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Andre Ward steps up in class

Click here for my column on Andre Ward turning light heavy.

By | March 23rd, 2016|10 Comments

50 years later, Sonny Liston took a dive

The great Robert Rubino and I engaged in a writing debate. On the 50th anniversary of Ali-Liston II, was the fight on the level or a fraud? I say it was a fraud. Robert disagrees. Here is a link to my side  of the argument. The full text of my [...]

By | May 24th, 2015|4 Comments

I don’t like Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Here is an early link to my Tuesday column about Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. The full text runs below: I don’t like Floyd Mayweather, Jr. I like Manny Pacquiao. I hope Pacquiao beats Mayweather Saturday night. I hope Pacquiao knocks him out. I object to Mayweather on two grounds [...]

By | April 27th, 2015|10 Comments

I fondly remember Ken Norton Sr.

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Ken Norton Sr. The full text runs below: I’ve been thinking about Ken Norton, the heavyweight who broke Muhammad Ali’s jaw. Norton died in 2013. After the Raiders hired Norton’s son, Ken Norton Jr., as defensive coordinator, my mind wandered down [...]

By | February 11th, 2015|16 Comments

Emile Griffith dies

Emile Griffith died. He is famous -- notorious -- for killing Benny Kid Paret in a fight. But he also is famous for being one hell of a fighter. He was an all-time top-10 welterweight. He was welter and middleweight champ and he was a lovely man. I once spent [...]

By | July 25th, 2013|10 Comments

Was Marquez’ KO of Pacquiao legit?

Longtime Cohn Zohn  reader Shane Buettner has his doubts about the legitimacy of Juan Manuel Marquez' sixth-round knockout of Manny Pacquiao. He said I am naive if I believe Marquez is on the level. Naive is one of the nicest things I have been called lately. Shane is also knowledgeable [...]

By | December 9th, 2012|13 Comments

Marquez KOs Pacquiao

I love boxing. No one has to watch the film to learn the truth. On Saturday night, we got a dose of truth. Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao with one punch to the kisser. See you later, Manny. Truth can be cruel but it's honest. Pacquiao is on [...]

By | December 8th, 2012|4 Comments

Carmen Basilio died

The great Carmen Basilio died yesterday and I should write a column about him, but hardly anyone remembers Basilio and hardly anyone remembers his era, the 1950s – a great era of boxing, and hardly anyone follows boxing anymore. So, I’m writing only a blog about Basilio and it just [...]

By | November 8th, 2012|21 Comments

Pacquiao loses to Bradley — ridiculous

Manny Pacquiao just lost a split decision to Tim Bradley, who won Pacquiao's welterweight title. Baloney. I watched the fight on pay per view. I'm good at scoring fights. I've been doing it since I was 10. And Bradley did not come close to winning. He mostly ran and he [...]

By | June 9th, 2012|17 Comments

Bert Sugar, boxing’s voice, RIP

I'm late posting my Tuesday column -- my apologies. I wrote about Bert Randolph Sugar who died of a heart attack on Sunday at age 74. He was the last great character of boxing, a sport which used to be full of characters. He was a storyteller and a boxing [...]

By | March 27th, 2012|13 Comments