Author Archives: Rick Folstad

Bernard Hopkins: At age 51, is There Still a Spark in his Furnace?

Bernard Hopkins: At age 51, is There Still a Spark in his Furnace?

BERNARD HOPKINS -- He’s 51 and closing in on “it’s about time for me to leave.”  He remembers the Jimmy Carter years, would probably be gray if he had any hair, and if he forgets where he left his car keys once in a while, well, when you get to his age, things start to disappear unexpectedl...

Remembering Aaron Pryor

Remembering Aaron Pryor

By Rick Folstad The thing about Aaron Pryor was, he could pick your pocket, steal your girl and knock you silly all in the same round. The guy had more moves than a frat house mixer. You didn’t go into back alleys with Pryor and if he spilled his drink on your new shirt, you were the one who...

In The Ring with “The Hawk”: A Rude Awakening

In The Ring with “The Hawk”: A Rude Awakening

A Rude Awakening - Any swagger I had left disappeared early into the second round. That’s when I discovered I could no longer hit the guy. He was bobbing and weaving and I was trying to land a left jab somewhere in the vicinity of his head. Or at least where his head used to be, because it kept mo...

Wilder vs Arreola – a fight bereft of storylines unless you happen to live in Alabama

Wilder vs Arreola – a fight bereft of storylines unless you happen to live in Alabama

Wilder vs Arreola - The fight crowd that hangs out at saloons with catchy names like O’Brien’s Pub or Pete’s Happy Hour or Tony’s Sports Bar will be a little thin next week when heavyweight challenger Chris Arreola tries to yank the WBC heavyweight title belt from the tight fists of WBC cham...

Thurman vs. Porter: CBS Hit a Hole-in-One

Thurman vs. Porter: CBS Hit a Hole-in-One

Thurman vs. Porter - The guys who like to stand over the fight game and count to ten, claiming the sport has been knocked out by octagons, leg kicks, and the MMA, probably missed Saturday night’s fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I’m guessing that if they had watched it, they might ha...

Tyson Fury: The Guy Puts on a Pretty Good Show (Outside the Ring)

Tyson Fury: The Guy Puts on a Pretty Good Show (Outside the Ring)

Tyson Fury - When he finally gets done with this boxing silliness, heavyweight champion Tyson Fury should check out career opportunities as a stand-up comedian or a TV game-show host, something else in the world of live entertainment. After all, the guy puts on a pretty good show any time a crowd...

Friendly Enemies Thurman and Porter Rumble in Brooklyn … and it’s on Free TV!

Friendly Enemies Thurman and Porter Rumble in Brooklyn … and it’s on Free TV!

Friendly Enemies - Most fights in Brooklyn take place in back alleys in front of small crowds. The fights are usually short and mean and involve things like baseball bats, knives, broken beer bottles, tire irons, booze and cops. No one really comes out a winner in these fights. The participants j...

Who Is Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder?

Who Is Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder?

Just who is Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and how come no one outside the great state of Alabama recognizes the name? I mean, Wilder should be starring in shaving commercials or serving as grand marshal at parades or endorsing sneakers. There should be playgrounds named after him and the ...

Bet Against Hopkins At Your Own Peril

Bet Against Hopkins At Your Own Peril

I don’t bet against the phases of the moon, the rise and fall of the tides, a mother’s love or the Green Bay Packers. And I don’t bet against Bernard Hopkins. OK. The Packers aren’t always a sure thing, but they are the home team for me and that means something. Hopkins? If I’m bett...

Both Tough, Both Durable…Should Make For A Good Fight

Both Tough, Both Durable…Should Make For A Good Fight

Miguel Cotto is a funny guy. I’m not saying he could do stand-up at the Comedy Club or that he’d be great in a skit on Saturday Night Live. He’s no Steve Martin. But he is funny in the same way a guy stumbling over a log or walking into a spider web is funny. It’s all in good fun as long...