Thursday, 28 May 2009 09:57
Who were behind the heavyweight boxing champions, raising millions of dollars to increase the purses paid to the heavyweight boxing heroes to fight for or retain their championship titles? And how were these total sport events created and knitted together so a great and unusal television broadcasting could cover the world using the newest developed satellite birds that were placed to hover in space high above the earth’s equator?
A new book titled Behind The Champions by Henry Schwartz turns out to be an exciting real life story about the characters and faltering personalties that had to play their parts in the first and perhaps the last Golden Era for Heavyweight Boxing Championships. Schwartz is a Valley Stream resident and husband of Constance Schwartz, director emeritus of the Nassau County Museum of Art.
When, how and why were these spectacular events staged out of the United States? How did they emerge out of countries run by controlled and structured dictatorial-based governments that could spend more dollars than the American dollars available from the United States money-driven older television stations fighting against the newer and expanding cable networks?
Behind The Champions is an honest story about the winning and losing of heavyweight championship titles. It tells all about Smokin Joe Frazier losing his world heavyweight championship to George Foreman in Jamaica’s sunny country riddled with Patois language and “bandulu” fraud and racket businesses.
And it tells all about Muhammad Ali regaining his championship from George Foreman in Zaire’s magical “Rumble In The Jungle.” And it tells all about how Ali bitterly held onto his title when he met Frazier for the third and last time at the “Thrilla in Manila” in the Philippines.
Behind The Champions is an exciting story that covers all of the life aspects that touched on the social, political heads, money men, bankers, and greedy individuals that were needed to complete the whole picture.
These spectacular heavyweight championship boxing events were watched for the first time by a global linked audience as it happened, “live,” and in “bloody” colors presenting future clashing Gladiators and become the Golden Sport Era for the heavyweight fighters.
Henry Schwartz, is well-known within the communications and sport industries as well as known within the unstabilized “money and banking transactions playing field” and how he got American fighters to the table to sign into contracts for each of their heavyweight championship fight. The book has received several glowing reviews.
“The fact that you (Hank) was the first to set-up worldwide production and satellite facilities that had never been surpassed or even matched in quality and effectiveness of marvelous worldwide coverage,” said William D. Clayton, president, The Big Fights Inc.
“I have worked in over 50 countries and producing Sport Events. I worked with the greats and near-greats, but there is only one Hank Schwartz. He is the visionary who made it all work. He is sports one true genius,” said Shelly Saltman, former president, FOX Sports.
“Schwartz, an electronic genius, was light years ahead of his time when it came to moving TV images across oceans, mountains and whatever else it had to cross to get into people’s homes without looking like two polar bears mating in the middle of a snowstorm,” added Jerry Izzenberg, longtime columist for The New York Post.