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Category Archives: Joe Frazier

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, Methamphetamine, Mike Quarry, Muhammad Ali, 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, Las Vegas, Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard, Ray Robinson

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 Louis, Muhammad Ali

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, Muhammad Ali

Ronda Rousey Returns to Earth

I haven’t been a regular fan of boxing or mixed martial arts for a long time. As a kid and young adult and even into early middle age I used to growl and cheer like millions of other bloodthirsty souls who enjoyed watching people destroy each other. Disappointingly, I don’t recall questioning this behavior. At […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dana White, ESPN.com, Floyd Patterson, George Foreman, Holly Holm, Mixed Martial Arts, Ronda Rousey, YouTube

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, Jose Torres, Lyndon Johnson, Miami, Muhammad Ali, Paul Newman, Richard Nixon, Vietnam, William F. Buckley

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, Kern River, Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao, Michael Buffer, Muhammad Ali, 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, Muhammad Ali

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, Marvin Hart, Muhammad Ali

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, Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Wladimir Klitschko

Sam Langford Today

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

Also posted in Bobby Chacon, Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Jerry Quarry, Muhammad Ali, Ray Robinson

Vitali Klitschko Thinks

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

Also posted in Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Vitali Klitschko, 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, Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, Red Grange, Sonny Liston, Wilt Chamberlain

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 Louis, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko

Top 13 Heavyweight Champions

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

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

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, Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, Olympics

Smokin’ Joe

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

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Muhammad Ali, 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 Louis, Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, 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, Muhammad Ali, 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, Muhammad Ali