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Articles by author: Lyle Fitzsimmons(499 results)

Ahmed Elbiali Prepping For Career-Defining War With Jean Pascal

Ahmed Elbiali Prepping For Career-Defining War With Jean Pascal

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - His complexion and his name quickly spoil the secret. Yes, it’s true. Ahmed Elbiali is not a native of the United States. But even in an era where immigrants aren’t celebrated, t...Read More

Wilder Returns To Beast Mode, Regains Heavyweight Spotlight

Wilder Returns To Beast Mode, Regains Heavyweight Spotlight

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - As boxing goes, it's a tale as old as time and a song as old as rhyme. If you're looking to spice up a fight that might struggle for traction on a weekend full of football, MMA a...Read More

Joshua-Wilder: The Heavyweight Epic For a New Generation

Joshua-Wilder: The Heavyweight Epic For a New Generation

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - The answer depends on when fans came of age. Those in their 50s will hear the phrase “big heavyweight fight” and instantly recall 1970s images of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Ge...Read More

Anthony Joshua's Muscle Not Limited To In-Ring Success

Anthony Joshua's Muscle Not Limited To In-Ring Success

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - His left jab is menacing. His right cross is lethal. And the IBF, IBO and WBA title belts draped across his shoulder – not to mention a pristine record of 19 knockouts in 19 figh...Read More

Suddenly, Promoting The 154-Pounders is a Growth Industry

Suddenly, Promoting The 154-Pounders is a Growth Industry

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - I’m just a humble boxing writer. I periodically hop airplanes, frequently gas up cars and periodically camp out alongside a big-screen TV in order to stay on top of news from the...Read More

Quality Quintet: Hatton, Morales and Winky highlight IBHOF class

Quality Quintet: Hatton, Morales and Winky highlight IBHOF class

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s probably not his fault, but I’m still going to blame Edward Brophy. The executive director of the International Boxing Hall of Fame had zero impact on when my parents met, m...Read More

Hallback Hopes Chatter Brings High-Profile Return, Eyes Cyborg

Hallback Hopes Chatter Brings High-Profile Return, Eyes Cyborg

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s been nothing if not a slow burn for Chevelle Hallback. The 40-something Florida native hasn’t been active in a boxing ring for more than a thousand days – or three years, on...Read More

Ward’s Shock Exit Gives Chance To Others To Fill P4P Vacuum

Ward’s Shock Exit Gives Chance To Others To Fill P4P Vacuum

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - For so many years, it was so easy. Love him or loathe him, Floyd Mayweather Jr. laid consensus claim to at least one title for the bulk of his unbeaten, career-defining run betwe...Read More

Dmitry Kudryashov Only Focused on The Ring, Not World News

Dmitry Kudryashov Only Focused on The Ring, Not World News

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Go ahead, we dare you. Watch any U.S.-based national newscast these days and try to get through 30 minutes without mention of pre-election dealings involving Trump Tower and the ...Read More

HBO Mic Crew Hits Stride Ahead of Weekend PPV Blockbuster

HBO Mic Crew Hits Stride Ahead of Weekend PPV Blockbuster

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s not always indicative, but it helps. So, while sports history is littered with entities that rose up to produce greatness after inglorious stretches, it’s surely more comfor...Read More

Older, mature Canelo a much more dangerous PPV proposition

Older, mature Canelo a much more dangerous PPV proposition

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Three years, 11 months and 22 days. That’s how long it’s been since Saul Alvarez entered the ring as a newbie. Lest anyone forget, that night – Sept. 14, 2013, to be exact – a 23...Read More

Indignation Over McGregor’s 'Mexican' Remark is Mistaken

Indignation Over McGregor’s 'Mexican' Remark is Mistaken

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It was a promotion crammed to capacity with offensive moments. And from the instant publicity-tour microphones went live in Los Angeles to the end of the final fight-week presser...Read More

McGregor KO Would Resonate Far Beyond Weekend in Vegas

McGregor KO Would Resonate Far Beyond Weekend in Vegas

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - The Mount Rushmore of upsets. Regardless of your generation or sport of choice, the top candidates for chiseled-granite immortality can probably be plucked from a similar crop of...Read More

Legacies Remain Pristine Even When Champs Go on Too Long

Legacies Remain Pristine Even When Champs Go on Too Long

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Think about some recent greats in the major sports. Michael Jordan in basketball. Wayne Gretzky in hockey. Brett Favre in football. Upon hearing their names, chances are good tha...Read More

Farewell, Klitschko - History's most physically daunting heavyweight

Farewell, Klitschko - History's most physically daunting heavyweight

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Given the sentimentality that retirements can bring, some folks out there may be thinking it. But we'll go ahead and say it. When it comes to career-long bodies of work, Wladimir...Read More

When it comes to scoring fights, it's best to believe the media

When it comes to scoring fights, it's best to believe the media

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Watch enough boxing and it’s nearly a certainty. Almost every weekend and surely a few times each month, the most frequent word in morning-after content on social media is “robbe...Read More

Barring a Win, Broner's Legacy To Be Full of Wasted Promise

Barring a Win, Broner's Legacy To Be Full of Wasted Promise

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - If boxing is your career field, you could follow far worse blueprints than Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s. Now 40 years old, the Pretty Boy-turned-Money man cut an enviable swath of exce...Read More

Mayweather-McGregor Re-Illustrates New Entertainment Reality

Mayweather-McGregor Re-Illustrates New Entertainment Reality

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - I’m not sure if Oscar De La Hoya knows Lindsey Graham. But as the hoopla and mayhem emanated from the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor press tour last week, I began thinking of th...Read More

Omar Figueroa Concedes:

Omar Figueroa Concedes: "My Mind Needed a Break"

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Addiction. The folks at Merriam-Webster have a clinical definition for it: “(The) compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance characterized by tolerance and by well-...Read More

Kelly Pavlik, Five Years Later, Has Zero Career Regrets

Kelly Pavlik, Five Years Later, Has Zero Career Regrets

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Kelly Pavlik makes it perfectly clear. Though his career doesn’t always get plaudits and non-boxing issues tend to obscure a championship resume, he’s got zero problems sleeping ...Read More

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