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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

Eight reasons for Tottenham fans to be happy

first_img 7. The new stadium is around the corner – While it will be heart-wrenching to see White Hart Lane slowly demolished, a brand new 61,000-seat stadium could propel the club even further forward, if they maintain their current trajectory. On Monday evening, supporters looked skyward to the new cranes, which are set to get to work on building their new home and are painted in the club’s colour. The only way may well be up. 5. Eric Dier and Dele Alli can be the spine of the midfield for years to come – Not only is it the best bromance in football, the young England internationals both look likely to forge formidable careers. Dier is a versatile defender-turned-midfielder, who fits the Pochettino system like a glove. His ability to drop deep and form a three-man backline as full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose thunder forward works perfectly, while his ability to break up play and either pass or drive forward with the ball is improving with every game. Meanwhile, Alli’s tremendous debut season has won deserved plaudits, despite a mean streak which can let him down and the odd bit of simulation. The duo are Tottenham’s ‘Bash Brothers’ and could be for some time. 1. It’s a young Tottenham side who will have learned valuable experiences – Click the right arrow for more reasons for Spurs fans to be cheerful… – The likes of Dele Alli (20), Eric Dier and Harry Kane (both 22), Heung-Min Son and Kevin Wimmer (both 23) have all played their parts in Tottenham’s stunning season, and will be able to reap the rewards from the experience of a Premier League title challenge. Lessons will be learnt and they, along with their team-mates, will be ready for another title battle next year, should it arise. 8 8. Tottenham’s style of play is a joy to watch – Leicester City may be about to win the Premier League title but it could easily be argued Spurs play the best football. On the ball, their fast-paced drives forward, skilful interchanges between several players, and smart set-piece routines have left supporters salivating. But off the ball, Pochettino’s side a well-drilled defensive unit who have conceded the least goals in the Premier League. No one more typifies Tottenham’s style than winger Erik Lamela who attacks and defends with the same fervour. 8 3. Harry Kane isn’t a one-season wonder – It was the fear which will have dogged many supporters in the summer. Was Kane the real deal, or would his ability in front of goal diminish in his second full campaign? It turns out the centre forward is very much a star still in the ascendency and as his relationship, on the pitch, with Dele Alli continues to build, there could be more yet to come. The fact he’s one of their own should ward off any transfer bids for at least another season, if not more. 8 8 8 8 6. Toby Alderweireld is a world-class defender – Whisper it quietly, but Ledley King might be facing a fight for the title of Tottenham’s best modern day centre-back. King is still sung about at White Hart Lane – and will be for years to come – but Alderweireld, who seamlessly combines brutish and bullying backline displays with the ball-playing abilities of an elegant playmaker, has the potential to become a hero. If only his name was more fitting for a song. 4. Players will want to play for Mauricio Pochettino – The Argentine’s reputation continues to grow and current Spurs stars are all complimentary about their gaffer, despite the initially gruelling double training sessions. The way he has moulded the team, forged an impressive spirit through handshakes, and improved his charges, will appeal to any players possibly on their transfer wishlist this summer. Tottenham were once nearly men when it came to top transfers, now they look like a team stars will be desperate to sign for. 2. Mauricio Pochettino is helping experienced stars reach their potential – With Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb forming a decent partnership last season, it had looked like Mousa Dembele’s time at Spurs could be coming to an end. Theoretically a technically brilliant performer with a physical presence in midfield, for some reason, the Belgian seemed unable to hit the right note for Spurs. Now, though, the 28-year-old is putting in sensational showings in almost every game and one of the first names on the team sheet. Similarly, Kyle Walker, after injuries and poor form, was struggling to reach his potential and now is showing signs of becoming a top quality full-back. Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with West Brom means Leicester City need just three points from their final three games to win the Premier League title.Spurs fans looked disconsolate in the stands at White Hart Lane when the full-time whistle blew, knowing Tony Pulis’ men had pricked their daydream of glory.The players clearly knew their chances of lifting the trophy had all but evaporated. Toby Alderweireld stood motionless for several minutes, while Kyle Walker, following a lung-busting performance, could only crash to the ground.Tottenham old boy Sandro exchanged a heartfelt moment with Jan Vertonghen, arms wrapped around each other in a warm embrace.But, in truth, there was no reason for the players to reflect with any kind of sorrow.These are positive times on the white side of north London and the thrilling showings from Spurs players across the campaign mean it’s great to be a fan of the Lilywhites right now.So, if you’re feeling a little down in the dumps, don’t grumble, give a whistle, and check out our reasons for Tottenham fans to be cheerful… 8 8last_img read more