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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

Getting ready to rumble

Just before lunchtime yesterday I decided to purchase my cable company’s pay-per-view offering of live coverage of the super-fight boxing bill featuring as its main event the world heavyweight championship bout between Britain’s supposed novice but greatly-hyped 27 year old Anthony Joshua and [...]

April 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

A weekend boxing feast

For those of us like to stay up – or more likely at our vintage, go to bed at our normal time and then hope to wake up in the early hours and then rise again – to watch some of the USA’s biggest boxing fight bills on television, Saturday night’s return bout between Belfast’s hero Carl [...]

January 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

In pursuit of the ‘ruby red’ …

My love of the Noble Art goes back a long way, probably to when I was about eight and (contrast this with today’s namby-pamby PC-ridden, ‘elf & safety-obsessed, world) and the year when my brother and I received pairs of boxing gloves for Christmas. I don’t know for sure – they may [...]

January 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Boxing on the box

The days of yore when I am my pals used to visit the Albert Hall, York Hall and sundry other traditional boxing venues (in the heyday of Tony Sibson, Dave ‘Boy’ Green and the great John L. Gardner) in order to watch the pantomime bills of Mickey Duff, Jarvis Astaire and Frank Warren have long [...]

December 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

What’s it all about … anyone?

There’s no doubting that the retirement decision of newly-crowned world champion Nico Rosberg 24 hours ago came as a bolt out of the blue not only to Formula One but to the world of sport generally. Judging by the reaction of former greats, pundits and the media generally it seems that most [...]

December 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

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