Archive for the ‘Boxing’ 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

Starting Lineups: This Is Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s Last Fight

Living in one of the few newspaper cities in existence, you always catch a glimpse of what the people of this New York are keeping tabs on. Normally, they’re nose deep in the drivel of Page 6 or trying to impress the young redhead by flipping through the Arts section of the New York Times. However,...
March 11th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Boxing | 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

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

Representing The Capital: Lamont Peterson Retains The IBF Jr. Welterweight Title In D.C.

In the blustery cold, a sold-out crowd of 5,700 piled in the D.C. Armory in the nation’s capital to see hometown native Lamont Peterson box Dierry Jean. The uglies and the pretties waltzed around the dark and dingy event center. The clean-shaven and the bearded looked for their seats. The women in...
January 26th, 2014 | Boxing, Trible To Your Bass | 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

The Five Coolest of 2013: #2 – Floyd Mayweather

The inclusion of the #2 athlete on the five coolest is a first-timer. In the previous three editions, his name came up each time, but it was hard to include him due to the lack of frequency he displayed in the ring. As much as he was revered, Ed and I knew he needed to turn up just a tad bit more before...
December 30th, 2013 | Boxing, Soul On Ice | 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

Apollo Creed Had The Best Entrance Ever: James Brown’s ‘Living In America’ In Rocky IV

I don’t know who the cable programmers are, but they definitely know what they’re doing. Here I am, trying to get some work done on a typical Tuesday night, and as I’m going through some paperwork and scanning channels on my television, what movie comes across my eyes? Rocky III. All...
December 20th, 2013 | Boxing, Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs | 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

Starting Lineups: Joe Frazier’s Statue Is Finally Approved, 20 Years Too Late

The biggest travesty in Philadelphia sports/culture history is finally, mercifully about to come to an end. Joe Frazier, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, the man who defeated an in-his-prime Muhammad Ali, the man who stood toe to toe with “The Greatest” for three epic...
December 6th, 2013 | Boxing, The Rev | Read More

Nelson Mandela Was Right: The Transcendent Power Of Sports

Nelson Mandela was a man of many words, dozens of which were profound and predictive on levels that seemed unimaginable when uttered. He led a life that defined both revolution and collaboration on levels that will always be seen as the ideal, but most often these tenets never find the just the right...
December 6th, 2013 | Boxing, Et cetera, Soccer, The Cheap Seats | 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