Author Archives: Joe Rein

“It’s Just A Matter of Time”

“It’s Just A Matter of Time”

  As Canelo Alvarez eyed Auston Trout like a crocodile ready to launch at a hapless wildebeest, he must've  hummed the Mariachi version of,  “It's just a matter of timeAlvarez is heavy handed (and doubtless will balloon to heavyweight the day he hangs ‘em up) ‘n improves every fight de...

TSS CLASSIC: “Corazon”

TSS CLASSIC: “Corazon”

The heart of the sport can be seen, immense and healthy, at shows like the one Joe Rein reported on back in 2003. "Reports of my death are grossly exaggerated," Mark Twain said... The same’s true of boxing, if you'd seen the army straining to get into the Grand Olympic Auditorium in L.A. for...

A CLASSIC REPLAY Tangled Web

A CLASSIC REPLAY Tangled Web

July 16, 2005...going in to this fight, we talked about Bernard Hopkins being "old." (Hogan) Fights aren’t settled in the gutter when you’re the center of a growing financial empire. One’s cut to ribbons without blood being spilled. It’s done with invective and innuendo - not bricks - but s...

SAVE THE TIGER

SAVE THE TIGER

Letter to the Smithsonian Institute: find an old boxing gym being shuttered and put it in the museum. No more genuine slice of Americana, or more endangered. But do it soon. The hardcore gyms are vanishing fast. They’re shrines. Living archives of boxing -- yellowing posters – layer upon layer ...

REIN: “The Fighter” Catches Lightning In A Bottle

REIN: “The Fighter” Catches Lightning In A Bottle

Bogart will always have Paris, ‘n Irish Micky Ward will ALWAYS have London, November 3, 2000, when the Lowell, Mass. journeyman/road-paver wrecked home-town favorite Shea Neary, winning the WBU 140-pound crown, spiking the blood pressure of fight fans ‘round the globe. As Churchill might’ve...

Vernon Forrest: I Have This Unquenchable Thirst To Be The Best

Vernon Forrest: I Have This Unquenchable Thirst To Be The Best

You see champions on pay-per-view; they’re larger-than-life, mythic figures –- rock stars -- towering over the Vegas Strip on plasma screens.  A stage so exalted, it’s only a dream for work-a-day fighters. So, I couldn’t square the demigod above the Strip with the familiar loose-limb...

It's The Bottom Line

It's The Bottom Line

Boxing’s unlikely to ever be what it was in its heyday – too much extreme-sport competition. Dave Mirra’s this era’s Ray Robinson.Nothing’s forever: the dinosaurs learned that. The writing’s been on the wall for decades. But boxing hangs in like a fighter on the ropes. All the P.T. Bar...

Others Might Cry Insanity

Others Might Cry Insanity

In the late ‘60s, I went to the old Madison Square Garden to see a main-go between two Latin fighters, one Cuban, the other, Puerto Rican. The Garden’s a tinderbox; any spark will set it off.The main event’s hotly contested -- could go either way. When the decision’s announced, the losing...

Toney XXL

Toney XXL

Nostradamus would have a gimme with James Toney. It’s a medical problem: Knee-Jerk Zidane (a less pernicious strain of Duran-Tourette…sadly, incurable). But unlike ZZ, James only has flare-ups outside the ring. Canvas causes 47-minute remissions. For 23 hours, he’s on earthquake watch -- ...

Fight Night at Wild Card

Fight Night at Wild Card

We boxing fans despair: What's to become of boxing? It has no future in a world of extreme sports. If the looks on the faces of the fathers, mothers and sons that showed up for an old-fashioned smoker at Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles is any indication, boxing’s very much ...