10/2/1980 FIGHT A RING DEATH TO MANY
Muhammad Ali Training For Larry Holmes
San Francisco, CA– The overweight man you see with a mustache here is Muhammad Ali in the late summer of 1980. After a two year hiatus from boxing, this after besting Leon Spinks in a 1978 rematch, promoter Don King (only eight years into promoting) convinced Muhammad to come back and fight unbeaten World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes on October 2, 1980, 34 years ago today. Actually, Ali didn’t need much convincing as DK was offering him $8 million reasons to fight again.
CHAMPION WAS SECOND FIDDLE HERE
A former sparring partner of Ali, Larry can be seen beating Ali up in a Deer Lake, PA training session in the movie, “Ali: Brains, Skill, & Guts,” taped in 1974 as Ali prepped for his “Rumble in The Jungle” with George Foreman. Holmes, AKA “The Easton Assassin” was 31 years young and 35-0, 26 KOs.
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New York, NY – To even the most “die hard” fan, this forthcoming weekend mainly consists of unknown “up and comers” looking to do there thing and make some noise. On the bright side, the hunger and desperation instilled within such fighters in these type of affairs usually result formula for fireworks. Let’s take a chronological look at the line up.
ESPN STARTS THE FIRE
As per usual, the popular fight series “ESPN Friday Night Fights” kicks off the boxing weekend. Each installment of the decorated series features news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests offering insight into the world of boxing, and competitive scraps. This week’s card showcases heavy handed record padded Puerto Rican charge Kenny Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) pitted against hapless scrapper and loser of three straight Irving Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KOs) over 10 or less rounds of jr middleweight (154) combat at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY, Friday at 9 PM ET on ESPN 2.
SHOWTIME OWNS THE WEEKEND WITH TWIN DOUBLE HEADERS
The critically acclaimed series “Shobox” delivers two explosive cards this weekend. First up: power punching madman Lateef Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) takes on vastly experienced cruiserweight (200) journeyman Matt Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs) over 10 proposed rounds of throw down from the Chumash Casino & Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Televised action begins with talented bantamweight (118) Chris Avalos (18-1, 15 KOs) taking on unbeaten pug Khabir Suleymanov (11-0, 5 KOs) Friday at 11 PM ET. Action continues the next day as undefeated ruthless banger Luis Orlando Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) looks for his 8th straight knockout Read more
REALITY CHECK FOR BOTH BOXING & MMA FANS
San Francisco, CA– Boxing is fixed! Not saying Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight was, just the sport in general. I’m sure everyone saw how effortless Mosley acted between the ropes. Hey, people have been getting paid to lose fights since Don King had normal hair. Deservedly so, Manny was the favored fighter, some oddsmakers had it 8-1, which is an astronomical number for upper echelon boxing.
SHANE MOSLEY IS NOW AS OLD AS DIRT
Mosley, now 39 and a professional since losing to the late Vernon Forrest in the 1992 Olympic Trials, this long before dropping two lopsided 12-rounders and the welterweight (147 lbs) title to Vernon in 2002. He has a son taking up the sport now and he should no longer be in the ring, Shane its time to take a seat. Besides, with his slurring his words, experts I know say he is headed towards “Pugilistic Dementia,” or to us common folks, he’s getting “Punch Drunk
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San Francisco, CA
– A fortnight ago, Erik Morales
, now 34 years old, made a comeback after almost three years away from the ring and faced Marcos Maidana
. While the fighter nicknamed, “El Terrible
” (The Terrible One) came up short on points in losing unanimously to Maidana, Erik was both game and competitive, something few pundits expected against Argentina’s Maidana, a fighter considered to be in his boxing prime.
WATCHED ERIK RISE FROM THE CRIB
Today, I bring you back to September 1997 and Erik’s first interview after winning the WBC 122 lb. (super bantamweight) championship. After personally watching his ascension through the ranks fighting in his native Tijuana, I knew that the sky was the limit for the lanky Mexican that could box and punch. In this interview you’ll see that “El Terrible” was both confident and humble, a rare combination in the world of professional boxing.
ORIGINALLY FROM FLASH MAGAZINE ISSUE #218
The 122 lb. weight class has a fresh face in newly-crowned WBC champion Erik Morales. The champ appeared on “Ring Talk Worldwide” and talked about his fight with Daniel Zaragoza and who is the best 122-pounder in the world. Read more
BUTE NOT JUST A BRUTE?
San Francisco, CA– Before I get into the unbeaten super middleweight IBF champ Lucien Bute, let me spend a sentence or two on challenger Brian Magee. Seeing I type about 30 words a minute, I’m not expecting the Irishman to last longer than 300 words. Overall, Magee is 34-3-1, 24 KOs.
CANADIAN A TRANSPLANTED ROMANIAN
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Bethlehem, PA– In the fight game, whether it’s boxing or mixed martial arts, no matter how dominant a champion is, there is always a challenger out there that poses a threat. The one guy that has some fans starting to believe, the champion may finally have met his match. Such was the case with UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort, or so we thought.
#1 SILVA WENT TO WORK
It took middleweight (185 lbs.) champion, Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva, now (28-4, 16 KO’s 5 subs), a little over three minutes to quell any thoughts that he is not the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. Facing off against the one guy who finally had hands who were even more lethal than his in Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort (19-9, 13 KO’s 2 subs), Silva (pictured above) didn’t need his hands at all. Instead, he used a front kick to the chin that was the proof is in the pudding.
BOTH WERE HEAVY HANDED PUNCHERS
With a very cautious start from two heavy-handed punchers, the first three minutes of the fight saw no action other than the fighters circling each other measuring striking distance. Then after a quick exchange that saw Silva fall, but able to get up right away, ‘The Spider’ threw a front kick from the back leg that caught Belfort flush on the chin, which all but had him out before he hit the mat. Silva, realizing his opponent was pretty much helpless, showed mercy in hesitating to pounce on him and hit him flush with a left and right hand before the referee jumped in to end it at 3:25 of the first round. Belfort must have thought Silva had eight legs like a spider because he never saw the kick coming.
THIS WAS A FIGHT WHERE MUTUAL RESPECT RULED! Read more
New York, NY
2008 A.P. Photo: Evander Holyfield
– This coming Saturday night, future Hall of Fame
inductee and ring legend Evander Holyfield
(43-10-2, 28 KOs) will face battle tested but often bested pug Sherman Williams
(34-11, 19 KOs) in a slated 10 round heavyweight main event from the Greenbrier Resort
in White Sulphur Springs
, West Virginia
. Televised coverage begins at 9 PM ET
AGED EX CHAMP SAYS HE STILL BELIEVES!
Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield started his career at light heavyweight and successfully moved up to dominate and unify all belts in the cruiserweight division when the bar was set at 190 lbs. Evander then catapulted to the heavyweight ranks and became the only fighter in fistic combat history to win a crown four times. At the highest weight on the scale, Holyfield fought virtually every great fighter of his era and has wins against and shared memorial wars with some of the best of the best. Usually pitted against his adversity as the smaller man, Evander was able to accomplish his success by portraying a high work rate of sustained activity which displayed an arsenal of blistering combinations while maintaining excellent hand and foot speed. Evander was also known for his tremendous boxing IQ, chin of granite, “sleeper” power, and a determined filled heart.
“V” IS 48 GOING ON 68 OR 38?
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Friday, January 14, 2011
ESPN 2 VIEWERS SAW MANFREDO WIN MAIN EVENT!
Key West, FL – Peter Manfredo Jr., (162.25 lbs.) Providence, RI UD 10 Daniel Edouard (163.5)
Manfredo Jr. (37-6, 20 KOs) dropped Edouard (23-4-2, 14 KOs) with a right in round four on way to a winning by scores of 98-91 twice and 97-92.
THIS AARON PRYOR ON THE SHORT END
Edwin Rodriguez (168.5), Worcester, MA UD 10 Aaron Pryor Jr. (165.5 lbs), Cincinnati, OH. Rodriguez (18-0, 13 KOs) lands early and often enough to outpoint the son of Hall of Famer Aaron Pryor. Jr. is now (15-3, 11 KOs) after the cards read 98-91, 97-92, & 96-93.
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SENDING AWAY PARTY FOR HELEN DUNDEE’S “SOMETHING SPECIAL”
The great Johnny Bos attended the funeral and brought back this card. Having met and interacted with both Angelo and Helen, I can tell you that they were both classy people who might not have ever made it to Florida sans the influence Angelo’s brother Chris Dundee had over his younger brother. Had Chris not brought Angie and Helen to Florida, boxing history would differ. Muhammad Ali and “Sugar Ray” Leonard would certainly have had different trainers. But the worse according to Angie was that he and Helen would’ve had to endure those icy winters!
IN THIS INSTANCE, THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT DESCRIBE IT! Read more
New York, NY – For the seventh consecutive week, televised boxing surfaces with a multitude of action. This week, cards are being dealt out by every major outlet which covers the sport. Listed below is a look at all the “misunderstandings” that will transpire over the next few days.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The pride of Poland, top ten ranked heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) throws hands against the “bar room” brawling style of Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KOs) over 12 rounds or less at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, live on PPV at 9 PM ET.
ADAMEK’S RUN AT HEAVYWEIGHT STILL NEEDS DEFINING FIGHT
Having beaten former cruiserweight (200) champions Steve Cunningham and O’Neil Bell, Adamek, to his credit, in the wake of his triumphs has called out the biggest names in his former weight class. Without being able to secure lucrative bouts against Bernard Hopkins or Roy Jones Jr., and by not landing a much desired rematch against his only loss to Chad Dawson (L UD 12), Adamek has moved up to the heavyweight ranks and has four bouts with four wins under his belt; a beat down win over a very faded Andrew Golota (w TKO 5), a less than stellar 12 round points decision win against Jason Estrada, a reluctantly listless 12 round victory on the score cards against fading former world title challenger Chris Arreola, and a close 12 round decision nod against former world challenger Michael Grant.
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New York, NY – The busy boxing month of November of 2010 typifies it’s action packed calender with a multitude of cards. Below is a quick look at all the televised action being served up this weekend.
Cruiserweight (200 lbs) hopefuls collide when unbeaten knockout producing sensation Lateff Kayode (14-0, 13 KOs) throws hands with durable opponent Ed Perry (18-4-2, 11 KOs) over ten scheduled rounds of throw down. On the undercard, talented featherweights (126) Luis Franco (7-0, 5 KOs) and Eric Hunter (15-1, 8 KOs) will meet up in a slated ten round affair. Action commences live at the famous Chumash Casino in Santa Yenz, California, live tonight on Showtime at 11 PM ET.
TOP RANK PPV SHOW TO SHOW SOME FLASH
Nonito Donaire's one punch KO of Vic Darchinyan!
Headlining a decent PPV card, The “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) squares off against feather fisted journeymen Volodmyr Sydorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) in a proposed 12 round WBA interim 118 lb. title) bantamweight in the featured attraction. Underneath, fierce Mexican brawler; WBC lightweight (135) champion Humberto Soto (53-7-2, 32 KOs) faces rugged challenger Urbano Antillion (28-1, 20 KOs) for 12 rounds or less. In other action, light middleweight (154) pug Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs) stands opposite of battle tested thug Jose Pinzon (18-1-1, 12 KOs) over ten or less rounds. Coverage from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California begins Saturday evening at 9 PM ET on PPV.
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Bethlehem, PA– Before UFC 123, I said in my preview you can “flip a coin,” as that’s how evenly matched the card was from top to bottom. No bigger evidence of this came than in the main event where Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (31-8, 14 KO’s 7 subs) won a highly disputed split decision over Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida (16-2, 5 KO’s 2 subs) in their light-heavyweight (205 lbs.) fight.
THE PRODIGY HAS BIG WIN OVER EX-CHAMP HUGHES
However, before discussing my views on the main event, I want to jump right to the co-main event, because guess who’s back and stole the show? Back at welterweight (170) and more importantly, back to his winning ways? ‘The Prodigy’ B.J. Penn (16-7-1, 7 KO’s 6 subs) needed all of just 21 seconds to dispatch of Hall of Famer Matt Hughes (45-8, 17 KO’s 18 subs) in their rubber match as he scored a quick, but devastating knockout.
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UFC FIGHTS BETTER THAN BOXING THIS WEEK
Bethlehem, PA– Last weekend boxing won out as the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight was just too good to pass up live, thus I taped the UFC event that emanated from Germany. Such is not the case this weekend though as UFC 123 will be on Pay-Per-View and while the rematch in boxing between Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez should be great, but this UFC card is too good to pass up live. Sure there are no championship fights headlining this card and three of the four fighters in the co-main events are coming off losses, but the fights themselves are so evenly matched, including the undercard, that when it comes to picking winners at UFC 123, you can literally flip a coin.
“RAMPAGE” & “THE DRAGON TOP BILL
The main event features an intriguing clash of styles between two former light-heavyweight (205 lbs.) champions in Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (30-8, 14 KO’s 7 subs) and Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida (16-1, 5 KO’s 2 subs). Rampage, an in your face, swing for the fences type of fighter with KO power in either hand, is facing his complete opposite in Machida, whose Karate based style is much more defensive, counter-punching and technique oriented.
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FABER WINS HIS FINAL WEC FIGHT
San Francisco, CA– Urijah “The California Kid” Faber ended his World Extreme Cagefighting career Thursday by submitting Takeya Mizugaki in the first round of their main event on Versus TV. The WEC will be swallowed up by it’s parent company, the Ultimate Fighting Championships, who are adding two smaller weight classes.
CAIN VELASQUEZ IN “BIG APPLE” TAKING BITE
World heavyweight MMA & UFC champ Cain Velasquez Read more