Boxing History

Ted “Kid” Lewis – The Greatest Boxer From Great Britain

by Armando Paz Perhaps second only to Jimmy Wilde, Ted “Kid” Lewis (192-32-14 79 KO’s) would be the greatest boxer that Great Britain would ever produce. Noted heavyweight champion and boxing historian Mike Tyson would exclaim, “Lewis would win bouts …



Defining Greatness: Giulio Rinaldi and The Last Hoorah of Archie Moore

By Geoff Booth You’re probably asking yourself who is Giulio Rinaldi? Is he any good? How come he’s never mentioned in any boxing discussions with Archie Moore? I have the answer to all three of those questions. But first, let’s …



Primetime Boxing on Network TV? A Brief Examination – Part 1

by Charles Jay Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy was beaming after his company’s appearance on CBS, and justifiably so, because the Leo Santa Cruz-Alberto Guevara fight drew a respectable 1.3 rating and appears to have opened the door for other …



Jackie Kallen: Michael Dokes Passes Away, Another Boxing Loss

By Jackie Kallen It has been a bad year so far for boxing deaths. LeRoy Neiman, Bert Sugar, Bill Miller, and now former heavyweight champ Michael Dokes. “Dynamite” Dokes lost his battle to liver cancer after a noble, but futile …



Jackie Kallen: Bill Miller: Another great loss in boxing

By Jackie Kallen Where would I be without Bill “Pops” Miller? He single-handedly changed my life when he agreed to come on board and train my young middleweight James Toney back in 1989. He was training at the legendary Kronk …



Jackie Kallen: Farewell to LeRoy Nieman

By Jackie Kallen I am so sad to hear that my dear friend LeRoy Nieman has passed away at 91 years old. He was an iconic figure in the sports world as well as the art world. For decades he …



Farewell To A Champion: Antonio Margarito Retires

By Scoop Malinowski A great champion from this era has decided to retire. Antonio Margarito, the former WBO/WBA/IBF Welterweight champion has exited boxing after an illustrious and infamous 18-year career. Photo: Chris Farina/ Top Rank Born in 1978, Margarito turned …



Pennsylvania Supreme Court a Key Culprit in Live Entombment of Ex-Philly Lightweight Anthony Fletcher

By Ivan G. Goldman On June 9, 2004 an appellate judge in Pennsylvania ordered a new trial for ex-Philadelphia lightweight and death row inmate Anthony Fletcher. The judge noticed that an artfully suppressed autopsy report proved Fletcher was wrongfully convicted …



Johnny Tapia versus Danny Romero — What a Night!

By Ivan G. Goldman One of my favorite boxing stories grew out of the storied July 18, 1997 clash between Albuquerque natives Johnny Tapia and Danny Romero at the basketball stadium of the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus. The …



Johnny Tapia, Age 45, Scores Draw against the Devil

By Ivan G. Goldman Johnny Tapia, found dead in his Albuquerque home Sunday night of unknown causes, led a tortured, brave life that ended in a draw against the devil. They went 45 rounds that lasted a year each, and …



Jackie Kallen on Boxing: Remembering Angelo Dundee

By Jackie Kallen I am writing this with a very heavy heart. The boxing world has lost a true legend and I have lost a dear friend. Angelo Dundee was more like an uncle to me than a mere business …



No Mo Joe – A Poem for Joe Frazier

By Jim Gustafson No mo joe November 8,2011 At about six AM, I picked up the paper By the street where the drive way opens to the city. It laid Curled up in a cheap plastic sack to keep it …



Smokin’ Joe Frazier – A Perspective

by Charles Jay I don’t know that it’s such a natural thing to wax poetic about Joe Frazier, because he wasn’t that kind of fighter, or that kind of figure outside of the ropes. His was a story of true …



Joe Frazier: Remembering Smokin’ Joe’s 10 Greatest Moments

by Hans Olson In honor of Joe Frazier…here is a collection of the greatest moments from Smokin’ Joe… 1. The Fight of the Century It will forever live as the most anticipated fight of all time. On March 8 1971, …



The Mount Rushmore Of Boxing – Honoring The Most Important Figures

By Barry Lindenman Recently, I started thinking of the most important figures of the boxing world of the past century. More importantly though than coming up with this list is how to honor these historic individuals. When you hear the …



Scoring the “ROCKY” Rounds

By Barry Lindenman It’s the classic: the boxing movie by which all other boxing movies are measured against. Surprisingly, after all the times I’ve watched “ROCKY”, albeit as a fan, I’ve never watched the movie and scored the rounds, as …



Champs And the Chiefs: Heavyweight Champions & Presidents of the United States

A Historical Perspective About the Heavyweight Boxing Champions and The Presidents of the United States By Barry Lindenman The heavyweight championship of the world: ideally, the most respected, most revered single athletic accomplishment; the ultimate sports achievement. The President of …



‘The Donald’ Plays His Trump Card for Spinks vs Cooney

By Charles Jay Donald Trump may have been a key factor in the demise of the United States Football League, by leading the charge for a switch from the spring/summer to the fall, but there was another sport where he …



Henry Cooper Was Legitimate Legend Of British Ring

By Charles Jay Henry Cooper, who died last week just shy of his 77th birthday, was a hell of a credible heavyweight from the United Kingdom who really captured the imagination of the British public, to the point where he …



Did Jack Dempsey Really Consider AC Mayor To Become His Manager?

By Charles Jay Edward L. Bader was the mayor of Atlantic City during a critical time in the city’s history. Under his stewardship (well, along with Nucky Johnson, something we learned from “Boardwalk Empire”), he got the Convention Hall built, …



Atlantic City Mobilizes To Get Into Big-Time Boxing in 1921

By Charles Jay The impact of the 1921 Jack Dempsey-Georges Carpentier fight in Jersey City was not lost on anyone in Atlantic City. Aside from the economic benefits to the area, there was a certain cachet that the fight could …



Tribute Biofile Gil Clancy 1922-2011

By Scoop Malinowski (Note: This Biofile Classic interview was conducted at Madison Square Garden in 1997.) Status: Hall of Fame manager, trainer and TV commentator. DOB: May 30, 1922  In: Rockaway Beach, N.Y. Childhood Heroes:  ”Van Lingo Mungo, Joe Strip, …



Jack Dempsey – Carpentier Fight Almost Wound Up In Atlantic City

By Charles Jay In 1921 Jack Dempsey was the king of the hill among fighters and Tex Rickard had the same designation among promoters. Any fight that included the Manassa Mauler was going to be a major spectacle, and his …



Interview: Kevin McBride Remembers The Night He Beat Mike Tyson

By Scoop Malinowski June 11, 2005…most boxing fans will remember this night as the end of Mike Tyson’s boxing career, as he was defeated by Kevin McBride by TKO 6 in Washington DC at the MCI Center. It was an …



Larry Holmes Kicked Off Heavyweight Title Action in AC in 1983

Believe it or not, the first heavyweight championship fight in Atlantic City did not take place until September of 1983, when Larry Holmes, who held the WBC version of the title and had just come off a tougher-than-expected defense against …



Doctor Tried To Put Damper on Ali-Frazier Fight

After fifteen rounds of brutal, spectacular action, the general consensus about the first fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier among ringsiders was that it was one of the greatest fights they had ever seen, and certainly one that did …



ALI-Frazier Statue May Indeed Be In Order

A friend told me recently that the Miguel Cotto-Zab Judah fight drew the largest crowd in the history of Madison Square Garden. Well, I don’t know, but all I could think of is that they must have added a lot …



Rubin “Hurricane” Carter – The Boxer

Many people are familiar with the saga of Rubin Carter. Tried not once but twice (and convicted) for the murders of three people at the Lafayette Bar & Grill in Paterson, NJ in 1966, Carter spent nearly two decades in …



Classic Biofile with Jack Dempsey

 Note: This Biofile about Jack Dempsey was conducted on April 15, 1997 with Jack Dempsey’s wife Deanna Dempsey at her Manhattan apartment.  Status:  Former World Heavyweight champion 1919-1926. DOB: June 24, 1895  In:  Manassa, Colorado Childhood Hero:  “John L. Sullivan.” Nicknames:  Kid …



Classic Biofile Willie Pep 1922-2006

Status: Boxing Hall of Famer. Former World Featherweight champion. His ring record was 229-11-1 (65 KO’s). Birthplace: Middletown, CT Boxing Inspirations: “Lou Ambers, Joe Louis, Tony Canzoneri, Rocky Marciano – we were born in the same month in the same …



The Aaron Pryor Interview

The former Light Welterweight champion and 1996 International Hall of Fame inductee Aaron Pryor discusses his career, the highs, the lows and a whole lot more. Now 54, Pryor resides in Cincinnati with his wife Frankie and currently trains his …



Buster Douglas Recalls The Night He KO’ed Mike Tyson

40-1 underdog James “Buster” Douglas became a worldwide household name on February 11, 1990 – the night he shocked just about everyone by knocking out the seemingly unbeatable “Iron” Mike Tyson in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight championship. …



My Last Interview with Vernon Forrest

Maybe boxing really is dying. It’s been a nightmare of a month for the sport which has seen three modern greats all pass away under tragic circumstances – Alexis Arguello, Arturo Gatti and now Vernon Forrest, as well as a …



Talkin’ Boxing with Chuck Wepner

Former world heavyweight title challenger and good friend to BoxingInsider.com Chuck Wepner took time out to talk some pugilism. The living legend from Bayonne, N.J. who gave Muhammad Ali some “Rocky” moments in 1975 as well as Sylvester Stallone plenty …



The Catastrophist: The Troubled World of Don Jordan

“Chaos” is the only suitable word to describe the career of Don Jordan. Fifty years after he first won the welterweight title, Jordan remains a mystery without a solution. Not only did Jordan bewilder spectators with his desultory performances, he …



Talkin’ Boxing with Michael Spinks

This man did it all in boxing – he was an amateur champion in Golden Gloves, AAU, the 1976 Olympics. As a pro Michael Spinks



Talkin’ Boxing with Larry Holmes

A kinder, gentler all-time great heavyweight champion Larry Holmes discusses a wide range of topics including, what he thinks could restore life in



Facing Duran: Mamby and Barkley Recall Their Battles With The Legend

Iran Barkley and Saoul Mamby both boxed Roberto Duran and shared some fascinating memories and insights on what it was like to duel against the Panamanian legend. Saoul Mamby boxed Duran on May 4, 1976 in Miami Beach, FL in …



Memory Lane: Ali’s Cruelty To Frazier

By Scoop Malinowski Muhammad Ali is universally loved and revered as a boxing champion, social activist and leader of the black community but his particular treatment of Joe Frazier left a lot to be desired in the compassion and sportsmanship …



Memorable Long Counts In Boxing

By Joel Lipsitt In some important contests a boxer has, for one reason or another, been allowed more than ten seconds to rise after he has been knocked down. The most famous of these so-called “long counts” was that which …



Did Leonard Rope-a-Dope Hagler?

By Scoop Malinowski Pre-fight psychological warfare might have played a major part in determining the outcome of Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1987. You be the judge… “Marvin called off the remainder of the press tour (after …



Pat Valentino: “A Second Life”

By Carlos Acevedo Pat Valentino, heavyweight contender of the 1940s, was famous both for his savagery in the ring and, incongruously, for his chic hairstyle, which he often jokingly compared to that of Samson. He won the California State Heavyweight …



Nasty, Brutish, Short: Al Palzer & The White Hopes

By Carlos Acevedo On May 26, 1911, the first White Hope tournament, a motley assortment of eleven barnyard scrappers and dockwallopers, was held at the National Sporting Club in New York City. How such a tournament could be staged with …



Where Are They Now? Eddie Mustafa Muhammad

ecently I spoke with former WBA Light Heavyweight Champ, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Born Eddie Gregory



Was Ali the Greatest Heavyweight?

My thoughts on Ali in place in boxing’s history. Tom Donelson Ali the Greatest? There is nothing like a debating who was the greatest heavyweight to set boxing historians in a frenzy. We all have our opinion based on certain …



“Sellout Moe” Fleischer Now Octogenarian

In 1965, at an age when most people come to Miami Beach to retire, Moe Fleischer came from New York to work. Sixteen years later he shows no sign of slowing up as he logs



Where Are They Now: Brian London

Recently I spoke to England’s Brian London. London had a stellar amateur career and also fought twice for the World’s Heavyweight Title, against Floyd Patterson in 1959



Where Are They Now: Greg Haugen

By Shawn M. Murphy Recently I spoke with former Lightweight and Light Welterweight champ Greg Haugen. Haugen turned pro in 1982 and with an 18-0 record, received a title shot against Jimmy Paul in 1986. Haugen decisioned Paul to become …



Memory Lane: Leonard vs. Hearns

Memory Lane: Leonard vs. Hearns I “Showdown”, Wednesday September 16, 1981 “Fight of the Decade” Thomas “Hitman” Hearns WBA Welterweight champion Detroit, Michigan 6-1, 145 lbs. 32-0 (30 KO’s) DOB: October 18, 1958 in Memphis, TN Sugar Ray Leonard WBC …



CALZAGHE-HOPKINS: A historical perspective

By Charles Jay Put this story in a time capsule. I don’t know how they’ll be writing about this fight fifty years from now, when it will be reduced to a couple of lines in a record book (okay, and …



Fritzie Zivic – A Real Pro

By Angelo Prospero Jr. They didn’t come any smarter, cuter or craftier in the ring than Fritzie Zivic. Born May 8, 1913 in Pittsburgh, this Croatian-American came from a fighting family. Four brothers were also professional fighters. Fritzie Zivic was …



About light heavies who go heavy

By Don Buchan It has been said by some “in the know” that Floyd Patterson could have remained a light heavyweight and gone down in history as one of the greatest, but he entered the unlimited ranks because, as Willie …



Henry Armstrong, one of the greatest fighters ever

Henry Armstrong, one of the greatest fighters ever By Tom Donelson Between 1937 and 1938, Henry Armstrong was the greatest fighter ever. He won 27 fights in 1937 with 26 KO’s and then won 14 more fights in 1938 with …



Rocky Graziano: Remembering Da Rock

Rocky Graziano: Remembering Da Rock by Robert Ecksel TheSweetScience.com Former middleweight champion Rocky Graziano personified Nu Yawk. He was born Thomas Rocca Barbella in a Rivington Street tenement in 1922 and came of age on the Lower East Side. Rocky …



Charley Burley: Great Fighter No One Knows

By Tom Donaldson (This is another excerpt of my upcoming book, “Boxing in the Shadow” and details the career of Charlie Burley one of boxing great fighters.) A friend of mine mentioned to me that when discussing the great fighters, …



The Story of Three Men (Max, Joe, and Gerry)

By Tom Donelson There are times in which good men find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Max Schmeling, Joe Frazier and Gerry Cooney were three good men who found themselves playing boxing villains. In 1936, Max …



J. Woody – A Fine Prospect In The Mid 60’s

By Jim Amato Although he ended his career losing almost as many bouts as he won. At one time in the mid-60′s heavyweight James J. Woody was considered a fine prospect. He was a southpaw from the Bronx who had …



Ali’s Place in Boxing History: Comparison

How would Ali Rate? By Tom Donelson How would Ali fare against other Great Heavyweights? This is one question that sends boxing fans into a tether. Many of the older pundits don’t rate Ali as high as younger pundits. My …



Joey Orbillo: Rough and Tough In the 60’s

By Jim Amato During the 60′s and the early 1970′s the state of California produced several world class heavyweights. Talented and capable boxers like Eddie Machen, Jerry Quarry, Henry Clark, Thad Spencer, Bill McMurray, Mac Foster and Kenny Norton. The …



Joe Louis as Civil Rights Pioneer

By Tom Donelson Name the athlete who was most significant in the area of Civil Rights? The question, the answer you will receive most likely is Jackie Robinson. There is no doubt of Jackie Robinson contribution in breaking down the …



Alfredo Escalera – A Champion Forgotten

By Jim Amato He turned professional in 1970, fighting in the clubs of New England, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. In his eighth pro contest he was trading shots with a fella named Edwin Viruet. He suffered his first …



Archie Moore – Possibly the greatest LHW Ever

By Jim Amato He was possibly the greatest light heavyweight of all time, The wily “Old Mongoose” Archie Moore. The man who scored 140 knockouts in a career that spanned from 1936 to 1963 never lost his crown in the …



Larry Holmes – The Champ Speaks

Charles Jay has a chat with the “Easton Assassin” “Though he may have never gained the kind of universal admiration he deserved for his monumental ring exploits, there is no question that LARRY HOLMES will go down in history in …



Lindbergh’s Flight: A Boston Connection

By Professor Laurence F. McNamee Students of aesthetics are continually amazed how great events in history seem to run in parallel. Two great events in disparate fields can take place on the same day and eventually converge and intertwine. Take …



Tex Rickard – The most dynamic fight promoter in history

By Phillip I. Earl Of all the men who raised a stake and got a start in Nevada none was quite the equal of George Lewis “Tex” Rickard. A teenage cowboy from Texas who moved on to fame and fortune …



Lou Ambers – The Herkimer Hurricane

By Pat McElligot Luigi D’Ambrosio was born on November 8, 1913 in Herkimer, NY. Herkimer is a small town, with little in the way of recreation for its young people. So, being born into a large family, including five brothers, …



Owens & Walker: A Promoter’s Nightmare

By Robert Carson Bill Owens and Al Walker won’t go down in the Boxing Hall of Fame, but in the late 1920′s these two black gladiators were cutting quite a swath through the heavyweight ranks. Owens, who was known variously …



When Langford whipped (?) Jack Johnson

By Don Buchan In the middle forties when I knew Jack Johnson, we had a bit of fun. I used to rib him a little and once I told him I understood Sam Langford beat him. Jack went to his …



The Comeback Itch

By Joel Lipsitt Many well-known fighters have changed their minds after retirement and decided to try and make a comeback in the ring. Most of these have failed dismally. Some have met with moderate success, but very few have been …



Men of Iron: Paulino Uzcudun

The “Basque Woodchopper” began fighting professionally in Spanish rings in 1923 and quickly mauled his way into the first division of European heavies with wins over Pail Journee, Marcel Niles, Arthur Townley, Jack Humbeck, Phil Scott and Ermino Spalla. His …



TALES ABOUT LIGHTWEIGHTS Part One — The Greatest?

By Angelo Prospero Jr. The most revered of all the lightweight champions was Benny Leonard, born Benjamin Leiner, and known as “The Ghetto Jewel.” He held the lightweight championship majestically during the Golden age of Sports in the 1920s and …



TALES ABOUT LIGHTWEIGHTS Part Two – Eye-Talians and Eye-Poppers

TALES ABOUT LIGHTWEIGHTS Part Two — Eye-Talians and Eye-Poppers By Angelo Prospero Jr. Frankie Ryff and Orlando Zulueta put on a furious fight that won “Fight of the Year” honors in 1954. Ryff came on fast in the closing rounds …



TALES ABOUT LIGHTWEIGHTS Part Three — Sometimes the end is rough

By Angelo Prospero Jr. Wallace “Bud” Smith was one of a handful of lightweights who died tragically. Others were Bummy Davis, Orlando Zueleta and Teo Cruz. Smith died in a shooting when he tried to break up a fight. He …



Forgotten Classic: Liston vs. Martin

By Scoop Malinowski It’s the end of the line for Sonny Liston, he’s 37 and taking on Leotis Martin in Las Vegas on December 6, 1969. Liston is hoping for one last title shot – Jimmy Ellis currently holds the …



The Great Prize Fight

By Michael J. Brodhead After the great days of the Comstock discoveries and before the early twentieth-century mineral strikes in the Tonopah-Goldfield area, Nevada experienced several years of severe economic decline. Nevadans considered a multitude a schemes to attract population …



Jock Malone – The Boston Fighter Who Kept His Promise

By George D. Blair THE MAN FROM MINNESOTA It is doubtful if any community of comparable area and population anywhere in the world the size of St. Paul in the late teens and early twenties ever produced so many outstanding …



Claude Rentfro: The Kansas Battler

By Robert Carson He used to attend all the fights in and around the Kansas City area. A familiar figure with two cauliflower ears, and a nose bent from the ring wars, Claude Rentfro probably knew as much about prize …



Boxing Champions without Ammunition

By George D. Blair The former champ lunged at his young opponent. He threw a looping right which once had been straight as an arrow and just as true as a hit on a center target. He near-stumbled as he …



THE GYM: The Real Story of Boxing PART 1

By Murray Gaby (Note: This is part one of a two-part story that was originally published in 1980) Take a look at the boxing gyms in this country and you notice a remarkable similarity. One gets the impression of an …



THE GYM: The Real Story of Boxing PART 2

By Murray Gaby (Note: This is part two of a two-part story that was originally published in 1980) Heir apparent to Stillman’s a as the world’s most famous gym is the Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach. Operated by Chris …



The Great Eddie Futch – A Place In Boxing History

By Tom Donelson The most important prizefight in boxing’s history would take place on Boxing’s biggest stage – Madison Square Garden. It was Ali-Frazier I and in Frazier’s corner was a diminutive man, whose strategy would prove decisive. The man …



Jimmy Slattery – Tons of Talent, Short on Will

immy Slattery – Tons of Talent, Short on Will By Angelo Prospero Jr. As a youngster, I often heard my dad expounding the abilities of Jimmy Slattery, Buffalo’s outstanding light heavyweight of the 1920′s. Many times my dad told how …



A Promoter’s Nightmare

By Robert Carson Bill Owens and Al Walker won’t go down in the Boxing Hall of Fame, but in the late 1920′s these two black gladiators were cutting quite a swath through the heavyweight ranks. Owens, who was known variously …



Men of Iron: George Chuvalo

By L.L. Roberts The bull-necked Croatian-Canadian from Toronto’s rough waterfront district was possibly the toughest of all iron men and at his peak was likely the best Caucasian boxer fighting in the sixties and early seventies. But boxing as a …



Men of Iron: Tom Sharkey

By L.L. Roberts Tom Sharkey was born and raised in Ireland of the 1880′s. Already a hard lad, a stint in the U.S. Navy toughened him still further, and prepared him for the prize ring, an even more brutal career …



Hart vs Root: The Heavyweight Title Fight That Time Forgot

By Guy Louis Rocha and Eric N. Moody MARVIN HART VS. JACK ROOT A century ago, Reno, Nevada had the distinction of hosting a world’s championship boxing contest – the town’s first – or so it has been claimed. Not …



MARVIN HART VS. JACK ROOT (part 2)

By Guy Louis Rocha and Eric N. Moody The Heavyweight Championship Fight That Time Forgot The main problem confronting Egan and Livingston was how to get the rest of the fight world to acknowledge the Hart-Root contest as a world …



Hart vs Root: Judgment Day (part 3)

By Guy Louis Rocha and Eric N. Moody Judgment day, July 3, arrived like a blast from a steel furnace. The heavyweight contest, established as the main attraction during a five-day Reno Carnival extravaganza, drew some 4000 spectators to the …



Archie Moore – Possibly the greatest LHW Ever

By Jim Amato He was possibly the greatest light heavyweight of all time, The wily “Old Mongoose” Archie Moore. The man who scored 140 knockouts in a career that spanned from 1936 to 1963 never lost his crown in the …



Marvis Frazier – The Lost Son

By Jim Ammatto The camera rolls and the highlight clip begins. It shows a young, undefeated but green Marvis Frazier dancing while taunting heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. In the blink of an eye Holmes unloads a right hand sucker shot …



The Legacy of Greg Page

By Patricia Page (Wife of Greg Page) How will Greg Page be remembered? Raw natural Heavyweight Champ OR one of those boxers who didn’t know when to quit?? Greg Page burst on the scene in Louisville, KY at the ripe …



Do You Remember: Jerry Quarry

By Jim Amato Mike Tyson was the self proclaimed “Baddest Man On The Planet.” Even after his decisive loss to Buster Douglas in 1990 and three year exile to prison many still believed him. His two subsequent losses to Evander …



Tyson’s Place in boxing history

by Tom Donelson How does one place Mike Tyson in perspective as a fighter? There are fighters that most pundits agree on their greatness. Ali and Louis are unanimously considered great fighters, the only debate we have is who was …






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