Thomas J. Brown

Thomas J. Brown is a published author and avid basketball fan. Having played the game at the semi-pro level and having years of AAU coaching experience under his belt, writing about the game is a natural passion. His unique perspective is often funny and insightful in addition to always being informed and original.

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Grading the best promotional organizations in boxing

Boxing Gloves

The 1980’s was one of the greatest decades in the history of boxing. Fans fondly remember great middleweights like Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran and Tommy Hearns. Not to be outdone was the heavyweight division which produced the epic reign of Larry Holmes and the awe-inspiring emergence of Mike Tyson. The sport captivated audiences across the world, so much so that Hollywood took notice. Three of the best boxing films of all time, Raging Bull, Rocky III and …

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Top 10 Fights On Every Boxing Fans Wish List in 2021

Top 10 Fights On Every Boxing Fans Wish List In 2021

Although the sport of boxing was tested like never before in 2020, those involved showed a level of resilience that should be applauded by fight fans around the world – we take a look at the top 10 fights on every boxing fan’s wish list for this year. Not only did the sport come back after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, but there were also some very memorable bouts between some of the biggest …

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Edgar Berlanga is 2020’s Fighter of The Year

Edgar Berlanga

A Look at Edgar Berlanga I was in elementary school when Steven Spielberg offered the world his adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel, Jurassic Park. I desperately wanted to see the film during the opening weekend because I didn’t want to be the only kid in the neighborhood who hadn’t seen it. This was 1993 and the commercials we’d been seeing on television left us in awe and anticipation. Unfortunately, my older cousin was getting married in Miami that weekend, so …

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Floyd Mayweather should not go through with his circus bout against Logan Paul

Floyd Mayweather

LL Cool J once said that the secret to longevity is reinvention. As a rapper of historical importance who transformed into a well-known actor, he’s certainly qualified to speak on the topic. Over the years, we’ve seen other celebrities reinvent themselves and go on to have a prosperous “second act.” Singer Sonny Bono had a promising musical career in the 1970s that saw him paired with the legendary Cher. He later became a politician and was elected Mayor of Palm …

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The Citywide Impact of the Columbus Crew’s MLS Cup Victory

Columbus Crew

This is not your typical sports article. It’s certainly not the type of article anyone who’s familiar with my work has grown accustomed to, and I don’t know when the next time I’ll write something like this will be. Normally, I focus on sporting events, the athletes, coaches and teams involved in the actual games. However, the Columbus Crew Soccer Club’s Saturday night win over the Seattle Sounders Football Club in the MLS Cup had an impact that reaches far …

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Shakur Stevenson – Boxing’s Next Box Office Draw

Shakur Stevenson

Country music artist, Billy Ray Cyrus had a hit single titled “Achy Breaky Heart” that was dominating the charts across all genres. An up and coming comedian by the name of Chris Farley was beginning to have breakout success on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, and incumbent U.S. President George H.W. Bush was expected to have an easy victory in November over the presumed Democratic, nominee Bill Clinton. Meanwhile, the heavyweight champion of the world was Evander Holyfield and …

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The WBC’s bridgerweight division is a bad idea

The Wbcs Bridgerweight Division Is A Bad Idea

The ancient Greek philosopher, Aesop once said “It is possible to have too much of a good thing.” Casual observers should find it amazing that a man who died more than 400 years before the birth of Christ would have such a firm grasp on the current state of affairs in the sport of boxing. Alas, the sport has been flooded with so many champions that it’s become a necessity to identify a lineal champion in each division. The WBC …

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Lessons from watching Nate Robinson vs. Jake Paul

Nate Robinson Jake Paul

‘This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.’ Who could forget these timeless words of advice from Polonius to his son Laertes in Shakespeare’s classic play, Hamlet? Centuries later, the truth in these words have not changed one bit; they remain as relevant now as they were then. Life is a journey, and everyone must find their own path to happiness …

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The Blueprint for Callum Smith to Beat Canelo Alvarez

The Blueprint For Callum Smith To Beat Canelo Alvarez

Without question, the December 19th bout between WBA World super-middleweight champion and the same governing body’s Super champion will be the greatest example of Eddie Hearn’s superb negotiating skills to date. The man at the helm of heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s career and the leader of Matchroom boxing has been trying to unify the most fabled division in the sport for years. This has proven to be an elusive goal as rumored fights between Joshua and then WBC champion Deontay …

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Terence Crawford vs. Kell Brook: Fight Preview

Terence Crawford Vs. Kell Brook: Fight Preview

Once upon a time, there were two men who dominated the welterweight division and were considered by most pundits to be the two best pound for pound fighters in the sport. For years, fan salivated at the thought of the two of them climbing in the ring together to decide which one was really the best. Then in the Spring of 2015, after years of anticipation, Floyd Mayweather outpointed Manny Pacquiao with a boring display of defensive brilliance. The self-proclaimed …

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What’s next for Gervonta Davis?

Gervonta Davis

Gervonta Davis‘ last fight was stopped at 2:40 in the sixth round against Leo Santa Cruz. The vicious uppercut sent the 32-year-old former champion crumbling to the canvas. It was a devastating blow, delivered by a 26-year-old champion desperately seeking an impressive win that would make him a superstar. Within hours, footage of the knockdown had gone viral. Even with two months left in the year, pundits across the globe were declaring it the unquestioned best knockout of 2020. Although …

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Oleksandr Usyk vs. Derek Chisora: Fight Preview

Oleksandr Usyk Vs. Derek Chisora

In October of 2019, both Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora reminded the world of why they’ve become marquee names in the sport of boxing. On October 12th, Usyk made his heavyweight debut in Chicago by dominating Chazz Witherspoon throughout the course of seven rounds. It was such a thorough display of skill and power that Witherspoon’s corner decided their fighter had taken enough of a beating for the night; there would be no eighth round. Exactly two weeks later, a …

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Teofimo Lopez should give Vasyl Lomachenko a rematch

Teofimo Lopez Should Give Vasyl Lomachenko A Rematch

Teofimo Lopez would be doing himself a disservice to dodge Vasyl Lomachenko. It sounds like a contradiction to say a fighter could dodge an opponent he’s already faced but that’s precisely what critics would say if Teofimo Lopez avoids giving Lomachenko a rematch. However, before the argument can be made that Lomachenko does indeed deserve a second chance, Lopez should be praised for his performance in their initial bout. Coming into the fight, Lomachenko was praised for being “The Technician” …

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Deontay Wilder must avenge his loss to Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder Must Avenge His Loss To Tyson Fury

There was a hush over the crowd and a buzz in the air. Deontay Wilder, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, had just gone the distance with the man many considered the lineal champion, Tyson Fury. Although Tyson Fury outpointed Deontay Wilder for much of the fight, two knockdowns at the hands of the reigning champion threatened to swing the scorecard against him. After hugging the reigning champion as a sign of respect, Fury waited in the middle of the ring …

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It’s Time The San Antonio Spurs Rebuild

San Antonio Spurs

This has been an NBA season unlike any other. The entire season was put into a four-month-long hiatus due to a once-in-a-century global pandemic. There was the loss of an iconic player to an unexpected tragedy and the passing of the greatest commissioner in the history of sports. Although those are the headlines we will all remember for the rest of our lives, something else epic happened this season too: The San Antonio Spurs missed the playoffs for the first …

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