By Thomas Hauser
A Hurting Sport marks the 10th annual quantity of Thomas Hauser’s boxing articles to be released by way of the college of Arkansas Press. each year, readers, sportswriters, and critics alike look ahead to those collections. In 2014, Booklist saw, “This annual sequence detailing the 12 months in boxing will be a spotlight, not just for fanatics of the game but in addition in the event you get pleasure from journalistic acumen and fashionable prose.”
different sportswriters have known 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 actual champions in boxing and one of many absolute best who has ever written approximately this sport.
A Hurting Sport keeps this custom 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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Time marches on. Then it will be demolished to make way for a high-rise building. Roseland was never identified with boxing in the public mind. But over the years, twenty-seven fight cards were contested there. An overhanging balcony offered spectators a spectacular view of the ring. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house. The first boxing event held at Roseland was a Cedric Kushner Heavy weight Explosion card on December 8, 1998, featuring Al Cole vs. Kirk Johnson, Obed Sullivan vs. Jesse Ferguson, and Shannon Briggs vs.
The non-televised undercard featured 5-and-0 vs. 3-and-6, 13-and-0 vs. 7-and-7, and 8-and-0 vs. 4-and-8. The worst match-up of the evening was 23-and-0 Gary Russell Jr vs. Miguel Tamayo of Mexico. Russell is being maneuvered to a title bout without being legitimately tested. 500 plodder. Russell-Tomayo might have been designed to make boxing fans A HURTING SPORT 41 eager to see more of Russell. It certainly made them want to see less of Tomayo. A predictable knockout followed. Then Eddie Gomez (another prospect being carefully groomed) pounded out a workmanlike unanimous decision over Danquan Arnett.
But Chris kept moving and throwing punches. He didn’t crumble physically or mentally in the A HURTING SPORT 27 face of Provodnikov’s pressure assault. Like Ruslan, he fought the fight he wanted to fight. Pride, guts, courage; Algieri showed them all. Then came the decision of the judges: Max DeLuca 117–109 in favor of Provodnikov . . Tom Schreck and Don Trella 114–112 in favor of Algieri. Since then, the decision has been widely criticized. I was among the early critics. On fight night, I scored the bout 116–111 (7-4-1 in rounds) for Provodnikov.
A Hurting Sport: An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing by Thomas Hauser