Canadian Boxing Writer and Historian Lou Eisen brings his years of boxing knowledge to the pages of RSR. On behalf of the entire team, we welcome Lou aboard “The Heart of Boxing”.
Mancini (29-5, 23 KOs), the pride of Youngstown, Ohio, turned professional in 1979 and officially retired from the ring in 1992. From 1982 to 1984, he captured the hearts and minds of boxing fans all over the world, developing into a marquee fighter and household name.
“To learn that I am on the ballot for induction into the IBHOF has given me great pride, great excitement and great appreciation for those who think that my career is worthy of induction,” Mancini said. “I am truly humbled by this consideration. I would be honored to share that day with the other recipients, my family, my deceased parents, my city of Youngstown, Ohio and boxing fans worldwide.”
By Jim Amato
It should have happened. It could have happened. Ken Norton and Ron Lyle, two of the best heavyweights of the “Glorious 70’s” era could have created quite a stir if they would have met in that coveted square ring. By 1973,Ron was an upcoming, undefeated prospect while Norton was already a contender due to his win over clever Henry Clark. In February of 1973, Lyle made his Madison Square Garden debut and was taken to school by veteran tough guy Jerry Quarry. One month later Norton shocked the world when he broke Muhammad Ali’s jaw and scored a well deserved upset decision.
WWE® Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon has been selected as a 2015 Eisenhower USA Fellow, one of nine U.S. leaders to participate in the prestigious international leadership exchange program for outstanding professionals, the Eisenhower Fellowships announced today.
“We welcome this talented and enthusiastic group of young leaders into the global network of Eisenhower Fellows to build bridges across borders and work together to make the world more peaceful, prosperous and just,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired).
Have you ever heard the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? Or can you? Will Marco Antonio Rubio be moving around the ring with quick foot work? Will he be counter punching after he makes Golovkin miss? Will he be able to keep a fast pace kind of brawl or even be able to take Golovkin’s punch?
Local favorite Pablo “El Sepulturero” Munguia (19-5, 11 KOs) challenges Edgar Ortega (15-1, 10 KO) of Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico for his WBO Latino interim welterweight title. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with Telemundo airing the bout. The Jose Cuervo Salon, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico will host. In Munguia’s first and only time headlining on Telemundo, he upset former world title challenger Antonio Pitalua in 2012. Munguia’s objective will be to the same with Ortega but he faces a much younger fighter this time around. Munguia at 35 will have to keep pace with the 23-year-old Ortega. Munguia isn’t concerned with the age difference and is confident that experience with beat youth on Friday.
The late Will Hutt left a rich boxing legacy that will be celebrated November as the popular boxing judge is posthumously inducted into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) Saturday night, November 8 at its 10th annual Gala Induction Dinner in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.
Former two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz and Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. lead a six-member Class of 2014 into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF).
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In the Battle of the Century, RSR Photographer Boyd “Big Daddy” Caton takes on RSR CEO/Publisher “Bad” Brad Berkwitt for the RSR Undisputed championship of the world. Caton and Berkwitt best of friends for 20 years ham it up for the camera.
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“I am crazy about my kids and they are my biggest accomplishments.”—David Lemieux
David Lemieux is a hard punching middleweight who is just a stone’s throw away from a title shot in his near future. In this interview, you will get a 180 of a fighter who wants that belt wrapped around his waist and doesn’t care who is in his way to get it.
Floyd Mayweather, JR. not only made the P4P List on RSR, but he is now on the RSR banner created by Grim X. Whether you love or hate PBF, he is the baddest man in boxing today.
10 ROUNDS – WBC INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Heather Hardy vs. Crystal Hoy
Brooklyn, NY Las Vegas, NV
10-0, 2 KO’s 5-6-4, 2 KO’s
Picture courtesy of Zach Cooper
“You can’t really judge a fighter on wins and losses anymore.”—Zach Cooper
Zach Cooper is a 2-0-1 with two knockouts junior middleweight who is plying his trade and wanting to fight as often as he can, but like so many young fighters without a strong promoter, it’s very difficult. In this interview, you hear from a young prospect that is just starting his boxing career and has set high goals which in time, he feels he will obtain them without any doubt.
By Peter Silkov
Michael “Dynamite” Dokes was one of the most talented heavyweights of the 1980s, a decade that saw dark forces and outrageous extravagance lay waste to the best part of what was one of the most naturally talented heavyweight divisions ever seen. Amid it all, Michael Dokes’ story is one of that era’s darkest and most disturbing.
Born on August 10, 1958, in Akron, Ohio, Michael Dokes was persuaded to take up boxing by his mother as a way of him avoiding being pulled into trouble on the streets. Dokes proved to be a very successful amateur, compiling a record of 147-7, and winning the AAU and Golden Gloves titles in 1976. Amongst his amateur victims were future world heavyweight titleholders, John Tate and Greg Page.
Seannie Monaghan & Bobby Cassidy, JR. Ring 8 Guest Speakers Thursday Night in New York – Boxing News
Undefeated light heavyweight contender Seannie Monaghan (22-0, 14 KOs) and multi-media personality Bobby Cassidy Jr. are scheduled to be this month’s Ring 8 guest speakers Thursday night, Oct. 16 (doors open 6 p.m, meeting starts at 8 p.m.) at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York.
In an effort to expand its membership, Ring 8 has committed to holding four of its 10 monthly meetings a year at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant with the remainder at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York.
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and WWE are proud to announce that WWE’s biggest event of the summer, SummerSlam, will take place at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, August 23, 2015.
SummerSlam will feature the biggest stars of WWE in action, and the event will be broadcast around the world on WWE Network and pay-per-view. SummerSlam weekend will also feature a series of activities including fan events, autograph signings, Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies, hospital visits and other community outreach programs designed to leave a lasting impact throughout the region.
WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Lou Schwartz as the company’s Chief Digital Officer. Schwartz, who previously held executive level positions at UUX, Piksel and Multicast, will report directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.
Schwartz will lead WWE’s Digital Media division and be a key member of the company’s senior management team. Schwartz’s primary focus will be on expanding WWE’s digital and social media presence and profitability. He will also be responsible for developing strategic plans and initiatives for all digital platforms including WWE.com, WWE App and social media where WWE has a passionate fan base of nearly 415 million worldwide. In addition, Schwartz will oversee product development and operations for WWE Network, the first over-the-top (OTT) 24/7 streaming network with scheduled and live programming as well as a massive video-on-demand library.
WWE (NYSE:WWE) and Georgia State Governor Nathan Deal today announced that the 12th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops event will be held on Tuesday, December 9 at the Columbus Civic Center for the military personnel and their families stationed at United States Army post Fort Benning.
In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of sports entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances from music’s most popular acts for our servicemen and women to honor their commitment and dedication to our country. Tribute to the Troops has become a holiday tradition and is considered TV’s most patriotic and heartwarming show of the year. An air date and time for the nationally televised broadcast on NBC will be announced at a later date.
When Natu “The Truth” Visinia steps into the ring Saturday in Philadelphia, PA, to face veteran Steve “USS” Cunningham, it will be with a heavy heart. Visinia buried his long-time trainer, Charles “Buddy” Bereal, on Oct. 10 after Bereal passed away suddenly from a heart attack.
Visinia, 30, is from, Clinton, Illinois, a small town with a population of 7,500. He travelled to California to train with Bereal for the last five years. When Bereal passed away unexpectedly, Jermaine Lefeiloai, Buddy’s long-time assistant trainer, stepped in to finish out Natu’s training camp.
The star-studded, four-bout World Series of Fighting (www.wsof.com) world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event headlined by a welterweight (170 pounds) showdown between superstars Jake Shields (30-7-1) of San Francisco, Calif. and Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (22-5) of Edmonton, Alberta Canada will re-air three times on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) over the course of the next month, beginning tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 11:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. PST.
Following tonight’s showing, the two-hour telecast will re-air again on NBCSN on Friday, Oct. 24, beginning at 10:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. PST and on Monday, Nov. 17, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST.
The action-packed card, co-headlined by the first-ever World Series of Fighting world heavyweight championship bout between Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-1) of Calgary, Alberta Canada and Derrick “Caveman” Mehmen (18-6) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was highlighted by three blazing, first-round finishes.
Former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks has surely received his share of negative press over the years. Many consider him just a footnote in heavyweight history. The man Muhammad Ali “loaned” his title to. Leon was much more than that.
One should first look at his decorated amateur career. Before entering the professional ranks Leon racked up a stellar 178-7 record. He won the National A.A.U. light heavyweight championship three years in a row (1974-76). He then captured the 1976 Olympic Gold Medal. He was more than ready for the pro ranks. He turned professional in 1977 and in his fourth fight; he took out seasoned veteran Pedro Agosto in one round. Two fights later, he drew with rugged contender Scott LeDoux. In his next bout he upset undefeated Alfio Righetti.
“I still get emotional every time I see Mike, whether it’s a video, photo, hear his voice, or especially when he walks into the office here at IMP.”—Steve Lott
In the amazing song Biko, written by Peter Gabriel, he sings the following lyric: “You can blow out a candle, but you can’t blow out a fire. Once the flames begin to catch, the wind will blow it higher.” This very lyric sums up the relationship between the former two time Heavyweight Champion of the World, Mike Tyson and Steve Lott. Steve, no stranger to RSR has been here before several years ago when he did an in depth interview with us.
Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live international broadcast of the Global Fighting Championship 4: Hari vs. Quarteron kickboxing megashow from Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. ET, featuring “The Bad Boy” Badr Hari against reigning IKF Muay Thai champion Patrice Quarteron, plus a one night four-man single elimination heavyweight tournament featuring Melvin Manhoef, Ismael Lazaar, Tai Tuivasa and Mohamed Karim with a million dirham cash prize up for grabs.
Osumanu Akaba, of Ghana, who had a nine-fight knockout streak snapped in his most recent fight, steps in against Edner Cherry in a 10-round junior lightweight contest on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.
Akaba replaces Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, who injured his right wrist in training last Thursday.
The Cherry-Akaba bout and the Steve Cunningham-Natu Visinia heavyweight 10-rounder will be televised live by NBCSN on its popular Fight Night series beginning at 9 pm (ET).
Anthem Media Group Inc.announced today the world’s premier combat sports television channel Fight Network and the first-ever channel dedicated to fantasy sports FNTSY Sports Network are available on the recently launched live streaming website KlowdTV.com.
Both networks are available in KlowdTV’s Sports Package in HD for $8.48 per month.
Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network are owned by Anthem Media Group Inc., a global leader in operating targeted channels on linear, digital and mobile platforms.
Steve “USS” Cunningham and wife Livvy were fighting for their daughter Kennedy’s life before she was even born. Now, as Kennedy awaits a heart transplant 300 miles away in Pittsburgh, PA, Cunningham prepares to step into the ring Saturday against a young, undefeated prospect with an 80 percent (8 of 10) knockout-to-win ratio.
Livvy and Kennedy Cunningham moved to Pittsburgh several weeks ago to be close to their doctors in the event a heart is found for Kennedy. Steve stayed in Philadelphia with their two sons, Cruz and Steve Jr., and trained for his Oct. 18 bout against Natu Visinia at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The separation has been difficult for this close-knit family.