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Wrestling Is Fixed! Since A.D. 267

My title is a bit of a hyperbole. This story is about the discovery of the earliest known contract to fix a match between two teenaged boys competing in the finals of Greek athletic games in Antinopolis, Egypt. The terms are pretty straight-forward. http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/the-fix-was-in-for-ancient-wrestling-match-140417.htm

For Gold Or Glory? Money As Motivation In Boxing

Just a short piece about Beibut Shumenov's wealth, something that seems to have been increasingly referenced in articles I've read about him. Comments welcome!

Queensberry Rules Boxing Radio

BLH's Scott Christ will be a guest on today's Queensberry Rules Boxing Radio with Patrick Connor and James Foley to discuss Pacquiao-Bradley II and last weekend's NBC Sports fights.

Boxers and Ballerinas

An exhibition in New York of photographer John Goodman's black & white images. From the New York Review of Books article (check that link for some photos): "In his essay accompanying the exhibition’s catalog, The Times Square Gym, the journalist Pete Hamill explains that the "mysterious quality" that motivates boxers is not merely "courage," but rather "the willingness to endure punishment in order to inflict it." Dancers, likewise, "endure punishment" in order to create beauty. Goodman’s photographs capture both dancers and boxers stretching, crouching, gazing exhausted into space, fixing shoes and gloves—those respective curiosities that both protect their wearers at their crucial points of contact, while enabling them to blast through the barriers of gravity, of flesh, in their momentary spurts of exertion."

Canelo Rejects Al Haymon's Millions

Note, the article is in Spanish. The author Arturo Sacramento (Against the Ropes) Yahoo! blog, describes Al Haymon as the hand that rocks the cradle in professional boxing.

Kenny Bayless interview with Sweet Science (Thorough and very enlightening)

Kenny Bayless interview with Sweet Science (Thorough and very enlightening)

Daily Star (no idea about this site) on JMJr. allegations

This is the only update I can find. Never heard of the site, can't vouch for it. Time will tell.

Hit Maker -- Fight scenes, physical theatre, and "Rocky."

It's currently behind a paywall but I'll draw your attention towards this article in the latest New Yorker anyway. Joan Acocella has a lengthy piece about the upcoming musical 'Rocky', a look behind the fight choreography and a man helping to make it happen, 'movement director' Steven Hoggett. "In Rocky, Hoggett had an additional task. He had to design a fight that, to people not involved in the profession, would look more or less like the real thing. And unlike filmed boxing, where the cameras can do a lot for you, his fight had to look real from right, left, and centre: everywhere the audience would be. Therefore the men did have to hit each other." The whole article is worth seeking out.

Antoine Fuqua Closes Deal To Direct (boxing film) ‘Southpaw,’ Jake Gyllenhaal Set To Star

"Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) has chosen his next film. He will direct Southpaw, a drama set in the boxing world with Jake Gyllenhaal now set to star as welterweight champion who rises in his profession while his personal life falls apart. The picture, financed by The Weinstein Co., will start before the cameras this summer from a script by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, The Shield). Fuqua was looking at a number of different projects to helm but decided on Southpaw. His deal closed last night….This is a movie that could include some breakthrough performances as the script plays to cultural diversity."

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