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Robert Cassidy

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.

Stevenson-Pascal bout in Jeopardy

Jean Pascal, left, celebrates with former world champion

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The battle for Canada might be put on hold for a while.

In the moments following Jean Pascal’s unanimous-decision win over Lucian Bute on Saturday night at the Bell Centre, Pascal acted like he was best friends with fellow Canadian boxing star Adonis Stevenson.

“I don’t care what’s next. Adonis is a world champion,” said Pascal. “I’m very proud of him. He’s Black like me. He’s from my...

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Neutral Corner Book Review: A Savior Will Rise

Hearing a boxer utter the term “boxing is my life” is pretty commonplace these days. But finding a boxer who is literally fighting for his life is rare.

During World War II Jewish men were forced to box on Saturday night for their lives. Winners would receive extra food. Losers would receive a slow death in a gas chamber.

Thus was the situation Jewish boxer Samson Abrams found himself...

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Derric Rossy returns to the ring

Hempstead fighter Derric Rossy hits Shannon Miller with

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It has been announced that Long Island heavyweight Derric Rossy is returning to the ring on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. Rossy (28-7) meets Philadelphia's Joey Dawejko (8-3) in the 10-round main event.   "I'm looking forward to my fight against Dawejko on the 25th," said Rossy, who is from Medford. "Trust me, I'm not looking past him."  ...

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Neutral Corner Top 10

Floyd Mayweather, right, throws a left at Canelo

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1. Floyd Mayweather Jr., welterweight (45-0): Is there really any reason to even explain why Mayweather is No. 1 in the world? After taking apart the sport’s top young fighter in Canelo Alvarez, Mayweather, 36, proved he still has it. His next bout is scheduled for May. Amir Khan is rumored to be the opponent.

2. Andre Ward, super middleweight (27-0): Ward returned to the ring in November...

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Fight wish list for 2014

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman told a group

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Here’s the Neutral Corner’s annual fight wish list for 2014. We understand that many of these fights won’t happen, but we can always dream.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao: We promise this is the last time we will ask for this fight. Is there a snowball’s chance it could happen in 2014? If Pacquiao’s tax problems have been accurately reported, there is a possibility. Mayweather has...

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Mayweather: Broner jumped too early

Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his majority decision victory

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Even Adrien Broner’s mentor Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks the brash young fighter got a little too big for his britches.

We’re referring to Broner’s decision to stay at welterweight and fight Marcos Maidana, instead of moving back to junior welterweight or even lightweight after his fight against Paulie Malignaggi.

Broner had trouble dealing with the power of Maidana, a stronger puncher...

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Lesson learned for Adrien Broner?

Adrien Broner celebrates after beating Gavin Rees of

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Sometimes a boxer just need to be humbled. 

Broner learned the hard way during his unanimous-decision loss to Marcos Maidana (117-109, 116-109 and 115-110) at the Alamodome on Showtime on Saturday night that boxing isn't about talent. It's about being sensible. 

Up until his fight with Paulie Malignaggi last June, Broner fought as either a super featherweight or a lightweight....

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Broner: I'm the next Floyd Mayweather

Adrien Broner poses during press conference for Marcos

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Adrien Broner promised that Marcos Maidana will “bring something else” out of him.

Broner (27-0) a rising star, will be making second appearance in the ring as a welterweight when he takes on Maidana at the Alamodome on Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

The 24-year-old, in his most recent fight at Barclays Center last June, scored a split-decision win over Paulie Malignaggi.

It was his...

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Could Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao finally happen?

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman told a group

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So the WBC went ahead and rated Manny Pacquiao its No. 1 welterweight, with the hope that division champion Floyd Mayweather will eventually break down and fight him.

Is it wishful thinking?

It was wishful thinking until reports surfaced that Pacquiao (55-5-2) is in major financial trouble with U.S. and Filipino tax officials.

Pacquiao has yet to speak publicly about his money...

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Win over Judah energizes Malignaggi

Paulie Malignaggi.

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Isn’t it funny how one win can rejuvenate a boxer?

Paulie Malignaggi’s unanimous-decision win over Zab Judah on Saturday at Barclays Center apparently lit a fire under the “Magic Man”.

"This is an emotional win for me. It definitely allows me to continue boxing. If I had lost, I don't know that I would have wanted to continue,” Malignaggi said. “But this big win puts me in the right...

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