Boxing – 1987 – CBS Sports – Boxing Year In Review – Hosts Tim Ryan + Gil Clancy

DOG COMMENTARY:    CBS Sports lead televised boxing analyst team during the 1970’s and 1980’s were Tim Ryan and Gil Clancy….who were certainly rivaled by the other networks that carried significant fights during the Golden Age of Boxing (1964 – 1999)….as NBC’s team consisted of Marv Albert and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco….when HBO’s team had a trifecta in…

Boxing – 1985 – HBO PreFight Special – WBC World Heavyweight Title – Larry Holmes VS Michael Spinks

DOG COMMENTARY:  The fight was billed as “Vindication in Vegas”…..as Holmes was a 7½ to 5 betting favorite….when Spinks’ purse was $2 million and Holmes’ was $1.125 million….where the tickets were priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50….for a crowd of 8,328….while the fight was televised live on HBO with Barry Tompkins, Sugar Ray Leonard…

Boxing – 1986 – 10 Round Heavyweight Bout – Mike Tyson Vs James Tillis

DOG COMMENTARY: This 10-round heavyweight bout took place on May 3, 1986 at the Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY…..airing on ABC Wide World of Sports with broadcasters Jim Lampley and Alex Wallau…. featuring a 19 year old Mike Tyson boxer who entered the ring on this day with 19 KO’s in his 1st 19 fights….when…

Boxing – 1930s + 1940s – Special Tribute – Joe Louis – The Brown Bomber

DOG COMMENTARY:     Joseph Louis Barrow was best known as Joe Louis….and nicknamed the “Brown Bomber”, was an American professional boxer….who competed professionally from 1934 to 1951….and he reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949….while being considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time….as Louis’ championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months….during which he participated…

Boxing – 1987 – Special – Promoter Don King Salutes US Marine Corps – In D Day Dynamite

DOG COMMENTARY:  Whether you liked him….or whether you hated him…..Don King was a boxing promoter extraordinaire ….who preached the significant value of being born in America as a black man….or any person of color….with white being a color too….for that matter.    Don King was known publicly for two things…..one, his undeniably unique hair style….which…

Boxing – Great Grudge Fights – Ali-Frazier & Robinson-Fullmer & Louis-Schmeling & Dempsey-Tunney

DOG COMMENTARY:    This HBO Boxing Special with Hosts Barry Tompkins and Larry Merchant….in which they review all of The Greatest Grudge Fights throughout the history of boxing is without a doubt one of the true treasures within our ImaSportsphile boxing library…..cuz within the four corners of the ring….where the “sweet science of boxing” of boxing is exhibited….there lies…

Boxing – 1982 – HBO Special – Boxing’s Best – Rocky Marciano

DOG COMMENTARY:    Rocky Marciano was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955….while holding the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956….who went undefeated in his career….and defended the title six times….against Jersey Joe Walcott, Roland La Starza, Ezzard Charles (twice), Don Cockell and Archie Moore…..and although Marciano is a true legend of boxing….he just simply didn’t have but 6 title defenses in 12 years….and 3…

Boxing – 1919 – Special – Boxings Best – Jack Dempsey – The Manasa Mauler

DOG COMMENTARY:    Within the confines of our boxing library here at ImaSportsphile…..Jack Dempsey would rank as the 2nd in a line legendary heavyweight boxers….right behind Jack Johnson….with Gene Tunney, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield following.   The Manasa Mauler seemed to have the same charismatic qualities…

Boxing – 1980 – Special – Howard Cosell Interviews Larry Holmes + Muhammad Ali Prior To Their Fight

DOG COMMENTARY:      There never was before….and there never has been since….an athlete who brought more to the world than Muhammad Ali….who just happens to be our favorite athlete ever at ImaSportsphile….for not only was Ali beautiful in the ring….he was beautiful in the heart and mind….cuz his message was simple….his message in live was…