OMAHA, NE (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Arnold “The Chronic Complainer” Lefkowicz, a star wrestler in the fledgling Heartland Professional Wrestling Association (HPWA) was suspended for violating league rules last weekend by using a foreign object in his match against the Gargler. It was later discovered that the foreign object was actually a foreigner named Stavros Plakokefalos of Korinthos, Greece who was visiting his brother, Dimitrios, owner of the Olympia Diner on Omaha’s south side. (more…)
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PHILADELPHIA (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) –Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell whose unorthodox fighting style has thrilled thousands of UFC fans might have crossed the line in his latest bout. At Philadelphia’s legendary Spectrum, a scheduled three rounder against Spiros Kostayannis went horribly wrong. Kostayannis, a Greek Cypriot who dreamed of competing in his first fight in the United States will apparently dream no more as he died almost instantly as Liddell’s controversial move three minutes and eight seconds into the second round left the twenty-nine year old challenger headless. The capacity crowd could only watch in horror as Liddell immediately gorged himself on Kostayannis’ torso in a bizarre ritualistic feeding frenzy. (more…)
SCRANTON, PA (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Chuck Liscovich, 54, has screwed up the courage to return to his job at Yanko’s Tire Service on Scranton’s South Side. The veteran Assistant Manager adored former World Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali, most of his life, after meeting the boxer at his training camp in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania in the Pocono Mountains in 1973. (more…)
LANCASTER, PA (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) As the boxing world mourns the passing of heavyweight great Joe Frazier, who died yesterday at the age of 67, one of his die hard fans paid him a unique, yet fitting tribute.
In the movie Rocky, Sylvestor Stallone’s title character is shown in a meat locker getting in shape by pounding a side of beef, inspired by a young Joe Frazier, who worked in a slaughterhouse and practiced his punches on hanging slabs of meat.
Morris Lester, a resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, dined on a side of beef the boxing legend pummeled over fifteen years ago during a publicity event; Frazier was on hand to mark the opening of a new steakhouse. Lester had the slab cut, packaged and frozen. (more…)
ATLANTA (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) His body is as sculpted as it ever was, but at age 47, Evander Holyfield is, well, 47 – a point where the body starts to balk and bruises refuse to heal. But that’s not stopping the four time heavyweight champ from stepping into the ring January 16 to face 41-year-old Francois Botha. At stake is the World Boxing Federation heavyweight belt…and the grey gelatinous mass that sits uneasily inside his hardened cranium. (more…)
Ex-Champ Talks with Sportsman’s Daily
The Sportsman’s Daily’s Carl Davies recently caught up with Mike Tyson who was visiting the neighborhood where he was born, the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. Tyson was the world’s youngest heavyweight champion and is no stranger to controversy and legal troubles. But now, surprisingly, Iron Mike comes clean. Tyson speaks in his usual high pitched voice, but to our total surprise it is delivered in a tongue that is part British Received Pronunciation and Standard American Stage.
The Sportsman’s Daily: Mike, you’ve been flying under the radar of late. What are you doing here in Brooklyn?
Mike Tyson: Carl, I’m in the process of restoring this wonderful theatre. The building’s over one hundred years old, and I’d hate to see it fall victim to the wrecking ball. We’re currently rehearsing “Waiting for Buster Douglas” by Michael Vogel, a dazzling young talent I’m sure you’ll hear a lot more about. (more…)
PHILADELPHIA (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) The defending champion Philadelphia Phillies couldn’t not stave off elimination for a second time in Game Six of the 2009 World Series as the New York Yankees captured their twenty-seventh World Championship.
The clutch hitting of series MVP Hideki Matsui propelled the Yanks to a 7-3 victory and celebration in the Bronx.
Conversely, the mood on the streets of the City of Brotherly Love was somber. (more…)
BAGHDAD, IRAQ (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) — Ali Hassan Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti, the former Iraqi Defense Minister known as Chemical Ali, learned last Thursday that he would be executed within the month. Upon hearing the news, Ali made only one request, that he have one last fight with former World Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier in a scheduled fifteen round boxing match. (more…)
I came across this earlier today in Page Six of the NY Post:
“That guy scares me,” Iron Mike told Page Six at the premiere of James Toback‘s documentary, “Tyson,” at Loews near Union Square. “I wouldn’t want to be in a room with that guy.”
Yeah, me either. I don’t know where you were when Iron Mike was kicking ass, but the self-proclaimed “baddest man on the planet” was, for that brief span of time, the baddest man on the planet — maybe with the exception of a handful of Russian mobsters. He had guys whupped on their way into the ring — I distinctly remember poor, shaken Marvis Frazier and Michael Spinks, looking like they’re ready to surrender well before getting KO’d in the first round. But what I also remember are my own sweaty palms and racing pulse — there was nothing like the raw animal fear you felt just watching it at home — or at a bar — as Tyson , sans robe, menace rolling off him like black fog, made his way into the ring. Then, boom, one, two, three rounds later, it’s all over…and the relief you feel, as if you’ve just pulled yourself out of a bad dream. Where can you go to get that these days, assuming you don’t have the benefit of an amply stocked medicine cabinet?
On April 11, HBO is showing a doc on the Thrilla in Manilla, the epic 1975 Frazier-Ali battle — the third in their “trilogy.” Here’s a description from VSL (www.veryshortlist.com), an excellent service, btw.
When Smokin’ Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali first squared off, in 1971, they were fast friends and undefeated fighters. By the time of their third fight, in the Philippines in 1975, they’d been humbled and hardened, and had turned into bitter enemies.
Ali warmed up for the bout by calling Frazier “gorilla” and “Uncle Tom.” Frazier bit his tongue and fumed. The fight was brutal; the aftermath, ugly: Today, Ali is a shadow of his former self, and just last year, Frazier was living in the back of a Philadelphia gym. The Channel 4 documentary Thrilla in Manila is fiercely partisan on Frazier’s behalf. It’s also disturbing (Frazier claims responsibility for, and revels in, Ali’s physical decline), surprising (Imelda Marcos pops up as one of the interviewees), and riveting. Don’t miss the HBO premiere, on April 11.