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…

Boxing – 1986 – Larry Merchant PostFight Interview With Michael Spinks After Defeating Larry Holmes

This post fight interview with HBO’s Larry Merchant and Michael Spinks took place on April 19, 1986 after then IBF Heavyweight Champion Michaels Spinks had defeated Larry Holmes in their second match at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel…..which from our perspective was a fight that should have never taken place.  You see, here at ImaSportsphile,…

Boxing – 1986 – HBO Sports Special Feature – Career Highlights Of Terrible Tim Witherspoon

Tim Witherspoon (born December 27, 1957) is an American former professional boxer that competed from 1979 to 2003….who was a two-time world heavyweight champion….after having held the WBC title in 1984….and the WBA title in 1986….plus Witherspoon also worked as a regular sparring partner for Muhammad Ali. Making his professional debut with a first-round TKO over Joe Adams on October 30, 1979….Terrible Tim quickly rose through the ranks….when in 1981,…

Boxing – 1985 – Barry Tompkins Provides A History Of Light Heavyweight Champs Vs Heavyweight Champs

Legendary HBO boxing analyst Barry Tompkins provides a wonderful history of light heavyweight boxing champions taking on heavyweight boxing champions….from Tommy Loughran vs Primo Carnera….to Archie Moore vs Floyd Patterson…..to Ezzard Charles vs Jersey Joe Walcott…..to Billy Conn vs Joe Louis….to Bob Foster vs Joe Frazier…..to Gene Tunney vs Jack Dempsey…..and then came the one…

Boxing – 1985 – HBO Boxing Special Feature – The Making Of Michael Spinks Body Into A Heavyweight

The transition of a light heavyweight boxer into a heavyweight boxer has historically been a difficult task to accomplish successfully….and this is especially true when transforming a light heavyweight champion into a heavyweight champion…..with the most successful transition being the transformation of Evander Holyfield….albeit was Michael Spinks who was the 1st light heavyweight champion to…

Football – 1984 – Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Showcases Candidates From Football

Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsperson of the Year award to “the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement.”….where both Americans and non-Americans are eligible, though in the past the vast majority of winners have been from the United States….with both men and women have won…

Boxing – 1986 – HBOs Barry Tompkins Profiles The Boxing Career of Cornelius Boza Edwards

Cornelius Boza Edwards (born 27 May 1956) is the former WBC Super Featherweight Champion of the World. Boza Edwards was a Ugandan, and fought in both the Super Featherweight and Lightweight divisions. Edwards emigrated from Uganda to England, where he lived for a long period.  Edwards won the WBC world Jr. Lightweight title from “Bazooka” Limón with a fifteen-round decision in 1981…

MLB – 1869 To 1969 – Special – The History Of The World Series – With Host Barry Tompkins

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy.[1] As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes…

Boxing – 1986 – Special – What It Is Like To Be A Mike Tyson Sparring Partner -With Barry Tompkins

There is so much HBO Boxing content in our ImaSportsphile library….in which Barry Thompkins is the lead fight commentator along side of Sugar Ray Leonard and Larry Merchant during the entire production of so many memorable fights….when some of the best of Barry Tompkins would show up when he would narrate a career profile of…