Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

Hustle and Muscle Carry Jarrett Hurd Past Erislandy Lara

Hustle and Muscle Carry Jarrett Hurd Past Erislandy Lara

The judging of boxing matches is not unlike an art aficionado’s impressions of the masterworks hanging in the Louvre. Some official observers go ga-ga over Monet, others prefer Picasso. That, perhaps as much as anything, accounts for the sometimes wildly divergent scoring of fights in which the pa...

Random Thoughts on PEDs Cheats, Dithering Referees and More

Random Thoughts on PEDs Cheats, Dithering Referees and More

Somewhat lost in the boxing world’s understandable fascination with this past weekend’s Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker heavyweight unification  showdown in Cardiff, Wales, was the result of the top undercard bout, in which Russian heavy Alexander Povetkin, ranked No. 1 by both the WBA and WBO, to...

In Boxing, March Has Been the Month of Profiles in Courage

In Boxing, March Has Been the Month of Profiles in Courage

It is easy sometimes to forget just how much fighters, through the acceptance of pain as a necessary condition of their demanding trade, must endure to entertain spectators. The determined nature of the most unyielding of the breed was again exemplified on March 10 at the StubHub Center in Carson...

Bernard Hopkins Recalls ‘Revenge Killing’ He Once Planned to Commit

Bernard Hopkins Recalls ‘Revenge Killing’ He Once Planned to Commit

It is one of the Philadelphia waterfront’s most exclusive addresses. From the 17th-floor penthouse of the condo that affords him a panoramic view of the Delaware River as well as his hometown’s skyline, former middleweight and light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, 53, has often considered ...

With Upset of Joshua, Proud Kiwi Parker Can Become Lord of the Ring

With Upset of Joshua, Proud Kiwi Parker Can Become Lord of the Ring

According to Gregg Anderson, general manager of Western long haul markets for Tourism New Zealand, there was an incredible 50 percent spike in visitors from distant countries after the Lord of the Rings trilogy served as a celluloid travelogue. With their dizzying array of scenic panoramas, the film...

Felix Verdejo Ready To Show He Still Can Be ‘The Next Felix Trinidad’

Felix Verdejo Ready To Show He Still Can Be ‘The Next Felix Trinidad’

A funny thing happened to much-hyped 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian Felix Verdejo on the express lane he was zipping along on the way to his becoming “the next Felix Trinidad” and the boxing-crazed island’s latest object of obsessive affection. He hasn’t gotten there. Not yet, anyway. And who kn...

25 Years Ago, Carbajal-Gonzalez I Made Ounce-for-Ounce Magic

25 Years Ago, Carbajal-Gonzalez I Made Ounce-for-Ounce Magic

Pound-for-pound? How about ounce-for-ounce? On March 13, 1993, two exceptionally talented and courageous light flyweights, Michael “Little Hands of Stone” Carbajal and Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez – with a combined weight of 214½ pounds, or a quarter-pound less than WBC heavyweight champi...

Regis Prograis, Orphan of the Storm, Ready to Savor the Sunlight of Stardom

Regis Prograis, Orphan of the Storm, Ready to Savor the Sunlight of Stardom

Super lightweight contender Regis “Rougarou” Prograis has never heard of Joe Btfsplk, the iconic character from Li’l Abner. As imagined by cartoonist Al Capp in the syndicated comic strip that ran in newspapers nationwide from 1934 to ’77, Btfsplk was the world’s worst jinx, a small, dark ...

Kovalev Wins in Familiar Fashion But His Future Plans Are Uncertain

Kovalev Wins in Familiar Fashion But His Future Plans Are Uncertain

Was it only a year and a half or two ago that the fight many fans most wanted to see was a light heavyweight unification matchup of 175-pound knockout artists Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson? Kovalev and Stevenson presumably are still available to swap shots for pride and profit, but circumst...

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...