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Category Archives: Muhammad Ali

Bobby Quarry in the Bookstore

I feel good this morning after putting on my burgundy workout clothes and running a few miles, like when I was a pro, and now I’m going to be interviewed by George Thomas Clark who wrote “Jerry Quarry from Boxer’s Heaven,” an article I enjoyed about my late brother, the top ranked heavyweight contender years […]

Also posted in Bobby Quarry, Books, Boxing, Death in the Ring, Dementia Pugilistica, George Thomas Clark, Jerry Quarry, Joe Frazier, Methamphetamine, Mike Quarry, Prisons, Stein Steinbeck, Stephen King, Theft

Mayweather Meets McGregor

After more than a half century of watching legendary champions fight each other, and reading about the fistic exploits of ancient titleholders, I, the average wimpy fan, am disturbed that Conor McGregor, a guy with no professional boxing experience, nary a fight, is going to potentially earn a hundred million to debut against one of […]

Also posted in Boxing, Conor McGregor, Donald Trump, Floyd Mayweather, George Foreman, Ireland, Joe Frazier, Las Vegas, Ray Leonard, Ray Robinson

Ali v. Tyson

“Muhammad, you know how much I respect you, but I won the heavyweight championship at twenty,” says Mike Tyson. “You were still a beanpole at that age, and I’d have whipped you.” “I’m not gonna give you the edge even at twenty since you couldn’t have touched the young, dancing Ali. Anyway, let’s set the […]

Also posted in Boxing, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston

Muhammad Ali Voted Greatest of All Time

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis

Ali Drinks Klitschko Kool-Aid

I was the greatest and will be again. Don’t deny I can do it. I’m drinking Klitschko Kool-Aid secretly provided by Wladimir’s diabolical team of scientists who will only let me partake until I’m at my former peak, and no higher. That would be in 1967 when I was the prettiest and fastest heavyweight who […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Wladimir Klitschko

Smokin’ Joe Frazier Remembers Muhammad Ali

This story appears in the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Death in the Ring, Dementia Pugilistica, Joe Frazier

The Ali Legacy

He told you in the sixties he wasn’t going to Vietnam to help the white man continue to oppress people of color around the world. You saw where that led. The United States killed a million people in Southeast Asia and maimed more than that and lost fifty-seven thousand American lives. For what? Martin Luther […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Martin Luther King, Racism, Vietnam

Cassius Clay Again

This story appears in the boxing collection “Death in the Ring.”

Also posted in Boxing, Cassius Clay, Civil Rights, Death in the Ring

Gore Vidal v. William F. Buckley

Many do not know that after World War II, while an undergraduate at Yale, William F. Buckley taught beginning Spanish at the university. As a child in Paris his primary languages had been Spanish and French and, though at age seven he finally began the academic study of English, he would soon spend much time […]

Also posted in Boxing, Chicago, Gore Vidal, Homosexuals, Hubert Humphrey, Joe Frazier, Jose Torres, Lyndon Johnson, Miami, Paul Newman, Richard Nixon, Vietnam, William F. Buckley

Here’s Bobby Chacon

This story appears in the boxing collection Death in the Ring

Also posted in Anaheim, Armando Muniz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bobby Chacon, Boxing, Burt Reynolds, Carlos Palomino, Danny Lopez, Dementia Pugilistica, Disneyland, Johnny Carson, Ken Norton, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Tony Lopez, Yaqui Lopez

Almost Missed Manny and Money

I realize most sports fans and other seekers of excitement planned to watch the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight at cool places like the MGM Grand Arena or packed sports bars or at least at big private parties enlivened by booze. My intention was far more mundane: I’d view the eternally-hyped showdown with my Philippine wife […]

Also posted in Al Bernstein, Bakersfield, Boxing, Bright House, Floyd Mayweather, George Thomas Clark, Jim Lampley, Jimmy Lennon, Joe Frazier, Kern River, Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao, Michael Buffer, Philippines, Roy Jones

Stiverne to Beat Wilder in Heavyweight Title Fight

This week I’ve been watching tapes of Deontay Wilder pole-axe thirty-two straight opponents, most with his whip-cracking right hand. I’ve also checked him out on other occasions. Knockouts, like all traumas, attract attention. Now he has an opportunity to fight Bermane Stiverne, owner of the WBC heavyweight championship belt, the only one not in the […]

Also posted in Bermane Stiverne, Boxing, Deontay Wilder, Jerry Quarry, Joe Frazier

Mayweather Invests in Himself

You might’ve been discouraged by eight to one odds favoring me to again beat Marcos Maidana but don’t worry, I’m going to teach you about prudent investing. Look at it this way. If you bet a thousand bucks on me you’ll earn about a hundred twenty. That’s twelve percent and damn good for a very-short-term […]

Also posted in Billionaires, Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Floyd Mayweather, Gambling, Las Vegas, Marcos Maidana, Ray Robinson, Warren Buffett

Joe Frazier v. Jack Johnson

You’re kidding, right, taking me back to 1905 San Francisco to watch Jack Johnson, a peacock with a mouth big as Clay’s, fight some guy named Marvin Hart who’s got a fat ass. And you think Hart will be heavyweight champion in a year and that Johnson, whose abrasiveness and lawbreaking ruined opportunities for two […]

Also posted in Bob Foster, Boxing, Jack Johnson, Jerry Quarry, Joe Frazier, Marvin Hart

Return of The King

I’m back and know you’ve missed me as much as I’ve missed having you listen to me. I may be the world’s most splendid talker. In public I spellbind, in groups I entertain, and one on one I scare hell out of people. There’s nothing bad in that. That’s life, and a damn good one. […]

Also posted in Bermane Stiverne, Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Don King, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Tim Witherspoon, Wladimir Klitschko

Ali Drinks Klitschko Kool-Aid

I was the greatest and will be again. Don’t deny I can do it. I’m drinking Klitschko Kool-Aid secretly provided by Wladimir’s diabolical team of scientists who will only let me partake until I’m at my former peak, and no higher. That would be in 1967 when I was the prettiest and fastest heavyweight who […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Sonny Liston, Wladimir Klitschko

Final Days of Teofilo Stevenson

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Afghanistan, Boxing, Communism, Cuba, Duane Bobick, Fidel Castro, John Tate, Larry Holmes, Michael Dokes, Teofilio Stevenson

Sam Langford Today

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Bobby Chacon, Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Jerry Quarry, Joe Frazier, Ray Robinson

Rocky Rebuts

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Lennox Lewis, Rocky Marciano, Sonny Liston, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko

Visiting Sonny Liston

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano, Sonny Liston, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko

Vitali Klitschko Thinks

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Jack Dempsey, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko

Gene Tunney Returns

I see Jack Dempsey thinks Shakespeare and I have been hobnobbing in literary heaven. Actually, the truth is rather more mundane. I’ve been competing against experienced thespians, outperforming the louts, and am scheduled to debut as Hamlet, but restrictive political and economic circumstances as well as dreadful sanitation in early 17th century England have compelled […]

Also posted in Boxing, Gene Tunney, George Foreman, Jack Dempsey, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko

Klitschko Versus the Legends

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko

Marciano Dines at Dempsey’s

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Evander Holyfield, Gene Tunney, George Bernard Shaw, Jack Dempsey, Mike Tyson, Rocky Marciano, Vitali Klitschko, William Shakespeare, Wladimir Klitschko

The Dempsey Obsession

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Earnie Shavers, Eldridge Cleaver, Floyd Patterson, Gene Tunney, George Foreman, Jack Dempsey, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Red Grange, Sonny Liston, Wilt Chamberlain

Dashing Dempsey

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, George Foreman, Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Larry Holmes, NSA

Heavyweight Champions Respond

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Gene Tunney, George Foreman, Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko

Archie Moore Records Another Knockout

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring.” Click here for more information about the book.

Also posted in Archie Moore, Boxing, Rocky Marciano, Uncategorized

Top 13 Heavyweight Champions

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis, Rocky Marciano, Sonny Liston

Cassius Clay Again

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Cassius Clay, Vietnam

The George Foreman Addiction

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Advertisements, Boxing, Brain, Evander Holyfield, George Foreman, Gerry Cooney, Gil Clancy, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Olympics

Memories of Emanuel Steward

The email from a friend dropped in my box and simply said: “RIP Emanuel Steward.” I thought this is a mistake, it must be, Steward always looks handsome and healthy on TV, he’s a winner, he’ll live a long time, it must be another guy with the same name who, quickly and privately, withered at […]

Also posted in Boxing, Emanuel Steward, Lennox Lewis, Mixed Martial Arts, Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, Wladimir Klitschko

Smokin’ Joe

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Joe Frazier, Poetry - GTC

Top Thirteen Heavyweight Champions

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, George Foreman, Jack Johnson, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Racism

Wild Life of Oscar Bonavena

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Argentina, Boxing, Buenos Aires, Dementia Pugilistica, Floyd Patterson, George Foreman, George Thomas Clark, Joe Conforte, Joe Frazier, Murder, Mustang Ranch, Nevada, New York City, Oscar Bonavena, Prostitution, Reno

Jerry Quarry from Boxers Heaven

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Jerry Quarry, Joe Frazier

Lennox Lewis Retirement his Biggest Victory

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Lennox Lewis