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20
Sep
13

Former Heavyweight Boxer Ken Norton Sr. Passes Away at 70

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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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19
Sep
13

Mike Tyson Isn’t Just About Boxing‏

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Being 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.”
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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.

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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.

To learn more about Joe Lurato and Logan Hicks, check out their work at joeiurato.com and loganhicks.com.

Iron Mike Productions, previously Acquinity Sports, is a boxing promotion company co-founded and led by CEO Garry Jonas. It is a partnership with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson committed to changing traditional boxing promotion by advocating for its fighters’ successes inside the ring and out, throughout their professional careers and into retirement.

For additional information go online at www.IronMikeProductions.com.CONTACTS:

Bob Trieger, Iron Mike Productions, 978.664,4482, bobtfcp@hotmail.com

Jo Mignano, Mike Tyson’s publicist, jmignano@kruppnyc.com

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ARTISTS AT PLAY (L-R): Joe Lurato & Logan Hicks
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Iron Mike Productions, previously Acquinity Sports, is a boxing promotion company co-founded and led by Acquinity Interactive CEO Garry Jonas. It is a partnership with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson committed to changing traditional boxing promotion by advocating for its fighters’ successes inside the ring and out, throughout their professional careers and into retirement.

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18
Sep
13

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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18
Sep
13

Floyd Mayweather News about his next fight against Khan in the UK

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02
Dec
11

Pacquiao Negotiations for Mayweather fight Done

abs-cbnNEWS.com
Posted at 11/30/2011 6:33 PM | Updated as of 12/01/2011 7:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has revealed only a few details need to be ironed out regarding his possible mega-fight against American fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao recently confirmed that negotiations are ongoing with Mayweather’s team. Mayweather also called on Pacquiao to sign a contract for a May 5 fight date.

“Ready na tayo. Kung natuloy ‘yan, ‘pag pumirma na s’ya sa kontrate, pirma na rin tayo,” Pacquiao said. (We are ready. If it pushes through, once he signs the contract then I’ll sign the contract.)

Pacquiao said there are only a few details left to be tackled in the negotiations.

“Maliit na bagay na pinag-uusapan, malapit ng matapos ang negotiation,” he said. (Only the little things are being worked out and negotiations are almost done.)

He said he has no issue with the May 5 fight date, saying it is a good month for the fight.

Pacquiao also laughed off Mayweather’s recent comments about him, wherein the American boxer said Pacquiao actually has 6 losses on his record instead of 3.

Mayweather said Pacquiao lost to Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez three times, bringing his total number of losses to six.

“Kung ganyan ang paniniwala n’ya, eh di respetuhin natin,” Pacquiao said. (If that’s what he thinks, we have to respect it).

The fighting congressman from Sarangani is planning to watch the friendly match between the Philippine Azkals and the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium along with his wife and kids.

“Magchi-cheer ako sa Azkals,” Pacquiao said. — From a report by Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN

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15
Nov
11

Muhammad Ali the Great pay respect to Joe Frazier

PHILADELPHIA —  With his championship belt and a pair of gloves draped over his casket, Joe Frazier was going one more round.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson asked mourners to rise, put their hands together and for one last time “show your love” for the former heavyweight champion.

Muhammad Ali obliged.

Wearing a dark suit and sunglasses, a frail and trembling Ali rose from his seat and vigorously clapped for “Smokin’ Joe,” the fighter who handed Ali his first loss.

Ali was among the nearly 4,000 people who packed the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church for a two-hour “joyful celebration” of Frazier’s life. He died last week of liver cancer; he was 67. Also attending were former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and promoter Don King.

His body ravaged by Parkinson’s disease, Ali was accompanied by members of his family and wife, Lonnie, who rubbed his back while he was seated and held his hands as he entered and left the church.

Jackson delivered a stirring eulogy, describing Frazier as someone who “came from segregation, degradation and disgrace to amazing grace.”

“Tell them Rocky was not a champion. Joe Frazier was,” he said, referring to the hometown character from the boxing movie, “Rocky,” and whose statue stands at the base of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Tell them Rocky is fictitious, Joe was reality. Rocky’s fists are frozen in stone. Joe’s fists are smokin’. Rocky never faced Ali or Holmes or Foreman. Rocky never tasted his own blood. Champions are made in the ring not in the movies. There deserves to be a statue of Joe Frazier in downtown Philadelphia.”

Mike Tyson, a catch in his voice, sent a videotaped message of condolence as did real estate magnate Donald Trump and actor Mickey Rourke.  Fellow Philadelphia fighter, longtime middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, also attended. The Rev. Al Sharpton was forced to cancel Monday morning.

“We made history together,” said King, who promoted Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle fight against George Foreman, who was knocked out in the eighth round. “We tried to make America better.”

King, wearing an U.S. flag scarf and clutching a mini-flag, walked over to shake Ali’s hand before the funeral; Holmes greeted “The Greatest” when the service ended — with a 10-bell salute, boxing’s traditional 10-count farewell to its own.

Thousands of mourners turned out Friday and Saturday for a public memorial viewing at the Wells Fargo Center.

Frazier beat Ali, knocking him down and taking a decision in the Fight of the Century at Madison Square Garden in 1971. He would go on to lose two more fights to Ali, including the “Thrilla in Manila” bout.

Frazier was embittered for years by Ali’s taunts and name-calling, though he recently said he had forgiven him.

Their epic trilogy was recalled not only by speakers at the service but those who sent letters to be read at the ceremony. Rourke got the biggest laugh when he joked about Ali getting knocked down by Frazier — with Ali’s friends and family laughing the loudest.

Smokin’ Joe was a small yet ferocious fighter who smothered his opponents with punches, including the devastating left hook he used to end many of his fights early. That’s what he used to drop Ali in the 15th round of their epic bout at MSG.

While that fight is celebrated in boxing lore, Ali and Frazier put on an even better show in their third fight, held in a sweltering arena in Manila as part of Ali’s world tour of fights in 1975. Nearly blinded by Ali’s punches, Frazier still wanted to go out for the 15th round, but was held back by trainer Eddie Futch. The bout, Ali would later say, was the closest thing to death he could imagine.

Frazier won the heavyweight title in 1970 by stopping Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round of their fight at Madison Square Garden. Frazier defended it successfully four times before George Foreman knocked him down six times in the first two rounds to take the title from him in 1973.

Frazier would never be heavyweight champion again.

11
Nov
11

Joe Frazier viewing at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly on Friday (10AM – 5PM) & Saturday (10AM – 1PM).

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In addition to the Monday service for Frazier, apparently he will also “lie in state” at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly on Friday (10AM – 5PM) & Saturday (10AM – 1PM).

Here’s the article excerpt:
“Legendary heavyweight boxer Smokin’ Joe Frazier died Monday after a bout with liver cancer. He was 67.
On Wednesday Frazier’s family released funeral details.
Smokin’ Joe’s body will be lying in state at the Wells Fargo Center Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“This will be an opportunity for his many fans, supporters and boxing lovers from around the world to pay their final respects to Joe Frazier,” his family said in a release.”
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03
May
11

R.I.P. Former heavyweight contender Cooper dies at age 76‏

May 01, 2011 8:22 PM EDT
 
FILE – This Tuesday Feb. 22, 200 photo from files shows former British and European heavyweight boxing champion Sir Henry Cooper after receiving his knighthood at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. Sir Henry has died aged 76, sources told Britain’s Press Association Sunday May 1, 2011. He was well known for two famous clashes with Muhammad Ali in the 1960’s flooring Ali in the 4th round of a 1963 non-title fight at London’s Wembley, though Ali eventually won the fight. He fought Ali again in 1966 but was again beaten. (AP Photo – Richard Pohle, Pool)
Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
 
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20
Apr
11

Manny Pacquiao: If He Loses, Do You Want to See Mayweather-Mosley 2?

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. in action against Shane Mosley during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

On May 1 2010, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KOs) clearly outpointed the heavy-fisted veteran Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs).

Boxing historian Bert Sugar was one of many who felt this match would be competitive for Mayweather.

Mayweather survived a turbulent second round to thoroughly beat Mosley out of the pound-for-pound rankings at the time.

Thanks to the beating Mosley sustained at the hands of Mayweather, the majority of boxing fans do not give Mosley a chance at beating pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao in their scheduled fight May 7, 2011.

While Pacquiao may be the clear favorite, Mosley’s punching power can’t be disregarded and almost made a difference in the second round of his battle with Mayweather.

This leads to an interesting question: If Mosley happens to win, would you (the boxing community) want to see Mosley fight Mayweather again?

It’s a hard question to answer. On one hand, we can’t expect the superfight with Pacquiao to happen if Mosley beats Pacquiao.

On the other hand, Mayweather already thumped Mosley once. Many believe it will happen again if the two meet.

It’s possible the beating of Pacquiao could spark renewed interests, but more stock will likely be put in the inactivity of Mayweather.

Mayweather, a true welterweight (147 lbs), fought a lightweight (135 lbs) in Juan Manuel Marquez in order to brush the dust off his skills.

Though Marquez is legendary, he was still had to gain a lot of weight.

Beating Mosley while moderately active is one thing, but beating Mosley after over a year of not fighting is a totally different beast.

Can Mayweather do it? Mayweather’s inactivity and Mosley’s victory over Pacquiao may be the selling point but the question still remains.

Would you buy it?

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20
Apr
11

Why Some Fans Are Sick of Pac-Man Manny Pacquiao

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Not all boxing fans are Manny Pacquiao’s fans. But according to most Internet opinion polls, most of these fans are supporters or followers of the Filipino boxing superstar. Yet a good number of these boxing fans are sick and tired of a mere mention of the pound-for-pound king’s name.

There are a thousand and one reasons for loving or hating Manny Pacquiao. But the real reasons for hating him are few and even understandable, to say the least. On the flip side of things, the reasons for loving him are far greater than the reasons cited by those who hate him.

Boxing fans who are mesmerized by Pacquiao’s meteoric rise to greatness are saying the Filipino boxing superstar is beyond compare in many ways.

These diehard fans say there is little reason why some boxing fans should hate him. It seems only those who are envious of his success find him not worthy of their support.

Family-oriented boxing fans say they find Manny Pacquiao a real good role model to their growing kids who are into sports in general and into boxing in particular.

But why is he considered by many as a good role model?

In one of the social functions where Pacquiao was conferred a special award for his concern about cancer-inflicted people, a couple who had three teenage kids was asked by a broadcast journalist why they were supporting Manny Pacquiao.

“Who would not support Manny Pacquiao?,” the family head asked. “He was once a poor kid but managed to rise above poverty through sheer determination and hard work. He was almost illiterate but he later pursued education, got a high school diploma and later went to college. And now he is an elected congressman representing his district in Southern Philippines.”

“Now that he is a millionaire many times over, he gives up a large chunk of his wealth to poor but deserving countrymen. He supports charitable institutions that help the poor and the sick, grants scholarship to poor but deserving students and shares his winnings to just about anyone who needs help and assistance,” the family man said.

“Certainly he is a good example for the youth of today,” he added.

Boxing critics are saying Pacquiao is nothing but a media creation. And a good number of boxing fans hate him for a number of reasons.

To the Pacquiao haters, just a mere mention of his name will almost instantly trigger a heated and lengthy debate.

In some debates, Pacquiao haters would almost zero in on the boxer’s alleged use of performance enhancing drugs, cherry-picking opponents and womanizing, among other things.

They are sick and tired of Pacquiao’s continued rejection of Floyd Mayweather‘s demand for a random blood test and point to it as the main reason why the long-awaited Pacquiao-Mayweather fight would not happen.

They are likewise sick and tired of Pacquiao’s continued practice of cherry-picking his opponents to assure his victory in every fight. A case in point they said is the upcoming Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight which recently created a media frenzy when boxing fans called for a boycott to the fight recently.

Pacquiao haters claimed the Filipino boxer knew Mosley is past his prime and the pound-for-pound king should not have agreed to the fight.

Boxing fans who hate Manny Pacquiao agree the popular boxer is nothing but a media creation. They said Pacquiao has to take on real opponent such as Tim Bradley, Andre Berto, Sergio Martinez, among others, to prove his widely admired boxing skill.

Still some boxing fans are sick and tired of Pacquiao’s womanizing despite media’s alleged cover-up. They asked why Pacquiao has been tagged as a good role model for the youth when he is setting a bad example by having relationship with other women outside of his marriage.

Boxing fans have a lot of different reasons for hating or loving Manny Pacquiao. But some boxing fans say they are sick and tired of the PacMan.

Are you sick and tired of Manny Pacquiao?

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