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About James Westacott

James Westacott, a former City investment banker, acquired his love of the Noble Art as a schoolboy in the 1970s. For many years he attended boxing events in and around London and more recently became a subscriber to the Box Nation satellite/cable channel. His all-time favourite boxer is Carlos Monzon. More Posts

Thinking the unthinkable

Last week brought media reports of a new study undertaken by Professor Willie Stewart at the University of Glasgow which apparently demonstrates that professional footballers who play in defence for ten to fifteen years are five times more likely to suffer dementia that the general population, [...]

August 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

Brian London

I was sad to learn of the death of Brian London. He epitomised the British post-War heavyweight pug – good but was not good enough. He had a powerful dig – as Ingemar Johanson found out – but was slow and ranked second in the popularity stakes to Henry Cooper. He was a bit of [...]

June 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

It’s complicated (as they say) …

Being the Rust’s contributing editor on the sport of pugilism, I cannot not claim for myself the privilege of being a particular fan of football. However, it seems to me that one of the ironies highlighted by the recent “attempted breakaway” ESL debacle at the pinnacle of European [...]

May 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Big Fight

“Back in the day …” as we modern Rusters are wont to say – albeit that the period we’re referencing is so long ago now that even through our rose-tinted spectacles we virtually recall it in black and white – there used to be a London-based boxing magazine that ran a series on [...]

December 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

Book review (a curate’s egg)

I bought Robert Colls’ new book This Sporting Life: Sport & Liberty in England, 1760-1960 about three months ago after both reading a review of it in one of the Sunday newspapers and having it recommended to me by a pal because of my general interest in boxing and its forebear – [...]

October 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

On my way to the bedroom

It is an article of faith on the Rust that, despite my position as boxing correspondent, I am never under an obligation to report on any particular boxing bill or indeed address any issue of the moment relating to the sport. Indeed, if I feel like it, I can either ‘withhold my fire’ in this [...]

August 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Professional/W.C Heinz

I can think of many excellent boxing films – Someone up There loves Me, Rocky and Raging Bull – and some great writers and writings on the Noble Art of Boxing, but it’s fiction is harder to find. This is why I enjoyed The Professional.  It’s the story of Eddie Brown [...]

June 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

Tony Zale – hewn of rock

Many years ago I cut my teeth as a boxing hack on alternative boxing publication called Round One. It was comprised of wannabees like me and has beens like Walter Schlumbermayer. Uncle Walt as we called him was as well known and respected as AJ Leibling and to have met him was a considerable [...]

June 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

A HISTORY OF BOXING/DVD

Imagine my surprise when – of all places in my dustbin area – I saw lying around this 2 part DVD produced by Marks and Spencer entitled  A History of Boxing. I had posted on boxing very recently but this enabled me to see footage of the golden age of heavyweight boxing from Joe Louis [...]

March 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

Fight Game stuff

There’s no doubt that professional heavyweight boxing is on the up and those of us interested in the Noble Art are as pleased as anyone about the development because – echoing what they used to say in cricket back in the day (“a strong Yorkshire means a strong England”) – similar [...]

March 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

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