Articles of 2002

Imagination, Exaggeration and Donkingation

Imagination, Exaggeration and Donkingation

By: Rick Folstad Oct 31 2002

We've all heard the story. It's a poignant tale about a hard-luck kid growing up in the wrong part of town, how he would have been just another victim of the mean streets of Culiacan, Mexico had it not been for a kind, honest man who found the kid going through the g...

Be Afraid. Be Very, Very, Very Afraid

Be Afraid. Be Very, Very, Very Afraid

By: Rick Folstad Oct 31 2002

It's a Keystone Kops lineup of heavyweight hopefuls looking to pick up a fast buck on what would otherwise be a slow Saturday night. Cedric Kushner's Fistful of Dollars promotion on Nov. 30 in Atlantic City might not sit well with boxing's ...

Tap, tap, tapping on Barrera's Door

Tap, tap, tapping on Barrera's Door

By: Rick Folstad Oct 28 2002

Johnny Tapia reminds me of a guy who always arrives at the airport five minutes before his flight is due to leave. There’s a certain amount of desperation in the way he acts and talks, as though his time is running short. He has an intensity that makes you think his light will burn out long before he finds his way out of the darkne...

SUSPENSION?

SUSPENSION?

By: admin Oct 25 2002

It has recently been revealed that a fighter named Juan Carlos Rubio was fighting under suspension when he scored a ten-round decision over prospect Francisco Bojado on February 16 of this year - not for the first time, but for the second. The New Jersey commission had put Rubio on suspension on October 6, 2000, after his two-round KO loss to Teddy Reid, remarking that ...

INTRODUCING……THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY DON'T            CARE

INTRODUCING……THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY DON'T CARE

By: admin Oct 24 2002

"Since its passage in 1996, the PBSA (Professional Boxing Safety Act) has not been adequately enforced. Many unscrupulous participants in the professional boxing industry are aware of the lack of enforcement and ignore the law's requirements. As a result, young boxers are often exploited." That's the way Senator John McCain described the situation in the boxing indu...

ONE MORE ALPHABET GROUP TO SPIT ON

ONE MORE ALPHABET GROUP TO SPIT ON

By: admin Oct 20 2002

Over the last few weeks, a bandwagon of would-be boxing reformers has been created, in part, by the people over at ESPN, who seized upon the opportunity to take a shot at an easy target, and denigrate a sanctioning body, for the sake of pumping a commercial enterprise named Ring Magazine. Of course, Ring, which is controlled by a company called London Publishing, is in ...

Robert Allen's Letter to Hopkins

Robert Allen's Letter to Hopkins

By: Rick Folstad Oct 17 2002

It’s a well-constructed letter supposedly written by IBF mandatory challenger Robert Allen, asking middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins if he’d like to step outside and settle things. You know, decide who the real bad-ass is at 160 pounds. ...

OH, WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE

OH, WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE

By: admin Oct 14 2002

No doubt you're aware of the special hearing this Wednesday where the WBA will explain its movements in the latest heavyweight rankings. Such moves have caused a firestorm of controversy - the focus of which involves Kirk Johnson, moved from 1st to 5th after his disqualification loss to John Ruiz, then, inexplicably, all the way down to #10. At this moment ABC Presi...

WHY NEUTRALITY HAS ITS PLACE

WHY NEUTRALITY HAS ITS PLACE

By: admin Oct 14 2002

It was erroneously reported in one newspaper that "the WBA screened a tape of the (Ruiz-Johnson) fight for a group of 55 boxing officials and judges, every one of whom agreed that the DQ was warranted." Actually, that's not true. What happened was that SEVEN referees were pulled off to the side at the WBA officials seminar and were asked to view the tape. The conclusion...

'Spinks Jinx' Charmed and Unparalleled at Light Heavyweight

'Spinks Jinx' Charmed and Unparalleled at Light Heavyweight

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 14 2002

When Michael Spinks won an Olympic gold medal at the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal as a middleweight, he was overshadowed by his older brother Leon who also won a gold medal as a Lt. Heavyweight. When Leon won the Undisputed World Heavyweight title from a severely eroded Muhammad Ali, once again, Michael was overshadowed. Yet when his career was completed, Michael Spinks would be the first light ...