Saturday, September 01, 2007
Bill Coleman wanted to be boxer. He wrote about his aspirations while in High School in 1979. He did embark on an amateur career and he won the 1986 South Dakota 132 pound Golden Gloves title. As the saying goes, “Life comes at you fast”. Soon Bill was working his way up the corporate ladder and raising a family. Nevertheless the boxing bug never left Bill.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Variety Magazine is reporting that Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg have been chosen by Paramount Pictures for the leading roles in the upcoming movie, The Fighter, which will chronicle the life of former welterweight contender Micky Ward.
I’ll try to have more on this when the information becomes available…
The Sweet Science has more on this…
Damon and Wahlberg will take the roles pending on the approval of the final script. I’m guessing since the information was released that they would take part in the movie that it’s most likely going to be approved. Wahlberg will be playing Ward and Damon will be playing his trainer and half-brother, Dick Ecklund.
Paramount Pictures recently green-lit the film and production is scheduled to begin this summer in Boston. The film chronicles the two brothers growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts and goes through Ward’s success and immortalization as a fighter.
Ecklund was a journeyman fighter who sent Sugar Ray Leonard to the canvas in 1978. His career was derailed by drug addiction and a prison sentence. Upon his release, he convinced his younger brother, Ward – who had retired from boxing at 26 after losing four straight – to get back in the ring. Under Ecklund’s tutelage, Ward won the WBU Light Welterweight title and engaged in one of the greatest fight trilogies in history with Arturo Gatti.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Be sure to check back later today for the debut of the KO Corner Divisional Rankings for the month of February…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will embark on an 11-city media tour to hype up their May 5th showdown which is expected to be the biggest fight in boxing history.
Feb 20 - New York City
Feb 21 - Philadelphia, Washington D.C.
Feb 22 - Chicago, Detroit
Feb 23 - Miami
Feb 26 - Houston, Dallas
Feb 27 - San Francisco, Las Vegas
Feb 28 - Los Angeles
- BBC Sport is reporting that Sugar Ray Leonard believes Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya can both beat Floyd Mayweather Jr…
“The Ricky Hatton that beat Kostya Tszyu in 2005 can beat Floyd Mayweather. He was so focused and in such good physical shape that he would have given anybody at that level a tough time,” Leonard said.
And in regards to De La Hoya…
“Originally, I thought, hands down, Floyd Mayweather would be victorious,” said Leonard. But I’ve changed my mind since then. I’ve been analytical, observed things from a fighter’s stand-point and I think Oscar de la Hoya’s stronger and he’s bigger.
“I don’t think he’s faster because, without question, Floyd Mayweather is super-fast. But I think Oscar de la Hoya has enough of the proper physical attributes to take Mayweather to the limit.”
Some Good Reads:
Boxing Scene: Floyd Mayweather Sr - Chits and Bits
Monday, September 04, 2006
McFarland & Co. recently published Adam J. Pollack’s biography of John L. Sullivan: John L. Sullivan: The Career of the First Gloved Heavyweight Champion.
KO Corner had a chance to ask Pollack why he has an interest in Sullivan, a champion of over a century ago. His answer:
I’m a boxing history nut in general. Sullivan was the first gloved heavyweight champion, the guy that made gloved boxing popular. He was the first American sports hero. His career was so important for the legitimacy of Queensberry rules boxing as we know it today. To understand where boxig is today, we must understand from where it came. But more importantly, ever since I was young, I have never been satisfied with boxing biographies, for I felt they lacked details regarding the boxing, always left me with a number of unanswered questions, and seemed more focussed on the boxers’ personal lives and sociology rather than the fine details of the champion’s career. I think this book fills a much needed void and will have timeless appeal. For anyone who ever needs to answer a question about one of Sullivan’s fights, he need look no further than this book.
From the publisher:
Essentially the last of the bare-knuckle heavyweight champions, John L. Sullivan was instrumental in the acceptance of gloved fighting. His charisma and popular appeal during this transitional period contributed greatly to making boxing a nationally popular, “legitimate” sport. Sullivan became boxing’s first superstar and arguably the first of any sport.
From his first match in the late 1870s through his final championship fight in 1892, this biography contains a thoroughly researched, detailed accounting of John L. Sullivan’s boxing career. With special attention to the 1880s, the decade during which Sullivan came to prominence, it follows Sullivan’s skill development and discusses his opponents and fights in detail, providing various viewpoints of a single event. Beginning with a discussion of early boxing practices, the sport itself is placed within sociological, legal and historical contexts including anti–prize fighting laws and the so-called “color line.” A complete record of Sullivan’s career is also included.
Adam J. Pollack is a staff writer for Cyberboxingzone.com (CBZ), is vice chair of USA Boxing’s National Board of Review, and a member of the Women’s Subcommittee. He is also a boxing coach and attorney living in Iowa City, Iowa.
Update: You can also download the preface of the book here.