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, July 25, 2015

Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux Fight Announced:

This has the makings for a fight of the year, given Lemieux can avoid being ko'd early.

Get ready for some fireworks in the ring.

According to's Dan Rafael, Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux have agreed to an Oct. 17 bout at Madison Square Garden that will see the two punchers unify their 160-pound titles.

Golovkin tweeted out confirmation of the impending fight Saturday evening:

Gennady Golovkin, David Lemieux agree to Oct. 17 fight at MSG


Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

Middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin's goal for years has been to unify belts, but boxing's most fearsome puncher has not been able to convince any of the other belt holders or big names to face him.

Until now.

Montreal slugger David Lemieux, also one of boxing's biggest hitters, will meet Golovkin to unify their 160-pound world titles Oct. 17 in an HBO PPV main event at Madison Square Garden in New York, K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler, Golovkin's promoter, and Golden Boy's Oscar De La Hoya, who represents Lemieux, said Saturday.

It's a match that figures to be explosive -- a big drama show, as Golovkin would say -- between two of boxing's most crowd-pleasing and aggressive fighters, both of whom possess devastating punching power.

"In one word: finally," Loeffler told "We've gone to great lengths to try to put unification fights together for Gennady. We have to give Lemieux and Golden Boy a lot of credit for stepping up to the plate. Gennady will not underestimate Lemieux. He is the biggest puncher he will have ever faced, and Gennady will be the biggest puncher Lemieux will have ever faced.

"It is a great unification fight between two champions and the two biggest punchers in the middleweight division. If Lemieux wins, he takes over the spot as the best middleweight in the world, and if Gennady wins, he stays the best middleweight in the world."

Lemieux said he is looking forward to the matchup of two powerful punchers.

"This is the fight that all the fans and the world wants to see," he said. "I hope and expect this will be the best fight of the last five years. There will be blood. It's going to be exciting."

Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs), 33, of Kazakhstan and living in Los Angeles, has knocked out 20 opponents in a row, including all 14 in his title defenses. The 26-year-old Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) is also a blistering puncher. But although he dropped Hassan N'Dam four times in their June 20 fight for a vacant world title in Montreal, Lemieux won a unanimous decision.Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) has knocked out 20 opponents in a row, including all 14 in his title defenses. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Shortly after Lemieux's title victory, which came just a month after Golovkin knocked out Willie Monroe in the sixth round of a one-sided title defense May 16, Loeffler and De La Hoya began talking about making the fight.

Initially, De La Hoya and Lemieux co-promoter Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger said that while they were interested in a unification fight with Golovkin they preferred to have Lemieux make his mandatory defense in the fall -- even though the identity of the mandatory challenger has not even been determined -- and wait to face Golovkin in 2016.

"What changed my mind and everyone involved is that Lemieux can beat GGG, so why even waste our time with the mandatory? Let's go straight to GGG," De La Hoya told "He has a real shot at beating him. And this is the big fight he wanted, and when we presented this fight to him he was ecstatic.

"Lemieux is fired up. He says, 'Nobody has ever pushed Golovkin back. He does not know how to fight going back.' Lemieux has a beautiful jab, and he is going to use it."

Lemieux said he will show the world what he can do against Golovkin.

Golovkin's fan base has grown quickly since he came to fight for the first time in the United States in 2012, as he stormed through a series of top contenders, knocking out the likes of former titleholder Daniel Geale, Martin Murray, Matthew Macklin, Gabriel Rosado, Curtis Stevens and Monroe. Now, he and Lemieux will fight on pay-per-view for the first time, but fight organizers have high hopes because of Golovkin's burgeoning fan base, reputation as must-see TV and the fact that he has a serious opponent in front of him.

"When you talk about getting bang for your buck it doesn't get any better than this," De La Hoya said. "When you think about the pay-per-view numbers we're being real here. This is not a million-selling pay-per-view. We're thinking along the lines of between 350,000 and 500,000 buys. You have to start somewhere, and this is a perfect fight for both guys to start off on pay-per-view. Obviously, we are going to stack the card like there's no tomorrow. We want to give the fans bang for their buck."

De La Hoya said it will be a four-fight telecast, and while they are working on the specific matches, flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs), of Nicaragua, is likely to be in one of the fights, Loeffler said. Gonzalez was a big hit fighting on HBO for the first time on Golovkin's May 16 undercard, where he looked sensational in knocking out former junior flyweight titlist Edgar Sosa in the second round.

Golovkin drew a crowd 8,572 to Madison Square Garden for the fight with Geale, a third-round knockout, last July. Two of his last three fights (the other was in Monte Carlo) have been in Southern California, where he drew a wild crowd of 12,372 to the Forum in Inglewood in May and an arena-record crowd of 9,323 to the StubHub Center in Carson for his second-round knockout of Rubio last October.

"We put a very fair deal together for Lemieux and Golden Boy, and the Garden put in a very strong offer to get Gennady back," Loeffler said. "They saw his success in Los Angeles and they wanted him back in New York."

The crowd total figures to grow even larger with Golovkin's return to New York because of his popularity combined with Lemieux having his own fan base in Montreal, which is only a few hours by car from New York.

The making of the fight solidifies what amounts to a de facto 160-pound tournament. Golovkin and Lemieux will unify their world titles, and by virtue of Golovkin also holding an interim belt, the winner will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the fight between champion Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, who are in the final stages of finalizing their fight, which will take place on either Nov. 7 or Nov. 21, either in Las Vegas or New York.


Friday, July 10, 2015

“What keeps me going is goals.” Muhammad Ali Quotes

“What keeps me going is goals.” #MuhammadAli 

40 Years ago today: #MuhammadAli defeated Ron Lyle. 

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.” #MuhammadAli 

“In the ring I can stay until I’m old and gray because I know how to hit and dance away.” #MuhammadAli

The Champ is Here!

"Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare." #MuhammadAli

"I vowed never to turn a fan away." #MuhammadAli

"Don't you forget, I am the greatest!" #MuhammadAli

"I've never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself." #MuhammadAli

The Champ is waiting. #MuhammadAli

Float like a butterfly.

"Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” #MuhammadAli

"Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision." #MuhammadAli

“I love to see my name in print.” #MuhammadAli

"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses, long before I dance under those lights." #MuhammadAli

“If you even dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologize!” #MuhammadAli

"I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was." #MuhammadAli

The Louisville Lip!

 in 1975: #MuhammadAli defeats Chuck Wepner.

"God don't want me to go down for standing up!" #MuhammadAli

“This brash young boxer is something to see, and the Heavyweight Championship is his destiny.” #ImABadMan

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” #MuhammadAli

Today in 1963: #MuhammadAli defeats Doug Jones in 10 rounds.

"I'm changing the pick I made before. Instead of six, Doug goes in four!" #MuhammadAli

"Jones likes to mix so I'll let it go six, if he talks jive I'll cut it to five!" #MuhammadAli

Focus & Determination.

Little Floyd

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Muhammad Ali on Determination

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“If you want on the Web to lose your money, bet on Sonny.”

“From the beginning, I was determined to be the best boxer.”

“No one starts out on top. You have to work your way up.”

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Tweets Originating from The Champ Himself Have the Hashtag

 Joined April 2009

Laila Ali, Boxer-ess


“What counts in the ring is what you can do after you’re exhausted. The same is true to life.”

"Success is not achieved by winning all the time. Real success comes when we rise after we fall."

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Head injuries both sports and non-sports related

DePaul professor’s book ‘The Ghost in My Brain,’ looks at head injuries both sports and non-sports related
by Lily Rose
on June 23, 2015

In 1999 DePaul University professor Clark Elliott had his car rear-ended on the way to give a lecture at the university’s O’Hare campus. Seemingly unscathed, he went about his day but it did not take long for Elliott to realize that something was wrong.

“I couldn’t remember anything about driving the eight miles to work, I couldn’t find my car after class,” Elliott said as he laid out the symptoms that led up to his diagnosis of a severe concussion four days later.

During the automotive incident, the force of the his car being hit from behind had caused his head to be knocked backwards and then thrown forward, causing traumatic brain injury. For the next eight years, Elliott lived with his symptoms.

“I often couldn’t walk, I couldn’t talk at times. I had severe balance difficulties; time meant almost nothing to me,” he said. “I couldn’t plan. I couldn’t do two things at once.”

Fortunately, Elliott was able to meet two researcher-clinicians who taught him how to use undamaged neural pathways in his brain and the symptoms went away. He details his experiences with his concussion and his rehabilitation for his book “The Ghost In My Brain,” which was released June 2. Elliott hopes that readers will learn what is at risk for them if they become concussed, especially those at high risk, such as athletes.

For athletes at DePaul, playing contact sports does increase the chances of receiving a concussion, but that does not mean that athletes need to worry. According to Sue Walsh, the Director of Sports Medicine at DePaul University, there have been six concussions this school year so far and not all have been sports related.

Walsh reports that every year DePaul Athletics discusses concussions with their athletes and that she herself has lectured about concussions to Theatre School students who take the Stage Combat course.

“It is obviously pretty hard to miss the hype [around concussions]. Most of the concussions we see here are short lived. Within those first 10 days we’re a little more cautious. We won’t let someone progress with symptoms,” Walsh said. “The importance for everyone is dispelling some of the myths and making sure that you’re not comparing someone who has had one or two concussions to an NFL or NHL player.”

Walsh blames the media for emphasizing traumatic brain injuries received by NHL and NFL players that scare the parents of student athletes into thinking that their child should not be put at risk by playing sports.

“We want to take [concussions] seriously but we don’t want students to be afraid of sports,” she said. “The health benefits and psychological benefits outweigh the risk of concussion.”

Although the possibility of a concussion should not put people off from playing sports, the reality of a concussion is that it can occur whenever there is an incident involving head trauma.

DePaul senior Nash Sanderson, 22, was in middle school when he suffered the first of the four concussions that he has encountered in his life.

“I was at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC watching a performance of ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. This was in middle school, 7th grade I believe. I was already probably 5’11 or 6 foot and we were sitting up in the balcony seating area,” Sanderson said.

“The show came to a close, I quickly stood to applaud and I smashed my giant head into the corner of the red hot stage light. I immediately picked up a nasty bruise. On and off for the next week or so, I would suddenly get splitting migraine headaches, which light, sound, or motion greatly exasperated. Within the week, the headaches were so bad and frequent to the point where I was getting nauseous and losing vision without warning.”

When things got to be too severe, Sanderson went to the emergency room where he was then diagnosed with a concussion. According to Elliott, students like Sanderson are just one of the thousands of people per day who have traumatic brain injury happen to them.

“Between now and this time tomorrow there are going to be 5,000 people who suffer from these brain injuries. These are only the ones that we know about,” he said. “One of the reasons I wrote the book is to have people become aware of what they are risking.”

Readers will learn that his recovery period was not easy and fraught with disappointment. But they will also discover that with the right combination of brain and ocular therapy, survivors of traumatic brain injury can heal and lead normal lives. Elliott said. “In a last gasp effort I sent out about 20 or 30 letters looking for people that were working in neuroplasticity and I was lucky enough to come across a doctor who does cognitive restructuring using paper and pencils, you know puzzles, and an optometrist who works with neurodevelopmental techniques. After all this time and after being told by everyone you’ll never get better, after starting treatment, the ghost of who I had been started to come back.”

Elliott’s book “The Ghost in My Brain” is now available in stores and online. Elliott continues to teach at DePaul University as a professor of Applied Artificial Intelligence with DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ang Lee’s Groundbreaking Ali/Frazier Biopic Might Not Happen

The Unfortunate Reason Ang Lee’s Groundbreaking Ali/Frazier Biopic Might Not Happen

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When Lee revealed that it would be another 3D film that revolved around the legendary 1975 boxing match, excitement over the movie immediately exploded. However, budget problems have started to disrupt pre-production, and Lee has become so incensed by the delays that he is now considering working on a smaller movie instead of the sports drama. 

Video of NYPD cop boxing with hostile suspect under review

Video of NYPD cop boxing with hostile suspect under review

By Ben Feuerherd

July 2, 2015 | 6:30pm

A knife-wielding man wasn’t going down without a fight — and an NYPD cop was there to give it to him.

A video released Thursday shows two plainclothes officers in Harlem trying to arrest Saykou George, who has two outstanding warrants and a record of ­assault.

But as George apparently resists arrest and tries to stalk off, one of the cops has to resort to putting up his fists to keep him from fleeing along Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Meanwhile, the other officer, a woman, tries to grab the hulking George and slap cuffs on him, but he keeps resisting, according to the video.

Amid tense police-community relations — and with the bystander taking the video shouting over and over, “I got everything on camera” — the male cop keeps up the fight.

The woman calls for backup — and within 30 seconds, uniformed officers arrive to subdue George.

Commissioner Bill Bratton defended the officers, who made the bust on Wednesday.

“You have no right, no right under New York law, to resist arrest, which was going on, based on what I’m seeing in that video,” Bratton said.

“The Internal Affairs group will now be reviewing the video, as we always do. But in my preliminary review of that, I saw nothing inappropriate with the officers’ behavior.”

The eight-minute video begins with George, clad in a red shirt and shorts, handing his ID to the plainclothes officers on a sidewalk.

The two cops had seen him carrying the blade in plain sight, cops said, and approached him.

As the male officer holds the ID, George begins flailing his arms while demanding that the officer hand it back.

“You can’t do that to me. I gotta go take my medicine and stuff,” George shouts as onlookers level verbal abuse at the officers.

George keeps mouthing off and gets into a shoving match with the male officer while attempting to storm away.

The cop assumes a boxing-type stance and hits George, who continues to resist.

George raises his own fists and the two engage briefly in fisticuffs until the bust is made.

George, 30, was hit with charges that included assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a weapon.


Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jose Luis Ramirez


Lomachenko TKO 4
10 Rounds l Featherweight Bout