February 26, 2015

Robert Downey Sr. is an actor and filmmaker, best known as the father of his Academy Award-nominated son and namesake, Robert Downey Jr. What is not as widely known is that the elder Downey is a former Golden Gloves boxer, and an insatiable reader of good sports stories and, especially, good stories about boxing.





So when Downey asked longtime New York Times sports columnist Ira Berkow if he had done enough boxing columns to publish the sort of retrospectives he had previously done on football, baseball and basketball, Berkow agreed that it might be a project worth undertaking. The result was Counter Punch: Ali, Tyson, the Brown Bomber and O...

February 25, 2015

 Livvy, Kennedy and Steve Cunningham


Imagine being a parent, trying to stay strong, while holding your 9-year-old daughter’s tiny hand as she lies there on a gurney in a pre-op ward awaiting a heart transplant. Imagine battling the fears that it might be the last time you’ll see her alive.


Now imagine trying to balance all of that while getting ready to engage some monster who wants to take your head off.

                   Livvy, Kennedy & Steve Cunningham


You have a good dose of what heavyweight Steve Cunningham and his wife Livvy endured on December 5, 2014, when they sto...

February 21, 2015

With three impressive victories against highly credible opponents in 2014, Omaha, Neb., native Terence “Bud” Crawford served notice that he has arrived as one of boxing’s newest and most exciting stars. But perhaps his most significant victory for the year just past comes nearly two months into 2015, with the announcement that the WBO lightweight champion has been named the winner of the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year Award from the Boxing Writers Association of America.


Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), who is expected to relinquish his WBO l...

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