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THE FIGHT – Book Review

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on June 23, 2014

The Fight

By Steve Corbo (Guest Post)

Chicago based ring announcer Steve Corbo, who has been a hit with audiences in Europe, recently recorded Luke Wordley’s top selling novel, “The Fight”.

At the top of the charts in Great Britain, “The Fight” has recently been released in the United States with the audio version being recorded by Corbo and released by Oasis Audio. Two-time World Champion boxer, Nigel Benn, has enthusiastically endorsed “The Fight”.

Reading the book this summer, he said: ‘I loved The Fight. I just couldn’t put it down. It is so realistic and true to life. I can’t recommend this book enough.’

Publishers Weekly reviewed: “The Fight” and said “Wordley has written a champion novel that will stand out in a crowded ring of contenders.”

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Women Bring Home the Hardware

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on August 11, 2012

By Adam Pollack (GUEST POST) for dmboxing.com 

As expected, in the semifinals, the fix was in once again in Marlen Esparza’s bout with the Chinese boxer. When Marlen was down 3-2 after the first round, a round in which the Chinese boxer did absolutely nothing but wait and step back and occasionally throw a counter that missed, and never came close to landing a punch, I knew then they were going to “do” Marlen. Afterwards, when asked if she should have been more aggressive and tried even harder, Marlen made a poignant, insightful, and accurate comment, whichwas that if she took more risks and threw more punches, they would have had her down by even more. And that is a sad but truthful commentary on amateur boxing, and also explains why these bouts have utterly lost their entertainment value. The more you try to be aggressive against these boxers who look to wait and jump back and only throw quick arm-punch counters, the more the international judges will have you losing. So Marlen tried to play their game as best she could, but nevertheless, she was an American, which meant that if it was close she was going to lose. You damn near have to kill your opponent to win in this tournament.

Claressa Shields did what she needed to do to get into the final, which was beat the living hell out of her opponent. She has blazing fast hands, plenty of pop on her punches, and I love the way she puts together her punches in bunches, firing fast and hard combinations. She works the body and head. I also like the way she does not allow her foes to clinch her much, for she really works that inside short right very well and makes them pay for trying to lay in on her. And as soon as she gets some room, she follows up with more blows.

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Boxing Judge Mauro DiFiore

The following article was written by Steve Corbo and is Reprinted here on dmboxing.com with permission of Fra Noi  www.franoi.com Copyright 2017.

About The Author:  Steve Corbo has more than 35 years in the boxing game. He has been a professional boxing judge; color commentator for televised boxing; and is a top ring announcer, especially in Europe, where he has announced major world championship title bouts. Harold Lederman, a Boxing Hall of Famer and member of HBO Boxing’s broadcast team, has called Corbo, “one of the best boxing ring announcers in the entire world.” A Chicago native, he has also been heard as the backup PA announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing one of professional boxing’s most respected stars outside of the ring. From Chicago, the only Italian-American professional boxing judge in the state of Illinois, always in the neutral corner, is Mauro DiFiore.

DiFiore never steps into the ring and he must always maintain strict neutrality. His skills and 50 years of boxing experience have made him one of the most sought after professional boxing judges in the world.

His reputation as one of the best has brought him to a level few ever attain. The globetrotting DiFiore has judged championship matches all over the world. He has appeared on HBO, Showtime, ESPN and several international networks where he has been seen by millions of fight fans.

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Gaetan Hart vs. Cleveland Denny (1980)

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on March 19, 2014

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By Steve Corbo

NOTE:  Steve Corbo, is a veteran of more than 35 years in the boxing game, has been a co-host and color commentator for televised boxing events, as well as a professional boxing judge. He has worked with professional boxers in a variety of capacities, and has written several articles on boxing that have been published in various periodicals. He has made his mark as a top boxing ring announcer, especially in Europe, where he announced major WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO World Championship title bouts televised worldwide. Harold Lederman, Boxing Hall of Fame member and a part of HBO Boxing’s broadcast team, called Steve Corbo “one of the best boxing ring announcers in the entire world.” A Chicago native, Steve has also been heard as the backup PA announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks NHL hockey team.

 

I will always remember this fight because I was there, at ringside, close enough to reach out and touch Cleveland Denny. In the late 1970’s my friend Johnny Lira was the USBA Lightweight Champion and one of world’s top rated lightweights. In ’79 he lost in his bid to capture the WBA World Lightweight Title.

 

A year later, Ring Magazine had him rated #5 in the world , he was looking to get back into the mix and get another shot at the title. Johnny was going to fight Gaetan Hart on the undercard of Sugar Ray Leonard vs Roberto Duran, up in Montreal. The bout was scheduled for June 20,1980. But they weren’t able to make the fight and Cleveland Denny wound up in the ring facing Hart, instead of Lira. Johnny, myself and Mauro DiFiore decided to go up to Montreal anyway and see the show. What a show it was, taking place at the Olympic Stadium and in the same city where just four years earlier Sugar Ray Leonard won a Gold Medal in the 1976 Olympics. Johnny was on top of his game so we were with Angelo Dundee, Wilfredo Benitez, media guys like the dean of all boxing historians Hank Kaplan, etc. We were surrounded by boxing royalty. We had no tickets, but somebody hooked us up and we got in on some TV/Radio Press Passes! We had no assigned seats! I ended up sitting in Leonard’s corner, on a folding chair I picked up from someplace, next to Joe Frazier. We talked about his son Marvis, who was an amateur at the time, and had just won the National’s.

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Book Review

Pamama Al Brown

By Adam Pollack / Guest Post

Win By KO Publications is proud to announce the release of Black Ink, by Jose Corpas. Black Ink is the long overdue biography of Panama Al Brown, a boxer so unpopular, fans stormed the ring and nearly killed him in an attack that might be considered a hate crime today. Outside the ring, the leaders of the “Manly Art” were so determined not to have a gay boxing champion that they stripped him of his recognition, without an explanation. But Brown was too good, and eventually fought his way to become recognized as the first Latino world champion. In this riveting book, Jose Corpas makes sure Al Brown is never forgotten.

https://www.amazon.com/Black-Ink-Jose-Corpas/dp/0990370380/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470058149&sr=1-3&keywords=win+by+ko+publications

Book Review

B R

By Adam Pollack / Guest Post

 

REMEMBERING ROMA (Gypsies) HOLOCAUST:

Fascinating New Book Brings Light to the “Forgotten,”

Explores the Intersection in History of Discrimination, Politics, and Boxing

When most people think of the Holocaust, they might not know the intimate and inspiring stories of the Roma, who were victims of genocide in WWII, but also brave fighters.

In his fascinating new book, Johann Trollmann and Romani Resistance to the Nazis, Romani community leader, speaker, and author Jud Nirenberg introduces readers to the rich history and ongoing plight of the Romani people, focusing on the story of Johann Trollmann. Continue reading Book Review

WBC Legends of Boxing Museum Induction and Awards Ceremony

I would like to thank Publisher and Editor Alice San Andres – Calleja of the Santa Barbara based newspaper The Mesa Paper / May 2015 Edition for her (this) nice article feature.

The event is a week away and limited tickets remain sill available by contacting Jaime Ochoa (951) 378-9634 … other honorees include: Joel De La Hoya, Gennady Golovkin, Blinky Rodriguez, Victor Ortiz, Mack Kurhara, James Toney, Hedgemon Lewis, Ryan O’Neal, Raul Perez, Thell Torrance, Alex Ramos, and Leo Ibarra Bracamontes.

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Book Review

Sharkey
By Adam Pollack / Guest Post

Win By KO Publications is pleased to announce its publication of Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story, by James Curl, with a foreword by Jack Sharkey III.

When Jack Sharkey retired in 1936 after twelve years of boxing, he had carved out a career that was both exciting and controversial. But, despite having been the world heavyweight champion and enormously popular, sadly he is almost completely forgotten today…until now.

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Gina Rodriguez is a Winner!

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By Steve Corbo

She has been called “This Television Season’s It Girl”. She just won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actress In A Television Series Musical Or Comedy”. She just had a full page picture of her, with her Golden Globe and that winning smile splashed across the pages of  People  Magazine! She’ll be on the cover of the March 2015 issue of Latina Magazine. Gina Rodriguez seems to be everywhere, riding high on a wave of success based on her portrayal of Jane Villanueva in the hit TV series “Jane The Virgin”. And quite frankly… it couldn’t happen to a nicer person! She’s bright, articulate, she hasn’t forgotten her roots and she’s a role model.  

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