|Friday Night "Fights for Recovery"
It was only a generation back that Boston and the surrounding area of eastern Massachusetts was boxing territory. Clubs and gyms for young people were everywhere. And the names of local boxers still evoke strong memories.
Chief among them would be Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler from Brockton, the city of champions. There were months of anticipation when Kid Gavilan, Sugar Ray Robinson, or Jerry Quarry (he really looked like a quarry) were scheduled to fight here. And Gillette was a key sponsor – “look sharp, feel sharp, be sharp”.
Those days are in the past, but the squared circle still has its following. Despite all its problems, boxing is still a major sport that strikes a chord in all of us. Just think of the astonishing success of the movie, “Million Dollar Baby”, if you need any proof.
On Friday night, March 10, will see “Fights for Recovery” take place at the IBEW Hall. This is a filmed tribute to the sport of boxing. Many prominent fighters will be guests – Carmen Basilio, Tony DeMarco, Vinny Paz, Mickey Ward, and the “marvelous” one, Marvin Hagler. Boxer-cum-politician Joe DeNucci will be on hand. Other champions, Olympic medallists, and renowned trainers will make special appearances also. Rocky Marciano will be honored posthumously.
Teddy Atlas, the well known athletic and media personality, is going to emcee “Fights for Recovery” again this year. As a talented young athlete, Atlas took a Golden Gloves championship in 1976. He was training and learning at the Catskills camp of the legendary Cus D’Amato at the time.
His training achievements included the future champion Mike Tyson, along with Barry McGuigan, Donnie LaLonde, and Joey Gamache. He trained Olympic teams, and worked with Michael Moorer, when Moorer beat Evander Holyfield.
Atlas has also trained dancers such as the world-famous Twyla Tharp and he has choreographed many movie and television fight scenes. He is the founder of the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation, which provides moral and financial support to those in need, especially children. It has been said, “Teddy Atlas does charity the way it should be done.”