Argentine warrior (warrior with a capital ‘W’) Marcos Maidana is living like a king these days, his wealth and comfort a well-earned result of the blood, sweat and tears he left inside the ring – and the pain he inflicted. Aside from Jose Luis Castillo, did any fighter come closer to beating the sublime Floyd Mayweather; in “El Chino’s” first fight with “Money?”
Turning pro to little or no fanfare back in May of 1973, no-nonsense southpaw Marvin Hagler (the ‘Marvelous’ was added much, much later; and legally) slogged his way up the hard way. Fighting tough guys for low pay checks, Hagler’s inner hardness was formed. Nothing came easy to him, and there were very few opponents that could in any way be referred to as anything other than formidable.
Whenever any list of the greatest-ever light-heavyweights is compiled, two names are ALWAYS present: Archie Moore and Ezzard Charles. Moore, the undisputed KO-King, was world champion at 175; “Ageless Archie” enjoying a both long and memorable reign. Charles, as good as he was, was never world ruler at 175, yet he did go one better than Moore, in winning the world heavyweight crown.
Charles, one fine, fine fighter, also bested Moore on three occasions in non-tile bouts. Many fans rank Moore as the overall greater fighter, but Charles, as the saying goes, really did have Moore’s number. Their final fight took place 70-years ago this week (January 13, 1948).
Heavyweight legend, former two-time king George Foreman today celebrates his 69th birthday. In great health, and always in great spirits, “Big George” is the elder statesman of boxing, the way the departed Muhammad Ali perhaps should have been in his later years had ill health not struck him down. Immensely popular (it’s so hard to believe how Foreman was a bad guy, a disliked fighter back in the 1970s), Foreman perhaps holds the distinction of being the greatest living heavyweight boxer.
There was a time when Howard Cosell was very much the voice of boxing; the man on the microphone whenever the big, big fights took place. Cosell, though, was far from the most popular sports commentator in the world, with some people, be it fans or active fighters, feeling the ABC man was just a little bit too big-headed and pompous for his own good.
Reigning middleweight king Gennady Golovkin has thus far stood up to every punch he has been hit with, he has beaten every man he has faced at pro level (Canelo Alvarez aside, yet most people feel GGG did more than enough to have won the September Super-Fight that was instead scored as a draw) and he has made an incredible number of title retentions.
Right now, UK trade paper Boxing News has a list of the worst facial injuries suffered by fighters. Ring magazine had a special a few years back, in which boxing’s … Read more
65 years ago on New Year’s Eve of all nights for a prize fight, light-heavyweight contender Danny Nardico accomplished something that no other man had done at the time, and no other man ever would: the 25 year old knocked down and stopped the seemingly unstoppable Jake LaMotta. Nardico, who was sporting a hard-earned 42-8-4 pro ledger, faced a fading but still tough LaMotta, 81-17-14, in what would be one of the former middleweight king’s final fights.
One of the so-called “lost generation” of heavyweights, 1980s big name, and two-time titlist Tim Witherspoon hits the big 60 today. Looking far younger and having gotten out of the game in far better shape than a number of his fellow “lost generation” heavyweights – guys like Greg Page (RIP), Trevor Berbick (RIP), Tony Tucker and others who went down in depressing fashion – Witherspoon looks good, he talks well and he has his health and, if not as much as he should have, then at least some of his money.
What was going on in the life of the great Sonny Liston 47 years ago this week? Was the former heavyweight king, soon to be found dead, busy taking drugs in a fit of self pity in his Las Vegas apartment, or was the (officially) 38 year old being set up for a mob hit, with dark forces rapidly closing in? Or was Liston, by Boxing Day in 1970, in fact already dead?