Author Archives: Arne K. Lang

After a Lusterless Weekend, the Boxing Scene Heats Up in a Hurry

After a Lusterless Weekend, the Boxing Scene Heats Up in a Hurry

They say it never rains, but it pours. That’s certainly true of boxing, a sport without a season. The first weekend of June was arid. There was no shortage of shows – there were three in Atlantic City alone – but none that created a buzz. By contrast, this coming weekend brings us a spate of n...

Boxing Fans are a Forgiving Lot; the Jack Johnson Illustration

Boxing Fans are a Forgiving Lot; the Jack Johnson Illustration

It’s old news now, but President Donald Trump posthumously pardoned Jack Johnson in a ceremony at the Oval Office on Thursday, May 24. Whether or not you agreed with it -- and the overwhelming response was positive -- you have to admit that there’s a certain irony in the fact that the most polar...

Tugstsogt Nyambayar is an Odd Name, but a Name to Remember

Tugstsogt Nyambayar is an Odd Name, but a Name to Remember

On Saturday, May 26, there were two televised boxing shows running head-to-head in the United States. Top Rank’s card on ESPN+, which featured two title fights in the super flyweight division, commanded more interest among hardcore boxing fans than the PBC show on Fox Sports 1 where the main go wa...

British Boxing Fans Mourn The Deaths of Brendan Ingle and Dean Francis

British Boxing Fans Mourn The Deaths of Brendan Ingle and Dean Francis

On Friday, May 24, British boxing fans were saddened to learn of the deaths of two prominent members of the UK fistic fraternity. The noted trainer Brendan Ingle, who was afflicted with Alzheimer’s, passed away at the age of 77. Former boxer Dean Francis, who had been battling colon cancer, died a...

President Trump Pardons Jack Johnson but Gets No Brownie Points From Me

President Trump Pardons Jack Johnson but Gets No Brownie Points From Me

The campaign to secure a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson picked up steam in recent years. I knew the campaign would eventually bear fruit, and considering that posthumous pardons are so rare, the cynic in me figured that when it finally happened, the man in the Oval Office would be looking to w...

Stylistically Speaking, Daniel M was the Lomachenko of his Day

Stylistically Speaking, Daniel M was the Lomachenko of his Day

When a fighter becomes recognized as an extraordinary fighter, pundits writing stories about him invariably conjure up the name of a great fighter of yesteryear who was stylistically similar. Gene Tunney was compared with Gentleman Jim Corbett. Both were seen as cerebral fighters who out-foxed their...

Tony Canzoneri Tops the List of the Top 10 Fighters from New Orleans

Tony Canzoneri Tops the List of the Top 10 Fighters from New Orleans

Regis Prograis is widely considered the alpha male in the 140-pound division, a weight class bursting with talented fighters who seemingly haven’t yet reached their peak. Prograis risks his “interim” title on July 14 against Juan Jose Velasco, and although Velasco, a 31-year-old Argentine, is ...

A Double Feature on Showtime: Stevenson-Jack Ends in a Draw; Russell UD Diaz

A Double Feature on Showtime: Stevenson-Jack Ends in a Draw; Russell UD Diaz

Boxers are prone to grow old overnight. Adonis Stevenson, who turned 40 last September, would seem to be especially vulnerable. But don’t write Stevenson off quite yet. True, there were times tonight when he looked his age, but he had just enough in his tank to stave off the challenge of Badou Jac...

R.I.P. Troy Waters: Three-Time World Title Challenger

R.I.P. Troy Waters: Three-Time World Title Challenger

Troy Waters, one of Australia’s most popular fighters, died on Thursday at age fifty-three in Sydney after a long battle with leukemia. A former Australian and Commonwealth (British Empire) super welterweight champion, Waters was active from 1984 to 1998, compiling a record of 28-5 with 20 KOs. ...

Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack: A Fascinating Match

Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack: A Fascinating Match

According to a press release, Saturday’s light heavyweight title fight between Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack at the Air Canada Centre is the most noteworthy fight in Toronto since June 22, 1984, when Aaron Pryor defended his 140-pound title against Nicky Furlano. That may be true, but it’s a p...