Worst Boxing Cheat Ever- Glove Padding Removed

Former welterweight Luis Resto has acknowledged that the beating he gave the late Billy Collins Jr. in 1983 — in which, over 10 rounds, he pounded Collins with tampered gloves that each had two inches of padding removed — was even worse than previously believed.
Resto, at a news conference on Thursday in New York, acknowledged that the tape used to wrap his hands in that fight had been soaked in plaster of Paris, giving him a pair of hardened casts underneath his unpadded gloves.

Collins suffered from blurred vision and depression after the June 16, 1983 fight. He died in a car accident about nine months later.

The admission, which Resto made to Collins’ widow, Andrea Collins-Nile, last year during the filming of a documentary about the scandal, has led to a motion to re-open a civil suit against the State of New York over its failure to prevent the beating. The legal filing was also announced Thursday.

Eric Drath, who directed “Cornered,” the documentary about the fight and its tragic aftermath, said it was a “heinous and tragic crime” that needed to be retold, according to The (Nashville) Tennessean.

“It happened in a much more brutal way” than had previously believed, Drath said. “Worse than bare knuckles, it was plaster.”Resto and his trainer, Panama Lewis, were convicted of assault and conspiracy and served jail time after a jury found they had tampered with the gloves. Both men were banned from boxing.

But a civil trial over the state boxing commission’s failure to prevent the beating resulted in a hung jury and was dismissed by a federal claims court judge. Collins-Nile’s motion at U.S. District Court in Albany seeks to re-open the case.

“Ultimately I’m not Resto’s judge,” Collins-Nile said, according to the New York Daily News. “The boxing commission was negligent. They were there to protect my ex-husband and they did not.”

Mark Thompson, the lawyer representing Collins-Nile in the case, said he is hopeful Resto’s confession will convince a judge to re-open the case, according to the Daily News. The wraps were never confiscated after the fight, but Drath believes that Resto might still have them.

Last summer, during a visit to Nashville in conjunction with the filming of “Cornered,” Resto confessed to Collins’ widow that the wraps had been doctored. He said he could no longer live with the secret.

“I should have said something. I lived with it for 24 years. I had to let it go. I’m sorry I kept my mouth shut,” Resto said, according to The Tennessean. “I went to see Collins’ ex-wife. She accepted my apology. I went to the cemetery, too, to show my respect to Billy Collins. I told Billy, ‘I’m sorry for what I did to you.’ ”

Collins-Nile said Resto’s appearance and confession came as a surprise.

“Resto was kinda sprung on me when [Drath] came down to do his interviews. I didn’t even know he was here,” she said, according to The Tennessean. “Resto was pretty much crying and said he didn’t murder Billy.

“During the fight, Billy told [his father and trainer Billy Collins Sr.] it felt like he was getting hit with rocks,” she added. “Now we know he really was getting hit with rocks. It was that much worse.”

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David Tyree SB Catch Made with Underinflated Ball

Canton (Ohio)- Word from NFL sources is that the ball caught by David Tyree in Super Bowl XXLII was significantly deflated.  The ball has since been removed from the National Football League Hall of Fame while the investigation is being conducted.

 

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The balls are required to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces.  The Super Bowl ball registered 10.5 pounds per square inch and weighed 11.5 ounces.

 

The play featured Eli Manning escaping the grasp of three New England Patriots defensive players and throwing a forward pass, followed by Tyree making a leaping catch by pressing the ball against his helmet. The play, a 32-yard gain during a drive on which the Giants would score their game-winning touchdown, was instrumental in the Giants’ 17–14 upset victory over the Patriots.

 

There is no comment from the NFL at this point.

Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier Full Fight Highlights UFC 182

Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier Full Fight Highlights

In a UFC title bid on Saturday, Daniel Cormier did nearly everything he had promised to do to Jon Jones when the two finally met in the Octagon.

Except beat him.

Jones (21-1) notched his eighth consecutive light heavyweight title defense at UFC 182 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena, defeating Cormier (15-1) via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout for Jones, 49-46.

A two-time Olympian for the US wrestling team, Cormier aggressively went after Jones from the opening bell, seeking to get inside the champion’s all-time record 84.5-inch wingspan.

The 35-year-old had promised to do so during fight week and certainly had more than his share of moments, but the effort required to stick on Jones at all times seemed to wear on him.

The buildup to the 205-pound championship fight included a melee during a media function in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino lobby in August. The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined both fighters 10 percent of their individual purses for their respective participation in the scuffle.

After the win on Saturday, Jones mocked Cormier for his inability to take him down consistently.

“He’s only human,” Jones said. “DC, all the haters, all the crap he talked — he motivated me. I took him down, what, five takedowns to zero?

“Sorry I’m being classless right now. I don’t like DC and that’s why I’m being this way.”

After each round, Jones, 27, lifted his arms in a sign of victory over the challenger.

In the fifth round, Jones did so with seconds remaining on the clock. When Cormier, somewhat foolishly, dropped his guard and left his hands at his sides, Jones fired off a few last-second punches to put an exclamation point on the grudge match.

Despite Cormier’s strength in wrestling, it was his boxing that gave Jones trouble — especially early. He relentlessly walked forward on the much lankier Jones, working into the clinch and setting up his dirty boxing with the inside right uppercut.

Jones scored the first takedown of the fight, when he caught a Cormier kick and turned it into an outside trip. Cormier popped immediately back to his feet.

Neither fighter really dominated any one position. Cormier wanted an inside fight, but at times would eat knees to the stomach and short elbows to the head. Any time they were at a distance, Jones would go to work with side kicks at Cormier’s legs, which at times left him vulnerable to Cormier closing the gap again.

Jones’ face started to swell in the second round from Cormier jabs and hooks. Cormier bloodied his nose as well. Jones fought a composed fight, however, backing Cormier up at times with straight lefts and surprising him with occasional takedown attempts.

Ninety seconds into the third round, Jones clipped Cormier in the eye accidentally, causing referee Herb Dean to briefly stop the action. Eye pokes have been an issue for Jones throughout his career, but Cormier recovered quickly and it did not appear to affect his performance the rest of the way.

Cormier’s activity started to slowly diminish in the fourth round, as he found himself trapped against the fence carrying Jones’ weight. Jones dropped for a couple takedowns from the position, dumping Cormier on his butt. The takedowns might have been more symbolic than anything else, as Cormier quickly rose back to his feet, but it was a statement by Jones.

Cormier scored his only takedown of the fight in the final round — and it was a big one. He picked Jones’ frame clear off the mat and somersaulted through the air and onto his back, but couldn’t keep him down after the fact. Jones won the fifth round on gas tank alone, pushing Cormier against the fence and landing short shots.

Ranked the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by ESPN.com, Jones moves into third place on the UFC’s record books in consecutive title defenses. Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva holds the current record at 10. Former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defended his title nine consecutive times before vacating it in late 2013.

Jones will likely turn his attention to the winner of a bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson on Jan. 24.

Cormier, a former heavyweight, suffers his first professional loss. Fighting out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, he dropped to the 205-pound division with the goal of challenging Jones in early 2014.