Dicky Eklund, Knock Down or Slip?

Earlier this week Channel 5’s Chronicle did an entire show on Dick Eklund, Micky Ward and the movie The Fighter. Watching it reminded me that I had never seen the famous slip/knock down of Sugar Ray Leonard by Dicky Eklund..so I check it out on YouTube and found this video.

Now you may accuse me of being a “hometown-er”, but I think the referee should have ruled this a knock down and not a slip. Watch the video and tell me what do you think?

5 Responses to Dicky Eklund, Knock Down or Slip?

  1. JoeS says:

    Great step-over, not so great knockdown. Maybe it was Dickie’s old step-on-the-toe and push trick, but even if that was what happened, he deserves credit for pulling it off on Sugar Ray.

  2. Dan Murphy says:

    Joe’s right. I’ve trained with Dickie at the West End–he’s the equivalent of the wily, veteran pitcher with no fastball, but every imaginable kind of junk. He’s resourceful, which made him so good. Classic step-over.

  3. Dean says:

    After the fight Larry Merchant wrote an article about Dick Eklund in the New York Times. (1978)

  4. Dean says:

    Officiially it was a slip. I thought it was a knock down. I think Dick copied Muhammad Ali when he walked over Sugar Ray.

  5. Micheal says:

    I think it was a knock down but the referee was in a very tough situation, and could not get the call right