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BOXING REBIRTH ON FREE TV THREATENED

“BOXING ESTABLISHMENT” PICKED YOUR POCKET

Al Haymon

Al Haymon


San Francisco, CA– The sport of boxing has been missing from the TV Guide of the American masses for almost a quarter century. While there are a plethora of reasons why boxing could not get on Network TV, the bottom line is the “Boxing Establishment,” which can easily be described as the games’s top 2% greatly flourished in a time when it’s audience was significantly shrinking.

NO NETWORK TV “INTENTIONAL” BY ARUM, ET AL?

Stop scratching your head and I’ll take you down the road of greed that kept the sport from Network TV and why people like promoters Bob Arum, Don King, et al, really didn’t care whether they had Network TV or not because they were pocketing millions on Pay Per View.

ARUM DIDN’T GET BOXING BACK ON FREE TV

Again, if you’re making hundreds of millions of dollars serving a minuscule percentage of the US population, why would Arum and company need to reach out to the masses? They didn’t need to and apparently didn’t want to put boxing on Network TV because “the boxing establishment” was getting fatter than the late Cedric Kushner in the 1980s sans any Network or free TV.

HAYMON & ARUM HAVE BITTER DIFFERENCES

Al Haymon and Bob Arum are Harvard graduates. That is where the comparisons stop. Haymon is a Black entrepreneur who made money promoting musical acts. Arum is a White ex-US Attorney General and admitted Felon who made his money in boxing and wedlock.

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FLASH MAGAZINE #85: FALL OF BUSTER DOUGLAS

FLASH MAGAZINE STORY FROM OCTOBER 1990

Buster Clipped By Evander

Buster Clipped By Evander


Columbus, OH-Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time with my buddy John Johnson, who was Buster Douglas’ manager, and a former Ohio State assistant football coach. I’d been here before in April 1990 and penned a story on the then World heavyweight champ entitled: Buster Douglas: Different Man, Different Approach.

Well, he certainly had a different approach at the time. He had done numerous charity gigs and was putting his name behind a homeless shelter here in town dubbed, Make Room Columbus.

Then came the metamorphosis from champ to chump, and James Douglas forgot about the people of Columbus. He is now despised in the capital of Ohio. Mention his name and the people that do remember him wrinkle their noses in disgust. “He took the money and ate” said one Ohioan who knew Buster. You might remember the big hub bub James was getting saying he was naming another shelter after his mother who passed away while he was training for his monumental battle with Mike Tyson 11 months ago. Well in this case, he has at least purchased a lot. There has been no groundbreaking but James has told people he intends to fulfill his pledge.

Of course, he says that from his San Marcos island dwelling down in Florida. He is a wanted man of sorts due to the promises made and broken. A nearly 325 pound millionaire sits alone in his Florida villa having distanced himself from everybody but his accountant. Read more

25 YEARS SINCE TYSON KO’D BY BUSTER!

FEBRUARY 11, 1990: “KID DYNAMITE” IMPLODED
Douglas KO's Tyson
Pittsburgh, PA– I was just a sophomore in high school, hanging out in our basement TV room and planning to watch Dominique Wilkins, Larry Bird and others at the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk and Three Point Contests, back when those activities featured the game’s best and were must-see TV. The plan was to flip on HBO and catch “the Baddest Man on the Planet” (and that wasn’t just a nickname at that time) Mike Tyson (then 37-0, 33 KOs) quickly knock out James “Buster” Douglas, whom some generously referred to as an underdog, since that implied that he had a chance. After that brief respite, I would return to the All-Star festivities. Little did I know that I wouldn’t watch anymore basketball that night.

HINDSIGHT’S 20/20: NO ONE SAW THIS ONE COMING

In retrospect, the signs were there: Tyson’s mentor and father figure Cus D’Amato had passed away, and he’d replaced his under appreciated trainer Kevin Rooney and the rest of his team with hacks that seemed to spill over from his entourage and, infamously, Don King. His marriage had fallen apart, and personal problems mounted. He undertrained for Douglas and, though he still looked great, he seemed just a little soft and a lot distracted; clearly, he wasn’t taking Douglas seriously, but then again, did he need to?

“BUSTER” DOUGLAS: “I JUST WHIPPED HIS ___”

As it happened, the contest showed us the amazing possibilities when an uninspired, unmotivated favorite faces and inspired and motivated underdog, no matter the odds. (How any fighter can take another “lightly” – one of the false or ridiculous excuses we hear from sour grapes losers nowadays – makes you wonder after what happened in Tokyo that night.) A lean, conditioned Douglas kept his jab pumping in the champ’s face all night, repeatedly drilling “Iron Mike” with chopping rights behind it, round after round. A short Tyson uppercut in the eighth nearly bandaged the situation, though damage at that point had already been irreparably done. The Tyson puzzle had already been solved. More importantly, the fear factor had been vanquished. Bully the bully. Take the fight to him. Douglas regained control in the ninth, as Tyson barely survived the round.

TENTH ROUND: THE END OF TYSON AS WE KNEW HIM! Read more

LAST STAND FOR DON KING TONIGHT?

DON KING “LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM”

Don King

Don King


San Francisco, CA– In the past 40 years, if you’ve bet against promoter Don King you rarely have gone to the cashier’s window to pick up any winnings. That being said, with really nobody of note under contract except Bermain Stiverne, there is a lot more on the line tonight than just the WBC heavyweight title Stiverne is defending against Deontay Wilder.

KING GETS CHORUS OF REACTIONS

Some of you have left comments like, “The fight is worth watching seeing it will be Don King’s finale.” Interesting, but the “Teflon Don” has been on the ropes before, but then again he wasn’t 83 years old.

IS THE DONALD GOOD FOR BOXING?

Which brings me to the eternal question, no not What Is Hip, is Don King Good for Boxing? The answer to that depends on whom you talk to. Jack Newfield wrote a book, “The Life & Crimes of Don King” in 2003.

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THE MIKE TYSON STORY CONTINUES MONDAY

SERIES ON “IRON MIKE” RETURNITH MONDAY

Don King & Mike Tyson (1988)

Don King & Mike Tyson (1988)


San Francisco, CA– We will go back and conclude our multifaceted look at former World heavyweight champ Mike Tyson on Monday. Parts 1 through 5 are posted in link form here if you didn’t catch 1-5.
READ FIRST 5 SEGMENTS OF THE MIKE TYSON STORY

Mike Tyson Part 1: Mike Tyson Part 1

Mike Tyson Part 2: Mike Tyson Part 2

Mike Tyson Part 3: Cus D’Amato Mike Tyson Part 3

Mike Tyson Part 4: Mike Tyson Part 4

Mike Tyson Part 5: Mike Tyson Story Part 5

MIKE TYSON PART 5: JAIL AND BEYOND

MIKE TYSON EMERGED AS MALIK ABDUL AZIZ

Malik Abdul Aziz AKA Mike Tyson

San Francisco, CA– It is March 1995, Mike Tyson has just been released from an Indiana prison for what this writer (with a law enforcement background) thought was a bogus rape conviction concocted by Desiree Washington in 1992. During his incarceration, Tyson converted to Islam and his name was now Malik Abdul Aziz. Complete with skull cap and Don King by his side, Mike Tyson looked a little soft from the s*it food they feed you in the joint. Even with an abundance of cash, the selection of prison grub was limited, thus the Cup of Noodles and Hostess Cup Cake diet turned the one time “Baddest Man on The Planet” into human Silly Putty.

FIVE MONTHS LATER TYSON CONTINUED NEVER COMPLETED COMEBACK!

This would be Mike Tyson’s second comeback, with the first being after he got drilled in Tokyo, Japan by 37-1 underdog Buster Douglas. What many of you didn’t know was that the man who captivated the sports world until Douglas was through! In August 1995, I was doing radio for Showtime PPV as Tyson’s first fight since losing to Desiree Washington was with “ham & egger” Peter McNeeley. The son of Tom McNeeley, Peter was less of a fighter than his journeyman father. Daddy McNelley’s, then 23-0, claim to fame was a 1961 World heavyweight title shot with Floyd Patterson that ended inside of four fistic stanzas.

PETER MCNEELY WAS RIGHT, BUT NOT SO BRIGHT! Read more

MIKE TYSON PART 4: “BOGUS” RAPE CASE?

Desiree Washington

Mike Tyson 1991 Mug Shot


“IRON MIKE” SERIES HAS IRKED SOME

San Francisco, CA– Having written for others to read for some 44 years or so, I have gotten to the point to I rarely where give a s*it about what people think about me or what I produce. That being said, for those of you that are going to go ballistic at my saying trainer Cus D’Amato and former World handball champion ( Mike Tyson co-manager) Jim Jacobs (both deceased) shared a studio apartment in New York City for five years. Gee, you would have thought I had called the Pope a faggot during a Catholic mass.

TYSON TRIES TO RECOVER FROM DOUGLAS LOSS!

After getting busted up by Buster Douglas in February, Mike Tyson needed to resurrect his boxing career and chose his amateur nemesis Henry Tillman to start anew. Tillman, who had some success at cruiserweight (then 190 lbs. & now 200) had twice beaten Tyson in the run up to the 1984 Olympics. Tillman would win the Gold beating Canada’s Willie D’Wit on points (Willie stopped Tillman as a professional). Mike stopped a scared looking Tillman in round one. From the third row, the fear was as apparent as Tyson’s insurmountable disdain for Henry.

EMBARRASSING NIGHT FOR PROFESSIONAL FIGHTER

Next up was Alex Stewart, who although he had an impressive record, was best known for losing a war with Evander Holyfield the year before. Alex’s record was manufactured by two guys best known for under developing Gerry Cooney. Dubbed the “Wacko Twins,” they are the late Mike Jones and Dennis Rappaport.

“DEFECATION” IN THE RING? Read more

MIKE TYSON STORY PART 3: CUS D’AMATO

CUS RESCUES TYSON FROM EARLY DEMISE

San Francisco, CA– Having done a ton of research in my time, Mike Tyson was probably one of the easiest subjects to write an expose on. When I first met Mike he was 17-years old, a former ghetto urchin who had been rescued when Cus D’Amato, a trainer who became prominent when he signed Floyd Patterson after the future two-time heavyweight champion had won the 1952 Olympics at 165 lbs. D’Amato is alleged to have stood up against the Mafia and refused to fight fighters connected to Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo.

Frankie "Mr. Gray" Carbo


MOB & MADISON SQUARE GARDEN RAN BOXING

Palermo and Carbo ran boxing with an iron fist from the 1940s until US Attorney General Robert Kennedy shut their operation down in the early 1960s. Carbo, a member of the Lucchese crime family, was charged with eight murders, which resulted only in only one conviction for Manslaughter after snuffing out a cab driver who refused to pay “protection money” in 1931. For that, Frankie got less than two years in the slam.

CUS WOULD NOT DEAL WITH MR. GRAY

When fighters or their managers got a call from Carbo, he used the alias “Mr. Gray.” Frankie would tell them how their upcoming fight(s) would end. If they did not comply with Mr. Gray’s directive, they would either end up maimed or in some instances dead.

MARCIANO’S PEOPLE AVOIDED MOB AS WELL

Knowing that Al Weill, the manager of Patterson’s heavyweight champion predecessor Rocky Marciano had kept his fighter Read more

THE MIKE TYSON STORY PART 2

PART ONE ENDED WITH KO OF CARL WILLIAMS

Mike Tyson In His Prime

San Francisco, CA– Having just dispatched Carl “The Truth” Williams and pushing his professional record to 37-0 with 33 KOs, Mile Tyson truly was recognized as the “Baddest Man on The Planet.” But being only 5’10, I always had my doubts regarding Tyson being able to remain champion. This had a lot to do with a face to face encounter he had with Michael Nunn in 1984 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

VERBAL FIGHT TYSON DID NOT WIN!

While everybody was kicking back after a day of training, a large number of the eventual 1984 United States Olympic boxing team were sitting in a huge jacuzzi. As guys like to do, especially Black youth, there was a good old fashion “capping session” going on. This usually entails talking bad about one another, their sisters, girlfriends, and occasionally your mother.

THAT NIGHT MICHAEL NUNN WAS SECOND TO NONE!

Future World middleweight (160 lbs.) champion Michael “Second To” Nunn, then fighting at 165 lbs. in the amateur ranks was a skinny kid from Davenport, Iowa. With everybody hurling slurs and “capping” on one another, Tyson, not the most eloquent of the bunch said something about Nunn’s mother. I believe he stole a line from comedian Richard Pryor when he blurted out, “I knew your mama when she was hoeing.” This was the equivalent to calling Nunn’s mother a prostitute. Read more

MIKE TYSON STORY PART 1

FROM 1981 TO 1989

Mike Tyson At 19

TYSON LAST HEAVYWEIGHT CHILD PRODIGY

San Francisco, CA– When Mike Tyson burst upon the national boxing scene, it was as an amateur in 1984. Losing to eventual 1984 Olympic champ Henry Tillman, even though he had hurt and knocked Henry down. Tillman would eventually win the Olympic Gold. Prior, Tyson had competed in both the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympics and won the ’81 title at 201 lbs. Tyson had never lost in the Junior Olympics and also holds the quickest KO (8 seconds) in J.O. history. In addition, the prodigy won every bout in JO competition by KO.

D’AMATO THOUGHT MIKE “CINCH” TO BE CHAMP

Cus D’Amato,Tyson’s quasi father and trainer, Cus realized that Mike’s style was better suited for the professional boxing ranks and thus turned him professional in March 1985 with a KO 1 of Hector Mercedes. Mike would go on to stop his next 18 opponents before going the ten round distance with James “Quick” Tillis. Knocking Tillis down in the fourth, Tyson won with scores of 6-4 twice & 8-2 in Glen Falls, NY, this when New York still scored fights on the “rounds” basis.

NEXT FOR TYSON WAS “BLOOD” GREEN

In his next fight, Tyson would beat New Yorker Mitch “Blood” Green again points. A few years later, Tyson and Green would have their infamous late night street brawl outside a New York City clothing store which resulted in Tyson fracturing his hand. After recording six more KOs, the biggest name was that of Marvis Frazier, the son of deceased former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. Marvin lasted all but Read more

MIKE TYSON TITLE RUN 28 YEARS LATER

COCAINE, REDD FOXX & THE TYSON CORONATION

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson


San Francisco, CA– The date of November 22nd to me is a daunting one for in real life back in 1963, President Kennedy was murdered and our system of Government has never been the same. On the positive side, November 22nd is also the date of the Mike Tyson heavyweight championship coronation in 1986 the Las Vegas Hilton promoted by Don King.
Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx

SCALPERS DIDN’T HAVE ANY SEATS

It was one of those fights where one thought you could pick up a pair of tickets from a scalper, but that wasn’t the case as Tyson-Berbick tickets were harder to get than a BJ on the moon. This was a special day in fistic history as the 20-year (+four months) Tyson made an indelible mark on the sport of prize fighting in not only being the youngest, but the most dominant champ since George Foreman’s first title run in the 70s.

IS WELTER KING KELL BROOK TYSON-LIKE?

Looking invincible in the ring, the question with Tyson is the same as it was with ex-middleweight king Michael Nunn, how long could he stay out of trouble outside of the ring. Because much like Nunn and his native Davenport, Iowa, the streets of New York presented lots of problems for Mike Tyson. The fight with Mitch Green outside of a 24-hour clothing store in Harlem that sold Superfly-like attire, was yet another instance where Mike was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Not as often as the thrice-stabbed IBF welterweight (147) king Kell Brook of the UK, but there were things that got “buried” and never came to the public’s attention.

TYSON MADE FOES **** ON THEMSELVES Read more

THE NIGHT “ALI THE FIGHTER” DIED IN VEGAS

10/2/1980 FIGHT A RING DEATH TO MANY

Ali Training For Larry Holmes

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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DIVERSE MONDAY BOXING NOTES

SCORING WAY TOO WIDE IN ABRAHAM-SMITH

Story Of Breasts Below

Story Of Breasts Below


San Francisco, CA– Although more folks thought Paul Smith beat Arthur Abraham Saturday in Deutschland than the other way around, the scores were off in this WBO 168 lb. affair. Spain’s Fernando Laguna gave Smith just one round and a 119-109 score. Hungarian Zoltan Enyedi and American Waleska Roldan saw it 117-111 for AA. Scoring boxing is not difficult except when a big fight involving one of the principals. Think Oscar De La Hoya-Felix Sturm. Speaking of Sturm, AA is set to dance with the winner of Sturm-Robert Steiglitz.

YOU THOUGHT BOXING REALITY SHOWS WERE REAL!

The advent and proliferation of quasi-reality shows like the 24-7 HBO series and the All Access production of cable counterpart Showtime have led some of you to think the show’s were spontaneous. Floyd Mayweather said this week that his shows are for the most part staged. In other words, nothing’s real except you really being fooled!

FEEL LIKE A PPS (PAY PER SCREW) VICTIM?

1. Floyd promises you an exciting fight ending in knockout. 2. Runs like Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis the entire final round against B+ rated Marcos Maidana. 3. Afterwards says he could have stopped MM and didn’t. 4. Are you feeling “worked” yet? You, the PPV customer adding to the Mayweather wealth by continuing to believe his lying ass time and again. We must invoke the “FLOYDCOTT”.

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WHO REPLACES KEITH KIZER ON NEVADA COMMISSION?

NEVADA BOXING & MMA HEAD JOB UP FOR GRABS

Keith Kizer

Keith Kizer

San Francisco, CA– The Executive Officer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission is the position that Keith Kizer recently relinquished. The one he got from Marc Ratner who followed the late Chuck Minker in what maybe the most powerful position today in boxing and MMA.

KEITH KIZER & HIS TIME AS BOSS

As for Keith Kizer, some question his boxing acumen while I think overall he’s done a pretty good job. The only real knock I can give KK was his backing judge CJ Ross‘ after her atrocious 6-6 card after the Floyd Mayweather shutout of Canelo Alvarez. The passing on the KK watch of Testosterone Replacement Therapy, which just weeks ago was dumped by the Nevada Commission, was a mistake.

KIZER NOT AGAINST RANDOM DRUG TESTING

His stepping up and putting random testing in Alistair Overeem’s application for an MMA license in Nevada and then catching him “dirty” on Steroids leading to an almost one-year suspension, things like this went unnoticed. Over the years I’ve found KK always to be professional and oh-so super sensitive.

ONE OF THESE MEN WILL BE “THE MAN”

Robert Sean Bennett is a Nevada boxing judge & former FBI Agent. Read more

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