Don Elbaum started in the boxing game when he was 13, writing for the Erie (Pa.) Times. Nobody really knows how old he is; it’s the best-kept secret in boxing. But he’s worked with a virtual who’s-who in boxing, with various early fights of Mohammad Ali to Aaron Pryor to up-and-coming heavyweight today Fast Eddie Chambers. Elbaum can tell more about boxing stats than anybody I know of. He doesn’t want to be called a character; he’d rather be called a “boxing personality.”
Elbaum boxed as an amateur and a pro. He’s boxed on cards he’s promoted. He’s always been very outgoing. He worked in the business doing various things, such as being a second, a boxer, a promoter, and a writer.
Here are some questions I presented to Don. He graciously answered them. I figured the Philly Keith Sports readers would want to hear his answers. I’d like to give Don a big thank-you, and hope that he will continue to be the personality that he is.
Dave Ruff: When did you get started in boxing?
Don Elbaum: I saw my first fight at the age of eight; I saw the great Willie Pep in New Bedford, MA. Had my first amateur fight at 13; I was writing for the Erie Times, Erie, PA, predicting the Wednesday and Friday night TV fights. Started matchmaking at 15; I promoted my first fight at 17.
This week on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, look for North Philly’s rising welterweight prospect Danny “Swift” Garcia (12-0, 7ko’s) to get his first taste of national exposure when he competes in the 8 round co-feature against Pavel Miranda (16-3, 8ko’s) of Mexico.
Garcia, a former amateur standout and Olympic alternate trains out of the Harrowgate Gym with some sparring at Billy Briscoe’s Oven mixed in. He career is guided by some of the industries heaviest hitters with the promotional end handled by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, and management handled by Shelly Finkel who has quite a few world champions on his books.
Since turning pro in late 2007, Garcia has stayed very active in the ring and during this time slowly but surely increasing the level of competition. Many truly believe that is he keeps his head on straight, we have the makings of a star who can be within title contention as early as next year. If that is true, this is a fight he must win convincingly. Find out for yourself by tuning into the deuce at 9pm this Friday night!
In 2001, he was one of the hottest amateur prospect in the game. In 2009, controversial losses have detoured Anthony Thompson’s road to the top. Then again it has never been easy for the Philly Jr. Middleweight.
Along with his brother TY, the Thompson’s recently took the time to talk about “The Messenger’s” return to the ring which produced a 1st round TKO in May, his signing with a new promoter TKO Boxing and pleading his case to the TV execs on why they need to put him on their network!
This is just the tip of it as we get into a lot of topics with the 23 win fight veteran who is looking to get to the top of the boxing world
Eric “Outlaw” Hunter talks to me & Kurt Wolfheimer of Fight News to let us know what is going on in his career these days. At this time, Hunter is 9-1 featherweight after an amateur career that saw 180 wins to only 3 defeats. Hunter recently signed with the newly formed TKO Boxing Promotions.
The alleged robbery happened in a Baltimore boxing ring on the evening of August 15, 2008. It was witnessed by people across the country as the situation was broadcast live on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights.
The plaintiff – Philadelphia Junior Middleweight contender Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson took a road trip in hopes of furthering his case to become recognized as a player in the deep 154 pound division. It wasn’t a cupcake assignment, as Thompson would have to beat an up-and-comer named Ishmael Arvin in Arvin’s backyard of Washington D.C. to further advance his cause.
The old saying goes something like “if you knock a D.C. fighter out in his home turf, the referee will pick him up and put him on the stool before the count reaches 10”.
For six rounds of a scheduled 10 round bout, Thompson out-everything’d Ishmail Arvin in this contest. Things were going smooth until a clash of heads caused a serious cut over The Messenger’s left eye.
This is where things get cloudy. A ringside doctor to determined that the fight can no longer continue due to the cut. By rule, when a fight is stopped by an accidental clash of heads, it goes to the judges to determine the winner.