Chief Scribe: Michael Amakor: Its often been said that you don't play boxing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Don't lace up the gloves and enter the squared circle unless you are ready to leave a piece of yourself in the ring. The ring is a merciless arena where champions separate themselves from contenders. Win lose or draw we boxing fans appreciate the spectacle afforded us by these gladiators. Enjoy,

Durelle vs. Moore Maybe The Greatest Fight In History"

Sadly, I have just learned that former British empire boxing champion Yvon "The Fighting Fisherman" Durelle  has died at age 77. Family members said he suffered a stroke on Christmas day and also had Parkinson disease.


With the recent death of Canadian great Yvon Durelle I thought it would be fitting to post this article. Archie's first fight with Durelle was surely a defining moment in both of their careers.

He was possibly the greatest light heavyweight of all time, The wily "Old Mongoose" Archie Moore. The man who scored 140 knockouts in a career that spanned from 1936 to 1963

Klitchko vs Williams

On November 11, Danny Williams challenges Vitali Dr “Iron Fist”Klitchko for his WBA Heavyweight Crown at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Former British Heavyweight and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Danny Williams was virtually unknown outside the

Moorer vs Jirov

On December 9, 2004, Vasilly "The Tiger" Jirov faces "Double M" Michael Moorer for the Vacant WBC Continental Americas and North American Heavyweight Titles at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The tiger from Kazakhstan is the former WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight Champion and he first shot into prominence back in June 1999 when he scored a technical






Calzaghe, Oscar De la Hoya & Trinidad inducted into the IBHOF



  • Career: 1992-2008
    World championships:
  • WBO Super Featherweight (March 5, 1994 – July 29, 1994, 1 Defense; vacated);
  • WBO Lightweight (July 29, 1994 – 1996, 6 Defenses; vacated);
  •  IBF Lightweight (May 6, 1995; vacated); Lineal Jr. Welterweight/WBC Super Lightweight (June 7, 1996 – April 12, 1997, 1 Defense; vacated);
  • Lineal/WBC Welterweight (April 12, 1997 – September 18, 1999, 7 Defenses);
  • Lineal Jr. Middleweight/WBC Super Welterweight (June 23, 2001 – September 13, 2003, 2 Defenses);
  • WBA Super Welterweight (September 14, 2002 – September 13, 2003, 1 Defense);
  • WBO Middleweight (June 5, 2004 – September 18, 2004); WBC Super Welterweight (May 6, 2006 – May 5, 2007)

Hailed from: Montebello, California
Record: 39-6 (30 KO) Boxrec Record
Record against champions and Hall of Famers: 24-5 (17 KO)

Champions faced: Troy Dorsey, Jimmi Bredahl, Jorge Paez, John John Molina, Rafael Ruelas, Genaro Hernandez, Jesse James Lejia, Julio Cesar Chavez, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Pernell Whitaker, Hector Camacho, Ike Quartey, Felix Trinidad, Shane Mosley, Arturo Gatti, Javier Castillejo, Fernando Vargas, Luis Ramon Campas, Felix Sturm, Bernard Hopkins, ...continue

Bye-Bye Bennie

By George Hanson, Jr

If Bennie Briscoe was never born, we would have invented him. With the courage of a lion, the persistence of a beaver, and the indestructibility of a Sherman Tank, Briscoe was able to wreak havoc on the middleweight division for 20 years (1962- 1982). The boxing ring was his altar and worshiping fans packed venues all over the world to get a glimpse of the bald-pated, murderous body-punching fighter who according to his promoter, J. Russell Peltz, “slammed away at your foundation until it turned to chalk.” He was bigger than life and the personification of what it meant to be a Philadelphia fighter—tough, relentless, resilient, unequivocal—bad! No fighter in the world was more dedicated to breaking their opponent’s will and demolishing their spirit by doling out punishment to the body. Hence, when I had the chance to meet Briscoe, I didn’t know whether or not to bow, genuflect or shake his hand. I was a teenager and it was before one of my amateur bouts at the Athletic Recreation Center at 26th and Master Streets in Philadelphia. I heard that Briscoe was in the building, so I rushed out of the basketball gym, which served as our dressing room, with my autograph book to view the legend and get his John Hancock. Tongue-tied, I introduced myself and asked for an ..continue

Di Smoke Gaan But Di Fiyah Bun – Joe Frazier

By: George H. Hanson Jr., Esq.

The smoke is gone but the fire burns. If Joe Frazier did not tell everyone that he was from Beaufort, South Carolina, we would have claimed him as our own in Jamaica. His journey of overcoming and making lemonade when life handed him sour lemons is truly a story that we immigrants find redeeming. No surprise that I was well-aware of Joe Frazier before ever setting foot in this country.  My countrymen sang the catchy little ditty— “Joe Frazier, sharper than a razor……”—which was forever etched in my mind.  As fate would prescribe we moved from Kingston to Philadelphia—the home of the legendary Smokin’ Joe Frazier and I immersed myself in the sweet science.  I would eventually meet this great man—sometimes eyeing him from across the ring in the corner of a few of my opponents as I made my way through the amateur ranks. Gracious, warm and dignified he was everything that one would want in a hero—a pleasant man who metamorphosed into a relentless pugilist sedulous in his pursuit of rendering another man comatose on the canvas. Yet, he was just as nice outside the ring as he was vicious inside “his office”—the squared circle in which he earned millions.

It is 7pm and I just returned from saying goodbye at the first of two viewings at the Wells Fargo.....continue

In Defense of John "The Quietman" Ruiz

By Michael Amakor

Recently reinstated World Boxing Association WBA Heavyweight Champion John Ruiz just released an open letter to the President of the Gilbertyo Mendoza, in it he states

"It has come to my attention that, behind my back, James Toney and his people are attempting to have the WBA lift or modify the two-year sanction against him fighting for my title....his explanation about taking prescription drugs for an arm injury turning into a performance enhancing anabolic steroid is a lie."

The NYSAC has already rejected this false excuse. Ask yourself, why has he not appealed? The answer is obvious: Toney knows that if he does, the results of his blood tests would be open to the public, the extremely high levels of the illegal steroid he took would be revealed, and his "excuse" would be laughed at. Instead he hides behind this false story and ...continue

Carmine Orlando Tilelli?>


“I had no amateur fights,” stated Carmine O. Tilelli, the voice on the other end of the telephone. This was news to me because in all my research, this relevant fact was omitted. Having covered the former bantamweight champion, Joltin’ Jeff Chandler, my first boxing article, I knew that it was possible to have limited experience and rise to the top of your profession. Jeff turned professional after only two amateur fights. But to have had zero amateur fights and a professional record of 100 wins – 25 losses – 7 draws – 1 no-decision with 32 knockouts; winning the world middleweight championship along the way – that was something else. Who is Carmine Tilelli?

Carmine O. Tilelli is the name on the birth certificate of former middleweight champion and Boxing Hall of Famer, Joey Giardello. Born in Brooklyn in 1930, Giardello grew up in a tough neighborhood and loved to fight. At sixteen years of age he joined the Army, using the name of his childhood friend, Joey Giardello, because he was too young to be an enlisted man. After leaving the army at eighteen, he visited a friend in Philadelphia. Without any money and a love for fighting he went to a gym, got a trainer and shortly afterwards turned professional. He made $35 for his fight and he recalls thinking he was rich. It was 1948 and that was a lot of money. Gasoline was 26 cents per gallon; the minimum wage was 40 cents per hour; the ..continue


Why Talk about Freedom?—Jack Johnson

By: George Hanson Jr., Esq - February 15, 2010

Before Muhammad Ali, there was Jack Johnson—black, brash, bold, uncompromising. He was a rich celebrity athlete looming larger than life, breaking social taboos and oftentimes causing men to question their manhood. In the process, he became the most notorious African-American on the planet. Facing the world unafraid, Johnson won the heavyweight championship, made a fortune, drove fast cars, wore expensive suits, appeared regularly in the press, and later in radio and in motion pictures, married three white women, became a fugitive, fled the States for seven years, spent a year in jail, authored two books and patented a wrench before his life ended in a car crash in 1946. Why talk about freedom?

I discovered Jack Johnson in a dusty volume of Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, 1619-1962 (1963) by Lerone Bennett tucked away on a bookcase in my seventh grade homeroom. One year removed from Jamaica, I read the entire three-volume set which gave me a  ...continue






By Jim Amato -  January 7, 2007  

AUTHOR'S NOTE ; With the recent death of Canadian great Yvon Durelle I thought it would be fitting to post this article. Archie's first fight with Durelle was surely a defining moment in both of their careers.

He was possibly the greatest light heavyweight of all time, The wily "Old Mongoose" Archie Moore. The man who scored 140 knockouts in a career that spanned from 1936 to 1963 never lost his crown in the ring. Although he unsuccessfully challenged twice for the heavyweight title, he did campaign successfully among the "Big Boys" throughout his tenure as a professional boxer. His record reads lie "Who's Who" of boxing history. In 228 recorded bouts, Archie was only stopped seven times, a testimony to his courage and uncanny defensive ability.

Born on December 13, 1913, ( or 1916 to Archie) Moore boxed for years without due recognition. He fought all over the country. He even traveled to Australia and Argentina in search of fame and fortune. After six years on the circuit, Archie began to make his move toward the big time. In 1942, he knocked out Shorty Hogue in two rounds. Hogue had decisioned Archie no less than three times earlier in his career. He also beat rugged Jack Chase and drew with Ed Booker. In 1943, he won two out of three against Chase. In 1944, Moore lost by a knockout to Booker and also dropped a decision to the great Charley Burley. 1945 was a good year for Archie as he lost only ...continue


by Jim Amato

For a boxer who had crossed gloves with the likes of Sam Langford, Joe Gans. Philadelphia, Jack O'Brien, Mysterious Billy Smith, Kid Lavigne, George Gardner, Dixie Kid, Rube Ferns, Tommy West, Dan Creedon, Honey Mellody and Joe Choynski, His was not a fitting end. Joe Walcott was born on March 13, 1873, in Barbados, British West Indies. On December 15, 1901, he stopped Rube Ferns in five rounds to capture the welterweight title. Ninety years later, the man nicknamed the Barbados Demon was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Walcott's career began in 1890 and lasted through 1911. He engaged in 135 recorded pro contests, but Joe insisted there were many more. He failed in his first two attempts to win title recognition losing to lightweight champion Kid Lavigne in 1897, and welterweight champion Mysterious Billy Smith in 1898. After beating Ferns in 1901, he held the crown until losing to Dixie Kid in 1904. He reclaimed the title when Dixie Kid moved up in weight, but lost all recognition when he was defeated by Honey Mellody in 1906.

From his retirement in 1911 until 1935, Walcott worked many different jobs. His boxing fortune had long since depleted. Destitute he eventually surfaced in New York City. It was there that Mayor Jimmy Walker learned of Joe's Plight. Walker was able to get Joe a job at ...continue


By Jim Amato 


For most of the 1960’s and part of the early 1970’s Canadian George Chuvalo was a mainstay in the talent rich heavyweight ratings. RING Magazine founder Nat Fleischer called George one of the most durable fighters he had ever seen. In his long distinguished career the rock jawed Chuvalo was NEVER off his feet. Amazing seeing the competition he faced. For the sake of space let’s start looking at George’s career from 1965 on.

Chuvalo’s 1965 bout with ex-world champion Floyd Patterson was one of the year’s best action fights. George never stopped coming forward as he landed clubbing rights to Floyd’s head and terrific lefts to his body. Still Floyd showed a heart that everyone doubted he had. He absorbed Chuvalo’s fury and used his outstanding hand speed to win a popular decision over George. Although George lost, his courage impressed the crowd. Despite the losing effort Chuvalo was matched with World Boxing Association titleholder Ernie Terrell. When Ali met Sonny Liston in their rematch the W.B.A. stripped Ali and recognized the winner of a Terrell-Eddie Machen bout. Terrell captured a boring verdict and the “vacant” crown. Against Chuvalo, the 6’7” Terrell used a long jab and a grab and clutch style to outscore George over fifteen rounds.

The roller coaster career of Chuvalo continued into 1966. George traveled to London and was upset by Argentina’s Eduardo Corletti in ten rounds. The loss appeared to have pushed George out of the title picture. Instead he benefited by being in the right place at the right time. When a proposed Ali-Terrell fight fell through, Ali agreed to come to Toronto and defend against George. Although the bout was

"Ring Of Fire" Brings Emile Back To The Top.

By Jim Amato

I just had the absolute pleasure of viewing "Ring Of Fire"; A documentary on the great career of former world champion Emile Griffith. The main focus was the effect the death of opponent Benny "Kid" Paret in the final chapter of their exciting trilogy. In reality it was more then that. It showed what a great fighter and even greater man Emile Griffith was and is. I think that it has been forgotten what a superb boxer Emile Griffith was. He was one of the best welterweights and middleweights of all time. His record is a "Who's Who" of boxing. What a roster of top shelf competition he met.

After watching this show I had to wonder how great Emile may have become. Even after the Paret tragedy Emile compiled an impressive list of titles and opponents. To me there is no doubt that Emile lost that "killer instinct" after the Paret incident. In watching the early part of the broadcast you came to realize that Emile never really had it at all. It had to be instilled in him. I honestly believe that never in Emile's wildest dreams could he see the gloom that awaited him. This is a man of honor and loyalty. The people that really know him like Gil Clancy, Howie Albert. his family, etc...They conveyed the the deep emotions and feelings of this proud but yet humble man.

The ending was fitting, emotional and finally a closing of a sad but real novel.. Hopefully the final chapter was read and finished. The book I hope is now closed. Paret's son and Emile have bared their souls to the world. I hope now that Emile feels absolved of any wrong doing and grief. He is too good of a man to feel otherwise.