Boxing – 1985 – WBC Super Featherweight Title – Julio Cesar Chavez VS Dwight Pratchett – Rnds 4 – 12

DOG COMMENTARY:    We at Ima Sportsphile just love Mexican boxers…..as they always come to fight and can withstand a trememdous amount of punishment….while still possessing the ability to throw a knockout punch.  Many fans of Mexican boxers consider Julio Cezar Chavez to be the best ever….albeit he avoided fighting some outstanding fighters in and…

Boxing – 1986 – HBO PreFight Special – 10 Rnd Heavyweight Bout – Mike Tyson VS Mitch Green

DOG ASIDE:    Mike Tyson vs. Mitch Green, billed as “New York Is Busting Out” due to both fighters being from NYC….was a professional boxing match contested on May 20, 1986….as Mike Tyson entered the ring as an undefeated 19 years old…who had won all his 20 previous fights by way of knockout….would face Mitch “Blood” Green….who was…

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 – 1987 – HBO PreFight Special – Middleweight Title – Marvin Hagler VS Sugar Ray Leonard

DOG ASIDE: During the years from 1964 to 1995….the sports world….and especially the boxing universe….was blessed with legendary heavyweight champions like Muhammad Ali, Smokin Joe Frazier and Big George Foreman in the 1960s and 1970s….plus heavyweights Iron Mike Tyson, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and Lennox Lewis in the 1980s and 1990s….along with featherweights /…

Boxing – 1986 – HBO PreFight Special – 10 Round Heavyweights – Iron Mike Tyson VS Jose Ribalta

DOG ASIDE:   If a sports fan is looking for some great highlight footage of Iron Mike Tyson….this video herewith produced by HBO Boxing and the awesome fight broadcast crew of Barry Tompkins, Sugar Ray Leonard and Larry Merchant….provides some of the best lhighlight clips of Tyson when he was young and coming up the…

Boxing – 1986 – HBO Post Fight – 10 Rnd Heavyweight Bout – Iron Mike Tyson VS Jose Ribalta

DOG COMMENTARY:   The Heavyweight Boxing Champion legend that was to become Iron Mike Tyson….entered the ring on this August 17, 1986 night at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, NJ to fight a 10-round heavyweight bout with Jose Ribalta…..was 25 – 0 with 23 of his wins coming by KO or TKO….for up to this…

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…