Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years.
No memories for this article. I believe it is far more important to comment on former NBA (the “B” is for basketball, not boxing) owner Donald Sterling, or more important by far, the overall issue of racism in our country.
Growing up in a big city, I don’t understand racism at all. I was taught early on that everyone is born the same, no matter their color or ethnicity. And, being in my share of locker rooms, I know we all come equipped with the same body parts. Of course we are not of the same gender. Everyone has feelings and desires, we’re all part of a world community and we must be able to live together in peace.
I learned in sociology classes that poverty is one of the main causes of racism. In short, you have to blame somebody for your struggles, and it’s always easier to blame the minorities.
I’m not sure how or even if that connects with Sterling, who is a millionaire. He contends that he’s not a racist, but comments caught on tape speak volumes otherwise.
To be clear, all sports, not just boxing, reflect and in fact, are a microcosm of society. Just as hate and prejudice stem from the same root causes. Hate is an ugly word, and should be eliminated from societies and cultures world wide. Love is the opposite and should be taught in all cultures.
You can try to get rid of people like Sterling, as the NBA has, but that does not and will never solve the underlying problem. There have been and always will be people like Donald Sterling in our world, and all we can do is identify and ignore them. The more publicity they get, good or bad, the better they like it.
I’m not sure what the ideal solution is, and since this problem has been with us since the beginning of time, it’s obvious that there has been no workable answer found, at least not yet.
Donald Sterling is simply just the smallest tip of the iceberg. He’s just one of far too many. I ignore racists like the plague. Their ideology angers me. I know that it doesn’t solve the problem, and perhaps it will never be solved until people like this admits they have a problem and learn how to deal with the real world.
But it hasn’t happened yet!***
I’m still seeking a few more stories for my next book, true tales of inspiration, or of any miracles to help with my last book, send them to me post-haste. I have placed a deadline on all submissions for May 1. I expect to have the book available before the heat of the summer kicks in.
Remember 100% of the proceeds will be used to help find a cure for cancer.
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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The fight we look at this week, on May 17, will be shown on HBO and takes place at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
It features four time division champion Juan Manuel Marquez or Mexico City, who is still going strong at age 40 taking on seven year younger Mike Alvarado of Colorado.
This will be a WBO title elimination fight and may be well worth the watch, although both punchers have a tendency to counter-punch, someone has to be the aggressor.
Marquez, is 55-7 with 40 knockouts, and more than one of those losses can be questioned, at least by those who watched the fights.
He’s taken relatively few punches in his fights and his never been kayoed.
Alvarado is 34-2-2 with 23 of those wins coming by knockout.
While there is no doubt Marquez has fought the far better competition to date, he gives up seven years in age (he’s 40 and Alvarado is 33), two inches in height and reach. Time for youth to be served? Maybe, but its hard picking against a tough, top of the line fighter like Marquez.
I won’t attempt it. Marquez by hard-earned decision.***
Prayers for the soul of former heavyweight champ Jimmy Ellis who left us at age 75.
Also request prayers for the following pugilists who left us recently: Guinea Miller, Aussie bantamweight, 62; Tinker Picot, 82; Sandro Loplol, 74; Akio Maki, 78; Walter ‘Peanuts’ Arsenault, 78; Julio Gomez, 58; Ricardo Navarro, 76; Carmelo Bossi, 75 and Pedro Benelli, 80.
May they all rest in peace.
Prayers requested for the recovery of friend Lora Martz from a broken leg.
I request prayers for the full recovery from a couple of serious surgeries for my long-time friends Doni Uren.
Another friend who is in need of prayers and recovering from surgery is Roger Davidson. Prayers for his quick recovery are very much appreciated,
I’m also 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 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 some ongoing reports that 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 and David 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 OF 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, 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.
“YOUR STORIES OF INSPIRATION AND MIRACLES ARE NEEDED BY MAY 31, 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 can, but do not have to be boxing or cancer related! To those who have already contributed, my sincere thanks.
“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 email@example.com”.
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