Richard Carmack: Tipping the Scales

By Clarence George on November 16, 2014
Richard Carmack: Tipping the Scales
Carmack tips the scales at 300 pounds, challenging even my chubby-chasing criteria.

Move over, Steve Reeves. Step aside, Mickey Hargitay. This is the Sweet Science, not the Mr. Universe championship…

“So what if he is mediocre? There are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren’t they? We can’t have all Brandeises, Cardozos, and Frankfurters and stuff like that there.”—Senator Roman Hruska on failed Supreme Court nominee G. Harrold Carswell

By the same token, we can’t have all Dempseys, Louises, Marcianos, and stuff like that there. Tongues a-wagging at Wladimir Klitschko stopping Kubrat Pulev, is it? Big deal. What I’m looking forward to is the scheduled four-rounder between Richard Carmack and Dakota Talbott at the Carriage Club in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 10.

I have a soft spot for fat heavyweights, both past and present, your Galentos, your Fonsecas. Carmack? Someone Richard Harris would no doubt describe, and with considerably more accuracy than he did fellow actor, Michael Caine, as “over-fat,” as well as of “vast limitations” and a “master of inconsequence.” He tips the scales (I think he does more than tip them) at 300 pounds, challenging even my chubby-chasing criteria. But I rather have him than your six-packed Nortons and Holyfields, traipsing about the ring with their Charles Atlas physiques, thinking they’re so special and wonderful. Move over, Steve Reeves. Step aside, Mickey Hargitay. Is that it? Not on my watch. This is the Sweet Science, not the Mr. Universe championship.

Twenty-six-year-old Carmack, who fights out of Kansas City, Missouri, is an eight-year pro whose record thus far stands at 12 wins, 10 by knockout, six losses, four by knockout, and one no contest. Save for that no contest, “Silverback” won his first 13 bouts, all but three by knockout. Not bad, not bad at all. But he’s lost his last six, four by kayo, not having won a match since stopping Carl Davis by first-round TKO in 2012. Carmack fought earlier this month, losing to Shannon Briggs by first-round KO.

Ah, but that red will change to green when he faces Talbott next month.

The 21-year-old Saint Joseph, Missouri, resident is a two-year pro whose record to date is nothing short of abysmal. He’s won two, but lost 13, four by knockout. He’s managed to twice beat Ricky Thompson, who’s only won three of 11, and…there is no “and.” Talbott has lost his last six, most recently in September, when he was stopped by Daniel Galemore via third-round TKO.

Carmack by second-round KO, and score one for mediocre fatties everywhere.

Put that in your Ukrainian pear-wood pipe and smoke it, Wlad.

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  1. KId Blast 04:25pm, 11/17/2014

    Yep. Nixon did that as well

  2. Clarence George 03:35pm, 11/17/2014

    I think John Wayne used to do that too, Eric, in his 1970s Westerns.  With a couple of exceptions, the films are either barely adequate or just plain awful (and I’m a huge fan of the Duke), partly because the people he cast couldn’t act if their lives depended on it.  But that was not necessarily a problem in the Eastwood films.

  3. Eric 03:22pm, 11/17/2014

    Clarence… He was another actor that shared the screen with Clint in more than one movie, he was the sheriff in, “High Plains Drifter.” Notice a couple of actors who played in both movies, including Clint’s brother, “Orville.” Seen a couple of the bikers who played in, “The Gauntlet” as well, and another who played in “The Gauntlet” as well as “The Outlaw Josie Wales.” Clint must’ve been good to his friends because a lot of the same people played in all of his movies.

  4. Clarence George 02:44pm, 11/17/2014

    That was Walter Barnes, Eric.  I remember him as the bartender in “Rio Bravo,” in which he was sporting a nifty vest…I’ve always had a thing for vests.

    Perhaps I should clarify—a guy should be (or at least can be) burly-fat, but never soft-fat.  That just ain’t a good look.

  5. Eric 02:28pm, 11/17/2014

    Made me think of another Eastwood flick, “Every Which Way But Loose.” Thinking of the scene where the biker gang goes into a diner and they start harassing the customers. Remember one of the bikers asks the patron, “What are you laughing at lard ass?” As the fat guy is stepping outside to clobber the biker, the waitress asks if he would like for her to keep his plate warm, and that she would save a piece of lemon meringue pie for him later. Remember the one & only, “Tank Murdock” was sporting a prize belly himself in that flick.

  6. Clarence George 01:57pm, 11/17/2014

    Oh, I must take exception to that, Eric.  I never order French fries with steak (fries are for hamburgers), but much rather have a baked potato, all over with butter and sour cream, salt and pepper, and ketchup.  Though the potato of choice, at least with steak, is hash browns.

  7. Kid Blast 01:27pm, 11/17/2014

    I resemble that comment, Eric.

  8. Eric 11:47am, 11/17/2014

    Santa Claus just might be the most beloved fat man of all-time. Forget the baked potato, I’ll take a double order of french fries. Only fruitcakes order a baked potato with their steak.

  9. Kid Blast 11:29am, 11/17/2014

    Everyone loves a fat man! But the reason for that may even baffle Freud—if not CG. . Might have something to do with “better him than me.” That said, the grist for CG’s articles on fat boxers is as large as—well—Butterbean.

  10. Eric 08:55am, 11/17/2014

    Apologies for not including 400 plus pound Olympic wrestler, Chris Taylor. I believe the Olympics have weight restrictions in the heavyweight class now, but obviously not in Taylor’s day.

  11. Clarence George 08:47am, 11/17/2014

    I wasn’t aware of the movie version, Peter, though I did know of the acclaimed stage production with Louis Wolheim.

    Magnificently expressed, Eric.  And don’t forget the Mets’ Bartolo Colon, a jolly fat man if ever there was one.

  12. Kid Blast 08:42am, 11/17/2014

    Tee hee

  13. Eric 08:30am, 11/17/2014

    There was a time when a “big” man was seen as an image of strength, success, and and even sexual prowess. We had a 300lb plus president named William Taft, some say Taft tipped the scales nearer to three-fitty. A few years later a fat boy from Baltimore would become the greatest baseball player of all time on a steady diet of hot dogs and beer. Before Ruth or Taft, you had successful bidness man, Diamond Jim Brady, who was known to consume about double the daily calories that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps would devour just for breakfast, washed down with an endless supply of orange juice. Raise a toast to the fat man, especially the fat athlete, give praise to the Butterbeans, the Tony Siragusas, the George Foremans, etc. Mickey Lolich, former Detroit Tiger pitcher and hero of ‘68 World Series, actually pitched better each time his belt size went up a notch or two. The former strongest man in the world, Vasily Alexeev looked as though he had a large tumor in his pony keg size gut.

  14. peter 08:28am, 11/17/2014

    If he can remember the lines, I see Carmack playing the starring role in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hair Ape”.  He’s much more believable than William Bendix.

  15. Clarence George 08:06am, 11/17/2014

    There’s no place for cynicism in the Sweet Science.  Oh, wait…

  16. Kid Blast 07:58am, 11/17/2014

    How much did he get paid for the “Shannon shellacking?’

  17. Clarence George 06:43am, 11/17/2014

    You can’t go wrong, Irish, daydreaming about Jayne, number one on my list of lovelies.  And Marie Osmond, who’s my age almost to the day, is very much a hottie.

    Carmack is indeed “not committed to his craft”—very much a club fighter.  But I’m impressed that he’s stepping back into the ring, even if against someone like Talbott, so soon after the Shannon shellacking.

  18. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:33am, 11/17/2014

    Clarence George-I guess you know this article will have me daydreaming about Jayne Mansfield for the rest of the day….which reminds me….Carmack the Magnificent needs to join Marie Osmond on the Nutrisystem program…... drop 100 pounds or so and campaign as a Cruiserweight….otherwise I say he’s not committed to his craft and he’s just jackin’ us around.

  19. Clarence George 04:23am, 11/17/2014

    Peter:  I see him more in finance; specifically, customer relations.  Visiting, say, elderly storeowners at closing time.  Shades drawn, an intimate bat-à-tête to discuss the myriad health benefits of paying off debt-laden loans with all dispatch.

  20. peter 08:11pm, 11/16/2014

    In a Tough Man Contest Carmack would be first-class.

  21. Kid Blast 05:30pm, 11/16/2014

    I mean Carmack vs. Briggs.

  22. Kid Blast 05:29pm, 11/16/2014


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