My friend, Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer and has covered the sweet science for more than 35 years. He has been part of the “dmboxing” team with his expertise since 2007 and he is much appreciated by all ~ thank you Rusty!
This week, from Carson Cal. and televised on ShowTime, a very interesting and probably very exciting boxing card.
The main event features two undefeated welterweights, Kell Brook from the United Kingdom will take on Shawn Porter.
Brook, is 28 and boast a record of 32-0 with 22 knockouts. It’s impressive but his list of foes do to qualify as a who’s who in the welterweight division. This fight will give him the recognition and acceptance that he belongs.
Porter, who is two years younger, is 24-0 with 15 knockouts, and has fought some quality foes.
Brook has a two inch height advantage, but it’s Porter with the slight edge in the reach department.
Having not seen Brook fight, it’s hard to judge how good he is, or can become. But I’ve seen Porter and he definitely belongs near or at the top of the rankings.
If Brook is the real deal, he can come up big here, but I’m guessing it will take more than an impressive KO record to beat Porter. I’ll take Porter via the TKO route.***
As we all know, sometimes all the prayers in the world will not change God’s agenda. The best we can do is try.
So with much sadness, I have to announce that our friend Johnny Ortiz has left us to be with God.
Thanks Johnny for the many memories you gave to us. We’ll be joining you someday soon.
Please say prayers for his soul.
Also please say prayers for the soul of Argentine fighter Abel Laudinio who passed away at age 75.***
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,
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.
Prayers and a very special request goes out to long-time fight judge Harold Lederman who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and was removed from some of his duties at HBO. The special request is for you to e-mail or call HBO and ask that he be returned to his post as quickly as possible. Harold is an old friend who certainly deserves better treatment.
Gary Balleto, Charles Rainier and former champ Wilfredo Gomez have been ailing so prayers are requested.
There are continuing 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.
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.
“I now find 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. I’m hoping to have this book to the publisher and released during the summer.***
Finally, “My 2014 New Year’s resolution, besides living long enough to finish my 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