December 29, 2006

TV shows with boxing in them.: While trying to corroborate that the late great Godfather of Soul James Brown was an amateur boxer, I happened upon this page that lists TV shows and episodes that were boxing-related. Savor the sweet sport.

posted by worldcup2002 to boxing at 11:11 AM - 23 comments

Oh, neat. I remember some of these. I remember "One Punch Banta" as being the worst episode of Taxi I ever saw (and I love Taxi), though I haven't seen it since I was in short pants. On the other hand, "Requiem For A Heavyweight" is phenomenal. Watch it if you ever get the chance.

posted by chicobangs at 12:37 PM on December 29, 2006

I'm glad to see our favorite family gets its own tribute!

posted by vito90 at 12:43 PM on December 29, 2006

I'm glad to see our favorite family gets its own tribute! i wonder if sam simon's involvement with the show has anything to do with all the boxing related material. and speaking of sam simon, he was also somewhat involed with "best of the west". (ok so he only wrote 1 episode). but i'm almost positive they had a boxing themed episode.

posted by goddam at 01:26 PM on December 29, 2006

The list might be incomplete. What about that episode of Hogan's Heroes, where Kinchloe has to go into the ring against Nazi Germany's top boxer? He loses (deliberately) to enable some crazy escape hijinx or something. It worries me that I possess this information.

posted by owlhouse at 08:33 PM on December 29, 2006

The list might be incomplete. Though technically not TV shows, it's the only place I've ever seen 'em. The Three Stooges: Punch Drunks - 1934 Fright Night - 1947 Fling In The Ring - 1955 (essentially a remake of Fright Night) It doesn't get much better than these!

posted by t money at 11:03 PM on December 29, 2006

"The Homer They Fall" has got to be one of the best Simpsons episodes ever.

posted by afx237vi at 08:56 AM on December 30, 2006

"The Homer They Fall" has got to be one of the best Simpsons episodes ever. Thats what I came here to say.

posted by antwan at 08:59 AM on December 30, 2006

Bang! Zoom!

posted by mjkredliner at 09:18 AM on December 30, 2006

owlhouse, if it makes you feel better, I still remember Kinch's replacement. Clearly a part of my head that should be defragmented and put to better use.

posted by yerfatma at 09:34 AM on December 30, 2006

There was the Celebrity boxing matches that aired a few years ago. I remember seeing one of the Partridge Family take on one of the Brady Bunch. I'm thinking Danny Bonaduce vs. the actor that played Greg.

posted by dviking at 02:08 PM on December 30, 2006

What about the six million dollar man episode where steve austin boxes?

posted by luther70 at 02:54 PM on December 30, 2006

Trapper in MASH also boxed with clorophyll on his gloves.

posted by GOD at 03:09 PM on December 30, 2006

Oops! Sorry , it was on the list already.

posted by GOD at 03:10 PM on December 30, 2006

dviking You're absolutely right but, don't forget Manute Bol vs. "Da Fridge" Tonya Harding vs. Paula Jones and... Todd Bridges vs. Vanilla Ice Actually, I think there was an episode of a show call Laredo (Peter Brown, William Smith, Neville Brand and Philip Carey..Late Sixties or early Seventies) where Willaim Smith took part in a boxing match as a stand-in for George Kennedy who was guest starring.

posted by R_A_Mason at 03:39 PM on December 30, 2006

That's a funny coincidence. I saw William Smith's name the other day and was trying to remember the other guys from Laredo. Peter Brown was also the deputy on Lawman. I see there is no mention of Red Skelton's punch-drunk fighter whose name eludes me. Little help?

posted by gradioc at 08:23 PM on December 30, 2006

I believe you're talking about Califlower McPugg. I loved Red Skelton...though I'd bet that few of the readers of this site are old enough to remember him.

posted by dviking at 08:47 PM on December 30, 2006

gradioc and dviking, I'm thinking that obviously you two gentlemen are in my "core" age group (50+). At any rate, I think we should acknowledge one of the most obvious omissions. Okay, I know this is a bit of a nitpick but, what about the Monday, Wednesday and Friday night fights sponsered by Gillette... (Look Sharp, Be Sharp, Feel Sharp!). If you do remember these black and white classics, than obviously you two know Dick Tiger (who fought about every two weeks!), Benny "Kid" Peret (Wo died after being punched out in a fight with the "Rabbit", Floyd Patterson), Oscar Bonevena.....Etc.

posted by R_A_Mason at 11:51 PM on December 30, 2006

R A, I just vaguely remember those fights, and never would have remembered the names of the fighters. Though I did enjoy the old time all-star wrestling back before it went "hollywood". I'm talking about the Crusher, Mad Dog, and Verne Gagne.

posted by dviking at 12:13 AM on December 31, 2006

And, I seem to remember the old Wild Wild West having an episode with Conrad boxing someone....can anyone verify that? I checked the internet and didn't get any solid evidence.

posted by dviking at 12:15 AM on December 31, 2006

dviking, I believe you are right about Robert Conrad and the "Wild, Wild, West", now that you mentioned it, I too seem to remember at least one episode that had James West boxing somebody. And, as long as you brought up the wrestlers... what about Mad Dog's Vachonís brother, Butcher. Not to mention, Docter X, Black Jack Lanza, Baron Von Raschke, Nick Bockwinkle and the perennial losers...George "Scrap Iron" Kadaski and the "Very Capable" Kenny Jaye.

posted by R_A_Mason at 08:07 AM on December 31, 2006

Cool post worldcup.Man, alot of those shows bring back some memories for sure.But I too seem to remember James West boxing in one episode.

posted by Ghastly1 at 10:52 AM on December 31, 2006

You sure it was "Wild Wild West" and not "Baa Baa Black Sheep?" Ol' Pappy Boyington (played by the cockstrong Mr. Robert Conrad) never shied away from a quick knuckle dusting if you got out of line.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:08 AM on December 31, 2006

Don't forget Screech (Saved by the Bell, The College Years) vs. Arnold Horshack (Welcome Back Kotter). Then there was the episode of Martin where he fought Tommy Hitman Hearns. After 1 knockdown Martin crawled to his corner and ordered a 2 piece and a biscuit from his trainer before getting up. /hears cricketts and an owl

posted by Bishop at 02:33 AM on January 01, 2007

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