Author Archives: Thomas Hauser

Arne Lang: Ring Announcer

Arne Lang: Ring Announcer

People in the boxing media have varied backgrounds. But there’s only one I can think of who was a ring announcer. Arne Lang is editor in chief of The Sweet Science. He was born in Brooklyn, grew up on Long Island, went to college and graduate school in Nebraska, and moved to Las Vegas in 1969 t...

A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

James Lawton calls boxing “the world’s oldest and most embattled sport.” A Ringside Affair (Bloomsbury Publishing) recounts his sojourn through the sweet science as lead sportswriter for The Independent and Daily Express in London. Lawton’s remembrance begins with what he calls “the fir...

The Hauser-Report: Lomachenko Shines Against Rigondeaux

The Hauser-Report: Lomachenko Shines Against Rigondeaux

The third fight card in as many weeks at Madison Square Garden was contested at The Theater on December 9. The promotional hook was the occasion of two two-time Olympic gold medalists facing off in a professional championship fight for the first time. Vasyl Lomachenko, age 29, is the reigning WBO...

Holiday Reading: 2017

Holiday Reading: 2017

Each year during the holiday season, I publish a list of what I consider to be the best books on boxing. That list, updated to accommodate recently published titles, follows. Taken together, the books offer a compelling look at the sweet science from bare-knuckle days to the present. Some of thes...

The Plot in Arkansas Thickens and Sickens

The Plot in Arkansas Thickens and Sickens

On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, this writer reported that the Arkansas State Athletic Commission had allowed a fighter to compete in Arkansas after being advised by the Association of Boxing Commissions and the State of Florida that the fighter had tested HIV positive. The information in the repor...

The Hauser Report: Sergey Kovalev and More at Madison Square Garden

The Hauser Report: Sergey Kovalev and More at Madison Square Garden

HBO’s triple-header at Madison Square Garden on November 25 marked the start of a unique fifteen-day period. The current Madison Square Garden opened in 1968. This will be the first time ever that the building has hosted boxing in three consecutive weeks. The November 25 card was built around 3...

The Hauser Report: Shame on the Arkansas State Athletic Commission

The Hauser Report: Shame on the Arkansas State Athletic Commission

On Wednesday, November 22, Association of Boxing Commissions president Mike Mazzulli sent a letter to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. In the letter, Mazzulli advised the governor that the Arkansas State Athletic Commission is engaging in conduct that the ABC believes is “an egregious disregard f...

“Notes and Nuggets” from Thomas Hauser

“Notes and Nuggets” from Thomas Hauser

What does a journalist do when he retires following a long and storied career that includes 25 years as sports editor for the Los Angeles Times? In Bill Dwyre’s case, he starts a publishing company. When Dwyre was boy, he loved to read. The Hardy Boys and Chip Hilton (two popular series for you...

Dr. Ferdie Pacheco: December 8, 1927 – November 16, 2017

Dr. Ferdie Pacheco: December 8, 1927 – November 16, 2017

Ferdie Pacheco, who died on November 16, was a doctor, author, artist, and television commentator. He’s best known for having been Muhammad Ali’s personal physician and cornerman from 1960 through 1977. My own relationship with Pacheco began in 1989. I was researching the book that would even...

The Hauser Report: “Big Baby” Takes a Baby Step Forward

The Hauser Report: “Big Baby” Takes a Baby Step Forward

Boxing’s heavyweight division is wide open. Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder - two exciting but flawed fighters – are at the top. After that, it’s anyone’s ballgame. Twenty-nine-year-old Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (now 20-0-1, 18 KOs) wants the ball. Miller has a massive torso, huge a...