Thursday, June 30, 2005

STAY OUT OF THE RING TOMMY

Growing up in inner city Detroit, we all loved Tommy Hearns.
He was the skinny kid with the jheri curls who trained a few blocks from our neighborhood. We cheered every first round knock out. We cheered every title and cried when he lost to Sugar Ray Leonard.
He owns seven titles, but Hearn's legacy is complete. We even forgave the failed comebacks of a few years ago.
But please, please don't come back and fight again.
Hearns is talking about returning for an eighth title. He needs to think more about his health than trying to make more history.
Hearns is already damaged from his previous fights. He appears less sharp than he did a few years ago. The last time we saw him was five years ago when he blew his knee out against Uriah Grant. The knee may have been an excuse because he sure did not look good up to that point.
He is 46 years old now. His skills have diminished. We even saw people heckle him during fights 10 years ago. What does he think he can accomplish today?
My fear is death or a serious injury. Hearns will face stronger, faster and younger fighters. And when you go into the ring you rarely think of holding back. Fighters hit the ring to destroy and get opponents out as quickly as they can.
I'm on board with Hearns' former manager Emanuel Steward who said he does not want Hearns to fight. Hearns said he won't listen.
I wish he would.

19 Comments:

Blogger Erick said...

Why Tommy, why? Do you need money that bad? Why ruin your image, possibly hurt your health, you could even theoretically die. This is just insane, say it ain't so Tommy.

10:17 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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10:17 AM

 
Blogger Kev said...

Back in 97' or 98' I photographed a "staged" incident at a WWF event at Cobo between Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns and the Wrestler known as the Hitman. I know it was staged because I was hired by the WWF marketing people to shoot that confrontation specifically and then upload the digital image to the AP Newswire.

When I was hired to do it, my first thought was "How could Tommy stoop so low?" and when it actually happened, it seemed even worse. I knew right there his career was truly over. If he needs the money, then I can understand. But if not, please don't further tarnish your accomplishments Tommy!

11:09 AM

 
Blogger Ian C. said...

At what point does, say, the Michigan Boxing Commission step in and tell Hearns he should not or cannot go into the ring?

It sounds like Tommy might need to be saved from himself.

11:13 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen how this story ends far too many times. The unique mental makeup that distinguishes a fighter can't be attributed merely to hunger or poverty or ambition. They have to do it until they're too broken to do it anymore.

My question is about Tommy's kid. If he goes along with this father & son gimmick, then the consequences are squarely on him. Questions about whether he sacrificed his father to shine the spotlight a little more brightly on his own career will be asked -- and rightly so.

11:35 AM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

We all know folks who won't let go. Just lik factory workers who stay on the job for 25 years and more. I hope that I never fall along those lines. Maybe Tommy just can't get those bright lights out of his system. It seems alot of atheletes fall into that trapp. I remember Real Sports did a special on ex NFL players and that is what they cited as what they missed plus the comradery. I really hope Tommy let's it go. I blame Foreman for this. He got lucky now it seems Old boxers want back in . I say look at the special ESPN did.

11:51 AM

 
Blogger hitman said...

I could care less about Tommy ruining his image, ruining his health and mind is what scares me about this comeback. Just seeing him at Pistons games you can tell he's lost something, I just hope this time he doesn't lose everything.

Foreman was smart not lucky. Unfortuneatly, at this point, it doesn't look like Tommy has either to work with...take care Tommy.

1:33 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Trainer, Ray Leonard's advisor once said that the thing that made Ray great was also the thing that caused him to keep coming back. He would always push the envelope to see how close he could get to the edge without falling off. It is true of many athletes, Tommy is not the only one. Rocky Marciano finished on top, Marvin Hagler did not come back. But, who can forget Willie Mays missing balls in the outfield, Joe Louis being knocked out by Marciano, Leonard being put on his behind by a journeyman, Muhammad Ali losing to Trevor Berbick and Michael Jordan in a Wizard's uniform.
The sportsworld is full of "greats" who can't call it quits on their own. Father time has to deliver the knock out blow. Sometimes if we are lucky, we have someone who loves us, who really cares, who will say "that is enough son". Tommy has that in Emmanuel Steward, but he does not have the where with all to listen. The guy promoting him and his son now is all about the cash. Insiders say that Hearns is set for life financially. He is not doing this for the money. He is doing it because he can't yet comprehend that physically he is not the Hit Man anymore, but is the Get Hit Man.

5:34 PM

 
Blogger tensilver said...

Looks like you just saw that ESPN story about that kid killing anohter fighter and not fighting the same since,lol...well you have a great point. A failed attempt, he's 27 years older than me, and when you fight at such an age where death is more possible than ever, boxing people 15+ yrs younger than him is something that he shouldn't even be considering.

11:43 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sooooo mad at my tigers.

Now, for the double header at Clevland on monday, they decide to call Verlander up? I don't think that's too smart.

I'm sorry, but going from AA to the Major League, working with a catcher you've never worked with, I don't like the move. Plus the tigers' young pitchers ALWAYS seem to get arm injures (Kenny Baugh (2003 first pick)'s Tommy John, then Nate Cornejo was the "gem" of the tigers, went from AA-to the majors, then his arm prety much fell off a season or two later, plus pretty much every young pitching propect for the tigers had killed his arm). They have to ease the kids in the majors. They should limit him to 150 innings this year and leave him at AA. Next season, depending on how spring training goes, AA or the majors. SAVE HIS ARM!

11:10 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not a huge boxing guy, but if these older boxers feel the need to get back in the ring isn't there some way it could work? What if we paired up an old Hearns against an old Hagler and maybe give them bigger gloves to reduce the chance of injury. It sure would be more interesting than watching Tommy v some young nobody. Just a thought, seems like you could surely find older boxers to participate.

1:39 PM

 
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peace

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