Don King and I

Mark Butcher
10/05/2015 1:59am

In this archive feature from 10 years ago, Don King Productions press guru Alan Hopper reveals the truth behind the infamous Bernard Hopkins inspired riot in Puerto Rico, the incomparable Ricardo Mayorga's first post-fight smoke and the secret of the shock-haired promoter's vertical hair. “A little known fact is that we were later in a subterranean dressing room that had very high windows and I suddenly saw a window crack and there was a hole in it. It was a gunshot from outside that came through the building and went right over the top of my and Don King’s head. Tito’s people ran out there and told them, ‘Hey, Tito's down there, Don’s down there. Don’t be doing that!’ They later told me that there were bad guys up there thinking about spraying that dressing room with bullets looking for Bernard.”

Gloriously Bored - on 'I Am Ali'

Oliver Goldstein
09/05/2015 12:55am

Claire Lewins’s 'I Am Ali', released to US cinemas and on-demand platforms last year, fails to deviate from a set path, mixing old ‘audio journals’ with recent interviews to provide the latest version of the Ali myth. The result is a strange thing, in which Ali’s past (always more interesting than allowed to be) haunts the kindly ghost Lewins’s film wants to create. In the process, her interviewees often try to re-accommodate a complex history in a simple present. At one point, Gene Kilroy, a former member of Ali’s inside circle, considers possible other paths had Ali not boxed. "He might have been a great lawyer," says Kilroy. "Could you imagine him with a Harvard degree out of law school, going before a jury? Wow! Case dismissed." But the reflex that prompts Kilroy to draw an alternative history remains deeply suspect: implicitly, Kilroy’s re-imagined path sees Ali becoming part of a white establishment without any of the difficulty or complexity of his Louisville youth and subsequent career. What psychic structures demand Ali be 'rehabilitated' like this? 

Carl Thompson: A conversation with 'The Cat'

Danny Winterbottom
08/05/2015 11:44am

After the Moss Side Riots of 1981, a man called Phil Martin decided to open up a boxing gym above a burnt out Co-op on Princess Road and he called it ‘Champs Camp’. Carl ‘The Cat’ Thompson arrived at the gym in the late 1980s after a successful career in Muay Thai that saw him rise to world champion status under the guidance of the legendary Master Sken. So horrifically battered and twisted were his legs following years of crippling Muay Thai kicks that Thompson decided a career in boxing would be beneficial for his long-term health!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeWaEZDn-J4

Weeks remembers Corrales-Castillo I

Mark Butcher
07/05/2015 2:56am

Ten years ago today, Tony Weeks had the privilege of being the third man in arguably the greatest 135lbs prizefight of the modern era - the insanely brutal first encounter between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo. “That fight still sticks with me,” Weeks told Boxing Monthly. “It was an incredible battle. I have never ever been in such a contest with two fighters dishing out an equal amount of punishment and still hanging in there.” After nine pulsating rounds, the late Corrales was floored heavily twice in the 10th and on the brink of defeat when suddenly, from the depths of his soul, he managed to repeatedly stun Castillo and after a ferocious onslaught forced Weeks’ intervention with the dazed Mexican lolling on the ropes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHkX6v6L8kM

TKO Radio: Life after Mayweather-Pacquiao and Philly boxing history

TKO Radio
06/05/2015 10:09am

Boxing Monthly's John A. MacDonald joins TKO Radio to reflect on the so-called 'Fight for Eternity', Mayweather-Pacquiao, and looks ahead to the weekend's fight action in Texas, Birmingham and Wembley. In 2004, lifelong boxing fan and writer John DiSanto wanted to start a project to record the rich history of the Philadelphia fight scene and phillyboxinghistory.com was born. TKO Radio meets DiSanto.

Mayweather-Pacquiao wrap up

Michael Montero
05/05/2015 8:05pm

Michael Montero reviews the 'Fight For Eternity' between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao - and discusses their legacies, Manny's injury, the promotion and what lies in the future. Mayweather decisioned Pacquiao in an effective, yet uninspiring performance, in the largest grossing event in boxing history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1eBft7Pmdw

The much-avoided 'Fast' Eddie Chambers

Ben Thomsett
05/05/2015 10:55am

'Fast' Eddie Chambers is a lingering echo of the days before the 'Super Heavyweights'. At six feet one inch tall, he’s never been the big guy, but now - in the days of the really BIG guys like Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, and Deontay Wilder - Eddie is plying a trade with the odds stacked against him from the start. His quick hands are his saving grace. And everyone likes to see a heavyweight with quick hands - it’s a bit like watching a wolverine take on a 600lb Kodiak bear. You never forget that kind of interaction between speed and mass. Ben Thomsett talks to the much-avoided Chambers.

 

Following the footsteps of 'The Hitman'

John Evans
04/05/2015 1:58pm

It’s almost ten years since Ricky Hatton thrilled his Manchester fan club and announced himself to the world by bullying Kostya Tszyu into defeat to become the light-welterweight champion of the world. Hatton’s performance that night and his subsequent assaults on Las Vegas are still spoken about to this day, but we may be about to see some tangible evidence of his impact on Manchester fight scene. Plenty of youngsters were drawn into the city’s gyms during Ricky Hatton’s rise to prominence and three of those who showed the talent and dedication needed to become professional fighters are reaching critical points in their careers. John Evans talks to Manchester prospects Zelfa Barrett, Ryan Doyle and Alex Rutter.

Mayweather takes Manny to School, Church and University before dropping him off at his first day of work

Terry Dooley
03/05/2015 3:24pm

Boxing fans finally got their answer to a half-decade old question last night when Floyd Mayweather Jr outpointed Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  The scores of 118-110 and 116-112 (twice), from Dave Moretti, Burt A. Clements and Glenn Feldman respectively barely tell the story of the world welterweight title fight.

In truth, Mayweather, now 48-0 (26), outboxed his long-time rival in every possible way conceivable to remove every proviso, every asterisk that can be thrown at this fight now it's been placed into the history books.