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."

Monday, February 27, 2012

Dereck Chisora and David Haye brawl - YouTube

Dereck Chisora and David Haye brawl - YouTube

David Haye Admits

David Haye Admits He Held A Bottle When Striking Dereck Chisora

The retired fromer heavyweight was involved in a violent fracas at Chisora's press conference following his defeat to Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko.

Haye, 31, however stressed that he was merely holding the bottle, rather than using it as a weapon against the 28-year-old Chisora.

Haye told ITV's The Sunday Night Show: "I didn't hit him with that bottle, I hit him with my fist. It was a glass bottle but, if I'd had my mobile phone in my hand, it would have been a mobile phone. If I'd had a hot dog in my hand, it would have been [that]."

Haye and Chisora brawl in Munich:

Haye admitted that his actions in Munich may have damaged the image of British boxing, but defended his behaviour in Germany. He has not fought since losing his WBC heavyweight world championship belt to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg last July and has no interest in facing Chisora.

"I've got no desire to fight Chisora inside the ring or outside the ring," he said.

Kobe Bryant Broken Nose

Kobe Bryant Broken Nose: Dwyane Wade Foul Injures Lakers' Star In All-Star Game (VIDEO)

According to the Lakers' official website, Bryant suffered a "nasal fracture" during the game. The injury was reportedly revealed during a CAT scan in Orlando and Bryant will undergo further examination back in Los Angeles on Monday.

With the East trying to cut into the West's substantial lead, Wade fouled Bryant as he drove to the basket during the third quarter. The hard foul immediately caught the attention of the TNT announcing crew and drew blood from Bryant.

Along with the broken nose, Bryant reportedly also suffered a mild concussion during the incident, reports Yahoo! Sports. Immediately following the West's victory, Bryant skipped the media availability, reportedly due to headaches.

Despite absorbing the hard foul, Bryant remained in the game. Just a few minutes later, he would score on a dunk to surpass Michael Jordan as the leading scorer in the history of the NBA All-Star Game.


See the video - it isn't obvious how the injury took place...forearm from behind? It highlights one more time how easily the human brain is concussed.

John Wight: Dereck Chisora Should be Banned From Boxing for Life

John Wight: Dereck Chisora Should be Banned From Boxing for Life
If the sport of boxing is to retain a shred of credibility and integrity after the shameful scenes in Munich at the weekend, before and after the heavyweight title fight between reigning champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Dereck 'Del Boy' Chisora, Dereck Chisora must be given a lifetime ban.

In the hours since these ugly scenes took place, various high profile voices within the sport have attempted to mitigate Chisora's thuggish behaviour by attempting to place equal blame on David Haye and even the Klitschkos. Such attempts should be recognised for what they are - a concerted effort to see the damage done glossed over in the interests of a future match-up between both fighters in the ring and the huge revenue it will be guaranteed to generate.

Money talks in every professional sport, but perhaps none more so than boxing. However, there comes a point where money is not enough to salvage a sport which over the past few years has found itself increasingly marginalised due to the manner in which greed has supplanted integrity, moving it perilously close to resembling a freak show.

Over one weekend, Chisora disgraced not only himself but also boxing and everyone involved in a sport that has long divided both informed and uninformed opinion. Slapping Vitali Klitschko at the weigh in while wearing a silly Union Jack bandanna over his face was disgraceful, instantly introducing an ugly element into proceedings. Worse came when he spat water into the face of Wladimir Klitschko in the ring during the pre fight introductions. The restraint shown by both Klitschko brothers in the face of such thuggish behaviour was commendable, the one bright spot in the dark cloud that had descended over the fight by this point.

No one can dispute that Chisora's subsequent performance over 12 rounds was outstanding. He came to fight and fight he most certainly did. But a game performance in the ring is not enough to mitigate his actions outside the ring. These men are ambassadors and role models in a sport that comes in for criticism from wider society more than any other. Chisora's antics and thuggery prior to the fight had already succeeded in adding grist to the mill of the old argument that boxing is not a sport but instead organised barbarity disguised as one.

However, his subsequent behaviour at the post fight press conference went way beyond bad behaviour to outright criminality. Yes, David Haye was attempting to hijack proceedings. But this is the norm in the fight game, where fighters turn up at the fights and press conferences of other fighters to hype themselves in public. Ali was the prime example, leading the way in creating interest and publicity in the sport. Chisora began goading Haye from the platform as Haye was calling out Vitali Klitschko. When Haye responded to Chisora , calling him a loser after Chisora had called him an embarrassment and promised to slap him, Chisora proceeded to get out of his chair and walk the length of the room to go face to face. Here the security has to take responsibility for failing to intervene and stop Chisora reaching Haye. But when he did get up close to the former world champion what happened next was inevitable.

As if the melee that followed wasn't bad enough, Chisora threatening to "shoot" and "physically burn" Haye afterwards proved beyond doubt that this is a man out of control who doesn't belong in a boxing ring but in a psychiatrist's chair.

Boxing is the sport closest to man's primitive impulses and nature. As such it is crucial that it is not allowed to become a platform for the glorification of gangsta-type behaviour and street thuggery. Boxers at championship level are role models and can and do influence the behaviour of kids, which means they have a responsibility to behave in the right way, especially in public.

Chisora has form when it comes to this kind of thing. Back in 2010 he was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend, and he has prior convictions for public order offences and possession of an offensive weapon.

If the noble art is to retain its nobility it cannot afford to tolerate the savagery witnessed last weekend in Germany both before and after a fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.

This is why Dereck 'Del Boy' Chisora must be banned for life.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dereck Chisora brawls with David Haye at Klitschko vs Chisora post-fight press conference - YouTube

Dereck Chisora brawls with David Haye at Klitschko vs Chisora post-fight press conference - YouTube

This behavior is a new low for David Haye.

on Feb 18, 2012

Chisora then confronted Haye during the press conference and the two men grappled around the room with onlookers and entourages getting involved. At one stage Haye swung a camera tripod violently at Chisora's trainer Don Charles after trading blows with him, while Chisora brandished a glass bottle moments later.
Booth somehow suffered a gash on his forehead and claimed to have been 'glassed'.
Police arrived as the incident calmed down and were on hand as Chisora eventually left the arena some time later. Detectives refused to confirm whether official action has been taken or whether an investigation is planned.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Update of Boxing

Boxing has become increasingly popular as just plain recreation for both men and women, even to the extent that some Hollywood actors have been joining Freddy Roaches gym training alongside people like 5 division, world champion and phenom Manny Pacquiao.  Most large cities have executive boxing in various clubs and the next Olympics is going to feature women's boxing for the first time as one of the competitive sports.

Healthy Friends in Fighting Form

Mel Standring and Cliff Walker (right) spar at the downtown YMCA in Montreal, on Monday, January 9, 2012.
  Mel Standring and Cliff Walker (right) spar at the downtown YMCA in Montreal, on Monday, January 9, 2012.

Photograph by: Dave Sidaway, Dave Sidaway / THE GAZETTE

It has been said that having an exercise buddy can be a powerful tool in your fitness program.   That's certainly the case for Mel Standring and Clifford Walker, who have been working out consistently together for the past six years.  And the dynamic duo show absolutely no signs of slowing down.

Walker, a retired school principal who will be 69 in May, was introduced to Standring, also retired and on the verge of turning 70 when he wanted to take up boxing.  Both are longtime members of Montreal's downtown YMCA and both are incredibly fit. 

The two box for 30 minutes twice a week- with no break something highly unusual, according to fellow YMCA member Patrick Tee, who brought their prowess to my attention.  

"Men much younger than these two superstars take breaks every three minutes," he pointed out.  "They really are in extraordinary shape."

Sugar Ray Robinson - Pound For Pound - YouTube

Sugar Ray Robinson - Pound For Pound - YouTube

Sonny Liston The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion - YouTube

Sonny Liston The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion - YouTube

Muhammad ALI knocked down by Joe Frazier - YouTube

Muhammad ALI knocked down by Joe Frazier - YouTube and other Oldies...

The Fabulous Four - Hagler, Hearns, Leonard, Duran - YouTube

The Fabulous Four - Hagler, Hearns, Leonard, Duran - YouTube

It all started with Sonny

George Lois, SPD 2004 Herb Lubalin Award Winner - YouTube

George Lois, SPD 2004 Herb Lubalin Award Winner - YouTube

He discusses getting Ali to pose for the Esquire Magazine cover

… ALI! my vote for ‘man of the 20th century’. i don’t think you can make a list of true heroes of mind and conscience and just plain LIFE without putting him near the top. we all owe him so much. thank you, mr. ali.

this cover is probably (also) one of the truly greatest magazine covers of the last century. this was designed by george lois, also one of the greatest conceptual designers of any era. this magazine cover was one of those rare convergences of talents and skills and cultural POWER that came together at the perfect moment to produce an image that is forever locked into our collective experience. even those of you born in the last 20 years (and have even HALF a brain) can recognize just how perfect this magazine cover is.

i once had the rare chance to sit in a small room and listen to george lois talk about his career. he was a very tall, well built (even handsome) older man (and i mean MAN). i mean to say, he was what you might call a jock – one of those really intellectual jock types. he dominated the room when he stood up at the front. there was nothing effeminate about this guy. well, except his slight lisp. the guy had a lisp and managed to build his life by simply ignoring it.

some of his creations were the ‘i want my MTV’ campaign, campaigns for jiffy lube, espn, tommy hilfiger, and usatoday. he got guys like warren magnusen and jacob javits elected into office. george lois was the guy who championed the ‘big idea’ and ushered it into our pop vocabulary.

you see, george lois was an ‘ad guy’. sure, he was one of the greatest copywriters and graphic designers/art directors of the last century. but, he never referred to himself as anything other than an ‘ad guy’. considering how most people view the advertising industry, that’s a brave move on his part. in return, the managed to give so much intelligence and depth and wisdom to the advertising practice that he transcended the form and made a sort of popular art on par with the greatest visual artists of his era. indeed, he’s maybe the only “ad guy” to be given a retrospective exhibit at the museum of modern art.

when george lois was asked by his buddy, esquire editor harold hayes, to take on an effort to save esquire magazine’s sales, lois, who had been already thinking about the problem, said, “let me do your covers. here’s the deal, i’ll do them for as long as you want, so long as you let me do whatever i want.” (i think it was for free, too.) hayes, who respected and trusted lois, agreed on the spot. so, george lois began that amazingly great campaign of esquire magazine covers – generally considered the GREATEST series of magazine covers ever concocted, but also one of the benchmarks of 20th century art direction and graphic design. go look. they can’t be matched. all idea – no bullshit copy. either the image told you everything you needed to know, or that’s that. because NOBODY EVER READS ALL THAT CRAPPY TYPE SMEARED ALL OVER THE COVER. (note: editors! please read that again and remember…)

when lois and ali were teamed up to do a cover story on the champ’s career and political trouble in the late 60′s, it was like one of the greatest match-ups bills in the history of publishing, design AND boxing – “the fire at esquire!?” george lois and muhammad ali already knew each other. lois used to hang out with sports figures and play pick-up ball with guys alike lew alcindor (kareem abdul-jabbar) and wilt chamberlain. george lois and ali were actually ‘buddies from the gym.’ so, this was a breeze.

the resulting cover, part perfect defiant photo and part collage/photo-airbrush, speaks for itself. don’t get no betta. listening to lois talk about these esquire days is hilarious. every cover is a rich story of mayhem and inspiration. often times the images would come to him as he worked. a simple accident on the set could result in the

t cover design. however, this parody of the famous mantegna painting of st. sebastian was planned, executed and not even discussed. all george lois did was say ‘we’re doing st. sebastian. everybody heard that and just did it. perfect.

a lot of these esquire covers created a big stir when they were presented to the editor. i seem to remember that hayes balked at publishing this cover, thinking it too sympathetic to the controversial ali at this point in his career (this is when he embraced islam and refused participation in the military draft of vietnam on conscientious objector grounds. his world championship title was stripped away and the majority in the US wanted to see him in jail for treason.) so, the editor was filled with trepidation when he saw this image. but george lois reminded him of his agreement – ‘total freedom, no questions.” and hayes published it. the result was controversy, but also acclaim. and now, it’s one of the most respected magazine covers ever published.

eventually, hayes finally objected to a cover he felt he just couldn’t publish. it hi-lighted a cover story about the young hip hollywood, focussing on the crowd jack nicholson hung with. the cover image was a naked (not a ‘nude’) jack nicholson smoking a joint. when hayes fought lois on that cover, george lois drew his ace card and quit. esquire (i seem to remember) published that cover, anyway in an effort to win george lois back, but nobody cared (not the public and not george lois). he was a man of his word and never went back. he and hayes are still great pals to this day. george lois just moved onto the next project – i think it was the campaign to save the NBA or something.

Your final ESQUIRE cover featured a naked Jack Nicholson. It didn’t run because his agent wouldn’t allow it. Have we handed over too much control to celebrities?

A lot of my covers were brutally critical, others made people look great, but a celebrity should not dictate the cover image. It’s absurd to create an image to please a celebrity — you want to please your readers. If I was doing covers today, I’d still be doing great covers with celebrities. I had Sonny Liston pose as Santa Claus, I had Ali pose as St Sebastian, I got Roy Cohn [the leading attorney who prosecuted Senator Joseph McCarthy’s communist witch hunt), the piece of shit that he was, posing with a halo. Terrible man, and when he was walking out the studio, he said: ‘I guess you Commie sons of bitches are going to use the ugliest one.’ And I said: ‘You bet your ass, I hate you.’

But the point is, you can creatively do great covers with celebrities, sometimes with their permission, and they’ll go for it, or without their goddamn permission, and do covers that really show the drama and the power of the magazine.

What every magazine has done is play the game, pick the flavour of the month, put about 12 blurbs around him and sell the magazine. That’s the wrong way to sell a magazine. What I did was design a package for ESQUIRE each month, and you might hate it, you might love it, but you’re knocked on your ass, and you say: ‘I gotta buy this magazine.’

You said recently that if you were a young guy today, you’d make a magazine. Why?

If I had the backing to do it, I’d love that — and not have to listen to anyone or anything else. Not listen to the ad sales guys, not listen to anybody saying: ‘George be careful.’

Bull. Shit. I’d do a magazine that would knock you on the goddamn ass, and millions of people would come to it because they wanted that magazine. It would find its own market somehow. I have two or three magazines in my head for the last ten years I’d love to do. When things happen, I say: ‘Wow, what an article that would have been.’

The secret of making a great magazine is not to create it for your advertisers or your readers. You create magazines for yourself, you and your entire editorial design culture should create a magazine that you love, that you think is important. With no inane marketing research, no dumb reader studies, no nothing, just a magazine that you know is sharp and written for intelligent people like yourself. A magazine that the masses will find a thrilling experience each issue.

What magazines do you read today?

I read every word of THE NEW YORKER and VANITY FAIR, and I’m a lefty, so I read every word of THE NATION. But I look at every magazine. I buy dozens of them, look through them and throw them away. I’ll buy ten magazines, give the guy a hundred bucks, bring them home, go through them so fast you can hardly see my hand move, then I’ll leave them for my wife, maybe she’ll keep two or three, and throw the rest of them away. I just want to see what’s going on.

People ask, will magazines ever be dead? The difference between reading a magazine in your hands or on a computer is the whole visceral feel of having a magazine in your hands. If you put it on your knees, it’s a lap dance. It’s better than a woman’s ass sometimes. It’s the visceral fun of looking, being surprised, even by a good ad, by great editorial design. That’s the opportunity. Read More:

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George Lois, legendary art director, on his covers for Esquire magazine in the '60s.

This short film was created on the occasion of George Lois being awarded SPD's Herb Lubalin Lifetime Achievement Award on May 7, 2004. Named after one of the great art directors of all time, the Herb Lubalin Lifetime Achievement Award has been conferred by the Society on a very prestigious group of design legends. Other recipients include Ruth Ansel, Cipe Pineles Burtin, Milton Glaser, Will Hopkins, Leo Lionni, Art Paul, Lou Silverstein, Bradbury Thompson, Rochelle Udell, Henry Wolf and Frank Zachary. These innovative and creative practitioners of their craft remade the role of the designer and changed forever the way we envision and read a magazine.

George Lois, the designer of the most memorable and controversial magazine covers of the 60's, collaborated with the famed editor Harold Hayes of Esquire to produce an array of intellectually stimulating and creatively brilliant covers, all concepts of a world in flux.

Video created by Fred Woodward, Michael Norseng, Hudd Bayard and the talented team at GQ.




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Evenly Matched Fighters are more fun to watch.

Chisora versus Klitschko is another keep busy payday for Vitali and a joke as any kind of serious challenge.

ROBERT MORALES on BOXING: Slap-happy Chisora stirs it up with Klitschko at weigh-in - LA Daily News

When someone like Dereck Chisora slaps a champion like Vitali Klitschko across the face at a weigh-in, one has to wonder if it was staged to bring more attention to what appears to be a one-sided fight.

Chisora is just 15-2 with nine knockouts. He has lost two of his past three bouts - to Tyson Fury and Robert Helenius - via decision and yet the World Boxing Council has him ranked in the top 15 in the heavyweight division. That allows Chisora to challenge Klitschko for his WBC belt, even though he hasn't earned it.

After Friday's weigh-in, the two engaged in the obligatory stare down, at which time Chisora smacked Klitschko. According to The Associated Press, Klitschko did not retaliate but the respective camps were pulled apart.

"I am going to hit back on Saturday," Klitschko told the AP. "He will get his beating."

In that same AP report, Klitschko said, "I'm really looking forward to teaching this young gentleman a lesson. He is from Great Britain, but he's lacking appropriate manners."

"Don't underestimate Chisora," said Klitschko, 40. "He's young, very aggressive, he's very hungry and he wants to be world champion very much. I was very impressed when I saw his last fight against Robert Helenius. Chisora may have lost the decision, but many experts who saw the fight saw Chisora dominate the fight."

The facts don't support Klitschko's comments. Sandwiched between the losses to Fury and Helenius, all Chisora could manage against Remegijus Ziausys last November was a six-round decision. Ziausys entered with a record of 19-43-3.

Furthermore, all but one of Chisora's bouts have come in the United Kingdom - 13 of them in his native London. And except for Fury and Helenius, both of whom are barely known in the U.S., Chisora has been duking it out with a bunch of no-names.

In Germany, where the Klitschkos are huge, they can sell out just about any arena regardless of the opponent. But Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs), of Ukraine, doesn't want to hear about how much the heavyweight division stinks.


This guy, Chisora has no business being called a legitimate challenger but thanks to the magic of Ratings Manipulation he is called the man of the hour.  He loses two out of three of his last fights and barely beats what is called a canvas-back-journeyman fighter.  The kind of fighter that the Properties like Chisora are spoon-fed by their promoters in order to build a record sufficient to "fool" the paying public.  Only the Klitschko 'mystique' could sell a "stinker" like this one.

When will boxing governing bodies accept that we need to creaate a new division called Super Heavyweight to accommodate the huge size differences between men competing as Heavyweights?

Vitali Klitschko says his fight against Dereck Chisora may be his last | Sport |

Vitali Klitschko says his fight against Dereck Chisora may be his last | Sport |

The WBC world heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko, says he is preparing for the title bout with Britain's Dereck Chisora next month as if it were his last, not that the 40-year-old Ukrainian expects it to be anything of the sort.

Chisora, whose promoter Frank Warren could be accused of considerable understatement in describing the confident 28-year-old as a "huge underdog", takes on the champion in Munich on 18 February.

Vitali, smartly turned out and carrying himself like the politician he also is, studiously brushed off the trash talk with the weary look of a man who has seen and heard it all before and has tired of playacting for the cameras.

"You are landing on the floor in round number six," he informed Chisora. "I know it will be a big fight. I know he will be hungry and motivated," said the Ukrainian, who has a 43-2-0 career record, with 40 knockouts. "That's why I chose you."

Klitschko, who said he felt like a youngster of 25 and spars with much younger opponents, indicated retirement was still some way off, even if he had no intention of beating George Foreman's record of being a champion at 45. "Every fight can be the last fight and I prepare for every fight as if it's the last of my career," he said. "We decide step by step."

Muhammed Ali honored in Las Vegas

Ali will this weekend be feted in Las Vegas by fans paying up to $100,000 (£60,000) for a "ringside" table of 10 to celebrate the great man's 70th birthday, surrounded by celebrities and TV cameras in a jamboree it is hoped will raise $27m for brain damage research.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

RIP: Dundee boxing's chief ambassador

Pinoy boxer in coma after bout and dies in hospital

Pinoy boxer in coma after bout | ABS-CBN News:

 MANILA, Philippines – Filipino flyweight prospect Carlo Maquinto is in a coma following his boxing match against Mark Joseph Acosta last Saturday in Caloocan City.

According to’s Ronnie Nathanielsz, Maquinto was rushed to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Hospital in Fairview, Quezon City after he collapsed to the mat after his fight.

Acosta dropped Maquinto twice in the first round before Maquinto rallied to salvage a majority draw decision.

Undefeated Flyweight Boxer Carlo Maquinto (in yellow trunk) knock down during the fight against Joseph Acosta. Maquinto was dropped twice in the opening round but came back strong. The fight ended in a majority draw. Maquinto collapsed in the ring and was rushed to the nearest hospital. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

MANILA, Philippines—Boxer Karlo Maquinto passed away Friday, five days after falling into a coma because of a blood clot in his brain after a bout in Caloocan City. He was 21.
Maquinto battled back from two knockdowns to earn a majority draw against Mark Joseph Costa in their four-round flyweight bout.

The death of the Iloilo-born boxer has sparked calls for an investigation, particularly from House Games and Amusements chair Rep. Amado Bagatsing and boxing promoter Jun Sarreal, who stressed that the medical history of boxers should always be looked into before fights.

“They should always make sure that boxers are fit to fight,” said Sarreal, who has more than 50 years experience in the sport as a promoter.

“There have been past deaths because the medical history of boxers were overlooked.”

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