Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

Maybe Errol Spence is the `Phenom’ Who Truly Deserves That Moniker

Maybe Errol Spence is the `Phenom’ Who Truly Deserves That Moniker

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “phenom” as “A person of phenomenal ability or promise.” The Oxford dictionary more or less employs the same terminology: “A person who is outstandingly talented or admired, especially an up-and-comer.” Meet welterweight contender Errol “The Tr...

Terence Crawford is Boffo in Omaha; Can His Act Play as Well on a Bigger Stage?

Terence Crawford is Boffo in Omaha; Can His Act Play as Well on a Bigger Stage?

“Will it play in Peoria?” is a phrase widely believed to have been popularized by 19th century American author Horatio Alger. It has come to mean the viability of a given product, person, promotional theme or event to appeal to mainstream America, which Wikipedia defines as a “wide range of de...

Liev Schreiber’s dead-on impersonation of Wepner makes Chuck work

Liev Schreiber’s dead-on impersonation of Wepner makes Chuck work

MOVIE REVIEW -- The closing credits indicate that the screenplay for Chuck, the new movie about the life of rough-around-the-edges brawler Chuck Wepner, who got a dream shot at Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight championship and became a sort of folk hero for knocking “The Greatest” down (maybe, or ma...

25 Years Ago, Michael Moorer and Bert Cooper Waged a Tumultuous Battle

25 Years Ago, Michael Moorer and Bert Cooper Waged a Tumultuous Battle

THE MOORER–COOPER BARNBURNER: They often are called “closet classics,” a term employed to describe thrilling, two-way action fights that, for whatever reason, somehow have managed to escape widespread public attention both in the then-and-now and in a broader historical sense. By that defin...

Remembering Nat Allbright: The Man Who Could Make Your Boxing Fantasy Come True

Remembering Nat Allbright: The Man Who Could Make Your Boxing Fantasy Come True

Remembering Nat Allbright - I don’t particularly care to write obituaries about notable boxing figures because I hate to see the sport’s legends depart this mortal coil, even if it is to begin their journey to what we all would like to hope is a better place. The last such piece I authored for T...

Canelo Humiliates Chavez Jr. Can He Do the Same Thing to GGG?

Canelo Humiliates Chavez Jr. Can He Do the Same Thing to GGG?

It didn’t take long for the snarky remarks to surface. Even before Canelo Alvarez had finished humiliating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., pitching a 12-round shutout on all three judges’ scorecards with a level of domination that made the prefight hype that this was a fight for Mexican boxing supremacy...

Will the Canelo-Chavez Jr. Match Give Boxing Another Booster Shot?

Will the Canelo-Chavez Jr. Match Give Boxing Another Booster Shot?

There is a disconcerting truth about so-called “superfights.” Sometimes, they’re just not that super. And when they aren’t, boxing takes a hit because expectations going in were so very high, perhaps even unrealistically so. Should excitement-hungry fans get their hopes way up and then recei...

Anthony Joshua Flies Union Jack After Comeback TKO of Wladimir Klitschko

Anthony Joshua Flies Union Jack After Comeback TKO of Wladimir Klitschko

JOSHUA TKOs KLITSCHKO -- The British Empire, which in 1913 ruled over 23 percent of the world’s population and 24 percent of its land mass, ceased to exist in 1997 when the United Kingdom formally ceded control of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China. But the relatively small island natio...

Near the D-Day Beaches, Simon Brown and Tyrone Trice Waged an Epic Battle

Near the D-Day Beaches, Simon Brown and Tyrone Trice Waged an Epic Battle

BROWN-TRICE I, A FORGOTTEN TREASURE -- Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, setting into motion the beginning of the end of World War II in the European theater. War – real war, the kind waged with bombs and bullets – cannot and should not be equated to any sportin...

Joshua-Klitschko Needs To Be Another Holmes-Norton

Joshua-Klitschko Needs To Be Another Holmes-Norton

JOSHUA VS. KLITSCHKO -- It is axiomatic in boxing that the heavyweight division is the engine that drives the sport, but that has been truer at certain times than at others. When Muhamad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and a host of only slightly lesser luminaries were at the throttle, their era wa...