Category Archives: Boxing

Great actors to the Boxing Hall of Fame

Photo courtesy of Mike Tyson (pictured above) was once the face of the boxing world and the toughest man in sports. Now he has taken his talents to the world of theatre.

By Josh Kramer

Tomorrow, the Boxing Hall of Fame will welcome its hotly anticipated 2011 class.  And for those of you who are not the biggest boxing fans (most of this generation are not), at least you will have heard of two of the inductees.  These two men are entirely different ambassadors of the sport.  Yet they both share one common trait.

They are both great actors.

One of the inductees is Sylvester “Sly” Stallone.  His Rocky movies are widely considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, movie saga of all time.  Whether you are a Stallone fan or not, you have to admit that the Rocky movies have a small place in your heart.  The song “Gonna Fly Now,” also widely known as the “Rocky Song” is a tune familiar to all Americans.  In addition, how many movies have an actual statue that still resides where the movie took place?  This statue is a landmark that tourists always make an effort to see.  Lastly, the 72 stone steps that sit outside of the Philadelphia Art Museum will forever be known as the “Rocky Steps.”  No matter what time of year or what day you go to the city of Brotherly Love, you will always watch people run up the “Rocky Steps” and do an impersonation of the famous scene from the movies.  These people could 3-years-old, or they could be 80-years-old, they will still run up those stairs and pretend that they are Rocky. Continue reading

“Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is”

In the biggest boxing match in recent memory, Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Sugar Shane Mosley in a unanimous decision on the big stage.  Yesterday truly was a Super Saturday.  It was an American’s dream day.  First of all there was the Kentucky Derby.  An event of gambling, drinking, and fun.  Something people love to do.  Then there was of course NBA Playoff Games.  American’s got to watch the greatest player in the world, who happens to be one of their own, the King, Lebron James, will his Cavs to a hard-fought victory over the aging Boston Celtics.  And then finally, to cap off the day of gambling, the most highly anticipated boxing match in recent memory was held.  It was truly a great day to be a sports fan in America.

So back to the boxing match.  Mayweather, the best fighter of our generation, easily discarded the very tough opponent Mosley.  Way to go Floyd.  You beat a 38-year-old who is way past his prime.  I mean this is what boxing has come to these days.  The sport has been dying for the better part of a decade unfortunately.  The depth and quality of the professional fighters has deeply been declining for years now.  The interest is just not there.  Sure people love to bet and gamble on big fights like the spectacle of last night, but how many people actually really follow the boxing game anymore?  How many people are watching matches every week?  It just doesn’t happen.

Was Mayweather impressive last night?  You better believe it.  Does he talk entirely too much?  You better believe it.  Maybe America would have been better off had Mosley’s big right hand in the 2nd round knocked out Mayweather.  Then we would not have to sit and listen to him continue to talk himself up as the greatest of all time.  This guy really fits the stereotype of a great fighter in his post fight interviews.  He speaks in the 3rd person.  He does not really directly answer questions.  And he says things like, “I am a strong individual, can’t nothing stop me.” 

Well you know what, sadly he may be right.  He has proved to be the dominant force in this sport that is lacking star power.  So Mayweather has 22.5 million guaranteed for his stellar performance last night and probably more.  I will admit that he really has nothing left to prove.  The only thing that is possibly missing from Mayweather’s phenomenal career is a victory over Manny Pacquiao.  This was the matchup that fans were supposed to see last night.

But due to the politics and the incompetency of today’s boxing world, this fight was not able to be made a reality.  Well I will tell you this.  It better happen in the near future.  These are the two guys at the top of the sport.  Everyone wants to see the fight.  And frankly, boxing needs to re-generate some interest across the board.

So professional boxing, please put your money where your mouth is and get everyone the fight they have been waiting to see.  Pacquiao vs Mayweather on the big stage within the next year.

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.