Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays

Readers, thank you for logging on to NYFightBlog. Our growth since debuting in September has been phenomenal, and I appreciate your patronage!

Thanks to the editor who oversees the blog, Mr. Jon Scher, who has just the right mix of encouragement and positive feedback and critique and polite chopsbusting to keep me on message.

I will be off radar for a couple days, so if you seek any boxing news, head over to ESPN.com, and soak up material there. You I'm sure do that anyway, but that Dan Rafael is the hardest working man in the biz, so I'm guessing he'll have fresh pieces up while the rest of us sip eggnog.

That eggnog for me will be virgin, by the way, which brings me to a final point. Some folks overindulge during the holidays. If you see that, and see someone grabbing for the keys to drive themselves home, step in, and lobby for another method of home delivery. No one likes hearing about or reading about on-the-road tragedies during the holidays. If you care to, check out this piece I wrote for TSS about the holidays, how hard they can be for some. Kelly Pavlik, the Youngstown super middleweight is having trying times right now..

Here's to the folks having the trying times. I toast you all.