Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

With Big Wins, Hurd and Charlo Convey That Blonds Really Do Have More Fun

With Big Wins, Hurd and Charlo Convey That Blonds Really Do Have More Fun

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – It has been a tough season for Odell Beckham Jr., the New York Giants’ superstar wide receiver who has popularized both the seemingly impossible one-handed catch and a hairstyle, bleached-blond on top of the wearer’s naturally dark roots, that more and more African-American at...

Saquon Barkley Might Surpass Athletic Feats of Great-Uncle Iran Barkley

Saquon Barkley Might Surpass Athletic Feats of Great-Uncle Iran Barkley

The All-America junior tailback for the Penn State Nittany Lions, strong and swift at 5-foot-11 and a chiseled 229 pounds, is a force to be reckoned with when he runs inside the tackles, gaining impressive yardage after first contact and occasionally taking it all the way to the end zone if he finds...

Boxing History Went Up in Flames in Blaze That Destroyed Kronk Gym

Boxing History Went Up in Flames in Blaze That Destroyed Kronk Gym

As a trainer, the late, great Emanuel Steward always believed he could help guide his prized pupils to victory when everything seemingly was on the line. That sense of supreme confidence proved more than justified as Steward, sometimes referred to as the “Godfather of Detroit boxing,” worked wit...

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

Yesterday They Were Telling the Truth; Now They’re Lying (Maybe)

It was at the New York City press conference to officially announce the Nov. 4 WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and the man many deemed to be his most credible challenger to date, Cuban expatriate Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs). I cornered promote...

With Title Shot Against Charlo, Lubin Glad He Passed on 2016 Rio Olympics

With Title Shot Against Charlo, Lubin Glad He Passed on 2016 Rio Olympics

There are some questions that have no easy answers. Who can say why that chicken crossed the road? But Erickson Lubin, who challenges WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo on Oct. 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the kind of early prime-vs.-early prime matchup that almost nev...

McDonagh Polishes Up His Act

McDonagh Polishes Up His Act

(Published in the Philadelphia Daily News on Feb. 6, 2007) The former fighter, in his lilting Irish brogue, recites the lyrics to the 1969 Simon and Garfunkel hit as if they have a deep, personal significance. And maybe they do. Not that Paul Simon wrote the song expressly for him, but the words ...

Battle of the Bands: Loma-Rigo vs. Wilder-Ortiz

Battle of the Bands: Loma-Rigo vs. Wilder-Ortiz

As part of any really big fight week – and the matchup of top-shelf middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 16 certainly qualified – other marquee bouts sometimes are announced, the better to take advantage of the media feeding frenzy that invariably takes place when the water...

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 ...