Boxing was great in the 1970s, but the clothes and the music? Not so much

Kevin Iole

Anyone who has lived through the 1970s probably isn't in a hurry to go back. The fashion was garish and it was tame compared to the music.

Perhaps the only good things about the decade were that the quality of the boxing was great -- fighters like Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Carlos Monzon and Bob Foster ruled the sport -- and my teams, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers, combined to win two World Series and three Super Bowls in the 70s.

Other than that, we had to endure lengthy gas lines, gas rationing, rampant inflation, Chuck Barris, the Ford Pinto and the Bionic Woman in the decade. It makes me shudder to think of it.

But boxing promoter Steve Bash decided he thought it would be a good idea to recreate the the feeling of the 1970s, so on March 31 in Woodland Hills, Calif., the Warner Center Marriott will host "Saturday Boxing Fever."

The promo video for the show features the Bee Gees' 1978 hit, "Stayin' Alive" and the poster with the picture of the fighters on it includes a large disco ball and colored lights.

None of the fighters currently on the card were alive in the 1970s and unbeaten lightweight Herbert Acevedo missed the 1980s, as well.

Hopefully, it will be a great night of boxing. But listening to that music again for several hours? No thanks. I have sympathy, though, with those who will have to endure that music. As the 1979 disco hit by Machine reminds, "There But for the Grace of God Go I."

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