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, June 28, 2016

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming needs to get offensive in U.S. debut

Zou Shiming (simplified Chinese: 邹市明; traditional Chinese: 鄒市明; pinyin: Zōu Shìmíng; born 18 May 1981) is a Chinese professional boxer who is the current WBO International flyweight champion. Zou is known for being China's most successful amateur boxer of all time, winning three gold medals at the 2005, 2007 and 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships, as well as three consecutive Olympic medals: bronze in 2004, gold in 2008 and gold in the 2012, all in the light flyweight division.

Top Rank, Bob Arum working with Freddie Roach to make a pro out of this great Amateur Boxer, 2 Olympic Gold Medals

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming needs to get offensive in U.S. debut

Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko was able to use his status as a two-time Olympic champion to advance his rapid-punching defensive wizardry to the next level as a professional.
But for Zou Shiming of China, also a double gold medalist, turning pro has been more of a belly-flop.
Before Lomachenko attempts Saturday to become the first boxer to win a second division title in his first seven fights when he faces World Boxing Organization super-featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, Zou (7-1, two knockouts) stages what could be a final chance at building a fan base outside of China.
Zou, 35, who fights Hungary’s Jozsef Ajtai before Lomachenko-Martinez at Madison Square Garden’s Theater, lost a unanimous decision in March 2015 in his first bid to win a world flyweight title.  He needs a victory to be back in position for another shot.
“That’s what we’re looking for,” trainer Freddie Roach said Friday.
Roach wants Zou to be a more aggressive fighter and drop the lackluster technical style that won Olympic gold but won’t sell tickets in the U.S.
In a conversation last month at his Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Roach said it might be best for Zou  to remain in China at resorts like the Venetian Macao, where he has the marketing push of a national hero.
But promoter Bob Arum is hopeful that with Roach’s ability to coax more offense from Zou, international interest will follow.
“It’s important that he looks good [Saturday] and he shoots on his punches more,” Roach said. “We’ve been working on getting him away from the amateur style.
“Now, we’re fighting an aggressive guy who will come forward at us. So this should be a good fight to show if the things [Zou] is doing in the gym can translate to a real fight.”

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Amir Mansour made a very kind effort on behalf of Steve Cunningham.

Mansour in 2011

Nickname(s) Hardcore
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Nationality American
Born Lavern Moorer
July 25, 1972 (age 43)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 25
Wins 22
Wins by KO 16
Losses 2
Draws 1

 Amir Mansour made a very kind effort on behalf of Steve Cunningham that demonstrated sportsmanship and good character.  I read his stated goal of using his time out of boxing to help children.

Mansour's first fight of 2014 would be a huge step up in class, defending his USBA title against veteran Steve Cunningham.  Mansour lost a close fight after nearly ko'ing Cunningham in the middle rounds.

After losing the fight, Mansour immediately spoke to the press and instead of complaining about the judgement, he talked about his opponent's (Cunningham) young daughter who needed a heart transplant. 

As a result of the publicity, more than $20,000 was donated to a special fund for Cunningham's daughter. 


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Rocky Martinez

KO Of The Year? Vasyl Lomachenko Destroys Rocky Martinez at MSG Theater

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 11: Vasyl Lomachenko, right, lands a left punch to the face of Roman Martinez during their Junior Lightweight WBO World Championship bout on June 11, 2016 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lomachenko won by a knockout in the fifth round. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
One-punch knockouts usually get the nod when we think about the year’s best stoppage wins, but two-punch combinations can be a formula for beauty and brutality.
On Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York, live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark, Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KO) scored the biggest win of his professional career—and he did it with style. He captured the WBO super featherweight title when he punctuated a dominant performance with a devastating KO finish.
The 28-year-old Ukrainian stopped 33-year-old Puerto Rican champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-3-3) with a sizzling left-uppercut-right-hook combination that sent the latter sprawling.

He actually used the reverberation from the uppercut to set up the right hook that proved to be the coup de grâce. The sequence served as a microcosm for an impressive display of skills from Lomachenko.
Despite having just seven professional fights, the decorated amateur champion has now won two world titles—and he’s looking for more.

His only loss came in his second pro fight back in 2014 against Orlando Salido. Per The Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire, Lomachenko is eager to avenge that split-decision defeat:


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Canelo trial getting closer to wrapping up

Canelo trial getting closer to wrapping up

The court case in Miami between Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. of All Star Boxing and Canelo Alvarez/Golden Boy Promotions is getting near the end. All the principals have already testified.

Zabala’s legal team brought forth forensic accountant Carl Fedde, who testified that according to his analysis Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions made $135 million each between 2010 and 2015 and he estimates they can make $438 million apiece over the next decade.

Zabala is seeking damages from Canelo for breach of contract and from Golden Boy Promotions for tortious interference by signing Canelo when he was still under contract to All Star Boxing.

Canelo and his manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso acknowledged they signed the document presented in court, but testified they didn’t understand it since it was written in English and believed it to be a visa application. 

The document was a four-year promotional agreement with an extension if Canelo wins a WBA, WBC, IBF or WBO title. Zabala is seeking $27 million, plus punitive damages that could triple that number, plus he wants Canelo back under his promotional banner to fulfill his contract.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Muhammad Ali Quotes and Pictures

 Young heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay points to a sign he wrote on a chalk board in his dressing room before his fight against Archie Moore in Los Angeles, in this Nov. 15, 1962, file photo predicting he'd knock Moore out in the fourth round, which he went on to do.
 Young heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay points to a sign he wrote on a chalk board in his dressing room before his fight against Archie Moore in Los Angeles, in this Nov. 15, 1962, file photo predicting he'd knock Moore out in the fourth round, which he went on to do.  Harold P. Matosian, AP

Here are a list of some of his best quotes:

1. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can't hit what his eyes can't see. Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't."
2. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
3. "I'm young; I'm handsome; I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat."
4. "Don’t count the days; make the days count."
5. “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it."
6. “It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am."
7. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
8. “If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.”
9. “Braggin' is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.”
10. "I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was."
11. "Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even."
12. "I'm so mean, I make medicine sick."
13. "I should be a postage stamp. That's the only way I'll ever get licked."
14. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
15. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
16. "A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
17. “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
18. "I shook up the world. Me! Whee!"
19. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
20. “At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”
21. "A man who has no imagination has no wings."
22. "He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!"
23. "I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own."
24. “I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.”
25. "Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong."
26. “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”
27. "I'm the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren't no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn't know about them."
28. "It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."
29. “I’m not the greatest. I’m the double greatest.”
30. “Live every day as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right.”

 Muhammad Ali plays a few notes on the piano while visiting black American artists that perform in the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa, Zaire, Sept. 22, 1974. At right is singer Etta James.
 At a dinner honoring the six "Outstanding Chicagoans of Today," boxing champ Muhammad Ali takes a playful poke at sportscaster Howard Cosell, as Ann Landers advises them to break it up on Nov. 11, 1977.
At a dinner honoring the six "Outstanding Chicagoans of Today," boxing champ Muhammad Ali takes a playful poke at sportscaster Howard Cosell, as Ann Landers advises them to break it up on Nov. 11, 1977.  AP

Monday, June 6, 2016

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speaks with former two-division world champion Julian Jackson, as he
speaks on Canelo Alvarez's sixth round knockout over Amir Khan and the
possibility of a fight with Gennady Golovkin.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016


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Sam Cooke and Cassius Clay in 1963 or 1964


Saturday, June 4, 2016

“You see, we may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated... - Maya Angelou


“You see, we may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat, so that we can know who we are. So that we can see, oh, that happened, and I rose. I did get knocked down flat in front of the whole world, and I rose. I didn’t run away – I rose right where I’d been knocked down. And then that’s how you get to know yourself. You say, hmm, I can get up! I have enough of life in me to make somebody jealous enough to want to knock me down. I have so much courage in me that I have the effrontery, the incredible gall to stand up. That’s it. That’s how you get to know who you are.”
 — Maya Angelou

 Soldier On 

BONDY: Muhammad Ali suffered for his beliefs before becoming a legend

I was the Vietnam War protestor. My dorm-mate, Joe, was the ROTC recruit. We were good friends at the University of Wisconsin.


Muhammad Ali: The Greatest of All Time (Boxing Documentary)

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Muhammad Ali: The Greatest of All Time (Boxing Documentary)

Documentary on Muhammad Ali, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, and one of greatest boxers of all time.


Muhammad Ali is Great and Funny at Harvard University

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Muhammad Ali visited Harvard University when he was champion and had them all in stitches.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Doping Scandal - Deontay Wilder, an Untainted Boxer, Loses Out in a Doping Scandal

Deontay Wilder, undefeated in 36 professional fights, was to fight the Russian contender Alexander Povetkin in a bout that could have been the biggest of his career. Credit Don Emmert/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 

Even Deontay Wilder, an Untainted Boxer, Loses Out in a Doping Scandal


Deontay Wilder is the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion. At 36-0 with 35 knockouts he is America’s best hope in years to unify the crown that once stood as the biggest title in sports. He had spent the past two weeks training in Sheffield, England, a transit camp on his road to a fight in Moscow on Saturday against the top-ranked contender, Alexander Povetkin.
The $4.5 million purse was to be the largest of Wilder’s career. Beyond the money, the fight would have been Wilder’s shining moment, one so important that he had agreed to take on the Russian challenger in Moscow.
The plan was simple: Go into Povetkin’s hometown, knock him out and announce to the world that Wilder was the heavyweight division’s new truth.
But on Friday, Wilder learned that Povetkin had tested positive for meldonium, a banned performance-enhancing drug, and the fight was postponed.

We can talk in broad strokes about the doping scandal that has engulfed Russian sports, about the Olympic medals and world championships that may have been won — and lost — unfairly in recent years. Those stories are compelling but not universally so. Certainly not for fans who make their bets, cheer their teams and support their favorite athletes regardless of whispers about P.E.D. use.

Alexander Povetkin, in Moscow on Saturday, tested positive for meldonium, a banned performance-enhancing drug. 

But for Wilder, a charismatic champion on the verge of a breakthrough moment, the scandal suddenly became personal.
We can debate whether it is worse to have lost to someone who had an illegal advantage, or to have missed a chance to compete at all because an opponent was busted.

But when cheating hits you in the wallet, you pay attention.

What now? Wilder will make a mandatory title defense against whomever the W.B.C. deems the top contender. The W.B.C. also will decide whether to suspend Povetkin from fighting for its belt. (Various state commissions in the United States can suspend Povetkin, but such a suspension is effectively toothless because the Russian most likely will not fight in the United States.)
For Wilder, already on the back side of 30, the waste of even a few months can be devastating for a career that started late. There’s no guarantee that such a large payday ever will come again.
Wilder was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and did not start boxing until he was 19. He said he was inspired to enter the ring after his daughter, Naieya, was born with spina bifida. Wilder dropped out of Shelton State Community College to support his daughter and began concentrating all of his energies on boxing.
In 2008, he won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. Soon afterward he turned pro.
Media friendly and accessible, Wilder became known as a big puncher and a knockout artist.

Povetkin would have provided the high-profile opponent Wilder needed to validate his rapid rise and to put him in position to solidify the fragmented heavyweight division in which two British fighters, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, hold the other belts.

Povetkin, middle, the World Boxing Council’s top-ranked heavyweight contender, could be suspended. Credit Alexander Zemlianichenko/Associated Press

Wilder was ready to go through with the fight this weekend, even if Povetkin would have entered the ring from the moral low ground.
Wilder’s camp, led by the veteran promoter Lou DiBella, was furious after the positive drug test was revealed.
Instead, Wilder flew back to Tuscaloosa on Monday to be with his family and to pick up the pieces of his broken dream. He cannot say for sure when he will fight next.
With the fight postponed and the big money off the table, a doping scandal that was on the periphery of Wilder’s radar has hit him squarely on his jaw.

Muhammad Ali placed on life support -- PRAYING FOR THE CHAMP- The Greatest of All Time

The Twitter-sphere is full of tributes ........are they getting ahead of themselves?

The Godfather of Rap......
"I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail . #Ali

A child asked Muhammad Ali what he would do when he retired. His long, beautiful answer stunned the crowd.

Photo published for Ali remains hospitalized with respiratory issues

It all starts with preparation. #MondayMotivation #MuhammadAli

"Nothing is wrong, but something ain't right." #MuhammadAli

We've lost a true original. @Prince was someone who cared for others and used his genius to help many. #AliTweet

"Nobody can ever tell what a crazy's gonna do next." #MuhammadAli

At 18-years-old, @USABoxing's @MuhammadAli won GOLD for #TeamUSA, taking down Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland. 🏅

SI 60: 'Lawdy, Lawdy, He's Great'

It was hard to tell who had won by looking at the post-fight faces of champion Muhammad Ali (left) and defeated  challenger Joe Frazier.

Please pray for Muhammad Ali. He is on life support fighting his last round. God bless him. #muhammadali #ali

Thinking about the G.O.A.T. 👊🏾👨🏾 #ali

"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe."
 —@MuhammadAli #TheGreatest

Never saw it coming RT @MeredithFrost: Unreal Muhammad Ali footwork. #TheGreatest

  1. #MuhammadAli daughter shares heartwarming message as his condition turns 'grave' 
  2. @ZeeEsss Once #MuhammadAli advised her daughter on dress code "Ordinary pebble is found openly on shore Pearl lies hidden deep in sea"

#champion #muhammad #ali is hopitalized and in danger condition 

Let us pray for @MuhammadAli; good for America,world boxing champion,social transformer&anti-war hero. #TheGreatest