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The Commish:

Woops! My wife just reminded me that I we have a show on Broadway to take in later in NYC. Guess I have to DVR the ESPN show later.

I'll enjoy it whether I am watching at 10:00 pm, midnight or at 5:00a.m.

The rest of you, enjoy it live!

-Randy G.

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The Commish:

"In my youth in the late-1980s I used to VCR a through-the-night UK sports show that showed a Felt Forum fight every week and gave me my introduction to Ed Derian. I don't think it's nostalgia, I genuinely loved his announcing and I loved this tribute even more. Thank you Commish."

I am so thrilled my memory of Derian touched a lot of you.

He was the kind of guy who used to speak with every fan who came up to him after the show was over.

I wish life had a DVR button I could push so I could take that drive down to Philly and spend the day with him.

-Randy G.

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The Commish:

"Boxing during the week is great. I miss Tuesday night fights.

N'dam out boxed Quillin in such a display that I had him winning or a draw despite all the knockdowns he suffered."



Ahh, those "Tuesday Night Fights." Loved 'em and loved being a part of them. Remember, Sean O'Grady replaced me as Al Albert's sidekick when I had to leave my broadcast post in 1988 when I became Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission.

For sure, brownsugar, Curtis Stevens will show a lot more zip than he gave to me, The Shadow and Gerry Cooney last week on SiriusXM. Whew, if he fights like that against N'Jikam, he's going to KTFO'd for sure.

However, I don't expect a bad performance or off-night from Stevens. He had a superb training camp, and also worked with Danny Jacobs, helping him prepare for his recent bout on Showtime.

So, Stevens is ready. He's a world-class fighter.

He's just not a world-class interview.

-Randy G.

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The Commish:

Sugar Ray influenced so many of you young guys--and many of us older ones, as well. I was fortunate to have been the Associate Editor and later the Editor-in-Chief of The Ring whenSRL was in his prime.

Next week's "Commissioner's Corner" will be a dream match, in which one of the fighters will be SRL.

-Randy G.

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brownsugar:

Leonard is probably the best fighter I've ever seen( I'm sure better ones will come or may already be here).. It will be a pleasure to watch the show just to hear him commentate.
It was Leonard who inspired me to find out that the age of 25 is too late to begin boxing ( and be very good at it)

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brownsugar:

Deep I wished N'Dam had won that fight too....earlier today on an article on BS he said he hadn't fully recovered from oral surgery in his fight with Quillin......This fight could go several different ways...a shut out for N'Dam, it could turn into a brawl, or a KO for Stevens. NDam got his last 3 wins "off camera" so its hard to tell what he looks like but we do know Stevens can still score a KO late in the fight.

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deepwater2:

Boxing during the week is great. I miss Tuesday night fights.

N'dam out boxed Quillin in such a display that I had him winning or a draw despite all the knockdowns he suffered.

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brownsugar:

Yeah... I can surely use a couple of those...lol..
Hopefully Curtis will exhibit more intensity tonight than he did with Shadow and the Commish on the Sirus XM Talk Show.........And hopefully N'Dam is not in track- star mode.
I expect a good quality fight nonetheless.

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amayseng:

Good reminder, yes we get fights on Wednesday night, half way through the work week with a solid card and maybe a few Coronas will def help my work week.

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amayseng:

The more you hear the more you learn what a class act and good guy Dan was.

Another sad passing that will hurt the sport we so love.

Thanks for the article and info, much appreciated.

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gibola:

In my youth in the late-1980s I used to VCR a through-the-night UK sports show that showed a Felt Forum fight every week and gave me my introduction to Ed Derian. I don't think it's nostalgia, I genuinely loved his announcing and I loved this tribute even more. Thank you Commish.

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The Commish:

"I'm so sorry to hear of Ed Derian's passing. He was my favorite ring announcer. I always loved his "now in the blue corner, he hails from so and so, he has a record of so and so with x number of big knockouts, etc. and then the double last name". The guy was a classic. A few months ago I googled his name because I wanted to see if he was still alive. This man was/is boxing history. Roast I like your story too, though tragic. I too found a friend I knew in high school. A very sweet girl now a woman. She has medical issues but nothing terminal, thank God. She really has had to trust me to respond on FB and said that some people can't deal with her health issues. But I plan on seeing her in a few months and making the visit you and the Commish weren't able to. Nice writing Commish about a legend in our sport."

Please do make that trip, Dave. I am going to always regret not taking a day off and spending it with him. I have one other person I keep saying "next week" about. He's in Florida. Well, I just made my airline reservation to visit him. There will be no more saying "next week" for me.

Thanks for the response to my memories of Ed Derian.

-Randy G.

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dino da vinci:

Welcome yomi.

I score even rounds even. Thought that only fair. If a round is too close to call, then it's an even round. Today's judges have a difficult time identifying the winner of clear-cut rounds, why would we want to go down the road where we're splitting atoms?

I will definitely score this one. Thanks for posting.

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dino da vinci:

Prayers on behalf of the Goossen family. Rest In Peace, Mr Goossen.

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amayseng:

I agree that he lacked ring generalship, but I had him ahead of Froch and Whooping Abraham like a red headed step child before the flagrant foul.

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stormcentre:

Andre Dirrell is a brilliantly skilled fighter, that often shines in fights that resemble closely contested sparring sessions.

His two main problems - on the big stage and against fighters not easily deterred - centre around (his) power and (their) punch resistance and overall resilience.

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DaveB:

I'm so sorry to hear of Ed Derian's passing. He was my favorite ring announcer. I always loved his "now in the blue corner, he hails from so and so, he has a record of so and so with x number of big knockouts, etc. and then the double last name". The guy was a classic. A few months ago I googled his name because I wanted to see if he was still alive. This man was/is boxing history. Roast I like your story too, though tragic. I too found a friend I knew in high school. A very sweet girl now a woman. She has medical issues but nothing terminal, thank God. She really has had to trust me to respond on FB and said that some people can't deal with her health issues. But I plan on seeing her in a few months and making the visit you and the Commish weren't able to. Nice writing Commish about a legend in our sport.

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SouthPaul:

10 count for one of 10 Goosen's finest. Him and his brother Joe definitely brought class and style to the game. Both always sharply dressed!

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stormcentre:

Nice piece Mike.

Moving on . . .

So (in response to Oscar's claims) GBP works for Canelo eh?

Not the other way around?

I'd like to see how that contract is written.

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The Commish:

"Stevens is a bore"


His interviews, though, are great for insomniacs!

-Randy G.

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yomi:

"First of all, Yomi, welcome to the site, as least as a poster on these threads.



The fight was competitive in every round. Many of the rounds were down-to-the-wire close, making those who were judging (us included) stop to think, "Okay, who should I give that round to?"



For that reason, for the incredible competitiveness of the fight, I can understand almost any score. This was not a horrendous decision. This was not Bradley-Pacquiao I. Hopefully, though, a rematch is ordered by the WBO. It certainly is a fight worth seeing again.



-Randy G."




Whoops, I may have got a bit ahead of myself there...

Thanks for the welcome to the forum Randy. I've been reading the site on a regular basis for a few months now (ever since that amazing series of articles by Springs Toldeo on Little Tiger Wade), this is the first time I've commented.



In response to your points on Abraham-Smith: I could understand almost any close score card.

Three landslide score cards for the house fighter (in Germany) just screams "fix" to me. The 119-109 scorecard was just ... wrong.

I agree that it wasn't Bradley-Pacquiao I, but it was a very cynical ending to what had been a pretty good bout.

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deepwater2:

The golden boy making the fights we want. Oscar took on the best and wants to make the best fights. It's the formula to make a fighter great. No boxing fan can be disappointed in that.



BJ Bill's wife might have given the answer, what difference does it make!? In response to your question.

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amayseng:

Wonderful guy and fighter. What a true warrior. Man what a left body hook.

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Kid Blast:

Stevens is a bore

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Radam G:

"I'm not high on Stevens. He's an entertainer who doesn't get it. We had him on the show last week. From what I understood, Kathy Duva asked to have him on.



Then his publicist set up the interview, giving the impression of a serious organization -- first promoter then PR manager arranging for an interview -- which would make you think the dude would be prepared or at least enthused to speak on his next fight.



Instead, he called from what sounded like a $2 phone with a $2 service, gave the most canned answers, appeared completely uninterested to the point of disgust, eventually got disconnected and didn't bother to call back for a segment allotted to him.



Gerry Cooney tried his absolute best to get this dry dude to open up, be friendly with him, assuage him, work his ego...Nothing!



If he was just a quiet guy, OK. But he's not. He just appears surly with the media.



And peep this, brother. Just one day prior to his "cameo" he was complaining about guys getting shots for various reasons.



Well, Curtis Stevens had an open mic to speak, state his case, cut a promo and get people to care about him.



He failed -- and failed miserably.



This is professional sports. Doing media is part of the job description whether you like it or not.



And especially in boxing, an industry where the business model is one that models that of Hollywood more than the NBA, one that models professional wrestling more than the NFL, one where your entire earning's potential is predicated on YOU making people CARE about whether/when YOU perform!



Again, he failed -- and failed miserably.



One guy who didn't fail was one Deontay Wilder on last night's show or Shannon Briggs. That's how you do an interview."




You get a dude like Curt-Stev to talk by calling his pops lazy and ugly and his moms fat and can't cook. And saying that his uncle Troy Lee can stay outta jail. Hehehe! Curt-Stev would've open up a can of kick-@$$ then. GOAT Ali used to get every mouth-tight dude to holla with this formula. Holla!

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The Commish:

"I'm not high on Stevens. He's an entertainer who doesn't get it. We had him on the show last week. From what I understood, Kathy Duva asked to have him on.

Then his publicist set up the interview, giving the impression of a serious organization -- first promoter then PR manager arranging for an interview -- which would make you think the dude would be prepared or at least enthused to speak on his next fight.

Instead, he called from what sounded like a $2 phone with a $2 service, gave the most canned answers, appeared completely uninterested to the point of disgust, eventually got disconnected and didn't bother to call back for a segment allotted to him.

Gerry Cooney tried his absolute best to get this dry dude to open up, be friendly with him, assuage him, work his ego...Nothing!

If he was just a quiet guy, OK. But he's not. He just appears surly with the media.

And peep this, brother. Just one day prior to his "cameo" he was complaining about guys getting shots for various reasons.

Well, Curtis Stevens had an open mic to speak, state his case, cut a promo and get people to care about him.

He failed -- and failed miserably.

This is professional sports. Doing media is part of the job description whether you like it or not.

And especially in boxing, an industry where the business model is one that models that of Hollywood more than the NBA, one that models professional wrestling more than the NFL, one where your entire earning's potential is predicated on YOU making people CARE about whether/when YOU perform!

Again, he failed -- and failed miserably.

One guy who didn't fail was one Deontay Wilder on last night's show or Shannon Briggs. That's how you do an interview."


I am so glad you have been on hand to hear and partake in these interviews. Some guys get it. Some don't. We almost serve as an outlet for them. We let them talk about anything they want, including their sponsors. Anything! Then guys like Curtis Stevens comes on and sounds as if he's doing us a favor by being there.

Guess what, Curtis? There's no media surge at the doors of Main Events, pleading to hear some of your wit and wisdom and enjoy your sense of humor. You call yourself "Showtime." That's obviously you inside a ring. Because outside, you are anything but "Showtime." You are "Curtains Down."

As Don King used to tell his fighters who had zero charisma in a back room after a press conference, "Get a personality, son. Go do that and I'll get you some money!"

-Randy G.

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The Shadow:

"Maybe you did! They have two other job openings also. Spanish is a prerequisite ."

Yeah, I just saw. I also saw that that particular entity was founded this year. One thing about the guy is that he has several companies; the one I know about is in Encino. This one is in Vegas.

The domain he has listed is still parked, not yet in use. So this must be for whatever he has planned, the fact that he needs someone Spanish speaking says quite a bit, I think.

Or maybe it's just to handle some of his Latin fighters. Nice digging!

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deepwater2:

"No, didn't get to question him about that! I was going to, I was hoping THAT would get him to talk. Then he got disconnected.

Hahaha, nice ad! Who knows, maybe I posted it! ;)"


Maybe you did! They have two other job openings also. Spanish is a prerequisite .

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The Shadow:

"The chin checker is getting into his extra angry mode two days before his fight. Can't blame for not going on an emotional rant so close to fight time and the weigh in. N'dam has a chance in the fight. He out boxed Quillin and I had him winning despite the 10 times he got dropped.

I missed the show but did you guys question him over his al Haymon statements?

Something to the tune that Taylor is shot and is only in the fight because of funny business behind the scenes.

And Al Haymon is bad for boxing.


I saw that Haymon boxing is hiring on LinkedIn . Shadow I thought of you. Here is the job description

Social Media/Digital Content Strategist
Haymon Boxing Management
Las Vegas, Nevada Area - Sep 16, 2014
Haymon Boxing Management, the world’s premier boxing management company, headquartered in Las Vegas, NV, is searching for an experienced Social Media & Digital Content Strategist, with solid experience and a record of success in online marketing and social channels. The Social & ..."


No, didn't get to question him about that! I was going to, I was hoping THAT would get him to talk. Then he got disconnected.

Hahaha, nice find, Deep! Who knows, maybe I posted it! ;)

JK!

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deepwater2:

The chin checker is getting into his extra angry mode two days before his fight. Can't blame for not going on an emotional rant so close to fight time and the weigh in. N'dam has a chance in the fight. He out boxed Quillin and I had him winning despite the 10 times he got dropped.

I missed the show but did you guys question him over his al Haymon statements?

Something to the tune that Taylor is shot and is only in the fight because of funny business behind the scenes.

And Al Haymon is bad for boxing.


I saw that Haymon boxing is hiring on LinkedIn . Shadow I thought of you. Here is the job description

Social Media/Digital Content Strategist
Haymon Boxing Management
Las Vegas, Nevada Area - Sep 16, 2014
Haymon Boxing Management, the world’s premier boxing management company, headquartered in Las Vegas, NV, is searching for an experienced Social Media & Digital Content Strategist, with solid experience and a record of success in online marketing and social channels. The Social & ...

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