Author Archives: Jeffrey Freeman

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 ...

London Prize Ring Rules: Regaining a Lost Empire

London Prize Ring Rules: Regaining a Lost Empire

Forget Brexit. A lost Empire is now regained. The Revolutionary War avenged. It might be hard to fathom today in the land of Donald J. Trump and Deontay Wilder, but boxing’s bloody roots are firmly planted in the old country; England to be exact and London in particular. It was there in 1...

The Best of the Best: The TSS Mid-Year Awards

The Best of the Best: The TSS Mid-Year Awards

Last year was a challenging twelve months to be a fight fan. In 2016, Muhammad Ali heard the final ten count while former Atlantic City boxing icon Donald Trump won the American Presidency. From my press row seat at ringside, I wrote boxing’s obituary. It seemed like the right thing to do at the t...

Ringside in Worcester: Irvin Gonzalez Wins a Thriller

Ringside in Worcester: Irvin Gonzalez Wins a Thriller

WORCESTER, MA. — Promoter Jose Antonio Rivera has had himself a very busy rookie year in 2017. Last January, the former WBA welterweight champion put on his first hometown show, ten professional bouts headlined by 2015 New England Golden Gloves featherweight champion Irvin Gonzalez. Then in April,...

Rhode Island Ringside: Vendetti and DeLuca Victorious

Rhode Island Ringside: Vendetti and DeLuca Victorious

TWIN RIVER CASINO, LINCOLN, R.I. ― Boxing fans are well accustomed to the dynamic of promotional paralysis. In simple terms it’s when rival promoters won’t work together to make the fights we want to see. Think Don King and Bob Arum. Or more recently it was Oscar De La Hoya refusing to collabo...

Looking Back With Fresh Eyes, the Right Guy Won the Hagler-Leonard Fight

Looking Back With Fresh Eyes, the Right Guy Won the Hagler-Leonard Fight

MY HAGLER-LEONARD NOTEBOOK REVISITED -- Thirty years later, some people still can't understand why Marvelous Marvin Hagler walked away from boxing in total disgust after losing his world middleweight championship by split decision to a comebacking Sugar Ray Leonard in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 6, 1...

New England’s Future 2 Ringside Report: Remillard and Carita Victorious

New England’s Future 2 Ringside Report: Remillard and Carita Victorious

WORCESTER — When boxing last laid eyes on Matt Remillard in a professional prize ring, the year was 2011. The then undefeated Connecticut featherweight prospect was on HBO Boxing After Dark suffering his first loss via corner stoppage to future world champion Mikey Garcia after ten predominately...