In Search Of Cuba's Best Boxer, Who Betrayed His Country

Excerpted from Brin-Jonathan Butler's new Kindle Single, A Cuban Boxer's Journey: Guillermo Rigondeaux, from Castro's Traitor to American Champion, which is available now on Amazon. Annotations from the author appear throughout. This story originally appeared at Sports on Earth. » 6/05/14 2:09pm 6/05/14 2:09pm

How Marcos Maidana Almost Beat Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana are not just different; they're near-perfect opposites, each possessing the inverse of the other's attributes. The clearest way this manifests itself is that Floyd Mayweather is the world's most masterful boxer, while Marcos Maidana fights like a man who has never boxed before, ever. » 5/05/14 1:41pm 5/05/14 1:41pm

Floyd Mayweather's Jail Diet Included Lots Of Chili Cheese Fritos

In 2012, Floyd Mayweather Jr. served 60 days in the Clark County (Nev.) Detention Center after pleading guilty to domestic violence charges. Today at Sports on Earth, Geoffrey Gray has obtained documents, letters, and records that shed light on Mayweather's jail stint. The takeaway? Floyd eats like shit. » 4/30/14 3:50pm 4/30/14 3:50pm

At the Fights with Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting and Filth Author

Irvine Welsh, the Scottish author of a long string of drug- and crime-ridden classics such as Trainspotting, sits in the passenger seat of my Dodge Avenger. We're driving through the West Side of Chicago as the sun sets over vacant industrial lots in Cicero, a grimy, working-class suburb just across the street from… » 4/23/14 3:50pm 4/23/14 3:50pm

Dancing And Kicking Ass: The Photography Of John Goodman

In his first solo exhibition in New York, photographer John Goodman combines images he's taken of boxers and ballerinas Most of his work was made backstage at the Boston Ballet and out of the legendary, now defunct Times Square Gym. He has shared some of the stories behind some his work with us. If you're in the New… » 4/09/14 3:58pm 4/09/14 3:58pm

For Some Stupid Reason, Everyone Was Shocked When Clay Beat Liston

Fifty years ago tomorrow, in Miami Beach, 22-year-old Cassius Clay beat the hell out of Sonny Liston and took the world heavyweight crown from the Big Bear. According to the great New York Times sportswriter Robert Lipsyte, "only three of 46 sportswriters covering the fight had picked Clay to win." And who can blame… » 2/24/14 7:59pm 2/24/14 7:59pm