Author Archives: Raymond Markarian

Chatting With #CottoCanelo Referee ROBERT BYRD

Chatting With #CottoCanelo Referee ROBERT BYRD

The best referees in sports are more complex than mysterious. Their agenda to keep an even playing field is often what any fan would expect, but their preparation is at times overlooked. Boxing referee Robert Byrd thinks it’s best to stay out of the equation. The veteran referee might be th...

THE MARKSMAN FIRES FILE: Q n A With Judge Robert Hoyle

THE MARKSMAN FIRES FILE: Q n A With Judge Robert Hoyle

The business of boxing has multiple levels of understanding. Sports officials usually let their results do the talking and rarely reveal much about themselves, or the method to their madness. And from a distance, officials in sports are obsessed with perfection. But what gets lost in officiating i...

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao: Live Round-by-Round Updates

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao: Live Round-by-Round Updates

Manny Pacquiao is walking down the hallway of the MGM wearing a smile on his face. He looks relaxed and ready to fight. Before Pacquiao walks in the arena, he takes a selfie with his trainer Freddie Roach. It is an interesting crowd and atmosphere. No one truly knows what to expect. Floyd Mayweat...

Judge Steve Morrow Talks About His Craft

Judge Steve Morrow Talks About His Craft

“Be careful what you wish for,” is the way Steve Morrow describes his life over the last 25 years. From police officer to boxing writer to boxing judge, how else can you explain it? “You are out of your mind,” Morrow says, “If you were to tell me 15 years ago that I would have 40 title ...

AMIR KHAN PUTS KELL BROOK ON BLAST

AMIR KHAN PUTS KELL BROOK ON BLAST

Everyone in boxing seems to have an opinion about Amir Khan. By now, you have surely heard about Khan’s quest to dethrone the best in the sport and his rise to stardom, and also the takedowns, from those who deride his game and nitpick his choice of moves. The Bolton native says nothing was han...

THE OPTIMISTIC TAKE: Al Haymon Has the Crystal Ball

THE OPTIMISTIC TAKE: Al Haymon Has the Crystal Ball

So many good things happening in boxing I cannot even count. We don’t have to talk about the Roc Nation infusion and Sergey Kovalev. Terrace Crawford. Gennady Golovkin. Wladimir Klitschko fighting in the United States again, slowly bringing heavyweight boxing back. Miguel Cotto/Amir Khan calling e...

The Marksman Q n A Special: Kenny Bayless

The Marksman Q n A Special: Kenny Bayless

Even though he is one of the more respected referees in the game of boxing, Kenny Bayless is the first to admit that he has made some mistakes in the ring. Bayless attends at least six referee seminars a year and loves to educate boxing fans about the sweet science. But do not expect Bayless t...

THE MARKSMAN Q n A: Tony Weeks

THE MARKSMAN Q n A: Tony Weeks

Everything isn’t what it seems in boxing. Fight fans have grown accustomed to accept the unexpected in the theater of the unexpected yet turn sour at times when the result doesn’t fall to our liking. It is easy for boxing followers to fall victim to the emotions or the intensity of the moment ...

INTO THE MIND OF A REF Jack Reiss On The Hows and Whys of Being the Third Man In the Ring

INTO THE MIND OF A REF Jack Reiss On The Hows and Whys of Being the Third Man In the Ring

If you always wanted to know what it takes to become a successful boxing referee or official and didn’t know where to start then you might want to read Jack Reiss’ story. Reiss is a former amateur boxer turned professional referee. Before that, he was a fireman in the Los Angeles Fire Department...

Miguel Cotto Vs Sergio Martinez: Live Round-by-Round Updates

Miguel Cotto Vs Sergio Martinez: Live Round-by-Round Updates

Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez is moments away!... Miguel Cotto is in the ring wearing a black and pink outfit. Sergio walks in wearing a Argentina soccer jersey with his nickname on the back, "Maravilla." Round 1 Sergio lands the first punch, a jab. Cotto answers with a quick lead right ...