Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers world champion boxer Roberto Duran aptly nicknamed “Hands of Stone.” This Panamanian boxer regularly pummeled his opponents. With 70 career knock-outs, Roberto Duran punched with such power that observers claimed he possessed Hands of … Continue reading
Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog highlights what scores of fight fans would love to see happen, but unfortunately will never come to fruition; i.e. a Mayweather vs. Rousey bout. Like countless sports fans, I would overpay to watch a … Continue reading
Yesterday, retired boxer Laila Ali unexpectedly delivered an outside-the-ring blow to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – a day before the undefeated fighter enters the ring tonight finally fight challenger Manny Pacquiao. Arguably the greatest female fighter ever, the undefeated Ali surprised … Continue reading
On this day, September 5, 1960, sports history was made at the XVII Olympic Games in Rome.
Cassius Marcellus Clay, now known as Muhammad Ali, won the gold medal in boxing’s light heavyweight division by defeating Zbigniew Pietrzykowski from Poland.
The victory helped catapult Clay in a career where he would eventually become an international sports superstar as well as controversial cultural figure in the United States.Continue reading
Memorial Day Weekend in America ranks as the best time of the year for retailers to sell grills.
This bit of trivia serves as the perfect segue for me to share a chapter excerpt from my newest book on Favorite Boxers.
The following chronicles the improbable life of the greatest marketer of grills in the world who also just happens to be one of the best heavyweight fighters ever.Continue reading
Amazingly, this ageless boxer did it again last night.
Not only did Bernard Hopkins defeat Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan and unify boxing’s sport’s light heavyweight crowns.
But, the 49 year-old fighter beat Father Time in another bout to remain the oldest boxer ever to win a championship belt.Continue reading
The six-part reality television series Being Mike Tyson: The Real Deal premiered Sunday on FOX. The show’s debut immediately boxed me into a corner and will force me to tune in for the second round of the retired fighter’s intriguing docudrama.
The initial episode lived up to its title as the iconic lead character Mike Tyson truly personified the real deal; i.e. engaging, broken, childlike, fragile, likeable and complex.
It’s only fitting that the conflicted Tyson appears unrefined and ineloquent as well as compelling and genuine in front of the camera. The former heavyweight champ, and once mega-rich athlete, unwittingly captivates viewers with raw, entertaining and guileless recollections. Tyson’s honesty is evident, especially his reunion with former foe Evander Holyfield. Yet, the series still begs for the former champ to reveal much more to an expectant FOX audience in the five remaining episodes.Continue reading