Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

Riddick Bowe’s Marine Corps Misadventure

Riddick Bowe’s Marine Corps Misadventure

The snide remarks stung then, probably more than any legal punch he received from Evander Holyfield or even the illegal ones below the belt landed by Andrew Golota. Twenty years later, they probably still haunt Riddick Bowe as the Ghost of Christmas Past tortured Ebenezer Scrooge. If there is a diff...

Wilder vs Washington Has a Storyline Straight out of Charles Dickens

Wilder vs Washington Has a Storyline Straight out of Charles Dickens

  It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … *Charles Dickens’ opening to his classic 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens never authored a book about the incongruities of 21st century heavyweight boxing. And why should he have? The British-born creator of so...

ADRIEN BRONER: Boxing’s Problem Child Faces an Uncertain Future

ADRIEN BRONER: Boxing’s Problem Child Faces an Uncertain Future

ADRIEN BRONER -- His nickname is “The Problem,” which might be the most apt moniker in all of boxing. But, too often, four-division former world champion Adrien Broner has been a problem to himself and not to his opponents. His decision-making out of the ring has been baffling, his conduct outra...

Can Bare-Knuckle Big Shot Bobby Gunn Muffle Musty Roy Jones Jr.?

Can Bare-Knuckle Big Shot Bobby Gunn Muffle Musty Roy Jones Jr.?

"CELTIC WARRIOR" BOBBY GUNN -- In the late 1980s, when a young, seemingly invincible Mike Tyson was widely recognized as the “baddest man on the planet,” someone asked him how he thought he might fare if he were to swap punches with Evander Holyfield, the undisputed cruiserweight champion who wa...

Pep vs Saddler: The Underappreciated Arch-Rivalry

Pep vs Saddler: The Underappreciated Arch-Rivalry

WILLIE PEP AND SANDY SADDLER -- Saturday, Feb. 11, marks the 68th anniversary of Willie Pep’s most celebrated ring performance. It came in the second of his four meetings with Sandy Saddler, a gladiator with whom he had so much in common. Pep and Saddler both turned professional at the tender a...

In His New Book, Jerry Izenberg Pays Homage to the Golden Era of Heavyweights

In His New Book, Jerry Izenberg Pays Homage to the Golden Era of Heavyweights

JERRY IZENBERG’S “Once There Were Giants”: -- Anyone who saw the great 2004 biopic about Ray Charles, Ray, might recall what Jamie Foxx, who won the Academy Award as Best Actor for his spot-on portrayal of the R&B legend, said in explaining Charles’ mid-1960s excursion into country music...

Jake LaMotta at 94: Down Memory Lane with the Raging Bull

Jake LaMotta at 94: Down Memory Lane with the Raging Bull

JAKE LaMOTTA, THE RAGING BULL -- It seemed to be a good idea at the time. A few days ago, upon noticing that Feb. 5 would be the 74th anniversary of the second fight in the six-bout series between Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta, and the only one that LaMotta won (at least officially, according ...

Frampton Succumbs to Santa Cruz – and to the King Tut and BWAA Curses

Frampton Succumbs to Santa Cruz – and to the King Tut and BWAA Curses

FRAMPTON-SANTA CRUZ II -- “Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the king …” words supposedly engraved outside the tomb of King Tutankhamen It is always a risky business, the tempting of fate. Those who believe, at least a little, in omens and curses might have fo...

Carl Frampton is Hot, But He’s Looking Down the Barrel at a Dicey Do-Over

Carl Frampton is Hot, But He’s Looking Down the Barrel at a Dicey Do-Over

He is coming off the best year of his 7½-year professional career, a year so memorable that he was named 2016’s best fighter by The Sweet Science, The Ring, ESPN, USA Today and, as of Friday, the Boxing Writers Association of America. The BWAA will present the 29-year-old native of Belfast with i...

Edwin Pope’s Death Further Contracts Fraternity of Great Boxing Writers

Edwin Pope’s Death Further Contracts Fraternity of Great Boxing Writers

EDWIN POPE DIES AT 88 -- There are some stories that I never wanted to write, and this is one of them. One of the finest and most iconic of American sports writers, longtime Miami Herald columnist Edwin Pope, was 88 when cancer claimed him the evening of Jan. 19, with his family by his side, in O...