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Saturday, January 22, 2022

"Don King, Trevor Bryan, and A Return to Yesterday" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


My latest piece, "Don King, Trevor Bryan, and A Return to Yesterday", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

"Teach The Children About Andrew Jennings" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


 My latest piece, "Teach The Children About Andrew Jennings", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

No Holds Barred: Claressa Shields, on The WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

Our guest was one of the top boxers in the world, multi-divisional champion Claressa Shields (11-0, 2 KOs). She is the first boxer in the four-belt era to be an undisputed world champion in two weight classes.

We spoke with her by Zoom Thursday, January 13.

On February 5, Claressa Shields is scheduled to defend her three middleweight belts against challenger Ema Kozin (21-0-1, 11 KOs). This fight will take place in Cardiff, Wales, in the U.K., and is the co-main event to the long-awaited middleweight fight between Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Williams. In the U.K., it will be shown on Sky Sports. In the U.S. and Canada, it will be on pay-per-view on FITE.TV and PPV.com, and also on cable, satellite, and telco providers.

We discussed with her what she knows about Kozin and how she will approach this fight; how she hopes to fight in a few months against her nemesis, WBO champ Savannah Marshall; how she feels about this being her first pro fight outside the U.S. and in the U.K.; her reaction to several major American TV and streaming networks not featuring her championship fights; and more.

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, Patreon, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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Saturday, January 08, 2022

"Waiting For The Heavyweights, January 2022 Edition" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


My latest piece, "Waiting For The Heavyweights, January 2022 Edition", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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Monday, January 03, 2022

"Will 2022 Be A Happy Heavyweight New Year?" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


 My latest piece, "Will 2022 Be A Happy Heavyweight New Year?", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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Friday, December 31, 2021

No Holds Barred: The First Annual You Don't Know Shit About Boxing Awards 2021, on The WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 


 On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

We spoke with them Monday, December 27.

It's been a long, hard, interesting year for boxing. We wrap some of it up with our First Annual You Don't Know Shit About Boxing Awards 2021, to find out the winner of the Worst Promoter, Worst Boxing Commission, Worst Corner Advice, Worst Promotion of an Elite Fighter, Epic Ali Genealogy Fail, and more!

All this is part of our in-depth coverage of the corrupt world of boxing and sports governance in general.

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, Patreon, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.


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Monday, December 27, 2021

"Is Yoelvis 'La Joya' Gomez Boxing's Next Jewel?" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 

 


My latest piece, "Is Yoelvis 'La Joya' Gomez Boxing's Next Jewel?", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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Friday, December 24, 2021

No Holds Barred: Estrada, Parker, Zurdo, Morrell, Esparza, and Serrano Highlight Busy Weekend, on The WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 

 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

We spoke with them Monday, December 20.

It was a busy boxing weekend, from Artur Beterbiev's knockout win over Marcus Browne in Montreal, Quebec, on December 17, to the clown show on Showtime's pay-per-view on December 18. It did not go unnoticed that in the U.S., the only boxing non-streaming or pay-per-view broadcast of the many fights on December 18 was the PBC card on Fox in Minneapolis, Minnesota, featuring the David Morrell Jr. vs. Alantez Fox super middleweight, curious towel-throwing finish, fight, for Morrell's TKO win.

Governance was also called into question during Marie-Eve Dicaire's IBF super welterweight title fight, also in Montreal, against a clearly unskilled opponent who had no business in a championship fight. On the positive side, the Golden Boy-DAZN collaboration in San Antonio, Texas, brought an outstanding card to include two female title defenses. WBC flyweight champion Marlen Esparza has truly elevated her game and set herself up for possible unification battles, after her excellent display against veteran and former champion Anabel Ortiz.

The fight of the weekend, however, belonged to Seniesa Estrada, who showed flash and aggressiveness as she scored a knockout win over Maria Santizo on that San Antonio card that will certainly be on everyone's 2021 highlight reel, to retain her WBA minimumweight title. She, too, has set herself up for possible unification battles, with a long-term possibility of meeting her Golden Boy teammate, Marlen Esparza.

Amanda Serrano also popped up to lightweight to fight Miriam Gutierrez in Tampa, Florida, taking the bout by unanimous decision and setting herself up for her a potential showdown with the undisputed lightweight champion, Katie Taylor, in the spring of 2022 at Madison Square Garden.

Other fights of note were the rematch between Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora, a heavyweight slugfest of epic proportions from DAZN's Manchester, U.K., card, which Parker won by unanimous decision, and the Gilberto (Zurdo) Ramirez-Yunieski Gonzalez light heavyweight fight, which was the main event on the Golden Boy-DAZN card from San Antonio, and another heart-in-your-mouth epic battle.

Plus, we discussed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and how boxing and the sports world in general are dealing, and not dealing, with it.

All this is part of our in-depth coverage of the corrupt world of boxing and sports governance in general.

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, Patreon, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is sponsored by:

LenneHardt.com, the home of Lenne Hardt, the legendary MMA and sports announcer, voice actor, singer, actress, and comedienne. Lenne is also known for her jazz vocals with her Lenne Hardt Jazz Cabaret Band. For more information, to book her, or to order a custom message from her, go to LenneHardt.com.

Skullz Fight Shop, home of the Skullz Double-End Bag, the perfect punching bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve speed, distance, and timing skills. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. Skullz Fight Shop - Advancing combat sports equipment for the next generation of fighters. For more information, go to https://skullzfightshop.com.

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Monday, December 20, 2021

"Richard McLaren, Umar Kremlev, and the IOC on the Crisis in Olympic Boxing" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 

 


My latest piece, "Richard McLaren, Umar Kremlev, and the IOC on the Crisis in Olympic Boxing", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

"Waiting For The Heavyweights, December 2021 Edition" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

No Holds Barred: Probellum Problems, Olympic Boxing Reform, Katie Taylor's Close Win, on The WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

We spoke with them Sunday, December 12.

This past week saw major developments in the attempt by the Olympic boxing federation -- formerly AIBA and now renamed as the International Boxing Association (IBA) -- to regain its place on the Olympic program.

On December 9, IOC president Thomas Bach said in a press conference that AIBA, along with the International Weightlifting Federation, were the IOC's "problem children". AIBA would remain suspended from the IOC until at least 2023, and needs to correct ongoing problems in governance, financial transparency and sustainability, and the integrity of their refereeing and judging processes. Boxing also was not included on the list of sports set for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, although it was not ruled out that it could be added back if AIBA demonstrated that it had corrected these problems to the IOC's satisfaction.

On December 10, another report was released about corruption in AIBA by the team led by Professor Richard McLaren. This report, issued at AIBA's behest, concluded that the corruption in the officiating at AIBA events did not end with the 2016 Rio Olympics, but has continued through this year. The report noted that "the people are the problem, even when the rules and regulations are of the highest quality. The sport will need to ensure that it cultivates individuals with integrity to run the organisation." It did also praise the efforts of current AIBA president Umar Kremlev and his associates to end this corruption, stating, "a genuine attempt at reform and progress has been made under Kremlev's leadership." McLaren then discussed this report on an international online press conference.

On December 12, before we were able to discuss it, AIBA held its "Extraordinary Congress" and adopted all the extensive reforms which had been proposed by the Governance Reform Group, which was led by Professor Ulrich Haas. These reforms included the establishment of an independent Boxing Integrity Unit. AIBA also officially changed its name to IBA at this congress. And on December 13, IBA president Umar Kremlev also held an international online press conference. We will discuss these developments on our upcoming shows.

Besides the crisis in Olympic boxing, we discussed the debut show of the new Probellum promotion, which took place December 11 in Dubai in the UAE. This show was plagued by numerous major governance problems, and we discussed the significance of these and the lack of proper regulation.

Also on December 11, there were several major boxing cards around the world. We mainly focused on the Matchroom/DAZN card in Liverpool in the U.K., and in particular on the successful defense of her lightweight belts by Katie Taylor against Firuza Sharipova. Taylor clearly won a decision, but this fight was closer than many had anticipated. We discussed what this means, what is next for Taylor, and the latest news in women's boxing.

All this is part of our in-depth coverage of the corrupt world of boxing and sports governance in general.

(Photo of Prof. McLaren from screenshot of press conference. Probellum logo. Photo of Katie Taylor vs. Firuza Sharipova from WBC.)

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, Patreon, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is sponsored by:

LenneHardt.com, the home of Lenne Hardt, the legendary MMA and sports announcer, voice actor, singer, actress, and comedienne. Lenne is also known for her jazz vocals with her Lenne Hardt Jazz Cabaret Band. For more information, to book her, or to order a custom message from her, go to LenneHardt.com.

Skullz Fight Shop, home of the Skullz Double-End Bag, the perfect punching bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve speed, distance, and timing skills. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. Skullz Fight Shop - Advancing combat sports equipment for the next generation of fighters. For more information, go to https://skullzfightshop.com.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Not Crazy Eddie, but New Designs on the No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman Shop on Redbubble 



You may not be able to buy a VCR or cassette player from Crazy Eddie anymore, but you can buy gifts from the No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. And that will not be insane.

One of the new designs featured is a remake of the original classic red design. All the items with this design are here.

There are also two brand-new designs featuring a new logo and a boxing glove. They come in both black and red, and also include the WAAR Sports online address. All the items with these designs are here and here.

The original design is also still available here.

I am doing this to supplement the small income I am earning from my media work. Independent, No Holds Barred journalism, which is not beholden to promoters, networks, sports oligarchs, and the like, is hardly a way to get rich. Hence, this Redbubble project, which also gives my media a bit of publicity.

It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small. Please let me know how the ordering process goes, and when you receive the items you bought, the quality of them.

Thanks, Eddie Goldman

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Sunday, December 05, 2021

"Can Anybody Clean Up Pro or Olympic Boxing?" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


My latest piece, "Can Anybody Clean Up Pro or Olympic Boxing?", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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Friday, December 03, 2021

No Holds Barred: Fulton-Figueroa and Kambosos-Lopez Controversies, on The WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 


 On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

We spoke with them Sunday, November 28.

Our main focus was on two major title unification fights this past weekend, and the accompanying controversies in each of them.

In a major upset, George Kambosos Jr. captured the WBA, IBF, and WBO lightweight belts from previously unbeaten Teofimo Lopez by split decision. Almost all observers had Kambosos clearly winning this fight.

In a fight to unify the WBC and WBO 122-pound belts, Stephen Fulton Jr. defeated Brandon Figueroa by majority decision. Even though this was a close fight, many people thought that Figueroa had done enough to win, or at least it should have been scored a draw.

Besides discussing the rest of these cards, we raised the issue of judging and officiating in boxing, as there are highly controversial and even bizarre scores just about every week. Unlike most other professional sports, boxing's purposely fragmented governance means that there is nothing remotely like an independent Boxing Integrity Unit. We see the results of the absence of even a semblance of proper governance on almost every boxing card.

Malissa Smith also once more kept us up-to-date with the latest news in women's boxing. All this is part of our in-depth coverage of the corrupt world of boxing and sports governance in general.

(Photo of Figueroa vs Fulton from Esther Lin/Showtime. Photo of Kambosos vs. Lopez from Ed Mulholland/Matchroom.)

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, Patreon, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is sponsored by:

LenneHardt.com, the home of Lenne Hardt, the legendary MMA and sports announcer, voice actor, singer, actress, and comedienne. Lenne is also known for her jazz vocals with her Lenne Hardt Jazz Cabaret Band. For more information, to book her, or to order a custom message from her, go to LenneHardt.com.

Skullz Fight Shop, home of the Skullz Double-End Bag, the perfect punching bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve speed, distance, and timing skills. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. Skullz Fight Shop - Advancing combat sports equipment for the next generation of fighters. For more information, go to https://skullzfightshop.com.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Three New Designs on the No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman Shop on Redbubble 



Just in time for you to buy gifts for someone else or for yourself, three new designs have been added to the No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman Shop on Redbubble.

These new designs are featured on a wide assortment of items including T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, pins, spiral notebooks, masks, and much more.

And, by popular demand, there are now caps available for purchase which feature these new designs.

One of the designs is a remake of the first, classic red design. All the items with this design are here.

There are also two brand-new designs featuring a new logo and a boxing glove. They come in both black and red, and also include the WAAR Sports online address. All the items with these designs are here and here.

The original design is also still available here.

I am doing this to supplement the small income I am earning from my media work. Independent, No Holds Barred journalism, which is not beholden to promoters, networks, sports oligarchs, and the like, is hardly a way to get rich. Hence, this Redbubble project, which also gives my media a bit of publicity.

It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small. Please let me know how the ordering process goes, and when you receive the items you bought, the quality of them.

Thanks, Eddie Goldman

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

"Crawford KOs Porter, and Pay-Per-View KOs Crawford" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


My latest piece, "Crawford KOs Porter, and Pay-Per-View KOs Crawford", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

A subscription is required to read it, so subscribe today to support independent journalism.

The article is at https://www.patreon.com/posts/crawford-kos-and-59226629.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

No Holds Barred: Brilliant Bud, Resilient Reis, Triller-less Teofimo, on Thee WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 

 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

We spoke with them Sunday, November 21.

We discussed Terence Crawford's tenth round stoppage of Shawn Porter to establish himself as the top welterweight in the world, and what may be next for him now that he is a free agent and no longer under contract to Top Rank. We discussed Kali Reis's split decision win over Jessica Camara to set up a fight with Chantelle Cameron to unify the major belts at 140 pounds. We discussed unified lightweight champ Teofimo Lopez's upcoming fight with George Kambosos Jr. and heard comments from Lopez on this fight. And we discussed how and why the ongoing failure of boxing to have the best fight the best, plus the pay-per-view model, only continue to marginalize the sport.

All this is part of our in-depth coverage of the corrupt world of boxing and sports governance in general.

(Photo of Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images. Photo of Kali Reis vs. Jessica Camara by Ed Mulholland/ Matchroom Boxing.)

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, Patreon, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is sponsored by:

LenneHardt.com, the home of Lenne Hardt, the legendary MMA and sports announcer, voice actor, singer, actress, and comedienne. Lenne is also known for her jazz vocals with her Lenne Hardt Jazz Cabaret Band. For more information, to book her, or to order a custom message from her, go to LenneHardt.com.

Skullz Fight Shop, home of the Skullz Double-End Bag, the perfect punching bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve speed, distance, and timing skills. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. Skullz Fight Shop - Advancing combat sports equipment for the next generation of fighters. For more information, go to https://skullzfightshop.com.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

No Holds Barred: What's Next for Baumgardner and Benavidez, on Thee WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 

 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

We spoke with them Monday, November 15.

Our discussion focused on two major, exciting fights which took place Saturday, November 13. In Sheffield in the U.K., Alycia Baumgardner dominated Terri Harper and stopped her in the fourth round to unify the WBC and IBF super featherweight belts. In Phoenix, Arizona, unbeaten super middleweight David Benavidez scored a seventh-round stoppage over Kyrone Davis to advance his claim to have a shot at undisputed super middleweight champ Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

We discussed these fights, what's next for Baumgardner and Benavidez, this coming weekend's Terence Crawford-Shawn Porter fight, and much more. All this is part of our in-depth coverage of the corrupt world of boxing and sports governance in general.

(Photo of Alycia Baumgardner by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing. Photo of David Benavidez vs. Kyrone by Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions.)

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, Patreon, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is sponsored by:

LenneHardt.com, the home of Lenne Hardt, the legendary MMA and sports announcer, voice actor, singer, actress, and comedienne. Lenne is also known for her jazz vocals with her Lenne Hardt Jazz Cabaret Band. For more information, to book her, or to order a custom message from her, go to LenneHardt.com.

Skullz Fight Shop, home of the Skullz Double-End Bag, the perfect punching bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve speed, distance, and timing skills. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. Skullz Fight Shop - Advancing combat sports equipment for the next generation of fighters. For more information, go to https://skullzfightshop.com.

Adolphina Studios. Original art prints and handcrafted fine jewelry. For more information, go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdolphinaStudios.


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Monday, November 15, 2021

"Waiting For The Heavyweights, November 2021 Edition" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


 My latest piece, "Waiting For The Heavyweights, November 2021 Edition", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

A subscription is required to read it, so subscribe today to support independent journalism.

The article is at https://www.patreon.com/posts/waiting-for-2021-58743484.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

How To Support No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman 


The problems in the combat sports and martial arts continue to mount.

As its popularity declines, scandals still rock both professional and amateur boxing. The role of organized crime figures in boxing is largely unchecked, with indications that it is actually growing.

No style of wrestling, with the notable exception of sumo in Japan, has gained a mass audience, and no real professional wrestling circuit has thus far been successful in about a century.

Other styles of combat sports and martial arts, in particular mixed martial arts, have often sunk to the level of the staged wrestling by promoting a host of negative social values. The values of respect, discipline, honor, and inclusiveness have been abandoned and replaced by a ruthless and vulgar culture.

At the same time, the Olympic movement has lost its luster amidst its own mounting scandals and unpopular acts.

In these times, the value of independent combat sports and martial arts journalism is greater than ever. Yet media consolidation has not only greatly weakened independent media and journalism in general, but has been especially hard on independent combat sports and martial arts journalists. Promoters, networks, and now streaming services fund and create media that largely regurgitate their press releases and corporate positions, while crowding out independent voices and outlets.

It is in this situation that I appeal to you to help support the independent media work that I have been engaged in for three decades, and nearly 16 years on the No Holds Barred podcast, one of the longest-running podcasts in the world.

There are three ways I suggest to do this:

1 -- Subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon. Articles and analyses are exclusively posted there which get right to the heart of the issues facing the combat sports and martial arts. You can do so by going here.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2021

No Holds Barred: The Canelo Era, Mayer-Hamadouche War, on the WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

We spoke with them Sunday, November 7.

This past Saturday, November 6, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez cemented his status as the best boxer in the world with an 11th-round KO of previously unbeaten Caleb Plant in Las Vegas. In doing so, he not only unified all the four major belts in the super middleweight division, but finished this year with three straight stoppage victories. He has now won belts in four weight classes, has a record of 57-1-2 with 39 KOs, and has not lost since 2013 when, as a 23-year-old, he was decisioned by then-top pound-for-pound fighter Floyd Mayweather.

We discussed Canelo's fight with Plant, why in boxing this is the Canelo Era, what may be next for him, how boxing's absurd and corrupt governance affects all of this, how most in the media have missed the true significance of this fight, and more.

In addition, on Friday, November 5, Mikaela Mayer and Maiva Hamadouche had a fantastic battle, also in Las Vegas. Mayer won by decision, in the process unifying two of the junior lightweight belts. We also discussed what is happening in women's boxing.

We discussed these fights and more on this edition of the show.

All this is part of our in-depth coverage of the corrupt world of boxing and sports governance in general.

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, Patreon, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is sponsored by:

LenneHardt.com, the home of Lenne Hardt, the legendary MMA and sports announcer, voice actor, singer, actress, and comedienne. Lenne is also known for her jazz vocals with her Lenne Hardt Jazz Cabaret Band. For more information, to book her, or to order a custom message from her, go to LenneHardt.com.

Skullz Fight Shop, home of the Skullz Double-End Bag, the perfect punching bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve speed, distance, and timing skills. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. Skullz Fight Shop - Advancing combat sports equipment for the next generation of fighters. For more information, go to https://skullzfightshop.com.

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Thursday, November 04, 2021

"November Is For Wrestling -- A Mini-Memoir" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 

My latest piece, "November Is For Wrestling -- A Mini-Memoir", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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The article is at https://www.patreon.com/posts/november-is-for-58298238.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2021

No Holds Barred: Nava-Juarez, Cameron-McGee, Shields in MMA, on the WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

We spoke with them Sunday, October 31.

We had a busy weekend of boxing with two fantastic championship women's bouts including the first of two Super Lightweight unification bouts. This weekend the WBC/IBF unification battle was fought between between the WBC British fighter Chantelle Cameron (15-0, 8 KOs) and the IBF American champion Mary McGee (27-4, 15 KOs). The pair battled wall-to-wall for ten rounds with Cameron showing the superior boxing skills, getting the undisputed win and the first Ring Magazine Championship belt to boot.

The second amazing women's boxing battle was between two veteran Mexican fighters: Jackie Nava (39-4-4, 16 KOs) and Mariana Juarez (55-11-4, 19 KOs) in a Super Bantamweight WBC Diamond Belt match. Much as other rivalries in boxing, the Nava/Jaurez fight took many, many years to get on the books—but was truly worth the wait. Both fighters are 41 years of age, but one could easily have assumed they were at least ten years younger. Both brought top-notch skills and ring savvy into the bout, but it was Nava who showed levels of boxing prowess that proved her to be the better fighter.

Multi-divisional boxing champion Claressa Shields also had her second MMA fight this past week, and it did not go her way, as she lost a split decision to Abigail Montes. Shields is scheduled to return to the boxing ring December 11, and we shall see how her foray into the MMA cage has affected her boxing skills, if at all.

Also this past week, there were a pair of first-round knockouts, as Jaron "Boots" Ennis stopped veteran Thomas Dulorme in Las Vegas, as did Jose Zepeda to Josue Vargas in New York. There was also a main event upset, as favorite Jamal James was stopped by Radzhab Butaev in the ninth round, also in Las Vegas.

We discussed these fights and more on this edition of the show.

All this is part of our in-depth coverage of the corrupt world of boxing and sports governance in general.

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is sponsored by:

LenneHardt.com, the home of Lenne Hardt, the legendary MMA and sports announcer, voice actor, singer, actress, and comedienne. Lenne is also known for her jazz vocals with her Lenne Hardt Jazz Cabaret Band. For more information, to book her, or to order a custom message from her, go to LenneHardt.com.

Skullz Fight Shop, home of the Skullz Double-End Bag, the perfect punching bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve speed, distance, and timing skills. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. Skullz Fight Shop - Advancing combat sports equipment for the next generation of fighters. For more information, go to https://skullzfightshop.com.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

"Why Claressa Shields and Boxing Need Each Other" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


 My latest piece, "Why Claressa Shields and Boxing Need Each Other", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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The article is at https://www.patreon.com/posts/why-claressa-and-58027420.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

No Holds Barred: Women's Boxing's Brilliant Fall, on the WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 

 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

We spoke with them Monday, October 25.

Women's boxing is well past the time when it should be thought of as an afterthought, a side show, or a joke. With this generation's crop of brilliant fighters of the likes of Claressa Shields, Katie Taylor, and Amanda Serrano -- not to mention the women who will be competing over the next few weeks to include two unification title bouts at super lightweight and the super fight at super bantamweight for the WBC Diamond belt between two of Mexico's greatest fighters, Mariana Juarez, known as "La Barbie", and Jackie "La Princesa Azteca" Nava, this Saturday -- we'd say women's boxing is alive and very well indeed, thank you.

But what will it take to push the sport into the 21st century where it belongs? Sure, Showtime's Stephen Espinoza assured our own LA Fight Goddess, Chris Baldwin, that we could look forward to seeing female bouts on upcoming cards in 2022, but the truth is we've heard it all before. On this show, we talked about women's boxing's brilliant Fall, options and opportunities for the future, and the recent move of MTK Global -- yes, that MTK Global -- into the realm of women's boxing.

All this is part of our in-depth coverage of the corrupt world of boxing and sports governance in general.

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is sponsored by:

LenneHardt.com, the home of Lenne Hardt, the legendary MMA and sports announcer, voice actor, singer, actress, and comedienne. Lenne is also known for her jazz vocals with her Lenne Hardt Jazz Cabaret Band. For more information, to book her, or to order a custom message from her, go to LenneHardt.com.

Skullz Fight Shop, home of the Skullz Double-End Bag, the perfect punching bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve speed, distance, and timing skills. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. Skullz Fight Shop - Advancing combat sports equipment for the next generation of fighters. For more information, go to https://skullzfightshop.com.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

"Bed Bugs, Cockroaches, and Pay-Per-View" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


My latest piece, "Bed Bugs, Cockroaches, and Pay-Per-View", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

No Holds Barred: Nicola Tallant on Kinahan, the Mob, and Boxing, on the WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 

 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

While many are still discussing Tyson Fury's defense of his WBC heavyweight belt, less attention is being paid, especially in the boxing media, to the man whom he said is his advisor, Daniel Kinahan. According to promoter Bob Arum, Kinahan is also an advisor to the unbeaten WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford, the unbeaten and undisputed 140-pound champ Josh Taylor, and WBO super featherweight champ Jamel Herring. Kinahan was co-founder of what is now the management company MTK Global, although officially it is claimed that he is no longer formally a part of it. Among MTK Global's many dozens of fighters is the unbeaten WBO middleweight champ Savannah Marshall, who appears headed to a showdown next year with two-division unbeaten champion Claressa Shields.

So who is this boxing powerbroker, Daniel Kinahan? According to the High Court of Ireland, he is a senior figure in organized crime on a global scale and head of the Kinahan organized crime group. Kinahan is now based in Dubai.

To find out more about Kinahan, including his role in boxing, we spoke with one of the world's leading authorities on the crime world and especially Irish organized crime, Nicola Tallant. She is the Investigations Editor for the Sunday World of Ireland, hosts and produces the Crime World podcast, and is author of the wonderful new book, "Clash of the Clans: The Rise of the Irish Narcos and Boxing's Dirty Secret".

We spoke with her Sunday, October 17.

All this is part of our in-depth coverage of the corrupt world of boxing and sports governance in general.

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is sponsored by:

LenneHardt.com, the home of Lenne Hardt, the legendary MMA and sports announcer, voice actor, singer, actress, and comedienne. Lenne is also known for her jazz vocals with her Lenne Hardt Jazz Cabaret Band. For more information, to book her, or to order a custom message from her, go to LenneHardt.com.

Skullz Fight Shop, home of the Skullz Double-End Bag, the perfect punching bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve speed, distance, and timing skills. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. Skullz Fight Shop - Advancing combat sports equipment for the next generation of fighters. For more information, go to https://skullzfightshop.com.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

"The Writing Is On the Paywall" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


My latest piece, "The Writing Is On the Paywall", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

No Holds Barred: One-Night Stand in Vegas, on the WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of Angry Afro Radio and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the Angry Afro Radio YouTube page.

Our discussion took place Sunday, October 10.

We discussed Saturday's third fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, held in Las Vegas. Fury retained his WBC heavyweight belt with an 11th-round KO.

While the fight was certainly entertaining with many dramatic twists and turns, we explained why this was not the "instant classic" some have labeled it, and was instead plagued by numerous technical and tactical blunders by both fighters. Our reactions to it are similar to that of discussing a one-night stand the day right after it happened, when sober thinking has finally returned. We also began a discussion of the ties between Fury and alleged organized crime kingpin Daniel Kinahan.

Malissa Smith also discussed Saturday's victory by Jamie Mitchell over Shannon Courtenay to capture the WBA women's bantamweight belt, and more of the latest women's boxing news.

(Photo by Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions.)

Please also subscribe to the No Holds Barred page on Patreon for much more exclusive premium No Holds Barred content.

Now you can also support our independent, No Holds Barred journalism by purchasing items such as T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, pillows, masks, and even mini-skirts at the new No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman shop on Redbubble. (It has also been recommended to me that people choose sizes on the large side, as some items may run small.) You can browse all the items for sale and then place an order here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred on Anchor, Podomatic, and the Internet Archive. If one link does not work, please try another.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is sponsored by:

LenneHardt.com, the home of Lenne Hardt, the legendary MMA and sports announcer, voice actor, singer, actress, and comedienne. Lenne is also known for her jazz vocals with her Lenne Hardt Jazz Cabaret Band. For more information, to book her, or to order a custom message from her, go to LenneHardt.com.

Skullz Fight Shop, home of the Skullz Double-End Bag, the perfect punching bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve speed, distance, and timing skills. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. Skullz Fight Shop - Advancing combat sports equipment for the next generation of fighters. For more information, go to https://skullzfightshop.com.

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Friday, October 08, 2021

"Fury-Wilder 3 Predictions" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 

My latest piece, "Fury-Wilder 3 Predictions", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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The article is at https://www.patreon.com/posts/fury-wilder-3-57166994.

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