Archive for the ‘Fight Like Sugar’ Category

Game Of Thrones: Boxing Edition, Volume Two – On Top Rank, Golden Boy And The Road Ahead

Often, a fighter needs more than a clever matchmaker to sit on one of the thrones in boxing. Sometimes he needs a good lawyer, a gutsy and aggressive champion—a Daario Naharis, a Jaquen H’ghar, or a Hound—to help break free of a greedy promoter or manager. But bringing in a lawyer is expensive,...
April 21st, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

Game Of Thrones: Boxing Edition, Volume One – Bernard Hopkins Is An Alien

There are two types of thrones in boxing: the one for titles and the one for money. Usually, to sit on one throne means to sit on the other, but not always. If you don’t understand this essential dichotomy of the sport it can easily appear a messy and haphazard arrangement of match ups and business...
April 20th, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

Manny Pacquiao: Correcting History And Maybe Looking To Make Some More

Manny Pacquaio was dominant in his rematch against undefeated Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley Jr. In the domination, there were some similarities with their first fight, but the second time around both boxers became slightly mimeographed versions of their greater, true selves — Pacquiao just...
April 14th, 2014 | Boxing, Columns, Fight Like Sugar, Sports | Read More

Sergey Kovalev Continues To ‘Krush’

Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev 23-0-1 (21 KO) is everything that his countryman, President Vladimir Putin, wishes he was. Putin puts on elaborate, bare-chested photo shoots in the woods in an attempt to convince his constituents and the world that he yields as much power in his bare hands as he does...
March 31st, 2014 | Boxing, Columns, Fight Like Sugar, Sports | Read More

Latino Star Power Dominates Boxing In The First Half Of 2014

Latinos. Hispanos. La Raza. Whatever you call them, the immigrants and their progeny, from Mexico down to the tip of Argentina, are making waves in the world of boxing in the first half of 2014. Last week, HBO put on an exciting bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., heir to the biggest boxing brand in...
March 7th, 2014 | Boxing, Columns, Fight Like Sugar, Sports | Read More

Daniel Cormier’s Quick Debut And Sweet Revenge

“I made him cry. I broke him every time we wrestled, and on Saturday night I’m going to break him again.” That’s what the recent barista and former All-American wrestler Pat Cummins promised the world on every microphone and TV camera put in front of him as of 10 days ago. The one-time...
February 24th, 2014 | Fight Like Sugar, MMA | Read More

Fight Like Sugar Goes 12 Rounds On His T-Shirt Line, Sugar Ray Robinson And The Best Round Ever

Round 1: Everyone has a passion in life, and when you get to know people in this world it doesn’t take much time to figure out what those passions are. Simply put, Paul Navarro knows his shit. When it comes to the fight game, that being of the boxing or the mixed martial arts variety, the man...
February 21st, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar, H1gher Learning, MMA | Read More

Manny Pacquiao Vs. Tim Bradley II: A Matchmaking Primer

Boxing is a business. Before any heroics can happen inside a ring, contracts have to be signed, money for the fighters found and, of course, the opponents agreed upon. Who decides that? Who decides which contender gets a title shot and which wallows in obscurity? How do you choose one C-level club fighter...
February 10th, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

Daniel Cormier Vs. Rashad Evans: A Sweet Introduction To The Light Heavyweights

In a little over a month, UFC heavyweight standout, Daniel Cormier, will step into the cage for the first time as a light heavyweight. There to introduce him to the division will be Sugar Rashad Evans, who’s riding a two-fight win streak. In this clash of wrestlers, it should come as no surprise that...
January 21st, 2014 | Columns, Fight Like Sugar, MMA, Sports | Read More

Victor Ortiz: Dreaming Of Greatness

Victor Ortiz returns to the ring Jan. 30 on Fox Sports 1. Joining him in the ring will be Luis Collazo and Ortiz’s own distorted perception of the fight game. Since his flirtations with Hollywood — on Dancing With the Stars and more recently in The Expendables 3 — it seems that Ortiz has become...
January 20th, 2014 | Boxing, Columns, Fight Like Sugar, Sports | Read More

The 10 Greatest First Rounds In Boxing History

Whether it’s a 12-round championship fight or a four-round pro debut, the first round is always the most dangerous. Fighters hit the mitts backstage, drumming up a sweat so they don’t walk into the squared circle “cold.” The behind-the-scenes work helps prepare the body for the fight...
January 9th, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar, Lists | Read More

UFC 168: The Shock Of Defeat And The Gall Of Victory

It’s difficult to remember almost anything that occurred at UFC 168 before the shin-shattering moment where MMA fans around the world witnessed the end of Anderson Silva’s career. UFC 168 offered several memorable moments leading up to the main event, but they’re hard to recall and certainly...
December 30th, 2013 | Fight Like Sugar, MMA | Read More

Crowning The 5 Best Boxers of 2013

This has been a fantastic year for boxing fans. Al Berstein, Showtime’s Hall of Fame announcer, said 2013 was the best year for boxing in 25 years! I’ve got to agree. It’s not because we got all the fights we wanted — that obviously didn’t happen. In fact, that’s likely...
December 23rd, 2013 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

Marcos Maidana Solves ‘The Problem’ Broner

In his wildest dreams, Stephen Espinoza could have never come up with the explosive ending he got for Showtime’s 2013 boxing schedule. Throughout the year he’s managed to not only compete effectively with the fights on HBO, but he’s actually managed to beat them on several fronts. Despite his...
December 16th, 2013 | Boxing, Columns, Fight Like Sugar, Sports | Read More

Book Reviews: ‘Undisputed Truth’ — Mike Tyson’s Autobiography

No athlete has been more dominant in his sport while at the same time being so self-destructive and contradictory to the ethos of that sport than Iron Mike Tyson. His storied career is inexorably intertwined with his bad-boy image and, now, his road to recovery and redemption. From the moment Mike Tyson...
December 13th, 2013 | Boxing, Columns, Fight Like Sugar, Sports, The Book Club | Read More

Guillermo Rigondeaux And James Kirkland: The Boxer And The Brawler

I can’t recall a night of boxing that more starkly showed the difference between the sweet and the bitter of the fight game than Saturday’s “Boxing After Dark” on HBO. At its purest and most technical, the sweet science is the art of hitting and not getting hit. At the opposite end of the sport,...
December 9th, 2013 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

Adonis Stevenson And Sergey Kovalev: Knockout Kings Of The Light Heavyweight Division

When either of these knockout artists step into the ring, you can’t look away from your screen. You can’t get up for a second drink. You can’t waste time on picking up the phone. You can barely afford to blink because in that instant of distraction Adonis Stevenson or Sergey Kovalev might let...
December 2nd, 2013 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

Manny Pacquiao: And STILL One Of The Greats

Time and again, those who watch the promos and recaps on HBO boxing have heard Jim Lampley’s enthusiastic praise of Manny Pacquiao, calling him a “a storm” and “blindingly fast.”  Lampley was describing an iteration of Pacquiao that rose through weight classes and rankings at such a pace...
November 25th, 2013 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

Manny Pacquiao Vs. Brandon Rios: Redemption Or Retirement?

Brandon Rios is the Latino everyman. There are countless Hispanic Americans who probably see a lot of themselves in Rios — his “I don’t give a fuck” attitude, his gritty approach to life and his blue-collar work ethic. I feel like my childhood was filled with Brandon Rios’s...
November 22nd, 2013 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

Mikey Garcia: Silent But Deadly

At face value, Mikey Garcia isn’t a man to be feared. His quiet demeanor is paired with a thin, unimposing body and a rather soft countenance. By looking at him, you might think he’d be an easy mark. Oh, how wrong you’d be. What Garcia lacks in an intimidating visage he more than makes up...
November 11th, 2013 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More