Madrimov vs. Walker: Inviting Tragedy
By Caryn A. Tate on August 18, 2020
Fighters are hard-pressed to admit that they’re hurt. (photo: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom)
Even when proper precautions are taken, sometimes there can still be a negative outcome. But what about when there are clear warning signs that go unheeded, such as in Walker’s case? It’s inviting a tragic outcome… READ MORE
Herring retains title via DQ over Oquendo
By Robert Ecksel on September 5, 2020
The champ intended to box, while the challenger came to brawl. (Mikey Williams/Top Rank)
“I wasn’t too satisfied with my performance, to be honest with you,” said Herring after the fight. “I didn’t want it to end like that. I’m disappointed with the outcome. But my team felt it was too much. So we just had to stop it or whatever…” READ MORE
Requiem for a Heavyweight
CBS Playhouse 90 live telecast from October 11, 1956
Rod Serling’s teleplay received a Peabody Award, the first ever awarded to a TV script.
On October 11, 1956, CBS’s Playhouse 90 presented Rod Serling’s “Requiem for a Heavyweight” in a live telecast. Loosely based on the career of Primo Carnera and directed by Ralph Nelson (who also directed the more heralded, but not necessarily better movie version six years later), “Requiem” stars Jack Palance as Harlan “Mountain” McClintock, a punch drunk former heavyweight contender at the end of the line. Keenan Wynn portrays Mountain’s manager Maish Rennick, a man as conflicted as he is in debt; Ed Wynn, Keenan’s father, portrays Army, the battered boxer’s cutman; Kim Hunter stars as Grace Carney, a young woman who does her damnedest to help the proud but damaged fighter reclaim his self-respect; and appearances by former world-class pros like Max Baer and Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom add authenticity to the proceedings. Serling’s teleplay received a Peabody Award, the first ever awarded to a TV script, and both the director and author won Emmy Awards for their watershed work.