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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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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: A Tribute to The Paddington Express, Terry Downes

A Tribute to The Paddington Express, Terry Downes By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent 2017 has brought the loss of two great former world middleweight champion, Jake LaMotta and Terry Downes, from the old school of boxing when the raw aggressive fighting style was used to slug it out with every opponent, […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Raging Bull Jake LaMotta versus Sugar Ray Robinson Rivalry, When Boxing Was Great

Raging Bull Jake LaMotta versus Sugar Ray Robinson Rivalry, When Boxing Was Great By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent “The three toughest fighters I ever fought were Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Sugar Ray Robinson. I fought Sugar Ray Robinson so many times, I’m surprised I’m not diabetic.” The flamboyant […]

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A Tribute To Errol Christie, Only British Boxer to Win All Ten Amateur Titles – Passes Away At Age 53

  A Tribute To Errol Christie, Only British Boxer to Win All Ten Amateur Titles By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   Not every boxer wins a world champion. An amateur champion in his own right, Coventry West Midlands Errol Christie had an amateur record of 78-2, and is listed in the […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: The Strange Case of Heavyweight Paul Sykes, Britain’s Hardest Prisoner

  The Strange Case of Heavyweight Paul Sykes, Britain’s Hardest Prisoner By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   By far, the strangest fighter ever to come out of Great Britain has to be the late heavyweight Paul Sykes (1946-2007). While Sykes was no Frank Bruno or Lennox Lewis, Sykes remains perhaps the […]

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From Aaron Hernandez to Edwin Valero, April 19 Suicides and Common Denominators

  From Aaron Hernandez to Edwin Valero, April 19 Suicides and Common Denominators By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, 27, committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell on April 19, 2017, at Sousa-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts, only five days after […]

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RCM Historical Boxing: Assessing Heavyweight Calvin Brock’s Knockout Power

  RCM Historical Boxing: Assessing Heavyweight Calvin Brock’s Knockout Power By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent  Ten years after heavyweight contender Calvin Brock’s forced retirement due to medical issues, a historical lookback reveals Brock had substantially more talent than he is given credit for by boxing historians. More often than not overlooked, […]

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RCM Historical Boxing: Ten Bouts Where One Last Punch Made A Difference

  RCM Historical Boxing: Ten Bouts Where One Last Punch Made A Difference By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   When a fight hear its final round conclusion, not every fighter makes it or wins. Every second counts. Here are a few of my favorite wild endings:   One: George Foreman versus […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Boxing in Microscopic Detail – The Brothers Who Beat Sugar Ray Robinson

  Boxing in Microscopic Detail: The Brothers Who Beat Sugar Ray Robinson By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent   The ability to master any profession comes from the unique ability to give attention to microscopic details. The great boxing stories come from both the obvious and the rare. On occasion, a microscopic […]

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Jose Ribalta RCM Interview: Memories of Castro’s Cuba, Calls Out Mike Tyson for Gentleman’s Rematch

Happy Birthday Jose Ribalta Interview: Memories of Castro’s Cuba, Calls Out Mike Tyson for Gentleman’s Rematch By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent In an international Real Combat Media boxing exclusive former heavyweight contender Jose ‘El Nino’ Ribalta, on the occasion of his 54th birthday on March 31, 2017, has become the first […]

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BOB ARUM REVISITS HAGLER VS. LEONARD ON THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY ON THE SUPER FIGHT

  BOB ARUM REVISITS HAGLER VS. LEONARD ON THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY ON THE SUPER FIGHT   ÓSCAR VALDEZ, GILBERTO RAMÍREZ, JESSIE MAGDALENO and SHAKUR STEVENSON SHARE THEIR PERSPECTIVES AND SCORES   T-Minus Three Weeks Until Their April 22 World Championship Tripleheader Live on Pay-Per-View From StubHub Center                 LOS ANGELES (April 1, 2017) […]

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RCM HISTORICAL BOXING: Fantasy Boxing – Brizel’s All-Time Virtual Heavyweight Boxing Championship Tournament: Round Three

Fantasy Boxing: Brizel’s All-Time Virtual Heavyweight Boxing Championship Tournament: Round Three By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent In a grand 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, using more than […]

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