Author Archives: Jimmy Tobin

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“You remember his stoppage of Howard Eastman, the counter right hand that stiffened “The Battersea Bomber” like a tetanus victim. Bernard Hopkins couldn’t stop Eastman, neither could Arthur Abraham. Miranda banged him out in seven rounds. Willie Gibbs fared worse. Miranda hit him so hard Gibb’s corner had to bend the fighter’s legs for him so he could take his stool after being knocked out in the first round. There was Miranda’s knockout of David Banks on Friday Night Fights, too. Remember the way Banks lay hung up in the ropes like a pair of sneakers in a telephone line? One right hand did that.”

Read Dream to Make Believe: The Impossible Life of Edison Miranda on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“Williams brings to mind a line from Don DeLillo’s End Zone: “Words move the body into position. In time the position itself dictates events.” People downplay their troubles for many reasons: to convince themselves those troubles are smaller than they are, for example; or to deter others from offering support; sometimes they do it to hide vulnerability. Williams isn’t doing any of those things. He is speaking himself into position, using his words to set a standard his actions must achieve, not downplaying his troubles but not exaggerating them either. In that position, with that perspective, Williams can act.”

Read The Giant: Paul Williams is Still Making Moves on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“His story is set now; it has been for years. Vernon Forrest was a champion and humanitarian. That is how we remember him, such that it almost feels mundane to distinguish him as such. And isn’t that ridiculous? Consider what passes for achievement today, for personality, for character. We are so easily satisfied with less, if only because we’ve lowered expectations to ensure fulfillment. And yet Forrest lives at the recesses of boxing’s collective memory.”

Read Postscript: Remembering Vernon Forrest on Hannibal Boxing.