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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.
Doctor Ibrahim Hussain – Feature Boxing Writer – England
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.
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.
Keith Terceira – Feature Boxing Writer – Arkansas
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.
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.
Matt Jones – Feature Boxing Writer & Interviewer– Australia
(Matt and Daniel Geale)
Matt Jones was born in North Carolina, USA. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2012, spent six months working at the US Senate and then relocated to Sydney, Australia where he has been living for the past three years. He is a life-long boxing fan, and has been covering the sport for five years, specializing in ringside fight coverage and one on one interviews around Australia.
Matt founded The Fix is in Boxing and has also freelanced for The Ring Magazine. Jones is extremely passionate about increasing the popularity of boxing in Australia.
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