Curry vs Honeyghan: A Night of the Unexpected

Curry vs Honeyghan: A Night of the Unexpected Donald Curry 25-0, coming off a destruction of Milton McCrory in 1985, the undisputed welterweight champion of the world and seemingly on his way to a showdown with Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Curry looked a superstar in the making, only a routine defence of his titles before the … Continue reading Curry vs Honeyghan: A Night of the Unexpected

John Tate: One Punch Changed Everything

John Tate: One Punch Changed Everything Going into the 15th round of his first defence of his WBA world heavyweight title against Mike Weaver in 1980, Big John Tate only had to stay standing to win. Ahead on points, Tate looked secure, tantalisingly close to what lay ahead. Weaver with an ordinary-looking record of 21-9 … Continue reading John Tate: One Punch Changed Everything

A Boxing Memory: Marciano vs Cockell

A Boxing Memory: Marciano vs Cockell By Garry White Kezar Stadium, San Francisco. On the evening of 16 May 1955 Britain’s Don Cockell met Rocky Marciano for the heavyweight championship of the world. The fight was broadcast to 83 movie theatres in 59 cities in the US. Across the Atlantic, listeners wrestled with a seven-hour delay to … Continue reading A Boxing Memory: Marciano vs Cockell

Aaron Pryor: Remembering The Hawk

Aaron Pryor: Remembering The Hawk Time forgets many things, great champions are quickly forgotten, the new generation of talent relegate the old warriors to history far quicker than they deserve. But some great fighters can be forgotten even in their own era. As good as they are, others are deemed on another level, talent and … Continue reading Aaron Pryor: Remembering The Hawk

Michael Spinks: The History Fights With Larry Holmes

Michael Spinks: The History Fights With Larry Holmes Larry Holmes heading into his 49th professional career shouldn't still have been fighting for respect and acceptance. But ever since he had turned professional in 1973 Holmes was fighting the one fight he couldn't win. Holmes had to deal with the quitter references after losing to Duane … Continue reading Michael Spinks: The History Fights With Larry Holmes

Matthew Ellis: “I Believe I Massively Underachieved As A Professional.”

Matthew Ellis: "I Believe I Massively Underachieved As A Professional." There are two sides to Blackpool. The bright lights and hustle and bustle of the seafront. The holiday brochures in more normal times only show you want they want to see. The decay and dereliction of the back streets are not seen, holidaymakers and locals … Continue reading Matthew Ellis: “I Believe I Massively Underachieved As A Professional.”

Al Bernstein Looks Back At The Rematch Between Sugar Ray Leonard & Thomas Hearns

Al Bernstein Looks Back At The Rematch Between Sugar Ray Leonard & Thomas Hearns In 1981 two fighters treated us to one of the greatest fights in boxing history, and almost certainly the best welterweight title fight we are ever likely to see. Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns served up an all-time classic for … Continue reading Al Bernstein Looks Back At The Rematch Between Sugar Ray Leonard & Thomas Hearns

Witherspoon vs Bruno: Blood, Sweat & Tears

Witherspoon vs Bruno: Blood, Sweat & Tears There was a time not that long ago that British heavyweights were branded and labelled as horizontal. A near-century of failure to capture the biggest and richest prize in boxing resulted in that unfortunate and unflattering assessment. Bob Fitzsimmons, the last British-born heavyweight champion of the world, held … Continue reading Witherspoon vs Bruno: Blood, Sweat & Tears

Holmes vs Cooney: The Colour Of Money

Holmes vs Cooney: The Colour Of Money A chance meeting at a restaurant, an exchange of insults, the two fighters moved forward for something more. They pushed and shoved a little, it was broken up before it developed into anything more serious. Larry Holmes had just stopped Leon Spinks to defend his WBC world heavyweight … Continue reading Holmes vs Cooney: The Colour Of Money

Larry Holmes: The Fight For Acceptance

Larry Holmes: The Fight For Acceptance Timing is everything in life, probably even more so in sport. Larry Holmes had the unenviable task, an impossible one in many ways, of having to follow the greatest world heavyweight champion in history. As Muhammad Ali faded as a fighter, and tragically his deteriorating health took away much … Continue reading Larry Holmes: The Fight For Acceptance