Straight Writes and Jabs
An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Arkansas Press
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... Straight Writes and Jabs contains the articles about professional boxingthat I authored in 2012 plus a more recent profile of Archie Moore. Thearticles I wrote about the sweet science prior to that date have been pub-lished in Muhammad Ali & Company; A Beautiful Sickness; A Year at theFights; The View From Ringside; Chaos, Corruption, Courage, and Glory; The...
Fights and Fighters
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Sergio Martinez vs. Matthew Macklin: Good Fighters, Good Fight
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In recent years, Sergio Martinez has become a writer’s fighter. Sergio Martinez sat on a folding cushioned-metal chair, eating cashewnuts and sipping from a bottle of water. In two hours, he would enter aboxing ring to defend the middleweight championship of the world.Now, in a dressing room above The Theater at Madison Square Garden,...
Hopkins-Dawson II: The Champion
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Bernard Hopkins has said, “If you don’t know how to control your emo-tions, that’s a signed death warrant in boxing.” Chad Dawson controlledhis emotions when it mattered most—in the ring against Hopkins. Drama is keyed to the personal lives of the participants. Regardless ofwhat the rest of the world thought, the April 28, 2012, rematch between...
Pacquiao-Bradley in Perspective
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I saw Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley differently from most observers. A wave of outrage has swept over the boxing community with regardto the scoring of the June 9, 2012, fight between Manny Pacquiao andTim Bradley. The overwhelming majority of fans, writers, and commen-tators who watched the fight thought that Pacquiao was a clear winner....
Martinez-Chavez: Peaks and Valleys
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For many boxing insiders, the September 15, 2012, match-up betweenSergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr was the most-anticipated When Sergio Martinez was seventeen years old, he played forward inthe #7 slot for a team called Defensoris in a junior amateur football (soc-cer) league in the province of Buenos Aires. Two days before his...
Paulie Malignaggi Won’t Go Away
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I met Paulie Malignaggi several days before his first professional fight and On July 7, 2001, Paulie Malignaggi made his pro debut at KeyspanPark in Brooklyn. Even then, he had a mouth. Two days before the fight,he told Tom Gerbasi, “I’m boxing’s next superstar. Paulie Malignaggi isgoing to make it up the ladder quickly. I’m going to win multiple titles....
Miguel Cotto Grows Old at Thirty-Two
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... Years ago, Patrick Kehoe wrote, “We must be ever vigilant to record With that in mind, let’s take a look at Miguel Cotto’s December 1, Cotto has fought with honor as a professional boxer for twelve years.At his best, he could choose between outboxing opponents and mauling Miguel followed Felix Trinidad as the standard bearer for Puerto...
The End of the Pacquiao Era
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...“If you hang around boxing long enough,” Marvelous Marvin Hagler Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have waged one of box-ing’s great rivalries. Their first three fights, contested over the course ofeight-and-a-half years, showcased two elite warriors with speed, intelli-gence, power, and skill. Neither man was able to dominate the other. They...
Archie Moore Revisited
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I interviewed Archie Moore at length in 1989, when I was writingMuhammad Ali: His Life and Times. As time passes, I’m ever more Archie Moore was a self-educated man who brought a philosophicalveneer to a hard brutal sport. He’s revered today, not for a handful of sig-nature fights but as a symbol of skill, craftsmanship, and boxing genius...
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Lou DiBella on Epix
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Lou DiBella has a frenetic way of doing things. It's never boring. The first fight televised on Epix was Vitali Klitschko vs. Odlanier Solison March 19, 2011. The network now hosts boxing on a regular basis.Fights are shown live approximately once a month on a Saturday after-noon (usually around 4:30 PM East Coast time). That’s a throwback to the...
Evander Holyfield on the Night Before Fighting MikeTyson
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... It’s part of boxing lore. On November 9, 1996, Evander Holyfieldshocked the world by knocking out Mike Tyson. Holyfield, it was said,went into the fight with absolute confidence and total belief in himself.“Tyson might frighten you guys,” he told the media. “But he doesn’t scare On June 8, 2012, I was sitting with Evander when Manny Pacquiao...
My 86-Year-Old Mother Meets . . .
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...times. In 2007, I brought her to a press conference to meet Don King.Now, once a year, Anthony Catanzaro hosts a pizza party at Portobello’s Anthony is a popular figure in the Hauser family. My great-nephew(who turns four in October) thinks that Anthony is Thomas the TankEngine in disguise. That’s because, when we visited Portobello’s late last year,...
Boxing Personalities Remember “My Greatest Moment in Another Sport”
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Continuing a tradition from years past, the memories of fighters and oth-ers in the sweet science who spoke fondly of their greatest moment in a It wasn’t just my greatest moments in sports. Outside of getting mar-ried and my children being born, it was the greatest moment of my life. I went to Cheltenham High School, which is a public high school in...
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... I was at ringside for eight consecutive Manny Pacquiao fights, startingwith his eight-round demolition of Oscar De La Hoya in 2008. On fiveof those occasions, I was privileged to be in Manny’s dressing room in the I watched Pacquiao-Marquez IV on television and, when it was over,thought back on the time I’d spent with Manny. One moment stood out...
A Letter from Emanuel Steward
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... I never got to say goodbye the way I wanted to. So I thought I’d sayhello from here and bring you up to date on what’s been happening lately. I was in the hospital, not feeling good. Then I fell asleep. And the nextthing I knew, I was in a car going through some pearly gates. I asked the That night, there was a big welcome dinner for me. I couldn’t believe...
Issues and Answers
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The PED Mess
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... On December 30, 2009, Manny Pacquiao sued Floyd Mayweather Jr,Floyd Sr (Mayweather’s father), Roger Mayweather (Floyd’s uncle andtrainer), Mayweather Promotions, Richard Schaefer, and Oscar De LaHoya for defamation. Pacquiao’s complaint, filed in the United StatesDistrict Court of Nevada, alleged that each of the defendants had falsely...
It’s Sixty Seconds Between Rounds, Not Sixty-Seven
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Sometimes it seems as though nonsense is the only type of sense that box- At times, there seems to be a maxim in boxing: “If it ain’t broke, fix it One of the few things in boxing that ain’t broke is the time-honoredrhythm of the sport; three minutes a round with sixty seconds betweenrounds. Much of the integrity that has existed in professional boxing...
Bad Judging: A Case Study
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Boxing is the only major sport in which the officials are often presumedto be incompetent or biased. That might be why, in the minds of many, it’s I don’t know Ruben Garcia. He might be a very nice man. I doknow that Garcia was in the wrong place at the wrong time last Saturdaynight (February 4, 2012). More specifically, Garcia was sitting in a judge’s...
Klitschko-Chisora: Sucker Slap
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The February 18, 2012, fight between Vitali Klitschko and Dereck In the past, I’ve referred to the fighter staredowns at weigh-ins as “apublicity-seeking ritual that has become an idiotic incendiary part of box-ing.” The truth of that critique was on display yet again at the February Chisora had been chosen as the challenger for Klitschko’s WBC...
Chad Dawson’s KO by
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Vitali seldom threw his jab with authority during the latter stages of the That was particularly true this time. This observer scored the bout116–112 in Vitali’s favor. The official judges were more pro-Klitschko, ren- Chisora fought like a professional fighter. It’s too bad that he didn’tToo often in boxing, medical issues involving fighter safety go unaddressed....
Ray Mancini for Real
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... I started reading The Good Son: The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Manciniby Mark Kriegel with a jaundiced eye. There are a lot of mediocre booksabout fighters who were embraced by the media and whose fame out-weighed their ring accomplishments. But from the prologue on, it’s clear Ray Mancini was marketed to the American public as the All-...
Joe Gans Comes to Life
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I’ve read several books about Joe Gans. This one brought him to life for me. Joe Gans was relegated long ago to a seldom-visited corner of boxing Knowledgeable fight fans know that Gans was the first American-born black champion and perhaps the most technically advanced fighterof his time. Between October 23, 1893, and March 12, 1909, he had 191...
Ray Arcel: Behind the Façade
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... The image of Ray Arcel that exists today is that of a sage old trainerpatience as the foundation of training and never made himself the center Ray Arcel: A Boxing Biography by Donald Dewey (McFarland andCompany) explores Arcel’s life in detail. The author has an appreciation ofboxing and boxing history. His writing is a bit ponderous at times, but the...
The Rise and Fall of Alexis Arguello
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... I met Alexis Arguello in 1986, six months after The Black Lights (myinitial foray into boxing writing) was published. The book tracked thecareer of WBC 140-pound champion Billy Costello and culminated inhis successful title defense against Saoul Mamby. In his next bout, Billysuffered the first loss of his career at the hands of Lonnie Smith....
The End of College Boxing
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... Boxing took hold on a handful of college campuses in the 1870s asan intramural sport. Theodore Roosevelt boxed as a student at Harvardand later wrote, “I like to see a bout between two evenly-matched men.There can be no harm in such an exhibition. In my opinion, it is muchbetter for a man to know how to protect himself with his fists than to...
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... James Kirkland: “In that ring, you get to do absolutely what you wantto do. If you want to head-butt somebody, knee somebody; hell, you canactually do it. They may take a point away, but you can do what you wantto do. And being able to break a man down, take control over him, make Andre Ward: “Kobe Bryant can have a bad night and he can shrug it...
Remembering Joe Frazier
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Most likely, I’ll write about Joe Frazier for the rest of my life. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Joe Frazier, who died one year I met Joe at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas on December 1, 1988. I’djust signed a contract to become Muhammad Ali’s official biographer. Twodays of taping were underway for a documentary entitled Champions...
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Publication Year: 2013