Don King, on Mike Tyson


"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?
He went to prison, not to Princeton."



"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music
and the dancers hit each other."

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Oleksandr Usyk KO Toney Bellew





Bellew stopped in eighth round by Ukrainian in his final fight
‘He’s a great big champion and I lost to a fine man’






Link: https://youtu.be/XCQRKThaUxs 


At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Usyk won the gold medal,

Usyk left amateur boxing with a record of 335−15.
 











Tuesday, October 30, 2018

TOMMY DIX PREDICTS: TYSON FURY VS DEONTAY WILDER

Boxing has many interesting characters in its orbit.

  




#BBTV regular the one and only Tommy Dix coming straight from the old school! Gives his experienced breakdown and prediction on the highly anticipated heavyweight world title fight between current champion Deontay Wilder and former champion Tyson Fury in a battle of unbeaten forces. Who will prevail? Tommy Dix has the answer. https://www.britishboxers.co.uk  







Friday, October 19, 2018

DNA findings link Muhammad Ali to heroic slave

 

DNA findings link Muhammad Ali to heroic slave

The Emancipation Statue in Washington, which features Archer Alexander and Abraham Lincoln.
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Boxing great Muhammad Ali, who fought white oppression as forcefully as he did his heavyweight opponents, was related to a heroic slave who escaped from bondage and warned Union troops of a Confederate trap, according to a new report.
The fleet-footed fighter was the great-great-great-grandson of Archer Alexander, who became the model for the slave depicted in the Emancipation Memorial statue in Lincoln Park near the US Capitol, the Washington Post reported.
“The beautiful thing about Ali is that he acted all along as if he were royalty, that he had a claim to greatness,” said Jonathan Eig, author of “Ali: A Life,” who investigated the family’s recent discovery and included it in the upcoming paperback edition of the biography.
“Ali spent much of his life attacking racist ideas,” Eig told the newspaper. “If he had known that his great-great-great-grandfather was such a brave and intelligent man, it surely would have strengthened his argument.”
“The Greatest,” who died in 2016 at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, would have likely broken into his Ali shuffle at the news.
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“He would have loved knowing he was connected to someone like that,” said his daughter Maryum. “He was ahead of people in understanding that there was a connection that went back through slavery to the kings and queens in Africa.”
Ali’s third cousin, Keith Winstead, 67, an amateur genealogist who retired from a career in computers, made the stunning discovery while conducting research on http://www.23andMe.com, a California-based personal genomics and biotechnology company, the paper reported.
The finding was backed by DNA evidence that Maryum Ali said was collected when Ali and his wife, Lonnie, took part in a study with 23andMe to raise awareness for Parkinson’s.
According to Winstead, Ali’s father, Cassius Clay Sr., was the son of Edith Greathouse, who was Alexander’s great-granddaughter.
Ali, who was born Cassius Clay, changed his name after converting to Islam and joining the Nation of Islam in the early 1960s.
“I didn’t know who Archer Alexander was when I traced the family tree,” Winstead said. “I Googled him, and I just said, ‘Wow!’”
Descendants of slaves can have a tough time tracing their ancestry after their forebears’ identities were wiped out.
“Had Ali been a white man with a courageous and a celebrated ancestor, his family might have enjoyed wealth, fame and political power. Instead, his ancestors struggled to survive,” Eig said.
Alexander, who was born into slavery in Virginia in 1813, was sold and taken to Missouri, where he was owned by a Confederate sympathizer during the Civil War.
In 1863, Alexander learned that Confederate soldiers had destroyed a train bridge that Union troops were planning to cross. He heroically trudged five miles to warn the Union Army, possibly saving hundreds of lives, and also relayed information about hidden weapons.
Facing danger for feeding information to the enemy, Alexander fled to St. Louis and later also helped his wife and children escape.
“Go for your freedom ef [sic] you dies for it,” he once said.
Alexander eventually became a gardener for William Greenleaf Eliot, Washington University’s co-founder and grandfather of the poet T.S. Eliot, who obtained an order of protection for his worker.
The famed literary giant published a biography of Alexander, whose photograph he sent to Italy, where it was used in the construction of the Emancipation Memorial.
The statue — which was dedicated in 1876 in front of Ulysses S. Grant and abolitionist Frederick Douglass — features an emancipated slave with Alexander’s likeness kneeling at the feet of Abraham Lincoln.
“When I’m gone I want my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to give me credit for what I did — and in the same way, I’m happy to know about my ancestors so I can give them credit,” Ali said in a 1980 New York Times article that traced his heritage on his mother’s side.
“Someday I’d like to dig up everything that can be found about all the people I’m descended from,” he added.
 
 
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Canelo Alvarez inks $365M deal with streaming service DAZN


Canelo Alvarez inks $365M deal with streaming service DAZN

NEW YORK—Canelo Alvarez has signed an 11-fight deal worth $365 million (U.S.) to have his fights shown on the sports-streaming service DAZN, beginning with his next bout.

Alvarez will move up in weight to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

World middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has signed a lucrative long-term deal with sports streaming service DAZN that will see him earn at least $365 million (U.S.) over five years. Mexican star Alvarez, who dethroned Gennady Golovkin in their gruelling rematch in Las Vegas last month, will fight 11 times as part of the deal, starting with December’s supermiddleweight bout in New York against Rocky Fielding.
World middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has signed a lucrative long-term deal with sports streaming service DAZN that will see him earn at least $365 million (U.S.) over five years. Mexican star Alvarez, who dethroned Gennady Golovkin in their gruelling rematch in Las Vegas last month, will fight 11 times as part of the deal, starting with December’s supermiddleweight bout in New York against Rocky Fielding.  (JOHN GURZINSKI / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Golden Boy Promotions said Wednesday that Alvarez’s deal will be the richest athlete contract in sports history.

Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) is coming off a victory over Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight showdown in September. That fight, like most of boxing’s biggest, was shown on pay-per-view. It cost $84.95 to be seen in high definition.

Now fans can pay significantly less — $9.99 subscription cost per month in the U.S. — to see his fights on DAZN (pronounced Da-Zone). Under the five-year partnership, Golden Boy also will put on up to 10 fight nights per year that will stream live on DAZN beginning in early 2019.





 Link: https://www.thestar.com/sports/2018/10/17/canelo-alvarez-inks-365m-deal-with-streaming-service-dazn.html


Thursday, October 18, 2018

The real champion still is #PeoplesChamp #GGG



3 years ago today, @GGGBoxing sold out @TheGarden with 20,548 in attendance. 

Respect to David Lemieux, only World Champion that ever dared to risk his title against GGG. 

The people know who the real champion still is #PeoplesChamp #GGG


Tom Loeffler‏Verified account @TomLoeffler1



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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘Fightworld’ On Netflix

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Fightworld’ On Netflix, A Humanizing Look at Fight Culture



Frank Grillo explores the spiritual side of fight culture in the gripping new docu-series FightworldNow streaming on Netflix, the absorbing reality series follows actor and long-time fight enthusiast Frank Grillo as he immerses himself in a variety of different fight cultures in an effort to better understand their traditions and motivations. Season 1 consists of five 40-minute-plus episodes.

FIGHTWORLD: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?

The Gist: 

Fightworld is a well-penned love letter to fight culture. In Episode 1, host Frank Grillo travels to some of the most hostile areas of Mexico City to explore the restorative impact that boxing has had on the culture. Toggling between interviews with legendary figures like Julio César Chávez and young amateurs who’ve turned to the sweet science to escape the dangers of their environment, Fightworld explores the uplifting, spiritual aspects of boxing.

Grillo’s genuine reverence and enthusiasm for the sport is apparent as the series introduces us to a number of individuals whose lives have been saved by eschewing the temptations of drugs, alcohol, and gang life for the discipline and dignity of the boxing ring. The best documentaries travel beyond the surface level to investigate the often ignored aspects of the subject. Fightworld does this and does it well.

Our Take:

Grillo captures the essence of the series during the first minute of Fightworld“This isn’t a show about fighting. This is a show about the people who fight.” The show’s exploration of the history and customs of the Mexican boxing scene is fascinating, but Fightworld is at its best when it sets its gaze on small stories that illustrate the importance of the sport. The most interesting part of Episode 1 is the inspirational story of a young mother who left behind a troubled life filled with drugs and alcohol to pursue a boxing career.

“I used drugs. I was bad. Everything was bad in my life,” she explains. “Everything was very negative. When I went into boxing, my life changed.”

Boxing brought this courageous fighter back from the edge of death. Her love for the sport is pure. It’s not about money, it’s about honor and family.


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Photo: Netflix
 
 
Memorable Quote: 
 
“The Mexican style with its origins humble, its heart courageous, and only one simple rule: Keep moving forward.”


Our Call: Stream it.  

Fightworld is an absolute must-stream for anyone who follows combat sports, but the stirring personal stories and Grillo’s infectious enthusiasm combine to make this emotional docu-series an entertaining series everyone will enjoy.

Stream Fightworld on Netflix




Link: https://decider.com/2018/10/15/fightworld-on-netflix-stream-it-or-skip-it/





Monday, October 15, 2018

Deontay Wilder Lands A Devastating Punch & Breaks A Mascots Jaw!


  

Deontay Wilder Lands A Devastating Punch and Breaks A Mascots Jaw






Jose Benavidez Jr.: Heart of a Champion | Boxing Highlights | BOXCASTER


Jose Jr overcame many physical obstacles to make a challenge for Bud's crown.

  

Undefeated welterweight contender Jose Benavidez Jr. has faced his share
of adversity outside of the ring, but now in good health and at a new
weight, "Merciless" is set to take the 147 lb. division by storm.



















Saturday, October 13, 2018

Meet the tallest man in the world | 60 Minutes Australia


  

Igor is dangerously tall - 8 foot - and getting bigger by the day. While
the first thing you notice about Igor is undoubtedly his height, spend
some time with him and you realise he's also charming, funny, complex
and heartbreakingly lonely. He also has the biggest smile you'll ever
see - you just have to find a way to coax it out of him.



Former NHL star Joe Murphy homeless and battling mental illness


Murphy celebrates the 1990 Stanley Cup win with his then wife Julie. POSTMEDIA

Former NHL star Joe Murphy homeless and battling mental illness 


Murphy may be suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that has become a bitter reality for modern athletes.
CTE is caused by repeated blows to the head and symptoms include depression, memory loss, emotional instability, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts.







https://torontosun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/former-nhl-star-joe-murphy-homeless-and-battling-mental-illness/