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Old 11-14-2012, 11:37 PM   #44
Bummy Davis
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Default Re: Tony Danza vs. Mickey Rourk

Originally Posted by john garfield View Post
lemme see if i can explain myself better, S. The "exhibition's" where no more than agreed upon vaudeville sketches, with the ref included, before a rubber chicken dinner so that the audience would be in a good mood to contribute more for down-and-out-fighters. No one got hurt; it was all for giggles.

The audience was usually all boxing insiders, and the meanest guys were matched in these exhibitions with arch rivals they'd fought 20-30-40 years ago and were willing to cower behind the ref or run around the ring like Charlie Chaplin, or spin like a top from a missed round house and take a ten count.

Those attending loved it. It was all in the interest of charity 'n nostalgia.

Only once in 20 years did I ever see a fighter (a top-rated heavy) go off- script and brutally beat his opponent.

The transgressor, normally low-key 'n charming -- a sometime network ****yst -- died some years later of brain damage from all his crowd-pleasing wars in the ring.

I agree, most of these fights are for charity, I think the funniest was Bob Hope vs Marciano....Willie Pep and Sugar Ray as well, I think Ray put his left on Willies head while Willie kept swinging like he was trying to reach Ray's chin,swing in the air in animation
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