Author Archives: George Kimball

Sergio Vaults To TSS Lead In Fighter of the Year Vote, With KO of Williams

Sergio Vaults To TSS Lead In Fighter of the Year Vote, With KO of Williams

ATLANTIC CITY --- With a single punch, a devastating left hook, Sergio Gabriel Martinez retained his world middleweight title, separated arch-rival Paul Williams from his senses, and may well have ended Manny Pacquiao’s stranglehold on Fighter of the Year honors. A year after dropping a majorit...

Zsolt Erdei Hungary For Bigtime Bouts

Zsolt Erdei Hungary For Bigtime Bouts

NEW YORK – One-on-one with a heavy bag, Zsolt Erdei is the best-looking Hungarian cruiserweight we’ve ever seen. Five days ahead of his appearance on Saturday night’s Sergio Martinez-Paul Williams card in Atlantic City, the former WBC cruiserweight and WBO light-heavyweight champion went th...

THE KIMBALL CHRONICLES: 60 (Or So) Reasons To Be Wary Of 60 Minutes

THE KIMBALL CHRONICLES: 60 (Or So) Reasons To Be Wary Of 60 Minutes

In the summer of 1970 I wrote a story for Scanlan’s Monthly, the short-lived magazine Warren Hinckle and Sidney Zion had founded earlier that year. The piece was a light-hearted take describing how President Nixon’s Operation Intercept -- a government plan to stamp out weed in the United States ...

The Super Middleweight Division Is Now Something Less Than That

The Super Middleweight Division Is Now Something Less Than That

MONTREAL --- How did Lucian Bute’s knockout of Jesse Brinkley affect the super-middleweight Big Picture? It didn’t.For pretty much the same reasons that HBO, much as it would loved to have kicked rival Showtime while it was down, elected to pass on televising Friday night’s fight at the Bel...

Jesse Brinkley Hangs Tough, But Succumbs In Ninth To Lucian Bute

Jesse Brinkley Hangs Tough, But Succumbs In Ninth To Lucian Bute

MONTREAL, Canada ---Lucian Bute’s supporters, 11,682 of them on this night, and perhaps even Lucian Bute himself, will try to tell you that Bute could have ended this one anytime he wanted, but that makes no sense at all. No fighter would willingly subject himself to nine rounds worth of lumps and...

Trying To Make Sense Of The Muddled Showtime SUPER SIX Tourney

Trying To Make Sense Of The Muddled Showtime SUPER SIX Tourney

Nearly a month has passed since an injury to Mikkel Kessler knocked the Danish super-middleweight out of a fight against Allen Green that would have taken place this Saturday night and into retirement, leaving Showtime’s World Boxing Classic in a state of disarray that was further exacerbated by s...

His Posse Included Shaw And Fitzgerald; Tunney Was An Erudite Champion

His Posse Included Shaw And Fitzgerald; Tunney Was An Erudite Champion

The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and Bernard ShawBy Jay R. TunneyFirefly Books; Toronto and Buffalo$35.00Four years ago I was a participant, along with the late Budd Schulberg, sportscaster Jeremy Schaap, and Jay Tunney, in a panel discussion at the Irish Arts Center in New York. At ...

Here Come The Brits

Here Come The Brits

Don’t get me wrong here. It’s actually refreshing to see Showtime going global with its ShoBox telecasts, and the transatlantic tape-delay of Mick Hennessey’s card from York Hall this week may even be an improvement on what American audiences have been seeing on Friday nights of late. And s...

THE KIMBALL CHRONICLES: Margarito To Hook Up With Panama Lewis*

THE KIMBALL CHRONICLES: Margarito To Hook Up With Panama Lewis*

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will convene in another emergency session early next week and is expected to approve the application of Carlos (Panama) Lewis to work the corner of Antonio Margarito in his Nov. 13 pay-per-view extravaganza at Cowboys Stadium against pound-for-pound c...

No Kessler May Be No Problem For Showtime

No Kessler May Be No Problem For Showtime

Tuesday morning Showtime had two super-middleweight title fights on the books for the evening of Sept 25. Now looks as though there won’t be any. Leaving aside for a moment the question of whether the Reluctant Andres will ever get around to fighting each other – they probably will, now, but not...