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Born in Kitchener Ontario Canada on March 12, 1960, at 3 years old Donny’s family moved across the country to Vancouver BC which was the start of a life and career that never stopped moving.Donny left his violent home after his step father had done enough damage and started on his journey to establish himself in the world from where he felt he belonged. Not the insanity he was born into. Leaving school at 15 years old with a clear focus to “redefine who I am’’ to the outside world as living in abuse and poverty did not fit well for him. Donny started by building a real estate foundation by having purchased 5 homes by the time he was 20 as a financial foundation then used the freedom the cash flow brought in from the rental of the houses to finance his most unlikely boxing career.
Donny started promoting his own fights because it was impossible to convince a promoter that his career was worthy of investment or time. Between Football and hockey injuries as a youth Donny had a number of injuries that made a career in boxing most unlikely. Having experienced poor medical treatment for such injuries Donny dove deep into natural medicine and used many modalities to overcome 6 career ending injuries as diagnosed by medical experts as “incurable” to accomplish his two main goals through boxing of becoming World Champion in 1987, then of becoming independently wealthy in the record setting match against one of the All Time Great box office personalities and all time great boxers Sugar Ray Leonard. Leonard earned more money [over $11,000,000.00] in his fight against Donny than in any other fight of his career.
Donny earned 400% more than anyone pervious to him in the history of the Lt Heavyweight division [$5.500,000.00] as well in the event. Donny and Ray set a precedent previously unheard of when they jointly co promoted their own fight sharing in 100% of the revenue from the live gate [record payment of $8,000,000.00 for the gate], sponsorships and record setting [at the time] PPV sales for the live telecast. Donny has done everything in this sport from carrying buckets for others to Co Promoting the record breaking Leonard-Lalonde Event. In his post WBC Lt Heavyweight Championship TV interview Donny shocked the sports world by disclosing the violent past speaking to the children hiding under beds, or in closets, encouraging them that like him, they can have a great life after they get out of their current situation.
Ian Murphy was born in NYC and raised on Long Island, New York and has a Bachelors in History from SUNY Fredonia. His fascination with history and its great characters of course led him to the sport with perhaps the richest of all: Boxing. Growing up, he was fascinated with the warriors of the ring, looking at them like real life superheroes. Early favorites included Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis and Harry Greb. Their exploits were put into beautiful prose by the scribes of the day, which inspired him and brought his heroes to life. Ian’s first exposure to boxing was as a young boy witnessing the Mike Tyson Vs Michael Spinks Championship Bout in June, 1988. Ever since that day when fellow New Yorker Tyson cemented his dominance on the boxing scene, Ian has been a tremendous fan. He continues to watch tons of boxing film, and devours anything boxing related.
Travis “Novel” Fleming – Feature Boxing Writer – Canada
Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein – Feature Boxing Writer – Florida
Packy is a former New Yorker who was born in 1930. When he was 19 years old, he would meet a fellow boxing fan at the Kid Gavilan – Ike Williams match on April 1, 1949, at Madison Square Garden. That fellow boxing fan was, Alvin Berkwitt, who also happens to be the late Father of the CEO of Ringside Report, “Bad” Brad Berkwitt. Berkwitt knew Gavilan from Miami Beach and took Packy to Kid’s dressing room to meet him after his win over Williams.
A lifelong friendship would be forged between Packy and Alvin which a pre “Bad” Brad was always around to see. Sadly, his good friend and fellow boxing lover, Alvin would pass away on July 2, 1998.
Packy would also meet many other boxing legends through Alvin, such as Beau Jack and Rocky Graziano, to name just a few. Being a former New Yorker, Packy is not filtered and always tells it like it is. He has forgotten more than most know about boxing. His nickname “Boom Boom” as he will tell you proudly was given to him by Alvin. One day in the early 1960’s while they were at the old Wolfie’s Restaurant on 21st Street located on Miami Beach, a woman who will remain nameless came up to their booth as they ate breakfast, and told Alvin, “your buddy Packy sure knows how to “Boom Boom” in the BEDROOM”. Alvin and Packy fell out on the floor and the nickname has followed Packy for life.
His column “Packy’s World” will be his boxing voice….Like his best friend of so many years, Alvin was, he is not afraid to use it. In the weeks and months to come, look for “Packy’s World” to bring you his thoughts about boxing and many other things if we know Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein. As he always says, “Oy Vay, you are going to hear it today”.
We look forward to hearing it for sure Packy…….
Alan J. Kindred or “The Commissioner”, as his friends call him, is a boxing journalist who has followed the sport for nearly 30 years. He has just recently graduated from Strayer University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration graduating Summa Cum Laude. He has written boxing articles for several other websites but is now happy to belong to the Ringside Report team.
Simon Traversy is a graduate student from Concordia University. He majored in foreign languages in 2009. He fluently speaks French, English, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, German and he is currently learning Dutch, Norwegian and Portuguese. A licensed martial artist and an avid boxing fan, he considers boxing to be a true science (boxeology) and studies the sport’s science and history by watching every video and reading every book on the subject which he can get his hands on. Simon currently lives in Montreal, but travels regularly to Catskill (New York) to learn the peek-a-boo boxing style, the subject of his future book. He is currently writing the book with the collaboration of original students of the Cus D’Amato’s Boxing Gym (formerly known as Catskill’s Boxing Club) such as Tom Patti (Mike Tyson’s close friend), George Young, Matthew Hilton, Billy White, and John Colangelo.
Dave “Mythical” Siderski has been an avid and passionate follower of boxing and its history since the late 70’s. He is a resident of Boston’s North Shore and grew up watching the likes of Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, and Roberto Duran, among others.
Dave manages a group on Facebook called: “Mythical Boxing” which focuses on “dream”, “what if” boxing scenarios. He combines a creative and analytical approach, occasionally adding in his twisted sense of humor, to produce content that is entertaining and thought provoking.
Christopher Benedict resides in Huntington, NY, birthplace of Walt Whitman (not to mention hometown of Gerry Cooney and Chris Algieri), and grew up in Hampton Bays, near to where John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, Truman Capote, Budd Schulberg, and George Plimpton lived and wrote. A boxing fan since the age of 11, he grew up during the heyday of the Four Kings, watching with delight as Hagler, Hearns, Leonard, and Duran all beat the holy hell out of one another. Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Dwight Muhammad Qawi were also early and enduring favorites. A writer with a keen sense of history, a dedication to unmerciful honesty, and the fervor to find the devil in the details, Benedict always looks to extract the uncommon out of the ordinary.
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