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by | Mar 14, 2021

The boxing world is saddened to learn of the too-early death of former middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Hagler’s wife, Kay, announced that the champ died unexpectedly Saturday in their home in New Hampshire. He was 66. No cause of…

by | Apr 24, 2018

Sylvester Stallone, who played a boxer in his most famous role, contacted the president, who in 1988 hosted and helped promote the then-most lucrative boxing match in history, about issuing a pardon to Jack Johnson, alone among this boxing triumvirate…

by | Jan 18, 2018

Boston The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) open workouts for UFC 220 appropriately took place Wednesday in a warehouse repurposed as a gym. Across Drydock Avenue, Boston Ship Repair, Inc., works on transforming a massive, aging ship into a seafaring vessel…

by | Nov 2, 2017

In The Boxing Kings, Paul Beston, managing editor of City Journal, gives a thorough and readable tour d’horizon of the heavyweight championship from John L. Sullivan in the late 19th century, when spectator sports were first capturing the attention of Americans, though the sad end of Iron Mike Tyson’s bizarre career, which featured a meteoric rise followed by near free-fall. The fall being caused by Tyson’s own thuggish behavior, which went so low as to include cannibalism. (See the second Tyson/Holyfield fight, where Tyson, seeking to avoid the whipping that was sure to follow, chose to end his night via disqualification by biting a chunk out of Evander’s right ear.)

by | Sep 22, 2017

He was one of those people who, when you read of their passing, your first thought is, “Damn, didn’t he die decades ago?” Indeed, Jake LaMotta’s claim to our attention came more than a half-century ago when he was one…

by | May 25, 2017

My sources in Missoula have read me portions of the Montana GOP’s secret campaign manual. The top three electoral principles there, according to the source, are, (1) use your jab, (2) throw combinations, and (3) work the body. The manual…

by | Jan 13, 2017

There are obviously no savvy fans of the sweet science at the Philadelphia Fox affiliate. Early Wednesday morning (obviously too early) the hosts of Good Day Philadelphia wished local hero and former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier a happy 73rd birthday. It was nice…

by | Dec 12, 2016

It may seem out of place as we approach a holiday celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace to be reviewing a book on boxing, which is a good deal less than a peaceful activity. But within living memory of many Americanos — myself included — boxing was a popular and respected sport with a large following here and abroad. I know that while Ike was snoozing in the White House, my dad and I would never miss Friday Night Fights on that new-fangled gadget called television. (“The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports is on the air — look sharp, feel sharp, be sharp.”)

by | Jun 4, 2016

At the risk of suffering a sugar high, I’ve read and listened to much of the wall-to-wall fulsome praise heaped today on the preposterous Muhammad Ali, who went on to his reward late Friday night. About which reward, God being…

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