In Boxing News: Rahman-Toney on HBO Saturday night heating up
David Avila, TSSâ€™s man on the west coast, visits the campus of the University of James Toney. Inside Hollywood's Wild Card Gym, Toney bellows out commands: â€œShut up and watch.â€? School is definitely in session.
Lem Satterfield at the Baltimore Sun gives us a sympathetic portrait of Baltimore native Hasim Rahman. He looks at Rockâ€™s turbulent career with the aid of hindsight and without rose-colored glasses, and tells us that Bob Arum joins Rahman's fight. â€œHasim Rahman is eminently promotable,â€? said Top Rankâ€™s CEO. â€œAnd if he does his part, he ain't walking down any street without people knowing who he is. He has a great personality. He can be a major sports star, and I believe he will.â€? Rahman reportedly stands to make $1.5 million against Toney, which has led to a â€œrebirth in his enthusiasm and the downsizing of his entourage.â€? â€œMy whole team has had a makeover,â€? Rahman said. â€œLet's be honest,â€? countered Freddie Roach in The Las Vegas Review Journal. â€œHe's looked good one fight in his life. He knocked out Lennox Lewis. What has he done since? Who has he beaten? He's lost to all of them.â€? Ron Borges of the Boston Globe reports that James Toney is not only swelling from food, he weighed 251 last week, he is also swelling with confidence. â€œI know how to fight. If you're bigger and badder than me, let me see. Prove it to me. Fight me. I beat Evander Holyfield, right? Knocked him out. Now, a year earlier, he was beating up Hasim Rahman. Everybody in the Baltimore area knows I'm a real fighter and they know Rahman ain't.â€? Rick Folstad, our fight guy down on mainland Cuba, calls for a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T for James â€œLights Outâ€? Toney. â€œHeâ€™s like the schoolyard bully who struts around the playground puffing out his chest and bragging about how bad he is,â€? writes Folstad. â€œYou figure heâ€™s all talk until he fattens your lip.â€? At 5-foot-9 Toneyâ€™s kinda short for a heavyweight, but Mike Tyson was a short guy too, and he did okay. â€œI love beating bigger heavyweights up,â€? Toney confessed. â€œI feel like Iâ€™m walking through a buffetâ€? â€¦ The Times Herald-Record reports that Lou Savarese will unretire and begin his third comeback Saturday on the undercard of a Shannon Briggs show in Fort Smith, Ark. Savarese was great playing the heavy in â€œThe Sopranos.â€? He should stick with that. â€œObviously I'm not doing it for the money,â€?' Savarese said â€“ his purse is $2,500 â€“ â€œIt's hard for people to be inside myself.â€? Truer words were never spoken â€¦ The London Free Press, in honor of Dave Kindredâ€™s recently-released â€œSound and Furyâ€? (Simon & Schuster, $37), revisits the curious relationship between Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell. The men had shared objectives â€“ Cosell was Boswell to Aliâ€™s Johnson â€“ but they were as different as night and day: white/black, Jew/Muslim, ugly/handsome, toupee/hair. Cosell could be an impressive journalist, but he was an easy man to dislike. â€œI have tried to like Howard,â€? wrote legendary New York sports columnist Red Smith. â€œI have failed.â€?
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