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Last night Ivan Conway kindly invited me to an evening of white collar boxing at the Hilton Brighton. White collar boxers are amateurs who train with accredited coaches to acquire fitness and learn the skills of the Noble Art. The evening was also to celebrate the 50th birthday of Tony Cottey, the [...]

May 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Danger and responsibility

With boxer Chris Blackwell lying in a hospital and his family hoping that he will be successfully brought out of his induced coma in the next day or so, the world of sport and team games – particularly those involving physical contact – are once again confronting the implications of [...]

April 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

It all comes to this in the end

Yesterday I sent an email to my brother, five and a half years my junior, about our theoretical plans for playing golf this year and was slightly taken aback when he replied saying that he hadn’t been enjoying the game for some time and had decided to stop playing it – well, save for making a [...]

February 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

Howard Cosell

On the Rust we often nostalgically praise the sporting commentators of the seventies. In boxing we had Harry Carpenter – not perhaps up there with Peter ‘O’Sullivan, Bill MacLaren and John Arlott – he famously called Bugner v Cooper and Ali v Frazier wrong in the same week. [...]

December 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Emile Griffith

Many years ago I contributed to a cult boxing magazine called Round One. This led me to undertake some research into Emile Griffith for an article entitled Emile and the Defectives, a review of his lesser known contests. Griffith was chiefly famous – or infamous- for a fight with Benny Kid [...]

December 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sports and broadcasting (again)

Today I wish to return briefly to an issue that continues to rumbles on this august website, that of whether – these days, and especially when one is beyond the first flush of youth – it is better to go to the trouble of actually attending sporting events or (alternatively) at some [...]

July 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Celebrating Barry McGuigan and Irish featherweights

Yesterday I had to pick up a prescription from a pharmacy in Hove. The chief pharmacist is a friendly Irishman called Paddy. He is a short fellow and I was surprised to learn was once the All Ireland featherweight  champion.  Conversation turned to Barry McGuigan ( “The Clones [...]

June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

It was pretty obvious, wasn’t it? (It always is) …

In the scheme of things, I was an avid fan of boxing in my youth. I regularly watched boxing bouts on the box, I went to big promotions by Mickey Duff, Jarvis Astaire and Frank Warren in and around London and – with some pals of like mind – I ran a small-circulation magazine devoted to [...]

May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Blows to the head

Yesterday I joined a lunch at which an eminent research scientist raised the topic of the long-term effects of repeated blows to the head in sport. This move produced a fascinating fifteen minute discussion around our table. I have a passing interest in this field. A generation or more ago, as a [...]

March 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Worthy of respect

Just occasionally, we scribes can strike gold with a novel approach to a subject, an interesting specimen, a moment in time, or even a mere phrase that summarises an angle or breaks new ground possibly without us realising it. In which capacity today I’m happy to commend this piece by [...]

February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

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