Boxing – 1989 – Larry Merchant Interview Former Mike Tyson Trainer Kevin Rooney After Being Replaced

After the death of Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson’s trainer and mentor, Cus D’Amato…and from that day of November 4, 1985, Iron Mike’s life spun out of control…..as he got into drugs and married actress Robin Givens….while making more money than imaginable at the time…..something in the range of $100 million during the 1980’s…..but he had lost…

Boxing – 1983 – Tim Ryan Interviews Joe Frazier & Son Marvis About Who Is Marvis Really Fighting For

Marvis Frazir is the son of former heavyweight champion and Hall of Fame boxer, Joe Frazier…..as Marvis was at ringside for all of his father’s fights after the second Oscar Bonavena bout in December 1968….which included the great battles with Muhammad Ali.  Marvis had a four round exhibition with his father in Rochester, New York, on December 3, 1976….and staged another…

Boxing – 1978 – Howard Cosell PostFight Interview Of Ken Norton After Losing Title To Larry Holmes

Ken Norton Sr. (August 9, 1943 – September 18, 2013) was an American professional boxer….who competed from 1967 to 1981….and held the WBC heavyweight title in 1978.  He is best known for his trilogy of fights with Muhammad Ali….in which Norton won the first fight by split decision….and lost the latter two fights by split and unanimous decision, respectively.  Norton also fought a…

Boxing – 1964 – Cassius Clay Muhammad Ali Puts On A Show At Announcement Of Upcoming Liston Fight

There has never been…..nor will there ever be again…..an athlete to stand in front of a television camera and control the stage quite like Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali…..for in so many ways, he truly was The Greatest…..whether he was responding to an interviewers question…..or reciting his poetry to any “gathered crowd”…..or “trash talking” an opponent in the…

Boxing – 1978 – Muhammad Ali Post Fight Assessment Of Larry Holmes Vs Ken Norton With Frank Gifford

In this 1978 interview of Muhammad Ali by Frank Gifford on ABC’s Wide World of Sports…..Ali assesses the fight between challenger Larry Holmes verses WBC Champ Ken Norton….which was a tough, competitive fight…..when after fourteen rounds…..each of the three judges scored the fight dead even at seven rounds each…..as Holmes rallied late in the fifteenth to win…

Boxing – 1980 – Howard Cosell Hosts Post Fight Conversations With Larry Holmes And Muhammad Ali

Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali was billed as “The Last Hurrah“….which was a professional boxing match contested on October 2, 1980 in Las Vegas for the WBC and Lineal Heavyweight Championships ….as the fight was estimated to have been watched by a record 2 billion viewers worldwide.    Larry Holmes was Ali’s sparring partner for a long time. “He lived with Ali. They boxed hundreds of…

Boxing – 1964 – Cassius Clay-Ali Has Poem Prediction On Upcoming Title Fight With Champ Sonny Liston

Cassius Clay began taunting and provoking Liston almost immediately after the two agreed to fight….as he purchased a bus….and had it emblazoned with the words “Liston Must Go In Eight”….when on the day of the contract signing, he drove it to Liston’s home in Denver…..and woke up the champion with the press in tow at…

Boxing – 1964 – Special – Cassius Clay Alias Muhammad Ali Goes Crazy At Weigh In With Sonny Liston

Cassius Clay’s outbursts reached their peak at the pre-fight weigh-in/physical the morning of the event…. when title fight weigh-ins, before this, had been predictable and boring…..but when The Louisville Lip  entered the room where the weigh-in would be held wearing a denim jacket with the words “Bear Huntin’” on the back and carrying an African walking…

Boxing – 1989 – Jim Lampley + Sugar Ray Leonard + Larry Merchant PreFight Show For Tyson Vs Bruno

After the long time HBO Boxing broadcasting team of Barry Tompkins, Sugar Ray Leonard and Larry Merchant broke-up in late 1987 due to the departure of Barry Tompkins….HBO turned the host reigns that Tompkins held over the years to highly experienced ABC sportscaster Jim Lampley….who seamlessly joined Sugar and Larry to bring HBO Boxing events…