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12 Aug 2021 10:50:57
Anyone seen that new Tyson documentary called knockout? Never knew Robin Givens wasn't supposed to be in that interview with him on the couch, she just jumped in and started putting Tyson down. Real piece of work that one. Her and her ma.

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07 Aug 2021 04:11:34
Hi Ed01. From some of the things I've read from you I'm guessing we are close to each other in age. Do you remember when there was a lot of British boxing on terrestrial telly in the 90s? If so what did you make of the Eubank vs Benn rivalry? From what I remember Benn was a huge puncher and the scarier of the two but Eubank was cocky and a head worker plus also quite skilful without having the power of Benn.

{Ed001's Note - so you are 21 and a little bit too? Good age to be! I have to say, looking back on it, that was a golden age for boxing in the UK as it was huge. Then Sky bought most of it and so barely anyone saw it. They would have been better taking less money short term for the sake of the sport, but it is understandable that they wanted to earn as much as possible in such a short career.

Benn was a monster of a puncher and just loved to brawl. I saw him in a few kick boxing bouts as well, before the BBBC made him stop kick boxing or they would have stripped him of his license. He was capable of becoming a world champion in both sports but there was little money in kick boxing compared to boxing then, so he had little real choice. When he first turned pro, he was just smashing people aside like they were not there, which is why he was able to get a lot of fights in. He would often fight every weekend. I can remember one fight, I think it was when he went for the Commonwealth title, and he fought a Canadian guy and the commentator is talking up how the Canadian had never even been knocked down before and so Benn would have to show something different from the usual. He was still talking about that when the fight started and Benn hit the guy once and took his head off with one punch. Steve Collins says Benn was the hardest puncher he ever faced. He had great heart too.

Eubank was incredibly skilled, with a chin made of granite, the only times he ever really got hurt were due to body shots. Sadly though, he was also a total knob, who made it all so personal by insulting everyone and everything involved in boxing and assuming this air of superiority. It has tainted people's memories of him as he was so hated. He was also very well 'managed' to ensure he got as many easy fights as possible. It was so annoying watching him fight, it is difficult to look back at him fondly, unlike some others who were knobs but at least you could respect him. Eubank humiliated people and his strutting around when he had someone hurt, rather than finishing them off, was horrible to see. It is dangerous to keep hurting someone and then letting them recover, only to then hurt them badly again. And most of those he was doing it to were patsies who were not earning enough they could then walk away from the game. But he even trained that way, he would spar like he fought, strutting around for long periods. It is a shame, because he was clearly so talented, he could have achieved so much more.}

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07 Aug 2021 05:57:38
Brill mate I didn't realise Eubank was nasty. I just took him as a pantomime villain who could back it up. Steve Collins. I forgot about him. Didn't he get wins against both of them? It was a great time, I remember seeing a young Prince personm on normal telly to and even a very late at night Holyfield vs Bowe with the parachute man. But as you say when the big money comes calling who wouldn't take everything they can get for being punched in the face.

{Ed001's Note - Eubank was hated by all, sadly he has still never made things up with a lot of people in the sport. He was extremely disrespectful to a lot of people who deserved better.

Collins beat both, yes. Excellent fighter, who wasted most of his peak chasing a fight with Roy Jones Jr and ducking Joe Calzaghe.

Naseem Hamed? He was an odd fish that lad, dumping a bin liner full of cash on his mother's living room floor, rather than just putting the money in her bank account like most normal people would. Very talented but just lost his hunger once he had enough money, his training levels dipped massively and he would skip it occasionally so he was never going to have a long career. He had the money, that was enough for him.

I had forgotten about the parachute man! Some good times then with a huge audience for boxing as everyone could watch it for free.}

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07 Aug 2021 06:21:46
It was brilliant. Saturday nights ma either gets sent the pub by da or goes to her mates while the men and boys have the telly and let us kids have a can.

{Ed001's Note - it was a bit different in our house, me ma was the one into sport.}

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07 Aug 2021 06:35:29
Also ed. The tragic bout that Benn had with Gerald Mcklennan, Benn was obviously blameless for what happened and I understand if you don't want to give an opinion but in the first few minutes of the first round Gerald had him really hurt and could've finished it but the press and his promoter (you know who) had bigged him up so to me it looked like Gerald backed off just to make a spectacle. I may be wrong but it is like your opinion of Eubanks easy wins, if you get in the ring with someone they must be treated with respect and fear. Otherwise something bad can happen to yourself.

{Ed001's Note - I don't think he backed off because of that, I think it is because he got hurt. Benn was always most dangerous when in trouble. He is like a wounded animal and I think McLennan just got tagged and realised he wasn't going to put Benn away that easily. In fact it was very possible he could have ended up winding himself and getting knocked out himself. Chasing a KO is a very dangerous thing to do against a big puncher particularly. But in any fight, you have to be careful as you are expending huge amounts of energy which can leave you in a lot of trouble later. It is a risk/reward thing and I think McLennan just didn't think the risk was worth it. If he had watched any of Benn's fights before stepping in the ring with him, which you would expect he had done, he would have known that Benn just fought harder the more hurt he is.}

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07 Aug 2021 07:01:01
Cheers Ed. Sorry I work nights and work at home so once the vulture and the chicks fall asleep I have nobody to pester. Nice getting your knowledge man.

{Ed001's Note - no need to say sorry, always nice to have a chat mate. Nothing worse than being stuck on your own working at home these days. The last year or so with the lockdown has been a bloody nightmare. I have taken to going to the shops for bits and pieces every day, just to make sure I see another human being. Only problem is the flat is beginning to disappear under empty plazzy bags now, but you can hardly go in the shop and not buy at least some milk or something can you?}

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07 Aug 2021 07:10:11
Oi just make sure you use them bags or recycle them!

{Ed001's Note - that's why they are clogging up the place as I always re-use them. It is only that I always forget to pick some up that I don't take them with me to re-use rather than getting more.}

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09 Aug 2021 22:19:22
Being a child in the 90s the prince Nas fights were epic. The ring walks would have me bouncing around what an entertainer! As for Benn, what a fighter but my mate says he never fought the same after giving that guy brain damage. Either consciously or subconsciously he never fought like he did before that.

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10 Aug 2021 13:16:30
It not only affected Benn but also had a damaging psychological affect on Naz. Brendan Ingle was in Gerald McClellans corner that night and mentioned after how it affected him. It also affected how TV and ultimately ITV viewed boxing. They were a lot more subdued after that.

Was a great come back from Benn, he was very close to be being stopped in the first and a lot of refs would have stopped it, but he showed great heart to fight back. From about round 4 onwards u can tell there is something not right with McClellan, he was struggling to keep his mouth piece in his mouth and the blinking started. Someone said it looked like he was trying to pop an invisible balloon of pressure building up deep in his eyes. The man was clearly in trouble and imo the way Jim Watt and Frank Bruno got on was a disgrace. Man is fighting for his life and Jim Watt is shouting about how he quit.
McClellan sister Lisa told the FBI how Gerald had been complaining about not feeling right from the 2nd round and wanted to stop from from 6th round but was forced to continue by his trainer Stan Johnson.

Benn was a tough cookie, there are plenty of stories about him having dustups on the streets of Belfast when he was a paratrooper during the troubles, with the local hard men. Having a style like his meant he would ultimately slow down and fade, became abit of a punch bag later.

On the Fan man, he had a strange ending. He was found dead I'm Brazil or somewhere in South America afew years after the Bowe Holyfield fight. At that fight he crashed into Bowes corner where his team were seated and they give him one hell of a beating. Lol.

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31 Jul 2021 20:32:29
Let's go big Tommy Mac.

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02 Aug 2021 13:13:05
Being from Nottingham I'm obviously really happy for Leigh Wood. What a great performance!

Really not sure if Xu Can was rusty or just got found out. Well deserved though. Another UK (regular) champ!

McCarthy - Billam-Smith was a good, close fight! Worth doing it again.

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10 Aug 2021 13:18:17
Fabulous performance Steve mate. Would like to see him face Conlan soon.

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22 Jul 2021 20:26:31

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19 Jul 2021 15:46:38
I see there are reports of yet another robbery in Boxing. Jermell Charlo was gifted a draw after being beaten up for 12 rounds by Brian Castano.

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22 Jul 2021 11:49:40
Was great fight mate. a lot of close rounds but I had it 7 rounds to 3 with 2 even in favour of Castano.

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17 Jul 2021 21:01:18
Ed001, if your about mate. R u working on any boxing articles atm? Loved the one afew weeks back about Gatti.

{Ed001's Note - still writing up Sugar Ray Leonard. There is a lot on him.}

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18 Jul 2021 10:28:36
Have you checked out the new showtime documentary called 'the kings'? It's about the 4 of them Hargler, Hearns, Duran and Leonard. Some new stuff in it although no new Leonard interviews as he is currently making his own movie or documentary.

{Ed001's Note - yes mate, that was what took so long as people kept releasing new interviews with him as I was doing it and I had to keep stopping to read through them all.}

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18 Jul 2021 10:54:34
Looking forward to it. Tbh I'm not a big fan of Leonard but he was an amazing boxer and has had some life. He was also in the worst film I've ever seen, a 1996 movie called riot. It was like a mixture of Name of the Father and the karate Kid, terrible. Best of luck with the article anyway mate. Looking forward to it.

{Ed001's Note - to be honest, of the 4 he was the one I knew least about. I just remember him being a show-off and that was never my thing. I just wanted fighters to fight, rather than showboat. Though he is a bit like Saenchai in Muay Thai, yes he shows off but boy can he fight as well and sometimes it is easy to forget how much skill it takes to pull off the showboating and win fights. Plenty of people try and showboat and just end up getting their heads taken off.}

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18 Jul 2021 11:03:59
No doubt, he was no fancy Dan edd mate he was as hard as nails. I just didn't take to his personality. Tbh I recently heard a story about Duran that near turned my stomach. Out of the 4 Hagler was my favourite.

{Ed001's Note - I liked Hagler most until I did the Tommy Hearns article and he just came across as such a genuinely nice guy he became my favourite.}

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18 Jul 2021 11:20:19
Love The motor City Cobra, although like many others he carried on way to long. Sounds silly but my favourite fighter of all time is Floyd Mayweather not because I think he was the best but he got me really reading about the sport and also hate him or love him u know what he is and what he stands for. I can't follow fighters or people that try to hide behind a squeaky clean image but in reality they r just as bad, like Del le hoya, Leonard, Pacquiao and Joshua.

{Ed001's Note - I can understand that, it is difficult to like the fakes, but I disagree that Mayweather is any better. I can't take to him at all. Like I said I like fighters to fight, so he is not my thing at all.}

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18 Jul 2021 11:51:24
Fair enough mate. I like watching a bit of skill in my boxing. See too many fighters today struggling from taking too much punishment during their careers. Floyd was a lot more aggressive early in his career but when u have the skill he has why stand and fight when u don't have to. Imo if others could fight like Floyd then they would but that's the issue not many can mate.

{Ed001's Note - I would still rather watch a Nigel Benn fight any day. In fact I would rather watch paint dry than watch Mayweather personally. He may have skill, but the idea is still to hit the other guy, not just avoid getting hit, and he doesn't do enough for my liking. If I want to watch dancing, I would watch a dance movie, not a boxing match. I respect his ability, but I will still turn over rather than watch him.}

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18 Jul 2021 12:05:17
That's what u like mate that's up to u. Floyd won 49 fights don't think u win any fights if u don't throw punches mate. People seem to think that every fight Ali, Leonard, Jones etc had was barnburner after barnburner. I too used to love watching a juiced up Benn mate. He was exciting. Boxing is a game of skill maybe ufc is the place to go for a brawl. Although I don't find the idea of watching two men roll around the ground appealing tbh.

{Ed001's Note - what is your problem? Why have you suddenly got all narky and defensive and started insulting other sports? I am allowed to find Mayweather fights tedious, it isn't an insult to you or him. Though I would never personally point to a record of wins that aren't by KO, as judging in boxing is far too dubious (to be polite) to place any store in results gained by decision.}

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18 Jul 2021 12:43:44
Fair enough ed mate. I apologise. Didn't mean any offence.

{Ed001's Note - no worries mate, it is easy to get carried away when typing.}

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18 Jul 2021 12:52:11
I wasn't trying to insult other sports I was was trying to say that maybe that is why the UFC has become more popular, a lot of fans like yourself like the brawling all action style. I should have worded it better. Sorry for that mate.

{Ed001's Note - it's fine, but I don't prefer UFC to boxing, I find both have the same issues for me. I prefer muay thai and things like One, where they brawl but the skill level is still high. They actually fight to win, rather than fight not to lose, which is what Mayweather does. He is, to me, the boxing equivalent of Jose Mourinho. You can't argue with his record, but I don't want to watch the product he produces, even if I do respect his achievements.}

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18 Jul 2021 13:57:46
Think a lot of your assessment of Mayweather may be based off the Pacquiao fight but your entitled to your opinion mate. We both like different styles of fighting, can see how judges score fights differently. I would presume we would probably score a fight differently if we watched it, just because we like different styles.

{Ed001's Note - I can see how judges score fights differently but there is a lot of outright cheating that goes on, remember when Lennox lost a clear win because the judge claimed she couldn't see his work as he was blocking her view?}

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18 Jul 2021 16:06:00
Was that the Holyfield fight?

{Ed001's Note - I think it was yes.}

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10 Jul 2021 12:27:25
Whyte wants to be given a world title now. Says he will fight anyone. Did he not turn down the AJ rematch 2 years ago stating he wasn't getting paid enough? Delusional.

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01 Jul 2021 22:20:11
Rocky marciano, most underrated boxer of all time.

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05 Jul 2021 16:13:04
As a boxer yes, his skills are somewhat over looked. But he rarely showed his true skills and just brawled for the most part.

He was also likely 'helped by his connections to La Cosa Nostra. Which doesn't help matters.

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05 Jul 2021 17:35:30
I don't think there's many in the heavyweight division that could match his heart, chin, strength and condition. The power he had in both fits was scary and to go undefeated while fighting in the style he did is even more remarkable. He is ranked high enough in some boxing lists although I just don't think he's remembered as fondly as he should. Maybe it's the era with the mob connections as u say. Boxing was a mess back then. Although Rocky did clean up the division before he left leaving no1 left to fight and didn't duck anyone as some people like to pretend he did today.

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09 Jul 2021 18:28:26
Reading a great book about him called Unbeaten, he actually hated Mafia involvement in boxing.

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10 Jul 2021 11:19:57
I don't know which is worse or better, mob controlled boxing or what we have today with the sanctioning bodies both are as bad as each other. See Boxing news has refused to acknowledge any of the alphabet belts, hope more do the same.
Must get a copy of that book.

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28 Jun 2021 22:29:43
Slightly disappointed Mike Costello has left the BBC for matchroom DAZN, just because I enjoyed his weekly podcast with Steve Bunce which will probably end now. Anyway, he's a good appointment for Matchroom.

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27 Jun 2021 11:35:26
Impressive performance by Lomachenko last night. He was like a matador with that footwork. Fair play to him aswell cause he's not a natural lightweight but he wants the big names in that division. Want to see the Lopez rematch, still a 50/ 50 for me but if I had to pick a winner I'd say Lopez. Think he hits to hard for Loma although wouldn't be surprised if Loma gritted his teeth and won a points decision.

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28 Jun 2021 15:41:24
It's a shame that many seem to forget that Loma is really a featherweight, having to fight a couple of divisions higher to get the names and competition. The guy's phenomenal.

He did look out of sorts against Lopez, hopefully he gets the chance to put it right.

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28 Jun 2021 16:28:13
Good performance, but gets hit a lot now and also didn't seem to take body punches that well either.

He claims he had a shoulder injury going into that Lopez fight, so maybe he did but I still think Teofimo beats him for a second time.

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