Author Archives: Thomas Hauser

The Hauser Report: Four Fights

The Hauser Report: Four Fights

There were a lot of fights available for viewing in the United States on Saturday, June 9. Anyone who was on the job and watched them all would have put in a full eight-hour shift and been eligible for overtime pay. The festivities began in England at the Manchester Arena where Tyson Fury returne...

Ernest Hemingway, Boxing, and “Fifty Grand”

Ernest Hemingway, Boxing, and “Fifty Grand”

Ernest Hemingway referenced boxing from time to time in his writing. But one of his works was devoted entirely to the sweet science. Hemingway’s great novels were far in the future when he wrote “Fifty Grand.” He was a 27-year-old journalist and short story writer. The Atlantic Monthly publ...

Jack Johnson’s Pardon

Jack Johnson’s Pardon

Boxing has a long history of rich white men exploiting black fighters for their own personal gain. Donald Trump did it as a casino magnate before his holdings in Atlantic City devolved into bankruptcy. He did it again on May 24 when he pardoned Jack Johnson. Johnson’s story is well known. He wa...

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

Bigtime boxing is doing reasonably well in New York City with Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden at the center of the action. But club fights are struggling. That’s due in part to the high cost of promoting in the Big Apple. It’s also because suitable venues keep disappearing, particularl...

Vasyl Lomachenko and the Lure of History

Vasyl Lomachenko and the Lure of History

Boxing fans want to believe that they’re watching greatness. And today’s omnipresent hype machine feeds that desire. “History isn't what it used to be,” Patrick Kehoe writes. “Being historically significant is as overrated as you can get these days. Can't they get it in their agreements...

Katie Taylor Can Fight !

Katie Taylor Can Fight !

Jimmy Wilde reigned as the world’s first flyweight champion and is regarded by some as the greatest British fighter of all time. Wilde once declared, “The idea of women in the boxing ring is repulsive and will receive no support from real lovers of the art. Girl boxers will ruin their matrimonia...

Will There Be a Changing of the Guard?

Will There Be a Changing of the Guard?

13,964 fans were at Barclays Center on April 21 to witness what might someday be looked upon as a step toward boxing’s changing of the guard. Three fights – Gervonta Davis vs. Jesus Cuellar, Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno, and Adrien Broner vs. Jesse Vargas – headlined the show. Davis a...

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

I recently watched Paterno, the HBO film about former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Paterno was one of college football’s greatest coaches. But his image was forever tarnished by an inadequate response to allegations, later proved true, that longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was ...

Literary Notes: “Born to Box” – Book Review by Thomas Hauser

Literary Notes: “Born to Box” – Book Review by Thomas Hauser

A word of explanation regarding the process by which I review books. Each year, I’m sent dozens of books about boxing. I don’t have time to read all of them in their entirety, but I read at least part of each book. Some of them are informative, beautifully written, and demand attention. I rea...

Boxing 2018: Some Thoughts on the Powers That Be

Boxing 2018: Some Thoughts on the Powers That Be

We’re living in an age of vertical integration and corporate consolidation. The path to power in today’s economy lies through the merger of powerful economic interests. Every content provider in boxing (and elsewhere) would like a partnership with Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, or Facebook. T...