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This Week in Boxing History
 
 
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    basilio-ray

    TWIBH: March 25, 1958 — Robinson vs. Basilio II

    Sugar Ray Robinson, widely regarded as pound-for-pound the greatest boxer of all time, rarely found himself the underdog, but that’s exactly what he was heading into his return with “The Onion Farmer,” the alw...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Ali jabs Liston

    TWIBH: Feb. 25, 1964 — Clay vs. Liston

    Fifty years ago today, Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship of the world. On paper, it’s just another line in the record book, another exchange of hardware, another changing of the guard. And inde...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    JoeFrazier-JimmyEllis

    TWIBH: February 16, 1970 — Frazier vs. Ellis

    Following Muhammad Ali’s refusal to be drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1967 and his being relieved of both his title and his license to box, the matter of who should be considered the heavyweight champion of the world ...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    rubin-1

    TWIBH: December 20th, 1963 – Carter vs. Griffith

    You should forget that Bob Dylan song for a minute. Don’t picture Denzel Washington. Get beyond the courtrooms, the jail cells. Go back to Pittsburgh. Was a storm in that city in 1905. Hurricane Bronson, 800 miles wide, moving ...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Roberto-Marvin

    TWIBH: November 10, 1983 — Hagler vs. Duran

    Since finally winning the middleweight title in 1980 and establishing himself as one of the best boxers in the world, Marvelous Marvin Hagler had been like the prettiest belle at the ball who, for whatever reason, just cannot a...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    donny vs. ray

    TWIBH: Nov. 7, 1988 — Leonard vs. Lalonde

    In 1982, after being treated for a detached retina, Sugar Ray Leonard retired from boxing. Two years later he attempted a comeback, which was quickly aborted after an underwhelming performance against contender Kevin Howard. Ti...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    coetzee-weaver

    TWIBH: October 25, 1980 — Weaver vs. Coetzee

    Following Muhammad Ali’s upset loss to Leon Spinks in 1978, the heavyweight title belt was torn in two. The World Boxing Council stripped Spinks of their championship after he refused to obey their order to defend against...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    tyson, champ

    TWIBH: Oct. 16, 1987 — Tyson vs. Biggs

    It’s 1987 and nothing and no one can stop heavyweight wrecking machine Mike Tyson. The year before he had blown away Trevor Berbick in two rounds to take the WBC version of the world title, an historic victory followed by...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Gavilan-Ring cover

    TWIBH: October 14, 1949 — Gavilan vs. Jack

    It was the classic clash between youth and age when the once-great Beau Jack met future great Kid Gavilan in Chicago Stadium in a ten round, non-title affair. One boxer, Gavilan, had most of his Hall of Fame career still ahead ...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    norton-ali7777

    TWIBH: September 10, 1973 — Ali vs. Norton II

    It had been years since Muhammad Ali worked with such intensity and purpose, years since he had forced his body to undergo the torture necessary to achieve supreme physical condition. It was 1973 and the former heavyweight cham...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Rule Britannia

    TWIBH: September 2, 1995 — McCall vs. Bruno

    For the heavyweight division, the 1990s was total chaos. A complete chronicle of the ups and downs of the big men during that decade reads like a season-long script for a bad soap opera. Buster Douglas upset Mike Tyson, then Ty...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    KOMag.Pryor 8304

    TWIBH: August 2, 1980 — Pryor vs. Cervantes

    The Montreal Olympics in 1976 represented a galvanizing moment in American boxing, an event which saw the sport gain new stars and new fans. The amateur team competing that year became one of the biggest stories of the games, w...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Leonard (left) and Tendler mix it up. This photo is from their second meeting in Yankee Stadium.

    TWIBH: July 27, 1922 — Leonard vs. Tendler I

    There is no disputing the oft-repeated truth that Benny Leonard will forever stand as one of the finest boxers who has ever lived. Not as well known is the fact that fellow Jewish pugilist Lew Tendler also deserves high ranking...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    sanchez against Nelson

    TWIBH: July 21, 1982 — Sanchez vs. Nelson

    There’s that old 1960s query: what if they had a war and no one came? Considering the 1982 clash between featherweights Salvador Sanchez and Azumah Nelson, the better question is: what if they had an action-packed, dramat...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Beau Jack Ring

    TWIBH: July 12, 1948 — Williams vs. Jack

                                  By 1948, everybody knew the party was almost over for Sidney Walker, aka Beau Jack. The former lightweight king and all-ti...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Chavez, Ring magazine

    TWIBH: July 7, 1985 — Chavez vs. Mayweather I

    It’s 1985 and everyone south of the border already knows who the next great Mexican boxer will be. The problem is almost no one north of the border does. The 70s and early 80s were vintage years for Mexican fight fans wit...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Buchanan-Duran

    TWIBH: June 26, 1972 — Duran vs. Buchanan

    In September of 1970, Scotland’s Ken Buchanan won the WBA version of the lightweight championship by close 15 round decision over Panamanian Ismael Laguna. He would defend his title twice before taking on red-hot top cont...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    SCHMELING

    TWIBH: June 19, 1936 — Louis vs. Schmeling I

    Think back, if you will boxing fans, and recollect those breathless days of yesteryear, when the young, can’t-miss prospect, the next great champion and star of the ring, thrilled you as he bounded over the obstacles to f...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Larry-Holmes-v.s.-Ken-Norton

    TWIBH: June 9, 1978 — Norton vs. Holmes

    While it might be going a bit far to classify Ken Norton as a “hard-luck fighter,” it’s difficult not to see him as such when one takes into consideration all the twists and turns of his fateful career. Surely...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Ali and Cooper

    TWIBH: May 21, 1966 — Ali vs. Cooper II

    Looking back, it’s easy to forget that until the early 70s and his wars with Frazier, Bonavena, Norton and Foreman, many seriously questioned the toughness of Muhammad Ali. While now rightfully included on any list of the...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    basilio-ray

    TWIBH: March 25, 1958 — Robinson vs. Basilio II

    Sugar Ray Robinson, widely regarded as pound-for-pound the greatest boxer of all time, rarely found himself the underdog, but that’s exactly what he was heading into his return with “The Onion Farmer,” the alw...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Ali jabs Liston

    TWIBH: Feb. 25, 1964 — Clay vs. Liston

    Fifty years ago today, Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship of the world. On paper, it’s just another line in the record book, another exchange of hardware, another changing of the guard. And inde...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    JoeFrazier-JimmyEllis

    TWIBH: February 16, 1970 — Frazier vs. Ellis

    Following Muhammad Ali’s refusal to be drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1967 and his being relieved of both his title and his license to box, the matter of who should be considered the heavyweight champion of the world ...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    rubin-1

    TWIBH: December 20th, 1963 – Carter vs. Griffith

    You should forget that Bob Dylan song for a minute. Don’t picture Denzel Washington. Get beyond the courtrooms, the jail cells. Go back to Pittsburgh. Was a storm in that city in 1905. Hurricane Bronson, 800 miles wide, moving ...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Roberto-Marvin

    TWIBH: November 10, 1983 — Hagler vs. Duran

    Since finally winning the middleweight title in 1980 and establishing himself as one of the best boxers in the world, Marvelous Marvin Hagler had been like the prettiest belle at the ball who, for whatever reason, just cannot a...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    donny vs. ray

    TWIBH: Nov. 7, 1988 — Leonard vs. Lalonde

    In 1982, after being treated for a detached retina, Sugar Ray Leonard retired from boxing. Two years later he attempted a comeback, which was quickly aborted after an underwhelming performance against contender Kevin Howard. Ti...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    coetzee-weaver

    TWIBH: October 25, 1980 — Weaver vs. Coetzee

    Following Muhammad Ali’s upset loss to Leon Spinks in 1978, the heavyweight title belt was torn in two. The World Boxing Council stripped Spinks of their championship after he refused to obey their order to defend against...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    tyson, champ

    TWIBH: Oct. 16, 1987 — Tyson vs. Biggs

    It’s 1987 and nothing and no one can stop heavyweight wrecking machine Mike Tyson. The year before he had blown away Trevor Berbick in two rounds to take the WBC version of the world title, an historic victory followed by...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Gavilan-Ring cover

    TWIBH: October 14, 1949 — Gavilan vs. Jack

    It was the classic clash between youth and age when the once-great Beau Jack met future great Kid Gavilan in Chicago Stadium in a ten round, non-title affair. One boxer, Gavilan, had most of his Hall of Fame career still ahead ...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    norton-ali7777

    TWIBH: September 10, 1973 — Ali vs. Norton II

    It had been years since Muhammad Ali worked with such intensity and purpose, years since he had forced his body to undergo the torture necessary to achieve supreme physical condition. It was 1973 and the former heavyweight cham...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Rule Britannia

    TWIBH: September 2, 1995 — McCall vs. Bruno

    For the heavyweight division, the 1990s was total chaos. A complete chronicle of the ups and downs of the big men during that decade reads like a season-long script for a bad soap opera. Buster Douglas upset Mike Tyson, then Ty...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    KOMag.Pryor 8304

    TWIBH: August 2, 1980 — Pryor vs. Cervantes

    The Montreal Olympics in 1976 represented a galvanizing moment in American boxing, an event which saw the sport gain new stars and new fans. The amateur team competing that year became one of the biggest stories of the games, w...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Leonard (left) and Tendler mix it up. This photo is from their second meeting in Yankee Stadium.

    TWIBH: July 27, 1922 — Leonard vs. Tendler I

    There is no disputing the oft-repeated truth that Benny Leonard will forever stand as one of the finest boxers who has ever lived. Not as well known is the fact that fellow Jewish pugilist Lew Tendler also deserves high ranking...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    sanchez against Nelson

    TWIBH: July 21, 1982 — Sanchez vs. Nelson

    There’s that old 1960s query: what if they had a war and no one came? Considering the 1982 clash between featherweights Salvador Sanchez and Azumah Nelson, the better question is: what if they had an action-packed, dramat...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Beau Jack Ring

    TWIBH: July 12, 1948 — Williams vs. Jack

                                  By 1948, everybody knew the party was almost over for Sidney Walker, aka Beau Jack. The former lightweight king and all-ti...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Chavez, Ring magazine

    TWIBH: July 7, 1985 — Chavez vs. Mayweather I

    It’s 1985 and everyone south of the border already knows who the next great Mexican boxer will be. The problem is almost no one north of the border does. The 70s and early 80s were vintage years for Mexican fight fans wit...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Buchanan-Duran

    TWIBH: June 26, 1972 — Duran vs. Buchanan

    In September of 1970, Scotland’s Ken Buchanan won the WBA version of the lightweight championship by close 15 round decision over Panamanian Ismael Laguna. He would defend his title twice before taking on red-hot top cont...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    SCHMELING

    TWIBH: June 19, 1936 — Louis vs. Schmeling I

    Think back, if you will boxing fans, and recollect those breathless days of yesteryear, when the young, can’t-miss prospect, the next great champion and star of the ring, thrilled you as he bounded over the obstacles to f...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Larry-Holmes-v.s.-Ken-Norton

    TWIBH: June 9, 1978 — Norton vs. Holmes

    While it might be going a bit far to classify Ken Norton as a “hard-luck fighter,” it’s difficult not to see him as such when one takes into consideration all the twists and turns of his fateful career. Surely...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Ali and Cooper

    TWIBH: May 21, 1966 — Ali vs. Cooper II

    Looking back, it’s easy to forget that until the early 70s and his wars with Frazier, Bonavena, Norton and Foreman, many seriously questioned the toughness of Muhammad Ali. While now rightfully included on any list of the...