October 21st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– There are a number of people who might find this ongoing series enlightening, others not so. But it was about people in boxing, some living, some not, you may not know much about. They won’t leave a Muhammad Ali-like mark on boxing, but they did or will leave one. How about Beto Martinez, Arizona trainer, cornerman, cut-man when needed back in the day. The premier Las Vegas matchmaker for seemingly most of the 20th century, one of a kind Mel “Red” Greb.
“POTATO PIE” WAS LIKE A PHD ON BOXING AND LIFE
Texas trainer Al “Potato Pie” Bolton was a man you learned something from each time you were alone with and or around. Las Vegas gym owner Johnny Tocco ran the Main St. Gym from like 1952 to 1993. But am not done when you when you spend time with individuals, obviously you have individual stories. But I’m inclined to write something on people that get very little penned about them. Former Nevada Commission head Chuck Minker is a man I miss dearly.
DAVEY PEARL INVENTED IN DRESSING ROOM INSTRUCTIONS
Unlike Al Gore who did not invent the Internet, Davey Pearl, referee of the first Ray Leonard–Thomas Hearns fight in 1981, is said to have been the first referee to give fighters instructions in their dressing room.
ONCE SUPER POWERFUL BOXING BOSS FLIES “UNDER RADAR”
Bob Halloran ran the sports at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe for a number of years, this after a long run in Miami as a sportscaster. Most of the early career black and white tape of Muhammad Ali, back when he was Cassius Clay, it was Halloran that was cutting the most video with Ali as he was a frequent visitor to the 5th Street gym. He later went on to run things for Steve Wynn at the Mirage and Bellagio hotels.
ALIANO GREW UP ON MONSEL SOLUTION
Eddie “The Clot” Aliano, just a name that popped up in my mind, one of many I’m trying to get written down and then do mini features on these folks, some living, some not. Rich Rose, who called the shots at Caesars when Halloran was stolen away by Wynn, was real palsy with the late Showtime boxing boss Jay Larkin.
THIS REFEREE WAS “HIS OWN MAN”
Referee Larry Rozadilla, judge for the Buster Douglas KO 10 Mike Tyson who was a “NO, BS guy. And lastly, for today anyway, Ahmed Bey, once a co-manager of Iran “The Blade” Barkley, and a guy who liked to “bet big” on fights.
SERIES WILL DEPEND ON YOU SENDING ME PHOTOS, ETC.
If you have pictures and or tidbits you’d like to share as I write about the not-so famous like San Francisco gym owner Henry “Don” Stewart, or the man that taught me how to correctly throw a jab, Marvin Moore, something I did not do well and paid for it dearly in the National Golden Glove regionals fight with Ernie Chavez, unbeaten until he quit after losing to Meldrick Taylor. Referee/judge Marty Denkin, the Ray Stevens (San Francisco 60s wrestler voted the most loved and not so-loved athlete in San Francisco) of referees.
THE “MOUTH” & THE LADY KING OF OAKLAND
Appropriately named trainer Mike “Motor Mouth” Morton of Portland, OR. Co-owner Marsha King made Julio Cesar Chavez clean up his own spit on the floor of King’s Gym in Oakland, CA.
SEND THE PICTURES, TIDBITS, LET’S KEEP THIS POSITIVE!
All of these people, be it living or dead, have a story to tell. While some of these people of leftists already, others are still here, some, some are afraid of the truth. But in this series, and I really want to get involved by sending me names, photographs, nuances about people in boxing that cast them in a positive light. Forget the negativity, they’ll be a movie about that. But seriously I really want your involvement with this. You the reader providing ideas on people in boxing worthy of a short feature story.