By Thomas Hauser
A Hurting Sport marks the 10th annual quantity of Thomas Hauser’s boxing articles to be released by means of the college of Arkansas Press. each year, readers, sportswriters, and critics alike watch for those collections. In 2014, Booklist saw, “This annual sequence detailing the yr in boxing will be a spotlight, not just for fanatics of the game but in addition when you relish journalistic acumen and classy prose.”
different sportswriters have referred to as Hauser “the dean of fightwriters” (TheSweetScience.com) and “our craft’s so much celebrated practitioner” (15Rounds.com). His readers name him one of many final genuine champions in boxing and one of many best possible who has ever written approximately this sport.
A Hurting Sport keeps this practice of excellence with a behind-the-scenes recounting of 2014’s greatest fights, a glance at Floyd Mayweather’s behavior out and in of the hoop, research of struggle impresario Al Haymon’s burgeoning empire, and lots more and plenty extra.
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Extra resources for A Hurting Sport: An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing
Juan Carlos Burgos and Bryant Jennings vs. Artur Szpilka. The opening undercard bout was scheduled 40 THOMAS HAUSER for 6:30 pm. The first HBO fight began at ten o’clock. That left threeand-a-half hours for six undercard fights, four of which ended in the first round and one in the second. There was a lot of down time. Ten years ago, Jennings-Szpilka would have been a mid-level offering on Cedric Kushner’s Heavyweight Explosion series. Jennings is vying for a rung on the world-class heavyweight ladder.
I’ve fought at Barclays Center twice and Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City twice. Those are great places but they’re not the Garden. I don’t know how far I’ll go in boxing, but this is an opportunity for me to get to the next level. I want to be on the 34 THOMAS HAUSER card, and I’m willing to be the B-side fighter. ” That fight took place on February 12, 2014, at Roseland Ballroom in New York against a club fighter named Donald Ward. It was supposed to be an easy victory for Melson. But in round three, he injured his brachial plexus (a network of nerve fibers running from the spine through his neck into his right arm).
He attacks with ferocity, hits and gets hit, and engages in wars of attrition. “To be honest, I am not one of the most talented boxers,” Ruslan acknowledged at a June 7 media sitdown. ” Provodnikov’s non-stop aggression and brawling swarming style had led him to a 23-and-2 record with 16 knockouts. The losses were by decision to Tim Bradley and Mauricio Herrera. His most recent victory was a tenth-round stoppage of Mike Alvarado that brought him the WBO belt. “The championship and the belt are not as important to me as the respect of the fans,” Ruslan told the media.
A Hurting Sport: An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing by Thomas Hauser