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Boxing Gloves and Color Psychology

January 19, 2006

gloves-old.JPGDoes the color of a boxer’s gloves have an impact on his opponent’s psyche?
While researching information on Color Psychology, I found the following information concerning the color Red:
“The most emotionally intense color, Red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing.”

According to Wikipedia ( and their definition of Color Psychology, Red is associated with the following words:“Fire, Energy, Excitement, Speed, Power, Blood, War, Anger.”

Without a doubt, red is an appropriate color for boxing gloves when you look at it’s psychological significance.

So, when today’s generation of fighters choose various colored boxing gloves are they doing this just for style? Could there be some other reason?

I believe that more than a few fighters have been psychologically beat without evening knowing it. For example, when a fighter chooses white gloves, he is pacifying or lessening the look of his punching strength.

Wikipedia associates the following words with the color White, under Color Psychology: “Peace, Innocence, Cowardice.”

Imagine if you will, that you are a fighter getting ready to take on an opponent. You’re in your corner, looking over at your opponent and he/she has on a pair of white gloves instead of a pair of fiery red gloves.

When you think about it, which color gloves look more intimidating?

Roy Jones Jr. is one of the most intelligent fighters of our time (for the sake of this article, so we don’t start a huge thread on whether Jones is intelligent). He has often adorned various colored gloves. When I look back on Jones’s fight with journey man Glen Kelly, a fight in which Jones and Kelly wore white gloves, it appeared that Jones’s punches were not as powerful, although he won by a spectacular knockout.

Throughout his career, did Roy Jones Jr. choose to fight in gloves other than red, to lessen the threat of his punching power?

jones-white.jpgColor has always had a huge importance in boxing. In recent history Mike Tyson and Bernard Hopkins (pre Trinidad) would often adorn themselves in black to symbolize the pending destruction of their opponents.

Still don’t think the colors of gloves are signifigant? Don’t believe in Color Psychology? While performing my research I also found out that there are some professional sports teams that paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.

It’s obvious, the Color Psychology play a part in the mental aspect of boxing. I’m just wondering how many fighters are using it to their advantage or how many fighters are even aware of it.


Morales gets to pass GO, while Judah goes to JAIL

January 17, 2006

arum_morales_275.jpgI recently read an article on Maxboxing where Bob Arum said that Erik Morales’s lost to Zahir Raheem was acceptible because of Morales’s past performances. According to Arum, Erik just had a bad night.
Morales is one of the best fighters in the sport. He is even better when you stand right in front of him. Zahir did the opposite and used a stunning display of footwork and handspeed to befuddle his opponent. What happens? Morales basically get a pass and is allowed to continue on with his plans to fight Manny Pacquiao.

I personally felt that this pass was an insult to Zahir Raheem. Raheem should be looking at a big fight or a rematch with Morales. Why should Morales get to tiptoe around Raheem?

Most recently, Carlos Baldomir upset Zab Judah in a fight that could have set up a superfight between Judah and Floyd Mayweather. Zab had a lackluster performance and lost a close decision. When you look at Judah’s history and past performances, he has had problems concentrating and may need to get professional help (other that Yoel) to help him concentrate.

zabjudahbelts.jpgIf Morales is given a pass, why not Judah? Judah really impressed me by thoroughly handling Corey Spinks. At the time, Spinks was regarded as one of the best fighters pound for pound. Why are Judah’s accomplishments diminished?

Why is there a double standard? Morales gets to move on to a superfight while Zab gets to move on to obscurity and mediocirty.

What makes a good boxing commentator?

January 16, 2006


Is there such a thing? Is it even important for boxing? Commentators like Howard Cosell were rare and unique. His combination of charisma and intelligence made him a rarity amongst commentators.

Aside from all of these great attributes Cosell had an amazing voice. A voice he used to deliver the events of the match with a sense of urgency that is not equally matched. You felt drawn to Cosell and the match at hand.

Although Cosell never participated inside of the ring, he will be remembered as one of the best commentators to ever sit at ringside.

Can anyone fill this void?

When we look at the commentators today, there is something lacking. Guys like Max Kellerman are enthusiastic and possess charm, but lack experience inside of the ring. This is evident when he tries to match wits with the experienced Teddy Atlas.

There have been many former boxers and trainers who have attempted to become journalist, but they often lack the skills to become effective commentators. They often come across as inarticulate and undereducated. Boxing has always had the stigma of brain damage attached to it. The last thing it needs are inarticulate athletes providing proof that the sport leads to inefficient speaking and thought.

Larry Merchant could have been the best commentator in professional boxing, but he lacks charisma and does not appear to enjoy the sport any longer. Jim Lampley has a great voice, but he clearly lacks experience as a boxing analyst.
If fact, the trio that consisted of Larry Merchant, Jim Lampley and George Foreman was probably one of the worst in sports history. Constant bickering and a clear lack or respect for one another was a terrible display of unprofessionalism.

So then, what make a good commentator? Education? Experience in the ring? Charisma? I would imagine that it would be a mixture of these qualities. At the top of my list are Steve Farhood and Al Berstein. The two of them create a synergy that concentrates on the positive aspects of boxing. This is exactly what boxing needs, Positive and clear representation.

Why is boxing suffering?

January 13, 2006


While working as a photojournalist for several boxing agencies, I conducted many interviews with fighters, referees, managers and promoters. Although disgusted by the stories of corruption and exploitation, the criminal business element of boxing has always been in existence. So why is the sport suffering now?

I believe the fighters are responsible for the decline in interest in the sport.

Years ago when boxing was one of the more popular sports in America, fighters fought several times a year and in some instances fighting weeks apart. Since the fighters fought with regularity, they were well known amongst sports fans and the general public.

It was even possible to reach celebrity status without having a title. These days a championship belt does not guarantee celebrity status.

I guess America just likes there fighters stupid and tough. In the end, the fighters have nothing to show for their efforts except medical conditions that leave them bedridden, meaningless awards and debt.

The current generation of fighters is well aware of the exploitation and dangers that exists in boxing. As a result, their attitude is FUCK YOU, PAY ME!

Talent alone won’t draw interest back into boxing. It will take regularity, charm and charisma. Fighters like Floyd Mayweather Jr. could have been the revival that boxing needed. His reluctance to fight regularly and high caliber opposition has hurt boxing and his opportunity to be a celebrity outside of boxing.

The merger of Damon Dash and Lou Dibella will have little impact on the sport. The two joined forces last year in an effort to merge Hip-Hop with boxing. Fight fans don’t care who the promoter is. They just want to see good fights.

Golden Boy Promotions has a good strategy, by targeting the Latin community, where boxing is still a celebrated sport. It will be interesting to see if Golden Boy can spark the same interest amongst the general public in America.

There has to be a way to draw interest in the sport and protect the interest of the fighters. The only way I can see this happening is if fights are made available on public television and if the fighters start retiring at an early age. There is no reason for fighters to keep fighting past the age of 35. Boxing is extremely dangerous and the fighters safety has to be considered as well.

Boxing’s Good, Bad and Ugly

January 13, 2006

With a new year upon us, I thought it would be a good time to review the best, the worst and everything else involving the sweet science.



Winky Wright – Great fighter, minus the ego.
Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis Castillo – Their first fight will go down as a classic. Boxing needs the third fight to be just as exciting.
Joe Cortez – The best referee in the game
Erik Morales – El Terrible is one of the reasons why boxing is so popular amongst the Latin audience.
Don King – He may be getting older, but he is still the best promoter in the business. Where would boxing be without him?
Maxboxing – The best boxing website on the internet
Dan Birmingham – Solid trainer. Good stable of fighters.
ShowTime Boxing – Al Berstein and Steve Farhood have always been great commentators. The presentation of the
show was lacking for a while, but it has improved.
The Contender – The show may be a bit corny, but people it has drawn interest in boxing again.
Ring Magazine Ratings – It helps to have a reliable rating system.



Women’s boxing – I don’t want to get into it…
Bernard Hopkins – I’ve always been a fan of Hopkins, but his immature and unprofessional conduct following
his consecutive looses to Taylor have changed my view of him.
Floyd Mayweather – Most gifted and talented fighter in the sport. Bad business decisions have prevented him from being the star that the sport needs.
Evander Holyfield – Please stop.



Larry Merchant – When will this man die? Obnoxious bore.
Roy Jones – Forget the fact that he keeps loosing. He is still running his mouth!
Norman Stone – I’m hoping we have seen the last of Stone for good.
Rocky VI – A 59 year old Rocky. Please give me a break. This foolishness should have stopped at Rocky II.
Audley Harrison – It took a while, but Audley has finally been exposed.
John Ruiz – Worst boxing style, worst corner.
Mike Tyson – He age isn’t an excuse for his bad conduct and performane over the last few years.
Pay Per View Prices – It’s crazy.
Retirement – Brain damage, depleted funds, exploitation.