Before other sports matched the money and none of the danger, boxing was must-watch theater, a distillation of the rags-to-riches narrative that personified the American Dream. And Ken Norton was Exhibit A.
Alvarez and Mayweather are fighting at a catch-weight of 152 pounds, which, if you’re looking for an edge, would probably point to Alvarez, the naturally larger man. But Mayweather has a way of making larger men look small.
Troy Bell has seen it all in his basketball career. From Holy Angels High School to Boston College, to a first-round pick in the NBA to a career overseas. Because of that, he has perspective and an appreciation for where he’s been. Bell is spending the summer sharpening his game in the Howard Pulley summer league before he returns to his now hometown team in Italy.
It’s long since been torn down, but nearly 100 years ago the Gibbons Brothers Gym was one of the biggest points of pride in downtown St. Paul. Tommy Gibbons fought some of the biggest names in the game. “I was never known to be a puncher at the start, and as a matter of fact, I don’t think I was ever a puncher,” Gibbons said in a 1949 KROS Radio interview. “I learned the technique of hitting a fellow where it was most vulnerable: a left hook, under the right arm, the liver – the center of all nerve centers.”
How’s this for irony? A Minnesota commission created to determine which state agencies and boards are ripe for elimination is now on the chopping block itself.
Ever have one of those days you just want to punch a pillow? There’s a new gym letting you do that, and you can even step into the boxing ring. GymJab in Minnetonka lets you get out some aggression while burning fat and calories.
The trouble continues for NBC and their Olympic coverage. This time a reporter interviewing tourists about London and the Olympics doesn’t realize who they are talking with. Check out the article and Evander’s response here.
People around the country are mourning the loss of former heavyweight boxer Scott LeDoux.
Ever thought of jumping the pond for a visit to London? You know what’s cheaper, simpler and doesn’t require a passport? A trip to Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment in downtown Minneapolis.