Sweet Science History: Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns

Sweet Science History: Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns

I recently found myself in Detroit, Michigan and was immediately drawn into the city’s boxing culture. Though the city itself is currently in rough shape, it seems to set the mood for the rough and relentless boxers created on it’s streets. The popular Joe Louis’ legacy was in plain view all around in the form of statues, posters, and memorabilia. The Motor City has born numerous talented boxers over the decades, but the pugilist that was most eye catching to me was the first 4-time and first 5-time world champion, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns. Read more

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This Weekend in Boxing (4/29-4/30)

This Weekend in Boxing (4/29-4/30)

If you are like most of the world’s boxing fans, you’re waiting with anticipation for next weekend’s middleweight title pay-per view card featuring Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Amir Khan (or just waiting for it to be over). Nine days is still a long time to wait, but this is a weekend filled with a few super-middleweight contests in the mean time to keep you occupied. Read more

Sweet Science History: Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker

Sweet Science History: Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker

When the casual boxing fan thinks about the sport, it’s easy to get blinded by the warrior who packs explosive power. The fighter who has dynamite in each hand, and the grit to keep coming forward and look to deliver that explosiveness will steal the spotlight more times than not. However to some fans (mostly the die hard fans and purists), it is the elegant and graceful defensive capabilities that capture the eye, and perplex the mind. When discussing these defensive skill sets, it is hard to think of anybody who has displayed more technical acumen than Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. Read more