Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

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...

Andre Berto Returns to Boxing’s Last Chance Corral

Andre Berto Returns to Boxing’s Last Chance Corral

In assessing his career, and boxing in general, Andre Berto makes a valid point. There are incredible highs and depressing lows, and those who step inside the ropes long enough and often enough should be prepared for either eventuality. “I’ve always wanted to feel everything that this game ha...

Schaefer Extends Olive Branch (sort of) to Oscar: Will They Team Up Again?

Schaefer Extends Olive Branch (sort of) to Oscar: Will They Team Up Again?

If the history of boxing has taught us anything, it is that today’s friend can be tomorrow’s enemy, and vice-versa. Temporary alliances can and are forged among bitter rivals because such arrangements can be profitable, with peace treaties of convenience shredded and old animosities restored onc...

Philadelphia’s Jesse Hart Moves Closer to the Title Shot That Eluded His Dad

Philadelphia’s Jesse Hart Moves Closer to the Title Shot That Eluded His Dad

OXON HILL, Md. – Eugene “Cyclone” Hart doesn’t profess to be a psychic. He doesn’t peer into crystal balls, read tea leaves or deal himself Tarot cards to get a handle on how his son, super middleweight contender Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, will fare in any given bout. But the 65-year-old ...

Memories of Hagler-Leonard, 30 Years Later

Memories of Hagler-Leonard, 30 Years Later

LOOKING BACK AT HAGLER-LEONARD -- It’s funny, some of the little things you remember about a major boxing event that took place 30 years ago. Oh, sure, the big stuff was really big when long-reigning middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard squared off the night of April...

The late Zack Clayton, Ref for Ali-Foreman, Named to the Basketball Hall of Fame

The late Zack Clayton, Ref for Ali-Foreman, Named to the Basketball Hall of Fame

Most boxing fans remember the late Zachariah “Zack” Clayton as the third man in the ring for Muhammad Ali’s stunning eighth-round knockout of George Foreman on Oct. 30, 1974, in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). But Clayton’s involvement in “The Rumble in the Jungle...

‘The New’ Ray Robinson is Looking to Make a Name for Himself

‘The New’ Ray Robinson is Looking to Make a Name for Himself

PHILADELPHIA -- It would have been a great story, if not a unique one.  A boxing-obsessed father, maybe even a former fighter himself, names his son after a legendary champion. The kid takes up the sport his daddy was so crazy about, finds he has a natural affinity for it, and does honor to his dis...

For Some Elite Boxers, `Prime Time’ Can Be Too Short a Time

For Some Elite Boxers, `Prime Time’ Can Be Too Short a Time

When a world champion fighter is young, talented and at the top of his form, he can be excused for daring to believe the good times are going to last forever, or at least for a long time. But boxing is a “hurt business,” as the saying goes, and the glittering promise of all those tomorrows can b...

Bernard Hopkins, Channeling his Inner Peter Marciano, Picks Jacobs over GGG

Bernard Hopkins, Channeling his Inner Peter Marciano, Picks Jacobs over GGG

Bernard Hopkins has never been a shrinking violet when it comes to offering strong opinions, on anything, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he is making a somewhat bold prediction concerning Saturday night’s big middleweight title fight between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 ...

Lou Duva, Boxing’s Yogi Berra, Dead at 94

Lou Duva, Boxing’s Yogi Berra, Dead at 94

BERNARD FERNANDEZ REMEMBERS LOU DUVA ---120 He was short. He was rotund. He was irascible. It would be easy to say that Lou Duva, who died Wednesday morning at 94 after a lengthy illness, was one of a kind, but that would not quite be the truth. There was a time, not all that very long ago when view...