Author Archives: Ted Sares

Remembering the Other Santa Cruz and the Night He Was Robbed in New York

Remembering the Other Santa Cruz and the Night He Was Robbed in New York

Human punching machine Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1) edged Carl Frampton (23-1) on January 28, 2017 by majority decision at the MGM Grand. The win allowed Leo to recapture the featherweight crown that he lost six months earlier and displayed how sticking to a well-thought-out fight plan can reap success. ...

40 Noted Boxing Buffs Recall Their Favorite Round of Boxing

40 Noted Boxing Buffs Recall Their Favorite Round of Boxing

PART TWO OF A TWO-PART SERIES: In previous stories, we asked a set of respondents to name their favorite boxing book, favorite fight, and favorite fighter. This article closes the book on this series. Listing our respondents alphabetically, Part Two of “Favorite Round” opens with the contributio...

What Was Your Favorite Round of Boxing? 40 Notables Share Their Picks

What Was Your Favorite Round of Boxing? 40 Notables Share Their Picks

PART ONE (A-K) OF A TWO-PART SERIES -- This is round four, so to speak, of our survey. We previously asked a set of respondents to name their favorite boxing book, favorite fighter, and favorite fights. The respondents are listed in alphabetical order, but as the architect of the survey, I have t...

30 Boxing Notables Recall Their All-Time Favorite Fight(s)

30 Boxing Notables Recall Their All-Time Favorite Fight(s)

This completes the participative trilogy involving a favorite boxer, a favorite boxing book, and now a favorite fight (though a favorite round still looms as a possibility). I’ll weigh in first. Using the criteria of ebb and flow, controlled violence, courage, imposition of will, superiority of...

Twenty-Five Noted Boxing Buffs Name Their Favorite Boxing Book

Twenty-Five Noted Boxing Buffs Name Their Favorite Boxing Book

I recently asked a number of sage boxing people the following: “If you had to select ONE boxing book as your favorite, what would it be?” Some chose more than one. Though not particularly sage myself, I’ll start it off with Ralph Wiley’s "Serenity: A Boxing Memoir." I also enjoyed Mike Si...

The Boxer Who Morphed From “The Baron” to “The Animal” to “The Rat” 

The Boxer Who Morphed From “The Baron” to “The Animal” to “The Rat” 

In 1945, the police arrested 14-year-old Joe Barboza for breaking and entering. He was packed off to the infamous Lyman Reform School in Westborough, MA, a grim “hellhole.” It was the first reform school in the United States. He took up boxing like many others who were serving time. Tony Vera...

Career Definers: These Boxers Will Always Be Identified With These Bouts

Career Definers: These Boxers Will Always Be Identified With These Bouts

Most boxers have that one (or two) fights that define their careers. Of course none can top Buster Douglas when it comes to that one fight that was the diamond sparkling in the sand. But others stand out as well. Here is a sampling: Rene Jacquot Frenchman Rene Jacquot (that’s him on the righ...

So Who’s Your Favorite Boxer? 15 Sage Boxing Buffs Make Their Picks

So Who’s Your Favorite Boxer? 15 Sage Boxing Buffs Make Their Picks

Recently this question was posed to me and my answer was almost Pavlovian. Vasyl Lomachenko is my favorite because of his athleticism and reflexes. I was then asked who my all-time favorite was and again I answered without hesitation: Bob Satterfield, a Chicago heavyweight back in the day. He was a ...

When The Gates Opened for the Great Flood of Eastern European Boxers

When The Gates Opened for the Great Flood of Eastern European Boxers

Difficult-to-pronounce Eastern European names that often end in a “v” “y” or “o” now dot the boxing landscape. And there are plenty of imposing nicknames to accompany them like  “Zar,” ”The Eagle,” “The Machine,” “The Beast,”  “Russian Hammer,” Krusher,” and “Th...

Vinnie Curto vs. Roger Phillips: Our Tale Begins With This Tawdry Mismatch

Vinnie Curto vs. Roger Phillips: Our Tale Begins With This Tawdry Mismatch

There is nothing “Rockyesque” about this tale. No, this about two boxers who went through varying degrees of hell in their personal lives. Only one persevered despite adversity, turmoil and abuse of the very worst kind. Middleweight Roger Phillips, out of Pittsfield, MA, fought from 1971 to 1...