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Clean Slate

Clean Slate

By John Lumpkin

There have been a lot of criticisms about the various boxing organizations that provide championships and rankings, so much so that many boxing publications and television stations have been promoting the idea that we ignore these organizations. Clean Slate
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
Event Horizon

Event Horizon

By John Lumpkin: There have been several articles floating around criticizing Oscar De La Hoya’s recent escapades; describing him as an “Event Fighter” in reference to his rather sporadic schedule. It is an accurate criticism, but somewhat unfair because boxing today is an event sport. Event Horizon
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
Precipices

Precipices

By John Lumpkin

Whenever an organization loses its leader, there is always doubt amongst the public as to whether or not the organization will regain its stature. Precipices
The Heavyweights – Looking For Some Clarity

The Heavyweights – Looking For Some Clarity

By Matthew Hurley

There was a dichotomy at play when Wladimir Klitschko pounded out an impressive victory over perennial contender and former heavyweight boxing champion Hasim Rahman. At first glance, Dr Steelhammer’s many detractors had to nod in approval at the systematic way the hulking Ukrainian went about his business. The Heavyweights – Looking For Some Clarity
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
Come Back Floyd. Pac-Man’s Waiting For You?

Come Back Floyd. Pac-Man’s Waiting For You?

By James ‘Smitty’ Smith

The purpose of this column is to call out ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd Mayweather Jr from his sabbatical and do what he knows and does best. Come Back Floyd. Pac-Man’s Waiting For You?
MAXBOXING.COM Teams Up With SECONDSOUT.COM

MAXBOXING.COM Teams Up With SECONDSOUT.COM

LOS ANGELES and LONDON, December 9th - MaxBoxing.com, the leader in Internet boxing coverage in the United States, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the premier brand in worldwide new media boxing coverage, SecondsOut.com, for a new venture that will not only continue to bring the best of the fight game to its visitors, but that will add a number of new enhancements that will revolutionize the way the sport is covered. MAXBOXING.COM Teams Up With SECONDSOUT.COM
Pacquiao Turns De La Hoya’s Dream Fight into a Nightmare

Pacquiao Turns De La Hoya’s Dream Fight into a Nightmare

Comment by Paul Upham

Experts and fans alike labelled it a mismatch as soon as the fight was made. Some boxing fans were so angered they vowed not to subscribe to the pay-per-view, labelling it a circus and a farce. Indeed the fight was one sided. It wasn’t even close. But Many Pacquiao was the one who was left standing with his arms raised in triumph. For Oscar De La Hoya, the long time Golden Boy of the sport, the Dream Match turned into a nightmare. Pacquiao Turns De La Hoya’s Dream Fight into a Nightmare
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
Has De La Hoya’s Shtick Gotten Old?

Has De La Hoya’s Shtick Gotten Old?

By Matthew Hurley

As the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao fight approaches and the publicity machine ratchets it up another notch Oscar, the savvy veteran with dozens of these media blitzes under his belt, has metamorphosed into the confidently contained sound-bite machine he has perfected over the years. Has De La Hoya’s Shtick Gotten Old?
Inside De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet

Inside De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet

By Paul Upham

This coming Saturday night the boxing world stops for the event of the year when its biggest star Oscar De La Hoya faces the best fighter in the world Manny Pacquiao. While the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas is sold out, the fight will be televised live in the USA on HBO Pay-Per-View and millions more will watch around the world. Behind the scenes at HBO, great work has gone into packaging and delivering the Dream Match to both old and new boxing fans. Inside De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet
Brand

Brand

By John Lumpkin

Walk into any sporting goods store in the land and see if you purchase anything related to boxing. At best, you might be able to locate a heavy bag, some training gloves and maybe a speed bag. What you will not find is T-shirt, ball cap, jacket or any other item that would help promote the sport. The reason you will not find these things is that boxing has no representative. Brand
HBO Finally Prunes the Tree with “Ring Life”

HBO Finally Prunes the Tree with “Ring Life”

By Jason Pribila

On May 28th Thomas Hauser let boxing fans behind the curtain, and behind the scenes of “HBO: 2008”. He intimately detailed how the decisions by HBO’s current leadership were adversely affecting the sport as a whole. Mr. Hauser wrote, “Part of the problem is that HBO is no longer building fighters the way it once did because it tries to televise the biggest names, not the best fighters and fights.” HBO Finally Prunes the Tree with “Ring Life”
A Boxing Scribes Night With The UFC

A Boxing Scribes Night With The UFC

By Matthew Hurley

In its infancy the world of mixed martial arts that I would see late at night on ESPN held no interest for me. I found it to be slap-dash and amateurish and subsequently ignored its refinement over the years. A Boxing Scribes Night With The UFC
Molitor-Caballero: An Underrated Super Fight

Molitor-Caballero: An Underrated Super Fight

By Derek Bonnett

With all the big boxing talk of the last couple of months being focused on Hopkins-Pavlik and Jones-Calzaghe, it appears as if the enthusiasts of the sport have completely forgotten about the super bantamweight unification bout between Celestino Caballero and Steve Molitor on November 21 at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Molitor-Caballero: An Underrated Super Fight
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
Kelly Pavlik Attempts To Regroup

Kelly Pavlik Attempts To Regroup

By Matthew Hurley

The accolades Bernard Hopkins is now receiving for his master class performance against Kelly Pavlik are all warranted. The wily old veteran proved most of us wrong yet again. Kelly Pavlik Attempts To Regroup
Throwback

Throwback

By John Lumpkin

Most of today’s fans bristle at the comparisons people make about their boxing heroes chances against the fighter’s of yesteryear. In most other sports, there has been definitive upward progress of the athletes capabilities often backed by firm statistical data. Boxing, however, seems to have gone in another direction as many of today’s fighter’s lack the skills of their predecessors. Throwback
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
De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao: A Super Fight in Question

De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao: A Super Fight in Question

By Matthew Hurley

In the weeks leading up to the WBA welterweight world boxing championship bout between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito rumors abound as to whom Oscar De La Hoya would choose as his dance partner in what was alleged to be his final fight in December. De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao: A Super Fight in Question
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
Shane Mosley: I too, Love You

Shane Mosley: I too, Love You

By Jason Pribila

“Sugar” Shane Mosley returned to the ring on Saturday Night, 11 months since his hard fought loss to Miguel Cotto. Mosley was the favorite to return to his winning ways when he took on Nicaraguan Wildman, Ricardo Mayorga. Shane Mosley: I too, Love You
“Four Kings”: George Kimball Chronicles Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran

“Four Kings”: George Kimball Chronicles Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran

By Matthew Hurley

This past Sunday at Nuff Ced McGreevy’s Third Base Saloon on Boylston Street in Boston, USA legendary writer George Kimball signed copies of his superb new boxing book Four Kings. Kimball has written for the Village Voice, the Phoenix, Rolling Stone and the Boston Herald from which he retired in 2005 after twenty-five years. “Four Kings”: George Kimball Chronicles Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran
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

John L. Sullivan Revisited

By Thomas Hauser

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
Is De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao A Mismatch?

Is De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao A Mismatch?

By Clive Bernath

No matter how much I try I cannot understand why Oscar De La Hoya would want to face the much smaller pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on December 12. Is De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao A Mismatch?
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
Hopkins Never Ending Story Lingers On

Hopkins Never Ending Story Lingers On

By Matthew Hurley

“Kelly got the championship the right way. He earned it. I became a fan because of that.” So said Bernard Hopkins in regards to his October 18 opponent, WBC/WBO middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik. Hopkins Never Ending Story Lingers On
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
Cotto-Margarito: It Was That Good

Cotto-Margarito: It Was That Good

By Matthew Hurley

Yes, it was that good. Going into the welterweight showdown between WBA champion Miguel Cotto and challenger Antonio Margarito boxing fans were salivating over a match up that guaranteed fireworks. Cotto-Margarito: It Was That Good
Shane Mosley & Kostya Tszyu: Boxing’s Smiling Assassins

Shane Mosley & Kostya Tszyu: Boxing’s Smiling Assassins

By Paul Upham

To be in the presence of one undisputed boxing world champion is special. To be able to sit back and observe two of them interacting together is a privilege that doesn’t come along every day. Such was the case on July 23, when Sugar Shane Mosley accepted an invitation to visit Kostya Tszyu at his home in Sydney, Australia. Shane Mosley & Kostya Tszyu: Boxing’s Smiling Assassins
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
The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor

By John Lumpkin

Wladimir Klitschko defeated Tony Thompson this past weekend in a manner that can best be described as a relatively good performance. The Good Doctor
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
It’s Time For Wladimir Klitschko To Step Up

It’s Time For Wladimir Klitschko To Step Up

By Matthew Hurley

Back in April of 1985 there was a fight contested for the WBA heavyweight crown between Greg Page and the aptly named Tony Tubbs that immediately went down as one of the worst fights ever contested for a belt in boxing’s premier division. It’s Time For Wladimir Klitschko To Step Up
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
Manny Pacquiao – No.1 P4P, For Now

Manny Pacquiao – No.1 P4P, For Now

By Matthew Hurley

With the retirement of welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather the position at the top of the mythical “pound-for-pound” list was vacated as well. Manny Pacquiao – No.1 P4P, For Now
Taking the Title

Taking the Title

By John Lumpkin

Every once and a while when a popular champion loses his title in a close fight we hear people proclaiming that it was somehow unfair. Taking the Title
How Jeff Fenech Fanned The Flame For A Third Azumah Nelson Fight

How Jeff Fenech Fanned The Flame For A Third Azumah Nelson Fight

By Paul Upham

It started with a simple phone call from a business associate in Thailand to Jeff Fenech in Sydney in February 2008. “Jeff, your old foe Samart Payakarun is telling people over here that he can beat you in a boxing rematch and there is a promoter who is ready to put the fight on.” How Jeff Fenech Fanned The Flame For A Third Azumah Nelson Fight
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
When They Were King

When They Were King

By John Lumpkin

It used to be that heavyweights were king. The fights were exciting and there were many big names to root for. Those days, however, are long gone. Heavyweights are no longer the dominant force in the sport. When They Were King
De La Hoya Should Finish His Career Against Cotto Or Margarito

De La Hoya Should Finish His Career Against Cotto Or Margarito

By Matthew Hurley

With the apparent retirement of welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather-soon to be retired fighter Oscar De La Hoya is now sitting back in his leather chair in the offices of Golden Boy Promotions recalculating his plan for his 2008 exit from the boxing game. De La Hoya Should Finish His Career Against Cotto Or Margarito
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
'Money’ Mayweather Retires: Your ‘What Does This Mean’ Checklist

'Money’ Mayweather Retires: Your ‘What Does This Mean’ Checklist

By Paul Upham

The decision by Floyd Mayweather Jr, the pound for pound best boxer in the world, to announce his retirement on June 6, 2008 will send shockwaves through the boxing world. As always, with a decision of this magnitude there will be winners and losers and wide ranging affects on many other boxers and people within the sport. SecondsOut.com now attempts to answers all of the questions created by ‘Money Mayweather’s’ retirement. 'Money’ Mayweather Retires: Your ‘What Does This Mean’ Checklist
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