The screenplay is as sclerotic and slow moving as its two punch drunk leads
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Friday 26 October 2012
Manny Steward became the best trainer of his generation after an anonymous apprenticeship travelling to fights with young boxers packed in his car, a cooking stove in the trunk and the local US state rulebook in his pocket. He was a master tactician who understood the crazy hearts of the fighters he shaped, guided and often created from scratch. He had an ability in the gym, a hotel room in the lonely hours before a fight, the dressing room and the ring during a fight to communicate clearly a strategy for victory. He could whisper and he could growl.
Sunday 08 July 2012
From Vietnam and Hollywood to Upton Park, MC gets ready to rumble
Tuesday 10 April 2012
Duran would tell me how he had knocked out a horse one night, for a bottle of whisky
Tuesday 06 March 2012
More than 50,000 people turned up for Jean-Marc Mormeck's boxing wake in Stuttgart on Saturday night, when the tiny Frenchman added his name to a list of heavyweight challengers to crumple at the fists of the Klitschko brothers.
Monday 23 January 2012
The Good, The Bad and The Odd
Tuesday 20 December 2011
Carl Froch needs a rest and any talk of tough fights in 2012 is stupid. Froch was bemused and easily beaten at the weekend by the American Andre Ward in his seventh consecutive 12-round world title fight. He looked slow, confirmed by Ward, distracted, confirmed by his trainer of 10 years, Robert McCracken, and naive at times, confirmed by the result.
Tuesday 08 November 2011
Muhammad Ali today paid tribute to his great rival Joe Frazier, saying: "The world has lost a great champion."
Monday 29 August 2011
It was established long ago that all rumours in boxing are true and on Saturday night, as Alexander Povetkin added the World Boxing Association "regular" heavyweight title to his 2004 Olympic gold medal, the arrival at ringside of Evander Holyfield confirmed the maxim.
Saturday 27 August 2011
Once again we have it, one of those earth-moving collisions between the pride of Manchester and north London. United against Arsenal should also be quite intriguing.
Sunday 14 August 2011
Imagine this scenario. It is Rio 2016, and a 29-year-old Amir Khan, the now undisputed welterweight champion of the world, enters the ring in an attempt to win the Olympic gold medal that just eluded him in Athens 2004.
Thursday 28 July 2011
I'm just back from Los Angeles, where they make up their own rules about reality. Where your lovely hostess asks if, being British, you'd like a proper full English breakfast and you find that the bacon you're eating is Turkey Bacon, (with, according to the label, "50 per cent less fat than pork bacon") and the strangely sweet sausage is, duh, Chicken Apple Sausage (equally less fat-bearing than that awful pork stuff) and the salt you grind over your eggs isn't any old sea salt, it's Trader Joe's Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals (product of Pakistan).
Sunday 24 July 2011
Saturday 23 July 2011
Sunday 17 July 2011
Sunday 03 July 2011
Let's get ready to grumble. What a relief it was to get the Haye-Klitschko dust-up out of the way. Or at least all the pre-fight foul-mouthing by the big bad Brit, anyway. David Haye is one step closer to his real ambition in life, to be a Hollywood lightweight, and the rest of us can look forward to him only getting a couple of lines as the new Vinny Jones of the silver screen rather than enduring endless torrents of unpleasant nonsense.
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