Newspaper Archive of
Heritage Florida Jewish News
Fern Park , Florida
August 8, 1980     Heritage Florida Jewish News
PAGE 11     (11 of 12 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 11     (11 of 12 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
August 8, 1980

Newspaper Archive of Heritage Florida Jewish News produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

Jewish Boxer Peaks Late in Career Mamby is Believer in Fate by Haskell Cohen wasn't reconciled to the fact of a flare-up on the Lebanese services v any regularity, that the chosen people could border. Mambysaid:"lcansee mainly because rm not endure so much and still where he would be frightened located near a synagogue 1980, JTA, Inc.) ompanion for this is a Black Jewish the name of Saoul who is the reigning pion of just concluded a pertaining to the of both temples ruby, who attended familiar with tragedies which the Jewish people on B'au. He's a serious nan, and asked me to what happened to the people on this r day. to him that there survive as an entity. Young Mamby -- he's 32 years old -- has become the super lightweight of the world rather late in his boxing career. Although he is strong and feels like a kid of 19, for a fighter, 32 is considered passe. Nevertheless, /%amby off by that sort of thing, but after surviving Vietnam for over a year, rm willing and ready to go to Israel to defend my title. Just get me a nice Jewish competitor over there, or bring in a fighter who is ranked highly in my weight and I'II be glad to perform my which, for reasons have occurred on of the Jewish He's an interested and is very much over the fact that people have much throughout "have the chosen people had trouble and tragedy history?" Of s I gave him answers he received I Variety of rabbis he has With over the years. the obvious answers We have been taught by amby is not nd just can't get it s to why the People have been to suffer. believe that the Who the Almighty as his very own suffer so much at the ,f our Father in '/Vmby said. brilliant theologians have tussled with over the years so I may have told isn't new. At the of our lengthy that Mamby still in his recent defense of his title, fighting on the under card to the Holmes-LeDoux heavyweight championship held in Minneapolis, wallopped the daylights out of his opponent. At this writing he has a recor'd of 29 wins, ] 2 losses and five draws. Mamby has been fighting 16 years, two as an amateur and the other 14 in the pro tanks. He said that he'll continue to pursue his career so long as "God permits me." He is a firm believer in the Almighty and feels that his destiny is wrapped up in what the man upstairs wants him to do. A veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served oneyear and six days (he can give you the exact minutes and seconds), Mamby is a believer in fate. I pointed out to him that a heavyweight champion was slated to fight an exhibition match in Israel in the not too distant past and he cancelled out at the last minute because duties in the ring before my co-religionists." The young fighter explained that he is a Jew by conversion. "'First my mother converted and then my father converted and subsequently I was brought into the faith. I attended Hebrew school in The Bronx on Boston Road. All my classmates were Black and we were taught by an Elder who was attached to the late Rabbi Matthew's synagogue. I learned how to read Hebrew and I started the studying of the Bible in Hebrew," the pugilist explained. He attended, as a youth, the synagogue every Sabbath and was brought up in, what he terms, a kosher home. To this very day he does not mix meat and dairy foods at any given meal. He remembers very well that his mother observed this tradition very cautiously and he still maintains that belief, to an extent, in kashruth. He does not eat any pig" products or shell fish. "1 don't attend D IILD_ERS SINCE 16'x32' 6 shapes SEMINOLE & avzllal VOLUSIA COUNTIES lUdes: 3 ft. cool deck- grab rails with re- steps, shallow all electrical i, automatic chlorina- timer, and more! Financing -2012 WATER SYSTEMS , INC. ASK ASOUT OUR REE 4t SPRINKLER SYSTEMS ONE YEAR MONTHLY SALES & INSTALLATIONS SERVICE CONDITIONAL If GUARANTEE  RESIDENTIAL- COMMERCIAL Shallow Wells Pump Sales & Service 834-6462 Owner: NAT SLOMOWlCZ AMPS -- an unusual and educational gift for-the-entire fam|ly!- family oriented hobby that-i-s-both educ-ational ll''r"'" rid fun. : Ei amp kits available for beginners, [1'7,' ; Uying and selling at reasonable prices with i   ' nowledge and courtesy. ll.'l ; Vestment plans carefully thought out and tailored i to Your needs. a'll su " " Memher: ASDA ,4PS GPS BIA AAMS 0 pphes discounted ' ' ' ' .s. & ]roreign Stamps & Cot,err Our Speciahies: - U.S.. European & British Stamps - Zeppeli,n ,Flights. ...................... iwii'A'i'lil/0Ei ....................... PARK AV I:, NORTH Direciiy ;.-ross from dacobson's PARK, FLORIOA 13051 628-1120 where I live uptown," Mamby explained. "1 once walked quite a distance to attend High Holy Day services, but I was turned off by the fact that the gentleman at the door wanted me to pay to enter. I felt and feel now that people should be free to attend any denomina- tion without having to pay to enter, tf I want to make a contribution to a synagogue and/or a church, I would do it out of faith and desire, not out of pressure." I tried to explain to Mamby that since attendances at synagogues are heavy only on the High Holidays the temples have to adhere to the practice of charging for tickets to the services. Mambyjust wouldn't buy this type of thinking. Why did Mamby's success come along so late in his career? He believes that had he permitted himself to be exploited as a Jewish fighter he might have made it much sooner He definitely refused to be shown off as a Jewish pugilist, particularly in Miami where there is a plethora of ,Jewish boxing fans. It was suggested that he wear chat necklaces and a Magen David on his trunks and he refused to do so. Consequently, it is his belief that he was held back by his refusal to exploit his Judaism, something several fighters, White and Black, have done, albeit they are not anywhere near the Jewish individual that our current super lightweight champion is. He's a pleasure and a delight to talk to and it is my fervent hope that he shall continue to reign for years. HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, August 8, 1980. Page I I Ii IIIIIIII|Iiii|ii NEED TRANSPORTATION? ,',_E ,, a aul Epstein's Pick-up and , s750 g;; Drop-off Service from 499v Hwy. 17-92 (adjacent to Fern Park K-Mart.,a.a 339-2998 iIiNiIIzItCL|P AND SAVE IIlillj COSTS LESS THAN =30 A MONTH Call for Quotes Today/ Paul S. Gaiptman LONGWOOD INSURANCE SERVICES PST J0 SUNC COMPS Call 834-4662 24 HR. ANSWERING SERVICE MEMBER ,. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIFE UNDERWRITERS SINCE 1972 F R E E" L CHANGE & LUBE _ r'[ f S with every q[ UN ELECTRONIC 00TUNE-UP  Warranted for 6,000 rnlle8 or 6 months We replace plugs, scope engine, adjust carb, set timing change fue filter check a r f ter. clean battery terminals, adj. fan belts . PLUS give your car a FREE 0il change and lubrication. 8-cylinder ........... '34- 6-cylinder .......... "28 4-cylinder ..... . .... ii 26 u Au,o Service & CALL. Transmission Repair ,80 O"ANG AVE, W,NTR PARK 041-101111 (in State Auto Body Stag ) IIIII I mokh-eh-TU-nim (be su re to rattle the kh in the back of your throat) -- the Yiddish ,ariation and translation of the Hebrew mechutan: "relative by marriage." > For weeks we've been telling you how MICHELIN radial tires can make you feel like a million while driving your car, truck or van, and why you should get them at 3 FLAGS TIRE CENTER. But let's face it ... even the MICHELIN people will admit that tires aren't everything. What about the efficient operation of your car's engine? Or the air conditioning? Your transmission? Front-end? Rear-end? U-joints? Axle bearings? Alignment? All this and more is related to how well your vehicle operates. We haven't said much about this before, but 3 FLAGS takes care of all of these machetunim of your car. And they don't have to be the poor in-laws, either. Bob McDonald, with 21 years of experience, heads a service department whose newest member has had 10 years of background. "If you can't get it done at 3 FLAGS," says McDonald, "then we're both in trouble." Drive over today, or givethem a call for a speedy, expert tune-up, adjustment, alignment or repair. And if you want to score points with your machetunim, tell them about 3 FLAGS, too! COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE CENTER See the Tire Professionals at QUALITY BAND.4G RETREADS Alignment Suspension Brakes WlTIRE CENTER 295-7063 4111 JOHN YOUNG PARKWAY ORLANDO