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Boxing is Absolutely Goofy

Sly in Rocky 6 looking past his prime

Sly in Rocky 6 looking past his prime

Boxing is run by circus clowns.  Please don’t argue this one with me. 

Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2011.

That’s right.  Rocky. 

Here’s the thing.  He didn’t really win against Ivan Drago.  Or Tommy Gun.  Well, he did but it was a MOVIE. He’s actually not a real boxer.  The punches never really landed.   Right?

In the same class of inductees is Mike Tyson.  I get it – Mike was a legendary fighter but let’s make sure I understand the eligibility criteria for the Hall of Fame:

– Chewed an opponent’s ear.  Check.
– Jailed for rape.  Check
– Soloist in the Hangover.  Check
– Hall of Fame here I come…

Baseball is a different beast but it would appear Pete Rose, if he was a boxer, would be in the Hall of Fame had he eaten part of Mike Schmidt’s ear and forced himself sexually on Johnny Bench.   Instead he’s exiled for gambling.

Why not induct Fred Flintstone.  He did some boxing on a few shows.

Cowboy Bob Orton must have received some write in votes.

How do you feel if you are inducted into the Hall of Fame in your sport alongside someone who played an athlete in a movie? 

Imagine these headlines:

“Robert Redford has been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame for The Natural”

“The Hansen Brothers have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame for their work in the movie Slapshot”

Boxing is running out of…well boxers to elect into the Boxing Hall of Fame. 

Circus Clowns 1 Boxing 0.

  • The Ernie says:

    I agree with Ryan’s comment post– especially the last sentence.

  • The Ernie says:

    Dear Richard,
    It is true Sylvester Stallone never participated in an actual boxing match, but his role as inspirational and film icon ‘Rocky Balboa’ has motived all. Rocky may just be a fictional character, however, he is still in the same category of real life boxing legends (such as Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali) being part as an inspirational boxing or boxing-related individual. As for Mike Tyson, yes, he may have had many downfalls (beginning with his almost Hollywood-like knockout lose to Buster Douglas) but in his prime, the only thing missing from his peak (1985-90) was quality of opponents. A prime Mike Tyson, skill-wise, was flawless– good footwork, proper technique and strategy, knockout power in both hands and simply a pure killer. The right look/stage too– focused, rugged and young. So, in conclusion, stating Circus Clowns 1 and Boxing 0 is just arrogant and totally unknowledgeable about the true perspective of boxing and its Hall of Fame. Please consider to prove full frontal and realistic facts before posting your opinion on any website for the whole world to see– it’ll look better for your reporting skills.

    Sincerely yours,
    The Ernie

  • Ryan says:

    Dear Richard,
    When I heard that Stallone was in the BHOF I was alittle upset myself but then I thought about it. First let me start out by saying I hate the “rocky” series because it sets an unfair standard for real boxing matches to the causal fan. But the character was based on a REAL fighter, Chuck Wepner. Stallone saw the fight between wepner and ali and was inspired to write the movie. Also Stallone is involed in Boxing outside the ring. He has done things in partnership with sugar Ray Leonard for example so his induction is not only based on rocky. But a casual fan (you) wouldn’t know this stuff. Also Athletes in any sport are judged by thier performance in that sport. If we go down the list a majority of athletes in any sports HOF have had their trouble outside the arena, or sometimes in the arena. Ty Cobb was a wife beater. EVERYONE IN BASEBALL does steroids. Lawrence Taylor and Micheal Irvin do cocaine. Pitchers sometimes intentionally hit batters. See everyone in everysport has indiscretions. But most are good if not great at thier craft, like Tyson who deserves to be in the HOF. So I would say Boxing 1 circus clowns (which you are a part of because of your ignorant article) 0.

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