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Jack Dempsey and the Newsboy: Debunking a Myth

Jack Dempsey and the Newsboy: Debunking a Myth

by Thomas Hauser - It's one of boxing's most endearing legends. Jack Dempsey went to bed on the night of July 4, 1919, after knocking out Jess Willard to claim the heavyweight championship of the worl...

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Will Boxing Fans Come Back To The Arenas?

Will Boxing Fans Come Back To The Arenas?

By Thomas Hauser - The initial impact of COVID-19 was most visible on a national scale in the world of sports. The National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and other time-honored instit...

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Top Rank on ESPN and What Comes Next

Top Rank on ESPN and What Comes Next

By Thomas Hauser - Two boxing cards promoted by Top Rank were televised on ESPN this past week. But the primary storyline wasn't the fights which were largely fungible. It was the return of boxing in ...

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Which Active Fighters Deserve To Be Called Great?

Which Active Fighters Deserve To Be Called Great?

By Thomas Hauser - During the economic shutdown, boxing fans have been watching videos of great fighters from the past. And it brings home the point that "great" has become the most overused term in b...

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More on UFC and The Coronavirus

More on UFC and The Coronavirus

By Thomas Hauser - On May 9, UFC 249 was contested at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Smaller UFC events were held at the same venue on May 13 and May 16. These cards were...

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What Will Fans See When Boxing Comes Back?

What Will Fans See When Boxing Comes Back?

By Thomas Hauser - On October 17, 2018, it was announced that DAZN, Canelo Alvarez, and Golden Boy (Alvarez's promoter) had entered into an agreement to stream Canelo's next eleven fights on DAZN plat...

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The Best and The Most

The Best and The Most

By Thomas Hauser - I'd graduated from law school the previous year and was clerking for a United States district judge when I read in the New York Times that Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier had signed to...

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Why Doesn't Boxing Attract More Young Fans?

Why Doesn't Boxing Attract More Young Fans?

By Thomas Hauser - Kids become sports fans at a young age and carry that passion with them throughout their lives. Contrary to popular wisdom, boxing isn't an "old man's" sport. The average age of tel...

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Court Rules That The NSAC Can Proceed Against Chavez Jr

Last year, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr was slated to fight Danny Jacobs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 20. But on October 24, Chavez refused to provide a urine sample to the Voluntar...

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Boxing

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Boxing

By Thomas Hauser - There's widespread awareness of the damage that results to fighters from head trauma. But there's another possible cause for many of these symptoms: post traumatic stress disorder (...

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UFC's Coronavirus Gambit

UFC's Coronavirus Gambit

By Thomas Hauser - Saturday night, April 18, was supposed to be a big night for UFC. In the midst of the nationwide sports shutdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, UFC 249 was scheduled to be ...

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Underground Fight Clubs and The New York State Athletic Commission

Underground Fight Clubs and The New York State Athletic Commission

By Thomas Hauser - Kids gather in the schoolyard to watch when other kids fight. And some kids like to fight. Put these phenomena together in an adult world; add in a profit motive for fight organizer...

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Muhammad Ali, Ted Williams, and Time Lost

Muhammad Ali, Ted Williams, and Time Lost

By Thomas Hauser - "March Madness" was to have culminated this weekend. Major League Baseball was supposed to be underway. The NBA playoffs were scheduled to begin this month. Instead, our games have ...

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Boxing Grinds To a Halt: The Present, The Past, and The Future

Boxing Grinds To a Halt: The Present, The Past, and The Future

By Thomas Hauser - Boxing, like all live spectator sports, relies on the here and now for revenue. If fights don't happen, people don't get paid. In recent weeks, boxing has ground to a halt. Fighters...

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Muhammad Ali and The Coronavirus

Muhammad Ali and The Coronavirus

By Thomas Hauser - Someone asked me recently what I thought Muhammad Ali would make of the burgeoning coronavirus crisis. Let's start by noting what Ali was not. He was a not a doctor. He was not a sc...

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DAZN Seeks to Lock in Canelo vs Golovkin

Multiple sources have confirmed to BoxingScene.com that DAZN executive chairman John Skipper met recently with Canelo Alvarez in San Diego and offered new incentives for a commitment from the Mexican ...

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The NYSAC Retreats on Ivan Redkach

Faced with widespread criticism for its draconian punishment of Ivan Redkach, the New York State Athletic Commission has stepped back from the brink. With slightly more than a minute left in round eig...

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Ivan Redkach and The New York State Athletic Commission

By Thomas Hauser - With slightly more than a minute left in round eight of the January 25, 2020, fight at Barclays Center between Danny Garcia and Ivan Redkach, Redkach bit Garcia just below the left ...

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What's Happening With DAZN? - Part Two

What's Happening With DAZN? - Part Two

By Thomas Hauser - Bill King is a senior writer for Sports Business Journal and has honed his journalistic skills over the course of three decades. He's more than able to ferret out the details of a s...

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What's Happening With DAZN? - Part One

What's Happening With DAZN? - Part One

By Thomas Hauser - On May 10, 2018, Eddie Hearn (managing director of Matchroom Boxing) and Simon Denyer (CEO of what was then Perform Group) announced a joint venture at a press conference in New Yor...

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