Michael Woods of The Sweet Science has written a charming reflection on our own Melvina Lathan and the “decent things” of the boxing world. Michael even mentions the AAIB Celebrity Golf Invitational coming up this Columbus Day Weekend:
“…let's consider a fuller picture on Lathan, who two weeks ago was visiting about 30 kids at the Willis Ave gym in the South Bronx, giving out goody bags, with fresh fruit and water and the like, from out of her own pocket. She talked to the kids about healthy nutrition, about staying in school, about being decent souls, about stuff that so many of us take for granted, and can't conceive of any one meeting pointers on, because we come from a place of plenty.”
The Boston Globe says the Marciano family has endorsed a third attempt to bring Rocky’s life to the silver screen in a biopic. Tennessee-based City of Peace Films and director Dustin Marcellino will call the film “49-0 / The Brockton Blockbuster.” The previous films have both been made-for-tv movies, the second staring Jon Favreau in 1999.
“‘My father is still counted as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time and if he were alive today, he would be proud that we are working to bring the true story of his life to the big screen,’ said his son, Rocky Marciano Jr., in a statement from City of Peace Films.”
We wish the project the best of luck.
Just a reminder that all 2014 AAIB Scholarship applications, transcripts, tax forms, and additional materials must be either postmarked, emailed, or faxed by midnight on Friday, August 1st. Thank you and good luck to all the applicants!
Three time and current AAIB Scholar Barbara Greely took home First Place in Sartonk Designs' second annual Ali-King Award for Writing in Boxing with her autobiographical essay. The award ceremony took place in Gleason's Gym, a sponsor of the award. There is a full album of photographs from the event on Facebook.
"The winners were selected based on their submitted essays, by a panel of four distinguished judges. Essay topics ranged from the autobiographical to comparative analyses of Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Jr., after whom the contest is named."
Barbara attends Monmouth University, where she majors in Accounting and Criminal Justice toward a career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Ken Hissner, over at Doghouse Boxing News, just posted a great profile and interview of Henry Hascup, AAIB Board member and boxing encyclopedia. Henry talks about the International Boxing Hall of Fame, small shows, his famous eulogies, and why he is the “Uncrowned King” of boxing information: