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Leon Spinks: “Heart of Gold”

By Scoop Malinowski 1978 was the beginning of my love affair with boxing. Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” sparked the interest to look at the real sport and then the likes of Ken Norton, Roberto Duran, George Foreman, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Leon Spinks and many others sustained the ...

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Biofile J. Russell Peltz Interview

By Scoop Malinowski Status: Hall of Fame boxing promoter. Inducted in 2004. DOB: December 9, 1946  In: Philadelphia, PA Last book read: The River Of No Return by Cleveland Sellers. Favorite sport outside boxing:  College basketball Greatest career moment:  Bennie Briscoe’s 5th-round knockout of Tony Mundine in 1974 in Paris. ...

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Ray Arcel Interviewed By Dick Cavett

Former late night talk show king Dick Cavett is one of my inspirations and it’s a joy to watch his old 70s and 80s conversations with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Racquel Welch, Orson Welles, Sophia Loren, Mike Tyson. Accidentally I found he did a 30 minute sitdown ...

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Jockey Great Jorge Velasquez Loves Boxing

Just before Panama imported Roberto Duran into the American boxing scene in 1971 there was another sports figure from Panama who made a major mark. Jockey Jorge Velasquez won more races than any other jockey in America in 1967. In 1969, the 23 year old Velasquez was the top jockey ...

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Biofile: Michael Buffer Interview

By Scoop Malinowski STATUS: Boxing’s premier ring announcer. DOB: November 2, 1944 In: Philadelphia, PA HOBBIES/INTERESTS: “I like to play around with the stereo and equipment…much to the dismay of my wife [smiles]. When I’m home (Encino Hills, CA), I make sure the garden looks great. (Do you play any ...

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Biofile: Hector Camacho Interview

By Scoop Malinowski Status: Former WBC Super Featherweight, WBC Lightweight and WBO Junior Welterweight champion compiled a pro record of 79-6-3 (38 KOs) in a career that spanned 1980-2010. DOB: May 24, 1962 In: Bayamon, Puerto Rico Died: Nov. 24, 2012 Childhood Heroes: “Muhammad Ali. Ray Leonard.” Early Boxing Memory: ...

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Biofile: Mark Breland Interview

By Scoop Malinowski Status: Former Welterweight champion. Retired in 1997 with a record of 35-3-1, 25 KOs. DOB: May 11, 1963 In: Brooklyn, NY Childhood Hero: “Sugar Ray Robinson.” Nicknames: “Little Hitman. Neck Piece – when I was playin’ basketball, ’cause I had a long neck.” Childhood Dream: “I didn’t ...

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Mike Tyson: The Ultimate Inspiration

By Scoop Malinowski Everybody knows the Mike Tyson story: Rags to riches, Brooklyn ghetto to global icon status, kid criminal to fistic kingpin, youngest heavyweight champ in history, most explosive boxer to ever lace up the gloves. And the world saw his ups and down, highs and lows. The epic ...

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Al Capone Tried To Fix Dempsey vs. Tunney II

By Scoop Malinowski The book “Dempsey” authored by Jack and his daughter Barbara Piattelli Dempsey is chock full of anecdotes and revelations. One revelation regarding gangster Al Capone particularly stands out. On page 217, Dempsey drops the bombshell that his pal Capone, wanted to influence the outcome of the Dempsey ...

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Bernard Hopkins: Nobody Did It Better

By Scoop Malinowski Bernard Hopkins is the greatest fighter I ever saw. Not the most exciting, no. But the smartest and most dedicated. Until the age of FIFTY he stayed at the world elite class level and still never took a beating. He did not possess extraordinary handspeed or punching ...

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