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 – 15 Round Heavyweight Title Fight – Larry Holmes VS Michael Spinks – 1st Fight

DOG COMMENTARY: It has always been this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile’s opinion that the only way that a world champion boxer should lose his crown….is by being soundly defeated by the challenger for the title….either by KO, TKO  or a fight that went the distance where the Champ was either knocked down 2 or 3…

Boxing – Heavyweight Champions – Jack Johnson – Boxings Best Special

DOG COMMENTARY: John Arthur “Jack” Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946) was an American boxer nicknamed the Galveston Giant….who at the height of the Jim Crow era of boxing….became the first American black world heavyweight boxing champion….holding the title for 7 years from 1908  to 1915…..but Johnson’s biggest fight was not in the ring….as he…

Boxing – Middleweight Title Fights – Sugar Ray Robinson vs Gene Fullmer & Robinson VS Carmen Basillo

DOG COMMENTARY: This video clip is a continuation of HBO’s boxing special “Boxing’s Best Grudge Fights”….which features the notorious middleweight boxing battles between Sugar Ray Robinson vs Gene Fullmer……and the ring wars between middleweights Sugar Ray Robinson vs Carmen Basillo….as Robinson takes on two rugged middleweight champions in what turned out to be some of the…

Boxing – Heavyweight Title – Ezzard Charles VS Joe Walcott & Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott

DOG COMMENTARY: HBO Boxing presented some really outstanding specials on some of the storied fights throughout the history of boxing…..involving fighters who just did not like each other…..who when matched together in a championship bout…..would just bring out the best and toughest sides of so many of these boxers…..as the specials were presented under the…

Boxing Heavyweight Champions – Muhammad Ali VS Joe Frazier – Fight 1

DOG ASIDE: Super Fight II was a non-title boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier….both ex-champion heavyweights….for this was the second of the three Ali–Frazier bouts….which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 28, 1974. Ali was a slight favorite to win going into the fight….which was held in…

Boxing – Heavyweight Title – The Thrila in Manila – Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier

DOG COMMENTARY: What makes this video even more special than “The Thrila in Manila”….as if the third Ali vs Frazier fight wasn’t special enough…..is that in this video, the viewer has the added benefit of Howard Cosell calling and analyzing the fight from the ABC studio after the fight had taken place on October 1,…

Boxing – Heavyweight Champions – Muhammad Ali – Going To Jail & Big Cat & & Foley & Bonavena

DOG COMMENTARY: This video is a special clip from HBO’s Boxing’s Best series featuring Muhammad Ali…..as it remembers vividly the time after Cassius Clay took the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston….then announced he was converting to the Islam faith…..following his career from Liston through his fights with Big Cat Williams, Oscar Bonavena and Zora Foley….where…