Boxing

No Politics, Just Boxing

Featured image Sometimes I feel as though I have said everything I know about current events, and would rather talk about something else. Like, at the moment, boxing. So skip this post if your only interest is politics. I have always been a boxing fan, but my son has long surpassed me. He has a real job, but in his spare time he manages a fighter or two and promotes boxing cards »

Mayweather-Alvarez: A Preview

Featured image The most anticipated fight in a long time will take place tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as Floyd Mayweather, the best boxer of his generation, takes on the undefeated Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. At stake will be Mayweather’s WBA and Alvarez’s WBC junior middleweight (154 pound) belts. At the insistence of Mayweather’s camp, the fight is taking place at a 152-pound catchweight, intended to neutralize Alvarez’s size »

An Old-Fashioned Weekend

Featured image The world is going to Hell in a hand basket, but it is high summer here in the Upper Midwest. It is hard to think about politics when you’re having so much fun. For us, it was a classic weekend that could have been enjoyed in the 1930s: boxing, guns and horse racing. Friday night it was boxing, a card at the Hyatt in downtown Minneapolis. Our friend Corey Rodriguez, »

Emile Griffith, RIP

Featured image Emile Griffith, one of the best fighters of his generation, died tonight at age 75. Griffith won both the World Welterweight and the World Middleweight championships; this was before the days of multiple belts and “champions” at every five or six pounds. Griffith fought 112 professional fights, winning 85. He fought an extraordinary series of luminaries, including Don Fullmer, Luis Rodriguez, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Dick Tiger, Joey Archer, Nino Benvenuti, »

Friday Night Fights

Featured image If you live in the Twin Cities area and like boxing, there is a good card Friday night at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. This is the television commercial for the event: Boxing from 13twentythree on Vimeo. Our friend Corey Rodriguez, whom my son manages in his spare time, has a tough fight against Gilbert Venegas, who stepped in at the last minute after Corey’s original opponent pulled out. »

Upper Midwest Boxing Fans: Don’t Miss the July 26 Card In Minneapolis

Featured image An exciting evening of boxing is on tap for July 26 at the Hyatt Hotel in Minneapolis. In the main event, Phil “the Drill” Williams, a Twin Cities favorite, will take on Derrick Findley in a bout featuring ranked middleweights. It is a good card up and down the line, but our main interest is in the middleweight bout between Corey Rodriguez and Kenneth Glenn. My son Eric manages Rodriguez »

Truax-George: A Recap

Featured image It was another exciting night of boxing at the Minneapolis Convention Center last night. ESPN was in town, and broadcast some of the bouts for its Friday Night Fights program. For us, the highlight was local middleweight Caleb Truax’s fight against Don “Da Bomb” George. We wrote about Caleb most recently here, after he won a thrilling but decisive decision over Matt Vanda, another Minnesotan. Truax was a heavy underdog »

Truax-Vanda, Live: A Report

Featured image We saw a terrific evening of fights last night at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The main event featured local middleweights Caleb Truax and Matt Vanda; I previewed their bout here. We had a table in the interior section of the arena near the ring. You needed credentials to get there, like at a political convention: Our guests included a professional boxer and a long-time fight fan who formerly covered Minnesota »

Vanda-Truax: A Preview

Featured image Tomorrow night the biggest Minnesota boxing event of 2013 will take place: long-time favorite Matt Vanda will challenge Caleb Truax for the Minnesota middleweight championship. And, for the first time ever, I will be at ringside. The heavily-tattoed Vanda has both won and lost a lot of fights; his record is 44-14. But he has fought some big-time boxers, like Julio Cesar Chavez, twice. Six years ago, he battled Tony »

A Shocking End to a Great Fight

Featured image Yesterday my youngest daughter’s high school hosted an invitational dance tournament. Since we were the hosts, my wife and I both worked the tournament. I was part of the security detail and for four hours wore a black T-shirt that said “SECURITY” in big white letters–a first for me. The home team swept the tournament, happily. Last night, at my son’s invitation, we watched the epic fourth battle between Manny »

Andre Ward Stakes His Claim

Featured image The world of boxing is in a lull at the moment. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who have dominated the sport in recent years, are still great but are on the downslopes of their careers. Who will succeed them as boxing’s top fighter? After last night, the number one contender is Andre Ward. Ward, at 28, is in his prime. He won a gold medal as a light heavyweight in »