Las Vegas-based columnist who also reports on all the goings-on in Sin City. Passionate about music and other sports as well, but the fightsports are his number-one priority aside from his family. Originally from Chicago’s South Side, Sloan has been a boxing junkie since he was a little kid and grew up on Mike Tyson, Marvin Hagler and Ray Leonard.
Sloan has been a boxing reporter for almost a decade and has covered/interviewed/featured the biggest (and smallest) names in the sport. He’s also the type of reporter who shows up early and catches every fight on the card and respects the sport to the fullest. He gets along with everybody, but if you don’t want to hear honesty or the truth, don’t ask him any questions. Sloan also covers mixed martial arts for Sherdog.com, the leading MMA news site and has been published in dozens of magazines.
By: Mike Sloan: Brandon Rios has never lost a fight in his professional career. Most figure after tonight when he squares off against a fairly late-replacement opponent inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
By: Mike Sloan: There was a point in time when Michael Katsidis was a highly-touted contender without a blemish on his ledger. He wasn’t fighting the best possible opposition, but he was winning every time out and, damn, he sure was exciting to watch. Not many figured that the Aussie, a young lightweight at the time, would wind up becoming an all-time great
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By: Mike Sloan: A few years ago it would have sounded like something out of a science fiction movie or on an episode of the Twilight Zone, but Erik Morales is fighting Saturday and much of the boxing world is anxiously awaiting the bout. Once considered a fighter with more damage than the peak of Mount St. Helens and chastised for not finally hanging up his gloves for good, “El Terrible” somehow got the spark back and began
By: Mike Sloan: Tonight marks the return to action of Wladimir Klitschko, one-half of the best heavyweight tandem on the planet and one of the best big men of the past decade. Every time the hulking Ukrainian fights, it’s a massive deal, particularly across Europe and this time around shouldn’t be any different. But unlike brother Vitali who dispatched the massively overmatched Dereck Chisora, Wladimir actually could wind up the loser.
By: Mike Sloan: Tonight marks the return to action of Vitali Klitschko, one-half of the best heavyweight tandem on the planet and one of the best big men of the past decade. Every time the hulking Ukrainian fights, it’s a massive deal, particularly across Europe and this time around shouldn’t be any different.
By Mike Sloan: For a fight as close as they come, one that easily could have gone to either man, the official result of Manny Pacquiao’s majority decision win over rival Juan Manuel Marquez has raised quite an uproar. Some 24 hours after the Filipino superstar’s hand was raised in victory, there remains some incendiary embers underneath the ashes of the immediate fallout from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
By Mike Sloan: Jim Lampley said it best after Floyd Mayweather knocked Victor Ortiz into orbit with a textbook left/right: “Floyd definitely will not make any new fans with this.” Lampley is right. The majority of boxing fans hated the guy before he climbed through the ropes to take on Ortiz and after he clobbered his foe with what many deem a dirty move, the number of Mayweather detractors grew tenfold.
By: Mike Sloan So Floyd Mayweather will finally climb back through the ropes of a boxing ring to demonstrate his fistic skills that are otherworldly. Without going into the typical palaver of trying to sound intelligent and thought provoking, anybody who is even remotely familiar with the Sweet Science understands Mayweather’s defense, speed, angles, footwork, etc. is better than virtually everybody else in the sport.
When HBO senior vice president of sports operation and pay-per-view Mark Taffet said that the encroaching duel between unbeaten welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto and former belt holder Antonio Margarito reminds him of a classic boxing match from eight years ago, many agreed with him. But upon further review, maybe Taffet is just proclaiming what he wants the media and fans to hear.