Author Archives: Arne K. Lang

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...

Fast Results from NYC: Lomachenko Gets Off the Deck to Stop Linares

Fast Results from NYC: Lomachenko Gets Off the Deck to Stop Linares

“He’s an amazing fighter, technically,” said the noted trainer Ismael Salas about his former charge Jorge Linares, the Venezuelan globetrotter who was making his first appearance in a New York ring. True enough, but tonight at Madison Square Garden Linares was facing a more advanced technician...

R.I.P. Phil Alessi, the Tampa Promoter Who Hired and Fired Michael Buffer

R.I.P. Phil Alessi, the Tampa Promoter Who Hired and Fired Michael Buffer

Longtime Tampa, Florida, promoter Phil Alessi Sr., who was reportedly involved in more than 300 professional boxing events, passed away on Sunday, May 6, at age 74. Alessi, who suffered from diabetes, had been in poor health for a long time. Funeral arrangements are pending. In Tampa, Alessi is b...

Fast Results From London: Tony Bellew Bombs Out David Haye

Fast Results From London: Tony Bellew Bombs Out David Haye

Heading into today’s rematch between Tony “The Bomber” Bellew and David Haye at London’s O2 Arena, it was generally acknowledged that Haye had the better tools. But would his body hold up? In the first meeting 13 months ago, Haye ruptured his Achilles tendon in the sixth frame and it was all...