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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.
Donny Lalonde – Feature Boxing Writer – Costa Rica
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.
Jimmy Lange – Host of The Jimmy Lange Show – Virginia
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.
Anne “Boxologist” Whitlock – Feature Boxing Writer – Barry Wales UK
Anne is a boxing writer who truly has a burning desire to keep boxing’s history out there for the fans and future fans. Whitlock was born in a seaside fairground town where boxing took its grip on her soul. She has a large following on Facebook which is her pride and joy. Over the years, Anne has met and been honored to have chatted with some of the best fighters from days gone by and ones currently in the sport. These meetings have helped her put her first book in motion and hopefully it will be published in March 2015.
Barnaby Kellaway – Feature MMA Writer – UK
Barnaby Kellaway is a sports journalist specializing in Mixed Martial Arts. Being a sports fanatic all his life he knew whatever career he aspired to it had to be in sports. Being a Brit he started with football and rugby but then a few years back he discovered MMA, this was when his aspiration became his focus. He studied from the basics all the way up to the most minute intricacies of the sport and now finds himself in a position where writing about it is his passion.
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 Fleming – Feature Boxing Writer – Canada
Nick Conley was born in a small town outside of Buffalo, New York. He grew up loving professional sports, specifically football and hockey, but has always had an affinity for professional wrestling. As a professional wrestling fan since he could remember, Nick spends a lot of time reading the latest WWE news, contributing to wrestling blogs, and attending WWE events along the east coast. Now living in Washington DC, Nick’s time is mostly consumed with his career in foreign affairs, but his hobby and passion is sports journalism, with a particular interest in professional wrestling.
Agustin Perez was born in Mexico but has lived in Chicago for most of his life. He grew up enthralled with the ‘sweet science’. As a youth, he idolized fighters like Julio Cesar Chavez, Daniel Zaragoza, and Fernando Vargas; he loved their tenacity, skill, and ability to fight in dire circumstances. While in High School, Agustin boxed as an amateur for a few years before attending Loyola University Chicago where he completed his studies. Agustin’s time is mostly consumed by his family and career in Corporate Social Responsibility but his passion is Boxing.
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