Mike Kunda grew up near Philadelphia, became enamored with Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” character after seeing the movie as a kid, and as he grew older he began to realize he bore a striking resemblance. His fascination basically developed into a lifestyle in which Kunda began to dress like Rocky, walk like him, develop his mannerisms. He won a look-alike contest, went and found locations in Philly that were used in the movie, and launched the “Yo Rocky Tour,” which has become one of the most-popular tourist activities in Pennsylvania.
John J. Raspanti speaks in-depth with Kunda — a big personality — in this week’s featured interview.
We also hear from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin, who brings us up to date on Josh Warrington, Kell Brook, Amir Khan, and the passing of legendary trainer Brendan Ingle.
And we lead off with expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who talk about Oscar De La Hoya’s 65-35 demand for Canelo-Golovkin II, and the alternatives for this fight for both fighters: Jacobs, Saunders, Jermall Charlo, Sergey Derevyanchenko, and Spike O’Sullivan. They also introduce us to “The Monster” — Japanese bantamweight phenom Naoya Inoue, who has joined a WBSS tournament that already includes three world champs — and evaluate the landscape-altering impact Eddie Hearn is having with his $1 billion investment in boxing.
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,” currently on Amazon’s Bestseller list.
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