I have a regular column, “The Square Jungle” featured on the Undisputed Champion Network, a new digital entertainment website and video channel dedicated to the art and science of boxing. Here is an excerpt of the latest edition:
Unless you want to count the time Willie D of the Geto Boys knocked out Melle Mel more than 20 years ago, hip-hop figures rarely achieve success in boxing. In the early 1990s, M.C. Hammer was an adviser for Evander Holyfield but he was certainly no Al Haymon. Today, both men feature prominently in “Celebrity Bankruptcy” links on the web. Nearly a decade ago, you could spot Damon Dash in the V.I.P. section of the Manhattan Ballroom during “Broadway Boxing” cards (sort of like being the keynote speaker at an International Pancake Race convention) while some poor schlub in terrycloth trunks was being assaulted between the ropes by a DiBella Entertainment house fighter in an off-the-boards set-up. Dash, who has been running an art collective in New York, makes headlines these days as a perpetual litigant. 50 Cent remains little more than a booking agent – a man who provides an opponent in exchange for a cut of the promotion – albeit one who feels obligated to torture spectators with execrable rhymes during overblown ringwalks. Only James Prince, founder of Rap-A-Lot Records, has a proven track record in boxing. Read “The Square Jungle” on UCN.