The most-remarkable thing about Milton McCrory’s remarkable professional boxing career is that he never really liked the sport. His dream as a child and a teen in Detroit was to have a career in baseball, but his talent for the sweet science intervened. He was 110-15 as an amateur, became a protege of the legendary Emanuel Steward when he turned pro, and won the WBC welterweight championship — a crown he wore for more than two years.
But “The Iceman” insists that some of his toughest wars were fought inside the Kronk Gym, where world champions were everywhere.
We had a terrific, in-depth conversation about life and boxing with McCrory, who still resides in Detroit, where he works for Chrysler and coaches youth boxers.
We also talk to trainer Max Garcia about the progress of his electrifying 21-year-old featherweight, Ruben Villa IV, a 15-time national champion as an amateur who is now 14-0 as a pro.
And we open the show, as always, with analysis from Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti on Terence Crawford’s dominant performance against previously unbeaten Jose Benavidez Jr., the future of former Olympian Shakur Stevenson, a forecast of what might happen if light heavyweight champ Dmitry Bivol opts to drop seven pounds to fight super middleweight king Callum Smith, whether Ricky Hatton deserves to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and Gervonta Davis’ increasingly destructive behavior, which now includes the allegation that he punched a woman last week at a Dallas strip club.
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.
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