Late Breaking


Devon Alexander, Lee Selby top PBC card in AZ’s biggest show since Chavez loss in 2005

Devon Alexander

By Norm Frauenheim- Arizona’s dramatic, often controversial and thoroughly unpredictable boxing market is back and open for business Wednesday with a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card at Glendale’s Gila River Arena that is the biggest in the state since Julio Cesar Chavez’ career ended in a 2005 loss to an Omaha car salesman. Chavez’ experience in Arizona doesn’t sum up ... Read More »

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 good to see a favorite lose a match in 2015, of course, but it was unfortunate to see it happen ... Read More »

New Face of the Game? For now, it looks like uncertainty

Gennady Golovkin

By Norm Frauenheim– It’s been nearly three weeks since the boxing business was left to wonder whether Floyd Mayweather Jr. is really retired or already plotting a comeback. Who knows? Better yet, who cares? The bet here is that he’ll hint at a comeback throughout the next year and maybe longer just to prolong the guessing game. Above all, he ... Read More »

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 seem uncertain when to cheer. What to do, what to do: Rush Wilder to the Klitschko cashout quickly, knowing any ... Read More »

Who Are These Guys? Heavyweights still a puzzle

Tyson Fury

By Norm Frauenheim– It’s hard to now what to make of the heavyweights anymore. Sometimes, they look as if they’re nearly extinct, vanishing faster than starving polar bears in the melting arctic. Sometimes, they appear to be a symbolic corner of nostalgia, gone from the here-and-now and consigned to the black-and-white clips relevant only to the documentary filmmaker. Then, there ... Read More »

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 of the busiest streets and public transportation nodal points is a survival strategy destined to be present, so that they ... Read More »

Mayweather’s low PPV number is a sign that retirement is the only option.

Floyd Mayweather

By Norm Frauenheim- Reports of low pay-per-view sales for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Andre Berto fight are more predictable than Mayweather’s victory. Berto, after all, had a better chance at landing the proverbial lucky punch on Sept. 12 than a casual customer had at spending $74.95 for a high-definition telecast of a bout already defined as one sided by style, records ... Read More »

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 has yet uncovered, compromised Mayweather’s attention span long enough to strike him cleanly perhaps a half-dozen times, and that was ... Read More »


Mayweather_Berto Weigh In

Follow all the action as Floyd Mayweather fights in his final fight of his career against Andre Berto.  The action kicks off at 6:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM PT with a 4 fight undercard that will feature 2 world title bouts Page will refresh automatically Round 1 Mayweather suing the left..lead left hook. Round 2 Right from Berto.. Round 3 Mayweather ... Read More »

IV report injects controversy into Mayweather-Berto

Floyd Mayweather

By Norm Frauenheim- Reports of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s intravenous injection for possible dehydration on the day before his victory over Manny Pacquiao is clouding his potential farewell fight against Andre Berto Saturday with controversy amid questions about fairness, transparency and the procedures employed by the drug-testing bureaucracy. In an explosive story posted by SB Nation before Wednesday’s Mayweather-Berto news conference ... Read More »

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 of the XXVIII Olympiad. Mayweather-Berto lacks an ethnic angle, yes, but it is fully bereft of aesthetic interests, promising in ... Read More »

A reason to think Mayweather is serious about retirement


By Norm Frauenheim– Floyd Mayweather Jr, likes to gamble. If the winning tickets he posts are any indication, he’s pretty good at it, too. But life after boxing isn’t a NFL wager. It comes with more risk than just a point spread. That why all bets are off, despite a guessing game about whether he’ll continue to fight after he ... Read More »

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 of shoulder striking, head clashing and guard peppering. It was not a great fight but easily the PBC’s greatest fight. ... Read More »



Follow all the action as Featherweights Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares engage in long awaited 12-round bout for the WBA Featherweight Super Championship. The action begins at 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT with a Interim WBC Super Bantamweight title bout between Hugo Ruiz and Julio Ceja. NO NEED TO REFRESH…WILL UPDATE EVERY 60 SECONDS 12 ROUNDS–WBA FEATHERWEIGHT ... Read More »

Back To The Future: Mares promises to be himself in a city he calls his town

Abner Mares

By Norm Frauenheim- It starts with the look. Leo Santa Cruz has a generous smile that moms love. Abner Mares has the uncompromising eyes of a man with a stubborn point of view and readiness to fight for it. It’s a reflection of how different they are. It’s also an intriguing look at how these unlikely business partners are linked ... Read More »

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 here to Medellin, Colombia’s second most-populous city, is about 400 km, a distance whose impossibility of terrain is best illustrated ... Read More »

Benavidez back at work, hopes for fight in November or December


By Norm Frauenheim– Jose Benavidez Jr., the WBA’s interim junior welterweight champion, is back at work, hoping to fight one more time this year. “November or December,’’ said his father and trainer, Jose Benavidez Sr. whose unbeaten son resumed training last week at the Benavidez gym in downtown Phoenix. Top Rank, Benavidez’ promoter, has yet to put together its schedule ... Read More »

Shopping List: From August to November, boxing is a buyer’s market

Abner Mares

By Norm Frauenheim- The table is set. From late August to November, from late summer to late fall, there’s a boxing schedule worth celebrating. The harvest starts with Abner Mares-Leo Santa Cruz on August 29 at Los Angeles’ Staples center. It continues with Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Andre Berto on Sept. 12 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand in a historical mismatch, yet ... Read More »

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 make paragraphs, searching as they do for what architect Robert Venturi called “richness of meaning rather than clarity of meaning” ... Read More »

Hate the Fight? Berto bout is just more money in Mayweather’s business plan

Floyd Mayweather

By Norm Frauenheim- Floyd Mayweather Jr., whose real legacy is money, hears the anger from media and fans unhappy at his decision to fight Andre Berto. “I’ve been getting backlash,’’ Mayweather said Thursday at a Los Angeles news conference announcing the pay-per-view bout on Sept. 12 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand. “He’s been getting backlash. “No one is forced to ... Read More »

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” Atlas. It was not a particularly suspenseful affair, an absence of suspense being the one flaw in the PBC’s revolutionary ... Read More »

Kovalev emerging as the potential cornerstone to a Four Kings sequel

Sergey Kovalev

By Norm Fraiebheim– Sergey Kovalev’s stoppage of Nadjib Mohammedi last Saturday in Las Vegas marked a six-year anniversary of his first fight in North America. It was a beginning then. In some ways, it still is. As the Russian learns English, we begin to learn more about him. At times, he’s as blunt as the Russian hammer. Ask him about ... Read More »

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 BJ Flores by three scores of 116-112. The match was made under a single expectation: Flores will decimate Shumenov, persuading ... Read More »

A Kovalev smile means the Russian is ready to fight

Sergey Kovalev

By Norm Frauenheim- LAS VEGAS – It starts with a smile. It’s there because Sergey Kovalev genuinely enjoys what he does. Then again, so does a crocodile. That smile was perhaps a hint at what many expect Saturday. Kovalev turned his head away from Nadjib Mohammadi during the ritual stare-down after a formal weigh-in Friday at Mandalay Bay. After tipping ... Read More »

Opposite corner: Kovalev’s former trainer looks for ways to score an upset

Serhey Kovalev

By Norm Frauenheim- LAS VEGAS – Imagine trying to demolish what you once designed. It sounds awkward and it probably is if you’re an architect suddenly hired to bring down a building you constructed. But boxing isn’t architecture. It’s about changing roles and changing sides. One day, you’re drawing up the blueprint. The next day, you’re swinging the wrecking ball. ... Read More »

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 in a full Wembley Stadium on May 31, 2014 – and if Froch needed 14 months to be certain that ... Read More »

International Language: Kovalev speaks one that everybody understands

Sergey Kovalev

By Norm Frauenheim- Sergey Kovalev is new to English. It’s a second language for the light-heavyweight who grew up speaking Russian. Occasionally he’ll ask manager Egis Klimas to translate. Sometimes, a phrase or cliché will confuse him. But don’t let that fool you. He’s learning English grammar and some of its common slurs as thoroughly as he once learned his ... Read More »

Luis Collazo: PBC Employee of the Month

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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 Florida welterweight Keith Thurman “knocked-out” Luis Collazo with an accidental headbutt of slow-developing effect. For the record, and since some ... Read More »

Benavidez still hoping for Crawford fight


By Norm Frauenheim Jose Benavidez Jr. would welcome a chance to fight emerging star Terence Crawford, who is expected to make his second appearance at junior welterweight in the fall. “We want that fight,’’ Benavidez’ father and trainer, Jose Benavidez Sr., said Thursday while planning for his son’s return to the gym next week.. Benavidez’ dad echoed comments made by ... Read More »

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 was announced at: “A lot, I mean, look around.” Thurman’s victory was not without controversy. After failing to land a ... Read More »