FROM ALI-FOREMAN TO CAMEO ON AL HAYMON TV
San Francisco, CA– Promoter Don King cut his promotional teeth on the “Rumble in The Jungle” in 1974. With Muhammad Ali thought to be far past his prime, going against a man that destroyed Ali’s arch rival Joe Frazier, world heavyweight champion George Foreman. Now when you see King on TV, quite often it’s in the corner of a guy given little or no chance.
TEENAGE GEORGE FOREMAN “MONSTER” IN SPARRING
Having watched Foreman in the teenage years, his learning how to box at Newman’s Gym here at 312 Leavenworth St., to the Golden Gloves, winning the 1968 Olympics, and two professional careers that were separated by more than a decade, my vantage point was one that few people alive today saw as this product of Houston, TX’s roughest Ward, grew from that of a pugilistic seedling to a two-time world heavyweight champion.
BACK TO DON KING
Leading a crowd that included Hungarian President Yanos Adler at the 2013 World Boxing Organization Congress in singing the Donald a “Happy Birthday,” I had some laughs with a man who over the years hasproven incredibly brilliant and resilient too. Obviously tired and looking a lot like the “Keep (Bob) Hope Alive“ character skit on the In Living Color TV show. But I had seem him wane before, lose his mojo and come back.
ENOUGH TALENT TO GO AROUND?
The question is, with all the promoters, newcomers Al Haymon with 150 or so pugs under contract, Rap czar Jay Zee, Read more