Boxing breeds drama. It is a sport of big characters, high stakes and sickening controversies. A sport of backroom deals, over-hyped prospects and underpaid journeymen. On its day it is the undisputed greatest sport on earth, the next it is curled up on the canvas in shame.
It is a circus of a sporting soap opera; unchecked egos, sharp-tongued promoters at war with one another, careers ended and sparked into life with a single punch. It’s ruthless. It’s exhilarating. It’s the perfect place to start. This is volume one of Mixlogs.
This collection takes us from the great Rocky Marciano and the troubled Jake LaMotta, through the iconic Muhammad Ali and the wars of Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti, to heralded prospect Anthony Sims Jr looking to make an impact outside as well as inside the ring. It explores the power of community boxing gyms, meets fighters coming to terms with losses and investigates one of the biggest scandals in sporting history.
“Boxing has a bad reputation for violence, blood and broken teeth, but, argues Grub Smith in this article from the GQ archives originally published in the Dec/Jan 1989 issue, it’s not as black and blue as it’s painted.”
“LaMotta’s fortunes and misfortunes have been so cosmic they could be considered godlike if it weren’t for the sacrilege implied. The ruin he has heaped on himself, and on many of those who’ve come in contact with him, seems pagan. Those who lament LaMotta would have you believe Attila the Hun would have to move up in class to get it on with Jake.”
“Former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano was a tough-fisted brawler in the ring and a tightfisted mystery out of it.”
04 / Remembering Muhammad Ali / William Nack, Michael A. Fletcher, Nigel Collins, and others / ESPN / 2016
A collection of articles collated in memorial of ‘the greatest’.
“They both get you inside the minds and hearts of the fighters and of their entourages – managers, promoters, betters and bloodthirsty spectators – more intensely and grippingly and insightfully than, well, just about anyone else has ever done.”
Assault in the Ring revisits the scandal considered one of boxing’s darkest hours.
Micky Ward meets Arturo Gatti in one of the greatest fights of all time.
08 / The World Will Never Stop Paying Tribute to Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward, Nor Should It / Eric Raskin / Grantland / 2013
“It’s rare that the lasting image from a boxing match is that of a hug. But a hug is precisely what I picture when the subject of the third and final fight between Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward comes up.”
“Nobody in the history of boxing has worn as many hats as Shannon Briggs – prodigy, bust, coward, journeyman, champion, fraud, comeback kid, clown, huckster, lunatic.”
10 / Kristian Laight: The boxer with 300 fights and 279 defeats / James Dielhenn / Sky Sports / 2018
“Of course I’m a failure in terms of boxing. But when my little boy is older, people will ask him if he was fed, and had clothes on his back. He does. I went out and did it the hardest way imaginable to earn for my family.”
11 / VIDEO: ‘My father will never see the man I became. He took that from me’ -Anthony Sims Jr / Kugan Cassius / IFL TV / 2018
Anthony Sims Jr bares his soul in conversation with IFL TV’s Kugan Cassius.
12 / What happens when a boxer loses his shot at glory and goes back to real life? / Jonathan Drennan / The Guardian / 2019
“A year ago Luke Jackson was preparing for the biggest night of his life. How does he recover after missing his one big chance?”
“In a rundown school in Nekoosa, Wis. — population 2,500 — an old trainer tries to keep the hopes of small-town boxers alive.”
“Fifteen months after the tragedy, the renowned Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club stands proud again with a renovated gym, located in the tower’s shadow in Ladbroke Grove.”