RSR Feature Writers
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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.
“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.
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.
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 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 licenced 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 great writer for the pugilistic sport that he follows from the boxing capitol where he lives, in the Steel City of Sheffield, England, United Kingdom.
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
Muslimah A McLendon – Feature Boxing Writer – New Jersey
Muslimah grew up watching boxing with her dad and she immediately took a very strong liking to it. Her dad was always a boxing “connoisseur” who knew a great deal about the sport. McLendon paid attention to his actions and followed in his footsteps. She decided she wanted to try her hand in writing for a boxing website in late 2013. She instantly fell in love with it. She began to frequent numerous boxing events, boxing gyms, media workouts, weigh ins, and anything “boxing related”. She slowly began to put her face out there and build a name for herself.
It’s her determination, her aggressiveness, her stubbornness (that’s she’s had since she was a little girl), that have helped her get to where she is in the boxing world in such a short time. She continues to dedicate 110% of herself to her true passion. What she loves to call, “The Sweet Science”.
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.
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