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The Professional/W.C Heinz

I can think of many excellent boxing films – Someone up There loves Me, Rocky and Raging Bull – and some great writers and writings on the Noble Art of Boxing, but it’s fiction is harder to find. This is why I enjoyed The Professional.  It’s the story of Eddie Brown [...]

June 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

Remembering ROUND ONE

I too served my journo apprenticeship with Round One along with Jimmy Westacott and retain the happiest memories. Walter Schlumbermayer contributed a column he wired over in those pre internet days called `Stateside with Schlumbermayer’. He took us into the Garden, steaks at Jack Dempsey’s [...]

June 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

Tony Zale – hewn of rock

Many years ago I cut my teeth as a boxing hack on alternative boxing publication called Round One. It was comprised of wannabees like me and has beens like Walter Schlumbermayer. Uncle Walt as we called him was as well known and respected as AJ Leibling and to have met him was a considerable [...]

June 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

More variations upon an unfortunate sporting theme

Back in the day – I cannot recall exactly when, it was about 1980 I think – there was a sports magazine produced in London in which an article appeared imagining a future world in which taking performance enhancing drugs had long been legitimised. The sting in the tail was that main character [...]

April 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

Let’s get serious about where all this is going!

With some trepidation because I am steeping into dark waters today – if Tom H. and his crew on the Rust’s sports team will permit me –  but I’ve suddenly come to realisation that I’m sure will also have occurred to some of our astute readers about the position to which elite sport [...]

March 22, 2020 // 0 Comments


Imagine my surprise when – of all places in my dustbin area – I saw lying around this 2 part DVD produced by Marks and Spencer entitled  A History of Boxing. I had posted on boxing very recently but this enabled me to see footage of the golden age of heavyweight boxing from Joe Louis [...]

March 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

Fight Game stuff

There’s no doubt that professional heavyweight boxing is on the up and those of us interested in the Noble Art are as pleased as anyone about the development because – echoing what they used to say in cricket back in the day (“a strong Yorkshire means a strong England”) – similar [...]

March 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Keeping an eye upon some perennial favourites …

Here’s an update upon the latest media stories on two issues we feature regularly in our Rust sports coverage: CONCUSSION Iconic Wales rugby union player George North is even now undergoing concussion protocols as a result of yet another head injury he sustained in the last round of Six [...]

February 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend (from the rear-view mirror)

My sporting weekend began with me deliberately ‘passing’ on the opportunity to watch both Saturday’s Six Nations rugby matches because I was engaged in a wide variety of domestic matters – a move partly inspired by my experience of finding the sport increasingly boring and mundane as the [...]

February 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Keeping a close eye on things

Back in the mist of times gone by – along with staples such as Boxing News, Ring Magazine and Boxing Monthly – there used to be a classic resolutely non-mainstream ‘underground’ organ devoted to the fight game produced in London called Round One. This far distant I cannot remember where it [...]

December 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

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