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William Charles Baker

Digital Journalist based in New York, NY, United States. Joined on Oct 19, 2010
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Op-Ed: Boxer Kell Brook, matinee idol and fighter, defeats Shawn Porter

Carson - Coming from Sheffield, England, not much was expected of Kell Brook when he crossed the Atlantic to fight in California. Many have crossed the pond and were sent back into obscurity. Shawn Porter expected a repeat but handed over his IBF belt instead.

Op-Ed: Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri, alone at the top

The respect is still there and the challenge to anyone that would ignore the Filipino boxing champion or his Country. However the one opponent that should have been at the top with him, is still missing. Now two proud men must go it alone.

Spider Man arrest in New York City spurs need for performer laws

New York - A man dressed as Spider Man was arrested in Times Square in New York City on Saturday. He insulted a woman who offered a one dollar tip after stating he only accepts fives, tens and twenties.

Op-Ed: Gennady Golovkin, the danger that Andre Ward cannot avoid

The knockout of Daniel Geale was not a total surprise in light of the record of Kos by Gennady Golovkin. The exception being this was against a previous champion and closed the door on avoiding Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin “Triple G” in the future.

Op-Ed: Canelo Alvarez vs Miguel Cotto a war waiting to happen

Somebody said that in boxing skills pay the bills and ringside models and beautiful women sell tickets. But skill alone is a gift often unappreciated. Welcome Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto, willing to stand toe to toe and go to war.

Op-Ed: Clean Up Boxing, Eliminate Catch Weights, Weigh-In Fight Day

It appears lately boxing is losing credibility when weight is used as an advantage. The fans suffer from lopsided events and real difficulty in determining who the real pound for pound champions are.

U.S. One Wall National Handball Championships in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn - The US one wall small ball championships are under way at Levy Park courts on Surf Avenue in Coney Island New York. This is the 53rd occurrence of the event that began September 25th and will continue through Sunday September 29th.

Op-Ed: Pacquiao Vs Rios, HBO Vs Showtime, Round Two

Round two is approaching fast in the new battle between the major networks competing for the respect and dollars of the boxing community. This is not news that should come as a surprise. Each entity has some stars to lead the way.

Op-Ed: Manny Pacquiao, the comeback pound-for-pound champion

No matter if Manny Pacquiao is able to defeat Brandon Rios and the winner of Timothy Bradley versus Juan Manual Marquez, and despite whether Pacquiao fights Floyd Mayweather or not, the Filipino star deserves lasting respect.

Op-Ed: Pacquiao loses to Bradley in controversial anticipated decision

Las Vegas - The whispers were getting louder as the fight approached. Boxing insiders were leery and even fans were hearing about calf muscles and new spirituality. Manny Pacquiao lost to Timothy Bradley for other reasons than what happened in the ring.

Op-Ed: Manny Pacquiao must beat Timothy Bradley to ensure his legacy

Las Vegas - They say Bradley vs Pacquiao is a dangerous fight for both men. Bradley risks being exposed as a scrapper in with the best rated P4P fighter in the world. Pacquiao risks his legacy should he lose to an opponent known more for heart and head than skills.

Train engineer caught on video reading newspaper on moving train

New York - A train engineer in New York has been suspended after being caught on video reading a newspaper while his train is in motion. The video made on the Metro-North line was brought to the attention of the agency by a commuter.

Op-Ed: Paul 'The Punisher' Williams accident final fight in career

Marietta - We saw it happen to Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella. We saw it happen to soul singer Teddy Pendergrass. Now we must deal with the tragedy involving boxer Paul Williams. Not just a guy in the sport but the two time Welterweight champion.

Charity toward man in wheelchair costs donor ticket for littering

Cleveland - In an effort to help a wheelchair bound man with a few dollars a Cleveland man was ticketed for littering and hit with a heavy fine for his efforts. The estimated cost for the offence is five hundred dollars for the few dollars dropped in the exchange.

Seven injured as nuclear submarine USS Miami catches fire

Kittery - An extremely dangerous fire started on the USS Miami a nuclear powered submarine docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine on Wednesday evening. Had the reactor on board been in service and reached there could have been disastrous results.

Vial for auction allegedly containing Ronald Reagan’s blood

London - The Ronald Regan Foundation and family are outraged that blood traces found in a vial are supposedly those of the late President of the United States. An auction house in the Channel Islands has online bidding in progress.

Op-Ed: Naazim Richardson should end his partnership with Shane Mosley

Las Vegas - If there was concern for Shane Mosley after his loss to Manny Pacquiao his showing on the Mayweather Cotto undercard answered any questions. Canelo Alvarez let Naazim Richardson know it was time to avoid training Mosley for any future fights.

Op-Ed: Andre Ward trapped between Showtime and HBO without 24/7 appeal

Oakland - It was noticeable that Andre Ward who was recently on Showtime Boxing and has been a constant with that network was a cameo commentator on the HBO Mayweather Cotto fight. There are now reports he will fight Chad Dawson for the Light Heavyweight Title.

Shopper stabbed with butcher's knife at Target department store

Dallas - A female shopper, in Dallas, Texas, was browsing items in Target department store when she was stabbed in the back by a male assailant. The butcher's knife used in the attack was taken from the kitchen wares department.

Op-Ed: Miguel Cotto justifies Mayweather Vs Pacquiao 60/40 split

Las Vegas - No more excuses, no more postponements, no more talk about percentages of the pot, make the fight. Miguel Cotto has put some air back into the belief that Manny Pacquiao will beat Money Mayweather without problem.
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