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, October 29, 2016

Parkinson's-like CNS damage

Kevin Iole  

Gerald McClellan still in the fight of his life

Former Milwaukee boxer Gerald McClellan still in the fight of his life

On March 28, family members and friends of former middleweight WBC champion Gerald McClellan came together in Freeport, Ill., to celebrate the 20th anniversary of McClellan’s fight against Nigel Benn. McClellan was being helped by his niece, Tyesha Carr (left) and his sister Lisa McClellan, who is his caregiver.
On March 28, family members and friends of former middleweight WBC champion Gerald McClellan came together in Freeport, Ill., to celebrate the 20th anniversary of McClellan’s fight against Nigel Benn. McClellan was being helped by his niece, Tyesha Carr (left) and his sister Lisa McClellan, who is his caregiver. Credit: James E. Causey
James E. Causey
In My Opinion
April 03, 2015

Gerald McClellan gets his gloves laced up in 1991.Family photo
Freeport, Ill. — When Gerald McClellan was wheeled into a half-empty ballroom for a celebration of his life last week, the former middleweight boxing champion was swarmed by adoring boxing fans, family and friends.
You would have had a hard time convincing any of those in attendance that Gerald McClellan would just become a footnote to boxing.
"I wouldn't have missed this for anything in the world. Gerald was changing the fight game, and he was just that good. There will never be another G-Man," said former Milwaukee middleweight Marnix Stamps.
Stamps wished that the turnout would have been bigger but he understood. "It's hard for some fighters to see him like this but there is still some Gerald McClellan in there," he said.
Some people came in order to get close enough to the former World Boxing Council middleweight champion to get a picture. A few just wanted to touch him. Others just wanted to see if they could talk to him to spark a memory from one of his fights.
McClellan, 47, was severely injured during a brutal fight with super-middleweight champion Nigel Benn in London on Feb. 25, 1995. He underwent an emergency three-hour procedure to remove a massive blood clot from his brain. The surgery saved his life but after two months in a coma, he was blind, hearing-impaired, brain-damaged and unable to walk on his own.
Over the past 20 years, he has received 24-hour care from his sisters Lisa and Sandra McClellan. The dinner was a celebration of McClellan's life but also a way for people to honor his caregivers.
For the most part, McClellan looks like he could still box. His handshake remains strong, and he still expresses his love for the sport that nearly ended his life by repeating some fighters' names and big fight moments.
While he looks the part, he's not the Gerald who won 29 of his 31 bouts by knockout. That's still a hard pill to swallow.
One man was seen holding McClellan's left hand and repeating this in his ear: "Show me your moneymaking hand champ! Come on champion show me your moneymaking hand... And the winner and new middleweight champion of the world Gerald McClellan," Lamar Williams said.
McClellan balled up his right fist.
"There you go champ. That's your moneymaker," Williams said.
"Tell me again. Who did I beat?" McClellan asked.
"You beat them all champ. Every single one of them. You were the champion of the world," Williams said. "Remember how we used to run every morning champion? I'm Lamar. We were best friends growing up. I'm your cousin," Williams said.
The more Williams talked, the more McClellan grew frustrated. He nervously played with his bow tie before reaching for Lisa McClellan's hand.
"Lisa. Lisa." McClellan said. "I'm ready to go."

Lisa McClellan, who organized the dinner, told her brother that they couldn't leave because people had come a long way to see him.
I was one of them.
I've known Gerald most of my life. I first met him at the Al Moreland Boxing Club in Milwaukee when we were teenagers. I never met a more gifted boxer.
He had long, strong arms, strong legs, a wide back and a thick neck. He attacked like a pit bull in the ring with unbelievable punching power.
I was at Gerald's first professional fight at the Milwaukee Eagle's Club, a first-round knockout of Roy Hundley on Aug. 12, 1988. I also watched doctors fight to save his life in the ring after he collapsed in his corner during the Benn fight.
The fight was on a time delay so I actually received a call from London from his cousin telling me that Gerald was hurt. I didn't believe it because I was watching the fight at home and he looked dominant, knocking Benn out of the ring and through the ropes in the first round.
Later I saw my friend struggle to keep his mouthpiece in his mouth. He went down to one knee after taking a light uppercut in the 10th round. After he was counted out by the referee, he walked over to his corner and collapsed.
When I saw Gerald at the dinner, I waited my turn to approach him. I took him by the hand and told him that I was James Causey and that I loved him. He asked me if I still fought. I told him no, and he asked me who I was again and I repeated it.
McClellan receives a disability check and a small WBC pension, but it's not nearly enough to cover his medical bills and care. Boxing needs an insurance and larger pension plan for fighters who are injured. Family members should not be forced to sell their loved one's belts and trophies just to make ends meet. Even if 5% was set aside from every fight for a fighter's pension, it would go a long way.
McClellan's family had to sell his belt to pay for some of his care, but during the dinner former World Boxing Organization light middleweight champion Bronco McKart presented McClellan with an honorary green WBC middleweight championship belt.
The belt looked perfect in McClellan's lap.
"This is where the belt belongs," said McKart, who trained out of the famed Kronk's Gym in Detroit with McClellan in the early 1990s.
Lisa McClellan expressed some disappointment with the small turnout. She wished that hundreds would have filled the ballroom, but only about 60 showed up.
Then when she looked around the room, she smiled and said that the size of the crowd didn't matter because she knew that everyone who was there truly loved her brother.
I second that.

James E. Causey is a Journal Sentinel columnist and blogger. Email Facebook: Twitter: jecausey


John Mugabi vs. Terry Norris KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR

I am going back to see Terry Norris fights because Abel Sanchez was his trainer... same as GGG Golovkin now...

1990-03-31 : Terry Norris 153¾ lbs beat John Mugabi 154 lbs by KO at 2:47 in round 1 of 12
Location: Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida, USA
Referee: Eddie Eckert
Judge: Ladislao Sanchez
Judge: Angel Luis Guzman
Judge: Alberto Perez
World Boxing Council Super Welterweight Title (1st defense by Mugabi)Norris was ranked #5 by the WBC at 154 pounds.
This was the first world title fight staged in Tampa since light heavyweight champion Bob Foster defeated Ray Anderson in 1971.
wobbled Mugabi with a left hook 45 seconds into the fight. Norris
followed up with a series of punches and Mugabi went down. He staggered
to his feet and was able to weather Norris' attack for the next minute
and a half. As the round neared its end, Norris put Mugabi down for the
count with a right to the chin.
The fight was named The Ring Knockout of the Year.

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1991-06-01 WBC light middleweight title 
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Friday, October 28, 2016

Errol Spence Jr., the rising star

Errol Spence Makes Sense   
Errol Spence Jr., the rising star from Desoto, Texas, knocked out veteran Leonard Bundu at 2:06 of the sixth round…

Terry Norris vs Donald Curry


1991-06-01 WBC light middleweight title 
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Dylan and Pacquiao: The day the Nobel Prize winner met the noble prize fighter

                               Dylan and Pacquiao: The day the Nobel Prize winner met the noble prize fighter

Bob Dylan Meets Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao, the first-term senator from the Philippines and legendary eight-division boxing champion, has not yet won a Nobel Prize.

And Bob Dylan, the legendary songwriter and newest winner of the Nobel Prize, has never knocked anybody out in the ring as far as we know.
Nonetheless, the two men are fans of each other, and Dylan apparently is a big fan of the sport that made Pacquiao famous. In fact, Dylan showed up at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif., a few years ago as Pacquiao trained for his second fight against Timothy Bradley.

Dylan sat on a weight bench for nearly an hour and watched Pacquiao spar.

According to Pacquiao’s publicist and spokesman Fred Sternburg, who witnessed the meeting of the fighter and songwriter, Dylan has been boxing as a form of exercise for many years.

“I was told that he used to work with Bruce ‘The Mouse’*  Strauss,” Sternburg told Rolling Stone magazine at the time. “He’s a huge boxing fan from what I hear.”

Sternburg said it was like “seeing one of the apostles” when he was introduced to Dylan and a friend, who showed up after calling ahead first.

“I’ve never seen the place take an aura like this, and I’ve been going to that gym for a long time,” Sternburg recalled by phone Friday. “It’s not that I’m a huge fan but just the influence he’s had on generations — forget my generation, many generations. This guy speaks for a lot of people, and for an era. I was in awe. he’s an icon, obviously.”

When Pacquiao came in to the gym, Sternburg told him Bob Dylan was there to watch him and they were introduced. Later as Pacquiao was in the dressing room getting his hands wrapped, he told Sternburg, “I can’t believe Bob Dylan is here!

“So we go out and take some photos, and there’s just this aura about the guy, without him even doing anything. We couldn’t hear everything he said because he speaks so low, but you could tell he’s just a boxing fan.”

Sternburg said that Dylan, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this week, 31 months after the meeting, was very accommodating that day.
“Before and after the sparring, Dylan posed for pictures with anyone that asked and signed autographs,” Sternburg said. “Some of the other fighters took selfies with him. He accommodated everybody and smiled the whole time.
“I think he just liked being in the element of the gym with these guys who were happy to be with him but were not slobbering all over him.”
Pacquiao later tweeted, “After Bob Dylan watched me train today, Freddie Roach said, ‘I think a hard rain’s a-gonna fall on Timothy Bradley.’ ”
Which, of course, happened in a pugilistic sense when Pacquiao defeated Bradley by unanimous decision on April 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand to avenge his controversial loss two years earlier.
Dylan has written at least two songs about boxing. In 1963 he penned Who Killed Davey Moore?, a song about a boxer (there were two fighters named Davey Moore in the 20th century, both of whom died young) who lost his featherweight title when he was brutally knocked out by Sugar Ramos in 1963. Moore died four days later from whiplash after hitting the bottom rope of the ring as he went down.
In 1975, Dylan wrote Hurricane, one of his biggest hits, about the plight of boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who Dylan believed was wrongly imprisoned for a triple murder in New Jersey and spent 19 years behind bars.
Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene wrote that during a 2008 tour stop in Mexico City, Dylan stopped by a boxing gym there and impressed trainer Rodolfo Rodriguez, who didn’t recognize Dylan, then around 67. But Rodriguez told the newspaper El Universal that “Dylan boxed with all his friends and he did well; you can tell he’s practiced for awhile because he landed some good shots and brought his own professional (equipment). He knows what pugilism is and enjoys it.”
So maybe Dylan has knocked somebody out in the ring after all during his spectacular music career, which has spanned more than 50 years.
Apparently Dylan himself got knocked down at least once — by a woman.
In his 2014 article, Greene revealed a 2000 conversation with Interview magazine in which actress Gina Gershon said she sparred with Dylan during the filming of her 1996 movie Bound.
“One time he gave me a little jab in the face, and since I’d told him not to do that, of course I went insane and hit him really hard,” Gershon said. “He did go down, and I almost started to cry, thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m the jerk who broke Bob Dylan’s jaw.’ “
Dylan, however, assured her that he was uninjured and told her, “I need a good woman to kick my ass every now and then.”
“He’s a real boxer,” Gershon said. “We have the same trainer in Los Angeles.”
Pacquiao, 37, the first-term senator in the Philippines who returns to the ring in a pay-per-view battle on Nov. 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, is currently training with Roach in his home country.
Dylan is scheduled to perform in Roanoke, Va., that night on his current U.S. tour, so he obviously won’t be attending the fight.
But the Nobel Prize winner and the noble prize fighter will be doing their thing nearly 3,000 miles apart. And somewhere, a hard rain’s-a gonna fall. 

(Photo of Dylan and Pacquiao by Chris Farina)


*Bruce ‘The Mouse’ Strauss, was Boxing';s greatest Canvas Back... he even took a dive on the under card to a Gord Racette Nanaimo, B.C.

Bruce 'The Mouse' Strauss is an actor, known for The Mouse (1996), Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) and Late Night with David Letterman (1982).

Bruce Strauss is a retired boxer who is more known for his losses than for his wins. His nickname is The Mouse or simply Mouse. Wikipedia

*Bruce Strauss

55 KOs
28 KOs

last 6 L by KO

Bruce "the Mouse" Strauss is proud to hold the unofficial record for getting knocked out in boxing rings on every continent except Antarctica. He is a lousy boxer; but he knows it, and is happy to amuse audiences.


Movie about "the mouse"

Director: Daniel Adams

Writer: Daniel Adams

Dave Letterman: Bruce "The Mouse" Strauss [1986]

This is one of THE greatest interviews on Late Night with David Letterman of all-time. Professional opponent Bruce "The Mouse" Strauss discusses his illustrious boxing career with Dave.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Muhammad Ali Action Art

Photo: Don’t count the days; make the days count.
~ Muhammad Ali

(Painting by: Stephen Holland)

Don’t count the days; make the days count.
~ Muhammad Ali

(Painting by: Stephen Holland)

Heavyweight champion Jack Johnson squaring off with robot called "Boilerplate" at a 1910 training camp

A photo of heavyweight champion Jack Johnson squaring off with robot called "Boilerplate" at a 1910 training camp


Boxing And The Mafia History Crime Documentary

is a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength,
speed, reflexes, endurance and will, by throwing punches at each other,
usually with gloved hands. Historically, the goals have been to weaken
and knock down the opponent.

Amateur boxing is both an Olympic
and Commonwealth sport and is a common fixture in most international
games—it also has its own World Championships. Boxing is supervised by a
referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds.
The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue
by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing
in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges'
scorecards at the end of the contest. In the event that both fighters
gain equal scores from the judges, the fight is considered a draw.

people have fought in hand-to-hand combat since before the dawn of
history, the origin of boxing as an organized sport may be its
acceptance by the ancient Greeks as an Olympic game in BC 688. Boxing
evolved from 16th- and 18th-century prizefights, largely in Great
Britain, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century,
again initially in Great Britain and later in the United States.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Terry Sawchuk - The face of a hockey goalie before masks became standard game equipment, 1966

 Terry Sawchuk - The face of a hockey goalie before masks became standard game equipment, 1966

Traumatic Brain Injury - ESPN Outside the Lines

Uploaded on Jul 11, 2009
Brain Injury is now being recognized as a causative factor for
accelerated hormonal deficiencies. This can cause Psychological,
Physiological, and Physical manifestations like; depression, anxiety,
mood swings, memory loss, inability to concentrate, learning
disabilities, sleep deprivation, increased risk for heart attacks,
strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, loss of libido, menstrual
irregularities, pre-mature menopause, obesity, loss of lean body mass,
muscular weakness, and a number of other medically documented problems.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ali and White Dove


Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott

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Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott (1st meeting). Sept. 23, 1952. Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Language comments English.

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Ali much bigger than Rocky

The Very Best Of - (Rocky Marciano)

The Very Best Of - (Rocky Marciano)

Very Best Of Rocky Marciano - Highlights, The Undefeated Heavy Weight
Champion Of The World - 49-0 - A true Champ, Watch This Fight After
Fight, Including His World title Fight, And His press conference Saying
He was retiring and why

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mairis Briedis v Simon Vallily

Fight Date: 15-10-2016
Briedis made the fight look easy... solid boxing fundamentals shown by the Latvian fighter.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Aaron Pryor dies aged 60

Aaron Pryor, boxing great who thrilled fans with relentless style, dies aged 60

  • Pryor died at home in Cincinnati after long battle with heart disease
  • Two fights with Alexis Arguello in the early 1980s are still talked about

  • Aaron Pryor throws a hard right on Alexis Arguello during the second round of boxing action at the Orange Bowl in Miami on 12 November 1982. Photograph: Anonymous/AP

    Associated Press

    Sunday 9 October 2016

    Aaron Pryor, the relentless junior welterweight who fought two memorable bouts with Alexis Arguello, has died. He was 60.

    Pryor’s family issued a statement saying the boxer died at his home in Cincinnati after a long battle with heart disease.

    Known as “the Hawk”, Pryor was a crowd favorite who fought with a frenetic style, rarely if ever taking a step backward. His fights in the early 1980s with Arguello, the great Nicaraguan champion, were both classics that are still talked about in boxing circles.

    But Pryor was a troubled champion, and his career would unravel because of an addiction to cocaine.

    “He was very unorthodox and could throw punches from all kinds of angles with great hand speed,” said former Associated Press boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr. “He was a great fighter, it’s too bad he didn’t have more fights.”

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Aaron Pryor vs Alexis Arguello I - Nov 12, 1982 - Entire fight - Rounds ...

Aaron Pryor vs Alexis Arguello I
Aaron Pryor defends his WBA
Light Welterweight Championship of the World against Alexis Arguello.
The fight had been given alot of media attention and was considered a
sure Fight of the Year winner. The fight didn't disappoint, but it
didn't get Fight of the Year, however it got ranked #8 in the 100
Greatest Fights of all time by Ring Magazine in 1996. The fight also had
some controversy, as 'Panama' Lewis, the trainer of Pryor requested a
specific bottle of which Pryor was to drink from; 'The one that I
mixed'. The fight ended in the next round, and no urin test was
administered by the Miami Boxing Commision after the bout. Because of
this, they had a rematch 10 months later.
Their records at the time
Aaron Pryor: 31-0
Alexis Arguello: 77-5

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Fight Game: Tricks of the Trade with Bernard Hopkins

Bernard Hopkins discusses ring generalship and counterpunching on two of the sport’s biggest stars, Golovkin and Canelo.

It's HBO.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Why helmets don't prevent concussions -- and what might | David Camarillo

Published on Sep 29, 2016
is a concussion? Probably not what you think it is. In this talk from
the cutting edge of research, bioengineer (and former football player)
David Camarillo shows what really happens during a concussion — and why
standard sports helmets don't prevent it. Here's what the future of
concussion prevention looks like.

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