Author Archives: Kelsey McCarson

Jermell Charlo is the Full Package but is Playing Second Fiddle Once Again

Jermell Charlo is the Full Package but is Playing Second Fiddle Once Again

Jermell Charlo defends his 154-pound WBC title against Austin Trout at the Staples Center on Saturday night in Los Angeles, but he’s not packaged as the promotion’s main event attraction. Instead, the Showtime telecast beginning at 10 p.m. ET is headlined by a featherweight title rematch between...

Here’s The Man Who Will Dethrone GGG

Here’s The Man Who Will Dethrone GGG

May 5 is finally over. What was supposed to be a hotly contested rematch between unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and The Ring magazine champion Canelo Alvarez fell apart quickly when the Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Alvarez last month when the fighter tested positive for a ...

Talking Shop With The Inimitable Roy Jones Jr.

Talking Shop With The Inimitable Roy Jones Jr.

Ya’ll musta forgot about Roy Jones Jr. I sure haven’t. Roy hasn’t either. Having chatted with him on the phone last week, in fact, I still can’t decide which one of us was more impressed with his outstanding boxing career: him or me. “How do ya’ll dispute [me being the best] when y...

From Boxer to Puncher: The Evolution of Jermell Charlo

From Boxer to Puncher: The Evolution of Jermell Charlo

Jermell Charlo doesn’t have to carry his gym bag anymore. He’s got someone on payroll for that now, though judging by how the fighter looks today, you’d never guess he skips lifting anything. Charlo didn’t always amalgamate the musculature of a brawler with the tenacity of a Tasmanian dev...

Prominent Trainer Ronnie Shields Reflects on a Life in Boxing

Prominent Trainer Ronnie Shields Reflects on a Life in Boxing

Ronnie Shields never thought boxing would be his life. After a stalwart amateur career consisting of over 260 bouts and 33 professional fights, Shields called it quits in 1988 only to be called into action to work the pads as a trainer for various boxers in Houston that he called friends. Shie...

Jermell Charlo’s Kingdom Has Come

Jermell Charlo’s Kingdom Has Come

Jermell Charlo pulled up to media day in a white Bentley. If you have never attended such an event for a fighter, here is what happens. The fighter invites fans and media to watch him work out. He shows up 30 minutes late or so to be sure he’s the last to arrive, then parades around the gym to ...

With Mayweather and Ward Retired, Boxing’s P4P Throne is Vacant

With Mayweather and Ward Retired, Boxing’s P4P Throne is Vacant

As of September 21, 2017, there is no pound-for-pound king in boxing. With Floyd Mayweather retiring again after knocking out MMA star Conor McGregor earlier this month and undefeated unified light heavyweight champion Andre Ward inexplicably retiring later in the month, boxing officially has no ...

Can Floyd Mayweather Emulate Other 40-Something Greats?

Can Floyd Mayweather Emulate Other 40-Something Greats?

The only way Conor McGregor stands a chance to defeat Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is if Money May suddenly looks very, very old. Though unlikely, it’s at the very least possible. Being 40 years old is very old in boxing, and there is no doubt Mayweather’...

The Underappreciated Amateur Boxing Career of Ronnie Shields

The Underappreciated Amateur Boxing Career of Ronnie Shields

Ronnie Shields is one of the most successful and well-respected boxing cornermen in the world today. But before Shields was training elite class fighters for world championship runs, even before his own two-time title challenging career as a professional prizefighter, Shields was an outstanding amat...

The Two Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s

The Two Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s

THE ENIGMATIC JCC JR. -- There have been two Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s over the course of his professional boxing career. Let’s refer to them here as Chavez the Decent and Chavez the Aloof. Neither fighter is all that great, but neither is middling either. Chavez is a fierce competitor. He’s...