Boxing – 1985 – WBC Super Featherwt Title – Dwight Pratchett Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Thru 4 Rnds

Julio César Chávez (born July 12, 1962) is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 2005….while becoming one of the greatest boxers of all time….a true legend of boxing…..who without question is the best Mexican boxer of all time along with Salvador Sanchez. A  multiple-time world champion in three weight divisions, Chávez was listed by The Ring magazine as the…

Boxing – 1914 To 1981- Special – Film Tribute To The Brown Bomber Joe Louis Heavyweight Champion

This video tribute to the life and boxing career of Joe The Brown Bomber Louis is nothing short of “pure gold” in our treasure chest of vintage memories here at ImaSportsphile….for Joe Louis was truly a boxing legend and an American hero of the highest level.    Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981), best known…

Comedy – 1985 – Rick Overton Stand Up Routine – Featured On Young Comedians Smothers Brothers Show

Rick Overton (born August 10, 1954) is an American screenwriter, actor and comedian….whose writing credits include Dennis Miller Live….while his acting credits include Willow and The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne…..and his comedic credits certainly include his stand-up routine on the 1985 Smothers Brothers HBO Young Comedians Show….as seen in this video herewith.   Overton made his first onscreen appearance in the 1982 film Young Doctors in Love….followed…

Boxing – 1986 – HBOs Tompkins + Leonard + Merchant Provide Judges Review Of 1st Spinks Vs Holmes

This video simply “puts a burr in our ass” here at ImaSportsphile…..because it highlights one of the great “shams” of boxing history…..as the unanimous decision in favor of Spinks….could just as easily and more correctly gone the other way…..had Holmes not been fighting to tie the immortal Rocky Marciano.  Yeah, Spinks probably out-boxed the champ by…

Boxing – 1985 – Larry Merchant PostFight Interview With Michael Spinks After Defeating Larry Holmes

In this post fight interview of newly crowned IBF Heavyweight Champion Michael Spinks….after defeating longtime heavyweight champ Larry Holmes in their first fight…..was conducted by HBO’s Larry Merchant….who typically was a fairly good interviewer….but in this interview, he asks some fairly “off the wall” questions like…“Do you think your training for this fight will revolutionize boxing training?”….which…

MLB – 1981 – Special – Road To The World Series – ALDS Yanks Vs Brewers + ALCS Yanks Vs Athletics

The New York Yankees’ 1981 season was the 79th season for the Yankees….when in the ALCS, the Yankees swept the Oakland Athletics for their only American League pennant of the 1980’s….however, they lost in the World Series in six games to the Los Angeles Dodgers….as New York was managed by Gene Michael and Bob Lemon…..while playing at Yankee Stadium.   The 1981 American League Division Series (ALDS)….which was the opening round of…

Boxing – 1986 – Larry Merchant + Sugar Ray Leonard + Barry Tompkins Wrapup Of Spinks Vs Tangstad

The HBO boxing broadcast crew of Barry Tompkins, Sugar Ray Leonard and Larry Merchant provide final thoughts on the 1986 IBF Heavyweight Title Fight between Michael Spinks verses Steffen Tangstad….who happened to be the ONLY heavyweight contender in the history of Norwegian boxing….and the truth of the matter is that he wasn’t much of a…

Boxing – 1981 – Interview With Promoter Don King On Trevor Berbicks Threat To Back Out Of Ali Fight

HBO’s Larry Merchant interviews notorious promoter Don King regarding the threat by heavyweight boxer Trevor Berbick to back out of his December 11, 1981 bout with Muhammad Ali….despite pleas from Angelo Dundee and the rest of Ali’s camp to definitively retire after the beating he took from Larry Holmes in his previous fight….but this fight…

Boxing – 1986 – HBOs Larry Merchant Provides The Story And Career Highlights Of Champ Tony Tubbs

Tony Tubbs (born February 15, 1958) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 2006….and held the WBA heavyweight title from 1985 to 1986.  Tubbs made his professional debut on June 14, 1980 with a first-round knockout of Bruce Scott….then after 11 fights, he fought fellow undefeated prospect Clarence Hill on August 7, 1982 by winning a ten-round unanimous decision….after…