Articles of 2002

$*%@#!

$*%@#!

By: Rick Folstad Dec 31 2002

Walk the dog, stroll through the park, have a picnic at the lake. There are safer things for IBF cruiserweight champ Vassily Jirov to do this month than defend his title against James “Lights Out” Toney. Barbecue, play softball, fish, visit the zoo. Thank his lucky stars. Jirov, who lives in California, won’t be fighting Toney on HBO on Jan. 25. Something to do with his insides. Ask Ton...

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

By: Steve Kim Dec 31 2002

A new year is upon us, which means it's time for new years resolutions. Yeah, never mind that most resolutions are broken, oh, around the third week of January; everybody still makes them. Here are my resolutions that I'd make for some of the luminaries in the sport of boxing. * Floyd Mayweather: No more excuses. Anyone else sick of listening to 'the Pretty Boy' whine about what...

Dream Fights of 2003

Dream Fights of 2003

By: Steve Kim Dec 27 2002

Hey, we can all dream, right? Isn't it our God-given right as boxing fans to think about fights that should happen - but often times don't? And not just fights that have the highest profile or the biggest names - because sometimes those fights, like Lewis vs. Tyson - are nothing more than high-profile mismatches. I'm talking about fights that are evenly matched between the game'...

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

By: admin Dec 26 2002

The 10th Round The following letter was sent to the membership of the Association of Boxing Commissions by its president, Tim Luckenenhoff, on November 14, 2002: I fully expect this to show up in the Charles Jay File (totalaction.com), that is why I am writing to the entire membership. It seems as though one or more of our members has been providing Mr. Jay with emails which were sent to the AB...

OUTSIDE THE LINES WON'T CROSS THE LINE – ESPN KILLS STORIES ON BOXING            REFORM

OUTSIDE THE LINES WON'T CROSS THE LINE – ESPN KILLS STORIES ON BOXING ...

By: admin Dec 25 2002

The 9th Round ESPN had an opportunity, quite some time ago, to put forth a meaningful statement that would have told me they were sincere - truly sincere - about addressing an issue such as the proper reform of boxing. Needless to say, the network failed that test, tucking its tail between its legs and running to some safer pastures. As you know, on March 9 of 2001, Greg Page wound up in a coma...

The Baker's Dozen

The Baker's Dozen

By: Steve Kim Dec 25 2002

Time again to update my personal pound-for-pound ratings. I do this every three or four months to get a gauge on just how the game's elite stacks up with each other. Is it a subjective ranking? Yes, but I try to be as objective as possible in doing them. After all, it's hard to compare a featherweight with a middleweight and then subsequently a heavyweight. And the criteria can change b...

FOR ONE MAN, IT'S NOT A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

FOR ONE MAN, IT'S NOT A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

By: admin Dec 24 2002

The 8th Round This wasn't a very merry Christmas for Greg Page. The former WBA heavyweight champion is still, for the most part, confined to a wheelchair, slurs his speech, and requires extensive physical therapy three times a week. He had received a token amount of financial assistance toward his considerable medical bills from the state of Kentucky, though not nearly enough, and nothing that...

A MANAGEMENT CRISIS

A MANAGEMENT CRISIS

By: admin Dec 23 2002

The 7th Round You know, we've heard so much claptrap from John McCain & Co. about the possible conflicts of interest that exist when the same entity is promoting both contestants in a fight. It's a conflict of interest that arguably doesn't even exist, but it's a barb directed toward Don King nonetheless. I'm continually hearing about how evil it is when a promoter also ...

Q: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?  A: YES, BUT NOT THE RIGHT KIND

Q: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? A: YES, BUT NOT THE RIGHT KIND

By: admin Dec 22 2002

The 6th Round A couple of months ago I got this letter from a Dr. Michael Schwartz, who represents something called the "American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians". The good doctor, who apparently was miffed that we had not devoted a chapter, or two, or three, in our "Operation Cleanup" series to him and his organization, expressed himself thusly: "Dear Mr. Jay:I have enjoyed you...

Taylor Learns the Craft

Taylor Learns the Craft

By: Steve Kim Dec 20 2002

Jr. middleweight Jermain Taylor is one of the most highly touted and recognized young fighters in the game today. Coming out of the 2000 Olympic Games with a bronze medal, Taylor would sign a lucrative deal with Lou DiBella and quickly become one of the most visible prospects of this last amateur class. Since beginning his career in January of 2001 on HBO at the Theater in Madison Square Garden...