Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

Ringling Bros. Throws in the Towel: Should Boxing’s Ringmasters be Concerned?

Ringling Bros. Throws in the Towel: Should Boxing’s Ringmasters be Concerned?

THE CIRCUS IS SHUTTING DOWN -- Two definitions of “tradition,” as listed in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, describe it as “cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs and institutions,” as well “an inherited, established or customary pattern of thought, action or behavior.” At 6...

The Boxing Scene, Yesterday and Tomorrow: Some Random Thoughts

The Boxing Scene, Yesterday and Tomorrow: Some Random Thoughts

THE BOXING SCENE; RANDOM THOUGHTS -- It’s early January, which means every boxing publication and web site has probably alerted readers as to who and what they believe were the best of 2016, and what all fight fans should hope for, if not necessarily expect, in 2017. On the whole, 2016 gave us ...

The TSS 2016 Fighter of the Year is Carl Frampton

The TSS 2016 Fighter of the Year is Carl Frampton

CARL FRAMPTON NAMED FIGHTER OF THE YEAR -- Back in the bad old days when the Chicago Cubs were still dreadful and the great Ernie Banks was unremittingly cheerful, “Mr. Cub” would smile and say, “Let’s play two!” Quickly arranged rematches, boxing’s version of the doubleheader, are be...

Vargas vs Salido named the 2016 TSS Fight of the Year

Vargas vs Salido named the 2016 TSS Fight of the Year

VARGAS VS SALIDO RUMBLE; AN INSTANT CLASSIC  -- Forrest Gump’s mother told him that life is like a box of chocolates in that you don’t always know what you’re going to get.  Boxing matches also can play out in unexpected ways, but sometimes fight fans know exactly what to expect. Like, fo...

Shane McGuigan is the TSS 2016 Boxing Trainer of the Year

Shane McGuigan is the TSS 2016 Boxing Trainer of the Year

THE SWEET SCIENCE HONORS SHANE McGUIGAN -- Boxing history is filled with tales of celebrity sons attempting to follow in the footsteps of their famous fighting fathers. It might have started out that way for Shane McGuigan, one of former WBA featherweight champion Barry “The Clones Cyclone” McGu...

Can The Big Bad Wolfe Put the Snarl Back in James Kirkland?

Can The Big Bad Wolfe Put the Snarl Back in James Kirkland?

JAMES KIRKLAND REUNITED WITH ANN WOLFE -- You’ve heard all the putdowns, and for the most part they would appear to be justified. Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto against the frequently missing and erratic James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland, two recently inactive guys past their respective prim...

This Day in Boxing (Dec. 20): When the Russian Giant Fleeced the Real Deal

This Day in Boxing (Dec. 20): When the Russian Giant Fleeced the Real Deal

THE VALUEV-HOLYFIELD HEIST -- There is a line from one of Elvis Presley’s lesser-known songs, Big Boss Man, that could apply to the deceptively impressive record of two-time former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai The Russian Giant Valuev. “Well, you ain’t so big,” Elvis warbled. “You...

Bernard Hopkins Farewell Spoiled by Not Your Regular Joe

Bernard Hopkins Farewell Spoiled by Not Your Regular Joe

SMITH SPOILS B-HOP'S FINALE -- INGLEWOOD, Calif. – A few years ago, when Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins was in one of his periodic periods of extended inactivity that wasn’t quite a retirement, boxing’s ultimate oldie but goodie said he would be more than willing to lace up the gloves a...

The Bernard Hopkins Saga is a Story for the Ages

The Bernard Hopkins Saga is a Story for the Ages

BERNARD HOPKINS, AGELESS WONDER -- They are billing it as “The Final One,” which strongly suggests that Saturday night’s HBO-televised farewell to boxing by ageless wonder Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, who turns 52 on Jan. 15 against 27-year-old Joe Smith Jr., somehow will mark the en...

B-Hop’s Temporary Tattoo Temporarily Revolutionized Boxing Advertising

B-Hop’s Temporary Tattoo Temporarily Revolutionized Boxing Advertising

B-HOP'S TEMPORARY TATTOO -- When former middleweight and light heavyweight champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins finally lowers the curtain on his incredible 28-year professional boxing career with a farewell fight against Joe Smith Jr. on Saturday night in Inglewood, Calif., much will be s...