Author Archives: Ted Sares

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...

Oleksandr Gvozdyk: Is “The Nail” The Next Big Thing?

Oleksandr Gvozdyk: Is “The Nail” The Next Big Thing?

Born in Kharkov, Ukraine but now living in Oxnard, California (where he is guided by Robert Garcia), Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk is not your normal Ukrainian boxer (except for the fact that he is a very fine boxer). Gvozdyk represented the Ukraine at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships. He...

Menayothin Closing on Mayweather’s 49-0 Record

Menayothin Closing on Mayweather’s 49-0 Record

Underneath the glitter and hype of Canelo vs. Golovkin, the prospect of Mayweather vs. McGregor, and the reality of Kovalev vs. Ward, something has been going on that has received minimal attention in the boxing world,  but if it plays out, it could have disproportionate impact. It involves a ta...

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...