Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

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...

Keith Thurman Has a Leg Up in Showtime’s Welterweight Game of Thrones

Keith Thurman Has a Leg Up in Showtime’s Welterweight Game of Thrones

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Thrones are wherever you find them, and one of the many would-be princes in Showtime’s undeclared tournament to crown an undisputed king of the welterweights, or something akin to it, was seated on one this past summer, in a bathroom stall in close proximity to a roll of regal t...

Being Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.’s Son is a Blessing, But also a Burden

Being Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.’s Son is a Blessing, But also a Burden

Being the son of a famous father can be both a blessing and a burden, but maybe more of the latter for second-generation fighters who follow in their daddies’ very large footsteps. Case in point: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who, in his 13½ years of plying the family trade, has been given the benefit ...

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...