Author Archives: Arne K. Lang

Henry Armstrong’s Las Vegas Episode: A Dip into the Pool of Tank Town Boxing

Henry Armstrong’s Las Vegas Episode: A Dip into the Pool of Tank Town Boxing

Henry Armstrong, active from 1931 to 1945, won the featherweight, welterweight, and lightweight world titles, in that order, in a day when there were only eight widely recognized weight classes. He briefly held all three belts simultaneously. During the course of his career he had a run of 27 straig...

Ringside Report: A Sudden End to a Spirited Skirmish as Rojas KOs Marrero

Ringside Report: A Sudden End to a Spirited Skirmish as Rojas KOs Marrero

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Fight fans in Las Vegas for Saturday’s big boxing event were served appetizers on Friday in an oversized ballroom at the MGM Grand. In the main go of the Golden Boy Promotions card on ESPN, Puerto Rico's Jesus M Rojas (26-1-2, 1 ND,19 KOs) connected with a left hook coming off the...

Two Big Fights in England Embellish a Grand Boxing Weekend

Two Big Fights in England Embellish a Grand Boxing Weekend

Saturday’s big shebang in Las Vegas has diverted the spotlight from two important boxing shows in England. At the Copper Box Arena in London, Billy Joe Saunders defends his version of the middleweight title against Willie Monroe Jr. in a battle of southpaws. At the Echo Arena in Liverpool, hometow...

A Closer Look at the Officials in the Mayweather-McGregor Fight

A Closer Look at the Officials in the Mayweather-McGregor Fight

No matter one’s feelings about the integrity of the Mayweather-McGregor fight, this is a huge international sporting event. By my loose calculation, the match has already shattered the mark set by the Johnson-Jeffries fight for the most words showered on a boxing match. That 1910 bout at Reno was ...

Boxing and the Movies: Here’s an Anthology Series That Packs a Punch

Boxing and the Movies: Here’s an Anthology Series That Packs a Punch

The late Stanley Weston, who had a long association with The Ring magazine, rising from copy boy to publisher, once said that he really didn’t like boxing but he liked to write about boxing because it was the sport with the best storylines. Over the years, those compelling storylines have captured...

Floyd Mayweather Meets the Media: Quick Takeaways

Floyd Mayweather Meets the Media: Quick Takeaways

The boxers going through their exertions weren’t the only ones working up a sweat at the Mayweather Boxing Club gym in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 10. The air conditioning wasn’t working properly or perhaps it was simply overwhelmed by the number of bodies on the premises. It was Media...

Ten Notable Boxers From Nebraska Not Named Terence Crawford

Ten Notable Boxers From Nebraska Not Named Terence Crawford

Terence Crawford meets Namibia’s Julius Indongo at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 19th on ESPN. At stake are all the meaningful belts in the 140-pound division and for Crawford something more – a chance to cement his status as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the ...

Wladimir Klitschko Retires

Wladimir Klitschko Retires

Today (Thursday, August 3) Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement. “As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of and now I want to start my second career after sports,” said Klitschko in his formal press release. “I would never have imagined that I would...

The Betting on the Mayweather-McGregor Fight: Here’s the Skinny

The Betting on the Mayweather-McGregor Fight: Here’s the Skinny

Like it or not, the Mayweather-McGregor fight is one of the biggest sports stories in years and the betting component is a big part of it. In a recent conversation with Yahoo combat sports writer Kevin Iole, the manager of a prominent online book said it was “almost certain” that the betting han...

On The Road With Sonny Liston; a Flashback With Lem Banker

On The Road With Sonny Liston; a Flashback With Lem Banker

In late June of 1970, Sonny Liston ventured to New Jersey where he dismantled Chuck Wepner in nine gory rounds. For this assignment, the former heavyweight champion was paid in cash. But when Liston returned to Las Vegas, every cent of it was gone. Lem Banker knows the story. Banker was in Liston’...