Articles of 2003

What IF: Arguello vs. Sanchez

What IF: Arguello vs. Sanchez

By: Frank Lotierzo Nov 25 2003

The phrase "What if" probably applies to the late Salvador Sanchez more than any other fighter in boxing history. Forget, "What if he fought Alexis Arguello?" How about, "What if he hadn't died in a tragic car accident at age 23?" Salvador Sanchez died on August 12, 1982 when he was returning to his training camp somewhere between the hours of 4 & 5 am when his Porsche rammed the back of a...

Things to be Thankful For.

Things to be Thankful For.

By: Steve Kim Nov 25 2003

Well, the holiday season is now upon us with Thanksgiving just a few days away. A time to count our blessings and realize that we all have things to be thankful for. But what about those in boxing? Yeah, it's a tough game and it can be the cruelest of games and toughest of businesses. But they have things to be grateful for too, right? Yup. And here's a sampling of who is saying 't...

Jeff Lacy: Left Hook by Name and by Deed

Jeff Lacy: Left Hook by Name and by Deed

By: Rick Folstad Nov 25 2003

This isn't the kind of left hook used to hug grandma, quiet the dog or rake in poker chips. Instead, like a surly cop busting up a loud party, the left hook of Jeff Lacy arrives unexpected and uninvited, the kill joy of all kill joys.Lacy's hook has already earned top billing. He goes by the nickname "Left Hook" Lacy, which pretty much spells out what to look for. It's like telling ...

In My Opinion

In My Opinion

By: Frank Lotierzo Nov 21 2003

O-pin-ion: 1.unproven belief or assessment. 2.view held as probable. 3.what one thinks about something. 4a. professional advice b. Law formal statement of reasons for a judgement given. That is the definition given for the word "opinion" in the Oxford Dictionary. As most know, the common phrase regarding opinions goes something like this. Opinions: they are like rear-ends, everybody has one. In...

A Left Hook By Any Other Name

A Left Hook By Any Other Name

By: Rick Folstad Nov 21 2003

Listen carefully and you can hear a certain rhythm in the way Bernard Hopkins speaks. He doesn't talk in rhyme or in fragmented sentences and he doesn't bore you to death saying silly things. Instead, his words come at you in a steady stream, almost like a lullaby, a prefight soliloquy on the thoughts and virtues of Bernard Hopkins (42-2-1, 31 KOs). He could put you to sleep if you were...

Keystone Kop Heavyweight Hopefuls

Keystone Kop Heavyweight Hopefuls

By: Rick Folstad Nov 19 2003

It's a Keystone Kops lineup of heavyweight hopefuls looking to pick up a fast buck on what would otherwise be a slow Saturday night. Cedric Kushner's Fistful of Dollars promotion on Nov. 30 in Atlantic City might not sit well with boxing's ...

Trainer of the Year.

Trainer of the Year.

By: Steve Kim Nov 18 2003

All the precincts have reported, the the ballots have been counted and it's a landslide: Freddie Roach is the runaway choice for trainer of the year. After Manny Pacquiao's dominating 11th round stoppage of Marco Antonio Barrera this past weekend in San Antonio, Texas, which comes off the heels of James ...

15 Rounds: The True Championship Distance

15 Rounds: The True Championship Distance

By: Frank Lotierzo Nov 16 2003

Do most hard-core boxing fans miss the 15 round championship bouts, or is it just me? Most of the modern day boxing history was made during the era of the 15 round championship distance fights. In fact, a portion of Joe Louis' title defenses were scheduled for 20 rounds. Not since the rematch between Larry Holmes and Michael Spinks in April of 1986 has a heavyweight title fight gone or been...

Upon Further Review: Jones Beat Tarver

Upon Further Review: Jones Beat Tarver

By: Frank Lotierzo Nov 14 2003

After watching the Roy Jones-Antonio Tarver fight a second time, it reconfirms what I thought after watching it live. Jones won. Although Tarver put up a good fight, and beat Jones up more than he was beaten up by Jones at certain points, there can be no case made for Tarver. As long as boxing is scored by the round, Jones was the winner. What Antonio Tarver did was fight in spurts and won some...

No Excuses for Ruiz this Time

No Excuses for Ruiz this Time

By: Rick Folstad Nov 14 2003

His head was in an amusement park outside Orlando. That's the unofficial excuse, though you wonder why his head wasn't sitting squarely on his shoulders in Las Vegas, considering it was the biggest fight of his career. That's where the other guy was, the guy he was fighting who was trying to knock his head into a fantasyland of its own. At least that's how Norm "Sto...