Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sport for more than 35 years and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2007.
Hate to rush progress, but if you have any stories of inspiration or miracles to help with my next book, speed on your half will be much appreciated. Most, if not all of us will see cancer ravage some of our loved ones in their lifetime. The time has come to add your name to the fight against cancer.
As for the book, 100% of the proceeds will be used in the ongoing fight against cancer, please get the stories to me as soon as you can. It seems we’re really closing in on finding a cure for this disease, and I would love to see it in my lifetime.
I’m always on the lookout for new stories of miracles, faith, and inspiration, not necessarily boxing related. One of my goals is to help inspire those who are in need and ready to give up, and to lend emotional support to this long fought effort, that God willing, will once and for all wipe out this dread disease.
For more information on how you can help, please read to the end of this article.***
The sad story this time around is the passing of former heavyweight champion, the great Ken Norton, from a stroke. Norton had been in ill health for a long time.
Rest in Peace, champ.***
There is some good news out there, and that is Norway will be allowing professional boxing for the first time (at least in my limited memory). It may not sound like much for the fans, but trust me when I write that every little bit well help while our beloved fight game is in its doldrums.***
That being said, the numbers on the Mayweather – Alvarez fight were so huge, that also lends hope that boxing is on the rebound.
This week (October 12), is a must-see fight on HBO PPV, as one of my all-time favorite fighters, Juan Manuel Marquez takes on Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley for the WBO welterweight title.
The fight held at Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas is a classic confrontation between a defensive puncher in Bradley and a powerful counter puncher in Marquez.
Sizing up the fight is not that easy as one of the big factors is the ten year age difference that goes in favor of the thirty year old Bradley.
Another factor in picking this fight is that Marquez is usually a slow starter and that may give Bradley a big advantage in the opening rounds. Bradley has a solid jab and can open up a cut on the veteran Mexican.
Looking at the other stats, Marquez, 55-6 (40), at 5’7” stands an inch taller than Bradley, although Bradley, 30-0 (12), has a two inch reach advantage.
If you’re looking at common opponents, both have beaten Manny Pacquiao, Marquez in his last fight, on Dec. 8, 2012. Bradley stopped Pac Man by split decision on June 9, 2012.
Other than that, Marquez has fought far superior fighters that Bradley and is trying to win the championship in five different weight divisions.
For a variety of reasons, including my personal enjoyment of watching Marquez fight, I’m picking him to win by either a decision of a late stoppage. The only caveat would be if Bradley can open a cut early.
In all of Bradley’s fights, he only has two legitimate knockouts, the other ten of his stoppages have been via the TKO route.***U
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Prayers for the soul of former heavyweight champ Ken Norton, who left us at age 71.
Prayers for the soul of New Jersey referee Earl Morton, who lost his battle with cancer at age 58.
I ask again for your prayers for a successful resolution to my wife Lois’ health problems as well as for good friend and neighbor Norma Davidson who is now recovering from surgery.
Also, Arizona referee Tony Zaino is ailing and can most certainly use your prayers.
Gary Balleto, Charles Rainier and former champ Wilfredo Gomez have been ailing so prayers are requested.
There are reports that 71 year old great Muhammad Ali is not doing well.
Prayers for the return to health of outstanding boxing guys Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos. Alex has done much to improve the welfare of retired boxers. Your prayers for him have worked in the past. Alex is still facing some serious obstacles.
Young ex-champ Paul Williams was involved in a motorcycle accident and needs your prayers for a full recovery. Reports indicate that he is doing okay.
Prayers also requested for the recovery of former champ Rocky Lockridge.
Tony Triem is also in need of your prayers, as is L.H. Dalton.
Also prayers for the recovery of outstanding Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane and Denis Wilcox.
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.
Also in need of prayers for the return to health is former champ Gerald McClellan, who is legally blind and confined to a wheelchair.
On behalf of all these great fighters who have risked their life and health in our great sport, we continue to thank you for your ongoing prayers. May the good Lord bless each and every one of you.***
Do you know of any people, boxing or otherwise, in need of spiritual uplifting and/or prayers? It’s absolutely free.
You can join Glove to Glove! It’s EASY! Just drop us a line.
Membership to our prayer group is always free to all and no one will ever contact you except for other prayer requests.
We never give out or sell out our membership list. I can almost assure you that your name or contact information will not suddenly appear on anyone’s mailing list. Why almost? Because there are hackers out there and every one is vulnerable.
In short, there is absolutely no obligation to join Glove2Glove. Every prayer request is most welcome and I know that all of the recipients will appreciate it.
Why? Because it’s healing to know that other people care, even people they don’t know, and to have the knowledge because God always listens!
To join the Glove2Glove prayer group, or just request much needed prayers, drop Dave Wilcox a line at email@example.com. Or contact me care of the website you’re reading this on.
Glove2Glove, which had been a long-time integral part of the recently defunct Ringsports.com magazine and website. It is a wonderful program that I wish to have continued a long after I have left the sport and this earth. I want to thank Dave and Deborah Wilcox, who have offered to take over the program and promised to continue it indefinitely. Their generous offer means a lot to me. We always welcome new members.***
Thanks and God bless.***
Rusty Rubin, is the award winning managing editor (of Ringsports.com) as well as now defunct Nevada Boxing and Ringsports Magazine.
He is also the acclaimed author of three highly acclaimed boxing books! “Woozel, Boxing and Me”, “Off the Canvas” and “Billy Soose, the Champion Time Forgot” co-authored by fellow scribe and friend Tom Donelson.
These three books are all available at Authorhouse.com, and all major book retailers. They are all more than worth the small purchase price, or contact me via this website for a personally autographed copy at a small extra shipping charge. Please know that all proceeds from these books will be used to fight cancer.
“I WOULD LIKE TO URGE THAT ALL MY MANY FRIENDS TO LIST THE FOLLOWING INFO ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE AS WELL AS YOUR E-MAIL.
“HAVING BEEN BLESSED WITH SO MANY GREAT AND CARING PEOPLE IN MY LIFE, I HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO GET INVOLVED WITH NETWORKING; I’M JUST TOO DAMN TIRED AND OLD FOR THAT, ALTHOUGH I KNOW IT’S FOR A GOOD CAUSE AND THAT NETWORKING IS THE BEST WAY TO GET THE WORDS OUT.
“HENCEFORTH, (or at least for the current quarter) ALL PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF ANY OR ALL OF MY BOOKS WILL GO TO THE SUSAN G. KOMAN FOUNDATION, AND BE USED TO FIND A CURE FOR BREAST CANCER.
“I ALSO PROPOSE A CHALLENGE TO ALL OTHER JOURNALISTS, BOXING OR OTHERWISE, TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO SUPPORT ME IN THIS EFFORT. IT’S ALSO A CHANCE TO CHANGE THE PUBLIC OPINION OF THE WORKING PRESS AND OUR SPORT, AS WELL AS DOING SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR WORLD.
“STORIES OF INSPIRATION AND MIRACLES ARE NEEDED: For my next book to inspire others and do our share to fight cancer. If you have any to share, send them to Rustyrubin@sbcglobal.net, and in the subject matter write the word miracle. Let’s all do our part to help find a permanent cure for this dread disease! Names will be withheld by request as it’s the stories of inspiration that are most important. Please feel free to pass this request along to others who have experienced life changing experiences.
“Inspiration and stories of miracles do not have to be boxing or cancer related!
“Together we may be able to find a cure for cancer and result in a much needed knockout win for the sport of boxing.
“I now have some time to try to finish this latest work, which, God willing, will bring the world so much closer to finding a cure for cancer as well as improve the lives of others. Please send me your stories at firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Finally, “My 2013 New Year’s resolution, besides living long enough to finish this book was to spend the rest of my life by helping others, and I really need everyone’s help to do that. Just by putting a smile on someone’s face helps to heal, not to mention giving yourself an uplifting feeling.
Please step into the ring with me to add power to all the voices that are crying out for a cure for dread diseases.
Keep punching, always….Rusty