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."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

YouTube - Sugar Shane Mosley - Sugartime

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ruelas’ story finally told

It was more than fifteen years ago when then WBC Super Featherweight champion Gabriel Ruelas defended his title against Colombian Jimmy Garcia in a fight that would ultimately cost Garcia his life. The tragedy of that hot, fateful night in a Las Vegas ring, and its aftermath, has never been told – until now.

Mexican-born Araceli Martínez-Rose’s narrative in her new book, “Business of Pain” takes you, in great detail through the humble beginnings of Ruelas’ career as a young fighter, his rise to the world championship, and the devastating effect the Garcia tragedy had not only in his boxing career, but his personal life as well. Renowned Mexican journalist and best-selling Latin author María Antonieta Collins and WBC President Jose Sulaiman have written the prologue.

“Business of Pain,” recently acclaimed in its Spanish version, “El negocio del dolor” when it launched in Guadalajara, Mexico, is expected to be the literary star in the upcoming Feria del Libro LéaLA, April 29 – May 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. The event is expected to attract such renowned literary stars as Isabel Allende, Elena Poniatowska, Francisco Martín Moreno, and Laura Restrepo, among others. There will also be a national book tour, with stops scheduled in the New York City area; Canastota, NY; Las Vegas, NV; and Atlantic City, NJ.

A press conference to announce the launch of “Business of Pain” (the English version) will take place April 28 at JW Marriott, Los Angeles, CA.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Shawn Porter promising young Boxer.

Manny Pacquiao's sparring partner.

YouTube - Boxing Classics: Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto (HBO)

Watching this fight again it strikes me that Cotto might have been able to finish the fight.  He was hard to hit when he did not mix it up with Manny.

The referee should have stopped it earlier but with Cotto on his bicycle Manny was swinging for air.He was hard to hit when Cotto did not mix it up with Manny.  

Manny is one heck of a counter puncher.

What will happen if a young faster fighter with an educated jab and who refuses to mix it up with Manny gets a shot at fighting Pacman.

My thinking is that Floyd Mayweather can beat Pacquiao but they may never fight.

Amir Khan

YouTube - Boxing Classics: Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto (HBO)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

MMA is popular with Gangsters

Nanaimo martial arts event attracted dozens with gang, organized crime connections


NANAIMO — Dozens of people with connections to gangs or organized crime attended a mixed martial arts event in Nanaimo on the weekend, say police.

Specialized gang task force officers were requested by Nanaimo RCMP to the Battlefield Fight League Invasion 7 MMA event at Frank Crane Arena on Saturday. Police claim the sport is known to attract gangsters.

It is believed to be the first MMA event on Vancouver Island that was attended by the uniformed gang task force, a section under the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit based out of Vancouver.

Police said as many as 50 people associated to gangs or organized crime, specifically outlaw motorcycle groups, were identified at the fights, which drew approximately 2,100 fans from the Island and Vancouver.

Officers were there for violence suppression, to develop intelligence and send a message to gangsters they are being watched. Police have monitored other sporting events but say MMA, which draws a wide fan base but especially younger men, tends to attract people with ties to organized crime.
The night went smoothly, but police say violence can occur anywhere people involved in criminal activity gather.
City officials will meet next week with Battlefield president Jay Golshani, who has plans for another MMA bout in May.
"I have no concerns. Police do their job and we do ours and so far it's gone fine," said Nanaimo Coun. Merv Unger, also on the athletic commission. "Our job is to look after the participants, not spectators. That is a policing job and whatever they do I would not comment."

Gang task force officers were in Nanaimo as early as Thursday, with eight officers patrolling the MMA event and later the downtown Nanaimo bar scene with local RCMP. Organized crime is not restricted to the Lower Mainland, with gang activity migrating to the Island. Police have identified people with links to street gangs such as the Independent Soldiers and United Nations in Nanaimo.
"We know gang members and organized crime members frequent MMA. Certainly we did run across individuals known to us," said CFSEU spokesman Sgt. Shinder Kirk. "Most people are there for the event itself but having said that, we have seen that situations between rival groups can occur at any place."

Older patrons and children were among fans at the all-ages, alcohol-free event, which ran past midnight, but the majority of the crowd were men aged 18 to 35, according to the Vancouver-based promoter.
"It's just a misconception. There's no gang ties to our show," said Golshani. "We have never had a single issue with any of our fans getting denied or kicked out."
Last year, an MMA trade show scheduled for Abbotsford was forced to move after police expressed concern about potential gang violence.

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