Cathy Davis, Sal Algieri, and Flash Gordon (1979)

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by sasto, Sep 15, 2021.

  1. sasto

    sasto Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 5, 2020
    I stumbled upon this article which I think is from the Village Voice which describes what went in to fabricating the record of 70s female boxer Cathy Davis.

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    For some reason I'm unable to copy/paste text from the article into this post, but I'll give some highlights:
    • Her boyfriend/manager Sal Algieri arranged a series of opponents to take dives under different names
    • He established a fake commission
    • All of this was exposed by Malcolm "Flash" Gordon in his famous newsletter
    It's got the fun tone of salacious 70s sports writing, I highly recommend it.
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  2. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    I’ll definitely read this.

    Flash Gordon was an awesome character and ‘street journalist.’ I subscribed to his newsletter for a year or so and it was the best thing ever.

    I wish someone had a complete collection that could be put online.
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  3. sasto

    sasto Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 5, 2020
    This was (embarrassingly?) my first exposure to him and I've been marveling at what exists of the newsletter online.

    That must have taken some incredible effort not just to investigate and write it but laying it out and everything?
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  4. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    I too subscribed to Flash's Newsletter for some time. I absolutely loved it. I was also subscribing to Boxing News and picking up Ring, World and International, Boxing Illustrated and KO. The place would have been coming down with boxing literature if not for the fact that I had a co-worker that was into it as I was and I would just bring everything down to work. Man, if I had all that today. Anyways, I recall Flash tearing into those two (Sal and Cat). The piece I read was obviously early 80s - a couple of years after the above article - because he related to how Sal and Cat had married but were now divorced and talked about how every picture of Cat, including that Ring mag cover, showed her with no specs, but in reality she would have to put them on after every photo session because she was so blind she could barely see her opponent. Flash was the man.
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