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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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Joshua vs Fury: The Stage Is Set

Very impressed by Anthony Joshua’s perfect masterpiece win vs Kubrat Pulev last night at Wembley. Total domination, total control over a tough challenger. AJ is in his prime now and ready for unification with Tyson Fury, which will be the near equivalent of Ali vs Frazier, Lennox vs Holy, Holmes ...

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Biofile: Jack Dempsey Interview

By Scoop Malinowski This Biofile was done on April 15, 1997 in New York City with Jack’s wife Deanna Dempsey. Status:  Former World Heavyweight champion 1919-1926. DOB: June 24, 1895  In:  Manassa, Colorado Childhood Hero:  “John L. Sullivan.” Nicknames:  Kid Blackie, Manassa Mauler (from Damon Runyan), Manassa Jack, The Man ...

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Biofile: Andrew Golota Interview

Status: Former four-time heavyweight title challenger. 1988 Olympic bronze medalist. Ring record 41-9-1 (33 KOs) Ht: 6-4 Wt: 241 Born On: January 5, 1968 In: Warsaw, Poland Childhood Hero: “Muhammad Ali. I saw him on TV – his fight with Foreman. Amazing knockout. But beside that both fighters looked like ...

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