In Rusty’s Corner

Rusty Rubin is a veteran boxing writer


First, a continuing wish a speedy and full recovery to Oscar de la Hoya and Mia St. John who are both undergoing rehab treatment.


This week on June 25, in Cozumel, Mexico, Tijuana native and veteran Humberto Soto takes on Motoki Sasaki, from Japan, for the WBC lightweight title.


Also this week on June 25, I wish my friend and boxing historian David Martinez “Happy Birthday”.

The Fight:


Soto, 31, 55-7-2, seems to have been around forever, but is still four years younger than the largely unheralded Sasaki, who rarely fights outside of Japan.


On the surface it seems like a fight that Soto should dominate, as he has fought far bigger names than Sasaki. There is a however, here. Sasaki has fought mainly Japanese fighters, and there aren’t a lot of folks here who know their names, let alone their toughness.


Still, I can’t go against the younger and more experienced Soto, especially since the fight is in Mexico.


Humberto by TKO early, in what looks like a short, but action packed bout.


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On a personal note, I would request prayers for my wonderful wife Lois, who is dealing with a still unclearly diagnosed condition.


Prayers are requested for the health of outstanding trainer Joe Sousa, who is fighting the fight of his life against cancer.


Prayers for the complete return to good health to my old friend, promoter, and ex-wrestler Jack ‘Moe’ Smith who had complete reconstructive knee surgery a couple of weeks back. Moe’s a fighter and making a complete recovery.


Please pray for my Aussie mates and Glove2Glove member John MacDougall, who had to deal with health problems for his wife of many years Gwen, who is in a nursing home John, a former Commissioner is having problems after a hip replacement surgery. Both need your prayers for recovery and inner strength.


Please say prayers for Phill Grazide of Santa Rosa, CA. a big supporter of amateur boxing, who is suffering the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis.


On behalf of these great fighters who have given their all in our great sport, we thank you for your ongoing prayers.


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Thanks and God bless.





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