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 the … » 4/23/14 3:50pm Yesterday 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

A George Zimmerman-DMX Boxing Match Would Almost Certainly Be Fixed

The internet is all abuzz about the fact that child killer George Zimmerman has agreed to fight 43-year-old rapper DMX in a three-round boxing match on March 1. But before we enter into weeks of discussing how horrifying the idea of these people profiting off of Trayvon Martin's dead body is, one thing needs to be made … » 2/05/14 1:56pm 2/05/14 1:56pm

Evander Holyfield Is On Celebrity Big Brother, And Has A Big Fan

Former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield is still struggling a bit financially, so he's the newest member of the house on a British version of Celebrity Big Brother. (He's such a celebrity that Metro had to run a "Who is Evander Holyfield? piece. Actually, wait.) At least one fan in the audience tonight was… » 1/03/14 7:09pm 1/03/14 7:09pm

How A Boxer Could Use PEDs Right In The Middle Of A Fight

When someone mentions performance-enhancing drugs, what comes to mind? For me, it's an image of two 'roided out home run hitters embracing on a baseball field. But as Adrien Broner might have discovered on Saturday night, the world of PEDs—which we traditionally associate with anabolic steroids and human growth… » 12/19/13 4:25pm 12/19/13 4:25pm

Where Are The Sweet Montages? Breaking Down The Rocky Movies By Scene

"Rocky Morphology," the chart above from Fathom.info, breaks down all six Rocky films by scene type: "dialogue" scenes, training scenes, pre-fight scenes, fight scenes, and—of course—montage scenes, complete with linked movie stills. Without wading too far into the endless exercise in bullshit that is ranking the Rocky » 12/09/13 12:30pm 12/09/13 12:30pm