Sportswriting

Caryn enjoys a variety of sports, particularly boxing, which she’s been passionately writing about for the past several years. She takes pride in helping fans gain a better understanding of the skills and techniques involved, who the athletes are, and why they do what they do.

Caryn has interviewed some of the top boxers in the sport as well as up-and-coming fighters; she has also written detailed and thoughtful pieces that examine specific matches and the state of the sport.


Andre Ward: S.O.G. & A.T.G.

Overcoming doubt and persevering in the face of injuries and bigger, perhaps stronger opponents were the themes of Ward’s Hall-of-Fame-worthy career … read the full article


Jamie Moore: Still the Fighter’s Fighter

“Someone said to me once, ‘If you never want to work a day in your life, find something you love to do and find a way to make it pay.’ And that definitely is what I feel like I’m doing.” … read the full article


Does Size Matter?

What do these fighters all have in common? It’s not notoriety. It’s not talent level. It’s something that none of them have any control over–and something that, quite frankly, doesn’t matter whatsoever … read the full article


Joe Cortez’s 20/20 System

“Being a veteran in boxing for over 60 years of my life, I leave no stone unturned. I’m trying to create something different in boxing so that it makes boxing better, it brings it up to a better level…I want to make sure the fans get a fair shake and we don’t have any more black eyes in boxing with these controversial decisions … read the full interview


Daniel Jacobs on Golovkin Loss Being a Victory; Talks “Get in the Ring” and Future Plans

When Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs was undergoing a life-and-death battle versus osteosarcoma, he swore to himself that when–not if–he made it through, he would find a way to help other people battling cancer … read the full interview


Andre Ward Speaks on Disrupting Kovalev’s Timing, Mental Quickness

Ward talked about how he and his trainer Virgil Hunter fixed that problem in preparation for the rematch. In the latest fight, the difference is plain to see. Ward’s use of feints was on display from the first round … read the full interview


Carlos Cuadras: Super Fly

Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras is one of boxing’s more skillful fighters of recent memory … read the full interview


Hurry Up and Wait: The Ratings Game

Sanctioning bodies, which control the various championship belts and rankings, exist to give some semblance of order to boxing … read the full article


Ward Krushes Kovalev

Ward landed devastating body punches, with both hands, that I could hear ringside like a bell … read the full article


Andre Ward: Something That’s in Me

“Since I’ve been a kid, in the Olympics–I was never the biggest guy. I’ve always been kind of understated. That’s just my lane and my story, and I’ve learned to be comfortable there. It’s a tremendous source of motivation knowing I can overcome in those situations, regardless of what it looks like.” … read the full interview


Andre Ward: Master of Jeet Kune Do

It’s clear when watching “SOG” in the ring that he not only subscribes to many of Lee’s philosophies, but due to his incredible work ethic, natural ability, and will, he is also perhaps modern combat sports’ greatest embodiment of the Jeet Kune Do ethos … read the full article


Ward, Thurman, Stevenson: A Common Thread

In modern times, the term “coward” has become a politically safe term that many throw around, particularly in boxing and other combat sports because most people think it’s applicable and can be excused as “fight talk.” … read the full article


Guillermo Rigondeaux: Something Supernatural

Some athletes are so skillful that they seem almost untouchable in the primes of their careers. Many of these athletes are so gifted that they make their mastery of their art form look easy to the untrained eye, which sees none of the daily toil and sacrifice it took to achieve greatness … read the full interview


Layla McCarter Leads by Example: More Action, More Knockouts

Since turning pro 19 years ago, “Amazing” Layla McCarter has amassed some of the most impressive accomplishments in all of women’s boxing … read the full interview


The Truth About Premier Boxing Champions

In the mainstream boxing media, there have been a lot of statements made over the past few days regarding Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and whether the series created by Al Haymon is on its last legs … read the full article


Shawn Porter Explains His Style of Fighting: “I Always Try to Make a Guy Fight Me the Way I Want Him to Fight”

“Showtime” Shawn Porter (26-2, 16 KOs) is a monster in the ring of the old school, infighting variety. Porter is in the middle of training camp in Las Vegas, preparing for his April 22 bout against Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs). The fighter known as “Showtime” graciously stepped away from training for a few minutes and granted this exclusive interview … read the full interview


Daniel Jacobs Opens Up on Journey to “Ultimate Opponent” Gennady Golovkin: “I’m Gonna Surprise a lot of People”

One of the reasons so many people love the sport of boxing is because it’s a metaphor for life. It’s inspiring when a fighter gets hurt or knocked down yet rallies back to overcome the challenge. Similarly, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs’ (32-1, 29 KOs) story is one of the ultimate triumph of human spirit and strength, and it speaks to us on a deep level … read the full interview


GGG-Jacobs: Boxing’s Long Con

We got to see Golovkin challenged for the first time; we got to see how he would respond to adversity. We got to see exactly what level of skill Jacobs possesses as he impressed with his footwork, control of distance, ring IQ, and timing. The experts who had previously claimed Jacobs would be stopped in three now watched as he did much more than survive 12 rounds with the impressive GGG and his vaunted power… read the full article


Bettering the Sport: Jack Reiss – Part 1

Jack Reiss is one of the sport’s most respected modern referees, known for allowing the fighters to work (particularly on the inside), which is perhaps more rare than it should be, and generally displaying impressive efficiency and competence under pressure … read the full interview


Bettering the Sport: Jack Reiss – Part 2

In addition to being an experienced boxing referee, Jack Reiss is also a judge. This final installment continues the conversation from part 1; here, we discusses the ins and outs of judging…read the full interview


Dumbing Down the Sweet Science

A master of infighting like Henry Armstrong would likely be labeled a “dirty fighter” and advised to “pursue a career in MMA” if he fought today … read the full article


WARd: Timing is Everything

Great fighters overcome. They overcome struggle, injuries, knockdowns, defeats, and near defeats. They find another gear and pull something out to make their victory happen. Andre Ward is no exception … read the full article


Sergio Martinez Exclusive: Return of the King

In many ways, his disciplined behavior hearkens back to champs of yesteryear: he’s respectful and courteous with everyone, even his opponents (provided they don’t disrespect him), he takes on all comers, and he is always in shape. Outside the sport, he is a champion of bullied children through his activism in the It Gets Better campaign. In addition, he helps raise awareness and supports legislation in the fight against domestic violence towards women …. read the full interview


Lamar Wright Explains the Complexities of Being a Trainer and the Best Advice He Was Given: “Stay Basic”

About 60 miles south of Detroit, in northwest Ohio, sits the small city of Toledo; in that city is a burgeoning boxing hub called Glass City Boxing Gym. Lamar Wright trains fighters here … read the full interview


The Marvels of Maravilla

Martinez’s style is unorthodox and would be downright dangerous if used by someone without the skill and the natural gifts possessed by the middleweight champion. He fights with his hands held low and moves around his opponent, working to keep him from setting his feet and efficiently keeping him guessing. But he’s more than a moving target—while he maneuvers, Maravilla is also on the offensive, throwing—and landing—a lot of awkward shots on his opponent … read the full article


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