Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer – covering the sweet science for more than 35 years – he has contributed to this website since 2007.
First, let me announce with sadness that my good friend, boxing promoter and matchmaker Moe Smith passed away in Idaho on Oct. 28. Moe was a great guy and a great friend (along with his wife Marcia). These are the tough old timers that boxing can ill afford to lose.***
Also, let me tell you of my New Years resolution, only one, which I intend to keep. I will be retiring from boxing and devote full time to my next book and taking care of my ailing wife, Lois. I will still do some fight analysis as time allows, but sticking to a regular schedule now is going to be tough.
I will however continue as I have been until years end and so will Glove2Glove, when my friend Dave Wilcox will take my place at its head.
I also will be telling of some of my memories over my journey in the realm of boxing.***
Speaking of Moe Smith, as I was, Moe helped to put together (along with the late Ted Walker and Sharkey Begovich, the ‘Cow Pasture’ fights in Gardnerville, Nevada.
I have many great memories of those events, which towards the end of its run was telecast by ESPN. I even have a picture of the cows looking over the fence and watching the matches. The fight was really held in a cow pasture. I remember before the event there was always a great artichoke feed put on by the Ormsby House in Carson City.
I recall one Cow Pasture fight when Clinton Reymus was fighting a tough opponent from Northern California for the third time. His foe was a tough youngster named Herman Cavansuela, and he was trying to win what was to be a best of three bout. It turned out to be more of a two out of three falls.
Moe Smith was managing Reymus at the time but that’s secondary to the story. The punch line here was Moe, a former pro wrestler had promised to bring big time wrestling to Northern Nevada, and this boxing match, although not planned, turned out to be the correct time for it.
After a few punches were thrown, both foes took to grabbing, holding, butting and every other illegal tactic as they tumbled out of the ring and continued grappling with each other until it was finally broken up and cooler heads prevailed. The fight was called a ‘no contest.’
Moe Smith had indeed brought wrestling to Nevada, only it was the real thing, not an exhibition.
Clinton was a tough as nails Native American who had the reputation of being ‘nasty and dangerous’ when he was drinking. He wound up committing suicide at a young age. His body was found near the railway tracks in Reno.
I ran into him once at a casino bar in Reno, when he offered to buy me a drink. I was driving and in a bit of a rush, but I sat down next to him while he was downing a few drinks, and we spoke for a while. I don’t know where he got the reputation from, because we always got along great, but I was told afterwards that I was very lucky. Had I only known I’m not sure I would have sat down and actually enjoyed the company.
Rest in peace Moe, you were among the last of a dying breed. We will meet again soon. Clinton, I know you are finally at peace as well. ***
Fight of the week is an important NABF light heavyweight match between Jean Pascal and Lucien Bute, held in Canada and telecast on HBO on Jan. 18.
Bute, 34, 31-1, (24) is three years older than Pascal and a southpaw. His opponent list is impressive, although many of his wins have come against older fighters, perhaps a bit past their prime. And while Bute has a big height advantage, both fighters have the same reach, so that evens things up a bit.
Pascal, 28-2-1, (17) has lost to Carl Froch (as has Bute in the U.K.) and Bernard Hopkins. He shows a solid chin. The question is, will he cut against a southpaw, or will Bute be the victim of a clash of heads?
In any event, that’s how I see this fight decided, by a TKO via a head butt. It happens more often than you may think when a southpaw fights an orthodox fighter.
The fight being in Canada gives Bute the edge if it goes to a decision, but I see it being stopped on a head butt, early or late, and we know Bute does cut at times.
Pascal is younger and fresher, and fought tougher foes. He seems to be the bigger puncher. If he doesn’t win by a TKO, he probably wins be a knockout midway.***
I’m still reaching out for help for my final tome, so if you have any stories of inspiration, or of any miracles to help with my last book, speed them to me post-haste.
All help on your behalf will be much appreciated.
For more information on how you can help, please read the bottom of this article.***
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Prayers requested for the soul of Moe Smith, who will be missed by all of those who loved him, and his wife Marcia, who is going through a rough time.
Prayers for the soul of South African boxer Baby Jake Matlala, who left us at a young age.
Larry Middleton 71, a heavyweight contender passed away and also left a lot of good friends behind.
Jimmy Carlini, former welterweight contender left us at age 82.
Rocky Fumerelle who was active in Ring 44, VBA.
Manny Santos, from Tonga, a former lightweight contender passed away recently also and prayers are requested.
Sad to announce that another long time friend, Doug Tucker, ringside judge, is ailing and can sure use some prayers.
Also in need of your continuing prayers is Russian heavyweight Magomed Abdusada who was seriously injured in a recent fight, but with the heart of a champion, he is rallying.
Gary Balleto, Charles Rainier and former champ Wilfredo Gomez have been ailing so prayers are requested.
There are reports that soon to be 72 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.
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.***
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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