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Debbie Edwards eats, sleeps and talks football…. She is the true definition of a “Football Mom”. Her love of football actually started early in her life. As a youngster flipping through channels, fate would stop it on a football game. She beheld a sight that would stick in her mind for years. There was no particular play or opponent, but a running back Edwards would come to know as John Riggins would ignite a passion for football in her that would remain for decades. That Washington Redskins team, along with successive teams that included Darryl Green, Russ Grimm, Art Monk and many others hold a special place in her heart.
Being a Louisiana Native, her love for all things Louisiana, including the Saints and LSU keep her entertained at this, her most cherished time of the year. Adding to this, she has had the privilege of watching her own little football player blossom into a senior defensive end/fullback at H L Bourgeois in Gray, Louisiana.
Somewhere along the way in these decades of watching football from the sidelines and in the stands, her knowledge grew bigtime. You should hear on a Sunday yelling plays at the big screen TV or even more vocal at an actual game, which it doesn’t matter if it is at the high school, college or professional level.
Defense schemes and the importance of adhering to blocking assignments on offense have not escaped her. She is combining that knowledge with another love… Writing! Of course, she’s opinionated. And has her favorites. But what she hopes to do is bring her perspective of a game that she loves to everyone who reads her columns on Ringside Report.
So join her weekly as she comments on games of interest in High School, College and NFL Football.
Jim Amato was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. A city with a rich boxing history. Amato is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and is also a member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO), which was once directed by Hall Of Famer Ralph Citro. Jim was on the Publicity Committee for the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing (AAIB) that was co-founded by Steve Acunto and the late Rocky Marciano. He is a member of the Ohio State Former Boxers and Associates and the Trumbull County of Ohio Legends Of Leather, past President the late Sal Marino.
Lou Eisen is a veteran boxing journalist/reporter and historian from Toronto, Canada. His surrogate father, the late Hall of Fame trainer, Angelo Dundee, and award-winning author Bert Sugar mentored Lou in pro boxing. Eisen is a proud member of the IBRO (The International Boxing Research Organization) Eisen worked at the Fight Network as an editorialist and reporter for almost four years. The International Boxing Hall of Fame is considering Lou for their prestigious election committee. On top of all his writing credits, Eisen also has an acting one. He was cast in the film Cinderella Man, where he portrayed the legendary trainer Ray Arcel. Lou is very excited and proud to join Ringside Report.
We’ve all grown up with professional wrestling being a part of Americana. This form of entertainment has been around since the 19th century and there is no denying its impact on our culture and its people. Take Sean Farrell for instance, he is someone who was sucked into the “WWE Universe” at the age of 4, and 20+ years later still watches religiously and loves it like it’s his own creation. Sean is an avid Independent wrestling supporter as well, but he’s always been a fan of the best company in professional wrestling, the WWE. Sean has joined RSR to start sharing his knowledge of the business with anyone who may be interested, in order to help maintain the lifespan of one of the world’s best forms of entertainment, professional wrestling.
While furthering his clinical skills in the USA, Ibrahim developed a particular interest in cosmetic and implant dentistry. He was awarded a Master in Implantology from the University of Sheffield and his original published research is in the field of bone grafting has been presented internationally. He has passed examination at The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is also a member by examination of both the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and Royal College of Surgeon England. He has been performing microsurgical techniques for over 10 years and also has a special interest in non Surgical Facial Aesthetics treatment, for which he is was the clinical teacher at the UK’s first Masters Degree in the field at University of Central Lancashire. Dr Hussain lectures post graduate clinicians internationally and supervises surgical placement of implants on a number of internationally renowned implantology courses. He has authored numerous publications in this field.
Dr Hussain is also a fully trained and licensed professional boxing coach with the British Boxing Board of control. He previously fought at the World Amateur Championships and also qualified as a coach for the British Amateur Boxing Association, as well as previously running his own boxing gym.
Since turning to the professional ranks he has assisted as the role of cuts specialist, which has been greatly helped by his vast experience with surgery which he performs multiple times every single day. His experience with teaching to large audiences has help grow him into a writer for the pugilistic sport that he follows from the boxing capitol where he lives, in the Steel City of Sheffield, England, United Kingdom.
Chris Gunzz was born in the onetime boxing rich city of Hartford Connecticut. Not the hot bed for the sport that it once was, the gyms gone, and talent not being produced at the same rate, he still loves the sweet science just the same.
Gunzz has been reporting and conducting interviews with fighters, current and former, as well as people from all walks of boxing for a couple of years now for various sites and is excited about joining Ringside Report.
He intends to join USA Boxing as a judge as soon as he is done with barbering school where he swears any of the team at RSR can get a discount in his barber chair.
In the weeks and months ahead, Gunzz will be conducting interviews on his highly popular “The Chris Gunzz Show” now heard on the RSR Youtube channel and also, will be writing articles.
Chris lives, eats and sleeps boxing, and enjoys hearing from the fans out there that enjoy discussing boxing.
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. From this and the forming of two Child Abuse Prevention Foundations, Donny was named the 1987 US Spokesman for the Prevention of Child Abuse awareness campaign on Capital Hill. These efforts were widely covered by People Magazine and Sports Illustrated as well as many mainstream publications which increased his name recognition, crossing over from just sport to mainstream world wide providing a platform for him to increase the reach he has for the charitable causes.
After boxing Donny retired, unretired, retired unretired for 15 more years as most boxers do while he built a real estate development business in Canada from 1990-2000 then in Costa Rica from 2000-present.
“Big” Bill is the founder and chief columnist of The Fight Fan’s Corner, a facebook page dedicated to the best of boxing. Based on the wet and wild west coast of Ireland, Bill has been a fight fan since the 70’s and that passion has grown within him as the era’s and their legends have come and gone. He is the Author of the 2005 best selling novel ‘From the horses mouth – A Jailers Tale’ and he wrote the adapted screenplay ‘A Jailers Tale’ which is to be filmed in Crumlin Road Jail, Belfast, Ireland in 2015. His new book ‘Hello Welcome’ was recently made available through Amazon and his latest film project, the supernatural chiller ‘Delphine’ is presently in development.
Michael J. Baker, JR. is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV Host, Reporter and Producer. Baker is also an accomplished videographer who has been honored with five Videographer Awards. His other TV work has garnered five National Telly Awards and a Marcom Creative Award.
Baker is currently the President of National Arts Television, Inc. His productions have appeared on BRAVO Cable Network, NBC, PAX-TV, Comcast Sport Network, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, and in public television syndication.
Baker has also served as a TV Station Vice President and General Manager, Station Manager, Development Director, and Program Manager. Before the maturation of ESPN, Baker was heralded by USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and Sports, Inc. for his innovative approach to college sports programming and NCAA college basketball Tournament coverage. Baker was the first TV programmer in broadcast or cable history to program over 225 college basketball games in one season as well as two rounds of live NCAA Basketball coverage.
Baker was also the first broadcaster in television history to program a thirty-four (34) hour Division I College Basketball Conference Tournament Marathon. He was appropriately dubbed, “Mad Mike” by Tom Knott of The Washington Times. Tony Kornheiser, then of The Washington Post, visited the studio to do a story on Baker and Baker promptly put him on the air. This was Kornheiser’s entry into sports television.
Before the advent of cable movie channels and the country music television network, Baker was the first TV Program Manager to program a twenty-four hour country music television marathon and twenty-four hour movie marathon.
His “Prime-Time Kids” initiative received a Washington Metropolitan Area Community Service Emmy nomination.
Baker hosted the award-winning daily talk program “The Greenroom” for 6 years here in the Nation’s Capital and produced and co-hosted the Dublin, Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Parade which Baker single-handedly marketed to over 178 PBS stations.
Baker gained national and international recognition as the host and co-producer of over 250 National Arts programs which aired on the Bravo Cable Network and Bravo International. Baker also produced four documentaries for Bravo: American Dance, That’s Jazz, Brendan the Navigator, and Shakespeare in America.
Baker is also an award-winning actor and vocalist. He has been a featured soloist at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The White House, Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts, and Lisner Auditorium. Baker hosted the opening event at Wolf Trap and was a featured soloist at the first International Children’s Festival. Baker’s dramatic performances encompass over forty roles in regional and area theaters both here and in New York. He has been honored with 14 acting awards and or nominations.
Baker has a B.A. and M.A. in English and teaches college English. He was “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities” and received two College Service Awards from the University of Virginia, George Mason College.
By virtue of his contributions to television sports programming, he is an Honorary Kentucky Colonel and West Virginia Mountaineer.
Check out Mike’s website: National Arts Television
Many boxing observers have called Jimmy Lange a “throwback” to the sport’s golden age, mentioning his tremendous heart, magnetic charisma, attractive fighting style and punching prowess. These attributes have enabled the popular Virginia fighter to remain a top attraction — drawing thousands of fans to his fights — and a title contender during his 17-year professional career. Lange was showcased on the first season of the NBC reality show, The Contender, where he was voted a “Fan Favorite”. The Great Falls, VA middleweight boasts an impressive record of 38-6-2 with 25 knockout victories. He has captured the World Boxing Union (WBU) junior middleweight and the World Boxing Council (WBC) NABA USA Light Middleweight belts during his career. Look for some major collaborations between Jimmy, “Bad” Brad Berkwitt and Eric Fleming to appear on RSR in the weeks and months ahead.
Dave Wilcox has been covering Boxing since 2003 and has been an avid follower of the sport since he was a young child. His work has appeared on Fox Sports, as well as various other boxing websites and publications. Wilcox served as the West Coast Correspondent on the “Talking Boxing with Billy C” Radio program for over four years. He is very excited to make his triumphant return to Ringside Report. His “The Standing Eight Count” column will be a weekly column on RSR. When Wilcox isn’t watching Boxing, he likes to spend time with his family and two dogs.
Keith Terceira is a boxing writer that has been involved with the sport since 1968. When his love for the sport didn’t measure up in the ring, he turned to writing and covered events at Madison Square Garden during the 1980’s which left him with a permanent case of the boxing bug. Terceira has covered the sport from all angles, coaching USA boxers, training and managing professional athletes, to serving with three sanctioning bodies as ratings chairman or North American Representative.
His proudest accomplishment is writing the foreword to the pardon brief for the Retired Boxers Foundation (RBF) seeking a pardon for Jack Johnson and serving as Mid-South Rep for the same organization. Keith brings a perspective on the sport from the inside and out that may not always be popular, but is always an honest opinion.
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