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Mr. Reynolds

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Boxing Clever

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A writer is forced to reconsider his stereotypical views on boxing after meeting the widow of an ex-boxer and concludes by saying: "there is something stirring about the spectacle of two men, more or less evenly matched, testing one another according to rules by which, at least in principle, they abide even in the extremity of their need to break them. Moreover, however much they may have insulted each other beforehand in an attempt to stoke their own aggression, they kiss and make up, even honour each other, immediately the fight is over. This is chivalry, albeit of a relatively coarse kind; but chivalry is always inspiring."

The Elvis Impersonator, the Karate Instructor, a Fridge Full of Severed Heads, and the Plot 2 Kill the President

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GQ story - "Remember that crazy story about the dude in Mississippi who mailed ricin to Obama and then tried to frame some other dude in mississippi for the crime? Well, as Wells Tower discovered when he traveled to Tupelo and started poking around, the story is a thousand times crazier than you thought..."

Kelly Pavlik arrested

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Via TMZ: Former middleweight boxing champ Kelly Pavlik was arrested today after allegedly stiffing a cab driver in Ohio -- and the police report is HILARIOUS. The cabbie called cops immediately after Kelly allegedly bailed on his fare early Wednesday morning in Canfield, and when police arrived at the scene ... the cabbie told officers he had been "ripped off by that drunk f*** Kelly Pavlik." According to the cabbie, he had picked Kelly up at a nearby bar and driven him home -- resulting in a $25 fare -- but Kelly didn't feel like paying, telling him, "F*** you guys. I'm not paying you. Go f*** yourselves." Pavlik then disappeared into his house.

Tomato Can Blues

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Story in the New York Times - "Charlie Rowan was a small-time cage fighter who couldn’t get a break. He owed money to impatient people and needed to start over. Late one night, he came up with a plan"

E:60: A Time To Kill - The Jody Plauche Story

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On March 16, 1984 Gary Plauche shot and killed Jeffery Paul Doucet, his 11 year-old son's karate coach, at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport. What drove this father of four to take a man's life? The answer lies in Doucet's dark and abusive relationship with his students...including Gary's son Jody. As E:60's Tom Rinaldi reports this is more than a story of the revenge of a father who took the law into his own hands. Now 41, Jody Plauche has taken the events of his childhood and turned them into a positive message of hope and recovery.

Vanity Fair slide show - The Big Guns

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During the depths of the Depression, Vanity Fair showed an uncharacteristic giddiness for the brawniest celebrities of the day: heavyweight boxers. Squeezed in with Jean Cocteau, Cole Porter, and Greta Garbo were the likes of "Sailor" Jack Sharkey, "Old Snaggle Tooth" Primo Carnera, and "The Livermore Larruper" Max Baer, as well as the occasional lightweight contender and even wrestling stars, photographed by the pre-eminent portraitists of the day, such as Edward Steichen and Lusha Nelson. Below, a survey of Vanity Fair’s early flirtation with the less cerebral side of life, with excerpts from the original text that accompanied the photos, by Paul Gallico.

Tommy Morrison's latest big fight

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ESPN story on Tommy Morrison

DDP Yoga

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On the next Real Sports - Frank Deford visits with legendary wrestlers to discuss how yoga has helped their lives in a way they never thought possible.

Director/actor Peter Berg and boxing

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Berg fell in love with boxing when he was a 14-year-old freshman at the Taft School in Connecticut. "I was on fire," he said, "a seething ball of energy moving at a speed I couldn’t explain." He was angry and disruptive "and diagnosed as a troublemaker," he said. "Today it’d be A.D.H.D., and I’d be Ritalined up." Instead a dean took him after class to his basement, where Berg and other disruptive students learned "to dissipate all our energy" by fighting. Boxing calmed him. "You can’t box angry," he said. "You have to be disciplined. Before boxing, I was this angry kid ready to fight if someone said, ‘Hello.’ " Through boxing, Berg became fascinated with what he referred to as "the psychology of violence," which has informed most of the things he has directed or acted in. Sports violence ("Friday Night Lights," "The Great White Hype"); criminal violence ("Very Bad Things," "The Last Seduction"); and military violence ("A Midnight Clear," "The Kingdom," "Battleship," "Lone Survivor"). But violence on the screen is never as viscerally satisfying as it is in the ring. "There’s a truth to the violence of boxing," Berg said. "You have a very real threat, an opponent." Movie violence is make believe. At Tapia, the manager taped up my hands while Berg shadowboxed in the ring, waiting for me. Berg is 51, hyperactive and lean, his long arms rippled with muscles and veins. Once my gloves were on, I pounded them together and stood up. Later that night I called my wife. She asked how the boxing went. I said, "I broke Peter’s jaw." She said, "I hope he can still talk." I told her I was kidding. It was make-believe. I got a lesson on the heavy bag instead.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/magazine/can-peter-berg-redeem-himself-after-battleship.html?pagewanted=all

Sumo gaining popularity in Mongolia

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Mongolia has a long tradition of wrestling but in the last twenty years competitors have used their fighting spirit to conquer sumo wrestling in Japan. The country has produced three grand champions and countless top tier fighters. And that has helped invigorate a sport that is fading in popularity.

Wolf - trailer

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Summary: In WOLF the worlds of kickboxing and organised crime collide. Majid (Marwan Kenzari) is a talented kickboxer from a grey, anonymous suburb in the Netherlands. As his fighting prowess brings him increasing notoriety, both in and outside the ring, the lines of demarcation between the worlds of kickboxing and organized crime begin to blur, and Majid begins to lose sight of what it is he really wants...

Bryant Gumbel commentary

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On the fight between Garrett Holeve (Down syndrome) and David Steffan (cerebral palsy) that takes place in Florida next month.

30 for 30: No Mas

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ESPN officially announced their fall 30 for 30 slate and scheduled for October 15th is a look at the battle between Roberto Duran and Ray Leonard: No Mas (Director: Eric Drath) In the midst of boxing’s contemporary golden age -­ the 1980’s -­ stood two fighters who established a captivating rivalry. Their pair of bouts within a span of just over 5 months in 1980 had all the trappings of instant classics. Sugar Ray Leonard, an American hero, who had become a household name after a Gold Medal-winning performance at the 1976 Summer Olympics that led to numerous corporate sponsorships, versus the Latino champion, Roberto Duran, the toughest -­ some said meanest -­ fighter of all time. It was not just the drama and action of these fights that would endure, but those two words uttered in the second of their clashes, which would create a sense of mystery, bewilderment and intrigue to the present day. No Mas unveils for the first time what really happened, going behind the scenes of these two showdowns with the help of boxing experts, family members and the two fighters themselves.

Rachel Bruno: My Dad & Me

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BBC documentary about Frank Bruno and his battle with mental illness.

A Slaughter in Oklahoma: David Tyner Spun Elaborate Fantasies About Being a Hit Man. One Day They Came True

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Jake Rossen with the story on David Tyner, a former mixed martial artist, in the LA Weekly.

Tapped teaser

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Featuring Michael Biehn, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and Krzysztof Soszyznki

PTSD Rehabilitation through MMA

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On the next Real Sports on HBO. June 25th.

How to train your robot

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR ROBOT from Platige Image on Vimeo.

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How to train your robot

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR ROBOT from Platige Image on Vimeo.

Making of - http://vimeo.com/67711137

Prized Fighter

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Wall Street Journal article on the ancient bronze sculpture "Boxer at Rest" that is now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Prized Fighter

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Wall Street Journal article on the ancient bronze sculpture "Boxer at Rest" that is now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tapia - teaser trailer

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Albuquerque-born boxer Johnny Tapia's life was a maelstrom of turmoil. The glory of his punishing ring prowess and handful of world titles across three weight classes forever jockeyed with personal demons: his mother's kidnapping and murder when he was 8, drug addiction, mental illness and suicide attempts. Before the fighter's tragic death last year at the age of 45, director Eddie Alcazar spent time with Tapia researching a biopic. What would become his last interviews are now the beating heart of Alcazar's gripping, elegiac documentary. In it, the bedeviled, soft-spoken champion opens up about the severe ups and downs of a life in which the strategic ferocity of the ring may have been the only true sanctuary for a soul routinely beaten down outside the ropes. 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival

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