary old warrior can resurrect the glories of his past, if only for a brief moment, leading him and his fans to delude themselves into thinking he is all the way back. Erik Morales: Not Knowing When To Quit
Alexander – Kotelnik:  Never Sleep On The Underdog

Alexander – Kotelnik: Never Sleep On The Underdog

By Matthew Hurley: Devon Alexander has been tapped as a future big star by many fans and boxing scribes, myself included, so it was a bit disconcerting at first to see him struggle against the rugged former titleholder Andreas Kotelnik. Alexander – Kotelnik:  Never Sleep On The Underdog
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