He does not run from it, because there is no escape. Prime Day 2020: The best deals of day two, Trump campaign thanks Ice Cube for ‘willingness to step up and work’ with the president in developing plan for Black Americans, White Michigan man broke Black teen’s jaw with bike lock, yelled ‘Black lives don’t matter’ and called him and friends the N-word, feds say, Former Navy Seal on the Trump conspiracy theory that bin Laden is alive: ‘I know who I killed, homie’, Woman charged in fatal shooting of hard-working Queens dad, Trump claims Biden thought he was running for the U.S. Senate. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. "I feel miserable, I'm a wreck," Mancini said the day after the fight.  In 2015, Ray was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The sun was shining brightly on the ring outside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that afternoon. Mancini fought eight more times over a span of 10 years after the Kim fight, winning his next four before losing his final four. Ray Mancini inherited the dream and Lenny's nickname "Boom Boom.". The referee, Richard Green, committed suicide seven months later. ... "Fighters can't believe in ghosts. He is an analyst at the NFL Network. "I thought I could save him," says neurosurgeon Lonnie Hammagren, who specializes in treating fighters. He was in the fight the whole time. Mancini recovered and dropped Frias right in the center of the ring with a combination. Was it because of this thing? Thus, Ray then began his quest to win the world title for his father. Ray boom boom Mancini brutally killed boxer Duk Koo Kim in Korea in 1999. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't an awkward meeting and it didn't begin with a certain excessive formality and stiffness. Boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini won the championship his fighter father never could — but his life was marred by tragedy when he defended his title against a South Korean boxer … I'm praying for him. And though no one around today remembers how, the WBA installed Kim as the No. He remains haunted by what happened on that sunny Saturday afternoon 25 years ago. He was carried out of the ring on a stretcher and rushed to Las Vegas' Desert Springs Hospital, where he had 2½ hours of surgery on his brain to remove a blood clot and relieve pressure in his skull. Who knows? On May 8, 1982, in a match held at The Aladdin in Las Vegas, he challenged the new World Boxing Association lightweight champion, Arturo Frias. Nov 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM In November of 1981, Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim dies after brutal fight with Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini (below, in 1999). "After that fight, I became the poster boy for everything that was wrong with boxing," Mancini told NPR. Kim appeared to lose steam in the 13th round, and some think Green should have stopped the fight then. "I just don't want to keep reliving it. Though he realized that death was the risk any boxer faces in the ring, Mancini could not reconcile what happened to Kim with his moral beliefs. , A made-for-television movie based on Mancini's life aired in the 1980s. Mancini began the process of getting his life back together by once again putting on boxing gloves. , Mancini returned to the ring twice to attempt to regain his world title. I know Marvin Hagler gave me a lot of trouble because he wanted to fight 15 rounds.". , Mancini, an Italian American, was born Raymond Michael Mancino in Youngstown, Ohio on March 4, 1961. He had come up short in his first title shot, getting stopped in the 14th round by Alexis Arguello, but on his second attempt Mancini met Arturo Frias for the WBA title in Las Vegas on March 8, 1982. It was his way of saving the family honor.  The former champion was able to keep 75 percent of his $12 million in purse money, which enabled him to pursue a broad range of interests in retirement.. "It wasn't one of those fights like Jimmy Garcia (a figther who died two weeks after taking a vicious beating at the hands of Gabrial Ruelas in May of 1995.) But you never get over it. Mancini practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and holds a purple belt in the martial art. Mancini would rebound from the loss to Argüello by winning his next two bouts, including a second successful defense of his NABF Lightweight title against Julio Valdez (10th-round TKO) which would earn him another chance at a world title. The WBA and WBO followed in 1988, and the IBF in 1989.. He was 17-1-1 when he fought Mancini, never having fought outside of Korea. "It was like Mancini versus Mancini.". Mancini battered Frias and stopped him in the first round to win. And then, in November 1982, Mancini met a South Korean boxer named Duk Koo Kim in just his second title defense. Mancini inherited his nickname from his father, boxer Lenny Mancini. God must have a reason for doing what he does.". He became the most unlikely symbol for what was corrupt and objectionable and brutal about boxing. It's the middle of an NFL football strike. ", We Insist: A Timeline Of Protest Music In 2020. He was giving as good as he was getting. Mancini wrestled with the decision to continue boxing.  He appeared in David Mamet's MMA film Redbelt. But that is a part of my life, unfortunately. It was, according to many observers, a fight filled with action. He has to live with it as best he can. Two months later, he successfully defended the title against José Luis Ramírez after a unanimous decision. You're doing us all proud, kid.' The title bout, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, was televised live on CBS Sports. His dream of a world title happened for his son, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, who knocked out Arturo Frias in the first round to win the WBA World Lightweight Championship on May 8, 1982. "There have been a lot of prayers, a lot of thoughts. "He was the mirror image of Ray," says Bruce Trampler, long-time matchmaker for Top Rank and a friend of Mancini. Mark Kriegel, who has written acclaimed biographies of Joe Namath and Pete Maravich, has written a new book, The Good Son: The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. "No, I never felt he was weakening," Mancini said to Yahoo.com. He can't accept it, either. Most people at ringside that day, or watching the bout live on CBS, recall a back-and-forth battle through 10 rounds with Kim giving as good as he got. During this time Mancini defeated some notable boxers including former US champion Norman Goins in March 1981.. Kriegel talks with NPR's Scott Simon about how Mancini's pursuit of family honor was marred by tragedy. "It's still too painful to talk about it," Mancini says. Mancini lost the WBA lightweight title via a 14th-round KO to Livingstone Bramble in Buffalo on June 1, 1984. His whirlwind punching style caught the attention of network executives at several American television networks, and he became a regular on their sports programming. There were reports that Kim had starved and dehydrated himself to make the 135-pound limit and thus set the stage for his death. He had won the Korean lightweight title after his 10th pro match. And they're both coming forward.
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