Boxing – 1982 – ABC In Studio Review – Heavyweight Title – Larry Holmes VS Gerry Cooney – Part 1

DOG ASIDE:    Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney was a world championship boxing match that took place on June 11, 1982….as this fight was one of the most highly anticipated fights of the early 1980s…cuz Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes had held the WBC heavyweight champion title for 4.5 years since 1978….when he beat Ken Norton by a fifteen-round split decision at the Caesars…

Boxing – 1982 – ABC In Studio Review – WBC Heavyweight Title – Holmes Vs Cooney – Part 2

DOG COMMENTARY:     On June 11, 1982, Holmes defended his title against Gerry Cooney, the undefeated #1 contender and an Irish-American. The lead-up to the fight had many racial overtones. Holmes said that if Cooney wasn’t white, he would not be getting the same purse as the champion (both boxers received $10 million for the bout).  Although…

Boxing 1986 – HBO Prefight Special – WBA Heavywt Title – Champ Tim Witherwspoon vs Tony Tubbs

DOG ASIDE:   On January 17, 1986 at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, WBA heavyweight champion Tony “TNT” Tubbs, from Cincinnati, Ohio, fought “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in defense of the title he won from Greg Page seven months earlier. Tubbs was undefeated at 21-0…and Witherspoon came into the fight with a record of…

Boxing – 1986 – Special – HBO PreFight – IBF Heavyweight Title – Spinks VS Holmes Fight 2

DOG ASIDE:   The fight was billed as “Vindication in Vegas”….as Larry Holmes was a 7.5 to 5 betting favorite going into the fight….wherein Spinks’ purse was $2 million and Holmes’ was $1.125 million….and tickets were priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50.  There was a crowd of 8,328….as the fight was televised live on HBO….…

Boxing – 1985 – Special – HBO PreFight – WBC Heavyweight Title – Holmes VS Spinks – Fight 1

DOG ASIDE:   This HBO prefight video provides a very good insight into the potential “influences beyond the ring” that surrounded this first fight between Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes vs. Michael “Jinx” Spinks….cuz if there ever were a fight that had more reasons for The Champ to lose to the challenger….it was this fight, which…

Boxing – 1986 – Post Fight Interviews – Heavyweight Title – Michael Spinks VS Larry Holmes – Rematch

DOG ASIDE: It has been my contention for quite some time that the best post-fight boxing interviews during the golden age of boxing were conducted by HBO Boxing’s broadcast crew of Barry Tompkins, Sugar Ray Leonard and Larry Merchant…..with the latter being the one who was in the ring right after the fight to get…

Boxing – 1990 – HBO In Studio Review – Heavywt Title – Tyson VS Douglas – Tyson Douglas & Merchant

DOG ASIDE: During the golden age of boxing from 1964 – 1995, HBO was one of the major players in promoting and programming live productions of major boxing events…..for this was the period in which MONEY really came into the sport of boxing….and this MONEY drove many of the really great athletes into the pugilistic…

Boxing – 1985 – Post Fight Interview – Heavyweight Title – Larry Holmes VS Michael Spinks – Fight 1

DOG ASIDE: Since posting hundreds of world championship title fights here at Ima Sportsphile, I have come to the conclusion that no television network during the golden age of boxing (1964 – 1995) covered a fight better that HBO….especially with the broadcast crew of Barry Tompkins, Sugar Ray Leonard and Larry Merchant….and this video herewith…