To call Timothy Bradley's split decision over Manny Pacquiao late Saturday night/Sunday morning a bad decision is to miss the point entirely. God knows there have been classic bad decisions in boxing history--the first being the Joe Louis-Jersey Joe Wolcott fight in 1947. Louis was awarded a decis ... More >>
This Saturday, the NYPD and FDNY are occupying (ha!) Madison Square Garden for a good cause. The NYPD Fighting Finest will fight the FDNY Bravest in the Battle of the Badges, a boxing match for charity. The boxing match is happening just a week after Veterans Day and benefits former soldiers. ... More >>
On Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather stepped in and administered a lethal left-right combination to Victor Ortiz that produced the most stunning knockout of Mayweather's professional career. That he would have punched a guy who simply wanted to hug him seems to have offended millions of viewers ar ... More >>
If you've been wondering why Floyd Mayweather has, for the past two years, been unable to come to terms with Manny Pacquiao for a fight which could gross $100 million — or is that $150 million? — then take a look at this bit from HBO's pre-fight publicity series, Mayweather vs. Ortiz 2 ... More >>
Some things go down in history because they're remarkable: Baby scales Mount Everest, by accident! Some things go down in history because of what they are, whether anyone cares or not: The third summit meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia is happen ... More >>
(Bebeto Matthews/AP via the MLB)Cotto (L) and Foreman at the stadiumThere are lots of Jews and Puerto Ricans in New York. And that, once you sweep away a fine layer of euphemism, is why boxing is returning to Yankee Stadium tomorrow night after a 34-year hiatus.
Yuri Foreman is an Orthodox J ... More >>
In 1982, I wrote my first story for the Voice, a profile of Bert Randolph Sugar, then editor of Ring Magazine. The piece was hooked to the Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney heavyweight championship fight, still one of the biggest-grossing bouts in boxing history.
Twenty-eight years later, Sugar is ... More >>
Of all the sports leads we never expected to read, this has got to be number one:
"Animal rights activists are crying foul over boxer Mike Tyson's plans to host a reality show featuring pigeon racing. This from today's Daily News story by Erin Durkin.
In a single sentence we were alerted ... More >>
There was a bar mitzvah scheduled in June for Yankee Stadium, and it's still going to take place, but with slightly more impressive entertainment. The Yankees organization announced Friday that the young guest of honor is almost certainly going to share the stadium on his big day with the WBA ... More >>
Barbara Long, the Voice's no-nonsense boxing criticClip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives.
July 21, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 40
On One Hand in a Two-Handed Society
By Barbara Long
Three one-handed wonders showed up at Madison Square Garden last week. Joey Archer was there to tak ... More >>
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December 2, 1965, Vol. XI, No. 7
The Lady Proposes A Final Solution
By Barbara Long
Hell's bells, baby, it's not my fault, so don't blame me. Okay, I like fights. I'm not ashamed of that. True, there is a copy of Nat Fleischer's "Fif ... More >>
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August 12, 1965, Vol. X, No. 43
Good Night at the Fights
By Barbara Long
A riot? Not really.
True, there was a bit of hanky panky following the fight at Madison Square Garden last week. One hundred or so of the 7,000 people present d ... More >>
Arguello-Pryor, Fight of the DecadeAlexis Arguello -- three-time professional boxing champion, mayor of Managua, Nicaragua, and friend of the Voice -- died this past Wednesday, apparently by his own hand. Not Martin Scorsese with a screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga could have made sense out of A ... More >>
In the interest of full disclosure, James Toback owes me money. At a party in 1992, he assured me that if Evander Holyfield ever met Mike Tyson, Tyson would surely destroy him. We made a $100 bet. You know how that one turned out. At a memorial service for Pauline Kael in the winter of 2 ... More >>
No one put it quite this way, but you get the feeling that the old guard boxing culture understands that with Oscar De La Hoya's retirement -- and this time it would appear to be for real -- that an era has come to an end. Boxing will continue to be a major sport in the U.S., but increasingly ... More >>
Author, boxing official, champion prize fighter, and friend to the Voice José Torres died of a heart attack on Monday, January 19, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. RIchard Goldstein has a lengthy obit at the Times. Torres's Sting like A Bee: The Muhammad Ali Story, published in 1971 with a preface by Norman ... More >>