Author Archives: Thomas Hauser

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...

Magomed Abdusalamov: Fantasy vs. Reality

Magomed Abdusalamov: Fantasy vs. Reality

On November 2, 2013, Russian heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov suffered life-altering brain damage in a fight against Mike Perez at Madison Square Garden. People with injuries like Magomed’s tend to be hidden from view. They fade into the shadows. We conjure up positive images of their condition ...

Jake LaMotta, Sugar Ray Robinson, and PEDs

Jake LaMotta, Sugar Ray Robinson, and PEDs

The highly anticipated May 5 rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin is in jeopardy because Alvarez tested positive for Clenbuterol on two occasions in February. The Nevada State Athletic Commission will rule on April 10 whether or not the fight can proceed. Steroids first became a si...

The Hauser Report: St. Patrick’s Day at Madison Square Garden

The Hauser Report: St. Patrick’s Day at Madison Square Garden

Some observations on the St. Patrick’s Day fight card promoted by Top Rank. Irish Olympian Michael Conlan (the only Irishman on the card) was the big ticket seller. Super-lightweight Jose Ramirez (pictured on the left) was the big winner. And everything unfolded in the shadow of the announcemen...

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser: The NYSAC and Minimum Wage – Oops!

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser: The NYSAC and Minimum Wage – Oops!

New York governor Andrew Cuomo likes to present himself as a friend of labor. When it comes to powerful unions that influence large blocs of voters, that might be true. But closer to home, the Cuomo Administration is falling short of the mark. Some New York State Athletic Commission employees are...

The Hauser Report: Deontay Wilder Walks Through Fire to Win

The Hauser Report: Deontay Wilder Walks Through Fire to Win

There were competing fight cards at Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden on March 3. One fight out of the 21 bouts that were contested – Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz - was a magnet for media attention and fan interest. Wilder won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics. He was a work in the e...

Notes and Nuggets by Thomas Hauser

Notes and Nuggets by Thomas Hauser

On September 27, 2014, adult glamour model Jordan Carver and adult film star Melanie Muller entered a boxing ring in Dusseldorf, Germany, and did battle over four heated rounds. Their encounter could be dismissed as taking place far beyond the outer fringe of boxing but for one notable fact. The ...