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Close Encounters With Floyd Patterson

I did a Biofile interview with Floyd Patterson in 1994 which was later published in the magazine Boxing 94. For a gesture of immense gratitude for a former world heavyweight champion giving me, an amateur reporter, a full page interview, I mailed Floyd a copy of the magazine and to ...

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Bob Dylan Knows Boxing

American songwriter Bob Dylan is an expert not only in the art of creating and performing music but also prizefighting. Former WBC Light Heavyweight champion Donny Lalonde had an experience in New York City where he learned about Dylan’s world class boxing acumen. “Bob Dylan was in my corner before ...

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James Toney Says He’s Fighting Tyson Next

The boxing buzz is that Mike Tyson is supposed to fight Evander Holyfield next, in an exhibition fight that will generate $100 to $200 million. Tyson pal Zab Judah said last week the deal is signed, sealed and delivered. But today James Toney has declared a contradictory schedule of events ...

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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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Boycott Haymon Out Of Boxing For Ruining Crawford’s Career

By Scoop Malinowski Al Haymon has sent out Keith Thurman to denounce Bob Arum and Terence Crawford, with an angry interview this week. It’s more media manipulation by Haymon with the intent to continue to ostracize and freeze out Crawford from beating his key welterweights Thurman, Errol Spence and Danny ...

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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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