Articles of 2002

ESPN'S STRATEGIC PARTNER CENSORS THE PRESS – WITH SOME DEGREE OF SUCCESS

ESPN'S STRATEGIC PARTNER CENSORS THE PRESS – WITH SOME DEGREE OF SUCCESS

By: admin Dec 19 2002

The 5th Round  We've recently learned something very interesting - that ESPN's strategic partner, Bjorn Rebney of Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing, has pro-actively made an attempt to jeopardize the employment of a Buffalo News writer who has, in the recent past, seen fit to criticize his operation. On April 5 of this year, Tim Graham, who has been the News' regular boxing writer for t...

Still a Real Deal?

Still a Real Deal?

By: Steve Kim Dec 19 2002

It was Chris Byrd at his best (or worst, depending on your perspective) when he pecked and pawed his way to winning the IBF heavyweight title by out-boxing and out-foxing Evander Holyfield. It wasn't exciting but it was effective.For 12 rounds, Byrd would evade and frustrate Holyfield to a point where the 'Real Deal' was so exasperated that when he began to complain about his left s...

SOME GOOD ADVICE ABOUT ADVISORS

SOME GOOD ADVICE ABOUT ADVISORS

By: admin Dec 18 2002

The 4th Round I've been around boxing in one capacity or another since 1981. And during that entire period, one thing has been a constant - there is an prevailing attitude among people in this business to make money off a fighter, without the fighter knowing it, wherever possible. It's not just HUMAN nature, mind you; in this business it becomes SECOND nature. I'd be the first one t...

HELLO AGAIN

HELLO AGAIN

By: admin Dec 17 2002

The Intro OK, where were we? You know, it really astounds me that there are some people out there who are pulling down upwards of $75,000 a year for implementing the regulation of boxing, carrying an obligation toward taxpayers, who have not read one word of "Operation Cleanup". I know that they have been apprised that the material is available, because the stories were sent via e-mail to just ...

WHY SHOULD FANS CARE?

WHY SHOULD FANS CARE?

By: admin Dec 17 2002

The 1st Round I start things off this way because it's something I hear a lot - what does this have to do with boxing from the fan's standpoint? In other words, all this boxing reform talk - isn't it just geared toward the boxing "insider"? After all, you look at a guy who simply wants to sit on his couch and watch his boxing every week on ESPN or HBO or Showtime or Telefutura - and...

NEWS ITEM FOR MAX – NABF IS AT IT AGAIN

NEWS ITEM FOR MAX – NABF IS AT IT AGAIN

By: admin Dec 17 2002

The 2nd Round The notorious North American Boxing Federation, which was exposed for its corrupt ratings practices, blatant favoritism toward selected promoters, and violations of the Professional Boxer Safety Act and Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act in "Operation Cleanup", is at it again. And once again, the NABF is being bankrolled in that pursuit by that bastion of respectability; the organizat...

NEW YORK STEPS FORWARD – MAYBE

NEW YORK STEPS FORWARD – MAYBE

By: admin Dec 17 2002

The 3rd Round If you're familiar with what I do, you know I've rambled on and on questioning the feasibility of putting people with little or no knowledge of boxing in positions where they are actually regulating the sport. Well, the New York State Athletic Commission has just appointed Ron-Scott Stevens as its "director of boxing". Assuming that the "director of boxing" for a boxing co...

Is Byrd the 'Real Deal'?

Is Byrd the 'Real Deal'?

By: Steve Kim Dec 12 2002

Chris Byrd is usually a David who takes on heavyweight Goliaths. This weekend he takes on another David in Evander Holyfield who's consistently ...

Dissapointing Doublehead

Dissapointing Doublehead

By: Steve Kim Dec 11 2002

It was like going to the movies and expecting to see 'The Godfather' and coming out thinking you had seen 'Ishtar'. Ok, it wasn't THAT much of a letdown ...

Pensacola Dreamin'

Pensacola Dreamin'

By: Rick Folstad Dec 05 2002

Who is this guy and why is it so easy to believe him? Seems like he’s in the wrong line of work. Instea...