Sausalito, CA– “Ring Talk,” the longest running fight show in history, 33 years, heard from boxing’s Anthony Joshua, fresh off the win over Wladimir Klitschko, as well as Wlad in humble defeat. The guests in this one hour show were the trainer of champs Aaron Snowell and historian “Sin City” Richey.
Emeryville, CA– If you ever awaken from Anestesia induced slumber, have a pen and paper handy or a cell voice voice recorder. Because if you’re anything like myself, you’ll wake up with a myriad of thoughts and memories, some of which I was able to scribble on the bootom of a tissue box.
“THAT’S CASSIUS CLAY” SAID MY FATHER
The effects were reliving a few of my own fights, waking up like they had just occurred. There was the first time I saw Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay in San Francisco’s Herman-Newman’s Gym circa five years of age.
DAD SAID “FOREMAN COULD KILL A MAN”
There was then bully George Foreman, only just 17 and his domination of professional heavyweights in mid 1967, a good year and a half before winning the 1968 Olympic Gold Medal. The admission charge, sometimes in effect was 50 cents.
REMEMBERING ZENITH OF RON LYLE
As is the case with both dreams and going to the amusement park, all you can do is go along for the ride. That being the case, Ron Lyle came to mind. Dont know why as I hadn’t seen the Denver, CO native in a decade or so. But it wasn’t my times with Ron while he was training fighters in Johnny Tocco’s Main Street Gym, this segment of the flashback brought me back to May 1975 and Ron’s challenge of then heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. Read more
San Francisco, CA– Yesterday, I penned an article on how a lot of people, most significantly, Hall of Fame historian Hank Kaplan, thought the the two fights Muhammad Ali had with Sonny Liston were fixed. The thought process most of you invoked was that Sonny quit in the first fight after six rounds and dived in the first round of the second encounter.
MUHAMMAD GOT PRE-RAMADAN GIFTS!
Although I could do another story on controversial decisions that Ali benefited from, intead I’ll mention them in brief. There was the Ron Lyle fight where Ali was out of shape and behind on two cards, even on the other when referee Ferdinand Hernandez stopped the 1975 fight Lyle was controlling in round 11 after Ali staggered a tired, but never dropped Lyle. If there were any injustices that went Ali’s way, that stands out in my mind as the recently departed Ron Lyle was ahead on two cards and even on the other. Then of course the there was the Jimmy Young match, a fight that most pundits feel Young won more rounds than Ali. Referee and judge Tom Kelly had it 72-65, while Larry Barrett’s card read 70-68, and Terry Moore thought Ali was ahead on the 5-point must system of scoring 71-64.
MUHAMMAD ALI’S CONFESSION TO KEN NORTON
Some of you thought Ali got a gift in his third fight with Ken Norton, well, I was there in Sacramento, CA when Ali told Norton in front of me, “That last one, I think you got the better of it, champ.” Read more