Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

This Title Shot is a Hart-to-Hart Production

This Title Shot is a Hart-to-Hart Production

As much a political activist as a boxing promoter, Top Rank founder and chairman Bob Arum is providing 500 free tickets for Friday night’s ESPN-televised fight card at the Tucson Convention Center to so-called “Dreamers,” children of illegal immigrants, mostly from Mexico, whose status for rem...

GGG-Canelo: In the Court of Public Opinion the Hung Jury Smacks of Injustice

GGG-Canelo: In the Court of Public Opinion the Hung Jury Smacks of Injustice

You don’t have to be a boxing fan to understand the confusion that is sometimes attendant to the intricacies of the legal process. Imagine you’re a regular viewer of Court TV, and you’ve followed a particular case as if it were first-run episodes of your favorite television show. You have disp...

GGG-Canelo: The Relative Silence Has Been Deafening

GGG-Canelo: The Relative Silence Has Been Deafening

No matter what happens Saturday night when Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez square off in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, there will be comparisons drawn between a showdown eagerly anticipated by so-called boxing purists and the one that occurred three weeks earlier, in which the sport’s reigning ...

Looking Back at Whitaker-Chavez: A Bitter Pill for “Sweet Pea”

Looking Back at Whitaker-Chavez: A Bitter Pill for “Sweet Pea”

If you thought Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Travis were outnumbered at the Alamo, try to imagine how Pernell Whitaker and his small band of supporters must have felt the night of Sept. 10, 1993, in the Alamodome, within walking distance of the mission-turned-fort where 200 or so “Texicans...

CORBETT OVER SULLIVAN WAS 1892 PREDECESSOR TO MAYWEATHER-McGREGOR

CORBETT OVER SULLIVAN WAS 1892 PREDECESSOR TO MAYWEATHER-McGREGOR

CORBETT OVER SULLIVAN - What a difference 125 years makes. While several boxing matches have claimed, with varying degrees of legitimacy, to be the biggest, most important of all time – think Johnson-Jeffries (July 4, 1910), Louis-Schmeling II (June 22, 1938), Ali-Frazier I (March 8, 1971) and,...

Former HBO Sports Exec Kery Davis Thriving at Howard University

Former HBO Sports Exec Kery Davis Thriving at Howard University

It was, in the words of the immortal baseball philosopher Yogi Berra, like déjà vu all over again for Kery Davis, the former senior vice president of HBO Sports. There the former Dartmouth College point guard was, back in Las Vegas where he had been a key figure in so many memorable boxing matches...

Will GGG’s Patience Pay Off on Sept. 16 vs. Canelo?

Will GGG’s Patience Pay Off on Sept. 16 vs. Canelo?

Abel Sanchez was recalling his first fight as the new trainer of Gennady Golovkin, who had come to him at the relatively advanced age of 28 in the hope of turning around a professional boxing career that had seemingly stalled. Oh, sure, the silver medalist for Kazakhstan at the 2004 Athens Olympics ...

Random Thoughts on a Spectacle That Exceeded My (Modest) Expectations

Random Thoughts on a Spectacle That Exceeded My (Modest) Expectations

I had promised myself, and TSS readers, that I absolutely would not spend one cent of my money on the “dog-and-pony show,” as I had termed it, that Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor figured to be in the eyes of most knowledgeable boxing people. But there my nephew Jason and I were, each of us ...

Gary Shaw’s Version of Conor McGregor Was Kimbo Slice

Gary Shaw’s Version of Conor McGregor Was Kimbo Slice

It has been suggested that, at this 21st century stage of human development, there is no such thing as a truly original idea, only gussied-up versions of previous attempts at creating something unique. Perhaps more so than anyone else, Gary Shaw understands the rationale for pairing boxing great Flo...

Remembering the Great Lightweight Champ Joe “Old Bones” Brown

Remembering the Great Lightweight Champ Joe “Old Bones” Brown

He had a common name and an elegant ring manner. His career is justly celebrated but also largely forgotten. Anyone seeking to summarize in a few concise sentences the life and times of long-reigning lightweight champion Joe “Old Bones” Brown, who was 71 when he passed away on Dec. 4, 1984, is a...