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The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part Two, 40-31

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part Two, 40-31

By: Matt McGrain Apr 09 2018

Most fascinating to me about Part Two is the rude intrusion of no fewer than four great flyweights into the bantamweight mix. At first, I was surprised, and even a little alarmed by this, as though their grouping was part of some unconscious bias either for or against them, but in fact their bunching together like this makes sense. Each of these men did the most serious damage of his career dow...

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part One, 50-41

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part One, 50-41

By: Matt McGrain Apr 02 2018

Research for the Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of all time was more time consuming and expensive than even the Fifty Greatest Featherweights of all time. Expensive because online resources don’t stock footage of the greatest fighters to have mixed it at 118lbs in the same way they do the other divisions, meaning I had to hunt down more footage; more time consuming because my personal knowledge...

Morilla’s Spit Bucket – Notes on Roberto Duran Jr, Ismael Salas and More

Morilla’s Spit Bucket – Notes on Roberto Duran Jr, Ismael Salas and More

By: Diego Morilla Mar 30 2018

The Spit Bucket is your weekly source of random thoughts, opinions and comments about the Manly Art, compiled by TSS boxing writer Diego Morilla. Follow us every week at #SBatTSS and @TSSboxingnews Roberto Duran Jr. Begins the Long Road to Emulate his Father With an excessive media fanfare in spite of his young 27 years, Roberto Duran Jr. (pictured) made his professional boxing debut last w...

Notes and Nuggets by Thomas Hauser

Notes and Nuggets by Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Feb 11 2018

On September 27, 2014, adult glamour model Jordan Carver and adult film star Melanie Muller entered a boxing ring in Dusseldorf, Germany, and did battle over four heated rounds. Their encounter could be dismissed as taking place far beyond the outer fringe of boxing but for one notable fact. The ring announcer was Michael Buffer. Carver was born in Germany in 1986. According to Wikipedia, sh...

Time to Get Reel: A Look at Upcoming Boxing Films

Time to Get Reel: A Look at Upcoming Boxing Films

By: Jose Corpas Feb 10 2018

The first elaborate ring entrance by a high-profile fighter took place on the big screen. One year before Muhammad Ali walked down the aisle to face Earnie Shavers to the theme from Star Wars, Apollo Creed put on a George Washington wig, got on a fake boat, and made his way to the ring while the Marine’s Hymn played. More than forty years later, all fighters make grand entrances and the Rocky se...

They Said It…Dewdrops From 35 Years on the Boxing Beat, Part II

They Said It…Dewdrops From 35 Years on the Boxing Beat, Part II

By: Bernard Fernandez Jan 31 2018

When I went through my voluminous files for a compilation of some of the better quotes collected from my many years on the boxing beat, I figured it might be the start of a possible series of such odds ’n’ ends. The first installment was posted on TSS on Nov. 21 of last year. The timing seems about right for Part II. The veracity of any of the following comments is, of course, often a matter o...

Fantasy Fisticuffs: The Late Edwin Valero vs. Vasyl Lomachenko. Who Wins?

Fantasy Fisticuffs: The Late Edwin Valero vs. Vasyl Lomachenko. Who Wins?

By: Bernard Fernandez Jan 09 2018

Coulda, shoulda, woulda. It is the stuff dream fights are made of. What would have happened had Jack Dempsey fought Rocky Marciano, prime on prime? Or a Smoke and Iron pairing of Joe Frazier vs. Mike Tyson? Muhammad Ali against three-time Olympic champ Teofilo Stevenson? Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Sugar Ray Leonard from the deliciously rich, high-calorie dessert menu? The possibilities are endless....

2017 Latino Boxing Round-Up: The Good, the Bad and the Rest

2017 Latino Boxing Round-Up: The Good, the Bad and the Rest

By: Diego Morilla Jan 03 2018

The year of 2017 is gone, and it has been a bittersweet one for Latino fighters across the world. We’ve gone from having a Nicaraguan flyweight at the very top of the pound-for-pound ranks to seeing some of the biggest names in boxing in decades retire without affording us the pleasure of one last epic battle to watch. Sure, the future looks as bright as ever, but 2017 will be remembered as one ...

“What if?” Scenarios Involving Mayweather: It’s a Generational Thing

“What if?” Scenarios Involving Mayweather: It’s a Generational Thing

By: Frank Lotierzo Dec 20 2017

In the age of social media there's nothing more common on boxing threads than "What If" polls and discussions pitting great fighters from different eras. One of the more common ones thrown out for banter is pitting prime Sugar Ray Leonard at 147 against Floyd Mayweather on his best night as a welterweight. It always draws a ton of attention and comments. The most recent Leonard vs. Mayweather s...

A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

A Ringside Affair: Book Review by Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Dec 16 2017

James Lawton calls boxing “the world’s oldest and most embattled sport.” A Ringside Affair (Bloomsbury Publishing) recounts his sojourn through the sweet science as lead sportswriter for The Independent and Daily Express in London. Lawton’s remembrance begins with what he calls “the first significant fight’ he covered, the 1977 match-up between a fading Muhammad Ali and Earnie Shave...