Author Archives: Jose Corpas

The Jackal and Other Boxing Nicknames Lost in Translation

The Jackal and Other Boxing Nicknames Lost in Translation

Just like “bad” and “dope” can mean “good,” words in Spanish often take on double meanings when they’re adopted into slang or used colloquially. When boxers choose one of these words as a nickname, care must be taken when translating the nicknames into English, lest we have “dopes”...

Juan LaPorte and the Mysterious Death of Salvador Sanchez

Juan LaPorte and the Mysterious Death of Salvador Sanchez

It was close to noon on August 12, 1982 when the radio blurted out four times in Spanish, “Salvador Sanchez is dead - I repeat – Salvador Sanchez is dead!” Each time the announcer repeated those words, my jaw sank lower and lower. Weeks later, at the corner store, at Vinny’s barbershop aroun...

Canelo Alvarez – Adding to the Rich History of Boxeo Mexicano

Canelo Alvarez – Adding to the Rich History of Boxeo Mexicano

MEXICO’S GRAND BOXING TRADITION -- Though the fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. turned out to be a disappointment, the hype leading up to it was real. Expectations were high because, as history tells us, when two world class Mexican boxers face off, it’s usually ...

Malfunctioning Radar: The Tragic Fate of Wilfred Benitez

Malfunctioning Radar: The Tragic Fate of Wilfred Benitez

WILFRED BENITEZ, BOXING'S BOY WONDER -- They said he possessed radar. The military uses radar to detect enemy aircraft and guided missiles. Air traffic controllers and pilots rely on radar during heavy fog and darkness to keep 300,000-ton 747s from landing anywhere other than the runway. Traffic cou...

Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford and the Last of the Great American Brawlers

Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford and the Last of the Great American Brawlers

THE THINNING POOL OF BRAWLERS -- “This guy was a real slugger.” With those words, I was introduced to Bennie Briscoe. Before I could say “I know,” the legendary middleweight playfully waved off the statement and, in a voice and delivery not unlike that of Jeff Mayweather’s, said something ...

Is Anthony Joshua the Missing Link for Dr. Steelhammer?

Is Anthony Joshua the Missing Link for Dr. Steelhammer?

KLITSCHKO vs JOSHUA -- No matter what happens when he faces Anthony Joshua this spring, expect Wladimir Klitschko to one day be immortalized in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. In his twenty-plus-year career, Wladimir has scored 64 wins and won enough belts bearing enough initials to fill a Sc...

On Marco Antonio Barrera and The Father of the Left Hook to the Liver

On Marco Antonio Barrera and The Father of the Left Hook to the Liver

MARCO ANTONIO BARRERA AND "THE FATHER" -- Marco Antonio Barrera, “The Baby-Faced Assassin,” will soon see his plaque up on a wall in the same Canastota hall as other ring greats. It’s the ultimate recognition of a career that spanned four decades, 75 fights, and numerous accomplishments. It’...

Can December Salvage a Bad Year in Boxing and Kindle a Rebound?

Can December Salvage a Bad Year in Boxing and Kindle a Rebound?

CAN DECEMBER SALVAGE A BAD YEAR? -- So far, according to websites that track the most popular trends on social and mainstream media outlets, 2016 is a year most boxing fans are probably eager to see in their rear view mirrors. Better yet – the blind spot might be a better place. Though the year st...

Moving On Up…..For Some Boxers Size Doesn’t Matter

Moving On Up…..For Some Boxers Size Doesn’t Matter

  By Jose Corpas Size does matter to some boxers. Even with seventeen weight classes some are reluctant to move up a division to take on bigger opponents. When they do, they insist on catch-weights like the 157 and 155 Miguel Cotto set for Daniel Geale and Saul Alvarez. There’s good reason ...

Does New Legislation Portend the Demise of Boxing in New York?

Does New Legislation Portend the Demise of Boxing in New York?

Demise of Boxing in New York - September 1st is around the corner and I feel like I’m about to attend a wake. That’s the day many are saying will mark the beginning of the end for boxing in New York. The insurance requirements about to be mandated in the state has local promoters talking about t...