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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

One that Rusters might have missed

Last weekend’s memorable surfeit of epic world class sport – much of which I missed due to inevitable broadcasting scheduling conflicts and domestic commitments including the hosting of an ill-timed dinner party – will remain long in the memory. After a two-hour drive back from the south [...]

July 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Henley

In the Rust we are never afraid to cover those sports that attract little attention in the sports pages. Yesterday in London I had a drink with an old friend who had ovarian cancer in hotel in Marylebone. We fell into conversation with an elderly American couple on an adjoining table on holiday. [...]

July 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

And then it was all over

An accompanying cross to bear for a lifelong fight fan like myself is that it’s jolly hard to resist the lure of the chance to watch a major championship bout contest from wherever in the world it is taking place and not least in the early hours of a Sunday morning. Last night I spent over £20 [...]

June 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

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

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