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Author Archives: Mike Ricciardelli

“BOX: The Face of Boxing” by Holger Keifel with Thomas Hauser

Photographer Holger Keiffel has chronicled the living face of boxing in lush black and white portraits which glare off the page, offering a stark but heroic glimpse into the heart of the cruelest sport through the men who have learned its cruelest lesson: Boxing, ultimately, is Tragedy. Only the how and the when of it remain to be seen. It ... Read More »

A League is Born

In what may be the most ambitious move in boxing since an Attorney General told Frankie Carbo that the sport would be better off without him, a world league has formed. And it pays. Scheduled to begin in November of 2010, it calls itself the World Series of Boxing (WSB) and with 12 teams scattered across the globe in places ... Read More »

Floyd Mayweather, Charlie Goldman and a Ring Education

We are, in a sense, in between bouts at the moment and I find myself thinking about Charlie Goldman and the rantings of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Best known as Rocky Marciano’s trainer, Goldman fought as a bantamweight and pushed his mashed nose into more than 400 fights back around the early 1900’s. Sporting a derby hat and always good for ... Read More »

Margarito, Capetillo and the Not So Long Arm of the Law

With all due apologies to T.S. Eliot and Carlos Acevedo, boxing is the cruelest art. But it is also, strictly speaking, a series of assaults and batteries— with the law suspended for the moment between two consenting adults who wish to prove a point. As Antonio Margarito, suspended from boxing by the California State Athletic Commission, prepares now to face ... Read More »

Billy Conn, Chad Dawson and that Other Part of Valor

It may be unfair to mention Billy Conn and Chad Dawson in the same sentence. But I just read Frank Deford’s masterful rendering of Conn in “The Boxer and the Blond,” and I can’t help make the comparison. Conn was Light Heavyweight champion of the world. All that stood in the way of Conn being Heavyweight Champion was himself. The ... Read More »

Sadam “World Kid” Ali, Next Champion of the World?

The first time I heard the name Sadam Ali it was in fear. And a sort of wide-eyed resignation. I was walking into a weigh-in at the Prudential Center in Newark and had struck up a conversation with a boxer who was entering the doors the same time I was. When I asked him who he was and who he’d ... Read More »