Montreal is The Fight City. Known in decades past as “Sin City” and “Babylon on the St. Lawrence,” it saw more than its share of ring legends over the decades. Harry Greb, Sam Langford, Beau Jack, Joe Jeannette, Ted “Kid” Lewis, Jake LaMotta, Sandy Saddler, Rocky Graziano, the real Kid Chocolate and many others all plied their harsh trade in “The City of Saints.” It remains a metropolis of bright lights and dark desires, where hundreds of young warriors train and battle in its crowded gyms, where thousands come to watch Adonis Stevenson, Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal, and where Archie Moore, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Bernard Hopkins all found greatness. It is a city of fights and fighters, of hockey and heroes, of gangs and gangsters, of wild women and wilder nights. It is a city unlike any other. It is The Fight City.

Yvon Durelle and Archie Moore wage war at the famous Montreal Forum.

The Fight City is proudly based in Montreal but covers the sport of boxing on a global and historical basis. We offer an independent boxing website with a literary edge that embraces this brutal, cruel, glorious, heartbreaking sport in all its facets — the good, the bad and the ugly. We feature frequent posts on what’s happening right now, along with special articles bringing to life the matches and drama of boxing’s rich history, plus fight reports, videos, Top 12 lists, profiles and more.

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Montreal’s famed St-Laurent Street, known as “The Main” during the jazz era.

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The island of Montreal from far above.

Site Features:

Boxiana: Comprised of three sections — Fight City Classics, Fight City Reviews, and Fight City Legends — our Boxiana page offers a unique tour through the unique personalities, stories and events which together have allowed boxing to inspire the best writing and the most memorable cinema of all sports.

Lee Wylie: Exclusive to The Fight City, Lee Wylie, known throughout boxing circles for his analytical acumen and insightful writings, offers fight fans his unique and detailed look at the tactics and strategy involved in professional boxing.

The Top Twelve: Everyone loves Top 10 lists, but since a championship fight currently has 12 rounds, we go a bit further. Check out our detailed lists on the best fights, fighters, upsets, rivalries, southpaws, and trainers, the worst cheap shots and the hardest punchers.

Columns: Frank and insightful opinion pieces exclusive to The Fight City which help make sense of the bizarre world that is professional boxing. As we are not affiliated with any boxing organization or power broker, we are free to, as Howard Cosell liked to say, tell it like it is.

The Fight City: Here we feature posts which take visitors to the streets of Montreal and offer an inside look at the boxing scene in “The Fight City.”

The skyline of downtown Montreal.
Downtown Montreal.

Our Team:

Michael CarbertFounder and Editor-in-Chief, has published work in various magazines and newspapers including The Montreal Gazette and CNQ magazine. His feature article in Maisonneuve on the Montreal boxing scene was nominated for a 2008 National Magazine Award. Originally from Ontario, he now resides in Montreal which is fitting since the bout which ignited his zeal for this brutal sport remains “The Brawl in Montreal,” that first, historic clash between Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard.

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June 20, 1980: Leonard and Duran mix it up.

Zachary Alapi writes about boxing for various websites and holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. He lives and teaches in Montreal.

Daniel Attias hails from Sydney, Australia and has been a fight fan since a young Russian-Australian named Kostya Tszyu took the 140-pound division by storm. His work can be found in the Australian Boxing Legends magazine and on Boxing.com. Follow Daniel on Twitter @Dan_Attias.

Hunter Breckenridge resides in Portland, Oregon. He traces his boxing fandom back to the Rocky movies and attending local fight cards in the late 90s with his dad. When he’s not contributing to The Fight City, he’s blogging about boxing, politics, space, and his frequent misadventures in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. His past musings on pugilism can be found at hunterboxing.net and you can reach him on Twitter via @HunterBreck.

Shaun Brown resides in Town Yetholm, Scotland and has been writing about boxing for over ten years with contributions to various publications including Boxing Monthly. You can reach him on Twitter at @sbrown2pt0.

Damien Burton is a UK-based freelance artist/illustrator whose intrigue for boxing was sparked by the vibrant British scene of the late 80s & early 90s. You can find him on Twitter @Mr_Yib and view his work on Instagram as @burtonart.

Blake Cass, a contributing editor to the site, teaches at College of the Atlantic where he is surrounded by ecologically-minded students who give him hope that our world is not doomed. He has been a fight fan since high school and boxes recreationally. It has been said that Oliver McCall’s second performance against Lennox Lewis comes to the minds of those watching him spar.

Douglas Cavanaugh is a Los Angeles-based writer. He is working on a book about the boxing history of Pittsburgh.

Alden Chodash has served the sport of boxing as a writer, an amateur boxer, and an amateur boxing official. Chodash became the youngest member of the Boxing Writers Association of America at age 12, pursuing a love for the sport that had initially captivated him at age 9. Alden boxed in the amateurs from age 11 to 14, before giving up the ring for studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida. Chodash currently serves the US Navy as a Nuclear Engineer. He can be reached on Twitter via @AldenChodash.

Patrick Connor is a boxing historian residing in Portland, Oregon. He has contributed articles, interviews and videos for numerous publications including BoxingScene, MaxBoxing, BoxeoMundial, TalkingBoxing, The Boxing Bulletin, The Queensberry Rules and The Guardian. Patrick can be reached on Twitter via @PatrickMConnor and @BoxingHistory. He is also the author of the book Shot At A Brothel, an account of the final days of Oscar Bonavena, from Hamilcar Publications.

Sean Crose has been a die-hard fight fan since before Leonard first faced Duran. Aside from The Fight City, Sean’s work can be found at Boxing Insider and at Box Mad Magazine. A member of the English Department at Post University, Sean’s writing has appeared in such outlets as Fiction 365, Linguistic Erosion, Crack The Spine, and The Copperfield Review. He lives in Connecticut.

David Curcio is based in Watertown, MA. His essays on boxing films have appeared in Ringside Seat Magazine, Noir City, and his own blog slugfestboston.com. He has written extensively on art, and delivered numerous lectures on Japanese woodcuts. David has recently completed his first book, Cinema Pugilistica: A Century of Race, Crime, and Culture in the The Boxing Film.

Michael Ezra is the author of Muhammad Ali: The Making of an Icon and is the co-editor, with Carlo Rotella, of the acclaimed anthology The Bittersweet Science. His work has appeared on Deadspin, Politico, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera. You can find Mike on Twitter @realmikeezra.

Jeffrey Fuss is from Shepherdstown, West Virginia. At West Virginia University he won the 2016 National Collegiate Boxing Association’s light heavyweight championship.  He currently resides in Shenzhen, China teaching English as a Second Language. Some of his favorite boxers include Arturo Gatti, Jorge Linares, Emmanuel Augustus, Wilfred Benitez, and the Four Kings. He can be reached on Twitter via @sweetscience4

Rafael García  is from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. He studied Economics at Montreal’s Concordia University and his twitter handle is @mccready82. His favorite fighters are Roberto Duran and Salvador Sanchez. His last and only fistfight took place in his early twenties in a train station in Marseille at four in the morning. He won by TKO.

Danny Howard is a lifelong boxing fan who has covered the sport for FightHype, The Examiner and The Boxing Tribune. His favourite fighters are Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman and Evander Holyfield and his first novel, “And Stay Down! Boxing’s Worst Comebacks,” is available on Amazon.

Joshua Isard is a writer and teacher living in the Philadelphia area. He’s the author of the novel Conquistador of the Useless, and directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Arcadia University. His favorite fighters are Bobby Chacon, Gennady Golovkin, and Philly legends Bernard Hopkins and Joe Frazier.

Alfonso Jasso lives on the border between Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Laredo, Texas and studies economics at Texas A&M International University. He is one of our social media experts and manages the site’s Instagram page. His favourite fighters include Orlando Canizales, Salvador Sanchez, Niccolino Locche, Mike McCallum, Bernard Hopkins, and Roberto Duran. 

Ronnie McCluskey is a Scottish writer who has covered boxing on and off since 2004. Follow Ronnie on Twitter @exoplanetocean.

Eliott McCormick’s love of boxing was born in the 1990s. He has also written for Vice Sports.

Harry Meyerson was inspired to try his hand at boxing after years of watching it, along with a steady diet of Rocky movies and was welcomed into the fight game by coaches and fellow fighters alike. He has been training ever since. When traveling, he’s had the pleasure of working-out at gyms in California, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Puerto Rico. His favorite fighters include Muhammad Ali, Pernell Whitaker, James Toney, Caleb Plant, and Vasiliy Lomachenko. Harry can be found shadowboxing at stoplights in New York City.

Manny Montreal was introduced to boxing by his dad who sat young Manny down to watch “The Rumble in the Jungle.” Call it love at first sight. Not long after came Mike Tyson and, as Manny himself puts it: “After seeing the ferocity of Iron Mike, how could my eight-year-old self go back to Batman and Hulkamania?” His passion for combat found an outlet on the ice as he engaged in more than his share of hockey fights before later sparring in different Montreal gyms. He’s “Manny Montreal” on facebook and youtube, and @MannyMtl on twitter.

Thad Moore lives in one of the great fight cities of America, the home of Bennie Briscoe, Lew Tendler, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Bernard Hopkins, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, and many others, Philadelphia, PA. A past contributor to The Ring and KO Magazine, Thad loves the history of his city and all the old boxing gyms, managers, trainers, and gym owners with stories that last for days. There’s also a special place in his heart for fighters who have been ripped off by Don King. He can be followed @ThadM44 on Twitter.

Matt O’Brien is from Nottingham, England and became hooked on boxing when Prince Naseem was on the rise. He lost his one and only amateur fight when his corner threw in the towel in round two and he’s still considering a comeback. Having studied at the University of Birmingham and the University of London, Matt now teaches English and writing at the International College in Beijing, China. His favourite boxers are Joe Calzaghe, Marco Antonio Barrera and Felix Trinidad.

Sheila Oviedo is a former journalist and political risk analyst who now works as a product manager in New York City. She writes boxing stories for the sport of it, while regularly training at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter @sheila_uncut.

Robert Portis has been a student of pugilism since he was ten years old. He has sparred, fought, trained and worked fights in various locales including New York, Las Vegas, Toronto, Los Angeles, Montreal, London and Atlantic City. His last contest was in 1990; ahead on points, he succumbed to a vicious left hook to the temple in round two and promptly retired. He lives in Montreal.

Jamie Rebner is a die-hard fan and student of the fight game. He was born and raised in Montreal and still calls the great city his home. Reading Evander Holyfield’s biography in his mid-teens put him on the boxing path but his passion extends to all combat sports. Having completed his Master’s in sport psychology, he has a keen interest in the mental side of fighting. Follow Jamie on Twitter @J_NReb.

Andrew Rihn is the author of The Pugilist, a monthly boxing column for Into the Void magazine, as well as Revelation: An Apocalypse in Fifty-Eight Fights (Press 53, 2020), a book of prose poems about Mike Tyson. He can be reached on Twitter via @RihnAndrew and Instagram via @a.rihn

Ralph Semien is a retired LA attorney and lifetime fight fan who recalls watching the Gillette Friday Night Fights with his dad in the 1950’s on black and white television. He’s loved “The Sweet Science” as far back as he can recall and is a huge fan of Muhammad Ali. While growing up in Southern California, he met two of the greatest champions in boxing, Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson. He later became close friends with Emanuel Steward’s mentor and Tommy Hearns’ trainer, the renowned Bill (“Billy”) Miller, in Detroit back in the 70’s. Ralph devotes some of his retirement time to researching and writing about boxing for TheFightCity.com, something he considers a labour of love.

Glen Sharp is the author of the novel Bethany Park and the boxing memoir Punching From The Shadows. He lives in West Sacramento, California.

Laurence Thompson is an author, researcher, screenwriter, poet, journalist, and boxing fan based in Liverpool, England. His work has been published in various venues including Paraphilia Magazine and Bido Lito. His most treasured possession is a photograph of him and his friends meeting Roberto Duran. His Twitter handle is @Lancekthompson.

Lee Wylie is from the North East of England. He is known in boxing circles for his highly detailed breakdowns and is generally considered one of the best analysts in the sport. Among his favorite fighters are Joe Gans, Benny Leonard, Roberto Duran, Ezzard Charles, Nicolino Locche, Mike McCallum, Pernell Whitaker and Orlando Canizales. You can follow him on Twitter @leewylieboxing.

Get Involved!

If you are interested in writing for The Fight City please contact us and forward some writing samples. We are always looking for new material and talented people to join our merry band.

We want to hear from you. If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, press releases or information to share with us, please email us at thefightcity@gmail.com.


11 thoughts on “ABOUT

  • December 17, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Lovin this site!

    • September 4, 2015 at 9:59 am

      I love this site!

  • February 13, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Love your site! Great articles. Any newsletter available? Would like to receive your updates.

    • February 13, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Hey Bob. Thanks very much for reading. We don’t have a newsletter but you can follow us on twitter @thefightcity, which is where we announce all of our new posts. If you don’t have twitter we’ll gladly figure out another way to keep you in the loop.

  • March 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

    i love watching wylie’s videos on youtube; they help me understand the tactics and it’s great to see the engagements in slow motion. thanks so much and i can’t wait to explore this site.

  • May 12, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    The Five Ways of Attack from Youtube Background piano music?

    Can you please tell me what this music is?

    With thanks


  • March 20, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Just spent a whole hour on your site…. excellent work!!!!

    • March 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you! Spread the word to all you know, Eric! And feel free to give us more feedback.

  • March 22, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Yeah, great site. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized it was Canadian. Maybe you guys could post up future cards in Montreal? Lee Wylie’s videos (which is how I found your site) are excellent as well. Great choice with using Golovkin and Roman Gonzalez as subjects.

  • November 25, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Where is the Philly love for Light Heavyweight Champion Harold Johnson? Not being testy but he’s my favorite fighter.


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