CHAMPS MikeTyson,Evander Holyfield,Bernard Hopkins.
Narrated by Mark Wahlberg, 50 CENT, Ron Howard. DVD Published 2017 UK .
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY OF THESE THREE BOXERS.
WELL PUT TOGETHER WITH FILM NOT SEEN BEFORE.
A MUST SEE FILM IF INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE CHAMPS
Book first published U.K.1998
THE FIRST THIRD OF THIS BOOK WAS 50 SHADES OF BORING
ABOUT HIS GIRLFRIENDS SINCE HE WAS TEN (DID YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW)
MAY BE IT WAS TO MAKE IT BETTER AS THE BOXING CAME IN LATER.
SLOW START, BUT GOT BETTER 7/10
JAKE GYLLENHAAL FOREST WHITAKER RACHEL MCADAMS
50 CENT, Rita Ora.
Billy ( Jake Gyllenhaal) Lose’s his wife, the fight, then his daughter is taken away. (Sooner get my nails pulled out than watch this half of the film again way to slow!).
This film is based on M&M true life story bad relationship with is mother! Then throw in parts from the Rocky films.
Good watch, if not seen before. But i don’t think you will be rushing out for the DVD ! To many clich´s . 7/10 Released 2015
I AM DURAN
Book first publish 2016.
Easy read for 13 to 15 year old,s, only joking . No its interesting read.
Tough times growing up in Panama in the sixties! More so if your names Roberto Duran.
It did make me laugh , he never lost a fight in the ring? It was always bad referee’s or is hands were strapped to tight ! , or bad pizza night before! As they say in Spanish NO MAS EXCUSEO. Still great champion. I counted a good 10 big names he fought only embarrassing himself self once against Sugar Ray Leonard . 7/10
KINGS OF THE RING
Book first publish 2005
This book is basically a lineal list,with bareknuckle to glove finishing up to about 2005.
Brilliant book. Great detail,and photos to match. 9/10
AGAINST THE ODDS
Book first publish 1998
Against the odds because nothing went right in is youth, and early days in boxing.
To make things worse he had a man called Don King as promoter to help things along.
Fills in pieces you most likely did not know in the jigsaw.8/10
HIS LIFE AND TIMES. BY THOMAS HAUSER
Great story, great writer, great book about the Greatist. If you was not a fan before, you will be after you have read it.10/10
ROBERT DE NIRO, JOE PESCI DIRECTER MARTIN SCORESE
Film Noir about JAKE (The Raging Bull ) LAMOTTA Sometimes uncomfortable watch. Must see for any fight fan. 9/10
FIRST RELEASED 1990
NOT A FILM, BUT APPEARANCES That i come across of boxers on film.
Above picture MIKE TYSON as a female boxer in SCAREY 4
MIKE TYSON again HANGOVER 1 and 2 PRIMO CARNERA Playing tug of war, with MIGHTY JOE YOUNG ( A version of KING KONG) 1940s . Also CASANOVA’S BIG NIGHT, BOB HOPE film 1954
TONY BELLEW, ANDRE WARD Playing, you got it boxers. In CREED 1.
JOE FRAZIER briefly in ROCKY . MIKE TYSON in ROCKY 4.TOMMY MORRISON in ROCKY 5 as TOMMY GUNN.
JACK O HALLORAN The heavy bruiser in SUPERMAN II. RANDALL TEX COBB Dog kidnapper VENTURA PET DETECTIVE and mercenary in UNCOMMON VALOUR. Both fought LARRY HOLMES.
LENNOX LEWIS in OCEANS ELEVEN.
GERRY COONEY as greeter at MR BURNS casino episode in THE SIMPSONS !!
SUGAR RAY LEONARD Playing young version of him self (Because he looks good for is age) in THE FIGHTER.
FREDDIE MILLS English light heavyweight world champ. He was in a number of lightweight films including CARRY ON CONSTABLE (1960) and CARRY ON REGARDLESS (1961).
SUGAR RAY ROBINSON IN FRANK SINATRAS 1968 FILM THE DETECTIVE
BOXERS PLAYED ON FILM
ACTORS PLAYING REAL BOXERS (PAST OR PRESENT)
ABOVE ERROL FLYNN PLAYING JAMES J. CORBETT IN 1942 FILM GENTLEMAN JIM
PAUL NEWMAN PLAYING ROCKY GRAZIANO IN 1956 FILM “SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME“. LOOK FOR EARLY STEVE McQUEEN BIT PART.
DENZEL WASHINGTON AS RUBIN (HURRCAINE)CARTER IN 1999 FILM HURRCAINE.
CINDERELLA MAN RON HOWARDS FILM, ABOUT JAMES J.BRADDOCK (ROCKY OF THE 1920s DEPRESSION PLAYED BY RUSSELL CROWE.
THE GREAT WHITE HOPE JACK JOHNSON PLAYED BY JAMES EARL JONES RELEASE 1970
ALI A LIFE
BY JONATHAN EIG FIRST PUBLISHED 2017 Get the feeling in the room with Ali, fly on the wall. Insight in to black history 60s America. Fly on the wall great detail.Worth the buy if Ali fan or if your not. 8/10
UK Release 1977 SYLVESTER STALLONE , CARL WEATHERS, TALIA SHIRE, BURGESS MERIDITH
NO HOPER ROCKY BALBOA GETS A SHOT AT THE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FROM RAGS TO RICHES STORY. I FOUND THE FILM CORNY, CHEESEY, EMBARRASSING, AND OVERACTED. So overall one of the best boxing films ever! Great film score by Bill Conti. 10/10
Release 1979 SYLVESTER STALLONE ,CARL WEATHERS, TALIA SHIRE
ROCKY’S RETURN MATCH WITH CREED THE FIGHT HE DID NOT WANT!!! THE ONE WERE HE AS TO OUT RUN AGAINST A LOAD OF KIDS TO KNOW HE S GOT IT AGAIN!! ANOTHER GREAT FILM . 9/10
Release 2010 MARK WAHLBERG, CHRISTIAN BALE, AMY ADAMS
THE UPS AND DOWN RELATIONSHIP OF TWO HALF BROTHERS MICKEY (IRISH) WALKER AND(HALF BROTHER) DICKY EKLUND. PROFESSIONAL BOXERS FROM THE 80s 90s .PLAYED BY WAHLBERG, BALE. This is a buy the DVD film a must to watch Christian Bale’s acting was just brilliant 9/10
Released 1982 SYLVESTER STALLONE, MR T, TALIA SHIRE.
The story of Rocky losing the eye of the tiger (determination, will to win a fight) against Clubber lang ( Mr T). Has Rocky still got what takes? Great films are always greater with a with brilliant film musical score Bill Conti’s Rocky theme and Survivors Eye of the tiger make that happen. 10/10
Released 1985 SYLVESTER STALLONE, DOLPH LUNGREN, BURT YOUNG.
East meets west. Rocky wanting to avenge death of is mate Apollo Creed, against Russia’s Ivan Drago (If Rocky had thrown towel at right time Creed would still have been alive Ha Ha). Brigitte Nielsen also makes apperance (Stallones future wife!!)
THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DON KING
By Jack Newfield First Publish 1995
Letsget out thebad things about the book, like words joined together, may be no body checked the print!!! Newfields not my favourite writer , a bit like reading a list from a accountant. But this is worth a read, Don King is a great story. This guy is very inspirational never sets boundaries on what he can do. 9/10
Before i go on this, i want to give you the index on DON KING in the back of the book!!
anti semi tism ,cheating, death threats gun carried by, indictment, men killed by,threat tactics, and finally in prison, so all these words tell you the kind of life he led!
Release 1990 SYLVESTER STALLONE, TALIA SHIRE, TOMMY MORRISON.
Not every ones favourite, Not sure why!! Its the story of Rocky losing all his money, after allowing Paulie (Burt Young) to invest, what can go wrong!!!!!!
Rockys skint, wants to return , but medical examination on brain stops his licence.
Enter Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison) who wants to be is protege. Which leads to problems back home!!
Richard Gant does great impersonation of Don King as George Washington Duke.
Overall good film if Rocky fan 9/10
Release 2006 SYLVESTER STALLONE BURT YOUNG ANTONIO TARVER
Rocky fight Mason Dixon ( Antonio Tarver) the current heavyweight champ, in simulated computer fight, and wins! Setting up a comeback fight for Rocky.
Whats not to like about this film? Well yep there is one thing!! Rocky walking off at end of film not waiting for result of fight with Dixon How rude and insulting is that HaHa.
Released 2001 WILL SMITH , JON VOIGHT, JAMIE FOXX
Directed MICHAEL MANN
Covering the period 1964 to 74 or Sonny Liston to George Foreman, the peak years! His fights in the ring, and to stay out of the Vietnam war, and also is battles with his wives!!!
Unrecognizable Jon Voight in make up ,as Howard Costell,is one of the highlights of the film . One to buyon DVD (9/10 )
First Publish 2005 By Elliot Worsel
A kind of diary between author (friend) and boxer.
Talks about visits to Cyprus visits to the pub ect, so quiet personal, so a diffrent kind of biography .
From David Hayes early days as a amateur to is the Klichtko loss.
Good read 8/10
LENNOX LEWIS THE UNTOLD STORY
FROM ORIGINS, BORN IN LONDON, MOVED TO CANADA ( TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE WITH IS MAM)
BOXED FOR CANADA ,COMMONWEATH AND OLYMPIC GOLD.
EXPLORING EARLY MEETINGS WITH MIKE TYSON (LOT OF GRAINY 8 MM FILM) AND THEN ON TO THERE WORLD TITLE FIGHT.
Narrated Dr Dre First Published 2020
A GOOD BUY 8/10
FRANK FIGHTING BACK
GOT TO ADMIT WAS NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THIS, THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ABOUT HIS MENTAL ISSUES (BUT EVEN THAT WAS INTERESTING).
THROUGH EARLY LOCK UP APPROVED SCHOOL,DIRECTED IN TO BOXING, AND AWAY FROM CRIME TO BECOME WBC HEAVYWEIGHT (NOT UNDISPUTED AS WROTE ON THE COVER!)TO NOW STILL DEALING WITH HIS MENTAL PROBLEMS
RECOMMEND READ 7/10