Author Archives: Thomas Hauser

A Reporter Faces The Issue: To Stand or Kneel?

A Reporter Faces The Issue: To Stand or Kneel?

What began as a protest against the inappropriate use of force by a minority of police officers against people of color and the inadequate response of the criminal justice system to these incidents is turning into something more. On August 26, 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernic...

The Hauser Report: The Barclays Buzz

The Hauser Report: The Barclays Buzz

The first fight card at Barclays Center was contested on October 20, 2012, and featured four world title fights: Danny Garcia vs. Erik Morales, Paulie Malignaggi vs. Pablo Cesar Cano, Devon Alexander vs. Randall Bailey, and Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam vs. Peter Quillin. For good measure, Danny Jacobs, ...

Following up on Luis Ortiz, the WBC, and VADA

Following up on Luis Ortiz, the WBC, and VADA

The World Boxing Council took another step forward today (Wednesday, Oct. 4) when WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced that the organization had withdrawn its sanction of the scheduled November 4 heavyweight championship fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. The WBC’s action came ...

Congratulations to the WBC and VADA

Congratulations to the WBC and VADA

The much-anticipated November 4, 2017, WBC heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz appears to be off. A urine sample taken from Ortiz during a random drug test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on September 22 – two days after Wilder-Ortiz was forma...

“Jess Willard”: A Book Review by Thomas Hauser

“Jess Willard”: A Book Review by Thomas Hauser

Jess Willard’s ring career was defined by two fights: an April 5, 1915, victory over Jack Johnson in Havana, when he fulfilled his destiny as a “great white hope,” and a brutal knockout defeat at the hands of Jack Dempsey on July 4, 1919, that heralded the dawn of a new era in sports. “Ja...

$22 Million for Magomed Abdusalamov

$22 Million for Magomed Abdusalamov

The State of New York has agreed to pay $22,000,000 to Magomed Abdusalamov and his family following almost four years of litigation in the New York State Court of Claims. Abdusalamov suffered grievous injuries and irreversible brain damage in a fight against Mike Perez at Madison Square Garden on...

Dick Gregory and Muhammad Ali

Dick Gregory and Muhammad Ali

Dick Gregory, who broke down color barriers in white nightclubs as a comedian in the 1960’s died on August 19 at age 84. Like Muhammad Ali, Gregory understood the meaning of sacrifice. Ali sacrificed the world heavyweight championship and risked going to jail for five years to stand up for his ...

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...