I free-lance & write boxing feature stories & fight result articles for Ring Sports Magazine – so let it be my pleasure to introduce my good friend & editor-in-chief Rusty Rubin into my boxing website … hopefully you will enjoy his column & input – as I do each & every month!
In Rusty’s Corner
Rusty Rubin is the editor-in-chief of Ringsports.com, the publication and website advisor, and is the author of three acclaimed boxing books!
‘Therapeutic’ and ‘helpful in dealing with a life threatening illness’, are the words that seem to be most used when readers write to me about “Woozel, Boxing and Me” (Authorhouse.com #31810). This book has been given 4½ stars at Amazon.com (read the reviews) and was awarded “Boxing Book of the Year, 2006” by 13thround.com.
Woozel, Boxing and Me is far more than just a compilation of many funny and true boxing stories, oddities and quotes. The book serves as a final tribute to the memory of Susiey Walker, my zany best friend of more than 25 years, who loved life and knew how to live it to the max. This book has helped many people deal with terminal illness and death, although that was never my overt intention in writing this book. I am now working on a follow up.
Wuz traveled and attended many West Coast boxing events with me and by so doing created many of those unforgettable moments with her positive, but often zany attitude and always bubbly personality. Sue passed away in Feb. 2004, at age 54, after a tough 5-year battle with colon cancer. Although she never got into the ring, She was a true fighter with the (body of a model and) the heart of a champion.
The book reviews have all been great and the early demand for this work, one of the funniest boxing books ever written, (by me at least) has been strong. ‘Woozel, Boxing and Me’ is a must read for all boxing fans and everyone who has had to deal with tragic, life-altering situations. If you didn’t think that boxing, like life, has its funny and sadly tragic moments before, this true story will quickly change your mind and help you appreciate those wonderful people in your life that truly make it worth living.
“Off the Canvas”, #22873, is an accurate view of American history and the social problems of our times, as seen through the eyes of an 80-year old ex-champ. “Off the Canvas” takes you from the time of the Great Depression (1929) till the World Trade Center disaster (2001) and is a book that has been getting very strong reviews from inside and out of the boxing community. Available at authorhouse.com, (#22873) Ringsports.com and on-line major book retailers.***
“Billy Soose, the Champion Time Forgot” #31809, co-authored by Tom Donelson, is also available via internet book sellers. Soose was the middleweight champion of the world, beating greats like Tony Zale and Ken Overlin in less than a month’s time. Yet because of a war-shortened career, (WWII) few remember him today. It is the sincere view of both authors that Billy Soose belongs in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
All three books are available at Authorhouse.com and other fine on-line outlets. Sales have remained strong.
Speaking of worthwhile books, pick up a copy of “Boxing in the Shadows” by my fellow author and friend, Tom Donelson. It’s both an educational and enjoyable read.
Any of these books will make a great birthday or holiday present and add greatly to the library of that ‘special’ sports fan in your life.
Autographed editions are very limited and should be ordered at least 30 days in advance.***
Again allow me to again warn you that many other people are spamming using my name and e-mail address. It’s not me or the company, and my advice to everyone is not to open anything you’re not expecting. Feel free to check with me if you have any questions.***
Being a journalist, I’ve learned that the highest tribute that one can receive is positive comments about his endeavors in his chosen field of work. I thank everyone who has made those comments to me, either in person or other means of communication.***
My old friend from the UK, former light heavyweight and Lonsdale Belt winner, Tony Wilson has a new website for you to check out, it’s www.tonywilsonboxing.co.uk.***
It’s good to see that Terry and Tommy Lane have inherited the boxing bug from their famous referee father. On July 6th they put on a solid fight card that featured Jesse Brinkley who scored an 11th round TKO over a tough foe. Keep up the good work, and we’ll be in your corner.***
Finally, mark your calendar for August 12 at 1 pm, when the Golden State Boxers Association presents a “Gathering of Angels” in Downey, Cal. For information, call Josie Mejia (562) 631-6157 or (562) 861-0313***
Prayers for the soul of Ed Keenan Sr. who passed away this week.
Prayers for the return to health of Naval Seal officer Clint Myers who has suffered a stroke while serving his country in Germany.
Prayers for the return to health of Roseanne Palmiere, mother of RS.com journalist Peter, who has been hospitalized after a long illness.
Prayers for the return to health of Patti Brandenburg, wife of boxing manager Gary.
Please say prayers for the recovery of good friend and great boxing guy Norm Cote, Past President of the World Boxing Hall of Fame, who is undergoing dialysis three times a week. Norm’s a great guy and a real fighter and we have to be there in his corner.
Prayers for the health of boxing ref and Judge Chuck Hassett who is having some serious health issues.
Prayers also for former World Boxing Hall of Fame President Charlie Casas who are having some severe health problems as well as one of the founders and past Presidents, Dub Harris, who suffered a stroke.
Prayers for the return to health of Don Donelson, father of writer Tom, and Gene Sebastian, brother of former middleweight champ Billy Soose. Both are suffering from congestive heart disease.
Prayers for George Latka, “The Professor” has been victimized by punch-drunk syndrome. Also say prayers for his wife Trudie who is doing a great, but tough job, in coping with it.
Prayers for Audrey Talmo, wife of solid boxing guy, Ed and Helen Wambolt, wife of our own “Handsome” Danny, who is going through a tough battle. Also prayers for the recovery of Mills Lane and Denis Wilxox.
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.***
Needless to say we need prayers for the return to health of both former champs Greg Page and Gerald McClellan, both confined to wheelchairs.***
Glove2Glove is a non-denominational group set up to aide those boxing folks and their relatives in need of prayers and cards. We accept no money and only contact our members when someone is in need. It’s absolutely free to join. Simply send us your e-mail address. And even if you’re not a member, feel free to contact us if you are aware of some boxing person in need.***