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Rinsing Off the Mouthpiece
Well it be that time of the year again & WAIL! is going to take a short vacation. We will take August off & be back after Labor Day. The rest of the CBZ will continue as usual, fight & news reports, etc. The Boxing Encyclopedia section will continue to be updated on a weekly basis.
We leave you this month with a massive issue which we hope will keep you reading for some time to come. Our stalwart staff of writers have really put the pedal to the metal for this issue. The CBZ prides itself on the fact that it doesn't have a monolithic point of view when it comes to the squared circle - & this issue proves it. For instance, we have two articles that deal with Roy Jones each with completely different view points.
We are also pleased to announce that two terrific new writers have joined us. Ted Kluck is a free lancer whose reporting appears regularly in ESPN The Magazine. He contributes two excellent interviews; one with former heavyweight titlist, always colorful, Pinklon Thomas & another that tries to reveal the enigma that is Chris Byrd.
Also joining us is a writer on a mission, a Nigerian correspondent, based in London named, Adeyinka Makinde. I call him Ade, it's a lot simpler ... Ade is writing a book about one of the greatest middleweights ever, Dick Tiger.
It is unfortunate that a great fighter & man like Tiger, has been overlooked by modern fight fans. In the Ol' Spit Bucket's estimation, with no apologies to the great, Azumah Nelson & Boza Edwards, Tiger was simply the greatest fighter ever to emerge from Africa. Serious boxing aficionado's know that Tiger was one of the best middleweights in history, He ranks right up there with the greats like, Ketchel, Greb, Robinson, LaMotta, Fullmer, Monzon & Hagler.
He was a magnificent fighter. Two time middleweight & a light heavyweight champion. Not bad for a 5'8 fighter who really was never more than a smallish middleweight.
The best way to introduce Ade to our readership is for me to reprint a letter of introduction he sent me:
Well if this explanation doesn't intrigue you to find out more about Dick Tiger (Btw: Has anybody ever heard a better sport's moniker than Dick Tiger???), then you are not a hard core boxing fan ...
S'anyways dear readers, we leave you this summer with a bountiful issue of fistiana to enjoy. But before I go, I want to turn people who may be interested on to two remarkable Internet newsletters that deal not with boxing but pop culture.
David Gross & Bob Sarles are both show biz veterans who have developed different & hugely interesting Internet newswires.
Bob's labor of love is to scour the internet for newsworthy items that he e-mails on a daily basis. The best way to describe what he does is that it is a daily pop culture compendium that covers everything from, film, TV, music, theatre & other items of cultural interest.
Bob acknowledges that all the news items are not for everybody, that's why god invented the delete button ... But seriously the flow of pop culture news from Sarles is fascinating.
David Gross, aka The Punmaster, is a decades old pal of The Bucket's. What he does is different. Several times a week he sends out The Punmaster's MusicWire. If you are into music his free service is indispensable. Tour updates, record reviews, commentary & a delightful section called "This Day In Music History", that is simply amazing.
Recently The Bucket has started writing a semi-regular music column for him. House Of Boxing's, suave, debonair, rail thin & brutally handsome, Tom Gerbasi & The CBZ's master of sardonic wit, Dscribe DC are also joining in & are going to start writing for the MusicWire. Of course, these won't be boxing items ...
At any rate I invite our CBZ readers to sign up for these free services. I guarantee you will enjoy them immensely.
To sign up for The Punmaster's MusicWire go to punmaster.com & easily sign up to Punmaster's MusicWire from the home page. Or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the word "Subscribe" in the subject and include a first/last name.
To sign up for the Bob Sarles Wire, drop an email to the following address: bsarlesWire@aol.com.
So that's it ... Enjoy the new issue & have a safe & happy summer ...
peace & profits,
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