Author Archives: Thomas Hauser

The Hauser Report: Top Rank – ESPN – Lomachenko – Crawford

The Hauser Report: Top Rank – ESPN – Lomachenko – Crawford

THE HAUSER REPORT: Three years ago, the eyes of boxing were on Premier Boxing Champions and what Al Haymon was (or wasn’t) going to do. Now the talk is about Top Rank and ESPN. On August 9, The Walt Disney Company unveiled plans for an ESPN over-the-top streaming subscription video service that...

Tony Middleton: From Fighting to Singing

Tony Middleton: From Fighting to Singing

The sports heroes and the music of our youth have a particularly evocative hold on us as we grow older. Recently, I was watching The Willows - one of the quintessential 1950s doo-wop groups - on YouTube. They were performing at a revival concert in the late-1990s, singing their signature song: Ch...

The New York State Athletic Commission is Still Courting Disaster

The New York State Athletic Commission is Still Courting Disaster

THE HAUSER REPORT -- As the parties involved work to settle the various legal claims arising out of the horrific injuries suffered by Magomed Abdusalamov at Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2013, the New York State Athletic Commission is still playing Russian roulette with fighter safety. Med...

The Hauser Report: Mikey Garcia Was Too Small, Too Slow, Too Good

The Hauser Report: Mikey Garcia Was Too Small, Too Slow, Too Good

THE HAUSER REPORT -- Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia at Barclays Center on July 29 was an intriguing match-up and a significant opportunity for both fighters. Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) turned 28 one day before the bout. Early in his career, he blew through a series of overmatched opponents and looked ...

Fighters as Writers

Fighters as Writers

“It’s easy to like Las Vegas the same way it’s easy to like an honest hooker. Neither one pretends to be anything but what they are. They just flash you a little thigh, give you an honest price, and then screw you. You might blow your paycheck in an afternoon, but you just keep smiling because...

Dueling Fight Cards Are Good and Bad for Long Island

Dueling Fight Cards Are Good and Bad for Long Island

THE HAUSER REPORT -- It was a good night for the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island in New York but a bad night for fighters from Long Island. That in a nutshell summarizes the fight cards that were televised on July 15 by HBO and FOX. Seanie Monaghan and Joe Smith are “throwback ...

Age, Bad Judging, and Jeff Horn Beat Manny Pacquiao

Age, Bad Judging, and Jeff Horn Beat Manny Pacquiao

THE HAUSER REPORT -- On Sunday, July 2 (Saturday night in the United States), Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn met in the ring at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, before 51,052 fans to battle for the WBO welterweight title. Pacquiao, who entered the ring with a 59-6-2 (38 KOs) record, is no lo...

The Hauser Report: New York State Athletic Commission Update

The Hauser Report: New York State Athletic Commission Update

On Friday, June 30, the office of New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano contacted the New York State Athletic Commission at the request of this writer and was told that New York governor Andrew Cuomo has nominated three new NYSAC commissioners subject to approval by the State Senate. The nominee...

In a Flawed Promotion, Andre Ward Makes a Statement

In a Flawed Promotion, Andre Ward Makes a Statement

THE HAUSER REPORT -- In an earlier era, the June 17 rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev would have been a can’t-miss promotion. Two of the best fighters in the world reprising a 2016 encounter that ended in controversy with Ward prevailing on the judges’ scorecards by a razor-thin marg...

“Iron Ambition” – Mike Tyson and Cus D’Amato: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

“Iron Ambition” – Mike Tyson and Cus D’Amato: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

TYSON AND D’AMATO -- Few fighters have captured the public imagination the way that Mike Tyson did. The primary architect of “Iron Mike” as the world saw him was Cus D’Amato. Four years ago, Tyson co-authored an autobiography entitled Undisputed Truth with Larry Sloman. Now Tyson and Slom...