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Before Mayweather-McGregor … Ali v Inoki

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend After more than half a century in the fight game, the legendary 85-year-old promoter often gives the impression of a man who has seen it all before.And when it comes to cross-code duels in the vein of Mayweather-McGregor, he has.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Forty-one years ago, Arum promoted the infamous Tokyo bout between Muhammad Ali and Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki.That shambolic night at the Nippon Budokan arena on June 26 1976 saw Inoki spend most of the bout on his back, attempting to kick out at Ali’s legs. Ali meanwhile threw only six punches in 15 rounds of farce. LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Federer shines bright in twilight zone Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade The spectacle is widely seen as a tawdry lowpoint in Ali’s glittering career, a cynical, no-holds-barred grab for a multi-million-dollar payday.Or as Arum remembers it: “It was the most atrocious crap that I’ve ever put on.”The contest had been born a year earlier when Ali met Ichiro Hatta, the president of the Japanese Amateur Wrestling Association, and mischievously lamented about the fact that he had never faced an Asian challenger.The remark caught Inoki’s attention and soon Ali was being offered $6 million to fight the Japanese wrestler.Arum recalled a fruitless attempt to hash out the ground rules for the fight between himself, Ali’s trainer Angelo Dundee, manager Herbert Muhammad and Inoki’s handlers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘It’s another Pearl Harbor!’“I spent two weeks in a conference room in Tokyo, with the Japanese, trying to get rules for that fight. And in the end we went into that fight without any rules at all,” Arum told reporters at a recent lunch in Los Angeles.“Inoki spent most of the fight on his back kicking out at Ali. There was one round where he stood up and Ali threw a punch and he missed him by two feet. By two feet! Because Ali was frustrated. But Inoki staggered back into the ropes like he’d been hit. It was ridiculous.”According to Arum, the plan had initially been to concoct a stage-managed conclusion to the fight that would have kept all sides happy. US wrestling promoter Vince McMahon came up with a narrative that would have seen Inoki declared the winner while Ali could claim a moral victory.“Vince figured out a scenario, which I didn’t take that seriously, where Ali would get Inoki on the ropes,” Arum said. “And Inoki as a professional wrestler, would have a razor in his mouth, and he would cut his own eyebrow, so he’d be bleeding and everything. And Ali would have him on the ropes and ask the referee to stop the fight, and the referee would refuse.“And eventually Ali would turn his back on Inoki and plead with the referee to stop the fight. At which point Inoki would jump on Ali and get him to the canvas and the referee would count ‘1-2-3 out’ and declare Inoki the winner.“And then Ali was supposed to yell ‘It’s another Pearl Harbor!’. But Ali got spooked when he got there and he wouldn’t go through with it.“So after that we spent two weeks trying to figure out what the rules would be. And we couldn’t come up with anything.”Bad for boxing?Memories of Tokyo perhaps explain why Arum is unwilling to join the legions of critics who have disparaged Mayweather and McGregor August 26 fight as being “bad for boxing.”“Mayweather-McGregor will make a lot of money for the people involved,” Arum said. “The idea of whether it’s good for boxing is sort of irrelevant. I don’t even know what ‘Good or bad for boxing’ means. It really has nothing to do with boxing as it carries on.“It’s a spectacle. And people will either watch it or they won’t. And that’s why those kind of questions bother me because nobody is putting a gun to anybody’s head. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “If you want to buy the fight and pay the $100 to watch it on pay-per-view then you do, if you don’t, you don’t. It’s the free market. And the free market should be able to exist without people telling them that it’s good for boxing or not good for boxing. Let them do it.“But at the same time, do I think it’s going to be a real fight? No I don’t.”Arum also had a warning for anyone expecting to see Mayweather risk trading blows with McGregor, predicting that the 40-year-old former welterweight king would opt for the sort of cagey style which marked his fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2015.“With Floyd it’s always take the money and run,” Arum said. “And there’s nothing wrong with that.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This file photo taken on June 04, 2016, shows Japanese parliamentarian and mixed martial artist Antonio Inoki, who fought boxing begend Muhammad Ali in 1976 (background), speaking at a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo following the news of Ali’s death. There are many in the boxing world who are appalled by the prospect of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor climbing into a ring next month, but forty-one years ago, in another cross-code duel, the world watched as heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali fought Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — There are many in the boxing world who are appalled by the prospect of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor climbing into a ring next month.Bob Arum is, emphatically, not one of them.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Read Nextlast_img read more

FOOTBALL: LETTERKENNY & DISTRICT SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTS AND TABLES

first_imgRESULTS 12th JANUARYUNDER 12 PREMIER DIVISIONGlencar 2 – 3 Kilmacrennan Celtic FIXTURES SAT 19th JANUARY 10-30am KOUNDER 12 PREMIER DIVISIONBallyraine v Kilmacrennan CelticLetterkenny Rvs v Swilly Rovers Dunfanaghy Yths v Bonagee UnitedUnder 12 Premier DivisionIt looks like the titles going to any one of five teams. With six points separating these 5 teams Bonagee, Dunfanaghy , Kilmacrennan, Swilly and Ballyraine all have it to play for in the 2nd half of the season. Next week 4 of the top 5 teams are playing each other. First play Second as Dunfanaghy at home could share the spoils with unbeaten Bonagee. Fifth place Ballyraine need to get a result against 3rd place Kilmacrennan to keep them in the hunt. Also Swilly need to keep all 3 points at home to Letterkenny to stay in touch. At this younger age group, consistency is the key but no one can predict the eventual winners as on any given day, any team is capable of beating each other. P W D L PTS DUNFANAGHY YOUTHS 9 8 0 1 24 BONAGEE UNITED 8 8 0 0 24 KILMACRENNAN CELTIC 9 8 0 1 24  SWILLY ROVERS 8 6 0 2 18 BALLYRAINE UNITED 9 6 0 3 18 GLENCAR 10 4 1 5 13 MULROY ACADEMY 10 3 1 6 10 LETTERKENNY ROVERS 9 3 0 6 9 LAGAN HARPS 10 2 0 8 6 MILFORD UNITED 10 2 0 8 6 ILLISTRIN UNITED 10 0 0 10 0 RESULTS SAT 12th JANUARYUNDER 14 PREMIER DIVISIONSwilly Rovers 0 – 2 Illistrin United Advertisement Bonagee United 6 – 0 Lagan HarpsFIXTURES SAT 19th JANUARYBonagee United v Swilly RoversGlencar v Ballyraine United Advertisement Illistrin United v Kilmacrennan Celtic UNDER 14 PREMIER DIVISIONWith Illistrin United having nine wins out of nine, followed closely by Swilly Rovers and Bonagee United. It seems that the league winners and the two Champions league spots will be decided by the above three teams unless Glencar can have a great run in the 2nd half of the season. The big game next week is Swilly away to Bonagee where the home side will need to take points of Swilly. UNDER 14 PREMIER DIVISION P W D L PTS ILLISTRIN UNITED 9 9 0 0 27 SWILLY ROVERS 9 8 0 1 24 BONAGEE UNITED 9 7 0 2 21 GLENCAR 9 5 1 3 18 MILFORD UNITED 10 5 1 4 16 MULROY ACADEMY 10 4 1 5 13 LETTERKENNY ROVERS 10 3 2 5 11 BALLYRAINE UNITED 9 3 2 4 11 KILMACRENNAN CELTIC 8 1 3 4 6 LAGAN HARPS 10 1 2 7 5 DUNFANAGHY YOUTHS 10 0 0 10 0RESULTS 12th JANUARYUNDER 16 PREMIER DIVISIONSwilly Rovers 3 – 1 Lagan HarpsDunfanaghy Yths 2 – 2 Bonagee UnitedIllistrin United 7 – 1 Bonagee TigersFIXTURES SAT 19th JANUARYIllistrin United v Dunfanaghy YthsSwilly Rovers v Bonagee UnitedUNDER 16 PREMIER DIVISIONAs you can see from the below table, and because of players sitting their Junior Cert Exams this year and the Champions League starting in February. The under 16 Division is almost at an end. With only eight matches in the league, it looks like (same as last year) as far as title contenders are concerned as only Letterkenny or Swilly can win it. Bonagee could still sneak a Champions league spot if Swilly fail to win any of their remaining 3 games which incidentally are against Letterkenny, Illistrin and next week Bonagee. Big Match this week is Swilly at home to Bonagee. UNDER 16 PREMIER DIVISION P W D L PTS LETTERKENNY ROVERS 6 6 0 0 18 SWILLY ROVERS 5 5 0 0 15 BONAGEE UNITED 7 4 2 1 14 MULROY ACADEMY 7 4 0 3  12 LAGAN HARPS 7 3 2 2 11 DUNFANAGHY YOUTHS 6 2 2 2 8 ILLISTRIN UNITED 6 2 2 2 8 BALLYARE DIAMONDS 7 1 0 6 3 BONAGEE TIGERS 7 0 0 7 0 FIXTURES W/E 20th JANUARYUNDER 12 RESERVE DIVISIONDunfanaghy Blues v Swilly RamblersUNDER 12 RESERVE DIVISIONAnother close league with Cappry Crusaders from East Donegal leading the pack, followed by three teams who are still in contention, Glencar Hammers, Letterkenny Crusaders and Dunfanaghy Blues. As Ballyare Diamonds pulled out of the reserve league, the league tables were corrected and now have only seven matches left to play. UNDER 12 RESERVE DIVISION P W D L PTS CAPPRY CRUSADERS 7 6 0 1 18 GLENCAR HAMMERS 7 5 2 0 17 LETTERKENNY CRUSADERS 7 4 1 2 13 DUNFANAGHY BLUES 6 4 1 1 13 BALLYRAINE CELTIC 7 3 0 4 9 BONAGEE TIGERS 7 2 0 5 6 SWILLY RAMBLERS  6 0 1 5 1 LURGY CELTIC 7 0 1 6 1  UNDER 14 RESERVE DIVISIONManor Town have also pulled out due to lack of players so the league has been updated and it’s a two horse race between Glencar Hammers and Bonagee Tigers for the title. And with only four games left, it looks like it’s going to the wire.UNDER 14 RESERVE DIVISION P W D L PTS GLENCAR HAMMERS 8 5 3 0 18 BONAGEE TIGERS 7 5 1 1 16 SWILLY ROVERS 8 3 2 3 11 BALLYRAINE CELTIC 8 1 1 6 4 BALLYARE DIAMONDS 7 1 1 5 4FOOTBALL: LETTERKENNY & DISTRICT SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTS AND TABLES was last modified: January 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOOTBALL: LETTERKENNY & DISTRICT SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTS AND TABLESlast_img read more