Category Archives: Boxing News

These posts will present articles and information on the past and current news of boxing and on the greatest boxing fighters of all time.

The Rumble in the Jungle.

The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event between the then Heavyweight champion George Foreman and former world champion and challenger Muhammad Ali. Ali won by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round. The fight took place on October 30, 1974, in the Mai 20 Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire. Every boxign fan should have this boxing video in his collection of boxing videos.

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Muhammad Ali vs Ken Norton

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Muhammad Ali vs Ken Norton 31/03/1973 Sports Arena, San Diego, California.
Muhammad Ali 221 lbs lost to Ken Norton 210 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12
Referee: Frank Rustich 4-7
Judge: Hal Rickards 4-5
Judge: Fred Hayes 6-5

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Muhammad Ali dies at 74

Muhammad Ali Dies: 'The Greatest' Boxer Dead at 74

Muhammad Ali Dies: ‘The Greatest’ Boxer Dead at 74


Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer who proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and was among the most famous and beloved athletes on the planet, died Friday in Phoenix, a family spokesman said.
Ali had been at a hospital since Thursday with what spokesman Bob Gunnell had described as a respiratory issue.
“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” Gunnell said in a statement. “The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.”

Muhammad Ali: Boxing legend, activist and ‘The Greatest’
A tweet on Ali’s official page posted a photo of the boxer and said simply, “Muhammad Ali. 1942-2016.”

Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Gunnell said in the statement, adding “the Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.”

Ali had been hospitalized for a respiratory issue June 2. At the time, a rep said he was in fair condition.

One of the greatest fighters in the history of boxing, Ali retired in 1981 after losing to Trevor Berbick in his 61st career bout.

Soon thereafter, Ali — who doctors said had begun showing signs of sluggishness and neurological damage in the 1970s — began receiving treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

Ali, who called himself “The Greatest,” was married four times and had nine children, including daughter Laila, who also became a professional boxer. Ali and his fourth wife, Yolanda “Lonnie” Williams, had been married since 1986.

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Ken Norton vs Larry Holmes title fight

On June 9, 1978, Ken Norton and contender Larry Holmes met in a classic fight. The fight was a tough, and after fourteen rounds, all three judges had the fight scored dead even at seven rounds each. Holmes rallied late in the fifteenth to win the round on two scorecards and take the title by a split decision.

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Joe Frazier vs George Foreman -The Sunshine Showdown

The fight of champion Joe Frazier vs George Foreman ‘The Sunshine Showdown’ took place on January 22, 1973 in in Kingston, Jamaica. Foreman dominated the fight knocking down Frazier six times within two rounds, with the three knockdowns rule being waived for this bout. Foreman won the championship by technical knockout in round two. This is one of the most interesting boxing videos that captures the title fight between two real warriors of the ring.

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Ken Norton dies at age 70

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Ken Norton dies at age 70

Source: CNN.com

Forty years after rising to the top of the boxing world and outdueling Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton lost his final fight — a battle following a stroke — at a Nevada medical facility, a friend said.

He was 70 years old when he died Wednesday at a Veterans Affairs’ medical facility in Henderson, Nevada, according to Gene Kilroy, who had managed Ali and more recently visited Norton as he recovered from a stroke.

While some younger people may know him best as the father of former Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ken Norton Jr., the elder Norton was one of the most prominent figures in all of sports during the 1970s — in large part because of his consistently great bouts with Ali.

Their first showdown, in 1973, ended with Norton earning a split-decision victory — and breaking Ali’s jaw in the process. But Ali got his revenge six months later, winning their rematch in another split decision.

The two fighters faced off one more time in 1976 at New York’s Yankee Stadium, with Ali again taking the win in what Norton’s website calls “a highly disputed split decision.”

Well before he became Ali’s archrival, Kenneth Howard Norton established himself as a standout athlete. Raised in small central Illinois city of Jacksonville, Norton earned a football, basketball and track scholarship to Northeast Missouri State College.

Norton didn’t begin boxing until being introduced to the sport while serving in the Marines Corps between 1963 and 1967. There, he soon flashed his talent in the ring en route to becoming a three-time All-Marine Heavyweight Champion, according to the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame, which inducted Norton into its 2004 class. He also earned a North Carolina Golden Gloves, International AAU and Pan American titles while still in the service.

The year he left, in 1967, Norton went pro. It took him six more years to get a shot at a championship against Ali, and he won.

While he lost that title back to Ali later the same year, a first-round knockout of Duane Bobick earned Norton the honor of being champ again in 1977. That same year, the Boxing Writers Association of America named Norton its Fighter of the Year.

Still, that championship also proved short-lived after Norton lost a grueling 15-round fight to Larry Holmes. He retired from boxing in 1981 after amassing a professional record of 42 wins (including 33 knockouts), seven losses and one draw.

The International Boxing Hall of Fame inducted Norton in 1992, hailing him as “a fixture in the heavyweight ranks during a time that many consider the finest era of the division.” His profile on the hall’s websites notes Norton “possessed an awkward and powerful style and always entered the ring in great condition.”

One of the other elite fighters of the era, George Foreman, said upon news of Norton’s death that Norton deserved his spot in the upper echelon of the sport.

“They called us all handsome,” Foreman tweeted. “Muhammad they called pretty. But The fairest of them all Ken Norton.”

Yet he was more than a boxer. Starting with Dino De Laurentis’ film “Mandingo,” Norton appeared in about 20 movies. He also fathered five children, including his namesake, now a linebackers coach with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

Norton also became close friends with Ali, whom he visited in the hospital the day after their first bout. According to Kilroy, Ali told Norton, “You hit so hard.”

His website also notes that Norton was once counted out before: in 1986, when he refused to accept a doctor’s prognosis he wouldn’t be able to walk or talk again after a serious accident.

“At first they thought I might die, and if I didn’t die, I wouldn’t be coherent,” he said later. “Now I’m talkin’ and walkin’ and I can even chew gum at the same time.”

His more recent health crisis, a stroke, left him communicating by blinking his eyes, Kilroy recalled. Still, the former Ali manager said there was a lot of laughter in the room during Kilroy’s visit along with other legendary boxers Mike Tyson, Earnie Shavers and Thomas Hearns.

“Now that he’s gone, he has no pain,” Kilroy said. “He’s sitting up there in the heavens right now talking with the other greats like Joe Louis.”

Beyond touting Norton the boxer, Tyson on Wednesday remembered him first as “a great man” who was “always nice to me even when I was an amateur fighter.”

“He always treated me like I was somebody,” Tyson tweeted.”Remarkable man.”

 

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Finding Stress Relievers In The Palm Of Your Hand

ball stress relieversStress relievers products can take many shapes and forms. It could be that you find them within a particular activity such as writing about your day or taking a long walk to think about things. However you may also find them in physical items which provide other benefits, such as an improved grip or more immediate relief.

Stress balls, for example, have been around for some time and seen improvements over the years. This is largely facilitated by the materials available for their production. What has not changed, however, is their intended usage. The sensation of gripping or rolling them within the palm of one’s hand has most often been found relaxing or otherwise calming.

Whether you are at work or at home, squeezing and otherwise gripping a ball can help to alleviate some feelings of tension. This is because the act allows you to physically express what you have going on inside your mind at the moment without damaging things around you. Most people have known the knotted sensation that a high-powered environment can induce, whether they are a parent at home or a worker within an office.

More than simply relief, though, these products can offer a means of improving one’s grip strength. While not often thought of as a benefit, necessarily, it is something athletes, or anyone who works out regularly, can sometimes find necessary for their workouts. Whether it is for lifting weights or sparring in a boxing ring, these methods can be useful when regularly employed.

While “stress relievers  products come in other forms, these malleable balls can be attractive for their relatively simple usage. Whether it is before an important boxing match or just a significant business meeting, calming your nerves can help to put things in perspective. Remember to take your time and work through what you are feeling rather than bottling it up.

 

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Joe Frazier documentary

Joe Frazier documentary

You can watch this documentary on Joe Frazier made by Asylum Entertainment and Fox Sport News.

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What You Can Learn From A Past Boxing Heavyweight

Past boxing heavyweight champions

There is a lot that people can learn from a past boxing heavyweight. Not only are these athletic professionals extremely knowledgeable concerning the best training practices for performing well in a fight, but they can additional share important tips for remaining cool under pressure. Some of the most well-known boxers have even been able to parlay their success into major businesses that allow them to continue reaping the rewards of having built strong names for themselves.

For instance, one well-known professional has been able to turn his knowledge of healthy eating into a successful culinary enterprise. He has made an unlimited number of kitchen gadgets that help people to fuel their bodies with lean protein. These units are designed to quickly strain off excess fats while cooking meats. Not only do they simplify the cooking process, but the reduce the dangers of eating fatty meat selections.

Other professionals have transitioned into sports broadcasting. They have an inside knowledge of the strategies and techniques that are necessary for winning fights and are often very skilled in predicting how matches will end. Jobs like these allow these individuals to remain relevant in their fields even after they have long past their prime.

There are also many unfortunate lessons that can be learned from these individuals. Like all other contact sports, this one is especially harsh on the body, particularly on the human brain. Sustaining numerous blows to the head can ultimately have a damaging effect on functioning and as time passes, this will often become all too apparent. This is event true with boxers who have successfully bested the majority of their opponents.

While these fighters have proven themselves to be champions in the ring, many are capable of succeeding outside of it as well. For this and other reasons there are many important lessons that you can learn from a past boxing heavyweight. Ultimately, the best of these is that this sport can have the best benefits for those who are willing to leave the ring before their prime and before they have sustained irreparable physical harm.

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Joe Louis documentary

Joe Louis documentary

Watch this excellent documentary on Joe Louis by Sports Century

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