Kevin Iole at Boxing 17 hrs ago
Mike Tyson is 50 today, a birthday that many who knew the former heavyweight champion believed he’d never live to celebrate.
But he’s still with us, performing his one-man show, dabbling in other business ventures, and now very much just another guy trying to pay his bills, feed his family and live his life.
With the death of Muhammad Ali earlier this month, Tyson is now the most prominent retired boxer alive. He’s kind of the sport’s unofficial elder statesman, though no one has ever dared to describe Tyson as statesmanlike.
Tyson the fighter was a fearsome mixture of speed and power who achieved great heights but somehow never managed to be quite the fighter that Cus D’Amato envisioned he would be.
He’s a Hall of Famer, sure, and one of the most recognizable boxers ever. Few ever hit as hard or intimidated as much.
He bullied his opponents, but was too often bullied in his biggest fights. He was dominated by Evander Holyfield, routed by Lennox Lewis, outclassed by Buster Douglas.
Tyson the man was, at times, fearsome, insecure, loyal, introspective, loathsome, addicted, caring, funny and brutally honest.
“I just kept walking and left the park and went home. I was 10 years old.”
Andreas Hale at Boxing 1 day ago
For all of the money that Floyd Mayweather makes, the retired boxer is always trying to find a way to make sure he’s taking advantage of every tax break possible. In what is certainly a unique way to save money, Mayweather is seeking to write off a 2014 visit to Larry Flint’s Hustler Club in Las Vegas where the fighter allegedly spent more than $20,000 on strippers.
According to documents retrieved by the Daily Mail, Mayweather Promotions LLC sent a 1099 tax form to the strip club and wants the club to pay taxes on the $15,000 in singles thrown into the air and $5,000 he and his crew spent at the club on May 25, 2014.
Obviously, the strip club owner is furious with these claims. Jason Mahoney told the UK publication that he felt “insulted” by Mayweather’s tax bill considering that he’s provided Mayweather’s “The Money Team” free admission, VIP seating and up to 20 bottles of alcohol for free.
“The reason for doing that is to get a tax write-off, but to me it is falsifying your tax records because he threw the money in the air,” he said. “If he wanted to 1099 somebody he should have gotten the names of all the entertainers he threw the money at.”
Kevin Iole at Boxing 8 days ago
Promoters Oscar De La Hoya and Tom Loeffler met in Los Angeles at the Golden Boy Promotions offices on Wednesday to discuss putting together the long-awaited title fight between linear middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and WBA/WBC/IBF champion Gennady Golovkin.
No deal was signed, though De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez, tweeted following the meeting that the promoters had agreed verbally for Alvarez and Golovkin in September 2017.
Fans have been clamoring for the fight for nearly a year, but the drumbeat picked up intensity on Nov. 21 after Alvarez defeated Miguel Cotto to win the WBC and linear middleweight belts.
But Loeffler, who promotes Golovkin, stressed there is still no deal.
The 15-month delay of pushing the bout to 2017 will allow Alvarez to get comfortable fighting as a fully fledged middleweight and to help Golovkin build his name.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 8 days ago
After an 18-month absence, Richard Schaefer is back in the business of promoting boxing.
The former Golden Boy CEO, who bitterly split with the company in January 2015, created a company he called Ringstar Sports and is in the process of building a staff and seeking out fighters.
A prominent Swiss banker, Schaefer joined forces with Oscar De La Hoya in 2000 to build Golden Boy Promotions. He eventually became the CEO of the company and led it to become one of the major players in the business.
He parted ways with Golden Boy last year and, as part of a confidential settlement that ended a lawsuit between the sides, he remained out of boxing for 18 months before starting Ringstar.
Schaefer has no staff or fighters currently under contract. He said not only is he open to working once again with Al Haymon, the powerful boxing manager who created the Premier Boxing Champions, but he expects to have substantive talks with him soon.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 16 days ago
Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of their 1974 heavyweight title fight in Kinshasa, Zaire, in a fight that became known as "The Rumble in the Jungle." The men became close friends in the years after their bout, and Foreman discusses it in the most recent episode of "The Fight Game with Jim Lampley."
The broadcast airs for the first time on Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.
In quotes from Foreman provided by HBO to Yahoo Sports, Foreman recalls a 1978 telephone call with Ali in which the late champion urged him to fight Ken Norton. Ali died at 74 in Phoenix on June 3.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 17 days ago
Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight contender, and promoter DiBella Entertainment have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against No. 1 contender Alexander Povetkin and his promoter, Andrey Ryabinskiy, as a result of the cancelation of their planned May 21 bout in Russia.
Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance Meldonium on April 27. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman ruled on May 15 the fight could not proceed as a result of Povetkin's failure. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New York, seeks a minimum of $5 million in actual damages plus additional damages to be proven at trial.
Ryabinskiy's company, World of Boxing, earned the right to promote the bout via a purse bid in which its bid was $7.15 million. Out of that, Wilder's purse was to be $4,369,365.
The suit alleges that Wilder and DiBella Entertainment became concerned the bout may not occur in March when Povetkin traveled to Spain just two months before the match. At the time, they were locked in a dispute over drug testing details for the bout.
Ryabinskiy could not be reached for comment upon the suit.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 20 days ago
Lorenzo Fertitta was no different Friday than millions of people around the world: The UFC CEO was remembering the legendary late heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali.
Fertitta grew up in Las Vegas and was a hard-core boxing fan. His first major event he attended came in 1978, a month after his 10th birthday. He attended the Ali-Leon Spinks bout at the Las Vegas Hilton in which an out-of-shape and disinterested Ali lost his title in one of the greatest upsets in the sport's history.
"I was a young and impressionable kid and I was overtaken by the overall magnitude of the event," Fertitta told Yahoo Sports Friday. "Muhammad Ali was a larger than life figure and this event was quite impactful upon me. I was devastated he lost, but I continued to be a boxing fan and, more importantly, an Ali fan.
Fertitta, who called Ali "my all-time favorite sportsman," said that while he didn't want to copy Ali's tactics, he took Ali's lead in the way he commanded the public's attention.
The gloves are in his office at the Red Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 21 days ago
Perhaps the defining moment of the late former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali's life was his opposition to the Vietnam War. Because Ali refused induction into the Army, he was convicted of draft evasion and banned from boxing in the prime of his career.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said in a video he posted on social media that he plans to honor Ali's legacy by naming a bill after him that will abolish the draft.
In honor of Muhammad Ali's life work, I'll introduce the repeal of the draft as legislation with his name on it.https://t.co/yWPf4KPzow
Paul praised Ali's principled objections to the war.
Andreas Hale at Boxing 26 days ago
The family of Muhammad Ali has released details surrounding his death and funeral plans for the legendary boxer and humanitarian who passed away on Friday at the age of 74.
Ali spent five days at an Arizona hospital for what began as respiratory issues that worsened over time. At 9:10 p.m. on Friday, Ali finally succumbed to septic shock “due to unspecified natural causes” with his wife and children by his bedside.
Septic shock stems from complications due to an infection where toxins in the body can initiate a full-body inflammatory response. It often occurs among the elderly as well as those with weakened immune systems. The infection causes inflammation and tiny blood clots to form, which block oxygen and nutrients from reaching vital organs. The blood pressure drops significantly and leads to respiratory, heart or organ failure and death.
The service will include eulogies from former President Bill Clinton, journalist Bryant Gumbel and comedian Billy Crystal.
Fight talk with Kevin Iole on Ali, Lesnar, Kimbo, McGregor/Diaz, and more:
Andreas Hale at Boxing 26 days ago
The portrait of Ali comes courtesy of photographer Neil Leifer, who captured Ali during his training camp at the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach on Oct. 9, 1970. Ali was preparing to successfully defend his lineal and The Ring heavyweight titles against Jerry Quarry 17 days later in Atlanta. Ali would stop Quarry in three rounds. The fight is a notable one because Ali was returning to the ring for the first time in more than three years after being exiled from the sport for refusing to serve in the Vietnam War. Michael Jordan is the only athlete to grace the cover of the publication more than Ali with 42 appearances.
“Muhammad Ali was a singular force of athletics, humanitarianism and social equality unlike anyone in our history. He was a fighter, and a champion, yet many of his most important victories came outside the ring. His legacy defines the very best of who we are and aspire to be,” said Paul Fichtenbaum, Sports Illustrated Group editor.
The issue will hit stands on June 8.