Friday Night Fighter:
Gasper “Indio” Ortega and the Golden Age of Television Boxing
By Troy Rondinone
University of Illinois Press
304 pages, 14 b/w photos
When I interviewed Gaspar “Indio” Ortega for The Ring magazine in 1995, the Mexican native who was a Top 10 welterweight in the 1950s and ‘60s and a staple of the fights that were a staple of TV network broadcasting then said, “I liked to be in the ring and show how Indio, with no education, can excite a lot of people.” Now 78, he’s doing it all over again thanks to this magnifico biography of a fighter and an era that ought to make up a little for the championship belt Ortega never got.
Troy Rondinone’s history of television’s first go-round with boxing is outstanding in every respect. Twinning it with the riveting life story of the popular veteran of 200 or so pro fights was inspired and natural, since Ortega appeared in the Gillette series more times than anyone but Dick Tiger. (continue reading…)
by John Martinez
September 4, 2011
While in the midst of busily training for his upcoming bout with Mexican powerhouse and WBC Welterweight title-holder Victor Ortiz (29-2-22KO), the undefeated six-time world champion of five weight classes, Floyd Mayweather Jr (41-0, 25KO), temporarily set aside his preparations holding a candid, yet lighthearted, Skype session on Friday with United States Soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
Despite his training schedule, Mayweather Jr. found the time to hold nearly two-hour discussion in which he appeared relaxed, confident, and in good humor prior to his September 17 HBO PPV fight.
By Pavel Yakovlev
(April 1, 2011, Foxwoods Resorts Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut) – ‘Hammerin’ Henry Lundy won a unanimous decision over Patrick Lopez to win the vacant NABF lightweight title in a bout telecast live by ESPN2. The final scores were 99-91, 97-92, and 95-94 for Lundy, whose lightning-fast hand speed, clever footwork, defensive skill, and persistent right jab gave him an edge over the rugged but less fluid Lopez. Control of the match shifted several times from one boxer to the other. Lundy dominated the first six rounds, but Lopez stormed back with a hurtful body attack to win most of the later stanzas. In the tenth, both boxers engaged in furious infighting, with Lundy appearing to get the better of the exchanges. Lopez was knocked down briefly in the second by a sharp left cross. The weights were 134 ½ lbs for Lundy, against 135 lbs for Lopez. (continue reading…)
Full ‘Diamond Elite’ results and Post Fight Press Conference Quotes
MASHANTUCKET, CT, – The 2010 Fighter of the Year, world middleweight champion Sergio “Maraville” Martinez, destroyed previously undefeated Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk en route to an impressive win by eighth-round technical knockout to capture the World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Diamond Belt and retain his Ring Magazine belt, live on HBO World Championship Boxing at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.
Martinez (47-2-2, 25 KOs) outclassed Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) from start to finish, using his superior hand and foot speed, as well as his power against the reigning World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) junior middleweight champion. Martinez lived up to his nickname (“Maravilla” means “Marvelous” in English), dropping Dzinziruk in the fourth, fifth and three times in the final round. (continue reading…)
By Jeff Hawkins
Several years back, there were minor rumblings as to the ethnicity of NBA basketball star Jason Kidd. Was he black or was white?
Kidd, who is African American, but is very fair skinned, initially refused to dignify the question. In essence, he was saying: “What difference does it make? Will ‘you’ like me or appreciate my skills any differently if you know one way or another?” (continue reading…)