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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

I am Ali

I have a horrible feeling that we will lose Muhammad Ali in 2015. The obit writers are going to have a problem as the word legend has been so debased that it’s devalued currency for the greatest sportsman ever. Even this does not him justice as he was the most famous American ever, the most [...]

December 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The way we were … and are

Spotted on media websites overnight, two pieces on professional boxing-related subjects worthy of recommendation to National Rust readers: Kevin Garside compares the potential future of new UK heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua with how it used to be ‘way back when’ in – THE INDEPENDENT [...]

October 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Meeting a legend

Yesterday I attended a football symposium at the Argentine embassy. It was moderated by Jimmy Burns, who wrote a biography of Diego Maradona, and attended by panelists journalist Jim White, Victor Morales, the doyen of football commentating in the Argentine, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa and Angelo [...]

May 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

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