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…

Special – 1985 – Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Show – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Winner

DOG COMMENTARY:      The year in sports in 1985 provided many magical moments and some incredible athletic achievements…. including the San Francisco 49’ers climaxing a great season by beating the Miami Dolphins 38 – 16 to win Super Bowl XIX….and Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb’s career hits record of 4191….while both future Hall 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 – 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 – 1985 – 12 Round Undisputed Light Heavywt Title – Michael Spinks VS Jim MacDonald

DOG COMMENTARY: Spinks fought only once in 1984 when he retained his light heavyweight crown with a twelve-round majority decision over Eddie Davis….as he and Dwight Muhammad Qawi were only a couple of weeks away from fighting a rematch in September of that year… but that fight got called off when Qawi was injured during…