Author Archives: Thomas Hauser

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 ...

Irregularities Mar New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Election

Irregularities Mar New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Election

On January 10, 2018, the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame announced the names of 22 individuals who will be inducted into the hall in April. This year’s class runs the gamut from former heavyweight champion James J. Corbett (who dethroned John L. Sullivan in 1892) to Jake Rodriguez (28-8-2 with ...

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

Charles Caleb Colton was an English clergyman who published a popular collection of aphorisms in the early-1800s. The best known of his sayings was “Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.” There are times when imitation is also a trademark violation. Michael Buffer has elevated the craft ...

The Hauser Report: A Virtuoso Performance by Errol Spence

The Hauser Report: A Virtuoso Performance by Errol Spence

The January 14 IBF welterweight title fight between Errol Spence (22-0, 19 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs, 1 KO by) marked another step in the maturation process of a man who appears to be a special fighter. Young fighters on the rise have a look about them. Their confidence, optimism, ...

Arne Lang: Ring Announcer

Arne Lang: Ring Announcer

People in the boxing media have varied backgrounds. But there’s only one I can think of who was a ring announcer. Arne Lang is editor in chief of The Sweet Science. He was born in Brooklyn, grew up on Long Island, went to college and graduate school in Nebraska, and moved to Las Vegas in 1969 t...

A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

James Lawton calls boxing “the world’s oldest and most embattled sport.” A Ringside Affair (Bloomsbury Publishing) recounts his sojourn through the sweet science as lead sportswriter for The Independent and Daily Express in London. Lawton’s remembrance begins with what he calls “the fir...

The Hauser-Report: Lomachenko Shines Against Rigondeaux

The Hauser-Report: Lomachenko Shines Against Rigondeaux

The third fight card in as many weeks at Madison Square Garden was contested at The Theater on December 9. The promotional hook was the occasion of two two-time Olympic gold medalists facing off in a professional championship fight for the first time. Vasyl Lomachenko, age 29, is the reigning WBO...

Holiday Reading: 2017

Holiday Reading: 2017

Each year during the holiday season, I publish a list of what I consider to be the best books on boxing. That list, updated to accommodate recently published titles, follows. Taken together, the books offer a compelling look at the sweet science from bare-knuckle days to the present. Some of thes...

The Plot in Arkansas Thickens and Sickens

The Plot in Arkansas Thickens and Sickens

On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, this writer reported that the Arkansas State Athletic Commission had allowed a fighter to compete in Arkansas after being advised by the Association of Boxing Commissions and the State of Florida that the fighter had tested HIV positive. The information in the repor...

The Hauser Report: Sergey Kovalev and More at Madison Square Garden

The Hauser Report: Sergey Kovalev and More at Madison Square Garden

HBO’s triple-header at Madison Square Garden on November 25 marked the start of a unique fifteen-day period. The current Madison Square Garden opened in 1968. This will be the first time ever that the building has hosted boxing in three consecutive weeks. The November 25 card was built around 3...