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Here's a nice piece of history about HBO boxing and promoter Murad Muhammad.​ Muhammad says he was the one to bring live boxing to HBO in an interview with fighthype.com. The full interview was posted by +Eusi Roho

What's really intriguing is this fight was live from Rahway state prison between a prisoner and a WBA #1 light heavyweight contender. I've attached the Fighthype link and part of the interview dialogue where Muhammad explains his deals that setup this fight. I've also found the telecast of the fight itself for everyone to see.




http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content6878.html

Murad Muhammad interview by Percy Crawford.

So I ran over to New York and found a Jewish firm named Big Fights, Bill Cayton and Jim Jacobs, and I said, "My name is Murad Muhammad. I'm a boxing promoter and I have something that I believe is unique and I need you guys to help me." They said, "Well Murad, we don't promote or manage. We own fight films." I said, "That's correct." They said, "Well, what could we do for you?" I said, "Well, you could take me into the network." They said, "Well Murad, if you have a great idea, you could go on your own." I said, "Nah, I want to go from the top. I can't take my idea to a little guy. I gotta take it to a man on top with creativity because I can bring them ratings." So I caught their attention. I said, "Listen I will give you a percentage of me if you will take me into the network, introduce me to the man and then guide me 'cause I don't know what to ask for. I don't want to ask for too much money and they tell me I'm out of my mind and I don't want to ask for too little money and then I walk out and say they just beat me." So they thought about it and agreed, so we signed a deal. They told me to come on and said we were going to go to Time Warner and HBO and I was going to meet a gentleman named Seth Abraham. So I walked in and shook Seth's hand and told him that I had live boxing and he said, "Well Murad, we don't do live boxing." People don't know this, everybody thinks that Don King or Bob Arum brought live boxing to HBO. It was little me; little me from the projects, little me with a great idea and little me who thought about the fighters. So I went in there and told them I had a fight that I wanted to put on behind the prison walls and they said, "What prison walls?" I say, "Rahway State Prison." They said, "Rahway State Prison? That was almost burned to the ground. Rahway State Prison  where men lost their life? Rahway State Prison where they sodomized the Warden? Rahway State Prison where all of the rapists and murderers are? The maximum security prison? You can take us behind those walls?" I said, "Yes, I can take you behind those walls." They said, "Alright, for a boxing match, who you got?" I said, "I got James Scott." They asked who I was going to put him in against. They said, "Which contender?" I say, "I will let you know that if you take my deal." They agreed to take my deal and asked how much did I want? I asked how much would they pay? They said, "$26,500." I said, "Deal!" I told them done deal and we shook on it. 

So they were wondering who I was going to get and I had saw a guy named Eddie Gregory "Flame" [Eddie Mustafa Muhammad], #1 contender, and I went to see Eddie Gregory and his manager Joe. He said, "Son, we getting ready to fight Victor Galindez for the 3rd time." I said, "Well how much you being paid?" He said, "They giving us $25,000." I told them I would give them $25,000. They said, "Hold on! Wait a minute! You're going to give us $25,000 to fight on…what's that channel?" I said, "HBO." They go, "Okay, so you're going to give us $25,000 to fight on HBO," which was not a household name. And they said, "You're going to give us that kind of money to fight a kid that hasn't fought in 4 years?" I told them that he had a couple of fights behind the walls, but it wasn't no big fights. He said, "But you going to give us $25,000?" I told him yeah I was going to give them $25,000. They didn't want it to interfere with them fighting for the title, so I asked when they were fighting for the title so I can do it 4 months in advance and asked them was that enough time. They said, "Sure." So I told them I would put the fight on 4 months before they fought for the title. They told me I had a deal. So I ran back and announced to the world that James Scott, the inmate, is going to fight Eddie Gregory for 12 rounds of boxing. They said, "12 rounds?" I said, "Yes, this is an elimination." Remember, back then, 15 rounds were the championship and 12 was elimination, so I let everyone know that I was going to put this fight on and sell it to the world. They took the fight and they came in from all over because HBO gave me their press people and man, they flocked in that prison. We could only hold 500 people in the prison, but it was 500 people standing and I put closed circuit in all of the halls and had top security on the top side of the prison so the inmates would not tear the prison up. I had James Brown singing the National Anthem. I was standing behind "Soul Brother #1" because he didn't know the lyrics. I had to give him the lyrics while he was singing it. He kept telling me he didn't know the lyrics. I told him to just sing and I'm telling him the lyrics from behind the wall. So it went off, "Live from Rahway State Prison, Murad Muhammad, for the first time on TV presents the #1 WBA contender Eddie Gregory versus James Scott of Rahway State Prison." And the fight went on and my God, James Scott literally beat the hell out of Eddie Gregory and I liked Eddie Gregory because he was tough. He wouldn't fall, but he was taking a whooping. He kept trying to come back and kept trying to come back all the way until the last bell and we won. So when we won, I became a phenom. All of a sudden, CBS and NBC all started calling me. Bill Cayton realized they had signed the most successful original deal that had never been done in the history of this business and they became consultants for Murad Muhammad. We visited all of the Presidents and today, I have an excellent reputation with every executive that you could name in this business. Bob Uecker and I used to just shake hands on deals, but he wouldn't come behind the prison walls because Howard Cosell wouldn't allow him to come to the prison. He said he would never commentate a prisoner, so ABC wouldn't come, but Uecker and I started doing other fights. But NBC and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, the President of NBC, the lawyer of NBC, we all became very close because we were doing about 8 fights a year and then CBS and Richard Teal and all the executives at CBS were very happy with me and of course Seth, who won best program of the year for coming behind the walls, was tickled to death and that was the beginning of HBO and I!






James Scott v.s Eddie Gregory: https://youtu.be/VKsUY8rMWds
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Mayweather's Legacy - Bert Sugar Flip-Flops - MUST SEE: https://youtu.be/QjZnc4sQKaY
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+PSNpsychocrusher and you were in the room. 
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There's some great fights this weekend and these two guys are already getting physical with each other.


SERGEY KOVALEV SHOVES JEAN PASCAL AT FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE; NEARLY COME...: https://youtu.be/oAXweWUCEOI
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Don't forget some good fights Friday night too!!! :)
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A tune for my folks from the USA to the UK and all over the world. Be blessed and have a positive and peaceful day.



Bob Marley - Top Rankin' [03]: https://youtu.be/o882ycTCVLc
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Same to you +Louis Portis​
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Apparently Bob Arum is feeling some kind of way about Cotto signing with Roc nation. Bob as usual had some things to say about Cotto but Miguel also decided to speak his mind.
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But honestly what do u expect?  The old way of doing boxing business is to screw over your fighters and rob them blind.  That's just how its always been done.  And Bob Arum is the leader of the old school.  In his mind, "Whats wrong with treating a slave like a slave?  I dont get it."
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Keith Thurman vs Robert Guerrero (Full fight) 07.03.2015: http://youtu.be/tZymHdjRyvE
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thank you.
Want to a concert last night!
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After May 2nd 😭
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+Misael R You spoke as if you feel singled out on a humor post.
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PACQUIAO interview and Bob Arum explains why team mayweather rejected a $5 million drug test penalty.


https://youtu.be/3lMLg8jluKM
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The sad part about this is there a couple dudes on here I just had a talk with and I was being accused of being a bias uneducated fan before this video cleared up the stunt these three lames is pulling....Floyd with out a doubt is gonna put a hurting on Manny and this is a fact....all that speed shit don't matter because Floyd will be fast and strong as ever this fight...facts...
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Pac fans and Skip Bayless after May 2nd....
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+Misael R ok I'll check it out.
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I know some of you guys were disappointed about FM Sr. not speaking at today's press conference, so here's one of his moments today speaking about the fight.




FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR. CONFRONTS ERIK MORALES FOR SAYING PACQUIAO HAS A CH...: https://youtu.be/rEdJAXgTWto
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He's so happy. Let's see if he's right on may 2nd.
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The channel boxingEgo posted a video about Jim Lampley and his bias boxing commentary and opinions. This comment below made no sense towards that topic. What's worse is that same guy had admitted in a boxing community that Gennady Golovkin is his favorite fighter because he's Russian like him.

There's always a double standard for those that have dark skin. Smh........

The world we live in.
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+knockits Lopez​ you state opinion and try to call it facts.

Your saying blame haymon but for what. All of his fighters ate happy and making money. Can arum say the same? Back as far as floyd to today mike garcia and rigondeuax.

Is not a black white thing.
One is opening doors for many fighters of all backgrounds and the other is arum.

You can make it about black and white or look at it for what it is. Arum is a snake unless your name is pac man while haymon has guys making over a million dollars without even having a belt.
Who would you rather be your boss.
Haymon wasn't in the media criticising manny but every other day arum was doing it to floyd.
Man you dudes need the shit out of your eyes and ears
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Paulie seems like he has spent time in a few boxing communities on google +. Lol
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+Emanuel Lopez Somebody pissed him off and since then he's been going hard lol. "What angles?" "Am i blind?" Lol i fell out.
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