CY Celebrities – CYInterview http://www.cyinterview.com Celebrity Interviews, Entertainment, Sports and a Bunch of Cool Stuff. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:44:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 Earnie Shavers, One of the Hardest Punchers in Boxing History, Joins Us to Discuss His Life, His Fights, His Training, More http://www.cyinterview.com/earnie-shavers-one-of-the-hardest-punchers-in-boxing-history-joins-us-to-discuss-his-life-his-fights-his-training-more/ http://www.cyinterview.com/earnie-shavers-one-of-the-hardest-punchers-in-boxing-history-joins-us-to-discuss-his-life-his-fights-his-training-more/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:00:46 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20314 Continue reading "Earnie Shavers, One of the Hardest Punchers in Boxing History, Joins Us to Discuss His Life, His Fights, His Training, More" ]]> Some consider him to be the hardest hitting puncher in boxing history. Today, Earnie Shavers makes his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. Recently, he has been making appearances at Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood on behalf of the autograph company Inscriptagraphs, on the Las Vegas Strip. You can see my picture with the boxing legend above.

Known for his fights with Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton and Larry Holmes among others, his boxing record included 74 wins, 68 of them coming by way of knockout, 14 losses and 1 draw. Today, at age 73, Mr. Shavers says he is in good health. He says his eyesight has been repaired through a medical procedure.

When it comes to his prodigious punching ability, Earnie says, “I had that punch from day one.” It was not something he developed over time. Growing up on a farm, chopping wood and other hard labor was what helped developed his strength and power, which served him well in the ring.

Earnie recently joined us to talk about some of his career highlights, as well as his life today. Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joined me for this segment. You can listen to the entire CYInterview below:

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Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Leon Spinks Signs Autographs at Caesars Palace to Fans Delight http://www.cyinterview.com/former-heavyweight-champion-of-the-world-leon-spinks-signs-autographs-at-caesars-palace-to-fans-delight/ http://www.cyinterview.com/former-heavyweight-champion-of-the-world-leon-spinks-signs-autographs-at-caesars-palace-to-fans-delight/#respond Sat, 06 Jan 2018 06:00:01 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20240 Continue reading "Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Leon Spinks Signs Autographs at Caesars Palace to Fans Delight" ]]> He is the only man to ever take away Muhammad Ali’s undisputed heavyweight title, in the ring. The fight took place in 1978 and Leon Spinks won a split decision over Muhammad Ali after 15 rounds of boxing here in Las Vegas.

Today, Leon signs autographs and poses for pictures with fans, right next to the sportsbook at Caesars Palace. See my photo with Leon above, during his Saturday December 30th signing.

The boxing legend is currently under contract with a celebrity autograph company, Inscriptagraphs, where he makes appearances every weekend on the Vegas strip. Fans can purchase a variety of sports memorabilia from the champ, as well as see other celebrity collectibles the company has for sale.

Inscriptagraphs puts on celebrity autograph signings every week at both Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood.next to each resort’s sportsbook. You can find their upcoming schedule by clicking here for Leon Spinks and others making appearances.

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Kurt Busch Racing to Help Vegas: At Go Cart Race Event at Pole Position http://www.cyinterview.com/kurt-busch-racing-to-help-vegas-at-go-cart-race-event-at-pole-position/ http://www.cyinterview.com/kurt-busch-racing-to-help-vegas-at-go-cart-race-event-at-pole-position/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:35 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20210 Continue reading "Kurt Busch Racing to Help Vegas: At Go Cart Race Event at Pole Position" ]]> On Tuesday November 28th, famed Nascar driver Kurt Busch held a Vegas Strong event at Pole Position to raise money for those impacted by the Mandalay Bay shooting back in September, that killed more than 50 people and injured over 500. Pole Position is an indoor go cart race track located near the Palms Hotel & Casino. See our photo with Kurt Busch at the event, above.

Proceeds from the evening benefited the Drivers for Vegas and Keep Vegas Strong charities. Drivers for Vegas is working alongside Zappos, who has been matching donations that have been made to the charitable organization.

A Las Vegas native, Kurt Busch tells us why he felt it was important to give back and be part of the Vegas Strong movement. Additionally, we speak about Nascar’s expansion in the Las Vegas market and what his Nascar future holds for him in 2018.

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Pro Wrestling Legend/WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts Sits Down at His Vegas Home and Talks: Sobriety, A Book about His Life, Working to Feel Good about Himself, Reaching Out to Ric Flair, More http://www.cyinterview.com/pro-wrestling-legendwwe-hall-of-famer-jake-the-snake-roberts-sits-down-at-his-vegas-home-and-talks-sobriety-a-book-about-his-life-working-to-feel-good-about-himself-reaching-out/ http://www.cyinterview.com/pro-wrestling-legendwwe-hall-of-famer-jake-the-snake-roberts-sits-down-at-his-vegas-home-and-talks-sobriety-a-book-about-his-life-working-to-feel-good-about-himself-reaching-out/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 04:17:27 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20128 Continue reading "Pro Wrestling Legend/WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts Sits Down at His Vegas Home and Talks: Sobriety, A Book about His Life, Working to Feel Good about Himself, Reaching Out to Ric Flair, More" ]]> In his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, pro wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts sat down with me for the first time in eight years. The last time I saw Jake was August 8, 2009. It was the day I graduated from the University of Florida. The wrestling superstar came to my graduation. See our photo above at his home this week.

Today, Jake says he has been sober for six years and has a new outlook on life. Almost a decade ago, the master of ring psychology had spoken about a doing a book on his life. Now, he says he has written 600 pages for a book covering the first half of his life. He plans to write a second book that would take us from there to the present.

Speaking candidly about his life, Jake talks about living in Las Vegas, how he avoids temptations in Sin City, his new pro wrestling school and why he wished he would have pursued sobriety sooner, among other topics.

With the Ric Flair documentary on ESPN, titled Nature Boy, debuting this week, Jake reveals to us that he and Diamond Dallas Page tried to reach out to Flair after his health scare earlier this year. He said they were interested in assisting him with his sobriety. Jake says Ric was not interested in receiving help from either him or Mr. Page.

Conversations with Jake Roberts are always a must to listen to. Our latest segment with him is no different. You can read the highlights and listen to the entire CYInterview below:

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On his life today, Jake said this:

“I still struggle with, you know, not really feeling good about myself at times and I certainly give myself a reason to, but you know, enough’s enough and you gotta move on and where I’m at these days, man I just want to reach out and help as many people as I can, because I know that each time I do that I’m closer to getting my dream come true and that’s just to continue to live sober, you know, and to enjoy life.”

The pro wrestling legend does not have a publisher yet, but he says he has written 600 pages for a book covering the first half of his career. He wants to write a second book as well:

“We’ve got about 600 pages ready to go and right now I’m doing my last read. I’ve done about four last reads, but this is my last read for sure. I’m gonna go through it one last time and just check some things out and release it.”

Looking back: With Jake Roberts at my college graduation in 2009

After Ric Flair’s health scare in August, Jake says he reached out to the “Nature Boy” to help with his sobriety, but Flair was not interested in his or Diamond Dallas Page’s help:

“I even tried to help Mr. Flair and I hope Ric can do it. He’s sure going at it with the wrong attitude. He thinks he snapped his fingers, that he can just beat it. There’s a lot more to it. … He’s in the hospital and he’s made that decision to quit drinking. My God I made that decision a million times and he thinks that’s all there is to it. There’s a lot more to it because you know why he’s in that hospital, that disease we call alcoholism is outside doing pushups getting ready for him to come out of the hospital. You’re in a guarded position in the hospital. You know, there’s not a lot of alcohol around.”

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Washington State Head Football Coach Mike Leach Reacts to Thrilling Overtime Win by His Cougars against Boise State; Gives Thoughts on Solid Start to Season, Recent Movies He Likes, More http://www.cyinterview.com/washington-state-head-football-coach-mike-leach-reacts-to-thrilling-overtime-win-by-his-cougars-against-boise-state-gives-thoughts-on-solid-start-to-season-recent-movies-he-likes-more/ http://www.cyinterview.com/washington-state-head-football-coach-mike-leach-reacts-to-thrilling-overtime-win-by-his-cougars-against-boise-state-gives-thoughts-on-solid-start-to-season-recent-movies-he-likes-more/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:57:34 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20072 Continue reading "Washington State Head Football Coach Mike Leach Reacts to Thrilling Overtime Win by His Cougars against Boise State; Gives Thoughts on Solid Start to Season, Recent Movies He Likes, More" ]]> The 2017 college football season has started off better for the Washington State Cougars football program than the previous two seasons. Head coach and NY Times bestselling author Mike Leach reacts to his team’s thrilling 47-44 overtime win against Boise State this past weekend and focuses on what is ahead.

Coach Leach also discusses the improvement of his Cougars, the team’s effort in the win over Boise State, why you always have to be concerned about how a team handles success and other team related topics.

Aside from the gridiron, Mike talks movies with us, revealing that he recently saw Wind River and The Hitman’s Bodyguard and quite enjoyed them.

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You can find more information and purchase a copy of Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior by Mike Leach and Buddy Levy clicking here.

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Model Tyson Beckford Departs Chippendales on Labor Day Weekend; Worked Seamlessly with Regulars; Ladies’ Reactions Indicate Show Enthralls, Titillates http://www.cyinterview.com/model-tyson-beckford-departs-chippendales-on-labor-day-weekend-worked-seamlessly-with-regulars-ladys-reactions-indicate-show-enthralls-titillates/ http://www.cyinterview.com/model-tyson-beckford-departs-chippendales-on-labor-day-weekend-worked-seamlessly-with-regulars-ladys-reactions-indicate-show-enthralls-titillates/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:00:15 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20077 Continue reading "Model Tyson Beckford Departs Chippendales on Labor Day Weekend; Worked Seamlessly with Regulars; Ladies’ Reactions Indicate Show Enthralls, Titillates" ]]> Labor Day weekend in Las Vegas is a busy time. When it comes to people seeking entertainment centering on the male physique, the latest installment of the Chippendales show at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino fits the bill. Labor Day weekend 2017 was special, because it was the latest sendoff for celebrity model Tyson Beckford, who is part of the shirtless crew of men who make women scream nightly. Though Tyson might have joined Chippendales as a celebrity member, he easily fit into the crew.

Though Chippendales has been around much longer than the Magic Mike movies, starring actor Channing Tatum, an argument can be made that those films brought back interest in this type of performance. There are currently multiple shows featuring shirtless, buff men in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

As for the Chippendales show itself, men and women should take note that the show has ongoing nudity and teases. At certain points during the show, some of the audience’s women are given lap dances, slow dances and one woman was even asked to dress and dry off Tyson Beckford after he got out of a full nude, shower scene performance he did on stage.

From Bachelorette parties to a gals’ weekend out, Chippendales is a great stop for women who want to let loose and, perhaps, have some of their personal fantasies come true.

Photo credit for this piece goes to Denise Truscello.

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Legendary, Multi-Talented and Still Relevant Lamonte McLemore of the 5th Dimension Releases His Latest Song, I Wish I Could Fall in Love http://www.cyinterview.com/legendary-multi-talented-and-still-relevant-lamonte-mclemore-of-the-5th-dimension-releases-his-latest-song-i-wish-i-could-fall-in-love/ http://www.cyinterview.com/legendary-multi-talented-and-still-relevant-lamonte-mclemore-of-the-5th-dimension-releases-his-latest-song-i-wish-i-could-fall-in-love/#respond Sat, 09 Sep 2017 04:00:35 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20057 Continue reading "Legendary, Multi-Talented and Still Relevant Lamonte McLemore of the 5th Dimension Releases His Latest Song, I Wish I Could Fall in Love" ]]> Since we last spoke to him, Lamonte McLemore has stayed busy. The multi Grammy winning artist, from the famous music group The 5th Dimension, has released a new song. Just out this last weekend, fans will be able to hear a track written by Lamonte titled I Wish I Could Fall In Love. The song’s vocals are performed by Julio Hanson.

For our latest CYInterview, we visited the home of LaMonte located near Las Vegas. See our photo above. On October 27th at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino, LaMonte will receive an honor for Lifetime Achievement at the Dream Awards. The award ceremony will pay tribute to many performers who entertained in Las Vegas showrooms.

In addition to his career in music, LaMonte is known for his work in photography, as well his love for everything baseball and softball. Later this year, he is slated to go to India to take pictures of the Taj Mahal. We look forward to seeing his work.

At this moment, the thing most important to him is that people hear the track Cease Fire about world peace, which deals with getting rid of all weapons of mass destruction. With the current concerns about nuclear weapons in the world, LaMonte’s track Cease Fire, which is also sung by Julio Hanson, is a cautionary reminder about what happens dealing with the evils of the war.

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You can purchase a copy and find more information about LaMonte McLemore’s book From Hobo Flats to the 5th Dimension: A Life Fulfilled in Baseball, Photography and Music here

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Mayweather/McGregor: The League of Extraordinary Fight Commentators Weighs In http://www.cyinterview.com/mayweathermcgregor-the-league-of-extraordinary-fight-commentators-weighs-in/ http://www.cyinterview.com/mayweathermcgregor-the-league-of-extraordinary-fight-commentators-weighs-in/#respond Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:21:05 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20012 Continue reading "Mayweather/McGregor: The League of Extraordinary Fight Commentators Weighs In" ]]> Panem et circenses Latin for bread and circuses, a concept old as Rome, older I suspect. The notion being that the general public can be mollified through entertainment; think junk food and some kind of spectacle. As an example, this happens for millions of us on weekends in the Fall, when we watch football, while feasting on cheese laden nachos and pizzas or burgers and beer or cookies, cakes, puddings and pies or all of the aforementioned. This while immobilized in perfect passivity on our couches and reclining chairs.

I am no stranger to such gluttony and spectacle. I have participated in both. I still do on occasion, though I partake in less of those questionable distractions/void fillers with each passing year. I grow evermore ambivalent about their value, particularly in our current social setting, which finds us often unable to discern appearance from reality.

That said, I still like a good circus and if that circus takes place in a squared circle so be it. And we certainly have a circus coming up on August 26th when 40 year old, previously retired, undefeated, boxing multi-champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. – the elusive man of the mighty shoulder roll – steps into the ring against 29 year old UFC champion, mixed martial arts phenom, not-a-boxer, Conor McGregor.

The two principals of this matchup have given us a circus already. However, it is not the variety I enjoy. They went on a trash talking tour – performed at a new low level – which seems to speak to the general social entropy we currently find ourselves mired in.

Yes, 2017 is an annus horribilis. It is a year when technological innovations continue at a breakneck pace while courtesy, dignity, self-respect and the ability to trash talk with wit – think the late, great Muhammad Ali – seem headed to history’s ash heap. Perhaps I overstate just a bit, yet I do not believe the manner of promotion for Mayweather/McGregor will prove to be positive for boxing, at least not in the long run.

Anyway, enough with all the sociocultural lamenting and philosophical handwringing. After all, the point of bread and circuses is to provide us with an escape from the quotidian.

To gain insight into what we are about to see and who will win, we assembled a group of individuals who are no strangers to mano a mano combat. In fact, I believe, fairly, we could call them The League of Extraordinary Fight Commentators. They are:

Dan Severn – UFC Hall of famer and Superfight Champion, NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) World Champion, amateur wrestling All-American. Dan has one of the most impressive grappling resumes on earth, spanning MMA, amateur wrestling and professional wrestling. His book, The Realest Guy in the Room, sports a title that says it all. [Photo Above: Top Left]

Gary Stretch – Former British Super Welterweight titleholder. Super welterweight/light middleweight boxer who fought for the WBO middleweight championship in London. Did some modeling then transitioned to acting. Now, a producer/director/writer. Has done a documentary on Ronda Rousey titled, Through My Father’s Eyes. Helped train Rousey in striking in the beginning of her MMA career. Truly a man of many talents. [Photo Above: Bottom Right]

Ric Drasin – Former professional wrestler, professional wrestling teacher and golden age bodybuilder. Was one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s training partners at the original Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. He has also acted and currently hosts Ric’s Corner on YouTube. Ric has keen insights on training and the art of promotion. [Photo Above: Top Right]

Bobby Rooney – Former professional boxer, current boxing trainer. Bobby was born into the boxing game. His father, Bob Rooney, was also a professional boxer and boxing trainer, who helped Chuck Wepner prepare for his fight with Ali. Bobby is a consummate student of the boxing game, someone who brings ring experience and deep knowledge to any boxing discussion. [Photo Above: Middle Right]

Scott McGimpsey – Has amateur boxing experience, a past filled with athletic endeavors and currently enjoys his passion for one on one competition by playing tennis at a high level. Scott is particularly knowledgeable when it comes combat sports. He is a fan’s fan, not just talking the talk but having walked the walk. [Photo Above: Lower Middle]

Chris Yandek – CYInterview’s editor in chief. Chris has interviewed Art Davie, Dana White, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Lenox Lewis, Don King, Steve Austin, Freddie Blassie and the list goes on and on. His interviews, spanning more than a decade and a half include a who’s who of professional wrestlers, mixed martial artists and boxers. [Photo Above: Bottom Left]

What did our panel, our League of Extraordinary Fight Commentators, have to say about Mayweather/McGregor? You will have to listen to this CYInterview to find out. All I can say is the individuals on this panel are not only knowledgeable but also true gentlemen. I believe any fan will want to listen to this CYInterview in its entirety.

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Dan Severn’s official website can be found here.

Ric Drasin’s official website is here.

Gary Stretch’s company website is here.

Bobby Rooney is on Twitter here.

Scott McGimpsey’s information is here.

You can reach me with your questions and comments at Jay@CYinterview.com

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Anson Williams Talks: His Latest Invention, Being on Happy Days, His Work as a Director, Entrepreneurship, Being Coached by Ronda Rousey, More http://www.cyinterview.com/anson-williams-talks-his-latest-invention-being-on-happy-days-his-work-as-a-director-entrepreneurship-being-coached-by-ronda-rousey-more/ http://www.cyinterview.com/anson-williams-talks-his-latest-invention-being-on-happy-days-his-work-as-a-director-entrepreneurship-being-coached-by-ronda-rousey-more/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:12:40 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=19992 Happy Days, Anson Williams made a name for himself playing the ever likeable Warren “Potise” Webber. Beyond being on that iconic show, from its beginning to its end, Anson has had a successful career as a TV director. He has directed episodes of popular TV shows including Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place. Mr. Williams has also been an entrepreneur. Anson is currently promoting something he created, with input from his now deceased, famous cousin, Dr. Henry Heimlich. Dr. Heimlich, of course, is most well-known for creating the Heimlich maneuver, the technique which can help save people who are choking. Anson’s new product is meant to address drowsy driving. Driving while feeling drowsy can lead to falling asleep at the wheel of a car, something that, frighteningly, he says he has experienced. With the help of Dr. Heimlich, Anson has produced what he says is an all-natural, citrus infused spray called Alert Drops. The actor/director claims Alert Drops will help a person stay awake. You can find more information about his product at www.alertdrops.com. ]]> Being a cast member of the 1970s hit television show Happy Days, Anson Williams made a name for himself playing the ever likeable Warren “Potise” Webber. Beyond being on that iconic show, from its beginning to its end, Anson has had a successful career as a TV director. He has directed episodes of popular TV shows including Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place. Mr. Williams has also been an entrepreneur.

Anson is currently promoting something he created, with input from his now deceased, famous cousin, Dr. Henry Heimlich. Dr. Heimlich, of course, is most well-known for creating the Heimlich maneuver, the technique which can help save people who are choking.

Anson’s new product is meant to address drowsy driving. Driving while feeling drowsy can lead to falling asleep at the wheel of a car, something that, frighteningly, he says he has experienced. With the help of Dr. Heimlich, Anson has produced what he says is an all-natural, citrus infused spray called Alert Drops. The actor/director claims Alert Drops will help a person stay awake. You can find more information about his product at www.alertdrops.com.

Additionally, Mr. Williams, after having been diagnosed with colon cancer late last year, is happy to be cancer free he says. Having beaten cancer, he had the opportunity to appear on ABC’s Battle of the Network Stars, in which mixed martial arts star and former UFC Champ Ronda Rousey was his coach.

Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joins us for this interesting discussion with the actor, director and entrepreneur.

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Discussing Alert Drops, Anson Williams shared this:

“We spent two years developing Alert Drops. No caffeine. No stimulants. No nothing. It’s lemon in a spray with the right amount of citric acid, the right amount of water, the right amount of sour lemon and we’ve already saved lives. Just in the subject groups alone, we’ve saved so many lives. It’s an amazing product and in this day and age of like craziness in this country where everything seems out of control, we can do something positive.”

SPECIAL NOTE: CYInterview would like to emphasize that a person who is sleepy should never get behind the wheel of a car. Additionally, CYInterview has no experience with the above mentioned product and does not take a position as to its value and effectiveness.

Discussing his time on Happy Days with Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and Don Most among other stars, Mr. Williams says it was more than an acting job. He says Gary Marshall gave him the opportunity to learn the art of directing. Anson would go on to direct episodes of numerous TV shows:

“Gary Marshall was very instrumental in terms of broadening our minds and opened up the door to see other opportunities. So Happy Days became much more than just acting on a show. He saw the entrepreneurial spirit in me and really inspired me to go in the business and create products and things like that. … He opened up the Paramount lot and I was able to observe and stand right by the best directors in the world. … When they were shooting all the musical numbers for Grease, you know, on the lot, I was there watching how they did it. So that was my education as a director. And that’s Gary Marshall.”

Discussing his appearance on ABC’s Battle of the Network Stars, he says his coach for the show was none other than UFC star Ronda Rousey. [You can see our recent CYInterview with the director/producer of the upcoming Ronda Rousey documentary Gary Stretch here] Anson had this to say about the MMA fighter:

“It’s so funny. Ronda Rousey was our coach. And she is such a doll. She was such a delight to spend the day with. What a wonderful person, really good hearted, talented, great, great person.”

Finally, Anson Williams recently had a battle with colon cancer. Now, cancer free, he tells us what he wants everyone to know about colon cancer:

“I can’t stress enough how important it is for everyone out there to get colonoscopies, so important, so important, because it’s the, colon cancer has grown 60 percent since 1990. And a lot of it has to do with the foods we’re eating, there’s so much processed stuff. And I don’t want to tell people not to eat meat or whatever, but there’s things you should definitely stay away from.”

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Boxer, Model, Actor, Producer, Director, Writer Gary Stretch is a True Renaissance Man: Talks Boxing Career, Acting and His Film on Ronda Rousey, Through My Father’s Eyes, More http://www.cyinterview.com/boxer-model-actor-producer-director-writer-gary-stretch-is-a-true-renaissance-man-talks-boxing-career-acting-and-his-film-on-ronda-rousey-through-my-fathers-eyes-more/ http://www.cyinterview.com/boxer-model-actor-producer-director-writer-gary-stretch-is-a-true-renaissance-man-talks-boxing-career-acting-and-his-film-on-ronda-rousey-through-my-fathers-eyes-more/#respond Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:00:38 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=19924 Beauty v The Best contest for the WBO World Middleweight Championship. If Mr. Stretch’s saga ended there, his life would be remarkable. But he was just getting started. Gary went on to have a career in modeling and acting. His acting work includes roles in the 2004 film Alexander and the 2006 movie World Trade Center.]]> Gary Stretch is a man of many talents. An accomplished boxer, he is a former WBC International Light Middleweight Champion. Arguably, his most prominent fight occurred in 1991 when he fought Chris Eubank in the billed Beauty v The Best contest for the WBO World Middleweight Championship.

If Mr. Stretch’s saga ended there, his life would be remarkable. But he was just getting started. Gary went on to have a career in modeling and acting. His acting work includes roles in the 2004 film Alexander and the 2006 movie World Trade Center.

Now, people will come to know Gary Stretch as a talented filmmaker. Seven years ago, this Renaissance man, hailing from Britain, befriended Ronda Rousey. From 2010 to 2017, he filmed Ronda as she progressed from little known judoka to MMA superstar. He witnessed her sacrifices and climb to glory.

Mr. Stretch crafted the footage of Ronda into a touching love letter of a film titled Through My Father’s Eyes. This is a documentary film that should appeal to MMA fans and non-MMA fans alike. Gary has captured compelling moments in the life of one of MMA’s biggest stars, for all the world to see.

The now producer/director/writer has also been working on another documentary film, Faith, about a variety of boxers and their heartfelt trials and travails. Additionally, on the feature film front, Gary is slated to direct the story of boxer Carlos Palomino.

Gary Stretch’s story is a testament to the grit, determination and creativity of a human being who puts himself out there in life and goes for it.

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Reflecting on his boxing career, Gary tells us this:

“With most careers, you just need somebody to believe in you. I had someone as a young boy and that propelled me to keep going and it gets to a point when you start believing in yourself and then your career really starts to flourish and so my background in boxing was simply that. I got pushed into it, but then in the process of it learned trust, respect, discipline and it put my life on a different course and that’s really how I got into the game.”

Well beyond the squared circle, acting and filmmaking have become areas Gary Stretch excels in. Focusing on the filmmaking, his seven years of footage from 2010 to 2017 of Ronda Rousey’s life, going from relative unknown to worldwide mega celebrity, will certainly bring his creativity to a whole new audience. Speaking about Through My Father’s Eyes, the filmmaker tells us about this emotionally resonant project and how he saw something special in Ronda, before the world saw her in a UFC cage.

“People say to me, ’How did you know?’ And to be honest, I didn’t know what was gonna happen. But I thought there was a movie there anyway because if she lost or won or became or didn’t, the commitment this young girl had in my eyes is a movie.”

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Gary’s documentary film on the UFC star is titled Through My Father’s Eyes: The Ronda Rousey Story

He tells us that early on in her MMA training, Ronda lived in her car, as she was working towards her dream. Ms. Rousey’s sacrifices are captured in footage spanning seven years. Gary says she has seen the film and this was her reaction:

“She wept. She loved the movie. She only saw a very rough version.”

Gary Stretch’s filmmaking career is something to keep an eye on. Aside from his accomplishments in boxing and entertainment, he is a purveyor of some potent messages about life and who we are as people. For example, he shared this with us:

“We’re very powerful. We just don’t realize it. And people are all looking outwards at the news and the TV and the rubbish that they watch. When you turn inwards, we can do a lot of things we don’t have a clue about. We can do anything if we really want to do it. You just gotta be brave enough to want it and take the step and trust the next one will come.”

You can check out Gary Stretch’s official website at www.spoemedia.com

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