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Jim Amato

Jim Amato

Jim Amato is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He is a longtime avid fan of the Browns and Indians. Although he enjoys baseball and football his true passion is boxing.

Jim was born in 1954 and raised in Warrensville Heights the hometown of Oakland A's star, Sal Bando. He became interested in boxing in the mid 1960's and started buying Ring magazines on a regular basis. As he got older he expanded his interest by buying Ring Record books and collecting memorabilia. When the Beta and VHS film craze hit in the 1980's, Jim began collecting fight films. His collection is closing in on close to 2000 bouts and fight highlight clips. He also has a accumulated a vast collection of boxing magazines, books and autographed photos. He has started his own outlet, Amato Family Sports Memorabilia.

Jim began covering fights in 1992 reporting on the Roberto Duran-Ken Hulsey fight in Cleveland for Boxing Illustrated. He has since contributed articles to Boxing World, Boxing Times, Heavyhitters, Cleveland's East Side Daily Newspaper, The Neutral Corner and the IBRO Journal. He has also had articles posted on several on line boxing sites including East Side Boxing, Inside Boxing, The Sweet Science, Let's Talk Boxing and Boxing In Las Vegas. Jim launched his own site,"Legends Of Leather" in May of 2005.

Several fine writers have contributed to Legends Of Leather including Frank Lotierzo, Tom Donelson, Greg Smith, Mike Casey, Armando Cabrera, Mike Dunn, John Bardelli, and Ted Luzzi. Many others as well. Some of the most respected writers in the business.

Jim is a member of the Boxing Writers Association Of America (BWAA) and is also a member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO), that was once directed by Hall Of Famer Ralph Citro. Boxing notables Hank Kaplan and Harold Lederman are among IBRO's members.

Jim was on the Publicity Committee for the American Association For The Improvement Of Boxing (AAIB) that was co-founded by Steve Acunto and the late Rocky Marciano. He is a member of the Ohio State Former Boxers And Associates and the Trumbull County Of Ohio Legends Of Leather,Past President,the late Sal Marino.He is also a past member of the Society For American Baseball Research (SABR) and has contributed baseball related articles to the At Home Plate and Around The Diamond websites.

(Jim slugs away with Ernie Shavers in the above pic)

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Roy Jones Jr vs Light Heavyweight Greats of the 1970s and 80s

Jul 10, 2013 - 11:46PM ET
Where would Roy Jones Jr. (56-8, 40 KO) have fit in the light heavyweight division during the talent rich 70's and early 80's?  
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Randy Neumann: Famous Referee Was a Heavyweight Contender

May 21, 2013 - 12:00AM ET
An overlooked heavyweight in the talent rich 1970′s was New Jersey's Randy Neumann, now one the most popular referees.  
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Kid Chocolate: In a Class by Himself

May 11, 2013 - 08:56PM ET
He was born Eligio Sardinias Montalvo on January 6, 1910 in Cerro, Havana, Cuba and launched his professional boxing career in 1927.  
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Pernell Whitaker: 'Sweet Pea' Was a Sweet Fighter

May 03, 2013 - 12:00AM ET
Pernell Whitaker was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006, his first year of eligibility.  
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Archie Moore: A Legend in Any Era

Apr 24, 2013 - 12:00AM ET
Before George Foreman and Bernard Hopkins there was Archie Moore (185-23-10, 131 KOs). Dubbed "Old Mongoose", the wily Moore was possibly the greatest light heavyweight of all time.  
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Rodrigo Valdéz: A Forgotten Undisputed Middleweight King

Apr 10, 2013 - 12:00AM ET
The recent hoopla over the respected Bernard Hopkins has only added the legacy of great Philly fighters.  
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Floyd Patterson: Why the Post-Title Version Was Better

Mar 15, 2013 - 11:12PM ET
Poor Floyd Patterson. Everyone loves him but not everyone respects him as a fighter or champion.  
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Duane Bobick: Did he get a fair shake?

Mar 05, 2013 - 03:55PM ET
The heavyweight division of the late 1960s and early 70s was one of the most talent laden and competitive of all time.  
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Cleveland's Pablo Ramos: Gone but not Forgotten

Feb 27, 2013 - 06:26PM ET
The city of Cleveland produced a world class light heavyweight in the late 1970′s and early 80′s.  
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Oscar Bonavena: The Best Argentinian Fighter Ever?

Feb 21, 2013 - 04:44PM ET
Who was the greatest fighter to come out of Argentina?  
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Jose "Chegui" Torres

Feb 19, 2013 - 12:00AM ET
There was a time in the mid 1960′s that revolved around who would be Muhammad Ali's next opponent.  
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Ali vs Frazier I: The Greatest Show on Earth

Feb 11, 2013 - 12:00AM ET
There are certain dates that will stick with you as long as you live. Your birthday, the birthdays of family members, anniversaries, the day that you got your divorce (s), etc... As well as happy and important days that mark…  
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Nino Benvenuti: A Different Mold

Feb 04, 2013 - 12:00AM ET
Nino Benvenuti was a celebrated Olympic hero who won his first 65 pro fights before losing an extremely debatable verdict to a hometown opponent in Korea.  
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Jose Luis Garcia: He Knocked Out Ken Norton

Jan 18, 2013 - 12:00AM ET
There may have never been a more talent rich period in the heavyweight division then from 1968 to 1978.  
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