It's never every day you heart Muhammad Ali, "The Greatest", admit that he needs help with things. Beck in the 1970's however he openly admitting he need help.
Ali was telling us all that whilst he was able to cope with anything on 2 legs he wasn't as good with things that had 6 legs and instead he needed the help of "d-CON" to rid him of roaches (no, not Freddie!).
Ali not only did photograph style adverts (see the picture) but also featured in television adverts for the brand (see below thanks to commercialclassic).
Oddly whilst Big George and his grills are widely remembered not many really recall Ali's roach killing traps and sprays. Despite the forgotten link D-con do continue to market traps, though they've turned their deadly attention to mice. I assume they found out that roaches are indestructible (a bit like Ali's chin).
Note-there were at least 2 Ali adverts for "D-Con". The one below is for the spray whilst the other one is for the traps (that you can see in the picture above)
A week ago we featured a clip of Samart Payakaroon doing "The Matrix" against Juan Meza. Payakaroon now gets a second entry into weird boxing thanks to this clip from Thai movie "The Bodyguard" (2006).
The movie, despite it's title, isn't a remake of the US smash but is an action comedy that everyone should watch, especially for scenes like the one below.
Amazingly the film features not only Samart but also both Galaxy brothers. I don't think any other movie has such an illustrious cast of boxers.
Whilst the clip, thanks to mrsierraleone007, has very little to actually do with boxing it still seems worth of a place in weird boxing because it's Samart, who looks amazing for a man in his mid 40's, it's funny and because it's a a bit of fun from one of the great Muay Thai fighters of all time
Courtesy of Amazon and Victor Japan
Having recently watch Pongsaklek Wonjongkam v Daisuke Naito I I decided to have a look at wait Naito has been up to in recent years.
Amazingly what I found was that Naito had been as busy outside of the ring since he first faced Wonjongkam as the Thai had been inside the ring.
TV, radio, advertising, books and most interestingly a single.
Released in 2009 Naito's single, a duet with Kato Natsuki, was used as the theme tune to "Keroro Gunso the Super Movie 4: Gekishin Dragon Warriors".
Although the "Sgt. Frog" (or "Keroro Gunsō") series is beyond me it's apparently a very popular manga in Japan which has also received some attention in the US. From the theme tune it certainly sounds like it could be a fun show and at the time of writing all 5 of the "Super Movie's" are available online with English subtitles.
For those interested in listening to the track, you can watch the opening of the movie-with the song, below, thanks to OceanxPlushie and my buddy @asianboxing.
Later today the unbeaten Christina Hammer will be defending her Middleweight titles against Mikaela Lauren. Interest in the bout was actually quite high to begin with (considering it is female boxing) but was piqued significantly at the weigh in.
If you want to know why...you can just look over to the side and see the picture!
Lauren (the blonde) seemed to go in for a kiss, something that we saw Derrick Chisora do against Vitali Klitschko.
Instead of getting annoyed or moving away Hammer seemed to erm, er....how do we say this...enjoy it?
It's fair to say that if anything is going to catch the public's attention for female boxing, two attractive, bikini clad ladies kissing may just do it!
It's very rare that the two best fighters in any division ever meet. One rare occasion was "The Battle of the Z Boys".
The bout, oddly a 10-round none title bout featured both the unbeaten WBC Bantamweight Carlos Zarate (then 45-0, 44) and the then unbeaten WBA champion Alfonso Zamora (then 29-0, 29).
Yes you did read that right the men had a combined record of 74-0 (73). The men were amongst the hardest punchers in boxing history and by the time they'd both retired they'd only had 4 decision victories combined from an amazing 99 combined victories.
As most would expect this bout didn't go the distance, though lets be honest that wouldn't be anything to earn a place on "Weird Boxing" (despite the amazing records of the two men). No, what earns "The Battle of the Z Boys" a place on weird boxing is the 4th man in the ring.
Yes the 4th man in the ring.
After less than a minute of the bout a member of the crowd rushed into the ring apparently drunk. This forced the referee to bring the action to a stop whilst he was dealt with.
Within seconds of the action stopping a troop of armed police stormed the ring as he was trying to talk. I might be wrong but I think he was trying to say "I'm so sorry, I thought my trousers were in here". Whatever he did say didn't seem to do him any favours as the police forcefully removed him, effectively tossing him out of the ring and dragging him along the apron before carting him off like a very naughty boy.
As soon as the man was removed the two men got straight back to work landing bombs on each other as they continued the bout as if nothing happened.
The video of the incident, and the first 2 rounds can be seen below thnaks to C4N1T01976.
Heckling is a funny old business. I recently went to a Reginald D Hunter show and his chief support was British based Canadian Pete Johansson. When Johansson started talking about British society and the lower classes pumping out kids without thinking about the consequences he was heckled by someone who could only be described as a "typical chav".
Johansson, unsurprisingly, "owned" the heckler and genuinely embarrassed the guy in a public display of verbal battery.
That guy may have felt bad about his heckle, but the crowd who were giving Tony Booth a hard time in the clip below probably feel a bit worse.
Booth a bona fide journeyman took the fight on short notice and was clearly not in great shape. This caused the fans to start chanting "You fat bastard" at Booth who answered them in the greatest way possible, by dancing and then knocking out hometown fighter Mervyn Langdale.
Interestingly going in to this bout Booth had a career record of 46 wins, 93 losses and 9 draws, including just a sole win in his last 16 contests whilst Langdale however was unbeaten (0-0-1).
The video, one of the funniest moments in a British ring, comes courtesy of Dave Ash.
We all know that Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix" could do some weird stuff such as avoiding bullets with ease. We've got every reason to believe that he script writers of "The Matrix" however were hardcore boxing fans who had seen Thai great Samart Payakaroon (21-2, 12).
Samart was a former kickboxer turned boxer (like many top Thai's) and in the 1980's he became the WBC Super Bantamweight champion. Unfortunately his pro career was somewhat short lasting just 23 bouts though he did fight in 4 world title bouts claiming wins over Lupe Pintor and Juan Meza whilst losing to Jeff Fenech and Eloy Rojas.
The highlight of Samart's career however must be the way he influenced the character of "Neo", as you can see in the clip below.
Video thanks to doraradoa1
If you're a combat sports fan and you're just waking up today and hitting the forums and the such you'll see one major talking subject. Anderson Silva v Chris Weidman.
Silva, a long term unbeaten champion in the UFC and the man widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound MMA fight was sensationally stopped last night as he was toying with Weidman. With his hands down by his side he was trying to show off his speed and elusiveness despite being 38 years old.
Funnily it appears that Silva wasn't trying to impress Roy Jones Jr, who was sat ringside, but instead was trying to do an impression of Nate Campbell. Sadly his impression was just a little too good and like Campbell, when he fought Robbie Peden, Silva was knocked out, as you can see below (thanks to KTFO187).
It's a shame that Silva hadn't heard the commentary at the very end of this video.