Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

Terence Crawford, Natch, Votes for Himself as Pound-for-Pound Best

Terence Crawford, Natch, Votes for Himself as Pound-for-Pound Best

There is no way of definitively proving who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and maybe that has been the case since Sugar Ray Robinson was widely conferred with that unofficial but highly prized designation in the 1940s. Oh, there might be a consensus of popular opinion at any given...

The Once Vibrant Atlantic City Boxing Scene Looks Poised for a Rebound

The Once Vibrant Atlantic City Boxing Scene Looks Poised for a Rebound

In the world of fashion, it has been said that what was “in” and then “out” eventually becomes “in” again. At least that’s the hope of all those who have vintage Nehru jackets, loud Madras trousers and the lapel-less suit coats once favored by the Beatles stashed in their attics should...

Move Over, SMU. Olympic Boxing Could Be Facing the `Death Penalty’

Move Over, SMU. Olympic Boxing Could Be Facing the `Death Penalty’

Drastic wrongdoing would seem to require drastic action to correct. At least that was the position of the NCAA, whose leadership took such action following the 1986 college football season when it imposed the so-called “death penalty” on Southern Methodist University, which had demonstrated an o...

Philly’s Fighting Fletcher Brothers to Miss Their Call to the Hall

Philly’s Fighting Fletcher Brothers to Miss Their Call to the Hall

Being inducted into the hall of fame, any hall of fame, is and should be a signal honor for a boxer. On Sunday afternoon, at Romano’s Caterers in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia, two of the city’s three fighting Fletcher brothers – former middleweight contender Frank, nicknamed “The...

James Scott, Once a Famous Prison Boxer, Died Free but Virtually Anonymous

James Scott, Once a Famous Prison Boxer, Died Free but Virtually Anonymous

James Scott, suffering from dementia, passed away last week at a New Jersey nursing home. For a few years in the late 1970s, Scott, prisoner No. 57735 in New Jersey’s most notorious maximum-security correctional facility, Rahway State Prison, was the toast of boxing and the source of much speculat...

Lomachenko Might Not Want to Take the Elevator Too Far North

Lomachenko Might Not Want to Take the Elevator Too Far North

NEW YORK – The early-shift bellman at the Row NYC Hotel, an avid boxing fan, was raving over what he’d seen the previous night on ESPN from a very slick, highly skilled, tremendously entertaining southpaw from a distant land. Vasiliy Lomachenko, he informed a departing guest whose luggage identi...

Honoring Cecilia Braekhus Isn’t ‘Politically Correct,’ It’s just the Right Thing

Honoring Cecilia Braekhus Isn’t ‘Politically Correct,’ It’s just the Right Thing

Until I decided to take a stand for women’s boxing, or more precisely for the right of women to box if that is what they choose to do, no one had ever accused me of being “politically correct.” I’m pretty sure that, on the whole, I am far from being a PC type of person. But you don’t have ...

27 Years Later, Toney’s Late KO of Nunn Not Such a Shocker

27 Years Later, Toney’s Late KO of Nunn Not Such a Shocker

The passage of time has a way of providing perspective to events that once seemed unimaginable. One such event took place on May 10, 1991, at a minor league baseball stadium in Davenport, Iowa, when a 20-1 underdog named James Toney, too far behind on the scorecards to have any chance of winning on ...

Vanes Martirosyan Likely a Goner vs. GGG

Vanes Martirosyan Likely a Goner vs. GGG

There apparently is a hidden meaning in the full name of Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, breaker of bones and splinterer of spirits. The initials of the man known as GGG, as far as the hopes and dreams of most of his opponents are concerned, also stand for going … going … gone. Or at least tha...

British-Ghanian Mighty-Mite Isaac Dogboe Makes a Big Splash in Philly

British-Ghanian Mighty-Mite Isaac Dogboe Makes a Big Splash in Philly

PHILADELPHIA – At 5-foot-2 (according to BoxRec.com) or 5-3 (ESPN) and a tightly coiled 121.1 pounds, London resident Isaac Dogboe might actually be a bit too large to ride the winning mount in the Epsom Derby. Fortunately, the Ghanian-born Dogboe is a fighter, not a jockey. And if his performance...