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A truly memorable night of live televised British boxing

Yesterday I went to bed at 6.30pm, awoke again at 8.15pm, and decided to come downstairs and watch some television. Let me explain that: I’d been up since 1.00am and had not found the opportunity to have my usual late morning or early afternoon nap – how I managed to stay awake until after [...]

April 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another sporting round-up

Another sporting week as we approach the British summer and inevitably some of the old Rust chestnuts come to the fore. Here’s a pot pourri of those that caught my eye recently:   PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS With the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast about to begin we [...]

April 4, 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

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

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