Manuel Medina: A Gamblers Nightmare

Manuel Medina: A Gamblers Nightmare By Dean Berks In most sports betting a gambler will assess several things before parting with their well-earned money: Form, placing and activity are key in this process. But in boxing, things become a little cloudier. Styles, for example, tend to make predicting things more difficult. The rule of A … Continue reading Manuel Medina: A Gamblers Nightmare

A Boxing Memory: Greg Page

A Boxing Memory: Greg Page The boxing wastelands take many victims. Old champions go there as their careers suffer that irreversible decline. Sadly, some, go there and life effectively ends. Greg Page, the former heavyweight champion of the world and the once heir apparent to Muhammad Ali paid a heavy for the continued search for … Continue reading A Boxing Memory: Greg Page

A Boxing Memory: Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao

A Boxing Memory: Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao They say speed kills. If ever a fight proved that point it was the night Manny Pacquiao defied many theories of imminent doom to bamboozle Oscar De La Hoya to a painful and career ending defeat. Labelled by some a gold plated mismatch, but we … Continue reading A Boxing Memory: Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao

GEORGE BENTON: FROM CONTENDER TO PROFESSOR

GEORGE BENTON: FROM CONTENDER TO PROFESSOR By Dean Berks It was early 1955 and twenty-one-year-old George Benton strolled into Johnny Madison’s gym for his workout. As he entered, his friend Charlie Scott called out to him, “Hey George. Guess who you got turned down by today?” “Who?” quizzed Benton. “You won’t believe this” came the … Continue reading GEORGE BENTON: FROM CONTENDER TO PROFESSOR

A Boxing Memory: Benitez vs Leonard

A Boxing Memory: Benitez vs Leonard “I want to be something great, something special.” Sugar Ray Leonard said those words before his first world title fight. On the undercard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler would also have his maiden attempt on the world stage. Hagler, always resentful of Leonard for many reasons, earned $40,000 for his long-awaited, hard-earned … Continue reading A Boxing Memory: Benitez vs Leonard

‘SMOKIN’ BERT COOPER: ONE PUNCH FROM GLORY

'SMOKIN’ BERT COOPER: ONE PUNCH FROM GLORY By Dean Berks A puncher’s chance. Writers and reporters regularly use this description when a heavy-handed fighter is the prohibited underdog and is generally granted the opinion that they have only one way to win the fight: If they can land the proverbial knockout blow. But that is … Continue reading ‘SMOKIN’ BERT COOPER: ONE PUNCH FROM GLORY

A Boxing Memory: Tyson vs Spinks

A Boxing Memory: Tyson vs Spinks His life a real-life human soap opera, a man literally falling apart in the full glare of public scrutiny. It wasn’t pretty, even downright ugly wouldn't cover it. Undefeated, practically the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but nevertheless, Mike Tyson was on a one-way ticket to oblivion. The … Continue reading A Boxing Memory: Tyson vs Spinks

A Boxing Memory: Wilfredo Gomez

A Boxing Memory: Wilfredo Gomez Fighters fight for the present with no thoughts on the future. They know when they should stop, but pride, denial and delusion override any thoughts of reality. Boxing history is littered with tales of old champions falling on hard times and worse. When the money goes, pride and dignity soon … Continue reading A Boxing Memory: Wilfredo Gomez