Articles of 2006

Final 2006 Tabulations for Pound-for-Pound Best

Final 2006 Tabulations for Pound-for-Pound Best

By: David A. Avila Dec 27 2006

This is the final listing for my best fighters pound-for-pound in the world. What does it mean?If all these fighters below weighed the same, this is the order I believe represents the very best in the sport of professional prizefighting. After 12 months there have been various changes, including the retirement of Bernard Hopkins who reigned at the top of most pound-for-pound lists everywhere. T...

Enrique Palau: What boxing and fighting is all about

Enrique Palau: What boxing and fighting is all about

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 27 2006

On the evening of December 19, undefeated junior middleweight sensation Enrique Palau spent the evening gambling at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut with his trainer, onetime middleweight prospect Sean Fitzgerald. Both hailed from Worcester, Massachusetts, where Fitzgerald, who was known as “The Irish Express” in his heyday, runs the Camp Fitzy boxing gym.Although the 37-year-old Fitzgera...

Thoughts in the off-season

Thoughts in the off-season

By: Patrick Kehoe Dec 27 2006

Our thoughts this time of year tend toward reflection, trying to summarize and evaluate the events that made up the fabric of another year now dimming, rain washed, snowbound, closing. In boxing, as with every year, titles were won and lost, fighters and their cadres push toward lofty goals of money and fame or find themselves victims of irrational daring or unforgiving naiveté, the promoters and...

Ruiz, Breedlove and the science of the comeback

Ruiz, Breedlove and the science of the comeback

By: Ralph Gonzalez Dec 26 2006

Light Heavyweight contender Jesus “Chuy” Ruiz begins his day by jogging at 7 a.m. through the East L.A.  barrio. The rest of his training, which is done throughout the day, consists of hitting the speed bag, the punching bag, jumping rope until his ankles beg for mercy and climbing into a hyperbaric chamber which resembles a ride you’d see in Disneyland. “I know it seems kind of stran...

Goossen Tutor Grabbing the Pocket Destroyer Heavyweights

Goossen Tutor Grabbing the Pocket Destroyer Heavyweights

By: David A. Avila Dec 26 2006

Not long ago small heavyweights like “Fast” Eddie Chambers were the norm and giants like Wladimir Klitschko were an oddity.“Yeah, some of those guys are pretty big,” said Chambers of the heavyweight division.Chambers, 24, recently signed with Goossen Tutor Promotions and represents the new wave of heavyweights looking to throw more embers onto the heavyweight bonfire for 2007. It’s in ne...

Ten-Count For James Brown

Ten-Count For James Brown

By: Robert Ecksel Dec 25 2006

James Brown, Godfather of Soul, dead at 73 James Brown, aka the Godfather of Soul, a longtime friend of Don King who performed at the Ali-Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" in Zaire, passed away on Monday, Christmas Day, at Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. He was 73. Along with Chuck Berry and Little Richard, Brown was one of three high priests in the church of popular urban black music...

Boxing in Asia: Christmas in Thailand

Boxing in Asia: Christmas in Thailand

By: Scott Mallon Dec 25 2006

Even in Thailand, Santa makes the rounds. Although most Thais are Buddhists, Christmas is practiced with fervor. As in the west, gifts are exchanged and lights are hung, Christmas music is played and in some cases, trees are erected and decorated. In Thailand, the Christmas season is in full swing for the entire month of December. My own kids, who are six and four, have not been immune to the s...

Buddy Turman: Still Fighting, Still Winning

Buddy Turman: Still Fighting, Still Winning

By: Pete Ehrmann Dec 24 2006

He didn't achieve his goal of becoming heavyweight champion of the world, but today 73-year-old Buddy Turman is putting up a fight even more impressive than the ones he waged against Archie Moore, Roy Harris and other ranked contenders of the 1950s and '60s. It's his own personal Battle of the Long Count, and Turman's old friend Jack Dempsey himself—no fan of long counts—wou...

Santa is checking ESPN’s list twice

Santa is checking ESPN’s list twice

By: Robert Cassidy Jr. Dec 24 2006

This is the season for lists, right? Santa gets inundated with lists. We make a list of things that we will resolve to do, or not to do, in the coming year. There are all kinds of sports lists. Best plays, best games, best chemists.You get the point. And first, let me point this out: when ESPN bills itself as “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” it is true. No other organization – with its n...

Stallone Takes a Final Crack at Rocky

Stallone Takes a Final Crack at Rocky

By: George Kimball Dec 24 2006

In 1976, Muhammad Ali engaged in what was arguably the last great fight of his career. Although he would soldier on for another five years, Ali won eight of 15 rounds on all three scorecards in his memorable Yankee Stadium battle against Ken Norton that summer. 1976 was also the year of Rocky (or as we are now wont to describe it, ROCKY I), Sylvester Stallone’s uplifting drama about a down-on-h...