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Pug of Ages "Weep for me" By Adeyinka MakindeThe saga of modern boxing, the sport of sanitised brutality continues into a new century. This in itself is something of an achievement, for many powerful interests have over the preceding decades taken the view that the existence of the sport, is inherently antithetical to the values held sacred within a functioning civilised society and still agitate for it's obliteration. The industry is thus forced time and again to justify itself, to revalidate and to campaign for its perpetuation. In every succeeding era, boxing, to borrow an overused phrase appears always to be on the ropes, absorbing each body blow tossed its way and suffering from a self inflicted cancer of corruption and fighter exploitation.
Rekindle Old Rivalry By JD VenaThere are many additives within the sport that make boxing an intriguing game to follow. No, I'm talking about round card girls, which don't get me wrong are great, particularly the twins featured at the Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet. I'm referring to rivalries, more specifically, the heated ones. Like in most any other sport, a rivalry is what adds a little flavor to a match-up. I shouldn't even have to get into why you might have looked forward to seeing Cam Neeley step onto the ice with Claude LeMieux and I sure as hell better not have to explain why the Ali-Frazier series (between the dads of course) was so memorable, other than what took place between them in the squared circle.
Tale of the Gator By Mike FitzgeraldOf all my children Craig cried the least if at all. We did not have room for crybabies in our household. I remember one time I came home and there was blood everywhere. I didn't know what happened. I followed the trail of blood and it led to Craig. He was about seven at the time.
On Greatness By Adeyinka MakindeRight from the time of its making, the Bernard Hopkins-Felix Trinidad match up promised the victor a reward which would transcend the 'secondary issues' of multi-belt holder and financial remuneration. The writing and talking both between and within the lines pointed to a coronation of sorts; the anointing and appointing of the 'one left standing' as a bonafide great of the contemporary game and most likely a place among the standouts of the different era's. Indeed, the creation of the Sugar Ray Robinson Trophy in honour of the man many critics rank as the interdivisional champion of all time; or colloquially, as pound-for-pound, the most complete boxer
Frankie DePaula: In Memorium By Adeyinka MakindeWithin the lexicography of Italian-American fighting legends are illustrious figures like Willie Pep, Jake LaMotta, Rocky Marciano, Carmen Basilio, Rocky Graziano, and Joey Giardello; all at one time or another champions of their respective weight divisions during the Twentieth Century. One name, which sadly will forever be missing from this exalted club, is that of Frankie DePaula, a New Jersey born brawling sensation of the 1960’s. That DePaula has become known as a ‘nearly man’ and ‘also ran’ if not outright forgotten in the bowels of boxing historiography is not surprising but nevertheless is lamentably nothing short of a tragedy.
Courage under fire Part 2 By Jim CawkwellAnyone who has seen the Marco Antonio Barrera-Prince Naseem Hamed fight or is familiar with my previous article covering it will be well aware of the rather bleak situation Naseem Hamed appears to be in today regarding his reputation and stature in world boxing. After all it is almost six months since the fight itself and we have nothing but rumours of his intentions, a statement regarding a press conference that has yet to materialise and an enduring memory of him describing how his first and only professional defeat must be the will of Allah.
Anatomy of a Grudge Fight By Adeyinka MakindeThe recent conflagration between heavyweight champion, Hasim Rahman and his challenger Lennox Lewis may be given two differing interpretations. The first is to submit that both men have acted in a disgraceful manner unbefitting of world class sportsmen and should be chastised for bringing the game into disrepute, while the alternative view is to rejoice at the demystification of Lewis's reputation as the rather passionless prince of cool and celebrate the introduction of the element of personal animosity
Patriotism and Boxing By Adeyinka MakindeThe passions evoked by the flag throwing shenanigans at the press conferences involving Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad are of course not new to boxing as indeed it is not unfamiliar with the whole concept of sporting competition. In patriotism we find mankind laden with a highly charged and combustible smorgasbord of elemental emotions encompassing love and hatred (love for your kind and hatred for his opponent) as well as hope and fear (visions of glory should your man win entwined with a doomsday - like foreboding should he lose).
Courage under fire By Jim Cawkwell"Prince Naseem Hamed has been beaten!" Though it was hardly conceivable before the fight it was now a painful reality for Hamed as Marco Antonio Barrera sat above the huge crowd at the MGM Grand basking in the adulation that his performance warranted. Life is a series of moments and this one must have been as sweet as any experienced by Barrera in his career.
The Forgotten Trainer of Ray Robinson By Harry WileyFirst of all I would like to thank Saddo and his terrific site, for making this possible. My dad was Harry Wiley the trainer of Sugar Ray Robinson . He was born 10/23/07 in New York City. After graduating from Dwitt Clinton in Manhattan he decided to have a go at boxing. He started well and won his first seven fights, then "disaster"
Everybody has a Price By Jim CawkwellThe moment referee Daniel Van de Wiele counted ten over the fallen form of the now former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis the world of heavyweight boxing was ripped wide open. Lewis did not have the conditioning to rise from the savage right hand that a moment earlier had found it's way flush on to his jaw.