Frank ‘Blinky’ Palermo poses with Sugar Ray Robinson and Charlie Fusari before the storied bout where Robinson carries an overmatched Fusari for 15 rounds
Frank “Blinky” Palermo (1905-1996) was an organized crime figure who owned prize-fighters and fixed fights best known for fixing the Jake LaMotta-Billy Fox fight in 1947. An associate of the Philadelphia crime family, Palermo also ran the City of Brotherly Love’s biggest numbers racket. Blinky’s partner was Mafiosi Frankie Carbo, a soldier in New York’s Lucchese Family who had been a gunman with Murder, Inc.
In addition to Billy Fox, the professional fighters that Palermo owned outright or under the table included World Welterweight champion Virgil Akins, number three-ranked heavyweight contender Clarence Henry, World Welterweight Champion Johnny Saxton, heavyweight contender Coley Wallace, and Lightweight Champion Ike Williams.
Palermo would cheat members of his stable out of their share of the purses of their fights.
The WBA Championships Committee has called for a July 6 purse bid for the mandatory clash between WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury.
The purse bid will take place at WBA Headquarters in Panama and will be conducted by Committee Chairman Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The purse will be divided 80% for the champion and 20% for the challenger.
Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) continued his rampage through the light heavyweight division, knocking out game Alexander Johnson (16-3, 7 KOs) in round seven of a scheduled ten round contest on Friday night at the UCI Pavilion in Chicago. Johnson was game early, occasionally landing straight left hands and right hooks to the head of Beterviev, however the undefeated Russian’s punches carried more power and resulted in Johnson tasting the canvas on four occasions. Beterbiev dropped Johnson twice in round five and the bout was almost stopped. Johnson had a good sixth round after Beterbiev seemingly took his foot off the gas. Beterbiev then dropped Johnson two more times in round seven. The end came with a short, crunching right hand that collapsed Johnson against the ropes. Referee Mark Nelson stopped the bout at 1:38.
Anthony Joshua became the first man to stop Kevin Johnson as he demolished the American inside two rounds.
The fight could have been stopped in the first round, when Johnson, a 36-fight veteran, sagged against the ropes and took a count. At the close of the round, he was again dropped by a series of punches. By then it was clear he was no match for an Olympic champion who is yet to see the fourth round of a fight.
Paul John Carbo (born Paolo Giovanni Carbo; August 10, 1904 – November 9, 1976) better known as “Frankie Carbo” was a New York City Mafia soldier in the Lucchese crime family, who operated as a boxing promoter and a gunman with Murder, Inc.
Heavyweight Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson faces unbeaten Anthony Joshua on Saturday night at The O2 in London. Johnson wants to expose the Olympic gold medal hero who has blasted away all of his first 12 opponents inside three rounds.
“I’ve said it before, I’ve got the antidote for this guy. It’s something all of these amateur Olympic guys have in them, you’ll see come Saturday – that’s all I’m going to say on that.
Ezekiel Brinsly Reid “Kell” Brook (born 3 May
1986) is a British professional boxer who fights in the welterweight division. He is the current IBF welterweight world champion, holding notable wins over Michael Jennings, Lovemore Ndou, Matthew Hatton, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Shawn Porter.
Brook’s first fight as a professional took place in September 2004 with a 6 round points victory over experienced journeyman Peter Buckley at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. He would fight again four more times that year to end 2004 with a record of 5-0 in just four months. Brook went about learning his trade against a host of journeymen before getting the opportunity in June 2008 to fight for the British title having compiled a winning record of 16-0.