MOSLEY’S STEROID SAGA BROKEN HERE IN 2004

”RING TALK” SCOOPED EVERYONE ON SHANE & ‘ROIDS!

San Francisco, CA- In recent days, the MaxBoxing.com website has delved into Shane Mosley’s admission to using steroids known as the “cream and the clear.” According to evidence in Federal custody, Shane used steroids in preparation for his second fight with Oscar De La Hoya. While this might come to some of you as a surprise, those that have been here for longer than a few minutes know that I penned this “exclusive” story back in 2004.

TOOK BOTH HEAT & THREATS AFTERWARDS People jumped all over me. Shane’s team called me a liar and Judd Burstein, Mosley’s lawyer, was talking lawsuit! My source was within the Grand Jury system, thus I knew then as I do now, that my story was correct and that Shane had done “cycles” of both then undetectable steroids.

PASSED LIE DETECTOR TEST & NOW ADMITS ‘ROIDS

Although Mosley is now candid, this seeing Sports Illustrated “outed” him. Before that he was adamant that he hadn’t taken anything. Why just last week, his publicist Debbie Kaplan (Sept 2007) issued a blanket denial, stating that Shane had passed a Polygraph test, (after my story ran). So, while it is admirable to come clean as Shane has done here, remember this. He only did so because Sports Illustrated and some other news entities printed what I had three years ago. One would think that an apology to a certain writer is warranted here Shane. In addition, Shane should come totally clean about the entire BALCO experience.

Pedro Fernandez

Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman and four-time Golden Gloves champion. Comments regarding this submission can be left below.

TIME TO RELICENSE “INFAMOUS” PANAMA LEWIS?

DOES PANAMA DESERVE ANOTHER CHANCE?

San Francisco, CA– There are very few guys around that can mold raw talent into that of a champion. Deceased trainers Ray Arcel, Freddie Brown, they were two all time great teachers. They were eastern legends while on the left side of the US was LA’s Jackie McCoy. These were the “old school” guys that could turn chicken s*it into chicken soup. Arcel and Brown I’m told, taught the art of teaching boxing to Carlos “Panama” Lewis. Infamous? Lewis was convicted of taking the padding out of the boxing gloves of Luis Resto before a 1983 bout with the late Billy Collins Jr. . He would spend 2 ½ years of a six year sentence in prison. Resto spent about the same time behind bars.

LAX NY COMMISSION FACILITATED CRIMINAL ACT A removal of an ounce of padding in each glove resulted into what amounts to two gloveless fists busting up Collins’ facial bones, destroying his vision, and thus ending his promising career. It was one of the most despicable moments I had ever witnessed in my decades of watching prizefights, that night at the defunct Main St. Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Closed Circuit TV. Collins, 101-7 as an amateur, drove his car off a road and died nine months later. He was 14-0 when he met the light puncher Resto at Madison Square Garden.

MANY HAVE CALLED FOR LEWIS’ HEAD

From that June day in 1983 forward, I’ve been a backer of the 49 states (Pennsylvania has licensed Lewis) that “banned Lewis for life.” Once I wrote, “They should tie him to a cactus in the Nevada desert and pour Coca Cola all over him, let the ants just eat him alive.”

ALMOST WENT TO BLOWS ONCE

I told Panama all of the above and more at the Mike Tyson-Buster Mathis Jr. weigh in that took place at in Philadelphia. It got so heated that people witnessing the event said after that they thought we would go to blows. Having seen a few times over the years, we’ve never talked.

FRAGMENTED COLLINS FAMILY TODAY

Billy parents, Billy and wife Bettye Collins are still together and live in Antioch, Tennessee. Collins did have a child, Alisha, shortly after the Resto assault with then wife Andrea Collins-Nile. The former daughter inlaw and the Collins’ are estranged. Last year the Estate of Billy Collins Jr. filed suit against the New York State Athletic Commission, the filing coincided with a documentary film release entitled, “Cornered.”

COMMISSION AT FAULT SANS QUESTION

The lead Inspector signed off on the gloves, this even though he wasn’t there when they were put on. The tampering took place under the auspices of the New York State Athletic Commission. Shouldn’t they be held responsible? One trial resulted in a hung-jury. If Collins-Nile is successful in a bid for a new trial, look at once for an out of court settlement. Whether by accident, blunder, or chicanery, it was the failure of the NYSAC that led to Collins taking the beating that he did.

THE $640,000 QUESTION

That being said, is it now the time to/ relicense Panama Lewis? Murderers spend less time in prison in a lot of instances. If Panama had intentionally run somebody over with a car, you don’t think that 25+ years later he’d be forbidden to drive. Of course had Lewis been a rapist, he probably wouldn’t be allowed be allowed to work in an OBGYN clinic. I say….yes! Your call, grant him a Assn. of Boxing Commissions license or not?

Pedro Fernandez

Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman and four-time Golden Gloves champion. Comments regarding this submission can be left below.

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