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Remembering Luna vs. Luna: A Closet Classic Extraordinaire

Remembering Luna vs. Luna: A Closet Classic Extraordinaire

By: Ted Sares Jan 17 2017

THE LUNA VS. LUNA CLASSIC: When it comes to closet classics, I defer to fellow writer and friend Lee Groves. Lee wrote a fine book titled: TALES FROM THE VAULT: A Celebration of 100 Boxing Closet Classics. Lee may even have coined the phrase “Closet Classic” and in my opinion is the best authority on such fights. Some of his favorites are: Danny Lopez-Juan Malvarez Antonio Avelar-Wilfredo ...

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Matchmaking, Mayweather-McGregor, and Zab Judah

Three Punch Combo: Notes on Matchmaking, Mayweather-McGregor, and Zab Judah

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jan 16 2017

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- When done well, the art of matchmaking in boxing can produce very entertaining fights that make fans want to watch again. When done poorly, it can produce such fights that make fans wonder if they should tune in again. This past weekend we saw perfect examples of matchmaking done well and, to put it kindly, not so well. Many of us were rightfully dreading PBC’s first tele...

The Hauser Report: Gervonta Davis Steals the Show

The Hauser Report: Gervonta Davis Steals the Show

By: Thomas Hauser Jan 16 2017

GERVONTA DAVIS COMES UP BIG -- The first weekend of note for boxing fans this year saw a Showtime doubleheader featuring Badou Jack vs. James DeGale and Jose Pedraza vs. Gervonta Davis at Barclays Center on January 14. The card was a hard sell. None of the featured fighters has a significant fan base in New York. The momentum that promoter Lou DiBella established at Barclays last year with Keit...

Ringling Bros. Throws in the Towel: Should Boxing’s Ringmasters be Concerned?

Ringling Bros. Throws in the Towel: Should Boxing’s Ringmasters be Concerned?

By: Bernard Fernandez Jan 15 2017

THE CIRCUS IS SHUTTING DOWN -- Two definitions of “tradition,” as listed in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, describe it as “cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs and institutions,” as well “an inherited, established or customary pattern of thought, action or behavior.” At 69 years of age, I consider myself a staunch proponent of tradition, at least those customs that can ...

Canelo-Chavez: A Fun Fight Unlikely to Alter Boxing’s Landscape

Canelo-Chavez: A Fun Fight Unlikely to Alter Boxing’s Landscape

By: Frank Lotierzo Jan 15 2017

CANELO vs CHAVEZ JR ---- It was recently announced by Golden Boy Promotions that Canelo Alvarez 48-1-1 (34) will fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 50-2-1 (32) in a catch weight 12-round bout with a maximum weight of 164.5 pounds. It will take place on May 6, Cinco de Mayo weekend, on HBO PPV, with Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Arlington, Texas in the running as the host city. Alvarez, at one time was the...

Results From Brooklyn: DeGale vs. Jack Scored a Draw

Results From Brooklyn: DeGale vs. Jack Scored a Draw

By: The Sweet Science Jan 14 2017

Professional boxing returned to New York after a 176-day absence on Saturday, Jan. 14, with a nine-fight card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. A co-promotion of DiBella Entertainment and Mayweather Promotions, the main event saw IBF 168-pound champion James DeGale square off against his WBC counterpart Badou Jack in a unification fight. When the smoke cleared, there was no unified champion. Jud...

Lara and Dirrell Whack out Overmatched Opponents. What’s Next for Them?

Lara and Dirrell Whack out Overmatched Opponents. What’s Next for Them?

By: The Sweet Science Jan 13 2017

LARA AND ANTHONY DIRRELL WIN EASY -- Friday night’s featured attractions at the Hialeah Park racino in Miami were widely panned as mismatches and played out as expected. Erislandy Lara (pictured) retained his WBA Super World 154-pound title with a fourth round TKO over Yuri Foreman and former WBC 168-pound champion Anthony Dirrell scored a sixth round TKO over Hungary’s Norbert Nemesapati in a...

As The Boxing World Turns: The Reflections of a Man Who Went Home Again

As The Boxing World Turns: The Reflections of a Man Who Went Home Again

By: Arne K. Lang Jan 13 2017

REFLECTIONS -- They say you can never go home again, a phrase that harks to “You Can’t Go Home Again,” the title of Thomas Wolfe’s famous 1940 novel. We can’t recapture our lost youth because things are never as they were. In life the only constant is change. This reporter put Wolfe’s dictum to the test in 2016. After being out of the loop for a period of roughly 12 years, I came ba...

Floyd Mayweather on ESPN: Another Boring and Boorish Interview

Floyd Mayweather on ESPN: Another Boring and Boorish Interview

By: Frank Lotierzo Jan 12 2017

FLOYD MAYWEATHER ON ESPN -- I've always maintained that as great as he was on the basketball court, there was nothing more boring or condescending than a Michael Jordan Sunday night conversation on ESPN. Move over Michael, because Floyd Mayweather is in da house and he's every bit your equal, perhaps even surpassing you. Is he going to fight again? If so, when is he going to fight again, and if...

Muhammad Ali: A Life – Insights Culled from a New Documentary

Muhammad Ali: A Life – Insights Culled from a New Documentary

By: Thomas Hauser Jan 12 2017

ALI -- Last year, I was involved in the making of a documentary entitled Muhammad Ali: A Life that will be televised by Epix on January 17 to mark the 75th anniversary of Ali’s birth. Robert Lipsyte and Randy Roberts are featured prominently in the documentary. Lipsyte covered Ali as a journalist for the New York Times and other publications from the early 1960s on. He was present at the Fift...