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Category Archives: George Foreman

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, Ireland, Joe Frazier, Las Vegas, Muhammad Ali, 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, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston

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, Holly Holm, Joe Frazier, Mixed Martial Arts, Ronda Rousey, YouTube

Pacquiao’s Super Surgery

Frankly, I’ve been besieged by Manny Pacquiao’s managers, trainers, and relatives who for personal and financial reasons want me to not only repair his injured shoulder but make it manifestly better. I told them Dr. Elpedio Marcos does not deal with intermediaries; have Manny call me. Last night, he did. “What’s the best you can […]

Also posted in Boxing, DNA, Floyd Mayweather, Genetics, Gennady Golovkin, Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao, Philippines

Alexander Hamilton v. Aaron Burr

On the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, beneath majestic cliffs in the wooded Heights of Weehawken, I sprinted toward two men ten paces apart facing each other with pistols pointed as their seconds stood well to the side, backs to the duelists. “Throw down your guns, gentlemen,” I shouted. “Are you a runaway […]

Also posted in Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, Boxing, Duels

Brawling with Dwight Braxton

In July 1982 I was a part-time laborer who took improper medications and lived in north Sacramento, an old and wretched place for people who could do no better. I think those circumstances contributed to the rather bloodthirsty tone of this piece: My desire to watch Dwight Braxton ply his fists to an opponent’s flesh […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Evander Holyfield, Michael Spinks, Sacramento, World War II

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, Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali, 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, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, 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, Jack Dempsey, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, 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, Jack Dempsey, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, Red Grange, Sonny Liston, Wilt Chamberlain

Dashing Dempsey

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

Also posted in Boxing, Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali, NSA

Heavyweight Champions Respond

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

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

The George Foreman Addiction

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

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

Top Thirteen Heavyweight Champions

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

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Jack Johnson, Joe Frazier, 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 Thomas Clark, Joe Conforte, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Murder, Mustang Ranch, Nevada, New York City, Oscar Bonavena, Prostitution, Reno