Author Archives: Diego Morilla

The Jake LaMotta Story: Boxing as an Act of Contrition

The Jake LaMotta Story: Boxing as an Act of Contrition

Each time that boxing writers come up with an “all-time list,” the name of Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta is usually mentioned among the top ten spots in the “chin” category. The legendary “Bronx Bull” had an unusually high tolerance for punishment that has not been seen in a boxing ring to...

Mayweather-McGregor: The King is Dead and His Gold Can’t Fit in his Grave

Mayweather-McGregor: The King is Dead and His Gold Can’t Fit in his Grave

“Of hunger and thirst (so goes the Greek legend) A king once died amidst fountains and orchards…” Jorge Luis Borges, “Poem of the Gifts” On Saturday, August 26th, a fight between MMA champ/boxing debutant Conor McGregor and multiple boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. took place i...

Team Maidana 2.0: Argentine Boxing Poised to Make a Comeback 

Team Maidana 2.0: Argentine Boxing Poised to Make a Comeback 

The lush history of Argentine boxing has been replete with almost uninterrupted achievements since the early '70s, but there is a noticeable group of blank pages in very recent memory, at least in the male championship scene. It seems like it was yesterday that Sergio Martinez was among the top t...

Lucas Matthysse returns: “I am not going to be a stepping stone for anybody”

Lucas Matthysse returns: “I am not going to be a stepping stone for anybody”

A fighter taking a long layoff in his prime is a rare sight to see, unless the situation is forced by physical or legal matters. But after a 17-month-long soul-searching recess right during the pinnacle of his career, former WBC interim 140-pound titlist and fan favorite Lucas Matthysse claims that ...

Ringside Report: WBC #1 Heiland Dismantles Veron in a Corker

Ringside Report: WBC #1 Heiland Dismantles Veron in a Corker

QUILMES, BUENOS AIRES, ARG. -- It is difficult to expect something new when two fighters have faced each other in five previous opportunities, but that's exactly what Jorge Sebastian Heiland and Mateo Damian Veron gave us on Friday, April 21st in the town of Quilmes, in a back-and-forth, intense bou...

Omar Narvaez’s Financial Woes Attributed to Shady Business Practices

Omar Narvaez’s Financial Woes Attributed to Shady Business Practices

CAN OMAR NARVAEZ AFFORD TO KEEP FIGHTING? -- On a long-enough timeline, every former fighter sees his finances fall into disarray – just like any of us. But very few successful, long-time champions end their careers with barely enough money to make it through their training camp for their last bou...

The 2016 Boxing Year in Review: A Latino Perspective

The 2016 Boxing Year in Review: A Latino Perspective

2016 Boxing Year in Review -- With mega stars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally out of the big picture as the main attractions in all of boxing, Latino boxing was poised to jump back into the spotlight with guys like Canelo Alvarez and Roman Gonzalez as the flag bearers of the sport. And t...

The Rise and Fall of the People’s Republic of Al Haymon

The Rise and Fall of the People’s Republic of Al Haymon

The year of 2016 was a rocky one for Al Haymon and his PBC outfit. And 2017 appears to hold a lot of gray clouds in the horizon, according to the latest forecasts. Reports abound about the depletion of his war chest, the growing complaints by formerly pampered and overpaid fighters who feel aband...

Argentina’s Best Prospect Brian Castaño is Ready to Make His Mark

Argentina’s Best Prospect Brian Castaño is Ready to Make His Mark

ARGENTINA'S TOP PROSPECT. Argentine boxing has suffered a long slump since the retirement of Marcos Maidana, the semi-reclusion of Lucas Matthysse and a few other setbacks and delays in the careers of a few notorious names. But all that could change this Saturday night, Nov. 26, when unbeaten young ...

The IBHOF class of 2017: A list of Shoo-ins, Contenders and Also-rans

The IBHOF class of 2017: A list of Shoo-ins, Contenders and Also-rans

  By Diego Morilla October 31st was the last day for boxing scribes, observers and historians worldwide to cast their ballots to choose the 2017 inductees of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. As usual, some of them are no-brainers and a few others are no-hopers...