Boxing – 1986 – HBOs Tompkins + Leonard + Merchant Provide Judges Review Of 1st Spinks Vs Holmes

This video simply “puts a burr in our ass” here at ImaSportsphile…..because it highlights one of the great “shams” of boxing history…..as the unanimous decision in favor of Spinks….could just as easily and more correctly gone the other way…..had Holmes not been fighting to tie the immortal Rocky Marciano.  Yeah, Spinks probably out-boxed the champ by…

Boxing – 1985 – Larry Merchant PostFight Interview With Michael Spinks After Defeating Larry Holmes

In this post fight interview of newly crowned IBF Heavyweight Champion Michael Spinks….after defeating longtime heavyweight champ Larry Holmes in their first fight…..was conducted by HBO’s Larry Merchant….who typically was a fairly good interviewer….but in this interview, he asks some fairly “off the wall” questions like…“Do you think your training for this fight will revolutionize boxing training?”….which…

Boxing – 1986 – Larry Merchant + Sugar Ray Leonard + Barry Tompkins Wrapup Of Spinks Vs Tangstad

The HBO boxing broadcast crew of Barry Tompkins, Sugar Ray Leonard and Larry Merchant provide final thoughts on the 1986 IBF Heavyweight Title Fight between Michael Spinks verses Steffen Tangstad….who happened to be the ONLY heavyweight contender in the history of Norwegian boxing….and the truth of the matter is that he wasn’t much of a…

Boxing – 1986 – Larry Merchant PostFight Interview With Michael Spinks After Defeating Larry Holmes

This post fight interview with HBO’s Larry Merchant and Michael Spinks took place on April 19, 1986 after then IBF Heavyweight Champion Michaels Spinks had defeated Larry Holmes in their second match at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel…..which from our perspective was a fight that should have never taken place.  You see, here at ImaSportsphile,…

Boxing – 1986 – Tim Ryan + Gil Clancy Preview 10 Rnd Middlewt Bout – Doug DeWit Vs Milt McCrory

In this prefight video of the 1986 CBS Sports Saturday presentation of the 10 round middleweight bout between Doug DeWitt vs Milton McCrory…..Tim Ryan and Gil Clancy profile the careers of both fighters as they are about to enter the ring for their fight against each other.  Doug DeWitt is an American former World Middleweight Champion…..who was…

Boxing – 1986 – Special – What It Is Like To Be A Mike Tyson Sparring Partner -With Barry Tompkins

There is so much HBO Boxing content in our ImaSportsphile library….in which Barry Thompkins is the lead fight commentator along side of Sugar Ray Leonard and Larry Merchant during the entire production of so many memorable fights….when some of the best of Barry Tompkins would show up when he would narrate a career profile of…

Boxing – 1986 – HBOs Larry Merchant Provides The Story And Career Highlights Of Champ Tony Tubbs

Tony Tubbs (born February 15, 1958) is an American former professional boxer….who competed from 1980 to 1997…. and 2002 to 2006….while having held the WBA heavyweight title from 1985 to 1986.  On April 29, 1985, Tubbs challenged Greg Page for the WBA Heavyweight Championship…..as Page and Tubbs had fought seven times as amateurs….with Page winning six of them….but for their only meeting…

Boxing – 1986 – Larry Merchant PostFight Interview With Mike Tyson After Defeating Mitch Blood Green

DOG ASIDE: This 10 round heavyweight bout between Mitch Blood Greem verses Iron Mike Tyson was billed as essentially a “New York turf war” between the two rival heavyweight boxing powerhouses from The Big Apple….and although Blood made it through 10 rounds with Iron Mike….it was only because for most of the fight…..Blood ran in the opposite direction of “turf war”…..and contact with Iron Mike for…

Boxing – 1985 – HBO Special – The Selling Of A Champion – An Inside Look At 19 Year Old Mike Tyson

DOG ASIDE:  This HBO Boxing Special features their legendary boxing commentator team of Barry Tompkins, Sugar Ray Leonard and Larry Merchant….as they analyze and dissect the concept of Selling a Champion”….with an indepth look at how the powers that be in boxing at the time…..were already in process of creating and hyping the future heavyweight champion…