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05-04-2006, 04:12 PM
Does anybody has memories from the 80s you would like to share?



05-04-2006, 04:14 PM


05-04-2006, 04:32 PM
Thanks for posting.I think I've seen that in a boxing magazine before.

I wish there was a picture of Mike Weaver KO ing John Tate in the last minute to win the WBA title.
Also I find it interesting that despite the fact Holmes beat Cooney and was a great champ,the picture is of Cooney landing a decent right hand on Holmes.Larry just can't get no respect!:)

05-04-2006, 04:59 PM
Great stuff, Mr. B.!


05-04-2006, 05:13 PM
Here it is, Mike Weaver ko over John Tate


Ted Spoon
05-04-2006, 05:37 PM
Great posts, Frank B.

Hagler n' Leonard embracing one another...must have completely forgot that one, just seems so out of place.

That Tate/Weaver shot sums up boxings core appeal of unpredictability.

05-04-2006, 11:21 PM
In Australia it was all about Jeff Fenech.

His fights were national events, his catch cry "I love youse all" was a popular culture staple and the fact he won an Aussie title in his 3rd pro fight and the IBF Bantam title in his 7th sure helped raise his profile in a nation that hadn't quite come of age as the sporting overachiever we've become since - His aggressive style and the way he cut off the ring was stunning.

He got me into boxing. Thanks Jeff.

Steve McV
05-05-2006, 12:34 AM
Wow... Hearns-Hagler. How did Larry Merchant put it? "I doubt if anyone watching took a breath the whole time." I think I watched the whole fight with my mouth hanging open.

Pryor-Arguello. "Not that one, the one I mixed."

The first two Leonard-Duran fights. During the first one, saying over and over, "What the hell is Ray doing?" And then the second one, making an all-time great tough hombre quit from frustration.

Tyson's early career... Holyfield at cruiser... Spinks-Holmes I and II... a number of excellant welters...

Not a bad damn decade, as far as boxing goes. Of course, at the time I was living with the sexiest woman on earth, so maybe my perceptions are a bit askew...

05-05-2006, 05:12 AM
One thing I recall was the entrance of another promoter to challenge King and Arum---Ross Smith. He was putting together some terrific cards and they was always 2 or 3 supporting fights that were competitive matchups. It appeared as though Smith might be the guy to topple those guys and then the next thing you knew, he was arrested. Out of the blue. And then it was back to King{wbc} and Arum{wba}

The forming of the IBF in 84 was bad news also and it really set the stage for the fans never seeing top shelf matchups on a consistent basis. And of course, everyone's self set rules not recognizing the other organizations champions. As a result, seldom was the #1 guy at a given weight fighting the #2 or #3 guy. More like the 6th best guy in that division.

No Dice
05-06-2006, 10:27 AM
One of my favorite memories from the 80's was Rocky Lockridge KO'ing Roger Mayweather in one round. Mayweather walked in the ring wearing sunglasses, showboating, and taunting the hell out of Lockridge during instructions. Lockridge, who was a true professional, just stayed calm and let Mayweather act the fool. He looked even more foolish when, after all his hotdogging, Lockridge layed him out within minutes.

Bad memory - Lockridge losing a decision to Eusebio Pedroza in a fight I thought Rocky had clearly won. Of course, that is my biased opinion.

HE Grant
05-06-2006, 01:50 PM
Man that was a funny moment...Mayweather came into the ring like such a jackass...Lockridge flattened him...

The early 80's had an exceptional jr. lightweight named Camacho...

Roberto Aqui
05-06-2006, 06:14 PM
Does anybody has memories from the 80s you would like to share?

Well, 1980, that's when I met the battle-ex and she was just entering her prime. Hoo, boy, that's about all I remember because she was all fire and ice and a great natural talent. When the smoke and delirium finally cleared, it was the 90s and I was up the creek without a paddle.