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."

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Non sequitur

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Non sequitur (pronounced /nɒnˈsɛkwɪtər/) is Latin for "it does not follow." It is most often used as a noun to describe illogical statements.
Non sequitur may refer to:

Chess Boxing

Chessboxing: Sazhin Beats Stoldt on

World News Chessboxing heavyweight wins by checkmate By Matthew Moore "Float like a butterfly, sting like Boris Spassky".

An unlikely simile, but one that could well be the motivational motto of Frank Stoldt (below, in red trunks), who has just been crowned world champion of a unique hybrid sport: chessboxing.
Stoldt, a 37-year-old German, defeated American David "Double D" Depto in front of 1,200 raucous fans in Berlin this week in what is being touted as the ultimate in physical and mental combat.
After parrying the American's punches in the ring, Stoldt, a policeman known to his fans as "Anti-terror", clinched the light-heavyweight title with a checkmate late in the seventh round.
The bout was organised by the World Chess Boxing Organisation (slogan: "Fighting is done in the ring and wars are waged on the board"), which has taken over the running of the sport since the first ever fight 2003.
The rules of the game are simple. Bouts are composed of a maximum of 11 alternating rounds of chess and boxing, with checkmates or knock-outs resulting in instant victory.
Fighters can also triumph if the boxing match is stopped by the referee, or if their opponent times-out at the chess board.
Chess rounds last 4 minutes each, and each player has a maximum of twelve minutes to make all their moves.
If there is no winner after 11 rounds of punching and castling, victory is awarded to the fighter with the most points 

Chessboxing heavyweight wins by checkmate

"Float like a butterfly, sting like Boris Spassky".

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010

    Muhammad Ali anchor punch Sonny Liston in 0.04 seconds

    Muhammad ali explaining about his self proclaimed anchor punch during the ali-liston knockout

    Muhammad Ali: The Fight that Shook up the World (1964)

    Here is a mini-documentary that I spliced together from various clips surrounding this unforgettable event in sports history, which shook the world and catapulted a young Muhammad Ali- then known as Cassius Clay- to world fame, becoming the most recognizable figure on the planet during the span of his incredible career.

    Category: Fixes IN Our Time

    Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston 1965

    Best match Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman

    I Am The Greatest!

    Tracks 1 and 2 of Muhammad Ali's album from 1963, "I Am The Greatest", when he was still known as Cassius Clay.

    "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali - the Greatest speaks

    Muhammed Ali and Mike Tyson on same talk show - P1 (rare)

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    John Tate vs Teofilo Stevenson KNOCK OUT

    Where are they now?

    Sugar Ray Robinson fights Jake LaMotta 1


    Get Your Brain Shook And Your Money Took

    Can you imagine answering a job advertisement worded this way?  Yet that is the way a boxing career can end.

    Boxing is a mean business and for many young men who enter the Prize Ring,  the outcome is disappointing.  Joe Frazier said words to the affect, "you can get your brain shook and your money took".

    Yet Angelo Dundee opens a new gym at age 89 years and Don King carries on his promotional business at a similar advanced aged.  The difference being that these two chose early on NOT to be the participant taking the punches.  Angelo tells his boy to get out there and win.  Don collects the cash paid by the eager fans of this 'hurtin' game".  (Sugar Ray Robinson titled boxing as a hurting game when asked about the death in the ring.)

    It is hard to not feel guilty being a fan of a sport that can leave a great champion like Gerald McClellan blind, deaf and broke with no investigation of which promoter ended up with Gerald's money.  Why is these promoters are able to continue victimizing mostly disadvantaged young men and in women.

    Teddy Atlas is one person who tries to fight corruption in the game and I wish him luck.

    amir khan knockout presscott 06/09/08

    HBO Boxing: Andre Berto vs. Carlos Quintana Highlights (HBO)

    Beautiful Right Hand by Berto shown in replay.

    Friday, December 24, 2010

    Muhammad Ali 1981 Funniest Ali Video Ever Must Watch

    Muhammad Ali In 1981 Completely Captivated And Taken In By Freddie Starr

    Nigel Benn The Devil's Advocate Rare Footage (1/4)

    Nigel Benn faces a public debate about safety in boxing after McClellan tragedy.

    Nigel Benn On Gerald McClellan

    Prior to a tribute night for Gerald McClellan in London this film remembers one of most brutal fights in a British ring when Benn fought McClellan

    Interview with Gerald McClellan 6 Years After the Benn Fight

    Nigel Benn vs Gerald McClellan [PART 1]

    February 25th 2005 marked a decade. The tenth year that former middleweight champion Gerald McClellan has struggled with life since his fight with Nigel Benn left Gerald with permanent brain damage. It's been over a decade since McClellan and Benn battered each other close to death. McClellan has been under the constant care of his two sisters, Lisa and Sandra, since. The war of 1995 left him blind, partially deaf and unable to care for himself.

    Today it costs approximately $70,000 per year to take care of Gerald and pay for the round-the-clock assistance that he requires. Astronomical medical bills and the costs of his yearly care have sadly exhausted all of the money that he has earned as a professional prize fighter. For this reason, Gerald and his family rely solely on donations to the Gerald McClellan Trust to care for him.

    If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to the Trust, please send check or money order made payble to Gerald McClellan Trust to:

    Gerald McClellan Trust
    C/O Fifth Third Bank
    PO Box 120
    Freeport, IL 61032

    Part 5 of 6: In one of the most aggressive fights ever, Nigel Benn wins as Gerald McClellan takes a knee in the 10th Round and is unable to continue. It would be the end of McClellan's career as he collapsed after the fight. He was rushed to the hospital where he spent 11 days in a coma. When he woke up he was unable to walk, blind and 80% deaf.


                                                    Hopkins forcing the fight against Pascal

    Jean Pascal vs. Bernard Hopkins Part 2

    Recap: Jean Pascal vs. Bernard Hopkins - SHOWTIME Championship Boxing

    Monday, December 20, 2010 "Hopkins next for Cloud?
    Cloud camp says it makes sense
    By Phil Doherty
    Photos: Sam Cohen

    Say what you will about this past Saturday’s majority draw between IBO/WBC world light heavyweight Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs) and Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KOs). This much is clear: the 45-year old Hopkins still possesses the skills and savvy to challenge the elite of this division. If not for a single point on one judge’s scorecard, Hopkins would be the newly-crowned champion. The fact the bout took place in Canada-site of Pascal’s technical 11th round technical decision over previously unbeaten Chad Dawson-may be pure coincidence…maybe.

    The fallout from the Hopkins fight centers on whether the WBC will order an immediate rematch between the two. Despite Golden Boy Promotions spokesman Richard Schaefer’s claims to the contrary, it appears Pascal will honor his contractual obligation to face Dawson next. HBO appears ready to put that fight on tap for sometime next spring pending Golden Boy’s legal dispute.

    So where would the ageless Philadelphia warrior find his next challenge?"

    Friday, December 17, 2010

    George Bellows painting of Dempsey vs Firpo

    Boxing is an Art sometimes.

    Robert Riggs, Club Fighter, lithograph, circa 1933-34

    Robert Savon Pious, Joe Louis vs. Clarence "Red" Burman, oil on illustration board, circa 1941 

    Robert Riggs, One-Punch Knockout, lithograph, circa 1934

                                                                     Dempsey - Firpo