Yesterday, headlines were made and stomachs were turned with the news that Trayvon Martin-shooter George Zimmerman would be taking part in a "Celebrity Boxing" event. As if the notion of killing a teenager qualifying one as a "celebrity" wasn't enough, it was announced that Zimmerman's opponent woul ... More >>
Late in the second round of the fight, Victor Ortiz let loose a wild right hook and Luis Collazo could see it coming. He dodged it and struck back with his own right, tight and quick. The punch caught Ortiz on the jaw and he tumbled to the canvas. The 8,000 or so in the Barclay Center stands erupte ... More >>
Luis Collazo grew up in Williamsburg and learned to box he was 10. At 13, his family moved to East New York, so he trained at the Starrett City Boxing Club, the legendary gym that produced Shannon Briggs and Zab Judah, among other talents. Over the next two decades, Collazo blossomed into a solid ... More >>
Last month, came news that the Wu Tang Clan's resident Genius, the GZA, is going to soon begin working with Columbia teacher Dr. Christopher Emdin and the website RapGenius to bring a better, hip-hop-based chemistry class to New York public schools. As cool as it is that GZA's taking this seriously ... More >>
Phenoms who come in under the sports radar are almost exclusively confined to baseball. There are so many examples of this that they almost defy counting -- a 19-year-old Dwight Gooden matures early, just a year out of high school and can suddenly throw a 97 mph fastball past experienced major leag ... 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 >>
President Obama will announce his proposal for a rewrite of the U.S. tax code Monday. The major change Obama plans to make will target the wealthiest 0.3% of the country. He is reportedly calling it the "Buffett Rule" after billionaire Warren Buffett's Op-Ed in the New York Times complaining ... More >>
Every week we highlight the comments that made us laugh, cry, appreciate another's intellect, or give our heads a thorough scratching -- and then we reward the authors of those comments with a Village Voice T-shirt. Apparently they are both comfy and fashionable! Here are the comments of the ... 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 >>
And do they hate Manny Pacquiao?
Also-beloved friend-of-SOTC Ben Westhoff's new book, Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop, will be available on May 1st from Chicago Review Press. This excerpt focuses on Southern pioneers Geto Boys and particularly beloved rapper Scarfa ... More >>
This is how he squandered his big chance to go straight.
We scored the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito super welterweight fight Saturday night a perfect shutout for Manny, 12 rounds to zero for Margarito, and fully agree with Tim Smith of the Daily News, who wrote yesterday that "By the sixth round it ceased to be sport -- there was nothing compet ... 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 >>
A veteran plays up his Hollywood success, defends his goofy-rapper legacy