Horses, boxing still pack a punch

May 19, 2015 3:00 AM


Horses, boxing still pack a punchMaybe it’s just that time of year, but boxing and horse racing took the weekend spotlight for the second time this month.

Most people will tell you these two sports are dead, except when big-time fighters are competing and the Triple Crown legs are racing. First it was Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in a major event and on that same weekend American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby.

Then this past Saturday, the newest main attraction in boxing, the undefeated middleweight Gennady Golovkin knocked out Willie Monroe Jr., a real gamer but outclassed fighter. Golovkin wants some of that money Mayweather has banked, and has now made Los Angeles his home base. He’s saying and doing all the right things to establish and solidify a secure financial future.

Now that American Pharoah won the Preakness Stakes, he’s on his way to the Belmont to challenge for the Triple Crown. There have been 52 horses that won the Derby and the Preakness, but only 11 went on to win all three with Affirmed the last in 1978.

American Pharoah dominated the Preakness winning by seven lengths. Even though the field seems to be okay, the Belmont at 1.5 miles (12 furlongs) will pose a challenge. If he wins the Triple Crown horse racing will get a temporary lift, but it still won’t be enough to sustain it.

Boxing will always have a following. Who would have thought the two stars in sports right now would be a horse and a boxer? The planets do align once in a while!

Mike North has been in sports radio 20-plus years. He is heard weekly on the national FoxSports Radio network, writes a twice-weekly column for the Daily Herald newspaper and does videos for their website three times a week. Listen to his podcasts at Follow him on Twitter @North2North. Contact him at

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