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In This Corner... Louie Burke

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Aug 17, 2011

Tell the story how you got into boxing.

My father Sammy Burke was a coach, so my brother Rocky and I Grew up in the gym. My earliest memories were of the boxing gym. The first gym I remembered was the Boys Club gym in the 60's and early 70's and then the PAL gym in the mid 70's and 80's. My Dad passed away in 1984, but my family including my mother kept the PAL gym running through the 80's. My brother and I, coaching and managing fighters and my mother promoting boxing events. In the 90's the City of Las Cruces let us use the National Guard Armory which the city acquired for the use... (more)


In This Corner... Lamar Davis

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Aug 7, 2011

I'm Lamar Davis and I'm a boxer/puncher... that's my style.

I've been in the game for about 10 years now. I used to fight a lot in the streets when I was coming up. I got into boxing because I wanted to improve my fighting skills. I was trying to lose weight to get into the army. The great Jimmy Williams told me "You can make way more money in boxing than the army." So I stuck with the boxing.

So he discovered you?

I can say he kinda lead me in the direction to my first coach, Tommy Ellis. So when Jimmy introduced us, we... (more)


In This Corner... LeJea Bolden Jr.

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Jul 31, 2011

"My name is Le Jea Bolden Jr. and I'm a boxer at Legends Boxing Club."

How did you get into boxing?

The first sport I ever played was football, and I was so bad at it because I was the smallest one on the team and I hardly got any playing time. One day my dad said "I'm going to put you into something you'll have a better chance in... I'm going to put you in boxing." As a little kid, I was thinking "I don't want to get hit!"

Hold old were you?

I started in 2005 when I was 14 years old in Denver, Colorado. Talk about hard knocks, you know what I mean? You see my dad... (more)


In This Corner... Francisco Arreola (part 2)

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Jul 24, 2011

Was there ever a particular fight or fighter that bothered you mentally?

You know the only one that messes with me from time to time is this guy, Amos Cowart. I know the guy, and seen him fight. We became good friends. I remember I just wanted to beat him, and really what I should've done was just knocked him out. I think I ended up doing more damage to him. He's one of the fighters that I really mentally damaged. If you look at him today, you'd think he's an old man. I still think about him...

Tell me about Redha Jean Abbas whom you fought in France?

This guy was a really... (more)


In This Corner... Francisco Arreola (part 1)

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Jul 17, 2011

Alright champ, you know the routine from my previous write-ups. How did it all start?

Boxing actually started for me when I was a child, about 6 years old in Mexico. When I came to the United States my family settled in Bloomington, Illinois. The reason I ended up in boxing was because I used to get in trouble in school. I got into a lot of street fights. The school principle's secretary said "If he likes boxing just send him to my husband." From that point on he became my boxing coach.

Did he see potential in your ability?

Yeah. The irony in his boxing career as a coach... (more)


In This Corner... Yuniel Ramos

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Jul 10, 2011

Tell me a bit about your background.

My name is Yuniel Ramos, and I'm from Cuba. I came to the United States when I was 18 years old. I'm 29 now so it's been 11 years.

How did boxing start out for you?

My Father and Grandfather were professional fighters. That's how I got into boxing. My Father taught me how to fight.

How old were you?

I was really young when I started fighting. I was about 5 or 6 years old in Cuba.

Did you have any amateur fights?

Yeah, I had a lot of amateur bouts in Cuba. I used to fight every other week. I started at 65 pounds... (more)


In This Corner... Randy De La O

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Jul 3, 2011

How did you get into boxing? Did it run in your family? Who were your influences?

I remember watching the old Gillette Friday Night Fights with my father when I was kid in the late 50's. That was probably my first introduction to boxing. My father was a former boxer in the army and stayed a fan all of his life. He understood the sport. Almost by default, I became a fan too. He taught me the basic skills of boxing. My father and I would visit the Main Street Gym whenever we were in Downtown Los Angeles. He will always be my first and biggest influence. My uncle Gilbert was also a boxer... (more)


Deuk-Koo Kim: A Legend In South Korea

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Jun 26, 2011

Mancini's assistant trainer, Chuck Fagan, said in an interview 25 years after the fight "You have to kill this guy to stop him!" At that time in 1982 and in that moment he wasn't aware that thought would come true. He was describing the type of fighter Deuk-Koo Kim was.

Ray Mancini took the name 'Boom Boom' from his father, Lenny Mancini, who was a top contender for the Lightweight crown against Sammy Angott in the 1940's, but never got the chance because he was drafted into the army during second world war. His dream of winning the title was lived through Ray.

The Mancini dream... (more)

Tags: deuk-koo kim, ray mancini

To Be? Or Not To Be? That is The Question.

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on May 12, 2011

Two friends are at a pub, and shooting the breeze. A career choice is bothering one of them and decides to bring it up in the conversation. This is the meat of it... No pun intended. If you read on... You'll get what I mean.

Jason: Have confidence!

Mike: I'm just afraid that this small film can break me into a nothing.

Jason: I think you are making much ado about nothing. Do the job!

Mike: I guess you're right bro... Fuck it!!!!

Jason: You can only look out for #1.

Mike: I mean I booked it hands down. A lead in a feature.... (more)


The Menace

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on May 10, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen of the pugilistic world. It's an honor to present to you history in the making. The super Bantamweight warrior Jorge Arce aka El Travieso (The Menace) was the under-dog in the under-card fight of Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley on May 7, 2011. Arce challenged Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. for the WBO Super Bantamweight Title. With Vasquez entering the ring with a record of 20-0-1 (17 KOs) was no match for the veteran Arce who pulverized the young champion and winning the bout by a TKO in the 12th round.

It's a shame that the main event of the night wasn't as action packed... (more)


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