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Gary Russell Jr, and the end of cable sports journalism

Gary Russell Jr

By Bart Barry– Saturday, Showtime’s preternaturally gifted Gary Russell Jr., an Al Haymon fighter, knocked-out the hardest puncher in Mexican history, Jhonny Gonzalez, on Showtime, a Haymon-affiliated network, to seize from Gonzalez the Showtime featherweight title Gonzalez took from Showtime’s Abner Mares a few years back. Whatever the depth of boxing’s featherweight division, and whatever Russell’s postfight protestations, Showtime’s featherweight ... Read More »

Adonis Answer: Stevenson fights to ignore the Kovalev question

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By Norm Frauenheim– It’s the question Adonis Stevenson can’t shake. It’s there when he wakes up and sits down for breakfast. It’s there when he goes to the corner store. When he looks in the rear view mirror, there it is: What about Sergey Kovalev? It was asked again, again and ad nauseam Wednesday during a conference call that included ... Read More »

Column without end, part 7

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By Bart Barry– Editor’s note: For part 6, please click here. * BURNET, Texas – We begin here, again, with a thought experiment of sorts, before hiking to a roadside memorial in the state Terence Crawford will visit next month, honoring Catalan masterpieces the whole way: A tiger bursts through your door in the next instant. You react, in less ... Read More »

Junior to Senior: Only a grown-up Chavez can win this fight

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By Norm Frauenheim– Boxing was never meant to be the family business. Fathers fight so their sons don’t have to. That sounds like a sensible plan, or at least a good way to avoid scars, concussions and everything else that comes from a livelihood in the ring. But it’s never been one that could be applied to Julio Cesar Chavez ... Read More »

Many great fights on the Horizon

Floyd Mayweather

Alot has been made about the five-years-in the making fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao that will take place on May 2 in Las Vegas. But in the six weeks or so and even after, there are many cant miss rubles that will take place on various networks. With all the action, fans can bet on boxing at William ... Read More »

Of Soviets and athletes

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By Bart Barry– SAN ANTONIO – If you’re reading this column, it is highly probable you watched on HBO Russian Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev’s Saturday reduction of Jean Pascal from a ferocious spectacle of athleticism to a man stumbling across the canvas like an enthusiastic toddler determined to crawl no longer. There’s also a fair chance you watched Thursday’s HBO Latino ... Read More »

Premieres

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By Bart Barry– SAN ANTONIO – Tuesday at Aztec Theater, the oldest theater in this old city, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and James Kirkland announced their May 9 fight in Houston. Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Keith Thurman decisioned Robert Guerrero. In between those two middling affairs, Showtime announced plans to honor its televised trilogy of Israel Vazquez and ... Read More »

Follow Thurman – Guerrero; Broner – Molina LIVE

Keith Thurman

Follow all the action as Keith Thurman defends the WBA Welterweight title against Robert Guerrero. The action kicks off at 8:30 PM / 5:30 PM PT as Adrien Broner battles John Molina in a Jr. Welterweight bout. 12 Rounds–WBA Welterweight Title–Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KO’s) vs Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) Round 1 Thurman lands a combination..Right from Guerrero…Right to ... Read More »

Bet on the Future: Haymon, NBC go back to an old model in search of some new stars

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By Norm Frauenheim– Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) begins Saturday on NBC in prime time amid anticipation and some skepticism. It’s risky. It’s gutsy. It’s a lot of things. Above all, it’s necessary. It’s the first step in an attempt to re-create the game after Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2. Pacquiao has already hinted at retirement. With ... Read More »

Column without end, part 6

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By Bart Barry– Editor’s note: For part five, please click here. * But how will this influence resolve itself? Three of the most influential artists of the 20th century – Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro and Salvador Dali – grew up in Catalonia, wandering through Barcelona looking upwards at the architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi, edifices that, in their sublime ... Read More »

Clueless: Kovalev has heard from the best, yet Pascal still talks trash

Sergey Kovalev

By Norm Frauenheim– Jean Pascal is called quick for hands that can put punches together in rapid succession. He’s called quick for graceful feet that are a human version of rapid transit. But a quick thinker? Not so much. At least, Pascal’s sudden-strike agility in hands and feet was not evident in anything he said Tuesday during a conference call ... Read More »

Mayweather-Pacquiao: It’s OK to be happy

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By Bart Barry– The announcement came sometime Thursday, or maybe Tuesday, the announcement there would be an announcement coming soon from a professional athlete about a future sporting event. It was a reminder how unserious our time is that adults awaited such silliness, but there we were, men who are otherwise grandfathers, fathers, professionals, role models, even, collectively saying, “Whatever ... Read More »

Mayweather-Pacquiao: Negotiations have been the biggest show

Floyd Mayweather

By Norm Frauenheim– A nervous rash escalated to full-blown panic on social media Thursday when speculation about the Floyd Mayweather Jr.- Manny Pacquaio negotiations reached a new high. Or is that a low? Whatever it was, the monster got fed, leaving the world atwitter with anxious expectations that at any minute, any second, Mayweather would announce the May 2 fight ... Read More »

Column without end, part 5

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By Bart Barry– Editor’s note: For part 4, please click here. * It is a question of competence much as intent. That is where boxing now stumbles in an exaggerated way that defies expectations more than most things in America do anymore. Whether the larger part of this country was ever competent is a question for fantasy, not history, but ... Read More »

Back To The Future: Douglas-Tyson an escape from today

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By Norm Frauenheim- A week-long celebration of the 25-year anniversary of Buster Douglas’ upset of Mike Tyson is a revealing look at where boxing has been and where it is, or perhaps isn’t these days. Nostalgia is a good thing. It’s a personal attachment to dramatic moments in a rich history that the UFC will never have. But nostalgia is ... Read More »

Column without end, part 4

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By Bart Barry– Editor’s note: For part 3, please click here. * Another week comes to pass in the decisive erosion of public interest in our sport. Those curious about The Fight to Save Boxing do not migrate elsewhere within – they do not, anymore, find a minimumweight master or junior middleweight from a few towns over and redirect their ... Read More »

Have Your Own Movie Star Transformation

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By Spencer Bohm- It is not unusual for actors and actresses to transform their normal physical appearance for a specific role. Some, such as Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’ Diary, actually gain weight to heighten their credibility as the character. Others have dieted considerably to fit a role or a particular character like Natalie Portman in Black Swan of Christian ... Read More »

Saucedo stops Flores

Alex Saucedo scored a 3rd round stoppage over Eduardo Flores in a scheduled 8-round Welterweight bout. The time of the stoppage was 2:05 round three for Saucedo, 145 lbs and is now 17-0 with 12 knockouts. Flores, 146 1/2 lbs is now 20-17-3. Eduardo Garza won a 4-round unanimous decision over Hector Gutierrez in a Featherweight bout. Scores were 40-36 ... Read More »

Back in the USA: Klitschko return is real instead of rumor

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By Norm Frauenheim – Wladimir Klitschko’s return to America coincides with talks that are holding a sport hostage all over again. The heavyweight’s April 25 bout with Bryant Jennings at New York’s Madison Square Garden arrives in time to take attention off the paralysis-by-analysis of you-know-what. It’s impossible to know what’s happening, or who’s to blame, or if the reported ... Read More »

For an article about Mike Tyson, click here

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By Bart Barry– SAN ANTONIO – This column was supposed to be about a live theatrical performance by Mike Tyson, a review of sorts from ringside by a writer who lives above the historic Majestic Theatre, downtown, and attends most Broadway-musical productions that visit. “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” was scheduled for Saturday night in the Lila Cockrell Theatre, a 2,000-seat ... Read More »

Mayweather-Pacquiao Summit: Talk elevates chances at the fight to a new peak

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By Norm Frauenheim Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao went one-on-one in an old-school way almost forgotten by all the methods offered by social media. Face-to-face. Imagine that. What took so long? It’s a fair question, one that they probably will ask themselves if they finally sign a deal to fight. But Twitter didn’t get in the way of their ... Read More »

With Mile High Mike as my mentor

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By Bart Barry- Ring the bell already, fool. I’ve written so many great columns in the past. That’s why you read me. And I’m more prepared for this column than any of those. This is the column for not just readers but writers, too, because they know what hard writing looks like. It’s for the readers also, don’t misunderstand, especially ... Read More »

Pacquiao-Mayweather talks continue, but what’s left to say?

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By Norm Frauenheim– It’s hard to recall when there wasn’t talk about Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado are about to fight for a third time. We’re still talking. Gas prices fall from $5-a-gallon to less than $2. Cheap talk continues. A German Pope quits the Vatican and a pope from Argentina moves in. Still talking. Maybe ... Read More »

Deontay Wilder, and an aficionado’s permission slip

Deontay Wilder

By Bart Barry- Saturday in Las Vegas, undefeated American heavyweight Deontay Wilder saw his 32-fight knockout streak come to a quiet end against Bermane Stiverne. Expected to force a violent conclusion to the match, regardless of victor, Wilder instead cautiously and exhaustedly made his way to the closing bell and won a wide decision, 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109. Stiverne, who ... Read More »

FOLLOW STIVERNE – WILDER LIVE

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Follow all the action LIVE from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as Bermane Stiverne defends the WBC Heavyweight title against undefeated knockout artist Deontay Wilder. The action kicks off at 10 PM ET with a Jr. Welterweight bout between undefeated Amir Imam and Fidel Maldonado Jr. The co-feature will pit undefeated WBC Super Bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and ... Read More »

No Cotto-Canelo: May 2 fight is off the table

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By Norm Frauenheim– LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez still plans to fight on May 2, but it looks as if he won’t be fighting Miguel Cotto. In a story first reported by www.boxingscene.com, Canelo promoter Oscar De La Hoya said Saturday that he is looking for alternate opponents after Cotto did not accept an offer Friday night. “The deadline has ... Read More »

Wilder and Stiverne in a fight to prove there’s still life in the heavyweight division

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – The heavyweights undergo more study than a species near extinction. That means everybody has a theory or maybe an autopsy. They’re either vanishing faster than Arctic ice, or they’ve moved to Germany, or they’re NFL linebackers, or they’ve been eliminated and forgotten by Wladimir Klitschko’s consummate skill. Take your pick. None-of-the-above is the hope ... Read More »

King of the Podium: Don King back in his element at heavyweight news conference

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS — At times, it was bizarre. At times, downright goofy. It was also long-winded, sometimes dull. Yet, it was also unpredictable, often entertaining and controversial enough to keep everybody interested. Welcome to a boxing news conference that has begun to vanish, especially the heavyweight variety. But it was back Thursday, which is another of way ... Read More »

Column without end, part 3

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By Bart Barry- Editor’s note: For part 2, please click here. * MARFA, Texas – This city sits in a little known region of our country called “Big Bend” for the curve the Rio Grande takes. There is a national park that boasts Texas’ most challenging and beloved hiking trail to the top of the Chisos Mountains, but the basin ... Read More »