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By Christopher James Shelton
Tracy Callis (chief historian of Cyber Boxing Zone): “Elliott was an agile, strong, tough and aggressive boxer who was tricky and used unfair tactics; He had great ability, but never trained seriously; Because of his unrestrained anger, he was twice arrested and sentenced to jail for armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill. Jimmy always seemed to turn up at the wrong place at the wrong time; On March 1, 1883, he was shot by gambler Jere Dunn in a Chicago saloon and died shortly afterwards; He is buried in Calvary Cemetery.”
The genesis for this story was my 10th year anniversary clean from speed drugs, crystal meth or cocaine. I had been encouraged by my therapists (I have two and a psychiatrist) to do something celebratory and leave my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona while reflecting over the ten years. I had shared my anniversary ‘publicly’ at Phoenix Shanti group with HIV+/AIDS guys out of prison less than two weeks with one shivering HIV+ soul off speed drugs for one day. It seemed necessary to write a special boxing story and knew it would involve my former mentor, Tracy Callis. He encouraged me not to hoard my history research and share with others. His favorite two researchers became Sergei Yurchenko of Moscow and I. He said we were the only boxing researchers who detached ourselves with relentless pursuit for truth – a certain irony, or maybe not – that we are both highly emotional, temperamental guys. Read the rest of this entry “
LAS VEGAS — I had always planned to interview Montell Griffin at some point in order to ask him about his relationship with the legendary trainer, Mr. Eddie Futch and when we both ended up in Las Vegas on May 2nd for Mayweather-Pacman I decided to do an on-the-spot video interview with him.
As often the case with great trainers, people often automatically name certain guys as their “best trainer ever” choice without even really having any idea as to why they are saying it. It’s like they just read it somewhere and then repeat it just to sound boxing-intelligent. On that end, I decided to let Montell give a little insight into Mr. Futch and what actually made him such a great trainer. Read the rest of this entry “
By Christopher Morgan at ringside
LOS ANGELES, CA, May, 16, 2015 — The Forum in Inglewood once again hosted a magical night for the ages thanks in large part to Gennady Golovkin’s awe inspiring destruction over the skilled and game, but ultimately outclassed Willie Monroe Jr. In the brief time the bout lasted, just over 5 rounds, there was enough facets of the game on display to satisfy everyone from the lover of a chess match to the fan thirsting for a savage bar room brawl. Predictions were divided before the bout, falling between calling Monroe out matched and an easy opponent to claiming that his speed and slick skills would see him survive and upset Gennady via decision. Please read along as I provide you with a first hand account of the main event.
The brief co-main afterglow is still fresh when Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe (19-1, 6 Kos) suddenly appears at the perimeter of the arena prepared to make his ring walk. Apparently we aren’t going to have to wait for an hour as is pretty customary when a co-main ends very quickly. The fans in the arena begin their boo’s — the arena is packed and 99% of them are here for Gennady, many of them wearing official and custom made Gennady Golovkin apparel. It must be somewhat of a gut check for the young Monroe to enter under these conditions. Read the rest of this entry “
LAS VEGAS, NV, May 2, 2015 — Two hours after Floyd Mayweather decisioned Manny Pacquiao, former light heavyweight contender and current boxing trainer “Ice” John Scully met up with IBF Lightweight Champion Mickey Bey in the lobby of the MGM Grand Hotel. This is his interview. Of his encounter, he writes the following report:
“One reason I love to attend big fights is because of the fact that it usually evolves into a reunion of sorts for the boxers and former boxers in attendance. Many times the events surrounding the fights are more memorable than the actual fights themselves. This past weekend in Las Vegas, for example, I spent a lot of time in the MGM Grand hotel lobby running into and reminiscing with many friends from within the boxing game. Read the rest of this entry “
By Ricardo Ibarra
Photo by Mike Blair
Brian Halquist Productions returns to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington Saturday May 30th, with what is shaping up to be one of the best local cards to take place at the venue in the last few years. Already this year, Brian Halquist and match-maker Andy Nance have put together two highly entertaining shows featuring some of the best regional talent in tough match-ups. This upcoming card, which will be the one hundred and first installment of the long running Battle at the Boat series, will follow suit with six intriguing bouts, highlighted by local fighters.
In the ten round main event top Northwest Super Middleweight prospect Michael Gavronski looks to set straight one of the blemishes on his record against Los Angeles’ Tyrell Hendrix. Early in Gavronski’s career, with only two fights under his belt, Gavronski battled Hendrix to a four round majority draw in a closely contested fight that saw both fighters hit the canvass in the first round. Now both, with much more experience at a vastly higher level, will meet once again in an opportunity to claim the win each man feels eluded him four years ago. Read the rest of this entry “