Tag: Boxing

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Column: The short, sad life of Tommy Morrison

In this June 7, 1993 file photo, newly crowned WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison receives his championship belt after defeating George Foreman in Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) by Tim DahlbergAP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) – Tommy Morrison was just a few hours away from a comeback bout that was supposed to lead him to Mike Tyson when he got the news inside the crowded casino at the MGM Grand hotel.

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Former boxing great Emile Griffith dies at 75

This undated image provided by NBC Universal shows former welterweight boxing champion Emile Griffith striking a pose to promote the documentary film “Ring of Fire:The Emile Griffith Story.” (AP Photo/NBC Universal, Robert Maxwell, File) Emile Griffith, the elegant world champion whose career was overshadowed by the fatal beating he gave Bennie Paret in a 1962 title bout that darkened all of boxing, died Tuesday. He was 75. He died at an extended care facility in Hempstead, N.Y, the International Boxing Hall of Fame said. Griffith struggled with pugilistic dementia and required full-time care late in life. He was the first boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands to become world champion and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe proves big flop in Thai kickboxing

Former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe of the U.S., right, gets a kick on the leg by Levgen Golovin of Russia, center, during their World Muay Thai or Kick Boxing Super Heavyweight Championships fight in Pattaya, Thailand, June 14. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong) by Joceyn Gecker PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — Riddick Bowe now understands why people warned him that Muay Thai is a dangerous sport.”I would have to say, they have a valid point,” said Bowe, after his debut in Thai kickboxing ended with a thud in the second round. “It’s much harder than boxing.” The former world heavyweight boxing champion had hoped to prove his critics wrong and show that he could comeback from retirement into an entirely new sport and revive some of his past glory. But Bowe is now 45 and weighs 300 pounds, and he looked it Friday in his first fight since 2008. Slow and out of shape, the fighter known as “Big Daddy” took a big beating from his 30-year-old unheralded Russian opponent Levgen Golovin, who attacked with repeated kicks to the shins that knocked Bowe off his feet five times. The bout ended with a technical knockout after his last fall when Bowe sat on the ground clutching his legs, wincing in pain.

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Louis vs. Schmeling II: More than a Fight, Pride of Black race hung on every punch 75 years ago

On June 22, 1938, two years after suffering the lone defeat of his prime at the hands of Schmeling — the German puncher who’d been cast as an example of Aryan supremacy — Joe Louis responded with an emphatic first-round knockout before more than 70,000 fans at Yankee Stadium. (AP Photo/File) by Avis Thomas-Lester (NNPA)–James “Winky” Camphor , of Baltimore is 86, but he remembers the fight like it happened yesterday. It was June 22, 1938 and more than 70,000 fight fans crowded into Yankee Stadium to witness a contest that was much more than a boxing bout. It was a grudge match—Black against White, African American versus Aryan, the so-called “Land of the Free” battling Nazi Germany.

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Mayweather Jr. ranks No. 1 on SI Fortunate 50

Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, poses for photos with his father, Floyd Mayeather Sr. after defeating Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision in a WBC welterweight title fight, May 4, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (NEW YORK) – Galvanized by an unprecedented deal with Showtime that guarantees him at least $32 million per fight, boxing great Floyd (Money) Mayweather Jr. sits atop the 10th annual Sports Illustrated Fortunate 50, which ranks the 50 highest-earning professional athletes in the U.S. With $90 million in projected earnings for 2013, Mayweather tops the list for the second consecutive year. The complete list is available at si.com/Fortunate50 and is also featured in the May 20, 2013 edition of SI.

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1st Black heavyweight champ's family wants pardon

TRAILBLAZER–Boxer Jack Johnson is shown signing contracts in this undated photo. (AP Photo/file) by Ramit Plusnick-Masti HOUSTON (AP) — Relatives and hometown supporters of the nation’s first Black heavyweight boxing champion are turning to YouTube to convince President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon him of a 1913 conviction for accompanying a White woman across state lines.