Author Archives: Thomas Hauser

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...

The Heritage Sports Collectibles Auction: Buyer Beware

The Heritage Sports Collectibles Auction: Buyer Beware

Heritage Auctions, headquartered in Dallas, bills itself as “the world’s third largest auction house” and “the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer.” Its website states that, since 1976, Heritage has sold more than three billion dollars worth of auction items and that its sports aucti...

Errol Spence Has Arrived

Errol Spence Has Arrived

THE HAUSER REPORT: These are heady times for British boxing. Four weeks ago, Anthony Joshua knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 screaming fans in London to solidify his hold on the heavyweight division. On May 27, the scene shifted to Sheffield, where 27,000 partisans gathered in a soc...

The Hauser Report: The Best and Worst of Boxing

The Hauser Report: The Best and Worst of Boxing

Saturday, May 20, saw a six-hour window with multiple fights on HBO and Showtime, five of which were notable for varying reasons. First up, 22-year-old Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KOs) defended his IBF 130-pound belt against challenger Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) in London. Davis, who’s promoted ...

Trouble on the Sports Collectible Front: PSA/DNA and More

Trouble on the Sports Collectible Front: PSA/DNA and More

THE HAUSER REPORT: Misrepresentations and forgeries are common in the sports collectibles market. Within that environment, many buyers rely on PSA and PSA/DNA for authentication. PSA focuses on authenticating and grading sports cards and other trading cards. PSA/DNA focuses on authenticating auto...

The Hauser Report: Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

The Hauser Report: Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

THE HAUSER REPORT: Boxing is on the ropes in the United States. Self-inflicted wounds coupled with external forces have made it a niche sport. But there are places where the sweet science is healthy and has a fervent fan base. In England, 90,000 fans gathered a little more than a week ago to watc...

Joshua-Klitschko: The Future is Now (Part Two)

Joshua-Klitschko: The Future is Now (Part Two)

THE HAUSER REPORT – The scene on fight night as Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko walked to the ring at Wembley Stadium seemed other-worldly, like something out of Star Wars. Lights were flashing. Music was blaring. Ninety thousand fans were in a frenzy. There was a WOW factor to it all. Jo...

Joshua-Klitschko: The Future is Now (Part One)

Joshua-Klitschko: The Future is Now (Part One)

THE HAUSER REPORT: On April 17, 1860, in Farnsborough County west of London, England’s Tom Sayers and John Heenan from the San Francisco Bay area fought to a bloody 42-round draw in what was then called “The Fight of the Century.” Sayers-Heenan ended in chaos without a winner being declared...

The Hauser Report: Shawn Porter, Jermell Charlo, and More

The Hauser Report: Shawn Porter, Jermell Charlo, and More

THE HAUSER REPORT -- The latest installment of “Brooklyn Boxing” was contested at Barclays Center on April 22. The main fight of the evening was a WBC “elimination” bout between Shawn Porter (26-2, 18 KOs) and Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) to determine the mandatory challenger for Keith Thurman...