Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

Margaret Goodman and Daniel Franco: Two sides of the Same Coin

Margaret Goodman and Daniel Franco: Two sides of the Same Coin

They have never met and they do not know each other except, perhaps, by reputation. Hopefully, a meeting can be arranged on May 11 in New York City, when Dr. Margaret Goodman and Daniel Franco, the former a relentless crusader for increased safety in boxing and the latter an example of what can happ...

Competing NYC Shows Proof There Can Never Be True Harmony in Boxing

Competing NYC Shows Proof There Can Never Be True Harmony in Boxing

The late John Lennon sang “Give peace a chance,” which is a wonderful concept in theory. But harsh reality has a way of regularly crashing into dreamy idealism, which is why some of boxing’s most contentious battles are not waged in the ring, where they belong, but in paneled boardrooms where ...

Danny Garcia Must Embrace Underdog Role, Even as a Big Favorite

Danny Garcia Must Embrace Underdog Role, Even as a Big Favorite

Elite fighters, which three-time former world champion Danny Garcia still considers himself to be, of necessity must be a curious mix of unbridled confidence and the quiet desperation of a perennial underdog. Those who make the mistake of becoming too comfortable, of presuming that every bout will e...

The Cruiserweight Division is Hot, But For How Long?

The Cruiserweight Division is Hot, But For How Long?

The cruiserweight division, the perennial unwanted stepchild of professional boxing, will soon crown its first undisputed champion since Evander Holyfield stopped Carlos De Leon in eight rounds to unify the IBF, WBA and WBC titles on April 9, 1988, at the Caesars Sports Pavilion in Las Vegas. (The W...

The “Lone Star Cobra” Was Special But Didn’t Fulfill His Vast Potential

The “Lone Star Cobra” Was Special But Didn’t Fulfill His Vast Potential

When Donald Curry, the “Lone Star Cobra,” was at his best, which was exceptionally good, he gave no thought of someday being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame because no such place then existed. The IBHOF officially opened its doors on June 10, 1989, and its first induction cla...

Jim Lampley Wistfully Recalls The Roy Jones That Was

Jim Lampley Wistfully Recalls The Roy Jones That Was

Even Superman was not wholly impervious to danger and the specter of defeat. Kryptonite could bring the Man of Steel to his knees. Greek mythology’s Achilles was unconquerable in battle, but he could be brought down if struck with a strategically placed blow to an unprotected heel. The only two...

They Said It…Dewdrops From 35 Years on the Boxing Beat, Part II

They Said It…Dewdrops From 35 Years on the Boxing Beat, Part II

When I went through my voluminous files for a compilation of some of the better quotes collected from my many years on the boxing beat, I figured it might be the start of a possible series of such odds ’n’ ends. The first installment was posted on TSS on Nov. 21 of last year. The timing seems ab...

Holyfield’s Card in Philly a Blast From the Past, Not a Glimpse of the Future

Holyfield’s Card in Philly a Blast From the Past, Not a Glimpse of the Future

The Real Deal Boxing’s introductory road show rolled into Philadelphia Friday night and rolled right out again, having provided fight fans with more of a nod toward a fondly remembered past than a particularly encouraging glimpse into the company’s immediate future. Stars? Oh, sure, there wer...

Holyfield is Still Tinkering as the Head of his own Promotional Company

Holyfield is Still Tinkering as the Head of his own Promotional Company

This is the way it was: in a “historic” joint forum in Atlantic City several weeks in advance of an April 2006, card in Las Vegas which was to be co-promoted by longtime archrivals Don King and Bob Arum, the two aging representatives of old-school boxing promotion ostensibly met with the media t...

Hopkins vs. Reid: The Philly Feud That Never Got Settled in the Ring

Hopkins vs. Reid: The Philly Feud That Never Got Settled in the Ring

It seemed so perfect, so logical, at the time. What better way to remind everyone of what a great fight town Philadelphia was than to pair two homeboys, one an Olympic gold medalist and the other a reigning world champion who would go on to set longevity records that might last forever? It would be ...