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Touching Gloves with…Vinnie Curto

by on Feb.08, 2017, under Boxing News

By Dan Hanley

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When Vinnie Curto arrived on the world scene in the mid – ’70s, more than a few people took a second gander with a quizzical expression. Appearing more likely to grace the cover of GQ rather than Ring Magazine, Vinnie, nevertheless, took the boxing world by storm with his matinee idol looks, a gift of the gab, and a pair of mitts that had ambition written all over them.

DH: Vinnie, it’s funny, when I was reading your exploits in the magazines back in the day, I always associated you with Miami. But you’re actually from Boston, isn’t that right?

VC: That’s right. Boston, born and bred.

DH: Did you come from a big family?

VC: There was four of us. Three boys and a girl. But, Dan, let me stop you there for a minute and let me tell you something. I had an absolutely horrible childhood. I kid you not, I wouldn’t wish my childhood on Adolf Hitler. To tell you from the beginning, both my parents were gay. They hooked up because homosexuality was never discussed like it is today. You would have been an outcast back then. So they went with the flow of a normal life, but had their things on the side in an unspoken way. Even that would have been fine, but the physical and sexual abuse I took from my father had me considering suicide. I think some higher power was watching and spared my life.

DH: With what was going on in your life how did you get steered into boxing?

VC: Well, we always messed around a bit with boxing, but I was 9 years old when I made my way to the New Garden Gym above Sharkey’s Bar where I actually received formal training by Freddy Small, who was the boxing coach. He taught me the ins and outs of boxing. (continue reading…)

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Touching Gloves with… Gerry Cooney

by on Dec.21, 2016, under Boxing News

By Dan Hanley

 

Gerry Cooney appeared on the left on this Time Magazine cover.

Gerry Cooney appeared on the left on this Time Magazine cover.

Growing up in an Irish-Catholic household that always displayed their yen for the sweet science, I became accustomed to the compulsory picture of the Pope on one wall and a picture of ‘Irish’ Jerry Quarry on the other. Having said that, it was a foregone conclusion that I was going to be enamored when ‘Gentleman’ Gerry Cooney – clad in shamrock-laden trunks – arrived on the scene in the late ’70s. And let me tell ya, this son of Erin soon had the Hanley household making room on another wall. (continue reading…)

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West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame This Sunday, Sept. 25th!

by on Sep.22, 2016, under Boxing News

By Dan Hanley

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA — Awright, fight fans, here we go with the second annual West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame this Sunday, September 25th, at the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, California. This event, which is guaranteed to knock you off your pins, is once again hosted by President Rick Farris and yours truly. Although Vice President of this organization, I can honestly say it is President Rick Farris who is the driving force in lauding these great fighters of yesteryear. Rick is an absolute work-horse in making sure every ‘i’ is dotted and ‘t’ crossed in memorializing these hard-nosed pugs after the cheers have died down on their respective careers. (continue reading…)

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Touching Gloves with…’Lightning’ Ray Lampkin

by on Feb.18, 2016, under Boxing News

By Dan Hanley

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In the Pacific Northwest of the early ’70s, as the days of Eddie Machen, Thad Spencer and Andy Kendall were coming to an end, the Aristotelian phrase, ‘Nature abhors a vacuum’, came into play. For there was an emptiness in the belly of the fan needing to be sated. And without fanfare, armed only with a manager who was more raconteur than three-piece suit, Ray Lampkin exploded across the city of Portland like the northern lights on a bleak cul-de-sac. (continue reading…)

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Touching Gloves with…Alvaro ‘Yaqui’ Lopez

by on Dec.21, 2015, under Boxing News

By Dan Hanley

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To explain what Yaqui Lopez brought to the table is quite simple and also, quite difficult. You see, boxing today is in an age of flux with MMA to contend with, not to mention a glut of safety-first fighters involved in the sweet science. So when I say that the sight of the name, ‘Yaqui Lopez’ in our quaint TV listings of the day would bring an excited shiver to my spine, I think some of the contemporary fans would either roll their eyes or stare quizzically at the text. But for those who lived through the ’70s and ’80s as fight fans, they know exactly what I’m on about. Because I’m talking sheer excitement here, baby. (continue reading…)

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