Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

After Final Fight With Sadam Ali, It’s All Kids’ Play for Miguel Cotto

After Final Fight With Sadam Ali, It’s All Kids’ Play for Miguel Cotto

The same question keeps coming at Miguel Cotto with the regularity of a metronomic jab. Is the 37-year-old Puerto Rican legend’s announced farewell fight, against Sadam Ali on Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden, really the final time his many fans will see the four-division world champion in the ring...

A New Book on Jack Dempsey is Worth a Look

A New Book on Jack Dempsey is Worth a Look

My personal library contains hundreds of books, dozens of which this voracious reader has yet to get around to. There is, after all, only so much time in any given day to spend large chunks of it curling up with a mystery novel or biography of a notable person. But certain new arrivals sometimes are...

Argentine Legend Carlos Monzon: Revered and Reviled

Argentine Legend Carlos Monzon: Revered and Reviled

Sometimes the story you think you’re going to write takes a swift and decisive turn, as can be the case in boxing, where the outcome of a fight that seemingly is all but decided can swing the other way with a single well-placed blow. My original notion was to commemorate the career of Argentina...

For Deontay Wilder, Bermane Stiverne is The One That Got Away

For Deontay Wilder, Bermane Stiverne is The One That Got Away

Frustrated fishermen have long spun tall tales about it. So have forlorn lovers and members of law enforcement who are dismayed when they fail to nail the perpetrator of a dastardly crime who somehow manages to escape justice for years or even decades. Thoughts of “the one that got away” at s...

Anthony Joshua Fighting Specter of Lennox Lewis as Much as Carlos Takam

Anthony Joshua Fighting Specter of Lennox Lewis as Much as Carlos Takam

They will never square off in the ring, but the hypothetical battle rages on in computerized matchups and continuing debate in the court of public opinion. Who has the most valid claim to being the best British heavyweight of all time? Is it legendary Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis? Or could it be, i...

With Big Wins, Hurd and Charlo Convey That Blonds Really Do Have More Fun

With Big Wins, Hurd and Charlo Convey That Blonds Really Do Have More Fun

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – It has been a tough season for Odell Beckham Jr., the New York Giants’ superstar wide receiver who has popularized both the seemingly impossible one-handed catch and a hairstyle, bleached-blond on top of the wearer’s naturally dark roots, that more and more African-American at...

Saquon Barkley Might Surpass Athletic Feats of Great-Uncle Iran Barkley

Saquon Barkley Might Surpass Athletic Feats of Great-Uncle Iran Barkley

The All-America junior tailback for the Penn State Nittany Lions, strong and swift at 5-foot-11 and a chiseled 229 pounds, is a force to be reckoned with when he runs inside the tackles, gaining impressive yardage after first contact and occasionally taking it all the way to the end zone if he finds...

Boxing History Went Up in Flames in Blaze That Destroyed Kronk Gym

Boxing History Went Up in Flames in Blaze That Destroyed Kronk Gym

As a trainer, the late, great Emanuel Steward always believed he could help guide his prized pupils to victory when everything seemingly was on the line. That sense of supreme confidence proved more than justified as Steward, sometimes referred to as the “Godfather of Detroit boxing,” worked wit...

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

It was at the New York City press conference to officially announce the Nov. 4 WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and the man many deemed to be his most credible challenger to date, Cuban expatriate Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs). I cornered promote...

With Title Shot Against Charlo, Lubin Glad He Passed on 2016 Rio Olympics

With Title Shot Against Charlo, Lubin Glad He Passed on 2016 Rio Olympics

There are some questions that have no easy answers. Who can say why that chicken crossed the road? But Erickson Lubin, who challenges WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo on Oct. 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the kind of early prime-vs.-early prime matchup that almost nev...