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dukeandpepi Posted on 23/06/2012 16:56
O/T First boxing match you ever watched./listened to.
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Remember when I was a young kid,my Mother mentioning about some loud mouthed Yank who predicted that he would defeat our champ in 5 rounds. She was not a sporting person however,tuned into the radio that evening to listen to the live commentary. She let me stay up to listen too.
Of course the fight was the famous match bettwen Henry Cooper and Cassius Clay.
Remember how excited they were when Cooper had Clay on the ropes only for him to be saved by the bell.
Clays (Muhammed Ali) prediction was accurate and the fight was stopped in 5 with Cooper suffering a badly cut eye.
Majority of top bill boxing was beamed live in Cinema's then. Comparable to pay per view matches now.

Anyone have memories of the fist boxing match they watched and who was it?.
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southshoresteve Posted on 23/06/2012 17:36
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Remember staying at a mates house one night listening to Bruno V Witherspoon on Radio with lights off and sound down low so as not to wake anyone up - would have been about 12 so circa 1985?

I also remember being enththralled by the TV fights of Larry Holmes, Hagler, Leonard, Hearns, Duran in the early 80's - vivdly remember watching Minter get beat by Hagler on Sportsnight 1980 with all the bottles flying[B)]
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53FINAL Posted on 23/06/2012 18:02
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No idea who he was fighting, but sat with my Dad watching a Tommy Farr fight, not a clue who he fought tho [rle]could have been radio jobby ?
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Tikataka Posted on 23/06/2012 18:14
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Minter/Hagler.... Too young to listen to it on the radio but it was covered on Grandstand - build up, post fight analysis etc. As a kid Hagler was truly frightening.

Colin Jones v Milton McCrory is about the earliest memory on TV. Good fight, scored a draw.
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southshoresteve Posted on 23/06/2012 18:36
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Tika - Do you remember Honeyghan beating Curry as well - what a shock that was at the time. Never fulfilled hsi potential our Lloyd
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Mike Posted on 23/06/2012 18:39
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Benn vs McClellan on ITV. Stayed up late to watch it with my Grandad.

Brutal fight to start with, in retrospect. [:O]
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bowbell Posted on 23/06/2012 18:44
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My Dad woke me up to go downstairs and listen to the Bruno - Tyson fight.

I'll have been 13 at the time.

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Bloodtangerine Posted on 23/06/2012 18:47
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Rumble in the Jungle Ali v Foreman....was shown on tv the day after.........1973/1974??
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Tikataka Posted on 23/06/2012 18:53
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Yes. Curry had beaten McCrory and Jones and looked like following in the path of Hearns, Leonard and co. The Honeygan fight wasn't live but remember watching it on tv and not knowing the result...massive shock. The fight with Starling finished his career - watched some of it on Youtube a few weeks ago and he was well beaten.

The one fighter that really never fulfilled his potential from that sort of era was Graham. Lots of top guys didn't fancy him, but he always seemed to find a way to lose the big ones that came his way.
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southshoresteve Posted on 23/06/2012 19:24
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Yeh - Bomber was a great boxer - not good on the eye unless you liked the defensive aspects of his work.

Thought Bomber was miles ahead on points when he got beat by Mike McCallum? His nemesis was Sambu Kalymbaye.

Kirkland Laing was another boxer around that time who I though would go on to reat things but flattered to deceive.
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southshoresteve Posted on 23/06/2012 19:32
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Actually, that era of the eighties was great for Boxing in all divisions both for class and characters....

John "The Beast" Mugabe
Azumah Nelson
Arturo Gatti
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
Michael Spinks
Hector Camacho
Iran Barkley

And on our Own Shores, Terry Marsh & Barry McGuigan[^]


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Tikataka Posted on 23/06/2012 19:53
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Rumour was that Laing was taking illegal substances which held him back - talking of shocks him beating Roberto Duran must be up there. Never saw that one - there's something on youtube somewhere?? Azumah Nelson is a great shout, remember him coming over here and beating Jim Mcdonnell. Had a fearsome reputation as a puncher, think Mcguigan was advised to steer clear.

On Graham, McCallum was awesome - no shame in being losing that one. He beat Watson a little later too, fairly convincingly. Probably the best knock out punch you'll see is where Julian Jackson took him out. Great defensive fighter as you say, just sometimes he seemed to get careless - can't do it against those type of guys.

Call me an old fart but that 80's era was great. So many fantastic fighters. Don't really know many of them these days.
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southshoresteve Posted on 23/06/2012 20:03
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There was a lot more on boxing terrestrial tv then which helped - apart from the middleweight and welterweight divisions though your right, hardly anyone catches the publics imagination nowadays - I think Saul Alvarez though is the next great in the making.

As a matter of interest, if they ever get it on, who would you fancy between Mayweather and Pac Man?
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haggertyf Posted on 23/06/2012 20:56
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steve,too much ganga was Kirkland`s undoing I am afraid.

When he outclassed Duran in he States instead of cashing in on the glory he went missing for months.His biography is a great read but as you say he should have done better with the talent he had
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jack_bfc Posted on 23/06/2012 21:12
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Never watched a whole boxing match/bout in my life....[:O]

It generally bores me.

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Cheesyleps Posted on 23/06/2012 22:11
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The 2nd Holyfield-Tyson fight (the one with the bite).

We had gone to visit one of my dads mates who lived in Selby. I was 11 at the time and he convinced my dad to bring me with them. We went to the working men's club where they were happy to give me shandy and a bloke came round selling seafood.

Once the club kicked out we went back to the house and stayed up to watch the big fight.

Not a big boxing fan, but it's one of those things that really stuck in the memory as clear as if it was yesterday.
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bisphamtang Posted on 24/06/2012 00:03
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Norton vs Ali-don't know whay but was rooting for Ken-it was the one where he belted Ali's jaw but ultimately went on to lose-anybody help me with the year??I was very young-think 70's and 80's were golden years but like previous poster i may be becoming an old fart
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seasideboz Posted on 24/06/2012 10:03
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Remember watching Brian London (Mr Blackpool)
against Cassius Clay.
Not sure what round it was but Clay must have landed at least 20 direct punches in several seconds to flaten poor Brian!
Think he retired shortly after that humiliation.
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GarstangTaxiService Posted on 24/06/2012 12:47
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Probaby a Benn fight.

Remember watching Naz when I was very young and then listening to his fights when he went PPV against the likes of Tommy Boom Boom Johnson.

Remember Lewis spanking Bruno too.

I generally don't trust a man with no interest in boxing or a man that doesn't bet. People with no football team fit that category too.
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UselessIndeed Posted on 24/06/2012 15:24
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Naseem Hamed, he was the first fight on a skysports undercard and got me hooked, although Jim Watt spent the whole time complaining about his showboating and arrogance
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