Don King, on Mike Tyson

"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?
He went to prison, not to Princeton."

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music
and the dancers hit each other."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Shawn Porter vs Andre Berto FULL FIGHT HD

Brutal, action pack fight!!!

Shawn Porter vs Andre Berto FULL FIGHT HD

Friday, April 21, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

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Those who already know the story of Finnish boxer Olli Mäki will quickly realize the irony of the title of Juho Kuosmanen’s feature debut, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki. Though Mäki (Jarkko Lahti) is a respected former athlete in his home country, Kuosmanen’s film focuses on one of his failures: his unsuccessful bid for the World Featherweight Title in 1962.  

The Happiest Day, however, suggests that the evening he unceremoniously lost in two rounds against American boxer Davey Moore was, in fact, a happy occasion for Mäki, as it signaled the end of two weeks of overwhelming media hype and pressure, thus allowing him to return to his quiet life in the small town of Kokkola, and especially to his new wife Raija (Oona Airola). 

Snatching a romantic victory from the jaws of physical defeat? Sounds like yet another variation on Rocky, especially with Mäki being a working class fellow who gets a shot at a major title. But Kuosmanen’s film is, above all else, a thorough dismantling of standard boxing movie tropes and attitudes. 

That subversive nature of the film begins on the formal level: Shot in grainy black-and-white on 16mm, The Happiest Day commits utmost to an aesthetic of realism, with Kuosmanen and cinematographer Jani-Petteri Passi capturing scenes in detailed long takes and smooth tracking shots.

There’s neither the overheated lyricism of Raging Bull nor the pulp grittiness of a noir like The Set-Up; everything in Kuosmanen’s film feels earthy and grounded, and, unlike Bill Conti’s work in Rocky, Kuosmanen forgoes a non-diegetic music score, thereby denying us any easy emotional signposts.

The Happiest Day also builds in its pointed takedown of genre tropes through its introduction of a meta-movie angle. As part of the lead-up to the World Featherweight Title match, a documentary crew is hired to capture Mäki during training sessions and in his personal life. This crew, however, is hardly interested in capturing the real Mäki, but instead in depicting him as Finland’s great national hope, a representative of the country on the world stage.

Thus, we see the filmmakers manipulate events in order to make it look better for the cameras, directing Mäki, manager Elis Ask (Eero Milonoff) and others as if it were a fiction film. By devoting about as much screen time to this blatant bout of media manipulation as to Mäki himself, Kuosmanen indicates his desire to make us aware not only of the ways the media creates popular narratives out of these athletes’ lives, but of the kind of clichés such narratives enforce.

Even that meta-movie angle might not have come off, though, had it not been for Olli Mäki the man, depicted here as so humble he’s immediately uncomfortable when he’s forced to try to project a more confident, if not outright prideful, image for the cameras. Certainly, he’s no Muhammad Ali, to the frustration of the more ambitious and glory-seeking Elis. 

Mäki’s relatively petite frame buttresses this unassuming impression, and Jarkko Lahti plays him in such a naturally self-effacing manner that at times he seems to shrink right off the screen—in stark contrast to, say, the imposing physique and presence Sylvester Stallone cut in Rocky.

All of this points to Kuosmanen’s most resonant subversion of the boxing movie genre:
its emphasis on traditionally “feminine” qualities of love and sacrifice within a predominantly masculine sport. 

Mäki, at least as presented in this film, presents a fascinating contradiction—he’s a boxer who devotes much of his time and energy to beating other men up, but he’s painted from the start as a caring family man, one who becomes so overwhelmed by the love he increasingly feels for Raija that he becomes distracted from training for his crucial championship match.

With such a sensitive character at its heart, all of the image manipulation both in front of and behind the cameras inevitably comes off as macho posturing—which is, this film suggests, precisely what drives the sport of boxing in the first place.

The fact that Kuosmanen eventually generates more suspense as to whether Mäki will be able to be with the woman he loves than with whether he’ll actually become the featherweight champion of the world is enough to make The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, in its own discreet way, quietly revolutionary—at least in terms of boxing movies.

Director: Juho Kuosmanen
Writer: Juho Kuosmanen
Starring: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joonas Saartamo, Mika Melender, Olli Rahkonen
Release Date: April 21, 2017

Kenji Fujishima is a freelance film critic, contributing to Slant Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The Playlist and The Village Voice. When he’s not watching movies and writing and editing film criticism, he’s trying to absorb as much music, art, and literature as possible. He has not infrequently been called a “culture vulture” for that reason.


The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki offers up a new kind of boxing film.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Interview with Margaret Goodman of VADA: part 1 of 5

Published on Mar 9, 2017
Montero interviews Margaret Goodman, former Chief Ringside Physician
for the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and founder of the
Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). Part 1 of a 5 video series.



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Rocky Marciano vs Ezzard Charles, I

Rocky Marciano vs Ezzard Charles. Jun. 17, 1954. Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, United States.

Рокки Марчиано против Эззарда Чарлза, 17 июня 1954 г., 1, 4, 6, 10 и 15-ый раунды, победа Марчиано (UD)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Documentarian Ken Burns making film on Muhammad Ali

Documentarian Ken Burns making film on Muhammad Ali

 Ken Burns, who is well known for his Civil War and baseball documentaries, will make a film about Muhammad Ali.

NEW YORK -- The late Muhammad Ali is getting the Ken Burns treatment.

The PBS documentarian announced Tuesday that he and two partners will make a two-part, four-hour film about the former heavyweight champ, who died in June. Burns, his daughter Sarah and David McMahon collaborated for a PBS documentary on Jackie Robinson that debuted last year.
The tentative plan is to air the Ali film in 2021.

Sarah Burns said the outpouring of goodwill after Ali's death made it easy to forget how divisive it was when the former Cassius Clay converted to Islam, took the Ali name and refused to join the Army during the Vietnam War. She said filmmakers want to examine what influenced Ali's choices and how he stuck with them despite public condemnation.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Watch Vasyl Lomachenko's weird and unusual boxing training methods

Watch Vasyl Lomachenko's secret and unusual boxing training methods

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

How boxers should conduct themselves

Some things never change

A concluding word on how boxers should conduct themselves: from more than 200 years ago, by the man who turned fighting from thuggering into a science
“It is undoubtedly a fact that some men of turbulent and vindictive dispositions have made a bad use of their pugilistic powers, and have thereby become obnoxious and disgraceful members of society; but these instances occur not frequently, and when they do they must be acknowledged to result from the abuse and not from the right use of the art. The robust and athletic should never forget that excellent observation of Shakespeare: ‘It is good to have a giant’s strength but merciless to use it like a giant.’” – Daniel Mendoza, Memoirs (1816).


Blindfolded Kendo Showdown

"As you think, so shall you become"

This is cross culture merging Kendo and Pinata...

Gaki no Tsukai Blindfolded Kendo Showdown