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THE UPSTATE ONION FARMER - CARMEN BASILIO

THE UPSTATE ONION FARMER - CARMEN BASILIO

By Paul Zanon‘I can’t concentrate on golf or bowling. Those bowling pins aren’t going to hurt me. I can concentrate in the ring because someone is trying to kill me.’Carmen BasilioRecords tell you ...

THE TIBBS LEGACY PART 2 - MARK TIBBS

THE TIBBS LEGACY PART 2 - MARK TIBBS

By Paul Zanon“Training has changed a bit and we’ve all moved on as athletes. I was lucky to have been brought up with my dad and his style of boxing training at The Royal Oak, but now, with my own ...

THE TIBBS LEGACY PART 1 - JIMMY TIBBS

THE TIBBS LEGACY PART 1 - JIMMY TIBBS

By Paul ZanonJimmy Tibbs - Photo courtesy of Nicola Collins“I was helping my dad’s mate out to put a fence up in Stratford. All of a sudden one of my best mates pulled up in his car and said, ‘Jim,...

THE LEAMINGTON LICKER

THE LEAMINGTON LICKER

"So we leave this game which was hard and cruel. And down at the show on a ringside stool. We’ll watch the next man, just one more fool." Randolph Turpin When you mention Randy Turpin in conversati...

FEARLESS FREDDIE

FEARLESS FREDDIE

By Paul Zanon “He fought like a Tiger. He just tore into anyone. People loved that.” Harry CarpenterMurder or suicide? These are often the first questions people mention when Freddie Mills comes up...

THE WHITECHAPEL WINDMILL

THE WHITECHAPEL WINDMILL

By Paul ZanonHe turned professional at 14 years of age, was world champion by 20 and lived a furious life inside and out of the ring. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you Judah Bergman. You perhaps ...

MARCEL CERDAN - 'LE BOMBARDIER MAROCAIN'

MARCEL CERDAN - 'LE BOMBARDIER MAROCAIN'

By Paul Zanon“48 DIE IN BLAZING FRENCH AIR-LINERMOUNTAIN CRASH IN THE AZORESGINETTE NEVEU AND MARCEL CERDAN AMONG THE VICTIMS”The Guardian, London, 29 October 1949People spend far too much time tal...

ROCKABY ROCCO

ROCKABY ROCCO

By Paul ZanonI never stole nuttin unless it began with an ‘A.’ A truck, a car, a payroll, a bicycle, a watch. Anything.’Thomas Rocco Barbella. Sound familiar? You probably know him as Rocky Grazian...

'THE PITTSBURGH WINDMILL'

'THE PITTSBURGH WINDMILL'

By Paul Zanon “Prizefighting ain’t the noblest of arts and I ain’t the noblest artist.”Harry GrebFrom welterweight to heavyweight, the 5ft 8inch orthodox Pennsylvanian was a ferociously fearless fi...

ALL STARS GYM - THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF BOXING

ALL STARS GYM - THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF BOXING

By Paul Zanon / Interview with Jamal Akay“All Stars is not like a gym that you just come in, train and walk out. There’s a lot of structure using African discipline where you have to have respect f...

THE FIGHTING MARINE

THE FIGHTING MARINE

By Paul Zanon“As a West Side kid fooling around with boxing gloves, I had been, for some reason of temperament, more interested in dodging a blow than in striking one.”Gene Tunney James Joseph Euge...

HENRY COOPER Blog Competition Co-Winner - Ewan Breeze

HENRY COOPER Blog Competition Co-Winner - Ewan Breeze

Authored by Ewan Breeze It would be easy to walk past “Elias and Co” estate agents on the corner of Ealing Road and Wembley High Road without giving it a second look. It’s an ordinary estate agent ...

HENRY COOPER Blog Competition Co-Winner - David Payne

HENRY COOPER Blog Competition Co-Winner - David Payne

Authored by David PayneTwo minutes into the opening round of Henry Cooper's first fight with Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, the proud Englishman snorts hard and draws deeply, he is beyond Clay's ...