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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

The art of coming up smelling of roses

Back in the day when I was a kid at boarding prep school our access to television was restricted to the whim of a bachelor assistant headmaster, who’d previously been in the navy, who used to operate an ‘open house’ on Saturday afternoons in his disorganised study which gave off a ‘twenty [...]

October 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

Still possessing the urge and the protective cup

It wasn’t long after I joined the Rust that I received my first ticking off from the editor during an editorial meeting. He had just delivered a stirring oration upon the principles upon which the website had supposedly been founded, i.e. giving those past the first flush of youth the opportunity [...]

August 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

A boxing treat

Overnight – because these things happen when you’re a senior citizen – I was wide awake (albeit lying on my back in bed) when Carl Frampton, former word super-bantamweight champion, stepped into the ring at Brookyln’s Barclay Center in New York to challenge Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA [...]

July 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

The long-term effects of living life to the full

Beyond the familiar issues of corruption and performance-enhancing drugs (drugs cheats) that bedevil the governing bodies of major world sports, one of the biggest coming up fast on the rail for physical contact sports and games is that of concussion and its long-term effects. Here’s an [...]

July 9, 2016 // 0 Comments


Muhammad Ali touched us all. I was fortunate to be old enough to witness his early career after the Rome Olympiad. His two fights with Henry Cooper and one with Brian London ( “I knew he was fast but I did not  know he was greased lightening”) endeared him to Britian and this feeling [...]

June 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Greatest

It had been a long time coming but the news of Muhammad Ali’s passing will rock the world for a while. Like millions of others I shall spend this weekend listening to, reading and watching the tributes to his life and career in a state of numbed fascination and wonder. I shall feel entitled to do [...]

June 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

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