Author Archives: Arne K. Lang

Ferdie Pacheco, the Famous Fight Doctor, Dead at Age 89

Ferdie Pacheco, the Famous Fight Doctor, Dead at Age 89

Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, a raconteur and Renaissance man who was Muhammad Ali’s personal physician from 1962 to 1977, died last night in his sleep at his home in Miami. Pacheco was 89 years old. The son of a pharmacist, Pacheco was raised in the Ybor City section of Tampa, also known as Little Havan...

Esteemed Cut Man and Trainer Rafael Garcia Passes Away at Age 88

Esteemed Cut Man and Trainer Rafael Garcia Passes Away at Age 88

Rafael Garcia, a fixture on the Las Vegas boxing scene for decades, passed away Tuesday morning (Nov. 13) from complications of leukemia at age 88. In recent years, Garcia was best known as Floyd Mayweather's cut man and hand wrapper. He was instantly recognizable by his ever-present beret which was...

Cletus Seldin Brought the Hammer to the Nassau Coliseum

Cletus Seldin Brought the Hammer to the Nassau Coliseum

The most impressive performance last weekend -- when measured against the level of expectation – was turned in by Cletus Seldin. Fighting at the Nassau Coliseum in an undercard bout that was part of the HBO telecast, Seldin knocked his opponent Roberto Ortiz to the canvas in the first 30 seconds a...

Fast Results From Long Island: Miller, Jacobs, and Seldin Triumphant

Fast Results From Long Island: Miller, Jacobs, and Seldin Triumphant

Matchroom Boxing honcho Eddie Hearn made his first foray into the U.S. market on Saturday, Nov. 11. With an assist from local promoters Dmitry Salita and Joe DeGuardia, Hearn promoted a nine-fight card at the renovated Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island. Three of those fights were p...

To Russia With Gloves: Sad To Say, But Ricardo Mayorga Isn’t Done Yet

To Russia With Gloves: Sad To Say, But Ricardo Mayorga Isn’t Done Yet

In June of 2004, Ricardo Mayorga told Associated Press writer Filadelfo Aleman that he was bored with boxing and planned to retire after two more fights. Mayorga said he was financially well-off. “I have bought five very big houses, two farms with a good amount of land and I have money saved,” h...

Happy Halloween to The Executioner aka The Alien

Happy Halloween to The Executioner aka The Alien

When Bernard Hopkins rummages around in his closet today for a Halloween costume, he will have two choices. For most of his career he was “The Executioner.” He wore the kind of hooded mask that one associates – thanks to Hollywood horror flicks – with executioners during the Medieval Age. ...

On This Date in Boxing History: Rocky Marciano KOs Joe Louis

On This Date in Boxing History: Rocky Marciano KOs Joe Louis

On Oct. 26th, 1951, a crowd of 17,241 descended on the old Madison Square Garden at 50th Street and Eighth Avenue to witness a 10-round heavyweight fight between Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano. The Rock, a shoemaker’s son from Brockton, Massachusetts, was five fights and 11 months away from winning ...

Meet Cameron Kreal, Boxing’s Best 23-Year-Old “Journeyman”

Meet Cameron Kreal, Boxing’s Best 23-Year-Old “Journeyman”

On a busy boxing weekend that included four world title fights, a small show at Sam’s Town, a locals casino in Las Vegas, attracted nary a mention. It was the only boxing show in town, yet neither of the two daily newspapers saw fit to send a correspondent to cover the event. It was a small sho...

An Unexpected Development Has Rob Brant Poised to Become a Force at 168

An Unexpected Development Has Rob Brant Poised to Become a Force at 168

Looking at the “opening day” rosters for the double-barreled World Boxing Super Series, a 16-man lineup, it appears that Rob Brant was an after-thought. As the fields were being finalized, it dawned on the selection committee that there wasn’t a single fighter in either bracket who was actuall...

R.I.P. Former World Middleweight Champ Terry Downes

R.I.P. Former World Middleweight Champ Terry Downes

It has come to light that Terry Downes died last Friday, Oct. 6, in the London suburb of Watford at age 81. At the time of his death, he was England’s oldest surviving world champion. Downes finished his career with a record of 35-9 with 28 KOs. Most of his losses were stoppages that resulted f...