After a breakout year, 126-pound champ Lee Selby eyes homecoming bout, potential unification fight with Leo Santa Cruz in 2016
It almost sounds as if he’s speaking of another man’s life instead of his own, like he’s narrating a movie instead of starring in it. And yet, here's Lee Selby, the leading man in the role of a lifetime thanks to 12 transformative months.
Before Errol Spence Jr. took on Phil Lo Greco in June, he was scheduled to fight Roberto Garcia. It was going to be the stiffest test to date of his young career, but Garcia was forced to withdraw, and Spence did what he does: He stopped Lo Greco in three.
Normally, when Errol Spence Jr. has downtime in camp, you can find him blasting away on the latest hotshot video game. And that still holds true as he prepares to take on Alejandro Barrera on Saturday at The Bomb Factory in Dallas (NBC, 3 p.m. ET/noon PT).
Steve Cunningham was going to be a career sailor. That was the plan when he enlisted in 1994. He was going to serve his time, rise up the ranks to chief petty officer, then cash out after 15 years. He was going to take the expertise he gained fueling fighter jets on aircraft carriers and apply it to the private sector, maybe working at an airport topping off 747s.
From the canvas to the catwalk, 175-pound prospect and part-time model Michael Seals has a powerful presence
Michael Seals discovered boxing much like a lot of young boys do: by watching fights alongside his father. Infatuated by the sport almost instantly, Seals informed his dad that he wanted to become a boxer.
When Keith Thurman looked at an ESPN camera after stopping Luis Collazo in July and challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr. to “Come take my ‘O’,” it was electric in the way that only the best boxing callouts and occasional “Macho Man” Randy Savage promos can be: a heady mix of adrenaline, honest exuberance and good old-fashioned showmanship.
Aside from perhaps alligator wrestlers and Donald Trump’s hair stylist, there are no tougher humans on the planet than professional boxers. But while boxers have an uncanny ability to compartmentalize fear whenever they step through the ropes, it doesn’t mean they’re immune to being frightened outside the ring—especially come Halloween time.