HBO Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel - Ray Greenhalge
By David Tyler, Doghouse Boxing (May 23, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
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Austin Killeen
Another of HBO's Emmy Award Winning shows returned to the lineup last night. Having arrived home late, I was dog tired from a full day at work. I noticed that the third segment featured Ray Greenhalge, Micky Ward's nephew. As a boxing junkie, I try not to miss anything associated with the sport.

Even if you are not a boxing junkie you probably have heard of Micky Ward who's life story was portrayed by actor Mark Wahlberg in the academy award nominated film, The Fighter. You might remember his family and the brash toughness of their mental makeup. The flick left out the toughest one of them all...that would be Micky's nephew Ray Greenhalge.

When Ray was born six weeks prematurely, doctors said he would never walk or talk as a result of the debilitating muscle disorder cerebral palsy, as well as severe fluid on the brain. The doctors pleaded with his mother to leave him in the hospital's care but his stubborn mother would have none of that talk and took Ray home. Now 26 years later we are about to learn just who is the toughest one in this fighting family.

We learn about Ray's medical and social struggles just to survive. As he went through several brain operations his condition stabilized and eventually he was able to get around with the help of crutches. He articulates well as he informs us that he always wanted to be a boxer because it was in his DNA. That was the family business.

Now we see him in Uncle Micky's Gym actually sparring with former champion Uncle Micky. Ray credits boxing with the balance in his life as his motto is the same as Uncle Micky's...Don't Quit! His Grandfather tells us that Ray's presence has been nothing but positive vibes for the family as they have struggled with substance abuse. Ray's attitude is solid throughout the segment and you get the feeling that mentally he is in the right place to overcome the physical obstacles in his path.

One last note -- I was listening to the radio while driving home from work last night. The newscaster informed the listening audience of the top 10 most admired people in America. All were politicians, athletes, movie stars, and rock stars. Maybe I am wrong but I admire -- people who adopt kids with disabilities and raise them as their own, doctors and dentist who donate their skills to the poor and others who can't afford the care, and teachers who have such a great influence in developing the minds of our children. Heroes? Mine is Ray Greenhalge and others like him that refuse to go down for the count when life seems to have dealt them a bad hand.

In case you missed last night's show, HBO offers many ways for you to view this outstanding episode. Other HBO playdates: May 22 (5:00 a.m.), 25 (1:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), 27 (8:00 a.m.), 29 (8:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m.) and 31 (4:00 p.m., 3:45 a.m.), and June 2 (9:30 a.m.) and 6 (11:00 a.m., 12:25 a.m.) HBO2 playdates: May 24 (7:00 p.m.), 26 (1:40 p.m.), 28 (10:00 p.m.) and 30 (10:00 a.m., 11:00 p.m.), and June 3 (11:30 a.m.), 7 (7:00 p.m., 1:45 a.m.) and 11 (3:30 p.m.) HBO On Demand availability: May 28-June 18
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