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25 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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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
Marquez – Diaz II:  A Worthy Pay-Per-View?

Marquez – Diaz II: A Worthy Pay-Per-View?

By Matthew Hurley: The summer months, which have seen a dearth of quality bouts, have not been particularly kind to boxing fans, and with the mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather falling apart yet again frustration abounds. Marquez – Diaz II:  A Worthy Pay-Per-View?
Book Review:  "Hit Man – The Thomas Hearns Story"

Book Review: "Hit Man – The Thomas Hearns Story"

By Matthew Hurley: One of the most egregious mistakes a writer can make in a biography of a famous person occurs in the editing process. Once the work is completed you have to go back and triple check your facts and, please oh please, spelling. It’s easy to let things slide in the first couple of drafts because you want to get the words and your passion for your subject down on paper. Book Review:  "Hit Man – The Thomas Hearns Story"
Foreman’s Courage Serves Him Well

Foreman’s Courage Serves Him Well

By Matthew Hurley: There is something truly inspiring when an athlete discovers the depths of his will and desire in the face of near insurmountable odds. For a boxer that moment of truth usually comes with a great deal of pain. It’s what separates a pretender from the real thing. Foreman’s Courage Serves Him Well
More Pay Per Views?  Say It Ain’t So!

More Pay Per Views? Say It Ain’t So!

By Matthew Hurley: I was in Las Vegas last weekend for the Mayweather –Mosley fight and planned on being at the MGM Grand to take in the festivities. Circumstances found me at The Mirage Hotel, a ways down the strip, for the closed circuit telecast instead. In the end I was glad I watched the fight with a near sell out crowd of real fight fans in The Mirage Ballroom rather than the tepid crowd of high rollers that sauntered into the MGM Grand for the main event. More Pay Per Views?  Say It Ain’t So!
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