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Former Heavyweight Boxer Ken Norton Sr. Passes Away at 70


Ken Norton Sr., an International Boxing Hall of Famer who is recognized by pundits as one of the greatest heavyweights in the sport’s history, died Wednesday after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

He was 70 years old.

Norton, whose professional boxing career spanned three decades, died at an Arizona hospital where he had been undergoing rehabilitation due to complications stemming from a stroke, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Claire Noland. Norton had previously overcome two strokes, a heart attack, quadruple bypass surgery and prostate cancer.

Upon hearing of Norton’s passing, many in the sports community reached out to offer their condolences:

The former heavyweight champ is perhaps best known by boxing fans for his trilogy of fights against Muhammad Ali in 1973 and 1976. In the first bout between the two men, held at the San Diego Sports Arena, Norton shocked the world by defeating Ali in a split-decision and breaking his jaw in the process.

Ali would get revenge with controversial victories in their next two fights—one later in 1973 and the other in 1976—but Norton’s victory over Ali in their first fight made him a star. He parlayed that notoriety into a fight against George Foreman in 1974, and a title win over Jerry Quarry in 1975 when Ali had vacated the strap.


Though Norton would lose the belt back to Ali in 1976, he would be awarded the WBC championship a year later. Larry Holmes defeated a declining Norton in 1978, ending a championship run that had lasted parts of five years.

Inside the sport of boxing, Norton is well-known for popularizing the cross-armed defense. Rarely seen before Norton employed the tactic to success early in his career—most notably against Ali—multiple other heavyweights began adopting it.

Norton, though, had perfected the craft. Where other fighters who used cross-armed protection often struggled with counterpunching, Norton’s hands were quick enough that he rarely had that problem. He finished with a career record of 42-7-1 with 33 knockout victories. His last fight came in 1981, when he was knocked out by Gerry Cooney at Madison Square Garden.

After Norton’s boxing career, he worked in the entertainment industry as an actor and commentator. He appeared in television shows like The A-Team and Knight Rider during the 1980s.

Norton is survived by his two sons, one of which is former NFL linebacker Ken Norton Jr., who won three Super Bowls over his 13-year career with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. Norton Jr. is currently the linebackers coach for the Seattle Seahawks.

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CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who passed away today in Las Vegas. He was 70.


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“Ken Norton was one of the standouts of the talent-filled 1970s heavyweight division,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy.  “He was a great fighter in the ring and a great person outside of it. The Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning his passing.”


Born August 9, 1943 in Jacksonville, Illinois, Norton was a gifted football, basketball and track star in high school. He began boxing while in the Marine Corps where he compiled a 24-2 record. After turning pro in 1967 Norton quickly became a key player in the heavyweight division. He engaged in a classic three-fight series with fellow Hall of Famer Muhammad Ali (W 12, L 12, L 12). Norton captured the NABF title twice (1973 and 1975) and held the WBC heavyweight championship (1978). During his career Norton scored wins over Boone Kirkman, Jose Luis Garcia, Ron Stander, Duane Bobick, Tex Cobb, Jerry Quarry and Jimmy Young among others.  His professional record reads 42-7-1 (33 KOs).


In 1992, Norton was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Mike Tyson Isn’t Just About Boxing‏


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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (September 18, 2013) — Since the much-anticipated launching of Iron Mike Productions last month, Hall of Famer and living legend “Iron” Mike Tyson has had a string of major media appearances, granting interviews to Fox Sports Live, Extra, the Today Show, and Conan O’Brien, where he spoke about his upcoming show, “Being Mike Tyson,” as well as the current state of boxing. His recent return to the ring as a boxing promoter with Iron Mike Productions has also given him a lot to talk about, like the National Football League and which teams he believes are heading to the Super Bowl.Most boxing fans also enjoy watching football because of the inherent action and physicality of the two sports. They may remember the stencil art done by artist Joe Lurato a few years back of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady for a segment titled, “Quarterbacks of the Decade.” Lurato’s artwork has been featured on NFL broadcasts and Tyson has kept his eyes out for it because, in addition to being passionate about sports, Mike and his Iron Mike Productions business partner, Garry Jonas, are also passionate about art.”Not only is this unique artwork beautiful,” Tyson said, “it is also inspirational for our fighters as they train in the Iron Mike gym. Our goal is to give all our fighters everything they need to be their very best, physically and mentally, and this serves as another example of Iron Mike Productions’ commitment to excellence on their behalf.”

Tyson and Jonas, CEO of Iron Mike Productions, immediately thought of Lurato when they were building their state-of-the-art training facility in Deerfield Beach, Florida. They commissioned both Lurato and fellow New York stencil artist, Logan Hicks, to create amazing, larger-than life wall murals to inspire and provoke their fighters, capturing the range of emotions that happen inside the ring.”The photo-realistic images have depth and move with the eye,” Jonas explained. “They follow the fighters throughout the space, inspiring them and reminding them of why they are here and what they are training for.”

Using layers of hand-cut paper, spray paint and stencils, both artists worked round-the-clock over one weekend to create an energized series of mixed-medium murals that echo the raw dynamism of the Iron Mike gym and capture the hope, struggle and desire that are at the heart of every fighter here.


The artists deliberately incorporated elements of urban street art to make the murals both visceral and refined to directly reflect the raw, gritty talent each of the fighters started with as they work to refine their skills and transform themselves into champions.Lurato’s work has also been featured on ESPN as part of the “Art of Basketball” project, created by Billi Kid and Public Works Department, an organization that promotes street and graffiti artists and their work. Licensed by the NBA, the organization features a growing collection of NBA-themed original street artwork that tours the country. Lurato’s contribution focused on the 2012 championship-winning Miami Heat.

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Mayweather going to Fight the perfect fighter soon to end his Career after big win.


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No matter what happens for the remainder of Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s career, his legacy as one of the sport’s greatest fighters is safe. If you said to me that he is already the greatest fighter of his era and one of the five best ever, I wouldn’t dispute your point. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a very good fighter who will likely prove to be great before his career is over.

Money made him look like a B-Class fighter. All things considered, the win over Canelo could be Mayweather’s most impressive performance.

That said, his career isn’t over. In accordance with his mega deal with Showtime/CBS, Money has, by his own words, “24 months left,” per George Willis of the New York Post. This would equate to four more fights at his current pace.

Mayweather has already made a fortune in his career, but he stands to earn even more cash before he walks away from the sport. With four fights left in his illustrious career, Mayweather’s legacy doesn’t hang in the balance, but retiring undefeated would put him in a class almost by himself.

In chronological order, here is a list of fighters Mayweather could fight to maximize his earning potential and take his legendary status to a new level.


May 2014: Danny Garcia

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On the undercard of Mayweather-Canelo, Danny Garcia out-boxed and clearly defeated Lucas Matthysse. Matthysse was dropped for the first time in his career and Garcia displayed boxing skills and toughness that left the rugged Argentinian baffled.

Garcia is just 25 years old, but he holds the WBA and WBC light welterweight titles. With an undefeated record of 27-0 and wins over Amir Khan and Matthysse, Garcia has earned a shot at Mayweather.

With both fighters working with Golden Boy Promotions in some capacity, there shouldn’t be any contractual issues with signing the fight. Love him or hate him, Garcia’s father Angel is great for pre-fight hype. Imagine what the Showtime All Access episodes would be like for this fight.

Garcia is a very good fighter, but Mayweather’s speed and punching accuracy should be enough to win a decision. He would have a chance to stop Garcia late if his hands hold up.


September 2014: Amir Khan

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Assuming Khan wins his next two fights, he would be a logical challenger for Mayweather. Khan will likely battle Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight title in December. That is no easy win. Alexander is quick and a good enough puncher to rock Khan.

Khan is as talented as any fighter in the world, but his weak chin makes him very beatable against just about any high-caliber fighter in his weight region.

On the other side of the coin, he has tremendous hand speed and good punching power. It would be an interesting fight. Floyd would have to be careful early as to not get caught by a big shot, but once he has three rounds to study Khan, he’d find the range and likely knock him out in the seventh or eighth round.


May 2015: Manny Pacquiao

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This is the fight many fans have wanted for years. Their history of back-and-forth jabs and near-agreements is long. Provided Pacquiao beats Brandon Rios in November and wins one or two fights after that, the small window of opportunity to fight Mayweather may be open as wide as it ever will be.

Both men would likely be on their last two or three fights and would have to realize this would be the final opportunity to cash in on what may be the biggest payday for two fighters in the history of the sport.

If Mayweather’s skills are as sharp as they have been in his last two fights, he’ll out-box Manny for 12 rounds and frustrate him for an easy win.


Sept. 2015: Adrien Broner



Both Broner and Mayweather have said they won’t fight each other, but we all know things can change. If this is to be Mayweather’s final fight, taking on his protege (who has attempted to model his path after Money) would be a fitting end.

Broner has seemingly been more adamant that he wouldn’t fight Mayweather. Money hasn’t been as vocal about the prospects.

In fact, Floyd Mayweather Sr. believes the fight could happen, per David Mayo of

Once Mayweather has retired, the battle for pound-for-pound supremacy may very well come down to Broner and Alvarez. How much of a punctuation would Money make if he walked away undefeated and with a win over the two men in position to dominate the sport once he’s gone?

Fighting Mayweather in the latter part of 2015 would be ideal for Broner. He’d have an opportunity to gain more experience and notoriety. That said, it wouldn’t really change the outcome.

As long as Money is still fighting at an elite level, he’d easily out-box Broner. Paulie Malignaggi proved that a slick boxer with good hand speed could give Broner issues. Mayweather is miles ahead of Malignaggi and he’d likely box circles around Broner.

The two men could keep their word and never fight each other; but if they don’t, this is the spot where it would make the most sense for both of them.


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Injured elbow slows down boxing king Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather (R) throws a right at Saul Alvarez during their WBC/WBA super welterweight fight on September 14, 2013

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Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather said he dislocated his left elbow in the middle of his majority decision over previously unbeaten Saul Alvarez.

The 36-year-old Mayweather earned a record $41 million purse Saturday for a dominating 12-round victory in which he claimed Alvarez’s World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association super welterweight belts.

“I could have used more combinations down the stretch. I think I dislocated my elbow,” said Mayweather during the post-fight news conference.

Mayweather said that for rounds six and seven he couldn’t use his jab because of the suspected dislocated elbow, although round seven still turned out to be one of his strongest of the fight.

“My arm was hurting, and I wanted to stop using my jab and just paw with it,” Mayweather said.

Doctors were expected to examine the elbow this week.

He used his superior hand speed to keep Alvarez at bay, but Mayweather still only managed to win the fight on two of the three judge’s scorecards.

Judge CJ Ross surprisingly scored it a draw, 114-114. The other two judges, Craig Metcalfe (117-111) and Dave Moretti (116-112) had Mayweather winning in a breeze.

Ross surprised many by giving six rounds to Alvarez. She is also one of two judges who scored a win for Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao last year.

Mayweather criticized Ross after the fight.

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Saul Alvarez (R) throws a right at Floyd Mayweather …

Saul Alvarez (R) throws a right at Floyd Mayweather during their WBC/WBA super welterweight fight at …

“I think it is a woman, and she could be older,” said Mayweather.

Mayweather was fighting for just the second time since being released from prison after serving a sentence for assaulting the mother of his children.

Mayweather gave away 13 years in age and 15 pounds to the younger and stronger Alvarez.

The Mexican fighter tipped the scales at Friday’s weigh in right on the 152-pound catch weight. But by the time he entered the ring, Alvarez had ballooned to 165, 13 pounds heavier than he was at the weigh in. It was also 10 pounds heavier than the weight he had been sparring at in the week leading up to the fight.

The added weight made him look slow and awkward in the ring as he suffered the first loss of his career.

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather celebrates his majority decision victory over Saul Alvarez after their WBC/WB …

This was the second fight in Mayweather’s six-bout, 30-month contract with Showtime that could pay him more than $200 million.

Saturday’s fight marked the first time since 2007 that he has fought twice in a calendar year, and Mayweather said he plans to repeat that schedule in 2014 and 2015 by fighting in May and September.

Mayweather repeated several times after the fight that he is counting down the months until retirement, and he believes he will stop boxing sometime in 2015.

“I only got 24 months left,” he said.

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Alvarez need a new trainer! Mayweather Jr. beats Canelo

By Gerardo Granados: Congratulations to Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s), the undisputed pound for pound number one boxer in the World. Floyd executed a perfect fight plan in beaten WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) by a 12 round majority decision last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Meanwhile, Canelo and his corner were clueless on what to do. Was it due the young lion inexperience? Maybe he was unable to execute the blue print. Maybe it was because of his lack of speed and mobility to match Floyd´s. Maybe he failed to adjust and just tried to do the very same thing round after round. Maybe his major weakness was his corner. Or could it be that Mayweather´s ring smarts were simply too much for him and his corner to handle.

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I scored the bout 120-108 for Money, the judge that scored the bout a draw must have seen the fight from a different angle. Even on Mexican Press there were scoring of 120-108 in favor to the clear winner. To sum it up, Floyd controlled the pace of the fight, had better footwork and mobility, his speed allowed him not only to counter Alvarez but to pressure the fight forcing Canelo back he also connected most of his punches hitting accurate clean punches and also many hard punches (true those punches didn’t hurt Alvarez but were real solid ones).

As for defense, Mayweather was simply superior and his effective aggression was as good as his ring smarts. From round one to the third Floyd was cautious but from the fourth he had adjusted to take control and dominated the fight, and simply out boxed and out punch the young lion.

The only problem for Floyd is that he might have run out of contenders, because there are not great boxers left at the light welterweight – welter – super welter divisions that can be competitive against him; most of them are brawlers or boxer punchers but not on an elite level.

Alvarez had the physical tools to defeat Mayweather, but his ring smarts were not up to the task and his corner didn´t help much. There is no shame to lose to the pound for pound best but it is sad that Canelo wasn´t properly advice on how to adjust. One thing is to lose a competitive fight but to lose so clearly is really shocking.

Canelo is a young lion and his best days are yet to come but maybe he should consider making changes in his corner in order to have major success against talented boxers. If Alvarez had faced another type of opponent he might had have success connecting his power punches and could not had to move or throw four punches combinations and just stay in front of a non fast experienced elite boxer. It was a very disappointing performance by Saul Alvarez, so much that the betting odds were really close and no one could have imagined that the bout was going to be so one sided.

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Mayweather’s $41million dollar win – biggest purse in boxing history

Floyd Mayweather stretched his unbeaten string to 45 straight fights when he beat Saul Alvarez (left). (AFP)

Floyd Mayweather stretched his unbeaten string to 45 straight fights when he beat Saul Alvarez (left). (AFP)

Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather stretched his unbeaten string to 45 straight fights with a 12-round majority decision over Mexican champ Saul Alvarez on Saturday.

The 36-year-old, who earned the biggest purse in boxing history at $41-million, managed to win the showdown between the two undefeated fighters and wrest Alvarez’s World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association super welterweight belts.

“It is about skills,” Mayweather said. “I came out tonight and showed my skills.

“I just took my time and took the opportunities when I got them.  I can’t say this is my best performance.”

Mayweather fought a brilliant tactical fight against the younger and stronger Alvarez in front of the crowd of 16 746 at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Grand Garden Arena.

He used his jab and superior hand speed to keep Alvarez at bay, but Mayweather still only managed to win on two of the three judge’s scorecards.

Judge CJ Ross surprisingly scored it a draw, 114-114, while Craig Metcalfe had it 117-111 and Dave Moretti scored it 116-112 in favour of Mayweather.

Prison release “I’m not in control of what the judges do,” Mayweather scoffed. “I am in shock [by] whoever had it even.”

This was just the second fight for Mayweather since he was released from prison after serving a sentence for assaulting the mother of his children.

Mayweather gave away 13 years in age and 15 pounds to the younger and stronger Alvarez, who moved down in weight for the showdown.

The seventh was one of Mayweather’s best rounds as he landed several combination punches early before backing Alvarez up into a corner and hitting him with a right uppercut that snapped the Mexican’s head back.

Mayweather came into the fight at 150 pounds, just a couple pounds lighter than he was at Friday’s weigh in.

Alvarez was first to step into the ring, followed by Mayweather, who walked slowly into the sold-out arena flanked by rap artist Lil Wayne and Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber.

The Mexican fighter entered the fight at 165, 13 pounds heavier than he was at Friday’s weigh in.

Alvarez, who turned pro at age of 15 in 2005, suffered the first loss of his career.

“Obviously I didn’t want to leave with a loss,” said Alvarez, who dropped to 42-1-1. “It happens and it hurts.”

Olympic style fight  Alvarez said he thought Mayweather fought an Olympic style fight by impressing the judges with the volume of punches he landed not the quality.

“He is very fast and accurate. His punches weren’t that strong but he is making points and very fast,” Alvarez said.

Mayweather connected on three times as many jabs (139-44) as Alvarez and landed almost double the number of total punches, 232-117.

This was the second in Mayweather’s six-bout, 30-month contract with Showtime that could pay him more than $200-million.

Saturday’s fight marked the first time since 2007 that he has fought twice in a calendar year and Mayweather said he plans to repeat that schedule in 2014 by fighting in May and September.

Some questioned why Mayweather would choose to fight Alvarez instead of accepting even more money to fight Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, who Mayweather has been accused of dodging.

Mayweather said that Pacquiao is no longer on his radar.

‘I am not thinking about Manny Pacquiao’ ​“I want to take my promotion to another level. I am not thinking about Manny Pacquiao,” Mayweather said.

On the undercard, Danny Garcia kept his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association super lightweight titles with a unanimous decision over challenger Lucas Matthysses.

Garcia knocked Matthysses down in the 11th round and then the two went toe-to-toe in the final seconds of the 12-round showdown with both looking to end the bout with a knockout.

“We had a game plan and we stuck to it,” Garcia said. “I stood focused and disciplined.

“I faced adversity before and he hadn’t. I knew I would get this win.”

Garcia improved to 27-0 but Argentina’s Matthysses made him work for it as he sent Garcia’s mouthpiece flying with a hard right hand in the 11th.

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Floyd Mayweather and the 25 Most Popular Boxers of All Time


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Floyd Mayweather is just one of many popular boxers who have emerged from the sport. Through various routes—some through the ring, some outside it or a combination of both—these boxers connect with the people.

Whether they make people hate them or love them dearly, they make people care about what they do and how they do it and that is what matters most.



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