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Tua-Minator Salvation

Tua-Minator Salvation

By Derek Bonnett: It’s hard not to pick on the heavyweight division these days, but in their defense Vitali Klitschko put together a pretty inspiring effort in disposing of unbeaten Cristobal Arreola on September 26 and is now rumored to be considering a meeting with unbeaten Kevin Johnson on December 12 to close out 2009. Tua-Minator Salvation
HBO and Boxing: At a Crossroads

HBO and Boxing: At a Crossroads

By Thomas Hauser: HBO and boxing are at a crossroads. The first draft of the network’s overall budget for 2010 was presented in July. It called for a US$15,000,000 reduction for HBO Sports; a cut in excess of twenty percent. Then, during the first week of September, Michael Lombardo (president of HBO’s programming group and West Coast operations) further signaled senior management’s displeasure with the status quo. HBO and Boxing: At a Crossroads
Mayweather – Marquez:  Winners and Losers

Mayweather – Marquez: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: Floyd Mayweather Jr. returned to the ring following a 21-month hiatus in an attempt to reclaim his crown as boxing’s best fighter pound for pound. He chose Juan Manuel Marquez, a natural junior lightweight, as his opponent. Mayweather – Marquez:  Winners and Losers
Reflection: Mayweather Jr/Juan Manuel Marquez

Reflection: Mayweather Jr/Juan Manuel Marquez

By John Lumpkin: After watching the Mayweather Marquez contest, HBO questioned the wisdom of jumping weight classes and began to rethink Pacquiao’s chances against Cotto. It is valid question and one that probably should have been asked a long time ago, but there are critical differences which make Pacquiao far more likely to succeed at a higher weight class than Marquez. Reflection: Mayweather Jr/Juan Manuel Marquez
Tina Meets Manny

Tina Meets Manny

By Thomas Hauser: When the bell rings, Manny Pacquiao’s eyes turn to burning coals. His ring skills have made him what Steve Kim calls “the Filipino version of Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, and the Beatles.” Pacquiao carried the Filipino flag at the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He’s the only Filipino boxer to appear on a postage stamp. Earlier this year, Time Magazine listed him among its “100 most influential people” in the world. Tina Meets Manny
Juan Manuel Marquez – Weight Be Damned

Juan Manuel Marquez – Weight Be Damned

By Matthew Hurley: You are universally acknowledged as a great fighter. A certain first ballot hall-of-famer. Yet you remain, somehow, under appreciated. Juan Manuel Marquez – Weight Be Damned
Yuri Foreman: A Spiritual Journey

Yuri Foreman: A Spiritual Journey

By Thomas Hauser: On November 14th, on the pay-per-view undercard of the mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, 29-year-old Yuri Foreman will challenge Daniel Santos for the World Boxing Association 154-pound crown. Yuri Foreman: A Spiritual Journey
Boxing In China: The Evolution

Boxing In China: The Evolution

By Zhenyu Li in Beijing, China: China has a centuries-old boxing history, yet it’s rather different from boxing today.The history of Chinese boxing dates back to 3.7 thousand years ago when China was in the Late Shang Dynasty. It’s one of the subjects for military training conducted by aristocrats. Boxing In China: The Evolution
Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr Can Lift Boxing Says Sugar Ray Leonard

Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr Can Lift Boxing Says Sugar Ray Leonard

By Paul Upham: While they have other important fights in front of them before the end of the year, one of the matches boxing fans would most like to see in 2010 is Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Hall of Fame legend Sugar Ray Leonard says that is the sort of fight which can help lift boxing back to where it once stood at the top of mainstream sport. Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr Can Lift Boxing Says Sugar Ray Leonard
Cotto vs. Pacquiao: The One True Superfight Of The Year

Cotto vs. Pacquiao: The One True Superfight Of The Year

By Matthew Hurley: The upcoming bout between Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao on November 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas holds so many intangibles that boxing fans are champing at the bit for the opening bell to ring. Cotto vs. Pacquiao: The One True Superfight Of The Year
Texas is Shameless

Texas is Shameless

By Thomas Hauser: In August 2007, Paulie Malignaggi traveled to Las Vegas as a representative of Everlast at the “Magic” fashion show. Moments after his return flight to New York landed, he was taking his carry-on bag from the overhead luggage bin when another passenger recognized him. “Hey, Paulie,” the man said. “I love you. You’re a great fighter. Don’t worry; Someday, you’ll win a title.” Texas is Shameless
Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part Two

Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part Two

By Thomas Hauser: Sugar Ray Robinson’s knockout victory over Jake LaMotta captured the imagination of America. Baseball and boxing were the country’s two national sports. Robinson had now entered the ring for 124 fights, losing once. This was his fifth victory over the man who’d defeated him. And thanks to television, thirty million people had witnessed him in his prime. He was handsome, telegenic, and lethal. Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part Two
Can Klitschko vs Arreola Revive The Heavyweight division?

Can Klitschko vs Arreola Revive The Heavyweight division?

By Clive Bernath: One would have to think back a good few years in order to relive the last exciting and entertaining match-up in the heavyweight division. In this writer’s opinion the last time an exciting and evenly contested match-up took place was on June 26, 2003 when Lennox Lewis defeated Vitali Klitschko via six round tko. Can Klitschko vs Arreola Revive The Heavyweight division?
Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part One

Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part One

By Thomas Hauser: Sugar Ray Robinson is the gold standard against which all fighters are judged. “He had everything,” legendary trainer Eddie Futch said after Robinson died. “Boxing skills, punching power, a great chin, mental strength. There was nothing he couldn’t do. He knew almost everything there was to know about how to box. When Ray was in his prime, he owned the ring like no fighter before or since.” Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part One
Budd Schulberg Passes

Budd Schulberg Passes

Budd Schulberg died this week at the age of 95. To honor his memory, Secondsout is re-posting Thomas Hauser’s profile of this remarkable man. The profile first appeared on January 3, 2005. Budd Schulberg Passes
July - The Month From Hell

July - The Month From Hell

By Matthew Hurley: The stunning news that junior middleweight champion Vernon Forrest had been shot and killed Saturday night during an apparent car jacking left an already dazed and confused boxing community collectively looking up to the heavens and asking, “Why?” The month of July in 2009 will long be remembered as one of the most tragic months in the history of boxing. July - The Month From Hell
Jessica Goes to the Fights

Jessica Goes to the Fights

By Thomas Hauser: Jessica won my heart completely, totally, and without reservation when she was three years old. I was forty-two at the time. My brother, Jim, had come east from Oregon, where he lived with his wife and daughters (Cathy and Jessica). They were visiting my parents, who lived in the suburbs of New York. Cathy was seven and too sophisticated for the game that Jessica and I were playing. Jessica Goes to the Fights
Notes and Nuggets

Notes and Nuggets

By Thomas Hauser: Like most boxing writers, I receive an endless stream of press releases. Recently, one caught my eye. It was for a celebrity boxing event to be held in Pennsylvania on July 24th. Notes and Nuggets
Alexis Arguello – A Champion In And Out Of The Ring

Alexis Arguello – A Champion In And Out Of The Ring

By Matthew Hurley: There isn’t much I can say about Alexis Arguello’s ring accomplishments that haven’t already been articulated in much better prose than I am capable of. He was simply a magnificent fighting machine. A technician who studied his opponent until he noticed a weakness and then exploited it, usually with a laser beam of a right cross. Alexis Arguello – A Champion In And Out Of The Ring
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
Ortiz Faces Questions After Thrilling Slugfest

Ortiz Faces Questions After Thrilling Slugfest

By Matthew Hurley: For a little over five rounds Victor Ortiz and Marcos Maidana put on a fireworks display in front of a raucous crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. After five knockdowns and concussive back and forth action the young rising star with the Dickensian back story told the ringside physician that he’d had enough and Maidana walked away with a sixth round technical knockout and the interim WBA super lightweight championship belt. Ortiz Faces Questions After Thrilling Slugfest
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
Marquez And Vazquez: Another Trip To Hell Awaits

Marquez And Vazquez: Another Trip To Hell Awaits

By Matthew Hurley: The news that Israel Vazquez was cleared to fight by the California State Athletic Commission after undergoing surgery for a detached retina came as a relief. After his epic third fight with Rafael Marquez, both fighters were riding a wave of public and media adulation. Their trilogy, with Marquez taking fight one, RTD 7 and Vazquez taking fights two and three, TKO 6, W 12, ranks among the great fistic three fight series in the history of boxing. Marquez And Vazquez: Another Trip To Hell Awaits
“Boxing:  Funny the Way It Is”

“Boxing: Funny the Way It Is”

By Jason Pribila: Due to some scheduling conflicts and a battle with the worst cold I’ve experienced since the “Blizzard of ‘94”, I have been away from live boxing and more importantly my laptop for too long. Fortunately, fellow boxing scribes have kept me entertained by reporting the buzz that will shape the sport’s second half of 2009. “Boxing:  Funny the Way It Is”
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
Cusp of Greatness

Cusp of Greatness

By John Lumpkin: Last Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao, the consensus pound for pound champion, obliterated Ricky Hatton. Going into the fight, most of us were at least somewhat uncertain as to what the outcome would be. It was not an easy fight to pick because there was such a disparity in relative weights which these two fighters spent the bulk of their career and there was every possibility that Pacquiao was reaching too high up the scale. Cusp of Greatness
Pacquiao Is The Complete Package

Pacquiao Is The Complete Package

By Matthew Hurley: Even those of us who anticipated an eventual beat down of Ricky Hatton by Manny Pacquiao never truly anticipated a complete blowout of the junior welterweight champion. Once again the ‘Pac Man’ not only proved his greatness as a fighter but also elevated his stature among the all time great fighters. Pacquiao Is The Complete Package
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
Size Matters?

Size Matters?

By John Lumpkin: Being the pound for pound best in the world does not necessarily translate to being able to beat anyone at any weight. It is simply the recognition of capability relative to weight, so this does not mean that Pacquiao should be favored to win. Size Matters?
Brockton Post Office Renamed In Rocky Marciano’s Honor

Brockton Post Office Renamed In Rocky Marciano’s Honor

By Matthew Hurley: “To be a champion requires total commitment of mind and body. There is no second place when they call you a champ. It’s because you don’t lose.” - Rocky Marciano - Brockton Post Office Renamed In Rocky Marciano’s Honor
Hatton Relishes Underdog Role

Hatton Relishes Underdog Role

By Matthew Hurley: “It’s always better to win as the underdog.” So says Ricky Hatton as he winds down preparations for his May 2nd mega-fight with current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Hatton’s easy charm has been tested in the buildup to this fight as Pacquiao’s ascension to superstar status in the aftermath of his December destruction of Oscar De La Hoya has reduced ‘The Hitman’ to the B-side of this number one record. But in that vein Hatton remains one helluva B-side. Hatton Relishes Underdog Role
Moment Of Truth For Froch And Haye

Moment Of Truth For Froch And Haye

By Clive Bernath: Nobody can accuse British fighters David Haye and Carl Froch of failing to publicise their respective upcoming world title fights or lacking in self confidence. Moment Of Truth For Froch And Haye
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”
Countdown To Hatton – Pacquiao

Countdown To Hatton – Pacquiao

By Matthew Hurley: When Manny Pacquiao forced Oscar De La Hoya to retire on his stool after eight ridiculously one-sided rounds the vast majority of people who had picked against the ‘Pac Man’ that night sat up, blinked and began comparing the Filipino whirlwind to all time greats like Henry Armstrong. Countdown To Hatton – Pacquiao
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
The Ongoing Heavyweight Mess

The Ongoing Heavyweight Mess

By Matthew Hurley: When I sat down this past Friday night to watch a come-backing Samuel Peter take on rising contender Eddie Chambers I didn’t know quite what to expect. The Ongoing Heavyweight Mess
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
Roy Jones Jr - September 2001: Hopkins, Trinidad, Ya’ll Must Have Forgot

Roy Jones Jr - September 2001: Hopkins, Trinidad, Ya’ll Must Have Forgot

In September 2001, Roy Jones Jr was the undisputed light heavyweight boxing champion of the world, holding the WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO world titles. SecondsOut’s Paul Upham sat down and spoke to Jones about Bernard Hopkins’ then recent win over Felix Trinidad to become the undisputed middleweight champion of the world and the chances of Jones Jr and Hopkins meeting in a rematch. Roy Jones Jr - September 2001: Hopkins, Trinidad, Ya’ll Must Have Forgot
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
David Haye: This Generation’s Evander Holyfield?

David Haye: This Generation’s Evander Holyfield?

By Matthew Hurley: He’s brash, he’s exciting to watch and now that he’s entered the heavyweight ranks he’s potentially vulnerable. That vulnerability coupled with his hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners style has made David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye a welcome addition to a division desperate for someone to shake things up. David Haye: This Generation’s Evander Holyfield?
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
Chris Finnegan 1944-2009

Chris Finnegan 1944-2009

By Clive Bernath: Chris Finnegan, the former British, European and Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion, has died at the age of 64. His death comes just four months after his younger brother Kevin was found dead at his Hillingdon home. Chris Finnegan 1944-2009
Juan Manuel Marquez – Ready For Diaz But Still Seeking Pacquiao

Juan Manuel Marquez – Ready For Diaz But Still Seeking Pacquiao

By Matthew Hurley: After losing a split decision to Manny Pacquiao in a spirited rematch of their 2004 draw Juan Manuel Marquez was understandably livid. Once again the master boxer proved a near unsolvable puzzle for the Filipino whirlwind. Juan Manuel Marquez – Ready For Diaz But Still Seeking Pacquiao
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
Goodbye Joe Calzaghe

Goodbye Joe Calzaghe

By Clive Bernath

Joe Calzaghe’s decision to retire undefeated was as much a surprise as it was expected. In terms of the expected the Welsh boxing hero hinted many times following his win over Roy Jones Jr last November that retirement was a real possibility. Goodbye Joe Calzaghe
Margarito’s Situation Brings Back Bad Memories

Margarito’s Situation Brings Back Bad Memories

By Matthew Hurley

In light of the recent controversy surrounding the hand wraps of Antonio Margarito and whether or not chief cornerman Javier Capetillo applied a “plaster-like” substance to the wraps before Shane Mosley’s trainer Naazim Richardson demanded they be rewrapped, subsequently discovering the apparent transgression, thoughts of many turned to a shameful boxing night in a packed Madison Square Garden back in 1983. Margarito’s Situation Brings Back Bad Memories
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
Mosley vs. Margarito:  Winners and Losers

Mosley vs. Margarito: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: In June of 2000, I found myself at an engagement party for a couple that never quite made it to the altar. What made the day memorable was that I convinced the not-to-be bride’s father to allow me to purchase that evening’s Pay Per View between Oscar De La Hoya and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Mosley vs. Margarito:  Winners and Losers
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