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Old 04-10-2012, 12:16 PM #11
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From what I've read it was a Dempsey tribute, but the mourning reason is quite interesting.

As for the towel, it was just a make shift thing that Rooney came up with. It was a cold night and they didn't want Tyson getting cold on the way to the ring (He traditionally went on the ring walk with no robe or top) so he cut a hole in a towel and put it over Tyson.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:51 PM #12
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From what I've read it was a Dempsey tribute, but the mourning reason is quite interesting.

As for the towel, it was just a make shift thing that Rooney came up with. It was a cold night and they didn't want Tyson getting cold on the way to the ring (He traditionally went on the ring walk with no robe or top) so he cut a hole in a towel and put it over Tyson.

Bingo. As far as the black trunks being in mourning of Cus I do not think this is the case, because he was still wearing random colored trunks after his death.

I think it was just part of his mental intimidation.
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:58 PM #13
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Bingo. As far as the black trunks being in mourning of Cus I do not think this is the case, because he was still wearing random colored trunks after his death.

I think it was just part of his mental intimidation.
I agree
No flashy colors
No fancy robe
Just straight up business
when he walked in that ring the fight was over
before that first bell...the opponent just froze once
he gave that first look
the opponent had no other choice but to look
at him not his attire.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:25 PM #14
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Didn't Sonny Liston also start the whole boxers using entrance music while heading to the ring? I heard Liston had the song Night Train playing often when he would walk to the ring. Did any boxers use entrance music before Liston? After this became a popular practice in pro wrestling, more and more boxers started using entrance music for main events until now every main event has it. Pacquiao even recently had Jimi Jameson of Survivor accompanying him to the ring to sing Eye of the Tiger, even though Dave Bickler, Survivor's first lead vocalist, originally sang that song.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:10 PM #15
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I was always informed that it was due to mourning, learn something new everyday on here.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:35 PM #16
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Sonny had "Night Train" playing often during training! Tyson wore black trunks in tribute to Dempsey. He wanted to wear black at the training center in the Nationals too but that wasn't happening. Ray.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:12 PM #17
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But whose considered the first boxer to have music playing when he walked to the ring? Or was this something boxers didn't really do until the '80s? But who started that whole thing? I'm just really curious about that now.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:11 AM #18
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Not sure how it began (mourning or not), but I am pretty sure it at least became business. Boxing is a business. The minimal flash was a great fit for his persona. That he was an all business type of fighter who wasn't concerned with looking pretty. Just knocking heads off.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:05 AM #19
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Also, it's interesting when you look at the Pinklon Thomas fight the HBO commentators mention a coin was tucked in one of his shoes...
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I don't recall any boxers really doing that prior to him...

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