Join Robert Cassidy with ringside seats in the world of Boxing.
The son of former middleweight contender, "Irish" Bobby Cassidy," Robert was born into the boxing beat. He was reading The Ring magazine when most kids are still reading nursery rhymes and he started attending fights at the age of 10. He officially began covering the sport in 1987 and his coverage of boxing has appeared in Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, Timeout New York and The Ring.
He once dazzled spectators with a heavybag workout at the Westbury PAL. That led to a shortlived attempt at actual sparring. After which, he understood why his heavybag workout was so dazzling. The bag didn't punch back.
Cassidy is Newsday.com's Deputy Editor of Multimedia.
There is a cool event Saturday that combines the culture of music and the sport of boxing. Leon Gast, who won an Oscar for his documentary about the Muhammad Ali-George Foreman fight, and hall-of-fame boxer Carlos Ortiz will be participating panel discussions. Here's a press release about the day:
* On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Bronx Music Heritage Center – part of the Women’s Housing...Read more »
Here are three offerings for your summer reading list.
Author Brin-Jonathan Butler traveled to three different countries, a dozen states and watched thousands of rounds of boxing in pursuit of this story. The result is 192 pages of thoroughly-reported and carefully crafted prose that makes up "A Cuban Boxer's Journey: Guillermo Rigondeaux, From Castro's Traitor To American Champion." Simply...Read more »
The rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley takes place Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout will be televised by HBO PPV. Here are predictions from the media.
It's another nail-biter with Pacquiao and Bradley waging a fight of the year type bout. I just think Bradley is on the upswing, swelling with confidence after his two recent wins while Pacquiao is on the...Read more »
A pair of boxing films will anchor the eighth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival this year.
"Champs," directed by Bert Marcus, explores how some of the top boxers used boxing to pull themselves out of poverty and features Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins. Additionally, the world premiere of "Maravilla" directed by Juan Pablo Cadaveira, chronicles the story of Argentine...Read more »
A veteran fighter like Manny Pacquiao should know better. So should his trainer Freddie Roach.
Never let a match go to the scorecards if you can help it.
In the first Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight, Bradley prevailed in what was considered by most boxing fans and media members a controversial decision (115-113, 115-113, 113-115).
Throughout the sport’s history there has been controversial...Read more »
How quickly things can change in sports.
In February, Amir Khan made disparaging remarks about Floyd Mayweather Jr. because the undefeated welterweight decided to fight Marcos Maidana.
“I felt very disrespected by his team,” Khan tweeted last month about his negotiations with Mayweather. “I wasted my time.”
Khan said later in an interview with Beyond the Gloves that he would...Read more »
Junior middleweight prospect Patrick Day emerged victorious again, scoring a first-round knockout over Duane King in a scheduled six-round bout Friday night on Lou DiBella's latest Broadway Boxing card at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn.
The Freeport native improved to 7-0-1 (4 KOs) after dropping King with a left hook 39 seconds into the bout. It’s the second straight win...Read more »
When two fighters step into the ring, they learn something about each other. Be it sparring, or a real fight, opinions are formed, subtleties are noted.
This Saturday, former cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) will fight Vyacheslav Glazkov (16-0-1, 11 KOs) in a 12-round IBF heavyweight title eliminator. The bout will take place at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem,...Read more »
Bernard Hopkins is looking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify the major championship belts. But the “Alien”, who holds the IBF light heavyweight title, says his march toward history is not being done strictly for self-gratification.
Hopkins, 49, talked about fulfilling a legacy that can be talked about for generations with reporters at a press conference in Washington...Read more »
Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1) returns to the ring for the first time since suffering the first loss of his career to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September. Alvarez will take on Alfredo Angulo on Saturday at the MGM Grand on SHOWTIME pay-per-view....Read more »