Author Archives: Ted Sares

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 32 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 ...

The Danny Green – Anthony Mundine Rematch: Genuine or Gimmick?

The Danny Green – Anthony Mundine Rematch: Genuine or Gimmick?

THE GREEN-MUNDINE REMATCH. After a draw with Azumah Nelson in 1991 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the great Jeff Fenech came back a year later only to be stopped by the legendary “Professor.” Then after a 12-year hiatus, Jeff came back from retirement in 2006 to defeat Nelson by MD and even up the score ...

Charisma and Swagger: Boxers With Magnetic Personalities

Charisma and Swagger: Boxers With Magnetic Personalities

BOXERS WITH THE “IT’ FACTOR -- Irish Jerry Quarry, a well-spoken and good looking kid from Southern California but an offspring of the dust bowl, was humble and accessible to his adoring fans. His walk-ins were all about getting the business done in the ring and were not accompanied by rappers o...