Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

Cotto’s Farewell Fight Reminiscent of Other Disappointing Goodbyes

Cotto’s Farewell Fight Reminiscent of Other Disappointing Goodbyes

NEW YORK – It ended the way many had expected it would. There was Ali, moving well, landing crisp, clean shots, putting on the kind of performance the naysayers didn’t believe he was capable of delivering. Shortly after the final bell had rung, his hand was raised in victory in a historic bout t...

Best Amateur Ever? The Loma-Rigo Fight Will Be More Grist for the Mill

Best Amateur Ever? The Loma-Rigo Fight Will Be More Grist for the Mill

Some weeks ago, in anticipation of the historic Dec. 9 matchup of Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux – the only fight ever to pit two-time Olympic gold medalists as professionals, each of whom has much support as the best amateur boxer ever – thesweetscience.com ran a readers’ poll to d...

The Night Randall “Tex” Cobb Made Howard Cosell Quit (and More)

The Night Randall “Tex” Cobb Made Howard Cosell Quit (and More)

Some stories require context – lots and lots of context. The story you are about to read originally was to be about a one-off event, the night that Randall “Tex” Cobb, the heavyweight contender whose greatest asset was a sponge-like ability to absorb pain, soaked up as much punishment as WBC c...

Will Heavyweight Hopeful Mike Coffie Percolate Into the Next Big Thing?

Will Heavyweight Hopeful Mike Coffie Percolate Into the Next Big Thing?

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – If you’re traveling by car, the listed distance between Brooklyn, N.Y., and this quintessential Rust Belt city of 75,000 nestled in the Lehigh Valley is a mere 87.1 miles. If you go by estimates posted on the Internet, the trip should take no longer than two hours, but frequent ...

They Said It….Dewdrops from 35 Years on the Boxing Beat

They Said It….Dewdrops from 35 Years on the Boxing Beat

During a recent conversation I had with Randy Gordon, the ex-editor of The Ring magazine, ex-chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission and current co-host, with former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney, of a Sirius radio show about boxing, he described a terrible live interview with an up-...

After Final Fight With Sadam Ali, It’s All Kids’ Play for Miguel Cotto

After Final Fight With Sadam Ali, It’s All Kids’ Play for Miguel Cotto

The same question keeps coming at Miguel Cotto with the regularity of a metronomic jab. Is the 37-year-old Puerto Rican legend’s announced farewell fight, against Sadam Ali on Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden, really the final time his many fans will see the four-division world champion in the ring...

A New Book on Jack Dempsey is Worth a Look

A New Book on Jack Dempsey is Worth a Look

My personal library contains hundreds of books, dozens of which this voracious reader has yet to get around to. There is, after all, only so much time in any given day to spend large chunks of it curling up with a mystery novel or biography of a notable person. But certain new arrivals sometimes are...

Argentine Legend Carlos Monzon: Revered and Reviled

Argentine Legend Carlos Monzon: Revered and Reviled

Sometimes the story you think you’re going to write takes a swift and decisive turn, as can be the case in boxing, where the outcome of a fight that seemingly is all but decided can swing the other way with a single well-placed blow. My original notion was to commemorate the career of Argentina...

For Deontay Wilder, Bermane Stiverne is The One That Got Away

For Deontay Wilder, Bermane Stiverne is The One That Got Away

Frustrated fishermen have long spun tall tales about it. So have forlorn lovers and members of law enforcement who are dismayed when they fail to nail the perpetrator of a dastardly crime who somehow manages to escape justice for years or even decades. Thoughts of “the one that got away” at s...

Anthony Joshua Fighting Specter of Lennox Lewis as Much as Carlos Takam

Anthony Joshua Fighting Specter of Lennox Lewis as Much as Carlos Takam

They will never square off in the ring, but the hypothetical battle rages on in computerized matchups and continuing debate in the court of public opinion. Who has the most valid claim to being the best British heavyweight of all time? Is it legendary Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis? Or could it be, i...