Bart Barry

Insipidity’s end: Tyson Fury acquires sport’s crown jewel

Tyson Fury

By Bart Barry- Saturday in Germany, England’s Tyson Fury became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world by decisioning Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko by official scores of 115-112, 115-112, 116-111. What few American aficionados could be bothered to interrupt their Saturday …

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Chaotic beauty

Roman Gonzalez

By Bart Barry- “The only way to predict (the result) after a given number of iterations is to actually perform them. This is the ‘hell’ of chaos. There is no shortcut way to predict the future of a chaotic system. …

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Promotional marching from GGG to TBE

Gennady Golovkin

By Bart Barry I didn’t get through the first five minutes of “Face Off: Golovkin / Lemieux.” It’s not because the format is awful, though it is, and it’s not because all five characters are dull, though they are, but …

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Frozen machinery

Postol KO Matthysse

By Bart Barry- Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., undefeated Ukrainian junior welterweight Viktor “The Iceman” Postol stopped favored Argentine Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse at the end of the 10th round of their vacant-title match on HBO. It was …

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In real time: Wilder bludgeons Duhaupas

Deontay Wilder

By Bart Barry– Saturday in Birmingham, Alabamian heavyweight Deontay Wilder brought la ruine to Frenchman Johann Duhaupas, stopping him in round 11. What follows is a transcript of my thoughts during the match: Wilder is so tall. The Alabama fans …

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Column without end, part 12

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By Bart Barry– Editor’s note: For part 11, please click here. * “Paradoxically, it is in the core administrative and entertainment districts of European cities, be it Frankfurt or Barcelona, where urban marginality makes its presence felt. Its pervasive occupation …

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Good riddance, Floyd

Floyd Mayweather

By Bart Barry Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, American Floyd Mayweather decisioned American Andre Berto in a historically awful match Mayweather promised will be his last. By the late rounds, Berto, as near to an infinity-to-one underdog as pay-per-view …

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Mayweather-Berto: Nobody cares

Floyd Mayweather

By Bart Barry– Just in time for Mexican Independence Day weekend comes a showdown to warm cada corazon mexicano: Floyd Mayweather, an American from Michigan, versus Andre Berto, an American from Florida who fought for Team Haiti in the Games …

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Violent middlings: Santa Cruz decisions Mares


By Bart Barry- Saturday on ESPN in a PBC main event that happened at Staples Center, Leo Santa Cruz decisioned Abner Mares. The fight was heavy with volume and light with quality, as the fighters winged blows in a blur …

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Column without end, part 11

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By Bart Barry Editor’s note: For part 10, please click here. * BOGOTA, Colombia – This Andean city hasn’t Medellin’s organization or courtesy but a more amiable climate and what inherent formality nations’ capitals enjoy by default. The distance from …

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Column without end, part 10

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By Bart Barry- Editor’s note: For part nine, please click here. * These columns are written to spiral outwards from their centers organically as possible, structures from the fabled building blocks of letters that make words that make sentences that …

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Brooklyn’s magic castle awash in swift tides or so Rosie said

Danny Garcia

By Bart Barry- Saturday in Brooklyn, Philadelphia welterweight Danny “Swift” Garcia laid waste to the remnants of Brooklyn’s Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi in a PBC main event distributed by ESPN, home of Rosie “Amazingly Knowledgeable” Perez and Teddy “The Sandcastle” …

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The disappointment of BJ Flores


By Bart Barry- “Potential remains potent if unused.” – James Wood, “Late Bloom” Saturday in a small theater at Palms Casino in Las Vegas, in a PBC main event televised by NBCSN, 31-year-old Kazakh cruiserweight Beibut Shumenov decisioned 36-year-old American …

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Greatness willed: A farewell to Carl Froch

Carl Froch

By Bart Barry- Last week British super middleweight Carl “The Cobra” Froch announced his retirement, ending an unusually fine contemporary prizefighting career on an unusually high note. Froch’s final instant in a prizefight was his best – spearchiseling George Groves …

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Luis Collazo: PBC Employee of the Month

Collazo Cut

By Bart Barry- Saturday at a local coffee shop I watched the PBC main event I’d already covered five days before it happened (I was off by about 3 1/2 rounds in my report). I watched on my phone as …

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Bad, yes, but probably not bad enough: Thurman stops Collazo in 11

Keith Thurman

By Bart Barry TAMPA, Fla. – Saturday in University of South Florida’s acclaimed Sundome, Florida welterweight Keith “One Time” Thurman stopped Brooklyn’s Luis Collazo in the 11th round of PBC’s insipid ESPN debut. Official attendance in the hauntingly quiet arena …

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Delayed meritocracy: Kings of the Mic and Timothy Bradley

Timothy Bradley

By Bart Barry- DALLAS – Four miles southeast of this city’s downtown center stands Gexa Energy Pavilion, a 20,000-seat outdoor amphitheater whose stage Friday hosted a deep roster of pioneers in a musical genre then-known as rap – as in …

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The talented, the untalented, and the Nipsey Hussle

Andre Ward Post Fight

By Bart Barry Saturday on BET, American super middleweight world champion Andre Ward made his much-needed return to boxing, stopping in the ninth round a hapless but stubborn Brit named Paul Smith, right about the time NBC served its viewers …

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The Axe Man goeth

Nicholas Walters

By Bart Barry– Saturday in Madison Square Garden Theater, the very place Filipino Nonito Donaire’s candidacy for HBO Fighter of the New Century was subverted 3 1/2 years back by a pesky South American, Jamaican featherweight+1 Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters …

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Remember the Cinnamon: Alvarez wrecks Cotto in Alamo City


By Bart Barry– “It is a laborious madness and an impoverishing one, the madness of composing vast books – setting out in five hundred pages an idea that can be perfectly related orally in five minutes. The better way to …

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Column without end, part 9


By Bart Barry Editor’s note: For part eight, please click here. * CARLSBAD, NM – This town is an overpriced outpost on the border of two western states, a dilapidated homebase of sorts for those who might venture to Guadalupe …

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Column without end, part 8

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By Bart Barry– Editor’s note: For part seven, please click here. * San Antonio Museum of Art currently features a retrospective exhibition of works by American painter Jamie Wyeth, son of Andrew. There is real talent in his paintings. Innovation, …

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Dung beetles and Chocolatito: Small, extraordinary creatures


By Bart Barry- SAN ANTONIO – While hiking Saturday morning I came across my first in-action dung beetle, a needly faced creature pushing a smooth cylinder of cow excrement along a path beside the Medina River. If you do not …

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Hit by the Cinnamon stick

Canelo Alvarez

By Bart Barry HOUSTON – Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros, made a fine fight venue, even, or perhaps especially, when its retractable roof winked at its anxious media section, water dropping from the sky, papers rising from the …

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The prestidigitation

Floyd Mayweather 2

By Bart Barry– Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in the best fight of May 2015, so far, American Floyd “Money” Mayweather easily decisioned Filipino Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, and more importantly, he made $100 million. Official scores went: 116-112, 116-112 …

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