For the better part of four decades, Ed Derian, who was 77 when he passed away on Sept. 26 at Kindred Hospital in Havertown, was the distinctive voice of Philadelphia boxing, the longest tenured and most cherished ring announcer to have graced local rings.
Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe all made a point to profusely thank their fathers for putting them on the path that led to their inductions to the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday and official certification as boxing legends.
Undefeated super middleweight star Joe Calzaghe and Richard Steele, third man in the ring for some of modern boxing’s most historic bouts, in this installment of RING correspondent Bernard Fernandez’s blog from Canastota.
Matthew Saad Muhammad, the former WBC light heavyweight champ who was 59 when he died Sunday morning of Lou Gehrig’s disease, always brought his “A” game. The “A” stood for action and Saad Muhammad was one of the most exciting fighters of all time.
Many boxing historians and those who were lucky enough to be fans during the 1970s when the heavyweight division was loaded with talent consider former contender Earnie Shavers to be the hardest all-time puncher among big men. Shavers and his old rival, Larry Holmes, agree with this designation.
Former two-time light heavyweight champ and cruiserweight titleholder Virgil Hill, a Class of 2013 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, was as awestruck by the great boxers assembled at this past weekend’s induction festivities in Canastota, N.Y., as the many fans who attended.
Showtime’s one-hour documentary 30 days in May gives a glimpse of Floyd Mayweather’s 87-day jail stay in the Clark County Detention Center last year in advance of his May 4 showdown with Robert Guerrero. The show airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Congratulations to Bernard Fernandez and Norm Frauenheim for placing in the Boxing Writers Assoc. of America’s 2012 “Bernie” awards with articles written for THE RING magazine. THE RING and RingTV.com also grabbed nine honorable mentions in the annual writing contest.
In part II of Lee Groves’ Travelin’ Man trip to Philadelphia the CompuBox wizard gets an education on the city’s boxing culture from veteran fight scribe Bernard Fernandez before counting punches for the entire NBC Sports Net Fight Night card.
Bobby Czyz provides a fascinating and uncompromising look into the triumphs and regrets of his eventful career and exceptional – sometimes tragic – life in part two of Bernard Fernandez’s two-part feature on the former champ once known as the “Matinee Idol.” Click here to read part one.