I was a fan of Matthews when he was the boxing writer for the New York Post. He did some TV work as a color commentator, similar to what Steve Farhood does, and I thought he was very good.

It's my understanding that he now works for ESPN as a New York Yankees beat writer. But I know that boxing was always his favorite sport and I wonder if he ever plays hookey when there's a big fight in town.

Matthews, Thomas Hauser, and Jack Newfield were at the forefront of ripping the New York Boxing Commission during the gubernatorial reign of George Pataki. I'm guessing The Commish said "amen" when he read those pieces.

By the way, Matthews was fired from the NY Post for publicly criticizing the paper over a blurb that ran in a gossip column. It implied that a prominent baseball player was gay. It goes without saying that the Post should have kept Matthews and fired the gossip columnist.