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RingTv image The Travelin’ Man returns to Montreal – Part I

The Travelin’ Man returns to Montreal – Part I

In this installment of “The Travelin’ Man,” Lee Groves relives a most memorable weekend in Montreal – highlighted by the Jean Pascal-Lucian Bute fight – from the viewpoint of a historian, journalist, pundit and fan. Part one examines the popularity of the fight and the fighters.

RingTv image 10: Best fights staged in Montreal

10: Best fights staged in Montreal

In honor of this Saturday’s Jean Pascal-Lucian Bute light heavyweight showdown in Montreal, RingTV.com’s resident historian Lee Groves profiled the 10 best fights – in terms of story line, historical significance and in-ring action – to take place in the Quebec-province city.

RingTv image Boxing’s banner 2013 sets up a bright 2014

Boxing’s banner 2013 sets up a bright 2014

RingTV.com’s resident boxing historian Lee Groves says that 2013 was the sport’s greatest year this century and perhaps the best in the last several decades. Groves believes 2014 can be equally great and he’s happy to list the reasons why.

RingTv image Travelin’ Man: The Stretch Drive Ends – Part II

Travelin’ Man: The Stretch Drive Ends – Part II

Redemption and opportunism were key words in the main event bouts of the final boxing card covered by RingTV.com’s “Travelin’ Man” Lee Groves, who worked the CompuBox keys for the NBC Sports Net Fight Night show that featured heavyweights Amir Mansour, David Rodriguez and Steve Cunningham.

RingTv image Stretch Drive: Travelin’ Man in Atlantic City – Part I

Stretch Drive: Travelin’ Man in Atlantic City – Part I

The first of the final two legs of “Travelin’ Man” Lee Groves’ five-week “Stretch Drive” to end 2013 saw him work the CompuBox keys on an HBO-televised tripleheader involving Guillermo Rigondeaux in Atlantic City, where he learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela and the death of the South African icon’s favorite boxer, Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala.

RingTv image Travelin’ Man in Quebec City – Part II

Travelin’ Man in Quebec City – Part II

In part two of Travelin’ Man in Quebec City, Lee Groves considers the Fighter of the Year merits of Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev, who recently co-headlined in Quebec where RingTV.com’s resident historian worked the CompuBox keys for the HBO Boxing After Dark show.

RingTv image Hall of Fame ballot deliberation

Hall of Fame ballot deliberation

With the International Boxing Hall of Fame announcing its class of 2014 today, Lee Groves, an elector since 2001, shares his voting thought process. Chosing Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe was a no brainer, but electors can checkmark up to 10 of the 45 names on the ballot.

RingTv image The Stretch Drive: Travelin’ Man returns to New York City – Part II

The Stretch Drive: Travelin’ Man returns to New York City – Part II

RingTV.com’s Travelin’ Man, Lee Groves, provides a CompuBox statistical analysis of Manny Pacquiao’s dominant 12-round decision over Brandon Rios last Saturday. Groves’ fight stats reflect an active and accurate Pacquiao, but when comparing Rios’ power-punch connect rate to the veteran’s past 18 opponents, he sees where the future hall of famer might be slowing down.

RingTv image Travelin’ Man returns to Verona – Part II

Travelin’ Man returns to Verona – Part II

RingTV.com’s “Travelin’ Man” Lee Groves provides CompuBox statistical breakdowns of heavyweight standout Vyacheslav Glazkov’s and lightweight prospect Karl Dargan’s recent NBC-televised victories, as well a behind-the-scenes recap of the entire Nov. 16 Main Events card, in part two of his return to Verona, N.Y.

RingTv image Travelin’ Man returns to Verona – Part I

Travelin’ Man returns to Verona – Part I

RingTV.com’s “Travelin’ Man” Lee Groves recounts his recent trip to Verona, N.Y., to work the CompuBox keys for an NBC Fight Night card headlined by Ukrainian heavyweight standout Vyacheslav Glazkov against a late-replacement for Tomasz Adamek, hardnosed Philadelphia cruiserweight Garrett Wilson.

RingTv image Commentary: One boxing fan’s crisis of confidence

Commentary: One boxing fan’s crisis of confidence

The recent death of Francisco Leal and life-threatening head injury suffered by Magomed Abdusalamov prompted RingTV.com’s resident historian Lee Groves to recall how the 2008 fight between Delvin Rodriguez and Oscar Diaz, for which he was at ringside, caused him to question, then reconfirm, his love for boxing.

RingTv image Travelin’ Man returns to Atlantic City – Part II

Travelin’ Man returns to Atlantic City – Part II

Lee Groves was on hand in Atlantic City to witness “The Alien” Bernard Hopkins add another layer to his already “otherworldly” accomplishments by decisioning Karo Murat. The Travelin’ Man provides a fascinating historical and statistical analysis of Hopkins’ latest victory and legendary career.

RingTv image Travelin’ Man returns to Atlantic City – Part I

Travelin’ Man returns to Atlantic City – Part I

When Lee Groves was tabbed to work the CompuBox keys for the Showtime Championship Boxing card topped by Bernard Hopkins’ IBF light heavyweight title defense against Karo Murat he was thrilled. When he found out it was to be staged in Atlantic City, he was even happier because of the city’s historic place in boxing.

RingTv image Ali-Quarry remembered

Ali-Quarry remembered

Forty-three years ago today, one of the most anticipated comebacks in boxing history began when Muhammad Ali emerged from a 43-month exile to score a three-round TKO over Jerry Quarry. Ali’s return wasn’t just a sporting spectacle it was a social happening that struck at the heart of a deeply divided nation.

RingTv image Travelin’ Man returns to Fantasy Springs – Part II

Travelin’ Man returns to Fantasy Springs – Part II

Lee Groves says that boxing is a sport that reveals everything about an athlete on a given night – good and bad. While the “Travelin’ Man” worked the CompuBox keys for a recent show at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., he noted certain truths about Chris Arreola, Seth Mitchell, Rafael Marquez and Efrain Esquivias.

RingTv image A tribute to Ken Norton

A tribute to Ken Norton

RingTV.com historian Lee Groves gives a fitting tribute to Ken Norton, who passed away on Wednesday. Groves writes that Norton, who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds in the boxing ring and devastating physical injuries and challenges outside of it, “was a man of uncommon character and perseverance.”

RingTv image Travelin’ Man returns to Fantasy Springs – Part I

Travelin’ Man returns to Fantasy Springs – Part I

Lee Groves, RingTV.com’s resident historian and CompuBox road warrior, traveled to the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., twice this month to work the Punch Stat keys for Showtime-televised cards. His most recent trip was for the Chris Arreola-Seth Mitchell headlined show.