Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

“I, Tonya”: The Strange Tale of a Disgraced Skater’s Road From Rink to Ring

“I, Tonya”: The Strange Tale of a Disgraced Skater’s Road From Rink to Ring

There are some sports – not boxing, obviously – that conjure images of wealth and privilege, perhaps because to become really good at them there has to be a lengthy and costly investment of time and money, those expenses often covered by well-to-do parents. Among the so-called “country club sp...

Fantasy Fisticuffs: The Late Edwin Valero vs. Vasyl Lomachenko. Who Wins?

Fantasy Fisticuffs: The Late Edwin Valero vs. Vasyl Lomachenko. Who Wins?

Coulda, shoulda, woulda. It is the stuff dream fights are made of. What would have happened had Jack Dempsey fought Rocky Marciano, prime on prime? Or a Smoke and Iron pairing of Joe Frazier vs. Mike Tyson? Muhammad Ali against three-time Olympic champ Teofilo Stevenson? Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Sugar...

Cecilia Braekhus Shatters Another Glass Ceiling (Excerpt)

Cecilia Braekhus Shatters Another Glass Ceiling (Excerpt)

Whenever a woman – any woman -- enters a ring, she is fighting for something more than herself.  She is fighting to shatter that figurative glass ceiling, the one that long has kept boxers with two X chromosomes from gaining their full and rightful places at the table of their sport. It remain...

Vasyl Lomachenko is the TSS Fighter of the Year

Vasyl Lomachenko is the TSS Fighter of the Year

Forget, at least for a moment, all those comparisons to Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali. As far as the 2017 boxing awards season is concerned, Vasyl “High-Tech” Lomachenko would rather channel  his inner Marlon Brando, George C. Scott and, for those really familiar with United States histor...

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is the TSS Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is the TSS Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

“That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” William Shakespeare reasoned in Act II, Scene II of Romeo and Juliet. The Bard was not referring to boxers from Thailand when he penned that classic line, but he might have had he had knowledge of a certain proclivity. Thai figh...

Derrick James Captures the 2017 TSS Trainer of the Year Award

Derrick James Captures the 2017 TSS Trainer of the Year Award

Ezekiel Elliott running roughshod over opposing defenses? Dak Prescott scrambling for big gains or launching downfield bombs to Dez Bryant? Forget it. The Dallas Cowboys won’t be in the NFL playoffs this postseason and have been rendered, at least for the time being, irrelevant.  “America’s T...

A Final 10-Count For Boxing Notables Who Left Us In 2017

A Final 10-Count For Boxing Notables Who Left Us In 2017

For all the undeniably positive things that have happened in boxing in 2017, one of the best years for the sport in recent memory, there also were corresponding moments of sad reflection. The Grim Reaper is the one opponent that even the toughest and most resilient practitioners of the pugilistic ar...

Feisty USA Boxing President John Brown Sees Better Times Ahead

Feisty USA Boxing President John Brown Sees Better Times Ahead

Sometimes a fresh coat of paint and moving the same rickety furniture around isn’t enough. Sometimes that perennial fixer-upper needs to have a wrecking ball taken to it to make way for a new and improved structure. And if you’ve taken the lead assignment for an overdue rebuilding project, you e...

Lomachenko Continues His “Make-‘Em-Quit” Tour vs. Rigondeaux

Lomachenko Continues His “Make-‘Em-Quit” Tour vs. Rigondeaux

NEW YORK – The Vasyl Lomachenko “Make-’Em-Quit” Tour played the Garden here Saturday night, where the headliner of boxing’s strangest and arguably most impressive act extended what has to be some kind of record by getting his fourth straight opponent to surrender rather than offer himself ...

Vitali Beats Wlad to the IBHOF; Morales and Wright Complete the Trifecta

Vitali Beats Wlad to the IBHOF; Morales and Wright Complete the Trifecta

Boxing fans like to speculate about fights that didn’t happen almost as much as they love offering their opinions, with much conviction and passion, about those that did. With Tuesday’s announcement that three-time heavyweight champion Vitali “Dr. Iron Fist” Klitschko has been voted into the...