Author Archives: Rick Assad

W.C. Heinz: When The Subject Was Boxing, Perhaps No Writer Was Better

W.C. Heinz: When The Subject Was Boxing, Perhaps No Writer Was Better

During the mid-20th century when there were about a dozen daily newspapers in New York City, three sportswriting giants loomed large. They were Walter "Red'' Smith of the Herald Tribune, Jimmy Cannon at the Daily News, Post and Journal-American, and W.C. Heinz at the Sun. Of the trio, Heinz, w...

Remembering Jerry Quarry: The ‘Bridesmaid’ in a Golden Era of Heavyweights

Remembering Jerry Quarry: The ‘Bridesmaid’ in a Golden Era of Heavyweights

On Tuesday, May 15, Jerry Quarry would have celebrated his 73rd birthday. Quarry was never the heavyweight champion of the world, but he sure fought like one. Relatively short for a heavyweight at six-feet and weighing roughly 190 pounds, Quarry was all heart. Quarry competed against some of the ...

Remembering Mando Ramos: A Fleeting Comet on the SoCal Boxing Scene

Remembering Mando Ramos: A Fleeting Comet on the SoCal Boxing Scene

Mando Ramos seemingly had the proverbial tiger by the tail at age 20 when he became boxing's youngest lightweight champion. Ramos reached the summit when he scored a technical knockout victory over Carlos "Teo" Cruz in the 11th round on Feb. 18, 1969, earning the World Boxing Association and Worl...

Will The Fourth Time be a Charm for Tenacious Ray Beltran?

Will The Fourth Time be a Charm for Tenacious Ray Beltran?

In ice hockey when a player scores three goals in a game, it's called a hat trick. For Ray Beltran, he's tallied his version of a hat trick, but in a negative way after challenging for the World Boxing Organization's lightweight championship three times, only to fall short on each occasion. St...

Floyd Mayweather’s Legacy

Floyd Mayweather’s Legacy

If this was Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s final fight, and he said it was, then the five-time world champion exited the squared circle with a bang on Saturday before 14,623 fans at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. One of the most polarizing athletes ever, Mayweather capped his storied boxing career 50...

Looking back at the Topsy-Turvy Life of Mike Tyson Who Turns 51 This Week

Looking back at the Topsy-Turvy Life of Mike Tyson Who Turns 51 This Week

With the possible exception of the immortal Muhammad Ali, it seems that more words have been written about Mike Tyson than any other boxer. And that's saying a mouthful given the thousands upon thousands of young men with colorful stories and pasts that have stepped into the ring. Tyson...

Award-Winning Writer John Schulian Reflects on his Days on the Boxing Beat

Award-Winning Writer John Schulian Reflects on his Days on the Boxing Beat

By RICK ASSAD Bill Shoemaker was born to ride thoroughbred race horses. Pablo Picasso to paint. Tony Bennett to sing. Marlon Brando to act. John Schulian to write. Schulian has written for six newspapers including the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times and Philadelphia Daily News, ...

Berkow Shined Ringside

Berkow Shined Ringside

Taking nothing away from baseball, football, basketball, or hockey, it seems no sport lends itself to gifted wordsmiths like boxing does. The list of notable writers who have spent time ringside in front of a typewriter, word processor or laptop include such giants as Norman Mailer, George Plimpt...