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23 NOVEMBER 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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The Lesson of Ortiz-Maidana

The Lesson of Ortiz-Maidana

By Thomas Hauser: On June 27th, HBO televised what was supposed to be Victor Ortiz’s coronation as the WBA “interim junior-welterweight champion of the world.” The 22-year-old Ortiz has been groomed for stardom and still might make it there someday. But at a point in his career when the competition should have been stepped up to harden him for a championship run, he was put in soft. The Lesson of Ortiz-Maidana
The Oddest Couple

The Oddest Couple

By Thomas Hauser: Barney Frank has been in Congress since 1981 and is chairman of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. That makes him one of the most powerful people in government. His career is also notable because, in 1987, he was only the second member of Congress to openly acknowledge being gay. What does Barney Frank have to do with boxing? The Oddest Couple
Arthur Curry: His Life and Legacy

Arthur Curry: His Life and Legacy

By Thomas Hauser: A lot of people liked Arthur Curry. Almost everyone else loved him. Artie’s mind was filled with wonderful thoughts and his feelings were founded on love. He was about giving. He enjoyed doing things for people and took care to never hurt anyone. He was a man of integrity who radiated truth. He spoke his mind and didn’t hide his feelings. “Being real,” he called it. But he was always kind. Arthur Curry: His Life and Legacy
Seth Abraham: Then and Now

Seth Abraham: Then and Now

By Thomas Hauser: HBO is the dominant player in boxing today. It wasn’t always that way. In the mid-1980s, the broadcast television networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) ruled the ring. The man most responsible for upending that hierarchy was Seth Abraham, the architect of HBO’s boxing program. Seth Abraham: Then and Now
Manny Pacquiao: A Fighter for the Ages

Manny Pacquiao: A Fighter for the Ages

By Thomas Hauser: On May 2nd, Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton engaged in battle for the right to be called boxing’s “pound-for-pound” champion. Pacquiao and Hatton have aggressive relentless ring styles. They are two of the most exciting fighters in the world. Each man has stayed close to his roots, geographically and in terms of character. Both have special meaning to their constituents. No two fighters are more loved in their native lands. Manny Pacquiao: A Fighter for the Ages
Rediscovering Joe Frazier Through Dave Wolf’s Eyes

Rediscovering Joe Frazier Through Dave Wolf’s Eyes

By Thomas Hauser: This is the first in a series of articles that will appear over time. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought three fights that are the pyramids of boxing. Dave Wolf was in the Frazier camp for each of them. Dave was a gifted writer who later gained recognition as the manager of Ray Mancini and Donny Lalonde. He died last December. Rediscovering Joe Frazier Through Dave Wolf’s Eyes
Danny Jacobs: “The Golden Child”

Danny Jacobs: “The Golden Child”

By Thomas Hauser: Danny Jacobs is being groomed for stardom. Outside the ring, Jacobs is easy-going with a natural, almost disarming, quality about him. He likes to talk. “And I love to cook,” he offers. “Chicken, pasta, different sauces. Bread pudding is my favorite. I make it well.” He’s also a talented young fighter, who says without false modesty, “I’m capable of being the best in the world. I can make a big mark in this game.” Danny Jacobs: “The Golden Child”
Will Rosinsky: A Fighter with Options

Will Rosinsky: A Fighter with Options

By Thomas Hauser: There was a time when New York City was a breeding ground for elite fighters. Those days are long gone, but prospects still surface in the Big Apple. Will Rosinsky is one of them. Will Rosinsky: A Fighter with Options
Hero

Hero

By Thomas Hauser: In the past, I’ve recounted the memories of boxing notables who spoke fondly of their greatest moment in a sport other than boxing. Since then, I’ve received several emails asking what my own “moment in the sun” was. Here goes: Hero
More Great Moments in Sports

More Great Moments in Sports

By Thomas Hauser: In the past, I’ve recounted the memories of fighters who spoke fondly of their greatest moment in a sport other than boxing. The recollections of some notable non-combatants follow: More Great Moments in Sports
Top Rank Goes It Alone

Top Rank Goes It Alone

By Thomas Hauser

Don’t get carried away by the title of this article. It would be a stretch to liken Bob Arum to Gary Cooper in High Noon. But in recent weeks, there has been talk of a new economic model in boxing. And Arum, in tandem with Todd DuBoef (his stepson and the president of Top Rank) might be charting a path out of the wilderness that the sweet science has wandered through in recent years. Top Rank Goes It Alone
A Diamante in the Rough

A Diamante in the Rough

By Thomas Hauser

One night next month, moments before the opening bell, ring announcer David Diamante will take the microphone for one of the many fight cards he works in the New York metropolitan area. Diamante is tall and slender with a gaunt face, aquiline nose, and piercing blue eyes. His voice is a gift and he uses it well. A Diamante in the Rough
The Truth about John Duddy

The Truth about John Duddy

By Thomas Hauser

A fighter sacrifices. He tortures his body; he hardens his mind. And all the while, he’s surrounded by people, some of whom give him their heart and soul while others view him as prey. Depending on those associations, the business of boxing can be profitable for a fighter or worse than any physical beating that he suffers. John Duddy is learning that hard lesson now. The Truth about John Duddy
Memorandum for Ross Greenburg: HBO 2009

Memorandum for Ross Greenburg: HBO 2009

By Thomas Hauser

Hi. It’s me again.

Yeah; I figured that would make you happy.

Anyway; HBO seems to be struggling with its boxing programming. Your ratings for boxing last year looked like polls tracking the national approval rating for George Bush’s handling of the economy. So I thought I’d pass along a few thoughts. Memorandum for Ross Greenburg: HBO 2009
Dave Wolf: A Remembrance

Dave Wolf: A Remembrance

By Thomas Hauser

I’ve lost a good friend. Dave Wolf died in his sleep last night.

When I say “good friend,” I mean it. Dave Wolf: A Remembrance
A Moment with Joe Frazier

A Moment with Joe Frazier

By Thomas Hauser

One of the joys in covering a big fight is that I never know what “extras” fight night will bring. Earlier this year, I was in the press room at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City readying for Kelly Pavlik vs. Bernard Hopkins when Joe Frazier came in. A Moment with Joe Frazier
De La Hoya-Pacquiao and the Business of Boxing

De La Hoya-Pacquiao and the Business of Boxing

By Thomas Hauser

It’s hard to know how future generations will evaluate Oscar De La Hoya.

Oscar is more than a name. He was once a very good fighter, but that time has come and gone. He has lost four of his last seven fights. One can argue that he hasn’t beaten an elite opponent since a split-decision victory over Ike Quartey on February 13, 1999. De La Hoya-Pacquiao and the Business of Boxing
Holiday Reading: 2008

Holiday Reading: 2008

By Thomas Hauser

Each year during the holiday season, I publish a “top forty” list of what I consider to be the best books on boxing. That list, updated to accommodate recently published titles, follows. Some of these books are now out of print. But with the proliferation of online services like Abebooks.com and Amazon.com, all of them can be found. Holiday Reading: 2008
Hatton-Malignaggi: The End of a Dream

Hatton-Malignaggi: The End of a Dream

By Thomas Hauser

In today’s era of devalued titles, it’s not enough to be a “champion.” To be fully recognized and make big money, a fighter has to be a star. Hatton-Malignaggi: The End of a Dream
Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr

Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr

By Thomas Hauser

The main arena at Madison Square Garden is a nice place to make history. On November 8th, Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr did just that, although the results were far more gratifying to Calzaghe. Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr
Anthony Catanzaro and Chris Santos

Anthony Catanzaro and Chris Santos

By Thomas Hauser

When Paulie Malignaggi steps into the ring to face Ricky Hatton on November 22nd, two fans with unique perspectives will be at ringside. Anthony Catanzaro and Chris Santos are part owners of restaurants that are as different as the styles of the fighters they’ll be watching in Las Vegas. But they share a passion for the sweet science and for Paulie. Anthony Catanzaro and Chris Santos
Pavlik-Hopkins: Boxing is a Cruel Teacher

Pavlik-Hopkins: Boxing is a Cruel Teacher

By Thomas Hauser

Boxing has its own version of The Golden Rule: “Do unto to others as they would do unto you.” On October 18th, Kelly Pavlik entered the ring at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City intent upon scoring a decisive victory over Bernard Hopkins. He didn’t have to knock Hopkins out. But he was committed to fashioning a triumph that left no doubt. “I want everybody to know that I beat Hopkins,” Pavlik said. “And I want Bernard to know that I beat him too.” Pavlik-Hopkins: Boxing is a Cruel Teacher
Sarah Palin Talks Boxing

Sarah Palin Talks Boxing

By Thomas Hauser

Sarah Palin has avoided open-ended interviews with the media since her nomination at the Republican National Convention last month. But she was willing to sit down for an extended conversation with Thomas Hauser on the subject of boxing on the condition that an unedited transcript of the interview appear on SecondsOut.com. Sarah Palin Talks Boxing
More Important Than Boxing: 2008

More Important Than Boxing: 2008

By Thomas Hauser

My first book served as the basis for a feature film starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Missing told the true-life story of an American named Charles Horman, who was killed by the Chilean military in the aftermath of the 1973 coup that toppled Chilean president Salvador Allende. One night, I asked Charles’s mother what she thought was the most important message I could convey in the book. Her answer has always stayed with me. More Important Than Boxing: 2008
The Vice Presidential Sweepstakes

The Vice Presidential Sweepstakes

By Thomas Hauser

Most people don’t know it, but Republican Party insiders say that Sarah Palin was the “safe” choice as John McCain’s running mate. Some McCain strategists opposed her selection on grounds that America isn’t ready for a vice president who names her children "Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig." But in the end, the half-baked half-term Alaska governor was a safer pick than the alternatives. The Vice Presidential Sweepstakes
John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 3

John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 3

By Thomas Hauser

The Marquis of Queensberry Rules that John L. Sullivan proselytized for throughout his career didn’t make boxing less violent. Gloves were worn to protect fists, not an opponent’s brain. And under the new rules, a fighter could no longer gain thirty seconds of relief by falling to the ground. John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 3
John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 2

John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 2

By Thomas Hauser

Throughout American history prior to John L. Sullivan’s ascent, most recreational activity had a practical side. Horse racing was the nation’s most popular spectator sport, but hunting and fishing were far more prevalent. John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 2
John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 1

John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 1

By Thomas Hauser

Next month will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of John L. Sullivan.

In recent decades, Sullivan has faded from memory. To many, he’s now more myth than reality, a sporting Paul Bunyan. In a way, that’s fitting because, in his era, Sullivan was a near-mythic figure as large as Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali were in their prime. He was America’s first mass-culture hero and the most idolized athlete who had lived up until his time. John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 1
Notes and Nuggets

Notes and Nuggets

By Thomas Hauser

When Antonio Margarito beat Miguel Cotto into submission last month, Paulie Malignaggi was an interested observer. Notes and Nuggets
Bob Arum, HBO, and Cotto-Margarito

Bob Arum, HBO, and Cotto-Margarito

By Thomas Hauser

It was called “La Batalla.”

On July 26th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the eyes of the boxing world focused on the much-anticipated showdown between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito But things in the sweet science are never as simple as they seem. La Batalla unfolded against a backdrop of the never-ending battle for television dates and control of boxing. Behind the scenes, tempers were flaring and tensions rising. Bob Arum, HBO, and Cotto-Margarito
Boxrec.com: Boxing’s Indispensable Website

Boxrec.com: Boxing’s Indispensable Website

By Thomas Hauser

How important is Boxrec.com?

Ask people in the boxing industry:

*Bruce Trampler (Top Rank matchmaker): Short of actually being at a fight, they’re the best source of information out there. I have my own computerized records, and I’m on Boxrec at least a dozen times a day. We take it for granted, but everyone in boxing would miss it if it was gone. Boxrec.com: Boxing’s Indispensable Website
Notes and Nuggets

Notes and Nuggets

By Thomas Hauser

Earlier this year, I posted a column entitled “Twenty Things You’ll Never Read on a Boxing Website”. By popular demand, here are ten more: Notes and Nuggets
The Perfect Punch

The Perfect Punch

By Thomas Hauser

It’s a feeling that most people never experience in their lifetime; the feeling of landing a punch that separates an opponent from his senses and leaves him lying unconscious on the ring canvas. The Perfect Punch
An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

By Thomas Hauser

Dear Senator Clinton,

I know you’re disappointed at the way things worked out with your presidential campaign. But all is not lost. There’s a good chance that you can still be president of something. An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton
Kelly Pavlik: The Journey Continues

Kelly Pavlik: The Journey Continues

By Thomas Hauser

Former middleweight champion Tony Zale grew up in the steeltown of Gary, Indiana. In the late-1940s, he won two of three slugfests against Rocky Graziano in boxing’s bloodiest championship trilogy. Kelly Pavlik: The Journey Continues
HBO: 2008

HBO: 2008

By Thomas Hauser

On January 22, 1988, former champion Larry Holmes challenged Mike Tyson for the heavyweight championship of the world. That night, a staggering 53 percent of all homes with HBO tuned in to the fight. By way of comparison, only 35 percent of homes equipped with HBO had watched Barbra Streisand’s historic HBO concert two years earlier. HBO: 2008
Notes from the Literary Front

Notes from the Literary Front

By Thomas Hauser

John L. Sullivan’s last fight (other than exhibitions) was in 1892. James J. Corbett retired from the ring in 1903. Bob Fitzsimmons followed a decade later. It’s safe to say that no one alive today saw them ply their trade. And with the passage of time, less and less is remembered about them. Notes from the Literary Front
Danny Milano: The Cutman

Danny Milano: The Cutman

By Thomas Hauser

When Paulie Malignaggi steps into the ring on May 24th for his rematch against Lovemore N’dou, an integral member of Team Malignaggi will be watching intently from the corner. Danny Milano: The Cutman
Joe Calzaghe: The Legend Beater

Joe Calzaghe: The Legend Beater

By Thomas Hauser

In boxing today, fighters fight for bogus world championship belts bestowed upon them by money-hungry sanctioning bodies in exchange for sanctioning fees subsidized by television networks that demand “title” fights. Joe Calzaghe: The Legend Beater
West Point Revisited

West Point Revisited

By Thomas Hauser

Earlier this month, I wrote an article entitled Hypocrisy at West Point that called into question a policy known as the “alternative service option.” In relevant part, that policy states, “Army cadet-athletes now have options to pursue professional athletic opportunities thanks to the U.S. Army’s Alternative Service Option program. If cadet-athletes are accepted into the program, they wi West Point Revisited
Hopkins-Calzaghe: When Push Comes to Shove

Hopkins-Calzaghe: When Push Comes to Shove

By Thomas Hauser

Visually, the upcoming fight between Joe Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins looks like a confrontation between a concert violinist and a street thug. The combatants’ personalities are vastly different too. Hopkins-Calzaghe: When Push Comes to Shove
Hypocrisy at West Point

Hypocrisy at West Point

By Thomas Hauser

Caleb Campbell (United States Military Academy, Class of 2008) is 23 years old and was captain of the 2007 Army football team. Less admirably, he is a prime example of the hypocrisy that attends the war currently being waged at the behest of his commander-in-chief. Hypocrisy at West Point
Twenty Things You’ll Never Read on a Boxing Website

Twenty Things You’ll Never Read on a Boxing Website

By Thomas Hauser

1. It was a hard-fought battle with lots of controversy, but promoter Gary Shaw accepted his fighter’s loss gracefully. Twenty Things You’ll Never Read on a Boxing Website
The Heavyweight Follies

The Heavyweight Follies

By Thomas Hauser

“The greatest tragedy for heavyweight boxing,” James Lawton has written, “is not so much the decline so visible in the remnants of a once compelling trade, but the way what is left of the carcass is still fed upon so ravenously.” The Heavyweight Follies
John Duddy: The Challenge Ahead

John Duddy: The Challenge Ahead

By Thomas Hauser

John Duddy sat on a chair in dressing room #5 at Madison Square Garden and bowed his head. An hour earlier, he’d been on the same chair, readying to do battle against a club fighter named Walid Smichet, who’d been chosen in the belief that his style and limited ring skills would make Duddy look good. Their fight was presumed to be the final step on the journey to a lucrative match-up between John and middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. John Duddy: The Challenge Ahead
Pavlik-Taylor II: Courage Under Fire

Pavlik-Taylor II: Courage Under Fire

By Thomas Hauser

The crowning achievement for one fighter is often the low point for another.

In July 2005, when Jermain Taylor dethroned Bernard Hopkins, it was his greatest triumph. But for The Executioner, it was the most bitter defeat in an illustrious ring career. Two years later, boxing’s wheel of fortune turned again. Kelly Pavlik seized the middleweight title by knocking out Taylor in seven rounds. This time, it was Jermain whose world was turned upside down Pavlik-Taylor II: Courage Under Fire
Don King: The Lion in Winter

Don King: The Lion in Winter

By Thomas Hauser

I met Don King for the first time in autumn 1983. I’d just started researching a book entitled The Black Lights, which was my initial foray into boxing writing. Bill Cayton and Jim Jacobs (who co-managed WBC lightweight champion Edwin Rosario) invited me to lunch. I arrived at their office, and Bill told me, “Don King will be joining us.” Don King: The Lion in Winter
Jones-Trinidad and the Long Road To Where ?

Jones-Trinidad and the Long Road To Where ?

By Thomas Hauser

On May 15, 2004, one moment of violence turned Roy Jones’s world upside down. Antonio Tarver landed a single perfectly-timed punch in the second round, and the cloak of invincibility that had led boxing’s reigning “pound-for-pound” king to be mentioned in the same breath as Sugar Ray Robinson was gone. Jones-Trinidad and the Long Road To Where ?
Kevin Burnett: Prospect or Project ?

Kevin Burnett: Prospect or Project ?

By Thomas Hauser

Heavyweights are a different breed of fighter.

There’s something about a promising young heavyweight that makes cynical boxing aficionados swoon and normally cautious investors open their wallets. As legendary matchmaker Teddy Brenner once observed, “There’s boxing and there’s heavyweight boxing.” Kevin Burnett: Prospect or Project ?
Paulie Malignaggi: Taking Care of Business

Paulie Malignaggi: Taking Care of Business

By Thomas Hauser

“The truth comes out in a boxing ring,” says Paulie Malignaggi. “I’ve seen a lot of guys who are tough on the streets come into the gym and turn their back once they get in the ring. Boxing does one of two things. It makes a coward out of you or it makes you a man." Paulie Malignaggi: Taking Care of Business
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