The 2010 Hauser Awards

The holidays are a time for reflection. They’re also the time of year when awards are handed out. Thus, the 2010 Hauser Awards:

MOST EMBARRASSING HIGH-PROFILE MISMATCH OF THE YEAR: Vitali Klitschko vs. Albert Sosnowski for the WBC heavyweight “championship.” Sosnowski had never fought, let alone beaten, a world-class fighter. Last year, he fought to a draw against Francesco Pianeta. Eight months before that, he lost an 80-72, 80-72, 80-72 decision to journeyman Zuri Lawrence. Lawrence has fifteen losses on his record and has been knocked out eight times.

: Referee Gelasio Perez Huerta's fourth round stoppage of Lucas Matthysse vs. Vivian Harris in Mexico City. One punch, not very hard, and the referee stepped in. How bad was the call?  So bad that there wasn’t any controversy over it  Everyone with a brain agreed that it was just plain wrong.

: The assertion by Leonard Ellerbe (Floyd Mayweather’s business representative) that there had been no negotiations for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

: To Oscar De La Hoya, who told Ben Grossman of Broadcasting and Cable magazine, “I commend UFC for what they have done in such a short period of time. They are the only real player in their category, the mixed martial arts world. We [Golden Boy] need to sign all the talent and get all the TV dates. Then you can have your own agenda. You can do a monthly PPV, a bi-weekly HBO fight. When you have five or six promoters, it's very difficult.”

: Herman Caicedo, chief second for Shannon Briggs, when Briggs fought Vitali Klitschko. Honorable mention to Robert Garcia for his work with Antonio Margarito in Pacquiao-Margarito.

: “Sulaiman Urges Calzaghe to Confront Cocaine Problem” (Headline we wanted to see in response: “Calzaghe Urges Sulaiman to Confront Obesity Problem”).

THE NATO AWARD (No Action, Talk Only)
: To David Haye, for talking big and offering nothing but gobbledy-gook as an explanation for why he was ducking the Klitschko brothers.

: Arthur Mercante’s handling of Cotto-Foreman.

: Jose Sulaiman (at the March 11th press conference in Dallas for the Pacquiao-Clottey undercard): “Whoever knows me knows that I speak the truth or I don’t speak at all.” – It was duly noted by those in attendance that Sulaiman’s remarks were brief.

: To the NABF, which bestowed the following honors for the reasons quoted herein: (1) Promoter of the Year – “Square Ring kept the career of the legendary Roy Jones Jr. alive. Promoting fights between Jones and Omar Sheika and Jeff Lacy led to much bigger bouts for Jones against local hero Danny Green in Australia and a long-awaited grudge match against Bernard Hopkins.” (2) President’s Award: “Gale Van Hoy’s long and meritorious contributions to the organization are tremendous. Each year he runs a memorabilia auction that raises funds for the NABF treasury. Van Hoy is quick to assist in any endeavor that will enhance the reputation of boxing in general and the NABF in particular.”

: To Bernard Hopkins, for suggesting that Manny Pacquiao is reluctant to fight “a top-notch black fighter” because the styles that African-American fighters bring “from the streets” would be successful against boxing’s reigning pound-for-pound king. Hopkins is already fondly remembered for declaring “I would never let a white boy beat me” before losing to Joe Calzaghe.

THE “DO YOU REALLY EXPECT US TO BELIEVE THAT” STATEMENT OF THE YEAR: To Wladimir Klitschko. When every network in the United States passed on Wladimir’s title defense against American Eddie Chambers, Team Klitschko arranged for a pay-per-view webcast on, and Wladimir issued a press release that read, “I enjoy working on the computer and I am very interested in new technologies. I like the idea that we are pioneers with this new technology.”

THE IL PAPA DOC AWARD: To Jose Sulaiman, who was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as “the longest-serving president of a world sports organization.” Sulaiman’s reign as WBC president (thirty-five years and counting) is well behind the benchmark for monarchs set by Ngwenyama Sobhuza II of Swaziland, whose reign dated from 1899 to 1982. King Sobhuza had seventy wives and 210 children. However, none of the children is believed to be as charming as Jose’s son, Mauricio.

ADVICE OF THE YEAR AWARD: To whoever tells Emma Bowe that, if she wants to “help” Ricky Hatton, she should shut her big fat mouth.

Thomas Hauser can be reached by email at His most recent book (“Waiting For Carver Boyd”) was published by JR Books and can be purchased at or
Hauser says that Waiting for Carver Boyd is “the best pure boxing writing I’ve ever done.”

Comment on this article


joey3fingers :

this is a test

Radam G :

Let this be an award too. There is one and only one Radam G. I'm guessing that all can now see that Joey and I are not the same reader under different pseudonyms. Welcome Joey Three fingers. Time to hit da pit before the Leyte sun start peeping through my window and getting on its sunburn on my pretty face. Holla!

joey3fingers :

I helped make the new site, and it was about time i set up my own username and login. Also noticed mike was using my admin account so now its all his.

DJ_12 :

Bhop versus Pascal ending in a draw. The two judges who declared that fight a draw should never judge a fight again.

Isaiah :

According to the picture in this article, there's another award. "The man most likely to play Gomer Pyle if they make another Andy Griffith movie" is Oscar De La Hoya, the Golden Boy, Money Magnet himself. "Well Gollllllllleeee Bobby Arum! Floyd Mayweather sure done messed my big money makin scheme by retiring and such! Please let me make sum money off the Pacman to cus I done messed up my business!" Anyway, yes, In the Hopkins/Pascal fight, B-Hop was robbed of everything but his personality and the judges knew they'd cause a riot if they gave Pascal the win, so they gave him the next best thing in an early Christmas present draw. Disgraceful! Reminds me of Briggs "winning" over a 48 year old George Foreman. Yeah, it's that bad! Rematch with Dawson or Hopkins and you can bet that Pascal won't be champ long.

GerardMcL :

So is Thomas Hauser now a feature writer for sweetscience? I had been reading his articles faithfully on as I think he is best boxing writer working today.