Author Archives: Ted Sares

The Year 2009 Was a Year of Shock and Sadness in Boxing

The Year 2009 Was a Year of Shock and Sadness in Boxing

It started in the early morning hours of April 27, 2009, when former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page, 50, died at home in Louisville. His death was consistent with positional asphyxia, an inability to breathe because of body position. "He had a hospital bed at home, and he slid out, which he has ...

Getting to the Sunshine: The Ricky Womack Story

Getting to the Sunshine: The Ricky Womack Story

THE RICKY WOMACK STORY -- Thomas Boswell, the respected sports columnist of the Washington Post, once predicted that the 1984 U.S. Olympic boxing team showed promise of being just as good and as packed with human interest angles as that famous 1976 team led by Sugar Ray Leonard, Howard Davis Jr., an...

The Freak Show: Bad Juju for Big George Foreman

The Freak Show: Bad Juju for Big George Foreman

One of the most bizarre events in the history of heavyweight boxing took place 42 years ago this week. On April 26, 1975 in Toronto, George Foreman fought five men in five three round exhibitions that had all the markings of a freak show. This was the first time Foreman fought after having lost t...

Jhonny Gonzalez Doing his Thing

Jhonny Gonzalez Doing his Thing

KNOCKOUT ARTIST JHONNY GONZALEZ -- His name resulted from a misspelling on his birth certificate, relatively few know about his career, and you need to dig in the ratings to find his name (he is ranked No. 6 by the WBC), but Jhonny González Vera is a three-time former world champion in two weight ...

Manny’s World Tour: What’s Next for the Pac-Man After Brisbane?

Manny’s World Tour: What’s Next for the Pac-Man After Brisbane?

PACQUIAO'S FAREWELL TOUR -- Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2) seems to be embarking on his final tour, but like the entertainer Cher, “final” doesn’t seem to mean final. After his April 2016 bout with Timothy Bradley where he bankrolled a $20 million purse plus his cut of Filipino TV money, Manny said h...

A Night of Unbridled Violence at Madison Square Garden

A Night of Unbridled Violence at Madison Square Garden

A NIGHT OF UNBRIDLED VIOLENCE -- Sometimes—not very often—but sometimes the  intensity, ferocity and even  cruelty that fighters like Mike Tyson, Nigel Benn, Tony Ayala Jr., and Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. brought to the ring could make a bout almost too edgy to watch. They and a few others engage...

Boxing and Drama: Part Three (Haye-Bellew)

Boxing and Drama: Part Three (Haye-Bellew)

I recently wrote that I have always had a special affinity for fighters from the United Kingdom. Maybe it has to do with their grit or maybe the drama that seems to unfold in many of the top fights. Alan Minter, Billy Schwer, and Dave “Boy” Green exemplified the qualities I admired. However, wat...

Does Paulie Malignaggi Still Have the Spark?

Does Paulie Malignaggi Still Have the Spark?

MALIGNAGGI VS EGGINGTON -- Paulie Malignaggi has more cross-currents and back (and side) stories than most boxers—one of them being that he is an outstanding and candid analyst for Showtime that really makes it unnecessary for him to fight on and continue to risk long-term injuries. But that’s i...

Joe Smith Jr Rockets Into the Fast Lane and Has Lucrative Options

Joe Smith Jr Rockets Into the Fast Lane and Has Lucrative Options

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT JOE SMITH JR. -- Back in April 2008, Joe Smith Jr. defeated Seanie Monaghan in the final round of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves tournament at Madison Square Garden in the 178-pound novice division. So the two are not strangers, but that was then and this is now. And now the...

The Complexity of Nigel Benn: A Symphony in Two Parts

The Complexity of Nigel Benn: A Symphony in Two Parts

NIGEL BENN: THE DARK DESTROYER -- I have always had a special affinity for fighters from the United Kingdom. Maybe it has to do with their grit or maybe the drama that seems to unfold in many of the top fights. It might have started when I watched Alan Minter shock and dismantle Sugar Ray Seales in ...