My Tomasz Adamek Story Online Someone Said I didn’t Write: Promoters Get Rid of Two Jealous Frauds at Sporting Events
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*This is an editorial piece by Robert Brizel. The content in this article is a personal article in response to online attacks directed at Mr. Brizel. This article is not the opinion of any Real Combat Media editorial staff or it’s members.
Six years ago, a know everything writer named Rich Mancuso wrote a piece about me, rubber stamped by his publisher and editor-in-chief Joe McDonald at NY Sportsday as the unquestionable gospel truth, which stated in no uncertain terms I was present at a boxing event and never wrote up the ringside report, along with numerous false statement allegations. The rubber stamps of hate and jealousy were there, without any effort by the publisher to check the sources of the writer, and whether or not any or all of his statements about me were true. McDonald, who ran the piece, was contacted by me the very same night very late, and true to form, supported every piece of dirt his writer wrote as unverified gospel truth, including his unquestioned belief I never covered the event Mancuso said I never covered, and thinking I was done. How so if I filed my copy?
Like my favorite song by Elton John, I’m still standing, and with greater power today than yesterday. The current presidential debates have served to make me more seasoned to the jealous dirt hurling, statements of lies and frauds at ringside.
This writer is not the type to write hate about other people. So I vowed I would wait a rational six years without vindictiveness, and then mail the actual article to the two above named hateful individuals claimed never was written, which is still online, as justice.
On August 21, 2010, I was present at the Prudential Center in Newark, where my friend Tomasz Adamek of Poland, now retired, won a 12 round decision over Michael Grant, to retain his regional IBF International and WBO NABO heavyweight titles, winning at least nine of the 12 rounds impressively by outboxing Grant. Tomasz reached 44-1 before losing in a valiant effort to win the WBC World Heavyweight title from Vitali Klitschko in September of 2011 in Poland. Adamek, at 6’1”, was too small against the 6’7” Klitschko.
To clear up some of the dirt Joe McDonald endorsed, here it is: My camera is not a Nikon; I am both a writer and photographer; I don’t collect autographs; I don’t know anything about other sports besides boxing; I have always filed my own copy; I’m not concerned about where my assignment is at press row, and I never will be. I do my job. I rarely train and work the corner, when time rarely allows. As a writer the additional dimension of working the corner adds to the ability to describe a ringside report with greater depth. Losers who have never participated in sports, then write about them and purport to know everything about them, are jealous frauds.
I’m also NOT a reporter mummy sitting at the table coffin. I circulate and make contacts and connections, leading to further exciting stories which always benefit the promoters and their event, and have even led to future fights. In addition to my copy, readily found on the internet, I have also written thousands of accurate and meticulous BoxRec reports, most by memory, providing important historical data without charge to those who need it.
Unlike many of the unknown come and go unknown dead fish at ringside, I actively seek contacts and connections, and pursue stories by virtue for being at the event, making me a known. In addition, I have two lucrative sponsorship contracts to attract sponsors, which in the internet age, Joe McDonald, is where it’s at. The era of the writer who sits there and just covers the fight is over. Magical is the writer who can take pictures to support and publicize the event. Even more magical is the writer who can attract sponsors for the sporting event, and sponsors for the sports internet website, and in the process earn more money from one sponsorship cut than the writer earns in a lifetime. It’s to the point where I don’t care what other people think. As a law abiding reporter, why should I? Bring in the money-not just the story-and everyone loves you. Strangely, when athletes break the law and get into trouble, the sporting press loves covering them. Controversy is where it’s at.
It’s all about earning huge amounts of money while being the best writer you can be, having the personality to make it so, and getting out of your seat and making the contacts so that everybody makes money. Want to only be the best writer you can be, Joe McDonald? The best boxing writer I know today works as a late night security guard to pay the rent, because he lives his life check to check, causing him to miss many events, and rarely gets a room when he does cover an event. The second best writer I know writes most of his boxing pieces sitting in the bathroom, because the apartment he lives in with his wife is so small he has nowhere else to write. Both could be destined for one of the halls of fame, for all the good it will do them. I like both of them, but it doesn’t change the facts, Joe.
In August 2010, I was writing for Saddoboxing, and I still have the option of writing an occasional interview piece for them. They remain strongest in the United Kingdom and Europe. Today, I write for Real Combat Media, with incredible following in Europe, as the only boxing writer in the world to writing for a Mixed Martial Arts Boxing and MMA site, with online traffic superior to other sports sites as MMA is much bigger than other sports today.
My original ring side report of the Tomasz Adamek versus Michael Grant fight can be found online via the above link. Contrary to Rich Mancuso and Joe MacDonald, my ringside report has always been there since it was posted over six years ago.