A singing, dancing, posing Tyson Fury won over the Las Vegas crowd in an Apollo Creed costume, then lived up to expectations by pummeling little-known Tom Schwarz into submission in less than two rounds.
Fury’s performance was just part of an entertaining weekend that included the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semifinal bouts — each memorable for very different reasons –news that Mikey Garcia will fight Danny Garcia in the fall, and a report that Al Haymon is negotiating to sell the PBC to the parent company of the UFC, a move that could bring major changes to boxing.
And then it’s on to our main event: More than 200 years ago, just 35 years after the Revolutionary War, an African-American fighter named Tom Molineaux ventured to England and became a legend in bare knuckle boxing during an era when choking and wrestling holds and throws were perfectly OK. Fights were sometimes a hundred or more rounds in length, and they ended when one fighter quit or couldn’t continue.
Boxing historian Christopher James Shelton joins us once again this week to bring this very-colorful time, and its rogue’s gallery of odd characters, back to life on The Ringside Boxing Show.
As always, the sport’s most-diligent historian delivers incredible stories and debunks oft-repeated myths.
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor-publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” an Amazon bestseller.