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Closet Classic: Bob Foster vs. Andy Kendall

David Martinez and Bob Foster
October 1996

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
Not too long ago one of my favorite writers, Ted Sares asked me if I could come up with some bouts as he described them as “closet classics”. I came up with a few for Ted. Here recently I was making a tape for a friend. One of the bouts was the 1969 light heavyweight title fight between Bob Foster and Andy Kendall. I have a mint copy of this fight and what a war it was while it lasted.

This was Foster at the peak of his great career. What a fighter he was. Most people remember his devastating power but what they tend to forget is that Bob had a terrific jab. He jabbed on even terms with Muhammad Ali when they met. He even cut the “Greatest”.

Andy Kendall was no slouch. He was a rough and rugged customer who met Don Fullmer, Bobo Olson, Eddie Cotton, Roger Rouse and Eddie “Bossman” Jones on his way to this title shot. The ABC broadcast had Howard Cosell and the late Willie Pep at ringside calling the action.
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In Rusty’s Corner

Rusty Rubin is a veteran boxing writer  

The Los Angeles based World Boxing Hall of Fame event will be held on November 19, at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Among the new honorees expected to attend are Julio Casar Chavez, Mike Tyson, Dwight Muhammad Qawi and Bennie Briscoe. In the expanded category, Graham Houston, Jimmy Montoya and Joe Goossen get their well-earned rewards as well.*** 

In the who gives a damn department, the aforementioned Mike Tyson may forego his Hall of Fame award to fight again, this time against Evander Holyfield. 

Anyone who buys this match between someone I thought knew enough to retire and Holyfield who clearly does not, is loonier than this writer. Tyson can’t fight anymore and Holyfield should have retired a long time ago. How many ways can you spell BORING? Oh well, as P.T. Barnum once said, ‘there’s a sucker born every minute’. 

The 100th anniversary of the Jack Johnson – Jim Jeffries fight will be celebrated in Reno, NV. from July 1-4. Among some of the names expected to be on hand are George Foreman and Ray ‘Boom Boom Mancini’. For more information please call the Grand Sierra Hotel in Reno. Also, my friend Boxing Historian David Martinez will have a feature article on this fight next week on his website

Hard to figure who will win this weekends middleweight tiff between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and John Duddy. 
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In Rusty’s Corner

Rusty Rubin is a veteran boxing writer

A bit surprised by the early ending of the Paul Williams v. Kermit Cintron fight, with the judges having scored the fight for Williams, although the ending, in my humble opinion was anti-climactic as California goes to the scorecards after three rounds. It’s their rules, but it took some interest out of the fight.

Cintron fell through the ropes and the fight was justly stopped, but a bit early to go to the scorecards for me.

This week we go to NYC’s famed Madison Square Garden for an interesting WBA light welterweight title go between Amir Khan of the UK and Paulie Malignaggi, a native of Brooklyn, NY.

Khan 22-1 is six years younger than Malignaggi, and has as good (or bad) punch. They both have solid chins.

Khan has a slight height and reach advantage, which probably will have little bearing on the outcome.
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FIGHT CALENDAR for April 2010

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Friday, April 2, 2010 (ESPN2)
from: Uncasville, Connecticut

Delvin Rodriguez vs. Mike Arnaoutis (Welterweights)
Joe Greene vs. Joshua Onyango (Middleweights)

Friday, April 2, 2010 (Showtime)
from: Las Vegas, NV

Erislandy Lara vs. Danny Perez (Junior Middleweights)
Carlos Velasquez vs. Ira Terry (Junior Lightweights)

Saturday, April 3, 2010
from: Manchester, United Kingdom

David Haye vs. John Ruiz (WBA Heavyweight Championship)

Saturday, April 3, 2010
from: Montreal, Canada

David Lemieux vs. Walid Smichet (Super Middleweights)

Saturday, April 3, 2010 (Fox Sports Net)
from: Corpus Christi, Texas

Miguel Angel Garcia vs. Tomas Villa (Featherweights)
Mike Avarado vs. Lenin Arroyo (Welterweights)

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Johnny, with friends
Gwen Adair and
David Martinez

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

I am happy to announce the date and location for a tribute to Johnny Ortiz is now officially set for Sunday, May 23, 2010 at the Stevens Steak House, 5332 E. Stevens Place, Commerce, California 90040.

Festivities will begin at 1pm, with tickets priced at $40.00, and lunch will be served. This event will be highlighted by a book signing of Johnny’s new book “My Life Among the Icons” and will have many fighters past and present in attendance to honor Johnny.
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Roy Jones Jr.-vs- The 70's and 80's

By Jim Amato, Senior Boxing Writer

Author’s note; This article was first published after Roy’s wins over Lou Del Valle and Virgil Hill. This is what I thought about Roy then and my opinion has not changed even in light of his recent losses.

Roy Jones Jr., by far the class of the 175 pound weight division at this time. His decisive knockout of Virgil Hill and his lopsided decision victory over Lou Del Valle solidified that distinction. How would Jones have fared in an era where there was some real competition? Where would he have fit in during the talent rich 70’s and early 80’s? I have picked who, in my opinion, were the ten best light heavyweights of that time period. Eight were champions and two were long time contenders. I then matched each against Roy in scheduled fifteen round bouts as they were back then. Based on my recollections of these boxers talents, I have formed the following scenarios.
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In Rusty’s Corner

Rusty Rubin is a veteran boxing writer

Some disappointing news since I’ve been away. To me the worst of it was the information that Evander Holyfield beat his wife. For me, that’s a terrible thing for Evander (or anyone else to do). A man should never hit a woman, and a God-fearing boxer should know better. Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta and others have done this, but they never claimed to have found God.

Through the years Evander has exhibited a lot of class, and now this? Has the ‘real deal’ become the ‘real schlemiel’?

Kelly Pavlik signed to fight Sergio Martinez, in what could be an interesting fight.
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FIGHT CALENDAR for February 2010

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Friday, February 5, 2010 (ESPN2)
from: Miami, Florida

Glen Johnson vs. Yuaf Mack (Light Heavyweights)
Joey Hernandez vs. Ed Paredes (Welterweights)

Friday, February 5, 2010 (Showtime)
from: Santa Ynez, CA

Freddy Hernandez vs. DeMarcus Corley (Welterweights)
Francisco Contreras vs. Juan Castaneda (Junior Welterweights)

Saturday, February 6, 2010 (Showtime)
from: Monterrey, Mexico

Edwin Valero vs. Antonio DeMarco (WBC Lightweight Championship)
Carlos Abregu vs. Richard Gutierrez (Welterweights)

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