Topic: Boxing

April 18, 2014

Boxing is an elemental thing governed by some exceptionally venal and untrustworthy authorities. Watching the amateur bouts at a Golden Gloves tournament, for all the things it lacks, offers something pro boxing doesn't: the thrill of watching a fair fight.

July 17, 2013

The long fight for equality in South Africa is the struggle that has defined Nelson Mandela's life. So it makes sense that boxing was Mandela's greatest sporting passion, although it's a little more complicated than that.

June 26, 2013

Mike Tyson in the skies of Europe. 

October 12, 2012

Talking to Tim Starks, champion boxing blogger and one of the people behind the Transnational Boxing Ranking Board, the newest and cleanest player on the over-populated boxing ranking scene, and the only non-profit handing out title belts in a decidedly for-profit game.

September 19, 2012

Guillermo Rigondeaux is more than just the WBA super-bantamweight champion, although he's that, too. The Cuban defector is both one of the best fighters to come off the island in years, and a reflection of that star-crossed, Castro-afflicted islands contradictions and conflicts. In short, he's a great topic for a movie, which is why Brin-Jonathan Butler is making Split Decision.

September 18, 2012

Back in July, Blank On Blank was one of our favorite Kickstarter campaigns. Today, they're already doing great stuff, starting with this lost interview from 1966 between heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali and some very ambitious high school students from Winnetka, Illinois.

September 17, 2012

A writer goes to Cuba in search of Guillermo Rigondeaux and some truth about the athletes who stay in Cuba and those who leave. Instead, he finds Cuba: that is, Cubans and Cuban things and, um, horny people. A reprint from

September 5, 2012

Guillermo Rigondeaux was one of Cuba's very best fighters before he finally succeeded in defecting in 2009. He has also been one of its saddest, and an emblem of a wise but thwarted and incurably sports-mad society that's quietly at war with itself, and losing.

August 7, 2012

When Mike Tyson was only 18, his managers used to market him on posters, reminding you that if your grandfather had missed Joe Louis, or your father Muhammad Ali, don’t you miss Tyson. But what they didn’t mention was that Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali were a boy’s dream of a fighter. Before long Tyson understood his customers a little better and modified the sales pitch. Tyson figured out, in his era, that America really craved a nightmare.

July 20, 2012

Claressa Shields is 17 years old. She's from Flint; she's moved four times in the last year. She's into Twitter, boys, and music. Come September, she'll be back at Northwestern High School in Flint for her senior year. But between now and then, she'll be the youngest woman ever to box in the Olympics.