Lee Cleveland

Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.

A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.

Lee created FightSaga.com to honor and preserve boxing's rich heritage, chronicle the achievements of top fighters, celebrate the legacy of big fights and provide a fun, educational experience for fight fans.  


Monday, 20 December 2010 19:48


Monday, 20 December 2010 19:47

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Sunday, 19 December 2010 19:50

MGM Grand Las Vegas

The MGM Grand is one of the most exciting places to see a fight. It hosts boxing's biggest fights of the year. As soon as you walk into the lobby of the casino you can feel the anticipation of the pending fight in the air. From the huge fight posters plastered all over the walls to crowds of boxing fans wearing fight t-shirts it's all about the fight.

The MGM Grand Garden Arena where the fights take place is huge. Its large size dwarfs the boxing ring so plan on spending more money on a ticket so you can sit ringside, on the floor or in the 100 level on the sides. If you end up in the 200 level or at the ends of the arena bring along binoculars or rent some at the arena or else you will spend the entire time having to watch the fight through the big screen monitors.

Tito Trinidad's first fight in Las Vegas, Nevada was against Hector Camacho on Saturday, January 29, 1994 at the MGM Grand. It was also the first fightcard that the latest MGM Grand (formerly known as the Marina Hotel) hosted since it opened on December 18, 1993. In a fight of firsts Julio Cesar Chavez fighting on the same card was knocked down for the first time in his pro boxing career by Frankie Randall.

4 out of 5 of the top 35 highest grossing boxing gates in Nevada were held at the MGM Grand. The highest, Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 5, 2007 grossed $18,419,200.00. The fight sold out in three hours breaking the previous North American highest-grossing live gate record of $16,860,300.00 million in 1999 for the Lennox Lewis vs Evander Holyfield heavyweight rematch at the Thomas & Mack.

The three other top fights held at the MGM Grand were promoted by Don King and headlined Mike Tyson. Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield II on June 28, 1997 grossed $14,277,200. This was the fight where Tyson was disqualified for biting Holfield's ear twice. Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield I on November 9, 1996 grossed $14,150,700. It was the biggest upset of the year. Tyson lost to Evander Holyfield. Peter McNeeley vs Mike Tyson on August 19, 1995 grossed $13,965,600. It was Tyson's first fight after his 4 year prison term. 

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Sunday, 19 December 2010 07:43

Shymkent City, Kazakhstan

Shymkent (also spelled Chimkent, Cimkent) is a city and administrative center of South Kazakhstan oblast (region) of Kazakhstan, located in the valley of Sayram River at the foothills of Ugam Range at an altitude of 1,680 feet (512 m).

Shymkent city has the population of about 647,000 (2009).

Shymkent city attractions

Shymkent city is a good place to stop to explore ancient cities of Otyrar, Turkestan and Sayram.

Shymkent is the city with a high proportion of Kazakh population. Under Tamerlaine's reign Shymkent was the most powerful trading center of Kazakhstan, an important staging post on Great Silk Road.
Located near the border with Uzbekistan, Shymkent city still engages in trade and has a booming bazaar open from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. Shymkent is a good stopping place between Tashkent and Almaty also as a jumping-off point for Otrar, Turkistan, and Aksu-Zhabaghly nature reserve.

There are 8 parks in Shymkent city, 3 of them were formed in mid-19th and early 20th centuries. There is a philharmonic society named after Sh.Kaldayakov in the city.

Unique exhibits of the epoch of Kangyui State are exposed at the regional museum of local study founded in 1920. An old Asiatic quarter still remains in the city.

A park named after Abai, a water park, an ethnographical park "Ken-baba" are very popular among children and grown-ups. There is a children's railway 6 km long which links the northern part of Shymkent city with an arboretum, a zoo and a hippodrome.

There are the following theaters in Shymkent: South Kazakhstan regional Russian drama theater, South Kazakhstan regional Kazakh drama theater named after D.Shanin, Opera and Ballet Theater of South Kazakhstan oblast, Satire and Humor Theater of South Kazakhstan region and Puppet Theater of South Kazakhstan region.

Shymkent has been attracting travelers and scientists for a long time. As the city is the regional center of South Kazakhstan oblast all tourist routes start in the city. There are such types of tours as historical places, exotic places, hunting and fishing, mountain tourism. In South Kazakhstan there are saint places and architectural constructions which are visited by pilgrims.

Saturday, 18 December 2010 20:05

Pontiac, MI USA

No other indoor stadium in the Midwest can provide such diversity in events or host more than 80,000 people.  The Silverdome has a proven track record as a world-class entertainment facility.

The Silverdome offers four separate and unique areas for hosting everything from conferences to parking lot ride-and-drive events. The Silverdome, the Mini Sports Dome, the parking lot and the Featherstone Fieldhouse are available to help meet the special event needs of any group.



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