Monday, August 31, 2015

Family of 14-year-old boxing champ with brain cancer seeks help

The 14-year-old from Saginaw was named a state champion at the 2015 Junior Olympic Boxing Tournament.

Proud grandfather Terry Collier said it was no surprise. Collier had watched his grandson excel in just about every sport he tried, from baseball to boxing.

"He's just one of those kind of kids that just dominates the field," he said. "He's agile and he's tough. He's tough as a tank."

But everything changed for Dru's family July 6.

He went in for a follow-up appointment after suffering a concussion in April.

"That's when the tumor was shown," Collier said. "He was rushed to U of M that day."

Donate: Dru's recovery fund on GoFundMe

He was later diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast-growing cancer that attacks the brain.

"To have a kid with that much going for him to be struck with this horrifying disease; it's almost beyond words," Collier said.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Why over-the-Hill Boxing Stars Have the Right to Go out on Their Own Terms

Roy Jones Jr., age 46, and Shane Mosley, age 43, are two of the best fighters of their era. That era, of course, has long since passed. Known for their otherworldly handspeed and incredible power, Jones and Mosley were two of the biggest and brightest stars of the sport way back in the early 2000s.

It’s been a while, folks.  

The last time both men were ranked by Ring Magazine among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport at the same time was 2003. Mosley, by himself, was ranked No. 3 pound-for-pound in 2009 after knocking out Antonio Margarito but was knocked back out after losing a wide unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather the next year.