June 23, 1989 |
Chicago diners have to go a round with former boxing champion Leon Spinks if they want to get seated. That's right: Leon Spinks, who stunned the boxing world in 1978 when he took the heavyweight crown from Muhammad Ali, has recently been employed as a host and all-around purveyor of good will at a Chicago restaurant of which Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is a co-owner. Spinks, who spent most of the millions he made in the ring, considers the restaurant job a wonderful way to make a fresh start.
June 29, 1989 |
Gilmore L. "Gil" Stewart, a former SEPTA driver and Philadelphia Golden Gloves champion, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 56 and lived in Tucson, Ariz. For more than 10 years Stewart drove for the old PTC and its successor, SEPTA, before moving to Arizona. In the late 1940s, fighting as a welterweight, he won the city Golden Gloves title sponsored by the Daily News. He also fought in a number of AAU bouts. Raised near 56th and Vine streets, Stewart attended Overbrook High School and worked as a truck driver before becoming a public transit driver.
April 29, 1986
The April 20 article by Bill Lyon, "The flash is now but a flicker," is a powerful statement on the senselessness of boxing. How can civilized human beings promote a sport whose primary objective is to knock the opponent unconscious? Continuous blows to the head will obviously take their toll on the human brain. Muhammad Ali has not even reached the age of 45; however, as described in the article, he already possesses the senility and sluggishness of an old man. Legislation has been proposed in New Jersey to ban boxing throughout the state.
March 24, 2011 |
There must be something in the DNA of elite athletes that makes them believe they can be as successful in a boxing ring as they are in their own sports. Jim Brown dared to believe he could trade punches with Muhammad Ali. So did Wilt Chamberlain. Herschel Walker, now trying his hand in mixed martial arts, thought about giving boxing a try. A couple of Pro Bowl defensive ends, Ed "Too Tall" Jones and Mark Gastineau, indulged their boxing fantasies for a time, to mixed results. They soon discovered they were more adept at rushing the passer than taking left hooks to the jaw. Football is a violent sport, but there aren't any helmets and face masks in boxing, no flak jackets to protect your ribs.
July 14, 2005 |
Kassim Ouma's junior-middleweight championship fight in Las Vegas tonight hasn't received the same media hype as Saturday's Bernard Hopkins-Jermain Taylor extravaganza across town. That's what happens when one event (Hopkins-Taylor) is on pay-per-view at $49.95 per screen and the other (Ouma against Roman Karmazin) will be televised on a weeknight on HBO Latino, in Spanish (10 p.m.). But boxing is boxing in any language, and Ouma, 21-1, is destined for wider exposure. He's a rising star at age 26 who, if he gets past Russian contender Karmazin (31-1)
June 6, 2012 |
ROB MURRAY SR. had the same dream as most people who train boxers for a living — to reach the ultimate big time with one of their fighters, a world heavyweight championship. Rob came close, but never realized his dream. However, Rob Murray made so many contributions to the local boxing scene and the Philadelphia community in general, and mentored so many young men, taking them from the temptations and dangers of the streets into the boxing gyms, where they learned pride and sportsmanship, that it didn't really matter.
May 27, 2010
A Delaware County promoter already charged with rigging boxing bouts between low-wattage celebrities was charged Wednesday with bribery and theft related to those events. Damon Feldman, 40, of Broomall, was charged by the state Attorney General's Office with two counts of offering a bribe to an inspector from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission who had raised safety concerns about a 2008 match. Feldman also was charged with three counts of theft for making "bogus" claims that proceeds from his events would benefit slain police officers and soldiers from the Philadelphia area.
December 15, 2009 |
Here are some of the people who were influential during Atlantic City's heyday as a boxing mecca: Donald Trump/Mark Etess. Billionaire Trump always wanted to do things bigger and better - and to generate maximum publicity for himself and his organization in the process. Aware of how much boxing had served to "brand" Caesars Palace in Las Vegas after its 1966 opening, Trump poured his considerable resources into doing the same for his casino properties in Atlantic City in the 1980s.
December 22, 1998 |
The referee whose action led to Mike Tyson's temporary banishment from boxing for biting Evander Holyfield's ear is calling it quits. Mills Lane, of Reno, Nev., said yesterday that he's ending his 31-year career as a referee because he wants to devote more time as a national television boxing analyst. "It's been a blast, a real helluva ride," he said. "But I think it would be a conflict of interest to make public comment [about boxing] and at the same time be an active referee.
November 8, 2011 |
Joe Frazier, the son of a South Carolina sharecropper who punched meat in a Philadelphia slaughterhouse before Rocky, won Olympic gold, and beat an undefeated Muhammad Ali to become one of the all-time heavyweight greats, died on Monday, his family said in a statement. He was 67. Mr. Frazier, whose liver cancer was diagnosed about a month ago, spent his last days living under hospice care in a Center City apartment. Mr. Frazier, known as "Smokin' Joe," was small for a heavyweight, just under 6 feet tall, but compensated with a relentless attack in the ring, bobbing and weaving as if his upper body were on a tightly coiled spring, constantly moving forward, and throwing more punches than most heavyweights.