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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fight Night

August 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Boxing

Full credit to the author of that headline — which was used as the “lede” (the opening paragraph) in her newspaper story. Bravo, Shannon O’Connor of Southern California News Group. She has the story on a funky little place in the San Bernardino (California) Mountains, formerly known as Santa’s Village, now called “Sky Park at […]

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Mayweather vs. McGregor: We Fools and Our Money, Soon Parted

August 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Boxing

Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor is something a four-year-old would come up with. One of those curious kids who out of nowhere says, “Who wins if Green Lantern fights Wonder Woman?” That’s what this … fight? … encounter? … scam? … feels like. Two competitors who have competed in different realms. Who have powers unique […]

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Wladimir Klitschko: Too Good to Scorn

August 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Boxing

As a boxing fan, I wanted to dislike Wladimir Klitschko. I really did. It seemed as if he and his brother took over the sport of boxing around 2005 — and rode it into irrelevance. But I couldn’t really have an issue with Wladimir … or with Vitaly, his elder brother (and mayor of Kiev). […]

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Pacquiao Shock in Australia

July 1st, 2017 · 1 Comment · Boxing

Manny Pacquiao lost his slice of the world welterweight championship tonight when he lost a unanimous but controversial decision to little-known Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane. The fight happened on Sunday morning, in Australia, so that it could be shown on live non-pay-per-view TV in the U.S., where it was Saturday night. (Here is video […]

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Remembering the Vulnerable Muhammad Ali

June 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Boxing, Olympics

I twice saw Muhammad Ali perform in person. On both occasions he came across as a shattered man. In the ring, in 1980, when Larry Holmes gave him a savage beating in Las Vegas. And again at the Opening Ceremonies for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, when he was already firmly in the grip of Parkinson’s […]

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The National Is All Over Manny Pacquiao’s Farewell Fight

April 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Boxing, The National

Manny Pacquiao says his third go-round with Timothy Bradley, at the MGM Grand tomorrow night, will be his last fight. It pretty much is time for the Filipino fighter, 37, to go, though a re-run of a re-run with a middling opponent is not exactly a Fight of the Century Part Dieu exit from the […]

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The Big Sunday: Too Much News

November 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Boxing, English Premier League, Football, Motor racing, soccer, Sports Journalism, Tennis, The National, UAE

As a sports editor, it is easy to wonder why various fields of endeavor cannot arrange their schedules so that they don’t overlap and dilute their audience — as well as the media recognition they might get that night or the next morning. Today, for instance, we had at least four events that could have […]

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‘Greatest Ever’ (on Very Little Evidence) Ronda Rousey Knocked Out

November 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Boxing

This was the big sports event of the weekend. UFC 193 and the knockout defeat of Ronda Rousey in Australia on Sunday by fellow American Holly Holm. In case you missed it, here are the dozen seconds or so that ended the fight — with Rousey on the canvas, bloodied and concussed.

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Floyd Mayweather and Letting Others Do the Heavy Lifting

May 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Boxing

Yes, more about the fight of the century. While doing research on fights I covered at the MGM Grand, I realized I had, in fact, seen Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight there, against Oscar De La Hoya. On May 5, 2007. I am going to paste the column I wrote, on the night of May X […]

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Fight of the Century? Must Be a Boring Century

May 2nd, 2015 · No Comments · Boxing

Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquaio tonight via unanimous decision in their “mega” fight, often described over the past months as The Fight of the Century. We are more likely to look back on it as a fight puffed into an enormous scope because of the pent-up demand of fight fans to see those two in […]

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