Ron Borges' connection to boxing began as a kid when he thought he would become the next Sugar Ray Robinson. Despite being quickly disabused of that notion by amateurs who actually could box with some distinction, Borges' love for the sport never waned.
For the past 23 years he has covered nearly all the great matches for the Boston Globe, chronicling the rise of Marvin Hagler and the first sightings of Mike Tyson when he was an amateur fighting in Golden Gloves bouts in western Massachusetts. He was in 1995 a recipient of the Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism from the Boxing Writers Association of America, one of less than 25 fight writers in history to ever receive that honor. He also has won more first place awards in that organization's annual writing contests than any journalist in history and is the only writer to have won at least one first place award every year of the competition.
He has written for HBO since the inception of its website and also is a regular contributor to BoxingScene.com.
Of 49 journalists polled he was the only one to predict Evander Holyfield's upset of Mike Tyson in their first fight, a selection he backed up with a visit to the sports book at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Then again, he picked Bernard Hopkins over Jermain Taylor in both of their meetings, so there you go.
Posted 12:00 AM | Apr 5, 2006