A Hurting Sport: An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing by Thomas Hauser

By Thomas Hauser

A Hurting Sport marks the 10th annual quantity of Thomas Hauser’s boxing articles to be released via the collage of Arkansas Press. each year, readers, sportswriters, and critics alike watch for 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 additionally should you savor 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 genuine champions in boxing and one of many absolute best who has ever written approximately this sport.

A Hurting Sport maintains this custom of excellence with a behind-the-scenes recounting of 2014’s largest fights, a glance at Floyd Mayweather’s behavior out and in of the hoop, research of struggle impresario Al Haymon’s burgeoning empire, and masses extra.

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Stripped of the hype, Cotto-Martinez was an entertaining match-up between two compelling personalities who have served boxing well. Each man carries himself with dignity. Martinez was a 2-to-1 favorite, but the outcome of the fight was very much in doubt. The case for a Martinez victory began with the belief that Cotto wasn’t “Cotto” anymore. Miguel had lost two fights in a row (to Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout) before blowing out journeyman Delvin Rodriguez last October. Prior to those fights, he’d been brutalized by 20 THOMAS HAUSER Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao and looked ordinary in victories over Yuri Foreman, Ricardo Mayorga, and (in a rematch) Margarito.

Santana will pay for the punishment he took for the rest of his life. But as bad as Garcia-Salka and Peterson-Santana were, the fight that did the most to tarnish boxing might have been Danny Jacobs vs. Jarrod Fletcher. For more than a century, the term “world champion” had special meaning and was part of a long and glorious tradition. No more. ” There are now as many as one hundred of them at any given time. Fans simply don’t know who the champions are. ” Fletcher didn’t even perform like a good club fighter.

From round one on, it was clear that neither Hardy nor Hoy had the power to knock the other out and that, absent a cut or fluke injury, the bout would go the distance. This time, she relied on her legs; circling, countering, and getting off first, all of which was made easier by the fact that Hoy appeared to not know how to cut off the ring. The action was brisk but also repetitive. The rounds blurred together. Virtually everyone who watched Hardy-Hoy saw Heather as the clear winner. Ring judge Joe Pasquale might not have been watching.

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