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Articles by author: Lyle Fitzsimmons(491 results)

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

Feel free to hate Mayweather-McGregor, but for the right reasons

Feel free to hate Mayweather-McGregor, but for the right reasons

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - OK, let’s face some facts. Rightly or wrongly, we all know what we’ll be doing on Aug. 26. And though no offense is intended to the fighters or the executives with whom they’ve a...Read More

Still-Hungry Kermit Cintron:

Still-Hungry Kermit Cintron: "I Would Do It" if UFC Called

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Kermit Cintron’s not mad at Floyd Mayweather. Nor is he incensed at Conor McGregor. In fact, unlike the crop of self-righteous boxing defenders who’ve emerged since last week, he...Read More

Mikey Garcia Breaks Down Broner Deal, Hopes Team Pacquiao is Serious

Mikey Garcia Breaks Down Broner Deal, Hopes Team Pacquiao is Serious

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - After 917 days on the shelf, Mikey Garcia was predictably anxious to get back to work. And now that he’s returned, already won a pair of fights and added a third weight class tit...Read More

Cecilia Braekhus Ready For Gala Norwegian Homecoming

Cecilia Braekhus Ready For Gala Norwegian Homecoming

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Don’t look now, but Norway is fast becoming a world boxing capital. Long dormant due to a decades-long ban, the sport has been revived thanks to the efforts of unified women’s we...Read More

Buffalo Beginners Bring Bad Luck For Reigning Champs

Buffalo Beginners Bring Bad Luck For Reigning Champs

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It was our first time at a live fight card … and the end of a pair of eras. When old pal Phil MacDonald and I hopped in my dad’s Chevy Caprice for a trip from hometown Niagara Fa...Read More

Gary Russell Jr. - If No Unification Next, I Plan To Move Up

Gary Russell Jr. - If No Unification Next, I Plan To Move Up

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - To love Gary Russell Jr. is to love his contrasts. The soon-to-be 29-year-old went into a Saturday night date with Oscar Escandon fully expecting to beat his opponent, to look go...Read More

Gary Russell Jr. Firm on Goals: Unifications, Lomachenko - Twice

Gary Russell Jr. Firm on Goals: Unifications, Lomachenko - Twice

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Gary Russell Jr. admires Bernard Hopkins. But by no means does he want to be Bernard Hopkins. Even as a Saturday night defense against Oscar Escandon draws nearer, the WBC’s feat...Read More

Victorious Canelo Alvarez Still a Work in Fighting Progress

Victorious Canelo Alvarez Still a Work in Fighting Progress

By Lyle Fitzsimmons - Given all he’s accomplished, it’s easy to forget Canelo Alvarez is just 26. He turned pro as a 139-pound teenager, won his first regional title before he could buy a drink to cel...Read More

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