Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful – Just Before Sugar Ray Leonard Destroys Duran

After 60+ years as a Sportsphile….I have seen many things that world class athletes have used to stimulate themselves just prior taking “center stage”…..be it a moment of silent prayer with the All Mighty….even a “mental psyche job” from a coach or trainer like Bundini Brown did for Muhammad Ali prior to him entering the ring for a…

Boxing – 1983 – Tim Ryan PreFight Show – USBA Welterwt Title – Kevin Howard Vs Marlon Starling

Kevin Howard was a pretty good fighter in the welterweight and super welterweight divisions….who had a professional boxing career that ran from 1978 to 1986…..while building a career of 21 wins, 8 losses and 1 draw….with bouts against Sugar Ray Leonard and Marlin Starling….as seen in this prefight show video seen herewith….being the only two…

Music – November 25th 1980 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful -Sung At Duran Vs Leonard Welterwt Title Fite II

For our money at ImaSportsphile…..music legend Ray Charles performs the most inspiring rendition of the song America The Beautiful that has ever been recorded….for it inspired Howard Cosell to say “If that rendition didn’t touch you….if it didn’t send a chill up your spine….I suppose nothing ever will.”…..and all the viewer has to do is watch the demeanor, the…

Boxing – 1987 – ABC Wrap-up Show – IBF Welterwt Title Fight – Johnny Bumphus Vs Lloyd Honeyghan

Johnny ‘Bump City’ Bumphus (born 17 August 1960) is a former professional boxer….who was world light welterweight champion….who began his professional career as a hot prospect….after winning his first 22 fights….including the vacant WBA Light Welterweight Title….with a decision win over Lorenzo Luis Garcia in 1984….which was a belt that Bumphus lost to Gene Hatcher in June 1984 in Buffalo, New York….as Hatcher…

Boxing – 1985 – 6 Rnd Welterwt Bout – Louis Howard Vs Dwight Williams – With Don Chevrier + A Dundee

This 1985 six round welterweight bout between Louis Howard verses Dwight Williams was aired live on USA Network on March 29th….as a Don King Productions featuring Don Chevrier and Angelo Dundee behind the mike on the call of the fight.  Louis Howard was a welterweight boxer out of St. Louis, Missouri….who had a nine year…