Author Archives: Rick Folstad

Both Tough, Both Durable…Should Make For A Good Fight

Both Tough, Both Durable…Should Make For A Good Fight

Miguel Cotto is a funny guy. I’m not saying he could do stand-up at the Comedy Club or that he’d be great in a skit on Saturday Night Live. He’s no Steve Martin. But he is funny in the same way a guy stumbling over a log or walking into a spider web is funny. It’s all in good fun as lo...

FOLSTAD Gives Two Thumbs Up To New Book By Steve Canton

FOLSTAD Gives Two Thumbs Up To New Book By Steve Canton

The sad legend of Clyde Mudgett is a gruesome tale about foolish stunts, bad ideas, poor planning and an ex-fighter who was down on his luck and decided the best way to help him out of his poverty was to rob the Anderson Meat Company of its prime beef during closing hours. A fair pro fighter with...

For Andre Berto, Another Shot At Another Shot

For Andre Berto, Another Shot At Another Shot

It’s another shot at another shot. And that might not be enough. If Andre Berto can look good - look very good – against Mexico’s Jesus Soto-Karass (27-8-3, 17 KO’s; pictured above, with Berto on left, in Hogan photo) on Saturday night in their NABF welterweight title fight at the AT&a...

Johnny Bos Is Laid To Rest

Johnny Bos Is Laid To Rest

He didn’t belong down here. He tried to make it work, took an occasional matchmaking job that came around maybe five or six times a year, but his heart was stuck in Brooklyn and Sunset Park where he grew up and spent most of his life. He still loved the Mets and the Knicks, still liked reading ...

Juan Manuel Marquez Conference Call Recap

Juan Manuel Marquez Conference Call Recap

If there’s a shred of self- doubt lurking in the heart and soul of Mexican tough-guy Juan Manuel Marquez, he’s done a pretty good job of hiding it. If it exists, it’s buried under the frustration of knowing you did enough to win, but they never handed you the blue ribbon. Three times he’s...

Tarver Says He'll Beat Cruiser Kayode, Then Go To Heavyweight

Tarver Says He'll Beat Cruiser Kayode, Then Go To Heavyweight

The five young men standing off to the side of the boxing ring looked like they might be on lunch break from their jobs as bankers or tax accountants. Wearing dress slacks and button-down shirts, they looked a little out of place in the gym, like Cadillacs at a tractor pull. They were at Calta’s ...

A Call for Return To Same Day Weigh-Ins

A Call for Return To Same Day Weigh-Ins

A Call for Return To Same Day Weigh-Ins - I once read where a leading physician, after some serious research, claimed that professional boxers who had 20 or more fights in their careers were very likely to have suffered some type of brain damage. This was important information for me at the time,...

Muhammad Ali Says Goodbye To Angelo Dundee

Muhammad Ali Says Goodbye To Angelo Dundee

There were flower bouquets, paintings of boxers, a slide show and Sinatra singing quietly in the background. Muhammad Ali sat front row center. Next to him was his wife, Lonnie, and next to her were Terri and Jimmy Dundee, the son and daughter of the late Angelo Dundee. Just off to the right if you ...

Don King Wants Tavoris Cloud-Bernard Hopkins

Don King Wants Tavoris Cloud-Bernard Hopkins

  You get the feeling Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud didn’t grow up blue collar or white collar, he grew up no collar. His shirts were probably hand-me-downs with no buttons or sleeves, just a few sizes too small and some frayed edges. Born in Tallahassee, Cloud is from the old school, that da...

“I Thought Dundee Would Live Forever”

“I Thought Dundee Would Live Forever”

  I thought he’d live forever. Over the last few years, Angelo Dundee never seemed to age. He just seemed to grow wiser, maybe a little shorter. He was a bald Italian icon with a million stories to tell and a life expectancy of  about 110. At least that’s what I hoped. He was b...