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About James Westacott

James Westacott, a former City investment banker, acquired his love of the Noble Art as a schoolboy in the 1970s. For many years he attended boxing events in and around London and more recently became a subscriber to the Box Nation satellite/cable channel. His all-time favourite boxer is Carlos Monzon. More Posts

Good entertainment with a result that stank

Having duly paid my £19.99 to BT Box Office in order to watch the Wilder v Fury match, for which the first bell sounded at approximately 4.45am UK time in Los Angeles, I am now sitting in my home drawing room frustrated and exasperated  – as so often one is with professional boxing – [...]

December 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

At least I didn’t have to pay for it!

There is no doubt that professional boxing is enjoying a revival in the UK but sometimes it doesn’t help itself. Last night, for example, Carl Frampton (a former world featherweight champion) – seeking to emulate the sold-out stadium successes of Anthony Joshua – successfully defended his WBO [...]

August 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Night To Remember

Yesterday – 18 hours after the heatwave had broken in London courtesy of a very welcome thunderstorm whose best/worst effect somehow seemed to pass Mon Repos – I was faced with a still airless weekend and not much more upon the agenda than a food shop, a visit to my local bank branch (assuming, [...]

July 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

It ain’t like it used t’be (and that’s both good and bad)

For my sins, last night I had spent just over £20 to Sky Box Office for the privilege of watching Anthony Joshua beat Joseph Parker ‘live’ from the Principality Stadium over twelve rounds on points last night and thereby become holder of three (or is it four?) world heavyweight championship [...]

April 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

A salute to a fine boxing double-act

Yesterday, after sending in my blog draft on Saturday night’s Groves/Eubank Junior fight at the Manchester Arena to the Rust editorial team for approval and/or improvement – invariably the latter – I set off to a prospective venue for my daughter’s nuptials in the Midlands [...]

February 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

A night on the box

I’ve made a number of crass and/or ridiculous decisions in my life. One of the worst was to conclude my otherwise thoroughly enjoyable stag night sitting in what was then the Hammersmith Odeon in the early (UK) hours of 3rd October 1980 watching one of my all-time heroes Muhammad Ali take on [...]

February 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Daniel Mendoza- a non pareil

Yesterday I was reading about Daniel Mendoza (1764-1836) who can rightly claim to be the father of modern boxing. Until him bare knuckle fights consisted of “put up your dukes” as opponents went toe to toe and the fight could only be ended by knockout, inability to continue (technical [...]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Flying down to Rio

No doubt those Rusters who are sports fans will have done a double-take over their muesli bowls and toast & marmalade this morning when chancing upon the media story that Rio Ferdinand, legendary former Manchester United and England defender, is switching sports to become a professional boxer [...]

September 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Has Joshua bitten off more than he can chew?

I was recently sat down with my brother, who knows a bit about these things, and introduced to the digital device called a Google Chrome stick – something you shove in the back of your telly via which (wirelessly?) you can play out videos etc. on your computer or smartphone on the full [...]

September 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Mills uncovered (?)

If you were a sports-mad young kid in the 1950s and early 1960s (as I was) and to some degree or another you followed the sport of boxing, the all-action lifestyle of British boxer Freddie Mills – who occasionally also appeared on kids’ TV programmes as a ‘one size fits all’ [...]

September 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

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