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23 JULY 2014

 


The Same Old Story

The Same Old Story

By Matt Wells: Let’s say that you were a researcher for some big candy company. Now, let’s say that you figured out a way to combine two ingredients, perhaps chocolate and peanut butter, into a fantastic new confection. In the real world, you would then go and produce as much of this new product as possible and flood the market with it. In the surreal world of boxing, however, you would market the chocolate and peanut butter separately, in order to build up "hype". The Same Old Story
Blame 2006

Blame 2006

By Matt Wells: Despite this fall’s array of exciting, high-profile bouts, many pundits and writers will conclude that 2007 was a rough year for boxing, given, among other developments, the surge in popularity of UFC. This assessment isn’t really accurate, though. In truth, 2006 was the year in which the sport faltered, paving the way for the rise of the mixed-martial arts leagues. Blame 2006
The Bad Guy Meets Hatton Nation

The Bad Guy Meets Hatton Nation

By Matt Wells: What does it mean for boxing when the fighter generally acknowledged to be the best in the sport is virtually unknown outside of it, while his opponent has legions of devoted fans, thousands of whom are willing to fly across the ocean to watch him in action? Hard to tell what it means, other than that these are strange times for the sport. The Bad Guy Meets Hatton Nation
The Welterweights: Don’t Believe the Hype

The Welterweights: Don’t Believe the Hype

By Matt Wells: Though it might not admit it, boxing has learned a thing or two since UFC and other MMA sports became a real threat. Or did you think that this fall’s string of super-fights was just a coincidence? The Welterweights: Don’t Believe the Hype
The Talk of the Town

The Talk of the Town

By Matt Wells: Joe Calzaghe is a controversial figure, derided by many boxing fans, particularly those in North America. So why is it then that his biggest fights rank among the most anticipated and talked-about events of the past several years? Such was the case when he took on Jeff Lacy. Such is the case, again, for his fight this weekend against Mikkel Kessler. The Talk of the Town
Jermain Proves His Worth

Jermain Proves His Worth

By Ben Cohen: After a hailstorm of criticism for lucky decisions and lethargic performances, Jermain Taylor was looking to re-establish his credibility as a top tier fighter against Kelly Pavlik last weekend. Taylor did not win, but he did silence many of his critics with his loss.

The talented but flawed Arkansas fighter was battered into submission after 7 scintillating rounds at the Board Walk Hall in Atlantic City, proving in the process that he has the goods to be a champion. Jermain Proves His Worth
Notes and Nuggets

Notes and Nuggets

By Thomas Hauser

The recent betting scandal involving NBA referee Tim Donaghy should be a wake-up call for other sports. Donaghy, as virtually everyone in the sports world now knows, pled guilty to two felonies related to allegations that he had passed information to organized crime figures and placed bets on NBA games that he officiated. Notes and Nuggets
The Enigmatic Shannon Briggs

The Enigmatic Shannon Briggs

By Thomas Hauser

Perpendicular to the boardwalk in Atlantic City, a four-story shopping mall called The Pier Shops at Caesars extends across a narrow beach and juts out over the Atlantic Ocean. Standing at the eastern end of the mall, one can gaze at the ocean and see Herman Melville’s “great shroud of the sea” as it rolled on thousands of years ago. The Enigmatic Shannon Briggs
May - The Month Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Robinson Was Born

May - The Month Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Robinson Was Born

By James Slater: Eighty-six years ago this month, Sugar Ray Robinson, arguably the single greatest boxer of all time-was born in Ailey, Montgomery County, Georgia. May - The Month Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Robinson Was Born

Lennox and Kostya: Two of a Kind

By Paul Upham: It was a puzzled expression on the face of Kostya Tszyu. Having just told him my latest discovery, that I believed Lennox Lewis and he were just like twins, it was not surprising. It was the sort of astonished look you might get if you told the former undisputed junior welterweight world champion that Zab Judah was still keen on a rematch. Probably just like the expression you have on your face right now reading this. Lennox and Kostya: Two of a Kind
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