Thursday, January 3, 2008

Oscar Bonavena, Lou DiBella, and Love Ranch

Oscar "Ringo" Bonavena went 15 grueling rounds with the Greatest. Knocked down three times in the 15th round by Ali, the would-be champion went down for the last time in the remaining minute of the bout.

People in the boxing world are familiar with the name of Lou DiBella, boxing promoter. DiBella has been a positive force in east coast boxing circles, and is well-known in that greatest of all boxing venues, New York City. DiBella Entertainment currently promotes Jermain Taylor, Ike Quartey, Andre Berto, and Paulie Malignaggi. Lou DiBella is also the force behind Broadway Boxing which has featured such exciting boxers Curtis Stevens and Jaidon Codrington. Jaidon Codrington was well-known to east coast boxing aficionados for his appearances on Broadway Boxing, but has attracted widespread media attention from his finalist Contender Series loss to Sakio Biko.

What most people don’t know about Lou DiBella is that he’s a repressed movie mogul. Dibella’s pal, Mark Jacobsen, wrote the New York Magazine piece upon which the film “American Gangster” was based. Now Jacobsen is working on the production of a film called “Love Ranch.”

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