18 years ago today (March 19, 2000) was my 1st day of work as a full-time boxing writer when I was at USA Today before going to ESPN in 2005. It’s been a life-changing experience. Who knew when I started what would happen, but I’ve dined with Don King; partied with Oscar De La Hoya; been yelled at, threatened, hugged and high-fived by Mike Tyson; been given the finger and hugged by Bob Arum; been screamed at and laughed with Conor McGregor; got a lift in Floyd Mayweather’s st...retch Escalade and watched as he pulled $60,000 in cash out of the glove box and also had him show me his check for $100 million after a fight; been in the presence of Muhammad Ali; hung out with George Foreman; had Joe Frazier sing to me in a press room; been kissed by Angelo Dundee; watched DVDs with Manny Pacquiao; spent hours at a bar chillin’ with Roberto Duran; had the great Emanuel Steward cook me dinner; had Anthony Joshua playfully throw a punch at me that almost caught me on the chin; had breakfast overlooking the River Thames with Bernard Hopkins; worked on SportsCenter with Marvin Hagler; covered 232 HBO cards and counting; covered fights at small clubs to big Las Vegas casinos, Yankee Stadium and Cowboys Stadium; made thousands of deadlines, missed a few too; written literally millions of words and probably seen as many punches; been splattered with blood (more than once); made hundreds of TV appearances and even more on the radio around the world; covered fights in 22 states, approximately 54 U.S. cities (including more than 100 trips to Las Vegas and New York apiece) and five countries (including in a bullring in Cancun and at Wembley Stadium in London with a crowd of 90k for the heavyweight championship); called fights on TV with Lennox Lewis and Sugar Ray Leonard; lived more than 1 year of my life at the MGM Grand; flown around 1 million miles; collected a lot of freakin’ posters and programs; seen a lot of wild and crazy shit -- and had the absolute time of my life!
With Oscar Valdez sidelined with a broken jaw, #FramptonDonaire is now for an interim featherweight title. My story:
UFC's Dana White plans to expand into #boxing promotion and is said to be pursuing Anthony Joshua. My story: http://www.espn.com/…/dana-white-interested-entering-boxing… #boxing #JoshuaParker
More on Linares-Lomachenko: drug testing and undercard. Details:
Purse bid for vacant bantamweight title scheduled. Details:
I was on radio in Omaha today talking about Terence Crawford. Have a listen:
Ramirez-Imam card viewership. Details:
#LinaresLoma is official. My story on one the best fights that can be made:
Undercard fight Canelo-GGG 2? Details:
At his training camp on Tuesday, GGG accused Canelo of serial PED use. "Canelo is cheating." He also called Oscar De La Hoya dirty. My story:
Julian Williams-Nathaniel Gallimore eiminator added to April 7 Showtime card. My story:
Ryota Murata’s first defense will be live on ESPN2. Details:
The divisional #boxing rankings are updated as they are each Tuesday!!