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Remembering the Great Lightweight Champ Joe “Old Bones” Brown

Remembering the Great Lightweight Champ Joe “Old Bones” Brown

By: Bernard Fernandez Aug 21 2017

He had a common name and an elegant ring manner. His career is justly celebrated but also largely forgotten. Anyone seeking to summarize in a few concise sentences the life and times of long-reigning lightweight champion Joe “Old Bones” Brown, who was 71 when he passed away on Dec. 4, 1984, is apt to be frustrated. The New Orleans native who held the division record with 11 successful lightwei...

30 Boxing Notables Recall Their All-Time Favorite Fight(s)

30 Boxing Notables Recall Their All-Time Favorite Fight(s)

By: Ted Sares Aug 17 2017

This completes the participative trilogy involving a favorite boxer, a favorite boxing book, and now a favorite fight (though a favorite round still looms as a possibility). I’ll weigh in first. Using the criteria of ebb and flow, controlled violence, courage, imposition of will, superiority of technical skills, and pure savagery, my selection is Yvon "The Fighting Fisherman" Durelle vs. Arch...

Indongo May Provide A Scary Moment Against Crawford, But That’s It

Indongo May Provide A Scary Moment Against Crawford, But That’s It

By: Frank Lotierzo Aug 16 2017

It's been 14 years since we've seen an undisputed unified champion atop the junior welterweight division. The last time the unified champ defended all the titles was back in January of 2003 when Kostya Tszyu defended the WBA-WBC-IBF titles against Jessie James Leija. The fight concluded when Leija's corner stopped the bout after the sixth round due to his perforated right eardrum. That'll change t...

Crawford and Indongo Seek 140-Pound Four-Title-Belt Sweep

Crawford and Indongo Seek 140-Pound Four-Title-Belt Sweep

By: Bernard Fernandez Aug 13 2017

Some say the hardest thing in sports is to hit a major league slider. And maybe that is so, if the slider was thrown by Hall of Famer lefthander Steve Carlton, master of the pitch. But even Carlton gave up the occasional home run on his signature delivery, which made a given batter’s chance of smacking one over the fence very difficult but not impossible. Contrast that with the herculean task...

The Hauser Report: Mikey Garcia Was Too Small, Too Slow, Too Good

The Hauser Report: Mikey Garcia Was Too Small, Too Slow, Too Good

By: Thomas Hauser Jul 31 2017

THE HAUSER REPORT -- Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia at Barclays Center on July 29 was an intriguing match-up and a significant opportunity for both fighters. Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) turned 28 one day before the bout. Early in his career, he blew through a series of overmatched opponents and looked great in the process. But he has struggled against more credible competition and, in two step-up fig...

Juan LaPorte and the Mysterious Death of Salvador Sanchez

Juan LaPorte and the Mysterious Death of Salvador Sanchez

By: Jose Corpas Jul 23 2017

It was close to noon on August 12, 1982 when the radio blurted out four times in Spanish, “Salvador Sanchez is dead - I repeat – Salvador Sanchez is dead!” Each time the announcer repeated those words, my jaw sank lower and lower. Weeks later, at the corner store, at Vinny’s barbershop around the corner, and on every stoop on the block, everyone still shook their heads in disbelief. In our...

Plotting Pacquiao’s Farewell after Jeff Horn

Plotting Pacquiao’s Farewell after Jeff Horn

By: Frank Lotierzo Jun 29 2017

He's a fading star who can still garner attention when he fights. Since losing a unanimous decision in the highest grossing bout in boxing history, he hasn't been stimulating fans as he once did. But he still holds the WBO welterweight title and is defending it against little known Jeff Horn 16-0-1 (11) this weekend in Australia. Yes, superstar Manny Pacquiao 59-6-2 (38) is defending his title and...

Is Manny Pacquiao Still a Leading Man, or Entering His Character Actor Phase?

Is Manny Pacquiao Still a Leading Man, or Entering His Character Actor Phase?

By: Bernard Fernandez Jun 28 2017

In some respects, future Hall of Fame boxers on a career downturn are like leading ladies who are obliged to make the transition to character roles once the aging process inevitably detracts from their drop-dead-gorgeous looks. Probably no one has thought to compare the Manny Pacquiao of 2017 to the late Elizabeth Taylor, but upon further examination there might be certain parallels. The Taylor...

A Pier 6 Brawl in Philly Enlivens a Soft Boxing Weekend

A Pier 6 Brawl in Philly Enlivens a Soft Boxing Weekend

By: The Sweet Science Jun 25 2017

WEEKEND BOXING RECAPS -- On an otherwise quiet weekend for boxing, there was a corker in South Philadelphia that would have undoubtedly commanded Fight of the Year discussion if witnessed by more eyeballs. The match at the 2300 Arena, billed for the Pennsylvania State 154-pound title, paired Philadelphia’s Tyrone "Young Gun" Brunson (25-6-2) against Reading’s Kermit Cintron (39-6-3). Knocked d...

Ringside in Worcester: Irvin Gonzalez Wins a Thriller

Ringside in Worcester: Irvin Gonzalez Wins a Thriller

By: Jeffrey Freeman Jun 11 2017

WORCESTER, MA. — Promoter Jose Antonio Rivera has had himself a very busy rookie year in 2017. Last January, the former WBA welterweight champion put on his first hometown show, ten professional bouts headlined by 2015 New England Golden Gloves featherweight champion Irvin Gonzalez. Then in April, Rivera’s second card at the downtown Palladium featured a comebacking Matt Remillard in action. B...