Europe & Africa

Dave Zirin, Jim Brown, and Muhammad Ali

Dave Zirin, Jim Brown, and Muhammad Ali

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 25 2018

Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown created a new template for athletes: competitors who were big, strong, and fast. They also heralded a more aggressive approach on the part of black athletes in confronting the status quo on racial issues. Millions of pages have been written about Ali’s excellence as a fighter and his impact on society. Brown has been less fully explored. Jim Brown: Last Man Standing...

U.K. Notebook: Josh Taylor UD 12 in Glasgow; Martin Murray UD 12 in London

U.K. Notebook: Josh Taylor UD 12 in Glasgow; Martin Murray UD 12 in London

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 23 2018

Local fan favorite Josh Taylor, who had never previously gone beyond eight rounds, took a big jump up in class on Saturday and passed the test with flying colors, turning away scrappy Viktor Postol in a good-action fight that had more drama than one could have gleaned from the scorecards. Taylor cemented the victory by knocking Postol down hard with a crunching left hand in the 10th stanza, but th...

Fast Results From Detroit: Shields Upends Spunky Gabriels

Fast Results From Detroit: Shields Upends Spunky Gabriels

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 23 2018

You have to give Claressa Shields credit. When the two-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning 168-pound champion decided to pursue a pair of alphabet straps in the middleweight division, she chose the more daunting of the two options, choosing Hanna Gabriels over the less formidable Christina Hammer. And now “T-Rex” owns the IBF and WBA belts and it will get easier from here. Costa Rica’...

Don Elbaum in Wyoming

Don Elbaum in Wyoming

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 22 2018

The next chapter in Wyoming’s experiment with bare-knuckle boxing unfolds tomorrow, June 23, in Gillette (pop. 32,000). Eight bouts are scheduled in the central pavilion of a complex whose chief annual event is a high school rodeo competition. The fights will be livestreamed on the FITE TV app. The price is $9.99. Bare-knuckle boxing is not this reporter’s cup of tea, but Don Elbaum is invo...

Hey, Frank, Not So Fast With That Canelo Over GGG Prediction

Hey, Frank, Not So Fast With That Canelo Over GGG Prediction

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 20 2018

Everyone loves a spirited debate, and I suppose I am no different. But although I tend to agree with my TSS colleague Frank Lotierzo’s well-thought-out analyses of most upcoming fights, his reasoning for “Why I Believe Canelo Triumphing over GGG is a Foregone Conclusion,” posted on this site on Monday, is at least somewhat flawed in my opinion. I have a few counter-points to the points he ma...

Requiem for a Heavyweight: The ‘Fighting Bob’ Martin Story

Requiem for a Heavyweight: The ‘Fighting Bob’ Martin Story

By: Arne K. Lang Jun 20 2018

In Rod Serling’s “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” a washed-up boxer is told that he must quit the sport immediately as he risks going blind, or worse, if he has one more hard fight. The boxer -- once a promising prospect -- is petrified as the world of the prize ring is the only world that he has ever known. The washed-up boxer Harlan “Mountain” McClintock (played by Jack Palance in the t...

Why I Believe Canelo Triumphing over GGG is a Foregone Conclusion

Why I Believe Canelo Triumphing over GGG is a Foregone Conclusion

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 19 2018

In slightly less than three months the most anticipated fight of 2018 will be taking place. Yes, with Joshua vs. Wilder not happening this year (and it won’t) Canelo vs. Golovkin II becomes the biggest fight of the year. And unless it comes out that Canelo was using performance enhancing drugs the first time they met, I can't see my thoughts changing. Sometimes fights are made that the public...

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 2: GGG, Danny Roman and More

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 2: GGG, Danny Roman and More

By: David A. Avila Jun 19 2018

LOS ANGELES-Can pugilistic bliss be attained by Gennady “GGG” Golovkin post-Canelo? It’s a question that was rendered to Mexican style prizefighter Golovkin before various media on Monday at the Palm Restaurant. Golovkin received a trinket from one of the other boxing publications and a variety of questions on Monday. It’s following his announcement last week that he will again fight...

3 Punch Combo: Looking Ahead to the IBHOF Class of 2019 and More

3 Punch Combo: Looking Ahead to the IBHOF Class of 2019 and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jun 18 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO: The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY recently hosted its annual induction ceremony. Each year, three boxers are inducted in the modern category which comprises boxers who had their last bout no earlier than 1989 and have been retired for at least five years. The three inducted in 2018 in this category were Erik Morales, Ronald “Winky” Wright and Vitali Klit...

Top Flyweights Clash in Ukraine: Dalakian Slaughters Thaiyen

Top Flyweights Clash in Ukraine: Dalakian Slaughters Thaiyen

By: Matt McGrain Jun 17 2018

You know there’s money involved when the promoters have flown Michael Buffer in, but in fairness Artem Dalakian, born in Azerbaijan and now fighting out of Ukraine, 16-0 with eleven knockouts going in, is a flyweight deserving of some pomp and ceremony. His opponent tonight was the Thai Sirichai Thaiyen, at twenty-seven years of age the younger man by three years but with an impressive 50-3 reco...