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."

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mackie shilstone Optimum Performance:

mackie Shilstone

Mixed Martial Arts
Optimum Performance: Preparing to rumble in Vegas

Posted on November 18, 2016 at 6:00 AM


The Times-Picayune

LAS VEGAS - After six weeks of hard training in Andre Ward's camp outside Oakland, Calif., our team transitioned last Sunday to Las Vegas - the site of the Ward vs. Kovalev fight. As I noted last week, Ward is moving up in weight class from super middleweight (168 lbs.) to fight the reigning light heavyweight (175 lbs.) champion Sergey Kovalev.

Story by

Mackie Shilstone,

Contributing writer

Over my years of work in the sport of professional boxing, I have previously been to Las Vegas many times for championships fights - working with boxers like Michael Spinks, Riddick Bowe, Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, and now Ward, to name just a few.

Having participated in the 1989 Bay Bridge World Series with the San Francisco Giants, NHL playoffs with the St. Louis Blues Hockey team, and numerous grand slam tournaments with tennis great Serena Williams, I must say that there is nothing quite like "fight week" at a world championship boxing event.

However, I will never forget experiencing the '89 earthquake that hit San Francisco on October 17th, while I was in the locker room stretching the Giants' starting pitcher - Don Robinson - before a World Series home game against the Oakland A's.

This last week in Vegas will culminate in a battle between two great champions that will ultimately be decided by the outcome of a system of twelve rounds - 3 minutes of work and one minute of rest - of controlled violence taking place in a 20 x 20 square foot ring.

The focus of this last week was to keep the training as close as possible to the activities in training camp - minus the sparring rounds - in order to allow for proper rest and prevent any unnecessary injuries - specifically, a cut to the face. With the weigh-in Friday - 24 hours before Saturday's fight, it's all about conservation of energy, while maintaining your fitness level and "sharpness."

Realistically, if you're not in shape at this point, you might as well not show up. It's also important that the boxer be within several pounds of his weigh-in weight (175 lbs.) to prevent unnecessary calorie restriction or unorthodox weight loss methods too close to the weigh-in - the downfall to many competitors.

An athlete can lose up to 2% of his or her body weight and still recover successfully within 24 hours of an event. It's also important that the fighter not rebound above his training camp weight. Excessive rebound water weight gain in a short a period of time may cause the fighter to become sluggish and potentially place unnecessary strain on the heart muscle.

From a fitness perspective, the emphasis is to continue a modified training program, which includes: core training, leg strength, scapula stabilization / posterior shoulder strength, a continuation of rotational training, and upper / lower extremity flexibility.

Conditioning-wise, the emphasis is to keep the heart rate variability intact, while not over-stressing the system.

The pre-fight press conference with both fighters and their camps was on Thursday, followed by the weigh-in Friday afternoon. Over the years, besides the typical insults and power plays, the press conference allows the media to get a first hand look at the competitors after their extensive training.

Probably the calmest and most respectful press conference I have witnessed was the one involving Bernard Hopkins, who was challenging Antonio Tarver for his light heavyweight crown. Hopkins won that upset decision.

The most raucous weigh-in I've experienced happened when a fight broke out between the two boxing coaches for Roy Jones Jr. and John Ruiz. Mark Ratner, the former general manager of the Nevada State Boxing Commission, pulled back before he completed weighing Jones to keep from being hit, and missed getting Jones' accurate weight - 200 pounds. Ratner pegged Jones' weight at 193.

It's just part of the sideshow, when two boxing competitors show up to the fight.

Mackie Shilstone, a regular contributor to | The Times-Picayune, has been involved in the wellness sports performance industry for nearly 40 years. He is currently a fitness consultant to Serena Williams and has trained numerous other professional athletes and consulted a litany of professional sports franchises. Contact him at


Saturday, April 7, 2018

CANELO Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol

Gennady Golovkin accuses Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez of being long-term drug cheat

Alvarez and Golovkin were seen as upstanding men who lived and fought in a clean, no-nonsense manner. Golovkin’s name is intact, but regardless of what he does next, Alvarez will forever have a cloud of suspicion hanging above him.

Gennady Golovkin, right, and Canelo Alvarez fought in September, and the match ended in a draw.(Photo: Joe Camporeale, USA TODAY Sports

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — Gennady Golovkin launched a remarkable attack on rival Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Tuesday, accusing the Mexican fighter of being a long-term drug cheat who is protected by “corrupt” boxing officials.

Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol
during samples collected on Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, with the test results being revealed on March 4.
The rematch in Las Vegas on May 5, having battled to a controversial draw last year is cancelled because Alvarez has withdrawn from the fight 

Alvarez withdrew from his middleweight title rematch against Gennady Golovkin on Tuesday, pre-empting the findings of the Nevada Athletic Commission that will likely see him banned for at least six months.

Alvarez has insisted that the levels of clenbuterol in his system were as a result of tainted meat consumed while in Mexico. 

But Canelo Alvarez withdrew in the wake of two positive doping tests and in anticipation of a ban from the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Golovkin ridiculed those claims while indicating the Nevada Athletic Commission were conspiring to ensure Alvarez would not face sanction.

Golovkin said that after the decision in the first fight, members of the commission had avoided him.

“Looking at the commission, they all put their head down to avoid the eye contact,” Golovkin said. “They don’t want to watch. I reviewed the fight again and I just realized that these people, people like that, are terrorists, they are killing the sport.” 

via @usatoday

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mike Tyson Returns Evander Holyfields' Ear


Mike Tyson Returns Evander Holyfields' Ear Back Foot Locker Commercial

If you're a fan of boxing or even if you aren't, you probably remember
the epic boxing match known as 'The Sound and the Fury' where Mike Tyson
takes a bite out of Evander Holyfield's ear. 

 Imagine the ending to that story, an ending that rights all the wrongs
in the sports world. 

Footlocker, as a way to promote their 'Week of
Greatness' shoe releases, has created a funny new commercial that does
just that. 

 In the commercial you see Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield hug it out,
Dennis Rodman fly to North Korea, Brett Favre finally walk way, and
Craig Sager decide to change his wardrobe.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel

I am just a poor boy
Though my story's seldom told
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocket full of mumbles, such are promises
All lies and jests
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest
When I left my home and my family
I was no more than a boy
In the company of strangers
In the quiet of the railway station
Running scared,
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters
Where the ragged people go
Looking for the places
Only they would know
Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
Asking only workman's wages
I come looking for a job
But I get no offers
Just a come-on from the whores
On Seventh Avenue
I do declare
There were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there, le le le le le le le
Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
Then I'm laying out my winter clothes
And wishing I was gone
Going home
Where the New York City winters
Aren't bleeding me
Leading me

Going home
In the clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev'ry glove that laid him down
Or cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
"I am leaving, I am leaving"

But the fighter still remains, 
Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie

Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
Songwriters: Paul Simon
The Boxer lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group  

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dorticos vs Kudryashov Brutal KO (Full Fight HD)


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The quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy in the cruiserweight division
comes to San Antonio, USA on September 23 when
Cuban WBA World Champion
Yunier ‘The KO Doctor’ Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs)
faces Russian Dmitry
‘Russian Hammer’ Kudryashov (21-1, 21 KOs) in a quarter-final bout at
the Alamodome.

Saturday, January 6, 2018


Published on Dec 10, 2015

Next up, the 1999 heavyweight slugfest between Derrick Jefferson and Maurice Harris. 
Serious leather is thrown by both boxers, until it ends with a highlight reel KO 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Fighting Concussions Head On

Publish Date: 4/30/2015

Fighting Concussions Head On

A concussion is an injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. It can cause irreparable damage to anyone – changing a life forever. Washington University now has a specialized clinic for evaluation and treatment of concussions.

Maurizio Corbetta, MD, Washington University neurologist says, “Signs that the function of the brain has been disrupted include loss of consciousness, gaps in memory, confusion or disorientation, problems with balance or coordination, headaches, and changes in vision or hearing, among others. Many people make a full recovery from concussions usually within seven days, but others do not.”

The Washington University Concussion Clinic offers a comprehensive evaluation for adults who have not fully recovered from a concussion; and for those who have had a concussion and have questions regarding returning to sports, work or school.\

Because time is of the essence, it is important to see a concussion specialist as soon as possible after the injury. The concussion clinic evaluation includes:
•Physical examination by one of our physicians
•Mild to moderate exercise with our physical therapists (to see if symptoms come on with exertion)
•Balance testing
•Cognition and memory testing by our neuropsychologists (on a case-by-case basis)

In order to prevent permanent brain damage, rest and proper treatment is vital for someone recovering from a concussion.

For more information or to make an appointment with the Washington University Concussion Clinic, please call (314) 362-4503. Patients are seen at the Center for Advanced Medicine, 4921 Parkview Place, 6th floor, Suite C.


Friday, November 24, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS: Nick Fitzgerald Suffers Gruesome Injury in Mississippi State...

Contact Sports can be dangerous to body and mind. LOL

Below is the video. WARNING: It is graphic.

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State quarterback Nick
Fitzgerald left with a right leg injury Thursday night in the first
quarter against Ole Miss.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound
Fitzgerald was running the ball when he was tackled and his leg bent
awkwardly. He was carted off the field.

came into the game leading the SEC in yards rushing for a quarterback,
with 968 yards on the ground in 11 games. He also has thrown for 1,770
yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

was replaced by freshman Keytaon Thompson, who has thrown for 66 yards
and a touchdown this season. The 16th-ranked Bulldogs were trailing 7-0
at the time of the injury.

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald suffers gruesome injury in Egg Bowl

Thanksgiving in the Junction via @clarionledger


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gudas tossed after cracking down on Perreault’s head with stick

What a dangerous and sneaky hit... it is like a rabbit punch only harder.

Radko Gudas got kicked out of the game after coming down hard on Mathieu Perreault with his stick right to the side of the head.

Traumatic brain injury hormone dysfunction syndrome

Traumatic Brain Injury is now being recognized as a causative factor for accelerated hormonal deficiencies. 
This can cause Psychological, Physiological, and Physical manifestations like; depression, anxiety, mood swings, memory loss, inability to concentrate, learning disabilities, sleep deprivation, increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, loss of libido, menstrual irregularities, 
premature menopause, obesity, loss of lean body mass, muscular weakness, and a number of other medically documented problems.

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Brain concussion - Shake it and you break it | Steven Laureys

  Steven Laureys MD PhD, is director of the Coma Science Group ( at the GIGA Research and Neurology Department of the University and
University Hospital of Li├Ęge, Belgium.
  He is Research Director at the
Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research and board-certified in
neurology and in palliative medicine. 
  He is President Elect of the
Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and  Chair of the
World Federation of Neurology Applied Research Group on Coma. 

His team
studies acquired brain injury and altered states of consciousness (e.g.,
comatose, “vegetative”/unresponsive, minimally conscious and locked-in
syndromes) confronting clinical expertise and bedside behavioral
evaluation with neuroimaging, also dealing with the ethical implications
of this translational clinical research.