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Category Archives: Dementia Pugilistica

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, George Thomas Clark, Jerry Quarry, Joe Frazier, Methamphetamine, Mike Quarry, Muhammad Ali, Prisons, Stein Steinbeck, Stephen King, Theft

Calling Gennady Golovkin

I wait several days after the fight before calling Gennady Golovkin. “This is Tom, Gennady, how you doin’?” “Great, no problems.” “You sure?” “I’m rich guy strolling along beautiful beach with my family.” “That’s exactly why you should retire now.” Silence envelops the phone. “Gennady?” “You’re crazy,” he says. “You’ll never receive better advice.” “I […]

Also posted in Boxing, Canelo Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather, Gennady Golovkin, Golden Boy Promotions, Ray Robinson

Here’s Bobby Chacon – In Memoriam

(Boxing champion Bobby Chacon died today. This story first appeared in September 2015 and its republication today is the second of two tributes.) Lots of people think because I can’t talk much I don’t know what’s going on but let me tell you, I know plenty. On this beautiful Sunday we’re right down the street […]

Also posted in Bobby Chacon, Boxing

Muhammad Ali Voted Greatest of All Time

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

Also posted in Boxing, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, 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, Muhammad Ali, 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, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali

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, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Racism, Vietnam

Yaqui Lopez Remembers

Please trust that people often used to tell me, “You have the best memory of anyone I ever met.” I could, and often still can, recall details of events decades ago and usually enhance the anecdote by noting the month and year: I moved to California in July 1958, I got my first car in […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bobby Chacon, Boxing, Drugs, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Yaqui Lopez

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, Disneyland, Johnny Carson, Ken Norton, Los Angeles, Muhammad Ali, Sacramento, Tony Lopez, Yaqui Lopez

Fidel Recalls Benny Paret

(On a recent night I received a phone call from Fidel Castro who wanted to discuss many issues, especially Benny Paret). Fidel Castro – You’re responsible for the death of Benny “Kid” Paret. George Thomas Clark – Come on. I was nine at the time and didn’t even see his third fight with Emile Griffith […]

Also posted in Benny Paret, Boxing, Emile Griffith, Fidel Castro, Gene Fullmer, George Thomas Clark

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, Floyd Mayweather, Gambling, Las Vegas, Marcos Maidana, Muhammad Ali, Ray Robinson, Warren Buffett

Matthew Saad Muhammad Goes Home

Where you going big brother? Please don’t run so fast. I’m only five and can’t catch you and mommy’s dead and our aunt only wants you, I guess, and now I’m alone and it’s getting dark and cold and I’m scared someone’s going to get me I hope this policeman will help. I think he […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Lou Gehrig, Marvin Johnson, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Philadelphia, Yaqui Lopez

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, Don King, George Foreman, 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, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Wladimir Klitschko

The Final Round

I’m sick of being poor and living in a slum. I’m tired of being hungry. I want a nice house and car and good clothes and someday I want a family. I’m not going to get those things through school in Indonesia. There are too many students and I don’t like school much, anyway, and […]

Also posted in Boxing, Indonesia, Poverty, Tubagas Sakti

Sam Langford Today

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

Also posted in Bobby Chacon, Boxing, Jerry Quarry, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Ray Robinson

Puerto Rican Trilogy

This story is from the collection “Puerto Rican Trilogy”

Also posted in Boxing, Brain, Edwin Rosario, Hector Camacho, Puerto Rico, Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, Wilfred Benitez

Toe to Toe with Bobby Chacon

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

Also posted in Bazooka Limon, Bobby Chacon, Boxing, Los Angeles, Ray Mancini, Ruben Olivares, San Fernando Valley

Visiting Roberto Duran

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

Also posted in Boxing, Don King, Marvin Hagler, Panama, Panama City, Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, Wilfred Benitez

Chiseled Boxer

boxer chisels body to prepare brain for slaughter

Also posted in Boxing, Health, Poetry - GTC

Smokin’ Joe

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

Also posted in Boxing, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Poetry - GTC

Top Thirteen Heavyweight Champions

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

Also posted in Boxing, George Foreman, 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, Floyd Patterson, George Foreman, George Thomas Clark, Joe Conforte, Joe Frazier, 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, Jerry Quarry, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali

Letters to Three Boxers

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

Also posted in Boxing, Oscar de la Hoya, Riddick Bowe, Roy Jones