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SABBATH
05-19-2006, 05:55 PM
Here is a brief video on the life of Welsh boxer Johnny Owen who was killed in the ring fighting for the bantamweight title vs Lupe Pintor. The last knockdown is pretty sick as Johnny's body goes completely limp..

http://johnnyowen.com/tmm.html

K-DOGG
05-19-2006, 06:40 PM
Here is a brief video on the life of Welsh boxer Johnny Owen who was killed in the ring fighting for the bantamweight title vs Lupe Pintor. The last knockdown is pretty sick as Johnny's body goes completely limp..

http://johnnyowen.com/tmm.html

Don't have video capabilities; but read a great article on Owen a while back on another website. Here's to him and all warriors who fell before their time.

SABBATH
05-19-2006, 06:54 PM
Don't have video capabilities; but read a great article on Owen a while back on another website. Here's to him and all warriors who fell before their time.If you can get to a computer with quicktime capabilities or download it onto yours it's a brief but good watch. I remember when this fight happened and thinking Owen was very frail looking.

British boxing writer Hugh McIlvanney wrote a great article on Johnny reprinted in "The Hardest Game". Many great stories on British fighters as well as Ali, Tyson, Leonard, Hagler, Holyfield etc...

A great book K-Dogg published in 2001 by Contemporary Books that I picked up on your side of the pond if you are interested...

Yogi
05-19-2006, 07:10 PM
Yeah, I remember that fight when it happened, and when considering the age I was at back then (a fighter actually dying as a result of a boxing match was still a relatively new thing to me back then...Willie Klassen being another one who died in the ring around that time), it's probably still one of the most tragic fights in my time as a boxing fan.

I have a really good magazine article about that whole thing around here somewhere, and it really shows the great character Lupe Pintor showed in it...I'll have to look around for it.

K-DOGG
05-19-2006, 07:20 PM
If you can get to a computer with quicktime capabilities or download it onto yours it's a brief but good watch. I remember when this fight happened and thinking Owen was very frail looking.

British boxing writer Hugh McIlvanney wrote a great article on Johnny reprinted in "The Hardest Game". Many great stories on British fighters as well as Ali, Tyson, Leonard, Hagler, Holyfield etc...

A great book K-Dogg published in 2001 by Contemporary Books that I picked up on your side of the pond if you are interested...

Always interested in a good read. "The Hardest Game". Definetly gonna look for that one. Thanks.

!! AI-Holmes!!
05-19-2006, 07:24 PM
A true warrior indeed.

http://www.johnnyowen.com/johnny_owen.html

SABBATH
05-19-2006, 08:01 PM
Yeah, I remember that fight when it happened, and when considering the age I was at back then (a fighter actually dying as a result of a boxing match was still a relatively new thing to me back then...Willie Klassen being another one who died in the ring around that time), it's probably still one of the most tragic fights in my time as a boxing fan.

I have a really good magazine article about that whole thing around here somewhere, and it really shows the great character Lupe Pintor showed in it...I'll have to look around for it.
Don't forget Cleveland Denny and of course Du Koo Kim....

Yogi
05-19-2006, 08:14 PM
Don't forget Cleveland Denny and of course Du Koo Kim....

Oh yeah, Cleveland Denny...forgot about him, as that was another unfortunate death right around that time.

And I guess I could've mentioned Kim too, but I don't know...I think I was more in acceptance to the fact that boxers could actually die in the ring by the time he died (which was two or three years after Owen, Klassen, Denny did), so that one didn't have as much "emotional shock" value to me, even though I did watch that fight live as it happened...

Always most unfortunate when something like that happens, though.

Styx Bootleg
05-20-2006, 07:15 PM
Yeah, i read one on East Side Boxing. Pretty good. I saw a TV programme on the fight a year or two back. That final knockdown is sickening. I'll never watch it again.