Author Archives: Rick Folstad

He's Part Joe Louis, Mike Tyson and Rocky Marciano…FOLSTAD

He's Part Joe Louis, Mike Tyson and Rocky Marciano…FOLSTAD

I don’t know his name, I don’t know where he’s from, and I don’t know if he’s really out there, but I can picture him in my mind. He stands about 6-foot-2 and weighs 240, give or take a couple pounds. He can bench press a Lexus, dunk a bowling ball, run a 5-minute mile and has the hand sp...

“Making Those Fights Never Seemed To Be That Tough”…FOLSTAD

“Making Those Fights Never Seemed To Be That Tough”…FOLSTAD

It wasn’t long ago when the best fighters in the world sought out the other best fighters in the world to find out who was the best of the best. It was a natural, easy thing to do, a way of finding out which fighter was the undisputed featherweight, bantamweight or heavyweight champion of the worl...

“He's The Tim Tebow of the Fight Game”–FOLSTAD on ANDRE WARD

“He's The Tim Tebow of the Fight Game”–FOLSTAD on ANDRE WARD

Andre Ward should stand up and take a well-deserved bow. He should flash a big smile, shake some hands, get a few pats on the back and then take home an award or two for being a hero and a role model. There aren’t many of those guys left. Ward is the kind of guy who would take in a stray dog ...

Golden Boy Wants Peterson-Khan Decision Overturned

Golden Boy Wants Peterson-Khan Decision Overturned

Golden Boy Wants Peterson-Khan Decision Overturned - It was a great fight, but a controversial one. Unfortunately, controversy seems to be the common denominator for most of the bigger fights held this year. The Dec. 10 title fight between newly-crowned WBA and IBF junior-welterweight champion La...

A Boxer With A Detached Retina Weighs In On Margarito…FOLSTAD

A Boxer With A Detached Retina Weighs In On Margarito…FOLSTAD

Antonio Margarito will be fighting Saturday night thanks to the recent musings of the New York State Athletic Commission. The all-clear siren has sounded. All is suddenly right again in the closeted world of Top Rank. The right eye is fine, and Margarito’s rematch with WBA super-welterweight cham...

Khan Says Sparring Partners Probably Tougher Than Peterson…FOLSTAD

Khan Says Sparring Partners Probably Tougher Than Peterson…FOLSTAD

Amir “King” Khan says he’ll fight anyone they put in front of him. Of course, they all say that. Still, you get the feeling you can believe Khan, that reputations and big names don’t mean much to him. Zab Judah, Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi, Marco Antonio Barrera. Big names and to...

Cotto Dropped A Bomb On This Call

Cotto Dropped A Bomb On This Call

  It was short and sweet, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum slamming the hammer down on a conference call he wanted no part of. “I don’t know why we’re on this conference call when we haven’t heard from the New York Athletic Commission,” Arum said early Tuesday afternoon. “These is...

Mares Vows To Go To The Body On Agbeko Again

Mares Vows To Go To The Body On Agbeko Again

If there’s such a thing as a mulligan in prize fighting, this is it. A mulligan is another chance, a second swing off the first tee when your first shot slices out-of-bounds or you just plain whiff it. It doesn’t count. You ignore it, pretend it didn‘t happen. You tee it up again. That...

TSS Where are They Now? GREG HAUGEN

TSS Where are They Now? GREG HAUGEN

Greg Haugen was one of those guys who was always looking for a fight. It wasn’t out of meanness or a macho thing or because he had something to prove to himself or someone else. He wasn’t the neighborhood  bully. He just liked to fight, and he was pretty good at it. He wasn’t picky eith...

James Toney Is Like An Aging Comedian…FOLSTAD

James Toney Is Like An Aging Comedian…FOLSTAD

In a way, James “Lights Out” Toney is like an aging comedian who isn’t funny anymore, but who won’t get off the stage. He keeps telling the same lame, off-color jokes while ducking rotten tomatoes and paper cups tossed at his head. He hears the booing from the audience, but he just can’t ...