Author Archives: Jeffrey Freeman

St. Patty’s Day Q&A — Irish Micky Ward: “I still love boxing but…”

St. Patty’s Day Q&A — Irish Micky Ward: “I still love boxing but…”

Micky Ward, now 52, never quit on Lowell Mass. It’s the fighting city where in 1978 he first made his name in boxing as a baby-faced pipsqueak with dreams of red jackets and Golden Gloves. Green jackets were “for the losers”. The “winners wore red,” Ward said. Some might think it...

Picture Perfect at the Palladium: “Popeye” Rivera Bullies Kevin Cobbs

Picture Perfect at the Palladium: “Popeye” Rivera Bullies Kevin Cobbs

WORCESTER — She arrives at the small dark venue an hour early with her Nikon cameras in hand. She wonders where she’ll be shooting from at ringside. Will other credentialed media members get in her way or even steal her shot? What’s the overhead lighting situation? “I’ve worked with a m...

Title Bout II: The Cult Classic Boxing Board Game Returns

Title Bout II: The Cult Classic Boxing Board Game Returns

When boxing historian and statistician James Vincent Trunzo created his beloved boxing simulation board game TITLE BOUT in 1976 it was to satisfy a nagging curiosity that many of us shared with him at that time. Who would win if Muhammad Ali boxed Rocky Marciano in a mythical battle of all-time heav...

Sergey Kovalev is the TSS Comeback Fighter of the Year

Sergey Kovalev is the TSS Comeback Fighter of the Year

Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev has been named The Sweet Science Comeback Fighter of the Year for 2017. The former unified light heavyweight titlist made a successful return to “champion status” in November after a pair of controversial losses to Andre Ward in November 2016 and again in June of...

Joshua-Klitschko: A Double Commendation to Kick Off the TSS Award Season

Joshua-Klitschko: A Double Commendation to Kick Off the TSS Award Season

Coming into 2017, boxing had a big problem. That problem was the year 2016. It had been a terrible 12-month period that produced no truly historic fights or impactful positive events. The Greatest Heavyweight Champion of all-time, Muhammad Ali, was laid to rest in Louisville after a long fight wi...

Ringside in Providence with Evander Holyfield: Toka TKOs Moralde

Ringside in Providence with Evander Holyfield: Toka TKOs Moralde

PROVIDENCE,​ ​R.I.​ ​—​ ​Forgive​ ​me​ ​if​ ​this​ ​strikes​ ​you​ ​as​ ​fake​ ​news​ ​or​ ​even​ ​a​ ​true​ ​form​ ​of​ ​divine providence,​ ​but​ ​55​ ​year-old,​ ​former​ ​four-time​ ​world​ ​hea...

The Tragic Fork​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Road​ ​for Maine Boxer Brandon Berry

The Tragic Fork​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Road​ ​for Maine Boxer Brandon Berry

PORTLAND, ME​ ​—​ ​Think​ ​of​ ​today’s​ ​boxing​ ​scene​ ​in​ ​Maine​ ​like​ ​a​ ​small​ ​tree​ ​with​ ​strong​ ​roots.​ ​There isn’t​ ​much​ ​new​ ​growth​ ​for​ ​rural​ ​fans​ ​to​ ​pick​ ​fr...

Ringside Report: Spike O’Sullivan Wins Bloody Boston Beatdown

Ringside Report: Spike O’Sullivan Wins Bloody Boston Beatdown

BOSTON ​—​ ​When​ ​the​ ​Irish​ ​came​ ​to​ ​Boston​ ​in​ ​the​ ​late​ ​1840s​ ​during​ ​the​ ​great​ ​potato​ ​famine, they​ ​found​ ​it​ ​difficult​ ​to​ ​gain​ ​meaningful​ ​employment​ ​in​ ​Beant...

McGregor vs. Mayweather Evokes Memories of Other Fiascos

McGregor vs. Mayweather Evokes Memories of Other Fiascos

For better or worse, Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor is official for August 26 in Vegas. The strange pairing, a comebacking Mayweather against reigning UFC lightweight champion McGregor, will be a 12-round boxing match in a boxing ring contested at 154 pounds. McGregor will not be allowed to ...

Middleweight Iron Men: GGG, Canelo and Others

Middleweight Iron Men: GGG, Canelo and Others

It’s never a good thing for a fighter to look past his next opponent but for fans and boxing writers it’s perfectly acceptable to consider what comes down the road. In the middleweight division, all eyes are currently fixed on September 16 in Las Vegas. It’s a month and a half to go before we ...