Author Archives: Thomas Hauser

“Notes and Nuggets” from Thomas Hauser

“Notes and Nuggets” from Thomas Hauser

What does a journalist do when he retires following a long and storied career that includes 25 years as sports editor for the Los Angeles Times? In Bill Dwyre’s case, he starts a publishing company. When Dwyre was boy, he loved to read. The Hardy Boys and Chip Hilton (two popular series for you...

Dr. Ferdie Pacheco: December 8, 1927 – November 16, 2017

Dr. Ferdie Pacheco: December 8, 1927 – November 16, 2017

Ferdie Pacheco, who died on November 16, was a doctor, author, artist, and television commentator. He’s best known for having been Muhammad Ali’s personal physician and cornerman from 1960 through 1977. My own relationship with Pacheco began in 1989. I was researching the book that would even...

The Hauser Report: “Big Baby” Takes a Baby Step Forward

The Hauser Report: “Big Baby” Takes a Baby Step Forward

Boxing’s heavyweight division is wide open. Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder - two exciting but flawed fighters – are at the top. After that, it’s anyone’s ballgame. Twenty-nine-year-old Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (now 20-0-1, 18 KOs) wants the ball. Miller has a massive torso, huge a...

The Hauser Report: Wilder-Stiverne and More from Barclays Center

The Hauser Report: Wilder-Stiverne and More from Barclays Center

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (now 39-0, 38 KOs) has one-punch knockout power. How much power is unclear since, for the most part, he has steered clear of opponents with sturdy chins. And he has gravitated away from big punchers because his own chin is suspect. Wilder’s ring skills ha...

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...