Last February online boxing writer-editor Doug Fischer and video producer Gary Randall suffered a knockdown. Their authoritative website, houseofboxing.com, was dramatically scaled back when its financial backer, Magnum Sports & Entertainment, cut its support. Fischer and Randall, both Angelinos, left houseofboxing and, with another alum of the website, writer Steve Kim, promptly launched a self-financed competing site, maxboxing.com. Easy to navigate and loaded with interactive features, maxboxing has become the best of the sweet science sites. "We would first like to attract the general boxing audience," says Fischer. "Then we hope to turn them into better boxing fans."
Besides providing several daily news stories and a stable of 15 columnists, maxboxing offers provocative short films such as The Middleweight, a 4�-minute documentary that explores the Philadelphia roots and training regimen of Bernard (the Executioner) Hopkins, who'll be fighting Felix Trinidad for the weight class's championship on Saturday at Madison Square Garden (TVKO, 9 p.m., $49.95). Flash profiles examine the attributes of five leading boxers from head to toe. Click on featherweight Marco Antonio Barrera's right fist, for example, and you'll be told that "he likes to sneak an uppercut to the jaw when he's close to an opponent." Fans can cast votes for the top 10 fighters in every division, and they can get a round-by-round look at computer-driven mythical matchups. In one such fictional bout, Oscar De La Hoya stops Thomas Hearns on a 14th-round TKO.
For Trinidad-Hopkins, maxboxing will have pre- and postfight video and audio coverage, and Fischer will post his recap no later than 90 minutes after the fight.