February 2006


Rinsing Off the Mouthpiece
By GorDoom

Poem of the Month
By Tom Smario

The 2005 CBZ Year-End Awards
By J.D. Vena

Women to Watch For in 2006
By Adam Pollack


INTERVIEWS:

Lou DiBella: No Joe Palooka
By Dave Iamaele

Lamon Brewster, Unplugged
By Juan C. Ayllon

Touching Gloves with...
Clyde Gray

By Dan Hanley


PROFILES:

Iron Mike Tyson: Myth or Monster?
By Jim Trunzo

Jess Sandoval: The Coach Says,
"Bundle Up"

By Katherine Dunn

The Legend of the Cuban Baron,
Ramon Castillo

By Enrique Encinsoa

Paul Thorn
By Pete Ehrman

Battling Nelson: Always Battered,
Seldom Beaten

By Tracy Callis

Kid Chocolate, the Cuban Bon Bon
By Monte Cox


BOOK REVIEWS AND EXCERPTS:

Shadow Boxers
Photographs by Jim Lommasson

The Iceman Diaries
by John Scully

The Boxing Bookshelf
by Dave Iamele


The Hawk

Incredible!
You can say that again.
Einstein couldn't have invented him.
Perpetual motion is impossible,
but Aaron Pryor who was no scientist
didn't know that.

Crazy, yes. Scary? A little bit.
He could do a back flip at the
wrong end of a straight right,
roll over, land on his feet and
throw a few hundred punches before
coming up for air.

He missed half of them, but oh
God, the ones he landed. Remember
Arguello? Remember Blackmore?
The great Columbian Antonio Cervantes
became an old man the night he lost
his title to Pryor.

Right then I said to myself, "Smario,
this guy is incredible." I won five
straight games of pool against my
friend, Thomsen, at the Oak Grove
Tavern while I watched the fight
on television. It didn't matter
that Pryor won, I would have whipped
Thomsen anyway.

--Tom Smario

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