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14

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Mar
14

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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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18
Sep
13

Muhammad Ali 70th Birthday Extreme Collage

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18
Sep
13

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

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16
Sep
13

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.

Carlos Molina also won the International Boxing Federation’s junior middleweight title with a split-decision victory over Ishe Smith. – AFP

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16
Sep
13

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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16
Sep
13

Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez gives boxing judge C.J. Ross a black eye

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s masterful win over Canelo Alvarez is almost ruined by  judge C.J. Ross.

It was a near flawless effort, in and out of the ring.

Floyd  Mayweather Jr. put forth a virtuoso performance against the less experienced  Saul (Canelo) Alvarez on Saturday, hitting and not getting hit. But it wasn’t  just Mayweather’s treatment of Alvarez that was so notable. Golden Boy  Promotions orchestrated one of the more ambitious and successful advertising  campaigns for the fight, giving fans a hint of what the future of the sport  could one day hold.

But just as boxing took a step forward, it was dragged back into its murky  past when the judge’s scorecards were announced on Saturday at the MGM Grand.  Only two of the three judges acknowledged Mayweather’s dominance, with C.J.  Ross, a scorer with a checkered past, the lone dissenter.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Justin Bieber can't believe what they're hearing when C.J. Ross' scorecard is announced.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Justin  Bieber can’t believe what they’re hearing when C.J. Ross’ scorecard is  announced.

Ross scored the fight a draw at 114-114, deciding that Mayweather, 36, had  only won six of the 12 rounds. The other two judges scored it for Mayweather:  116-112 (Dave Moretti) and 117-111 (Craig Metcalfe), giving the Pound-for-Pound  King a majority decision victory. When Mayweather (45-0, 26 knockouts) heard the  verdict in the ring, he thought someone was pulling his leg.

Even Justin Bieber, who walked Mayweather to the ring beforehand, looked  upset. Ross scored four of the final five rounds for Alvarez.

“I thought it was a joke,” Mayweather told an ESPN television reporter  shortly after the bout. Earlier in the ring he said: “I’m not in control of the  judges. I’m a little in shock but everything is a learning experience.”

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Judge C.J. Ross (r.) originally raises suspicions during the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight.

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Judge C.J. Ross (r.) originally  raises suspicions during the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who promotes Alvarez, called Ross’  scorecard a “disgrace.”

“She hurt the game,” said Floyd Mayweather Sr., the father and trainer for  Floyd Jr. “For the biggest fight in the world in the history of boxing- you know  what everyone is saying? Boxing is crooked. It’s crooked.”

On a night when the public was finally turning its attention to a sport that  has mostly lived on the margins, fans got a taste of why so many have turned  their backs on it in recent years: because of the head-scratching decisions by  either corrupt or incompetent judges that continue to mar big fights.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts on a boxing clinic against Canelo Alvarez.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts on a boxing  clinic against Canelo Alvarez.

“The judge C.J. Ross should be investigated had some money on the fight”  Nets point guard Deron Williams posted on his Twitter account.

Many wondered aloud how Ross got the assignment to judge the biggest fight  of the year. Ross is the same judge that awarded a controversial split decision  victory to Timothy Bradley against Manny Pacquiao last year when most observers  thought Pacquiao did enough to win. In most sports, it’s the best officials who  get to referee the most important events, based on their previous performances.  But that doesn’t always happen in boxing, said Showtime boxing chief, Stephen  Espinoza. No one from the Nevada State Athletic Commission was immediately  available for comment after the fight.

“That’s one area where the sport really needs to improve,” Espinoza said of  the judging. “Other major sports such as the NFL, such as in college basketball  use their best officials for their biggest events. And I think that’s something  that boxing should incorporate and I really don’t see that being taken into  account. We dodged a bullet in a sense because in a closer fight, you’d hate for  [Ross’ scorecard]to be the deciding factor.”

Schaefer suggested the Nevada commission use the money it made on the fight  on seminars to better educate judges. The fight set an all-time live gate record  of $20,003,150 on Saturday.

“The Nevada commission made a lot of money tonight,” Schaefer said  afterward. “I’m sure they can pay for some educational seminars for some of the  officials. I would call that putting the money to good use. I respect the  commission. But they’re going to have to live with their mistakes.”

Mabramson@nydailynews.com

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06
Dec
11

Wladimir Klitschko suffers kidney colic: Jean-Marc Mormeck bout postponed till March

The scheduled fight for Saturday, December 10, at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf between IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and The Ring magazine world heavyweight championship incumbent Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck (35-4-0, 22ko), of France, had to be cancelled due to a kidney colic of Klitschko (56-3-0, 49ko).

 

Last Saturday, Wladimir Klitschko underwent an operation removing a kidney stone. After initial recovery, he had to cancel his participation at a RTL TV show last night due to recurring pain.

Prof. Dr. Peter Albers – head of the urology department of the University Hospital Düsseldorf – said: “In his current state it would not be reasonable to compete in a world championship.

“After two surgeries within 24 hours, everyone needs time to recover.”

The plans for rescheduling the fight involve March 3 as the possible date: “Purchased tickets retain their validity,” said Bernd Boente, the managing director for K2.

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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.




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