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JOHNNY BOS DEATH TWO YEARS LATER

REMEMBERING NOT FORGOTTEN “ALL NIGHT” BOS

Johnny "Fashion Plate" Bos

Johnny “Fashion Plate” Bos


San Francisco, CA- It’s been three years since legendary insomniac (and matchmaker) Johnny Bos checked out of the hotel of life. A natural demise due to heart issues in his Florida home in May 2013, Bos, like Elvis, Madonna & Cher, rarely was he called anything but Bos.

BOS’ ABILITY TO KEEP SECRET ALMOST NILL

Shortly after his death I mused on how Bos might have faked his demise for he was the ultimate joker. The answer to that was also very clear. Unless it had anything to do with jail or taxes, Johnny Bos couldn’t keep a secret if his life depended on it.

Most people, at least since the advent of the Internet by email, social media, etc. But pre Internet, Bos had long distance bills that exceeded $4,000 a month. His diet for five straight years consisted of hamburgers and Cokes. That was it!

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PEOPLE LIKE “GGG”-ANDRE WARD NEED STEP UP

TRULY GREAT FIGHTERS NOT AFRAID TO MOVE UP

Gennady Golovkin "Body & Fender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Fender” Work


San Francisco, CA- To some Marvin Hagler at 160 lbs. walked on water. His posse cites his number of defenses, etc Truth be told, Marvin fought a slew of OK middleweights before making both his rep and millions of dollars fighting smaller guys in Roberto Duran, Ray Leonard, John Mugabi, and Thomas Hearns.

FANS WANT “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS ANDRE WARD

Andre Ward

Andre Ward

The intent of this was not to knock the Marvelous one, but rather to prod the camps representing World middleweight (160 lb.) champion Gennady Golovkin and the World super middleweight (168) king Andre Ward. When I talk to “insiders” and those with some boxing acumen who realize this would unlike Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao, be a real super fight involving two unbeaten fighters at or near their primes.

GOLOVKIN “NOT ALL THAT” TO WARD Read more

TYSON FURY WIN SECURES KLITSCHKO & MORE

“GIANT GYPSY” FURY BEATS LESSER GUY

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury


San Francisco, CA- If you look at this picture, can you believe Tyson Fury is only 26 years old? Forget the hair loss, he looks like a 6’7 bus driver with a midriff. That being said, Fury (24-0, 18 whacks) seemingly “pity patted” his way to a TKO 8 win, this after dropping 15-1 underdog Christian Hammer (17-4, 10 KOs) in round five at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

TYSON FURY CAN’T SING ALL THAT WELL

The #1 ranked WBO heavyweight contender, like the Elvis impersonator Tyson Fury or not, (and most people seemingly don’t) the “King of The Irish Gypsies” is now set to face World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs) after Wald takes out American Bryant Jennings in a few weeks. A Philadelphian, as Don King would say, “Jennings has two chances. Slim and none, and Slim just left town.” As for Fury, size is his only attribute for if he wasn’t 6’7. he’d be driving a bus and not fightin’ for the title.

“FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE” IN IBF TITLE TILT

In his native Belfast, Ireland, Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) made an initial defense of the IBF 122 lb. diadem look easy with a TKO 5 over top rated Californian Chris Avalos (25-3, 19 KOs) at the Odyssey Arena. Avalos, who talked as if were King Kong fought like much less as the shorter Frampton worked him over from the start. The referee halted matters with Avalos on unsteady pins in round five at 1:33.

DID FEMALE GET ICON “EARLY XMAS” WIN? Read more

PART II: WHACKY PEOPLE OF NEWMAN’S GYM

Bob Halloran

Bob Halloran


PRETEND TO BE BOB HALLORAN FOR LAUGHS

San Francisco, CA- In the early 80s, I liked pulling Don Stewart’s chain by calling him from the pay phone in the gym and telling him that I was the great Bob Halloran’s producer and I wanted to do a phone interview with him from Miami. Being able to see Don from the phone booth, it was hysterical to watch him thinking he was doing an on-air interview with Halloran, who shot to fame as a Miami TV news reporter who had unlimited access to Muhamad Ali in the early part of both of their careers.

BUST INTO DON’S OFFICE SANS KNOCKING

I’d tell him that we needed to take a commercial break, at which time I would exit the phone booth and bust into his office. “Get outa’ here you hamburger, I’m on the phone with Bob Halloran.” I’d go back to the phone, finish the interview with some unwarranted comments about what a great boxing trainer he was before terminating the call. Don, who stood about 5’7, would emerge from the office like a man of Lebron James height. Over the years, we did this over a dozen times. I told Halloran about this, when he Las Vegas hotel magnate Steve Wynn’s right hand in the late 1980s over a cocktail and he cracked up.

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THE “WHACKY” PEOPLE OF NEWMAN’S GYM

Hall of Fame Writer Jack Fiske

Hall of Fame Writer Jack Fiske

HISTORIC LANDMARK HAD MANY CHARACTERS

San Francisco, CA- The famed Herman-Newman’s boxing gym at 312 Leavenworth St. was located in a neighborhood here known as the Tenderloin. It is an area ripe with cheap hotels, hookers, drag queens, drug dealers and thugs. And yet, in the more than 15 years I made the trek downtown, with the exception of one fighter having had a pound of weed stolen out of his car by another boxer, I can’t recall anybody getting hurt going to or from the boxing shrine.

BILLY NEWMAN’S FAILING HEALTH

In the latter 1970s, Billy Newman, who had bought his partner Herman out, was in failing health. The gym wasn’t making much money, partially because Billy didn’t collect dues diligently. Many youths like myself would end up paying the $10 membership fee maybe once or twice a year. As Newman began to slide health wise, he put one of his employees Henry “Don” Stewart in charge of the oldest standing boxing gym in the United States. Stewart collected dues on a more regular basis, but he wouldn’t know a left hook from a bass hook.

DON’S TOUPEE LIKE HOCKEY HELMET

Don Stewart was a nice guy who slightly deceived people when it came to his abilities as a trainer. We’d watch him bulls*it people coming in for his “white collar” boxing classes. Don, a former employee of the YMCA on Leavenworth & Golden Gate Sts., would tell people he trained the likes of Sonny Liston, George Foreman, neither of which was true. But Stewart had these pictures of him with both men post workout and the easily gullible didn’t realize it was Don, who wore the most hideous wig in boxing, posing for a photo op, so they’d sign up for his class.

LISTON WAS INTIMIDATING TO ME NOT! Read more

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

JERRY QUARRY WAS A VICTIM OF BOXING

WHITE HOPE WAS “REALIST”

Joe-Frazier-Jerry Quarry

Joe-Frazier-Jerry Quarry

“Boxing is a one-on-one confrontation with your life,” Jerry Quarry slurred, “that you can’t win.”

San Francisco, CA- When I was a wee lad, my old man used to read the twice-weekly San Francisco Chronicle column of the departed Hall of Fame writer Jack Fiske. One Tuesday column stated that heavyweight prospect Jerry Quarry would be sparring at the world renowned Herman-Newman’s Gym at 312 Leavenworth St. When we arrived a little after 4:30 PM, there was a guy at the front door collecting 50 cents for adults and a quarter for kids. This preceded a walk down a 40-foot darkened hallway, five steps into which you are instantly hit by the aroma of Herman-Newman’s Gym.

LIKE THOSE OLD BOXING MOVIES

With old guys still smoking cigars, people had filled the bleachers and the best description I can give you is that the smell of the gym was a putrid combination of body odor, liniments, and oh yeah, those cheap stinky cigars of taxi baron and fight manager Phil Rancatorre and a few others. From the first time I ever set foot in the joint, until it closed some 20 years later the smell never changed.

GEORGE FOREMAN KO’D THREE GUYS IN THREE ROUNDS!
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MMA PICTURE OF THE YEAR?

MMA PICTURE OF THE YEAR THUS FAR
Ouch!
Tatooed Phillip Mulpeter is lucky this kick from Vitor Norbrega wasn’t a few inches lower as it would have impacted his liver and I don’t think he could have survived. Norbrega defended the International Pro Combat welterweight (170 lbs) title via Unanimous Decision on January 21 in Portugal.

ANDERSON SILVA ON STEROIDS FOR UFC 183

“THE SPIDER” WAS ON STEROIDS SATURDAY!

Anderson "I Take Steroids" Silva

Anderson “I Take Steroids” Silva


San Francisco, CA- If you (like myself) were marveled at the physical torso of 39-year old Anderson Silva last Saturday for UFC 183, there’s a reason. Mr. Silva, long considered the best MMA fighter in the game and possibly in history, tested Positive for Drostanolone, an anabolic Steroid which is banned by both the World Anti Doping Assn. and the governing Nevada Athletic Commission.

PEOPLE THINK ALL MMA FIGHTERS ON STEROIDS?

Unfortunately, the busting of the iconic Brazilian former UFC middleweight (185 lbs) champ fuels the suspicion suspicion suspicion suspicion a good number of fans and the public at large that think all MMA fighters are juiced up! Is there any real merit to that claim? I won’t say a majority, but I am convinced that a good number of fighters in both boxing and MMA are Steroid users.

GUYS LIKE VICTOR CONTE MADE CHEATING SCIENTIFIC!

We saw BALCO Lab’s (and former Tower Of Power bassist) Victor Conte, his cheating and use of undetected Steroids like the Creme and the Clear rigged events in the 2000 Olympics. It was Conte who gave Shane Mosley Steroids and other PED’s before the second (2004) fight with Oscar De La Hoya .

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TIRED OF THE FLOYD-MANNY BULL SHIT YET?

FOUR YEAR DELAY TAKES LUSTER OFF MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO

Floyd Talks & Manny Listens

Floyd Talks & Manny Listens


San Francisco, CA- The reason why Ernest Hemmingway’s Hall of Fame boxing writing buddy Jimmy Cannon (1919-1973) proclaimed, “Boxing is the red light district of sports,” is because it is. Truth be told, you won’t find more pimps and whores in any other entity outside of the prostitution trade itself.

LIMO DRIVING FLOYD NEED NOT PICK UP WALKING MANNY

That being said, pimps come in all colors and forms when it comes to boxing. They can be network heads, managers, trainers, advisors, and oh yeah, some boxers are adept at the pimping trade as well. That being said, Floyd Mayweather be pimping and Manny Pacquiao is his Philippine call girl.

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RING TALK LISTEN NOW: “GGG,” LENNY & “THE GHOST”

“RING TALK” WITH GOLOVKIN, “THE GHOST” & LENNY!

Gennady Golovkin "Body & Fender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Fender” Work


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spoke with World middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, who defends in February. Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, taking on Keith Thurman on NBC March 7. And Lenny williams, “Mr. Smooth” talked about Joe Louis and Ali ad what they meant to both history.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

Go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” online be it live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart radio app and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone and or Tablet.

CLICK TO LISTEN NOW

To listen to this particular program click with “GGG,” Robert Guerrero and Lenny Williams click on the black arrow in the gray box above to hit the play button.

BOXING PROMOTER CEDRIC KUSHNER DEAD

“WALRUS OF BOXING” CHECKS OUT

Cedric Kushner

Cedric Kushner


San Francisco, CA- Cedric Kushner died today in a New York City hospital. The South African who made his way to the United States cleaning up feces of wild animals on a ship circa 1970, was a well known Music Promoter before going into boxing full time. I remember his first fighter was Teddy Mann. Then a newcomer to the fight game, Mann was working Cedric constantly for money until Kushner had more in the fighter than he could possibly ever make back. “Lesson learned,” said the Kush.

REFERRED TO IN FBI STING TAPES AS “FATMAN”

His promotional run was really in the early to mid 1990s when he had an incestuous relationship with IBF President Bob Lee, who Cedric paid off with large sums of money to get the right opponents, his guys rated, optional title defenses, Lee who went to prison for this was an old school guy that he did the time instead of snitching off his confederates.

KUSHNER, ARUM, KING, ALL BRIBED LEE!

Arum even admitted in a US Dept of Justice affidavit. He thought if Lee got popped, Bob would give up Don King. Instead, only Arum was penalized for the Bribery. It was through his relationship with Lee that Cedric was able to prosper.

CEDRIC & MYSELF EARLY AM IN MINOT, ND

In the early 90s, I did a lot of TV for Cedric through the defunct Sportschannel and a number of other cable entities. It was 5:30 AM the night after a Virgil Hill fight in Minot, ND and we are waiting to board a jet for Minneapolis, Minn. At 6 AM the only eatery open at the airport was an ice cream stand. Cedric ordered and ate a half gallon of Pistachio ice cream before we boarded the flight. He was so big that he needed a seat belt extender for the large and rotund.

POST SURGERY WALRUS WAS A GREYHOUND Read more

RING TALK LISTEN NOW: “GGG,” LENNY & “THE GHOST

“RING TALK” WITH GOLOVKIN, “THE GHOST” & LENNY!

Gennady Golovkin "Body & Fender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Fender” Work


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spoke with World middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, who defends in February. Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, taking on Keith Thurman on NBC March 7. And Lenny williams, “Mr. Smooth” talked about Joe Louis and Ali ad what they meant to both history.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

Go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” online be it live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart radio app and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone and or Tablet.

CLICK TO LISTEN NOW

To listen to this particular program click with “GGG,” Robert Guerrero and Lenny Williams click on the black arrow in the gray box above to hit the play button.

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