David Remnick on Boxing

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David Remnick, on tour for his latest, Reporting: Writings from the New Yorker, will be in our studio tomorrow night. When we told him we wanted him to talk about boxing, he wrote in an email

Of course we can talk about anything that suits your fancy but I suspect that all women and nearly all men no longer care about boxing or understand why I might; it’s like caring about epic poetry, but low, low, low—a forgotten thing. Wouldn’t there be more interest in politics (Gore, Blair, Katrina, the Middle East) or writing or….God knows what? But you choose.

David Remnick, in an email to Open Source, May 22, 2006

We chose. We want to talk about boxing, and we were relieved at what he wrote us, since we’re interested specifically in the death of boxing. Where is boxing today? Who does care about it, and why? Has pay-per-view changed boxing? Has Tyson? How, like epic poetry, is it becoming a forgotten, unheralded skill?

David Remnick

Editor, The New Yorker

Author, Reporting: Writings from the New Yorker and King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero

Teddy Atlas

Boxing Commentator and Trainer

Author, Atlas : From the Streets to the Ring: A Son’s Struggle to Become a Man

Bert Sugar

Boxing Writer

Author of over 80 books on boxing history, including Bert Sugar on Boxing and Boxing’s Greatest Fighters

Michael Santarcangelo

Boxing Blogger & Podcaster, Boxing Scoop

Max Kellerman

Boxing commentator

Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz

WBA Lightweight Champion of the World

Junior, University of Houston

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