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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:37 PM
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RIP Trevor Berbick
Trevor Berbick, the last man to fight Muhammad Ali, and the first man to lose part of the heavyweight title to Mike Tyson, was found murdered in Jamaica. Berbick was a talented fighter who was popular with many boxing fans, as a result of a run-in he had with promoter Don King. As a result, however, he was not able to get the fights he needed to move his career forward, or to reach his full potential. He will probably be best remembered for his loss to the hungry, young Iron Mike Tyson. When Tyson hit him with a vicious left, Berbick went down -- hard. When he tried to get up, he had no control of his left leg, and fell twice more, once smashing into the Sports Illustrated reporter at ringside. He was only 51 or 52 (I've read both ages today).

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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:43 PM
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1. He might also be remembered for raping his babysitter as well...
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:09 PM
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2. Indeed they might.
There were two Trevor Berbicks. The first one was a decent man who added to the quality of life for most everyone around him, excluding those he boxed. And then there was the dangerous, tortured soul who was Trevor Berbick after retirement. I'm not making excuses for the second one, nor trying to justify the terrible things he did. But those who have been around the sport of boxing are familiar with this type of thing, as the physical damage that boxing does to a human brain can absolutely result in significant changes in behavior -- and not for the better.
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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:30 PM
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3. In the early eighties the guy was actually a neighbor of mine
in Miramar, Florida.

I use to see him run in the morning. Never met him though.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:40 PM
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4. I can remember
long, long ago, when my father used to try to explain "punch drunk" retired fighters' behaviors to my brothers and I. He was, of course, attempting to discourage us from boxing. Being kids, we were sure that only could happen to old guys. Of course, when you are 15, and know that nothing can possibly hurt you, guys who are 50 seem really old.

My oldest brother is one of those guys now. He went from being a credit to the community, and a good and decent man, to a tortured, drunk, threatening shadow of his former self. Dr. Jerkel, Mr. Hyde. Now days, sadly, old pugs aren't just destroying their already damaged brains with alcohol.

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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:36 AM
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5. Isn't Leon Spinks now a janitor...
Not that there's anything wrong with being a Janitor... but he was once the champ of the world.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:26 AM
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6. Yep.
Leon had difficulties, even as champion. I think he was less than a month away from his victory over the aging Ali, when he was caught driving the wrong way on a one-way street, with a little packet of white powder in his hat band. He was a character, strong as a bull, but without the discipline of his brother Michael. Leon's son is a good fighter. And I was happy to see Leon at the Hall of Fame this summer -- hard to believe it's been 30 years since the best American Olympic team! Leon looked good, and was a favorite with the fans.
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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:51 PM
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7. Did he have his toofus?
;-)
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