Promoter Don King Talks About Current State of Boxing [AUDIO]
Don King has seen it all. The legendary boxing promoter who was responsible for Rumble in the Jungle and The Thriller in Manilla is in El Paso for tomorrow's Showtime Championship Boxing event at the Don Haskins Center. King's top young prospect, Amir Imam, is challenging Fernando Angulo in a key 140-pound title eliminator bout. Imam is currently undefeated at 17-0 with 14 knockouts and King is shooting for the stars to persuade the great Floyd Mayweather to meet his fighter in the ring. Whether or not that happens, the 83-year old King is still going strong in the sport of boxing.
Twenty years ago, I interviewed him prior to the Mike Tyson fight versus Peter McNeely. At the end of the radio interview on the KLAQ Morning Show, I asked King if he would fly us to Las Vegas to watch the fight in person. I knew it was a long shot, but I was a 22-year old intern and figured "what the hell?" Not only did King say yes, but he took care of our airfare, hotel, and even gave us money for meals. That was when I first realized just how great the perks of working in radio could be. After broadcasting live from more than a dozen championship boxing shows over the last 20 years in Vegas and Los Angeles, King joined me again today on Sportstalk to talk about Imam, the current state of boxing, and his arrival in El Paso.