I watched the DVD of the classic boxing matches that I transferred from among the 16 MM stock footage that my friend had inherited. These fights were absolutely amazing! The quality of the transfer was first rate, and the video and sound ar exceptional.
The DVD starts out with a pair of Mickey Walker fights from the early 1930's. This was during the period of the great Irish fighters on the East Coast, and both of his bouts are against other Irish fighters. One of them was named Lochran and the other was named Sharkey. I believe they were both champions prior to fighting Walker. These fights are black and white, and they have narration that was added in post-production. One of the cool features was the footage of Walker's training regimne for the fight, which included him dancing the "Charleston" while working the heavy bag.
The next fight was excerpts of Jack Johnson (the first Black heavyweight champion) vs. Jess Willard, who was some journeyman Good Ol' Boy from Texas. The fight was fought in Havana, Cuba in 1915, and was a scheduled 45 ROUND FIGHT!! Johnson, was a fugitive from justice at the time, and he had to defend his belt off of American soil. He allegedly was told before the fight by a couple sherrifs, that they were planning to extradite him to America, where he would be imprisoned, if he didn't throw the 24th round. After watching the fight, I can say with certainty, Johnson DID THROW THE FIGHT. He litterally didn't throw a fight for the final few rounds. This match was also narrated in post-production, and skips several of the 24 rounds, which is fine by me, since Johnson wasn't really trying to defend his belt anyhow.
After some Golden gloves footage, the next fight I had transferred was
Joe Louis-Max Shmelling 2. This was the rematch which would have been roughly 1940. This was one of those America/Nazi battles of superiority, and Louis carried the weight of a nation and his race on his shoulders. Louis stepped up in this rematch, and he BEAT THE SNOT out of Schmellling. 4 knockdowns in the first round, before the German's corner threw in the towel. They also showed the knockout in slow motion. I could litterally stare in the Brown Bomber's eyes as he stalked Schmelling for the kill. SO FREAKING COOL!! The next fight was Max Baer versus "Two-Ton" Tony Galento. Baer was the former heavyweught champion by this point, and Galento was an up and comer, with a personality that would make him a millionaire today. Galento didn't even look like a fighter. He cheated with head butts, backhands, head butts and constant clenching. The history behind this fight is that Galento had his pre-fight meal at his bar, where he washed down a huge bowl of spaghetti washed down by a HALF CASE OF BEER! While drunk, his brother smashed him in the face with a beer mug, opening a 1 1/2 inchgash in his mouth that required stitches. After watching the fight, I can say with certainty, he WAS TRASHED. Baer pummelled him, and Galento couldn't answer the bell for the 8th round. One of the cool things about this fight is that the ring mic was really loud, so I could hear all the verbal jabbing between the boxers and the referee.The post-match interview was conducted by BUD COSTELLO (form Abbott and Costello) The best part of the interview is watching a clearly flustered Costello try to maintain his cool as he loses control of the interview.
The next fight was Joe Louis versus some journeyman named Bob Pirabu. This was a schedule 20 rounder. Lois abused this dancer, knocking him down three times in the first round. Louis scored 6 knockdowns, but this fight was kind of boring, aside from the historical factor.
The next fight was former Featherweight champ against a journeyman named Lulu Perez. This 1952 match became relevent after a 1982 sports illustrated article suggested that Pep through the fight, which he lost in the first round under New York's three knockdown in one round rule. After watching the fight, I don't believe Pep threw the fight. He took an early shot to the head, and he never seemed to regain his bearings. After the 2nd knockdown, Pep was essentially out on his feet, and the third knockdown practically spinned his head 360 degrees.
The final fight was a middleweight battle between Champion Sugar Ray Robinson and Former Champion Rocky Graziano. I love the old italian boxers from the 40's and 50's and Graziano was one of those champions. The fight was great with lots of terrific exchanges, but after three rounds, Sugar Ray wore him out (He was a machine!) The knockout punch sent Grazziano's mouthpiece flying! AWESOME!
This DVD is absolutely amazing, and I look forward to checking out all of the other footage before transferring them to DVD. I defintiely have a lot to work with.
I am also going to make copies of this DVD and I will make them available for purchase, because these fights need to be seen.
These champions of old, would definitely be champions today, and Tony Galento is one f the most interesting fighters I have ever seen.
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Anyone have suggestion of good books on boxing, preferably non-fiction? I need x-mas ideas for my brother.
Considering they are doctors of sports medicine, the Klitschkos sustain many injuries
Greetings! I'm not a boxer, but recently curious about the sports. I just saw this article online and thought maybe folks here might be interested (it's news to me personally, but maybe not news to the community).
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Favorite boxer anyone?
Hi, I'm new to the community. And i would like to post a few questions that i usually always ask boxing fans. The Three Questions of boxing that i would love to know is this.
1. Who would win out of Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali?
2. Who would win out of Jack Dempsey and Joe Frazier?
3. Who could have beaten Rocky Marciano?
Gatti vs Mayweather, I am so pumped for this bout. Personally, I wanna see Gatti win by knockout, but I got a feeling Mayweather will pull off the win.
Gatti by knockout
Gatti by decision
Mayweather by knockout
Mayweather by decision
What do you think the outcome will be?
Hey, just wondering if of you guys would mind putting fight results in LJ cuts if they're shown on HBO PPV. I can't get PPV here so I have to wait a week to see fights. I really don't want to know what happens beforehand. Like with the Trinidad-Wright fight.
It was an absolute pleasure to watch Ricky Hatton finally prove himself on the world stage, in full, and without doubt. I’ve been following Hatton since he was just a pea in a pod, and I’ve always felt greatly respectful and completely entertained by his style, his energy, and his honorable personality. No one gave him a chance coming in (except Gary Randall), but I told my dear Tszyu Crew pals that if Ricky could withstand Kostya’s right hands, he had a very good chance of winning this fight. They told me there was not one iota of possibility. So what happened?
Hatton fought an extremely spirited, very intelligent fight, and he stuck to his game plan the *entire* time. I thought he was being trepidacious in the opening rounds, but he revealed later that he was conserving his energy, which he proved to be true by charging forward and taking the fight in the last three rounds. He nullified Kostya’s right hand by not being there when it was thrown – and never once got hit cleanly by it in the entire fight. He stayed on Tszyu’s chest and proved to be possibly more physical than the most physical man in boxing, tying him up before unleashing a punishing barrage of uppercuts and bodyshots. Ricky wouldn’t let Kostya fight dirty, and while the two men had total respect for each other, he showed Tszyu that he was just as willing to defend himself with similar tactics. Tszyu’s accuracy was never there – not because he got old overnight – but because Ricky dictated the pace of the fight and completely imposed his energy and will upon Kostya. Tszyu, as it turned out, couldn’t take the prolonged beating, and was forced to quit before the end of the fight, seeing that there was no way he could win. It was a complete victory punctuated with drama, action, and excitement.
We couldn’t ask for two more honorable, genuine, respectful ambassadors for the sport of boxing. Their behavior leading up to and after the fight was exemplary, and while one true, die-hard champion may be leaving the sport after a thrilling, Hall of Fame career, we now have a very worthy incumbent to permanently take his place and to furnish us with years of excitement and pride. Bring on Mayweather, Harris, Gatti, Cotto – Ricky is ready after all. He always told us so.
I cannot believe Hatton won.
LAS VEGAS -- James Toney likely will lose his WBA heavyweight title – and John Ruiz is likely to be reinstated as its champion – after the New York State Athletic Commission confirmed Wednesday that Toney tested positive for a banned substance following his April 30 victory against Ruiz at Madison Square Garden.
Toney was suspended for 90 days and fined $10,000 by the NYSAC.
NYSAC chairman Ron Scott Stevens said that "due to a violation of our illegal substance policy" the decision of the fight would be changed with official record keeper Fight Fax from a unanimous decision win for Toney to a no decision.
"We've done our due diligence and the suspension is appropriate," said Stevens, who notified both camps of the decision.
The positive drug test – for the steroid Nandrolone – means the WBA is expected to withdraw its recognition of Toney as champion based on its explicit rules governing banned substances.
According to the WBA's "World Championship Regulations" rule 18.23-4, "If the challenger wins the championship fight and his antidrug test is positive, and the losing champion has a negative result, then the champion shall retain his title in spite of the loss, and the challenger shall be disqualified and shall not box for the title from the World Boxing Association during the next two years, and only after presentation of medical evidence that he has been rehabilitated."
Toney, 36, denied taking any performance enhancing drugs.
"Being accused of taking performance enhancing substances is an insult to me. I don't do drugs period," Toney said in a statement. "I've never used any illegal substances to prepare myself for a fight."
In a fight last fall, Toney severely injured his biceps and triceps. Co-promoter Dan Goossen said Toney's treatment for the injury was to blame for the positive result.
"Toney received medical treatment for recovery from his biceps and triceps surgery last year," Goossen said in a statement. "His doctor has stated that the combination of medications used to control the inflammation and tissue growth caused the positive test result. This is further supported, since the body, in combination with the medications, naturally create the form of substance reflected in the test results.
"It would be unjust for the sport to reprimand a fighter who was under a doctor's care and direction many months before in healing a career threatening injury."
Don King, who also co-promotes Toney and is here promoting Saturday's Felix Trinidad-Winky Wright middleweight fight at the MGM Grand, had no comment about Toney.
"I am into Tito, not Toney," King said.
The Ruiz camp was pleased by the news, especially manager Norman Stone, who had accused Toney of using steroids during the month-long buildup to the fight.
"I think it's great. Now the title goes back to Johnny unless there are some shenanigans," Stone said. "I think the whole Toney team should be suspended. If it was Johnny who tested positive, they would have all blamed me."
Ruiz, 33, who Tuesday underwent surgery on his nose, which was broken in the fight, was happy to hear the news.
"He's thrilled to death," Stone said. "He gets his title back and gets to go on."
Stevens said Toney would have 30 days to request a public hearing before the NYSAC, and that if he does, "he can submit whatever evidence he wants to."
In order for Toney's suspension to be lifted, Stevens said that after 90 days Toney would have to submit to testing.
New York rules call for a mandatory 90-suspension for the first offense. A second positive test is a mandatory 180-day suspension. A third one is an indefinite suspension. The maximum $10,000 fine is at the discretion of the commission.
This is the second high-profile heavyweight title bout overshadowed by a positive steroid test. In 1995, Francois Botha decisioned Axel Schulz in Germany to win the vacant IBF heavyweight title, but Botha tested positive for steroids after the fight, he was stripped of the title and the result changed to a no decision.
While reading this article on Danny Williams, the unheralded journeyman who KO'd Mike Tyson a few months ago, it reminded me once again what the heavyweight landscape is in for, and that it can change at anytime.
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Crossposted from My Journal
The world of boxing has seen more twists and turns over the past year than my love life, and that's saying alot.
There was a major boxing show at The Garden this past Saturday night. Two major heavyweight title fights, plus 2 other bout featuring former champions.
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Hey, guys, it's my first post in this here community. I'd like to ask a question: what do you all think of Golota vs. Ruiz?
Ruiz is scheduled to fight Golota for the WBA heavyweight championship sometime in either November or December. Now, we all know Golota's record when it comes to title fights, especially against hard-hitting opponents, but his draw against Byrd has reinstated a bit of faith in "The Foul Pole" in my eyes. Add to that the fact that John Ruiz isn't known for being a big puncher, and I think Golota has a good chance to take the belt away from Ruiz. That is, if he doesn't blow his top again and throw a flurry to Ruiz's nether region.
I, for one, hope that Golota takes the belt from Ruiz. I saw Ruiz's last fight, in The Garden, and was bored to tears. It looked like the referee who stopped the fight did it out of sheer boredom; like the flurry from Ruiz was an excuse to end the fight. At least when Golota comes to the ring, he brings some excitement with him.
And, who knows? If he wins this fight and if Byrd gets past his mandatory IBF challenger Jameel McCline, maybe the two will have a match to unify the belts. Don King has united the division before (once with Tyson, once with Holyfield), and seeing as both Byrd and Golota are King's fighters, maybe he'll do it again.
My name is Wendy. I host and produce a Web talk show called "Near-Life Experience".
Recently, I did an interview with Carlo Rotella, the author of the book "Cut Time: An Education at the Fights".
For those unfamiliar with Carlo Rotella, or the book, here's a brief description:
"An English professor and fight fan, Rotella writes essays that speak to both his passions. His carefully crafted prose demonstrates a gift for language as well as an in-depth understanding of boxing. Whether a fight takes place in a sold-out arena, a dingy training hall or a street corner outside a townie bar, Rotella, always the teacher, seeks out the inherent lesson to be learned by "the most basic fact" common to each and every fight: "hurt." Rotella's essays, with their marriage of literary analysis and the hard-knocks reality of the fights, are a welcome addition to the vast library of boxing literature."
You can listen to the interview by clicking on one of these links (35 minutes):
Also, here's the link to the NLE Web site:
Please don't misunderstand my intentions. I'm not just posting this to plug my show. Speaking as a boxing fan, I think "Cut Time" is an exceptional book and I want the entire world to hear what Carlo Rotella has to say about the sport.
If you know of anywhere else I could promote this show--any other well-visited boxing-related Web sites, please let me know of them.
Hey all, this is my first post here...I'm a boxer/kickboxer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I'm having a hard time finding recordings of some fighters I'd really like to study and I was hoping that some of you may be able to help me out.
I'd like to see films on these fighters:
Tommy Hitman Hearns
Sugar Ray Leonard
Roy Jones Jr.
Or any other fighters who were about 6'0 with a small/thin build, and worthy of study.
If you can help me out I'd appreciate it.
If anyone lives within a couple hours of BR and wants to fight, we're having boxing/kickboxing matches at my Dojo on Saturday, let me know if you're interested.
After dating a guy who really loves boxing and doing interviews with Robert Anasi and Carlo Rotella--authors who have both written about the sport, I find myself extremely drawn to boxing.
Tonight, here in Canada, on the cable channel TSN, they showed an amazing Larry Holmes fight. I was totally enthralled.
The thing is, I don't know the rules of boxing. And because of this, I can't fully understand a fight.
Can someone explain the rules of boxing or recommend a Web site or book I could check to learn more?
Typical if semi-notable Boxing Card on HBO tonight.
Wladimir Klitschko attempted to resurrect his reputation tonight, and instead saw it buried deeper, probably for good.
He made an absolutely pitiful showing against unheralded journeyman Lamon Brewster. After starting off strong, WK punched himself out and was out on his feet & TKO'd by Round 5. This coupled with the humiliating KO by Corrie Sanders last year will probably seal the fate of his once-promising career.
I really thought that this was gonna be his time with Emanuel Steward taking over as his trainer, but alas Wlad proved himself to be another all-hype & no heart heavyweight.
It will be interesting to see if brother Vitali Klitschko will avenge the family name against Sanders or if this dynasty will be history. With that fight, & Byrd-Golota in the next few weeks, maybe we'll actually have an idea where this division is headed. Unified Champ in 2004? We can hope.
Elsewhere on the card tonight, Cory Spinks (son of Leon) defended his undisputed welterweight title successfully against Zab Judah. Spinks won a majority decision in what most thought was a close fight.
Another amusing side note, Roy Jones has taken George Foreman's place as a ringside commentator and really did a great job. He is articulate, funny & is as well versed in the sport as Big George. Snappy dresser too.
After a 2 year hiatus, James Butler is boxing again.
I'm all for second chances so I wish him well. I'll betcha no one goes to shake his hand after the fight though. *g*