WBC president speaks on Mike Tyson’s boxing comeback

first_img Promoted Content7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?World’s Most Delicious FoodsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Mike Tyson will secure himself a place in the WBC rankings should he make his sensational return to professional boxing, according to Mauricio Sulaiman.The 53-year-old boxing legend has announced plans to return to the sport as part of a series of exhibition fights for charity.And Tyson remains the youngest boxer in history to win a world heavyweight championship when he defeated Trevor Berbick in 1986 for the WBC heavyweight title.Talks are reportedly underway for ‘Iron’ Mike to complete a trilogy of fights with boxing legend Evander Holyfield.When asked about Tyson’s return, Sulaiman branded him an “icon for the sport” and “an icon for the WBC.” “Every world champion has a provision that he can come back, like Sugar Ray [Leonard], who was inactive. But Tyson’s case is different, he’s been away many years.“But I am in full support of Mike Tyson. I believe this will bring entertainment and he’s doing it for charity. He wants to serve the world in this difficult moment.”Tyson has shared different clips of him training ferociously hard on the pads as he teases fans about his boxing comeback.And recently images have emerged online showing off the incredible physique of the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet.’ ‘Iron’ Mike hasn’t fought in professional boxing since he suffered back-to-back defeats to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride in 2004 and 2005 respectively.Sulaiman added that the WBC is “fully behind” the former undisputed world heavyweight champ’s decision to compete in exhibition fights.Read Also: Messi asked if he would pass to Ronaldo if they played together “We need to first understand what it is. I think it’s an exhibition. The safety has to be top priority,” he said.“It is great to see athletes promoting the sport. Mike Tyson had a very complicated life in boxing. And the WBC president even entertained the idea of putting a 53-year-old Tyson into the boxing organisation’ rankings if he does make a pro comeback.Sulaiman told Stats Perform News: “Mike Tyson was the youngest [boxer] to win a world championship. Maybe he will be the oldest! He’s a tremendous, legendary figure. He’s an icon for the sport, an icon for the WBC.“He could knock out anyone with one punch, at any time! So, of course, we will support him. I don’t like to speculate.“This is a topic we are all entertained by. An exhibition is one thing; if he comes back, he has to be licensed and has to go through a thorough process.“I’m not going to kill the dream. I’m going to be very supportive of Mike Tyson, he deserves it. If the dream is to say ‘I will be ranked,’ I am saying yes, we will rank him. Loading… Credit: PA “Now to see him losing weight, active, healthy, is great and we have to support him. But we have to see if it is a real fight. I am hearing that it’s an exhibition and we are fully behind him.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Vin Scully, after 67 Dodgers seasons, by the numbers

first_imgWe’d never pegged Vin Scully as a numbers guy.Asked recently to estimate how many baseball games he has called since breaking in with the Dodgers in 1950, the Hall of Fame broadcaster said: “Quite frankly, I have zero interest in knowing how many games I’ve done. It doesn’t mean that much.”You could try to do the math and come up with … does more than 10,000 sound right?Yet here we are trying to get our head around 67 seasons with the Dodgers, and 88 years, 10 months and three days old when he plans to do his final broadcast for the team Oct. 2 in San Francisco. Here are other digits worth deciphering as to what is being accomplished here:24,274Days Scully has been with the team when he does his last game.45.5Percentage of years Scully has been involved as a broadcaster in Major League Baseball since the game’s origins were established 147 years ago in 1869. 53Percentage of years Scully has been involved as a broadcaster for the Dodgers with the franchise start date in Brooklyn 126 years ago in 1890.33Seasons Scully had been broadcasting Dodgers games before he was awarded the Ford Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown (inducted in 1982).34Seasons Scully has been broadcasting Dodgers games since his Hall of Fame induction. Does he deserve a second induction?80Age difference of Preacher Roe and Julio Urias, two pitchers whose games Scully has called in his career.9Different ownership groups under his time since 1950 — the first included Branch Rickey (who hired him), Walter O’Malley, James Lawrence Smith and James and Dearie Mulvey.28World Series calls on TV and radio (a broadcasting record).6World Series championships he has called for the Dodgers (1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981 and 1988). The franchise has only six World Series titles in its history.13World Series Scully has called for the Dodgers, out of the 18 in the franchise’s history dating to 1916.21No-hitters called — 14 by Dodgers pitchers (four by Sandy Koufax, two by Carl Erskine and one by Sal Maglie, Bill Singer, Fernando Valenzuela, Jerry Reuss, Kevin Gross, Ramon Martinez, Hideo Nomo and Clayton Kershaw). Six were by Dodgers opponents (Vern Bickford, Don Larsen, John Candelaria, Nolan Ryan, Dennis Martinez and Kent Mercker.) One was during a national NBC telecast (Jack Morris).3Perfect games called. By Larson (1955 World Series Game 5), Koufax (1965 vs. Chicago) and Martinez (1991 vs. the Dodgers). He was on an NBC assignment in 1988 when the Reds’ Tom Browning threw a perfect game against the Dodgers.9Primary fellow Dodgers broadcasters Scully has worked with in either the TV or radio booth: Red Barber, Connie Desmond, Andre Baruch, Al Helfer and Jerry Doggett in Brooklyn, plus Ross Porter, Don Drysdale, Rick Monday and Charley Steiner in L.A. The Dodgers have also employed as broadcasters from 1950 to present: Al Downing, Jerry Reuss, Joe Davis, Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra, Eric Collins and Steve Lyons and Kevin Kennedy. The pay-service ON TV once had Geoff Witcher and Eddie Doucette call games with Downing (1980-84), A Dodgervision production had Doucette, Downing and Monday do games from 1985-87, Z Channel had Monday and Doucette work with Tony Hernandez, Monday and Don Sutton (’88 and ’89) and SportsChannel LA had Joel Meyers, Ron Cey and Duke Snider involved (1990-92). Since 1958, the Dodgers have also had 10 Spanish-language broadcasters, including Baseball Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin (1959-to-present).1Ranking, in the 2005 Curt Smith book, “Voices of Summer: Ranking Baseball’s 101 All-Time Best Announcers.” In a grading process that gives 1-to-10 points in the categories of longevity, continuity, network presence, awards, language, popularity, persona, voice, knowledge and miscellany, Scully was the only one to score 100. Says a review from Booklist: “His top pick, Dodger announcer Vin Scully, may be beyond argument; everyone else is fair game.” Mel Allen (99), Ernie Harwell (97), Jack Buck (96), Red Barber (95), Harry Caray and Bob Prince (94), Jack Brickhouse (93), Dizzy Dean and Lindsey Nelson (92) complete the top 10.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more