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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: USA Boxing Remembers the 1980 Plane Crash That Changed Boxing History

USA Boxing Remembers the 1980 Plane Crash   COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 14, 2019) — On March 14, 1980, the sport of amateur boxing and the world tragically lost 22 members to a plane crash near Warsaw, Poland. The fourteen boxers and eight staff members aboard the flight, which killed a total of 77 people, were […]

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Hall of Fame WBA Featherweight Champion Eusebio Pedroza From Panama Dies at 62

    Hall of Fame WBA Featherweight Champion Eusebio Pedroza Dies at 62 By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent Panama City, Panama  (March 3rd, 2019)– International Boxing Hall of Fame retired World Boxing Association World Featherweight champion Eusebio Pedroza, who fought in 22 consecutive WBA world title bouts from 1978 to 1985, […]

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RCM Historical Boxing: Sammy Davis Jr. vs. Wilt Chamberlain Comedy Bout

Laugh with Robert! Ridiculous Sammy Davis Jr. vs. Wilt Comedy Bout By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   YouTube has some historical gems. From the 1960’s, Roman and Martin’s Laugh-In hosted this ridiculous scene of midget-sized Sammy Davis Jr. versus tall Wilt Chamberlain. There actually have been some tall heavyweights from Jess […]

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Boxing Legend, Rocky Lockridge Needs Your Help With Funeral Expenses

Boxing Legend, Rocky Lockridge Needs Your Help With Funeral Expenses The funeral expenses of former WBA and IBF World Super Featherweight champion Ricky ‘Rocky’ Lockridge, who died at age 60 on February 7, 2019, are sadly mostly unpaid. His family needs financial help from the general public to resolve the situation, including burial expenses, and […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Whatever Happened to Britain’s Chris Finnegan?

Whatever Happened to Britain’s Chris Finnegan?  By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent *Photo Credit: Color Sport Of Irish descent, British southpaw middleweight and light heavyweight Chris Finnegan won the 1968 Olympic Gold Medal in Mexico City for Great Britain. Fighting professionally from 1968 to 1975, the native of Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, United […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Battling Bartender Lee Savold – Doctor’s Office Mystery Photo Solved

Battling Bartender Lee Savold: Doctor’s Office Mystery Photo Solved Recently, at my doctor’s office in New Jersey, this reporter was confronted with a please ‘solve the mystery’ of the boxing photo on the wall, as in who was the other fighter in the photo with Joe Louis, ‘The Brown Bomber’ who held the world heavyweight […]

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Rocky Lockridge, Former Junior Lightweight World Champion, Dies at 60

Rocky Lockridge Dies

Rocky Lockridge, Former Junior Lightweight World Champion, Dies at 60 By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent Camden, NJ (February 8th, 2019)– Former lineal world junior lightweight champion Rick ‘Rocky’ Lockridge, who gave himself and trainer Lou Duva a world title when he knocked out undefeated Roger Mayweather in 98 seconds to win […]

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Unreal True Story! The Boxing Trainer Who Walked Out of His Own Grave

Unreal True Story! The Boxing Trainer Who Walked Out of His Own Grave By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent *Photo Credit: Ramon Sosa & Daily Mail Houston, Texas welterweight boxer turned gym owner and boxing coach Ramon Sosa is lucky to be alive. He walked out of his own grave. Mr. Sosa’s […]

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Al Certo, Trainer of Hamsho, McGirt & Others, Dies at 90

Al Certo, Trainer of Hamsho, McGirt, and Others, Dies at 90 *Photo Credit: ‘Professor DP’ By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent Newark, NJ (December 28th, 2018)– Secaucus, New Jersey, was the place where you would find Certo’s Custom Tailors, and talk boxing anytime you liked with the legendary Al ‘Certisimo’ Certo, a […]

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Tommy Morrison’s Case (17-1537) Reaches U.S. Supreme Court Friday November 16, 2018

Tommy Morrison Case (17-1537) Reaches U.S. Supreme Court Friday November 16, 2018 By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent Case (17-1537) Tommy Morrison versus Quest Et Al will reach the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, November 16, 2018, and will argue in its filing QUEST withheld scientific data, and acted with malice or […]

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Former British Lightweight Champion Bunny Grant of Jamaica Dies at 78

  Former British Lightweight Champion Bunny Grant of Jamaica Dies at 78 By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent Kingston, Jamaica (November 13th, 2018)– Former Commonwealth British Empire Lightweight champion Bunny Grant of Kingston, Jamaica, who lost a 15 round decision to Eddie Perkins in April 1964 for the WBA and WBC World […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Most Difficult Moments in Boxing, Long After The Lights Have Faded

  Most Difficult Moments in Boxing, Long After The Lights Have Faded By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent The most difficult moments in boxing happened long after the lights have faded. It is a question a boxing or sports reporter rarely gets, and one most prefer to avoid answering. The most difficult […]

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Former British Champion Schoolboy Langston Tinago, Who Beat Buchanan, Dies at 68

Former British Champion Schoolboy Langston Tinago, Who Beat Buchanan, Dies at 68 By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent London. UK (July 23, 2018)– Former Zimbabwe and Commonwealth British Empire Lightweight champion Langston ‘Schoolboy’ Tinago, who upset former World Lightweight champion Ken Buchanan in 1981, has died in Zimbabwe at the age of […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Heavyweight Michael Spinks and Mike Tyson Meet Again 30 Years Later: Spinks Versus Tyson Revisited

  Heavyweight Michael Spinks and Mike Tyson Meet Again 30 Years Later: Spinks Versus Tyson Revisited By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent Hall of Fame Photo by Tom Patti Michael Spinks, then 30-0 with 21 knockouts, Saint Louis, Missouri, had kneepads on both knees when he fought 34-0 Iron Mike Tyson on […]

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Donald Trump Pardons Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson With Lennox Lewis, Sylvester Stallone & Deontay Wilder

 Donald Trump Pardons Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent Forgiveness was a long time coming for ‘The Galveston GIant’, Jack Johnson. “Maybe one day someone will do something good for me!” noted Johnson in 1945 before fighting an exhibition against Joe Jeanette for U.S. War Bonds in 1945. […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: The Exhumation of Edwin Valero and The Blue Jeans Mystery: Was Valero Murdered?

  The Exhumation of Edwin Valero and The Blue Jeans Mystery: Was Valero Murdered? By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent *Photo Credit: AP News In May 2010, the body of former boxing champion Edwin Valero was exhumed on suspicion Valero was in fact murdered and strangled by the police who were holding […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Remember Troy Waters, Who Fought Terry Norris in 1993 Round of the Year

Remember Troy Waters, Who Fought Terry Norris in 1993 Round of the Year By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent *Photo Courtesy BoxRec Troy Waters, a member of the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame, has died at age 53. a native of Sydney, Australia, Waters excelled is the light middleweight (super welterweight) […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: A Tribute to James Scott, Light Heavyweight Who Called Himself Superman

  A Tribute to James Scott, Light Heavyweight Who Called Himself Superman *Photo Credit: Emhoff Collection By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent A few years ago, while covering a live boxing event in Atlantic City, New Jersey, this reporter was approached by a gentleman who identified himself as the brother of James Scott, […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Flyweight Uzzy Ahmed, Best Showboat Dancer with Worst Exit Ever in Boxing History

Flyweight Uzzy Ahmed, Best Showboat Dancer with Worst Exit Ever in Boxing History By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent Many a boxer has walked the walk and talked the talk, as in trash talk. Hype and trash talk can often promote a fight better than advertising, and sell tickets and Pay-Per-View. At […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Roberto Duran versus Alexis Arguello Lightweight Dream Fight

  Latino Wars! Roberto Duran versus Alexis Arguello Lightweight Dream Fight By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   Roberto Duran of Panama and Alexis Arguello of Nicaragua would have been a mega blockbuster of a lightweight bout if it had actually happened. The bout would have been on equal par with Marvelous […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Who Would Win? Mike Tyson vs. George Foreman Argument Rekindles on Facebook

Who Would Win? Mike Tyson vs. George Foreman Argument Rekindles on Facebook By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   Mike Tyson versus George Foreman remains a timeless heavyweight championship riddle. Who would win? You Tubers have computer simulated the dream fight, the modern day successor to Muhammad Ali versus Rocky Marciano. Ali […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Mysterious Heavyweight Jack O’Halloran, Hollywood Actor Few Remember in the Ring

  Mysterious Heavyweight Jack O’Halloran, Hollywood Actor Few Remember in the Ring By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   Between 1966 and 1974, Jack O’Halloran figured into an incredible 57 heavyweight bouts, mixing with many of the best of the best names in the heavyweight boxing ring of the era. A Philadelphia […]

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RCM Historical Boxing: Tim Doughboy Tomashek Story: Came Out of Crowd to Fight for WBO World Heavyweight Title

    Tim Doughboy Tomashek Story: Came Out of Crowd to Fight for WBO World Heavyweight Title By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   If Tommy ‘The Duke’ Morrison were alive, he would tell you a story of courage and praise for obscure heavyweight boxer Tim ‘Doughboy’ Tomashek.  Between 1987 and 1996, […]

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RCM Historical Boxing: Max Baer’s Brightest Moment and Darkest Moments

  RCM Historical Boxing: Max Baer’s Brightest Moment and Darkest Moments By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   In reviewing historical black and white footage on Max Baer, the late former world heavyweight champion, a number of forgotten bouts come to mind.   On August 25, 1930, Baer knocked out Frankie Campbell […]

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RCM FANTASY BOXING: All-Time Virtual Heavyweight Tournament Round Three

  All-Time Virtual Heavyweight Tournament Round Three By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent In an experiment, I took the famous names in the heavyweight division, champions and contenders, past and present, and did my own all-time heavyweight tournament on paper. Here are my results for round three. I began this project with […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Middleweight Michael ‘The Silk’ Olajide, His Career and Obscure Barkley Bout

  Middleweight Michael ‘The Silk’ Olajide, His Career and Obscure Barkley Bout By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent  Full 23 Minute Iran Barkley versus Michael Olajide bout on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctuh23Smk6s NBC Commentary by Marv Albert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFci3LS_Dao Olajide post Iran Barkley fight interview  Recently I was reviewing a sports DVD entitled ‘101 Knockouts […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Land of the Heavyweight Giants

Land of the Heavyweight Giants By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent The late world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, the ‘Galveston Giant’ was shorter than the man who dethroned him in Havana, Cuba, Jess Willard. The Klitschkos, Lennox Lewis, Nikolai Valuev, Primo Carnera, and Mike White are some historical examples of the tall […]

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RCM Historical Boxing: Who Was Melio Bettina?

RCM Historical Boxing: Who Was Melio Bettina? By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   Melio Bettina was a southpaw light heavyweight out of Beacon, New York, who fought between 1934 and 1948, with a record of 83-14-3 with 36 knockouts. He won the New York version of the World Light Heavyweight title […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Sonny Liston vs Evander Holyfield 15 Round Dream Fight

Sonny Liston vs Evander Holyfield 15 Round Dream Fight: Who Wins? By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent In recent memory, individuals on Facebook and various internet boxing sites have pondered what would happen if Charles ‘Sonny’ Liston fought Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield. The matchup is not unlike Muhammad Ali versus George […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Forgotten Voices of Boxing: Dunphy, Clancy, Steward, Pacheco

  Forgotten Voices of Boxing: Dunphy, Clancy, Steward, Pacheco By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   Boxing historians may overlook one particular category of boxing which has less historical significance than what actually takes place in the ring. Boxing had its Don Dunphy, Gil Clancy, Emmanuel Steward, and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco. Today […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Psychology of Muhammad Ali: Getting Rid of Ego and Playing on Foreman’s Ego

  Psychology of Muhammad Ali: Getting Rid of Ego and Playing on Foreman’s Ego By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   In a historical sense, the late Jack Dempsey was right when he commented on Muhammad Ali versus George Foreman “That isn’t boxing!” It was not, in the traditional sense. However, as’The […]

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RCM Historical Boxing: Leon Spinks and John Tate, Obscure Heavyweight Champions

  Leon Spinks and John Tate, Obscure Heavyweight Champions By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   If I were to answer to who I think remain the most obscure heavyweight champions of record, I could rattle off a list from Tommy Burns to Ruslan Chagaev to Nicolai Valuev. Any number of people […]

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