Author Archives: Ted Sares

Old School Fighters of the Modern Era: 33 Noted Boxing Buffs Weigh In

Old School Fighters of the Modern Era: 33 Noted Boxing Buffs Weigh In

When applied to boxing, the term "Old School" has many meanings. That said, in this, our latest survey, we asked our respondents which boxer of the modern era -- active or retired – struck them as most Old School, limiting the choice to just one. Here are their picks. As always, the respondents ar...

The Case for Michael Moorer

The Case for Michael Moorer

This past weekend, the International Boxing Hall of Fame inducted three new members in the Modern Boxer category. Michael Moorer has yet to get the call and perhaps never will, but one can certainly build a case for him. Moorer’s name doesn’t comes up all that much in boxing conversations any...

Sportscaster Mauro Ranallo Bares his Soul in a Mesmerizing Documentary

Sportscaster Mauro Ranallo Bares his Soul in a Mesmerizing Documentary

Over the years I have been pretty harsh on prolific sports broadcaster Mauro Ranallo, although I was vaguely aware of some personal health issues he had. I admired his uncanny grasp of historical details, but I just didn’t care for his relatively loud and impassioned style. Finally, I decided t...

Ramirez vs. O’Connor: Stepping Stone or Mismatch?

Ramirez vs. O’Connor: Stepping Stone or Mismatch?

When a bloated James Toney fought Denis Lebedev in Moscow in 2015 with the WBA cruiserweight title somehow at stake, I feared for the global road warrior’s welfare but he got through it. Meanwhile, the fearsome looking Russian got another legendary notch –Calzaghe style--on his belt. A totall...

Lomachenko and Garcia: Lightning and Thunder

Lomachenko and Garcia: Lightning and Thunder

Irish legend and former featherweight king Barry McGuigan takes it as far as you can go: “Lomachenko is one of the greatest fighters we have seen or ever will see,” he wrote in his regular weekly column in the (London) Mirror. He adds, “There is a kind of machine-like quality that stands in...

Proposals for Elevating the Sport of Boxing. Part 2 (K-W) of a TSS Survey

Proposals for Elevating the Sport of Boxing. Part 2 (K-W) of a TSS Survey

We asked 32 noted boxing buffs this question: If you could do one thing to make boxing better, what would it be? The answers were surprisingly varied and interesting – and in some cases, downright incriminating. Respondents were listed alphabetically. Part 1 ran from A to J, opening with the th...

Fixing the Sport of Boxing — A New TSS Survey: Part 1 (A-J)

Fixing the Sport of Boxing — A New TSS Survey: Part 1 (A-J)

We asked 32 noted boxing buffs this question: If you could do one thing to make boxing better, what would it be? The answers were surprisingly varied and interesting – and in some cases, downright incriminating. Respondents are listed alphabetically. Because of the length of this article, it is...

The End of Boxing Might Be One Punch Away

The End of Boxing Might Be One Punch Away

One of Thomas Hauser’s recent books is titled There Will Always Be Boxing. On the weekend of April 20-22, 2018, the sport was alive and well, so much so that boxing does seem immortal. The third weekend of April resonated of boxing weekends of yore when a dart throw would yield a solid match-up...

The Four Faces on the Mount Rushmore of Boxing: A New TSS Survey

The Four Faces on the Mount Rushmore of Boxing: A New TSS Survey

In this survey we posed a hypothetical question: Suppose that there was going to be a Mount Rushmore of Boxing with the faces of four boxers carved on to a granite mountain. Further suppose that a duly authorized panel decided that Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Muhammad Ali would be three of th...

A Boxing Writer’s Reward

A Boxing Writer’s Reward

Every writer seeks positive feedback and this writer is no exception. Whether it comes in the form of remuneration, e-mail messages, “likes” and “hits,” long threads on Facebook, praise from other writers, or in other ways and combinations, it is greatly appreciated. This story is about a re...