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Forever Young

by on Feb.09, 2010, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

by Jason Keidel

In the basement of the Hard Rock Café, in the belly of Times Square, Richard Schaefer and Golden Boy Promotions hosted a press conference announcing the eternally anticipated rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. on April 3 in Las Vegas.

The press sat under faux chandeliers as a large movie screen repeated flashes of the fighters’ greatest hits to the beat of James Brown’s classic, “The Big Payback.” (continue reading…)

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Unholy Feel: A Tribute to Evander Holyfield

by on Feb.01, 2010, under Guest Columnists

by Jason Keidel

Passing puberty does not keep a boy from collecting heroes. Children are indeed precious and precocious, but there’s an eternal misperception that once a male hits 21 he is fully developed, unable to daydream or construct an idol.

Evander Holyfield is one of mine. I adopted him in my 20s, when he was in his 30s. Physically perfect and perfectly humble, Holyfield won without the machismo, under the aegis of Jesus, a smile being the closest he came to boasting. His résumé is evident enough without a cut-and-paste on this page. (continue reading…)

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Saturday Night Fever

by on Jan.24, 2010, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Three KOs Highlight Event at Madison Square Garden Saturday, January 23

By Jason Keidel

Photos by Chris Farina – Top Rank

WBO Jr. World Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Lopez (R), Caguas, Puerto Rico, stops WBO World Featherweight Champion Steven Luevano, La Puente, CA, in the seventh round Saturday at Madison Square Garden. --Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank, copyright 2010

WBO Jr. World Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Lopez (R), Caguas, Puerto Rico, stops WBO World Featherweight Champion Steven Luevano, La Puente, CA, in the seventh round Saturday at Madison Square Garden. --Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank, copyright 2010

NEW YORK CITY, January 23, 2010 – After six soporific fights, the National Anthem awakened Madison Garden to three stellar bouts, bringing heat to a frigid Manhattan.

John Duddy, New York City, knocks out Juan Astorga in the 1st round Saturday at  Madison Square Garden. --Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank, copyright 2010

John Duddy, New York City, knocks out Juan Astorga in the 1st round Saturday at Madison Square Garden. --Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank, copyright 2010

Middleweight John Duddy kicked off the authentic boxing action. Wielding a leaden jab and thudding body shots, Duddy forced his opponent, Juan Astorga, to a knee just a minute into the fight. A few seconds and a flurry later, Astorga collapsed once again, clutching his ribs, not to regain his stance, at 1:55 of the first round, to the glee of Duddy’s throng of throaty Irish supporters, the three-colored flag of his homeland waving above the ropes.

Duddy left the ring 28-1 (18 KO). Astorga’s record fell to 14-4-1 (9 KO). (continue reading…)

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Fighting Irish

by on Jan.22, 2010, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

by Jason Keidel

NEW YORK CITY, January 22, 2o1o -- John Duddy, New York City, weighs in at 160 lb for his upcoming feature fight against Juan Astorga, Lee's Summitt, Missouri, on HBO's Boxing After Dark, Saturday, January 23, 2010, at  Madison Square Garden.  Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing.  -- Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank, copyright 2010

NEW YORK CITY, January 22, 2o1o -- John Duddy, New York City, weighs in at 160 lb for his upcoming feature fight against Juan Astorga, Lee's Summitt, Missouri, on HBO's Boxing After Dark, Saturday, January 23, 2010, at Madison Square Garden. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing. -- Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank, copyright 2010

Wrapped in a green turtleneck and tweed jacket, Bob Arum kicked off the pre-fight press conference for Saturday’s championship fight between featherweights Juan Manuel Lopez and Steven Luevano at Madison Square Garden.

Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KO) is defending his WBO crown, looking to hand Lopez (27-0, 24 KO) his first professional loss. (continue reading…)

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My Thoughts on the Mike Tyson Documentary

by on Jul.17, 2009, under Boxing News

By Jason Keidel

Tyson, the tattooed and tortured son of Brooklyn, delivered a 90-minute monologue on what it was and is to be Iron Mike. No third-person mantras, no makeup, no props, no apologies.

Alarmingly honest, Tyson admitted he was arrested dozens of times before puberty in Brownsville, bragging of his ability to mug anyone, from drug dealers to old ladies. School was optional, family was scarce, and crime was fruitful. (His father abandoned him when he was two; his mother died when he was sixteen.) Whisked to numerous juvenile detention centers, Tyson took up boxing, becoming a gym rat in upstate New York, where he befriended a journeyman fighter who taught him enough to keep his interest. Rather than see Tyson return to Brooklyn and vagrancy, prison, or even death, he recommended Tyson to famed trainer, Cus D’Amato.  Just a teen, Tyson’s career soared under D’Amato’s wing. (continue reading…)

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