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Category Archives: Dementia Pugilistica

Podcast – George Thomas Clark is Interviewed about Jerry Quarry

George Thomas Clark is interviewed by Warren Rogan about the talented but tragic heavyweight contender Jerry Quarry, who lost to Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Ken Norton but defeated Earnie Shavers, Floyd Patterson, and Ron Lyle. Click Here for Podcast

Also posted in Boxing, Earnie Shavers, Floyd Patterson, Jerry Quarry, Joe Frazier, 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, 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

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

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

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

Chiseled Boxer

boxer chisels body to prepare brain for slaughter

Also posted in Boxing, Health, Poetry - GTC