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Joe Bugner: The Most Underrated Heavyweight

Joe Bugner won (69-13-1, 41 KO’s) may well be one of the most underrated heavyweights over the last forty years. His record speaks for itself. Really you say… Before you laugh look at the

Heavyweight Jimmy Bivins Passes Away

Cleveland’s Bivins Battled The Best. Although he was born in Dry Branch, Georgia it was from Cleveland, Ohio that Jimmy Bivins made history. He was a major player in putting Cleveland on the boxing

Remembering “Smokin” Joe

The sport of boxing lost a true legend with the passing of former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. So much of my early days following boxing had to do with Joe Frazier. I was only

Book Review: Hard Luck

The Triumph And Tragedy Of “Irish” Jerry Quarry AUTHORS – Steve Springer and Blake Chavez FOREWORD by George Foreman I have always been a big fan of Jerry Quarry. He was a mainstay in

Book review: James Louis Bivins by Jerry Fitch

I just read a book about a man who may be the best boxer to come out of my hometown of Cleveland,Ohio.As an accomplished amateur he knocked out future world light heavyweight champion Joey

Frankie Duarte: Tough as Nails

In the 1970’s and 80’s the bantamweight division was loaded with talent. Great champions like Ruben Olivares, Carlos Zarate, Daniel Zaragoza and Jeff Chandler forged their Hall Of Fame careers in that era. So

Leroy Jones; A Forgotten Big Man

Over the years a very good heavyweight contender from the late 1970’s and early 1980’s has been all but forgotten. Big Leroy Jones lost only one fight in his professional career and that was

Tough Tony Chiaverini

One of best middleweights of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s was Kansas City,Missouri’s Tony Chiaverini. Over a fifty-bout career this 5’8″ southpaw battled some of the best boxers of the era. Tony was

Mansfield’s Art McKnight

The last great fighter to come out of the tough town of Mansfield, Ohio was the talented and vastly under rated former I.B.F. light heavyweightchampion, Prince Charles Williams. Almost forgotten is a fighter from

Mike Quarry

The 1970’s and 1980’s (the post Bob Foster era) produced an array of talented light heavyweights. No longer ruled by the iron fist of Foster, the division became alive and competitive. Boxers like Victor

A Case For COBB

Who was the best white heavyweight of the 80’s? Gerry Cooney? Maybe…but for my money Randy “Tex” Cobb was the king of the white heavies in the 80’s. In all Tex met five world

The Greatest Show On Earth

There are certain dates that will stick with you as long as you live. Your birthday, the birthdays of family members, anniversaries, the day that you got your divorce ( s ), etc…Happy and

When Boom Boom Served Notice

During the early 1980’s it was said that Youngstown’s Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was a media manufactured prospect. He was a great story line. A young son trying to win a title that evaded

Boxing History in Film: “Dempsey”

This movie will never be ranked with “Raging Bull” or even “Rocky” when lists of excellent boxing films are compiled. With that being said the movie “Dempsey” starring Treat Williams as Jack is well

Boxing’s Top Tens

“Boxing’s Top Tens” By Steve Maguire What a way to close out the year. I just finished reading an excellent book by an author I have great respect for. Steve Maguire is a top

Youngstown Heavyweight Mike Boswell

At one time Mike Boswell of Youngstown, Ohio was considered an up and coming heavyweight prospect. He turned professional in 1970 and won his first thirteen fights. He twice stopped J.D. McCauley (the uncle