Hello, boxing fans. This boxing scribe is delighted to provide an exclusive Bleacher Report interview with world-famous boxing scribe Thomas Hauser. He defines the word “boxing insider.” His articles not only send shock waves through fans like me, they also send waves through the people that run boxing.
He recently published a number of articles on how HBO conducts business and what needs to change in order to ensure a prosperous future for boxing. These articles are amazing reads and really provide insight to fans and even those that work at HBO.
Hauser has published over 30 books in his career and is without question at the top of his field. In 2005, he was honored by the Boxing Writers Association of America, which bestowed upon him the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism.
He was the first Internet writer ever to receive the honor. He is everything I can only hope to become as a writer, and I hope you fans at Bleacher Report enjoy his insight at much as I do.
I recently reached out to Hauser because his work inspired me so much, and he was kind enough to grant us an interview. Enjoy this exclusive, fans! At the bottom of this article I will provide links to some of his work, and I promise you will know more about boxing than you did before reading.
Bleacher Report: Hey Thomas! There has been Rumblings all over the place that Oscar Del Hoya intends to fight again and that Chavez Jr seems to be everyone's choice. Then yesterday I read that Richard Schaefer said that this is "Untrue" and "who has he (Chavez) fought". What do you think about this whole situation?
Thomas Hauser: JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR. IS A CLUB FIGHTER WITH A NAME. IF OSCAR DOESN'T THINK HE HAS ENOUGH LEFT TO FIGHT AND BEAT A WORLD-CLASS FIGHTER, HE SHOULD RETIRE.
B/R: I have heard that Kelly Pavlik is grumbling about the "strain" of getting down to 160. Since he has not been at his best 160 and above where is his career headed if he no longer wants to make 160?
TH: KELLY CAN BE COMPETITIVE WITH THE BEST AT 168 IF THAT'S WHERE HE CHOOSES TO FIGHT.
B/R: What is the best and worst part of being a writer with such an intense viewership? (Including the brass at HBO.)
TH: THE BEST PART IS THE REALIZATION THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY READ WHAT I WRITE. THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE TO IT.
B/R: What is the best fight you have ever covered?
TH: I COULDN'T PICK OUT ONE. THE MOST INTENSE PERSONAL EXPERIENCES FOR ME WERE THE FIRST TAYLOR-HOPKINS FIGHT AND LEWIS-TYSON.
B/R: What are the odds that HBO picks up Larry Merchants 2 year Option when it comes time to decide. Do they really think that going with Max K. full time will appeal to HBO Boxing's die-hard viewers?
TH: I HOPE THAT HBO PICKS UP LARRY'S OPTION. IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR HBO AND GOOD FOR BOXING. BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ROSS GREENBURG WILL CHOOSE TO DO.
Wow, fans—how lucky are we? One of boxing’s biggest names gave us some of his time and it was well worth it. It was such a tremendous opportunity to get some of this scribes thoughts and present it to you the fans.
I strongly encourage you to follow the link below because the piece is well worth the click. I will leave you fans with some random thoughts and, as we move forward, I will do what I can to bring boxing titans like Thomas Hauser to B/R.
- This whole heavyweight title picture needs to crystallize already. Every day it is something else. I have heard David Haye is now is in talks with Wladimir Klitschko in response to older brother Klitschko taking a mandatory with Juan Gomez, which is great for boxing because now we don’t have to see our No. 1 hope, Cristobal Arreola, go down in flames because he went for the money
- Live boxing is back tonight on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights! Make sure you check it out because one of boxing’s young stars, Yuriorkis Gamboa, is in action and needs to be impressive because his Boxing After Dark victory in the fall, while exciting, was highly shaky.
- Someone from England emailed me and asked me why I dropped David Haye out of my top 10 despite the fact that he won his last fight. My answer to you, John Ames, is because, even though he won by knockout, his victory was far from impressive and miles from dominant.
- Manny opening as the favorite over Ricky is fine with me, though Ricky may be the most live underdog in the history of boxing.
- How about Don King, boxing fans?...He has a Boxing After Dark date with HBO Feb. 14 that features my 2008 prospect of the year, Alfredo Angullo, and word is he doesn't even have a site?!...What a piece of work that dude is.
Take care, fans.