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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
     
    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
     
    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
     
    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...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    zamorazarateposter

    TWIBH: April 23, 1977 — Zárate vs. Zamora

    The two best boxers in the 118 lb. class, Carlos ‘Cañas’ Zárate and Alfonso ‘El Toro’ Zamora were both tremendous punchers, both undefeated, both champions, and both Mexican. Obviously, a showdown was inevitable. It was a match...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    foreman-part-2

    TWIBH: April 19, ’91: Holyfield vs. Foreman, Pt. 1

    When news came in 1987 that former heavyweight champion George Foreman, who had retired almost a decade before and become an evangelical pastor, intended to embark on a wholly unexpected and unlikely return to prizefighting, th...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    willie-pastrano

    TWIBH: April 12, 1964 — Pastrano vs. Peralta II

    To say light-heavyweight champion Willie Pastrano was not the most enthusiastic or Spartan-like of athletes is a bit of an understatement. According to his trainer, Angelo Dundee, Pastrano’s habitual words as he headed in...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Jack Johnson Knocked Out by Jess Willard

    TWIBH: April 5, 1915 — Willard vs. Johnson

    It is not for nothing that the late boxing scribe Jimmy Cannon called boxing “the red light district of sports.” At different times in its history boxing has been the victim of corruption and fixed fights and over t...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Foreman KOs Norton

    TWIBH: March 26, 1974 – Foreman vs. Norton, Part 2

    In the opening round, Forman stalked a circling Norton. After some tentative jabbing from both fighters, Big George, effectively cutting off the ring, backed Norton to the ropes where he let loose with his heavy artillery. Watc...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Foreman destroys Norton

    TWIBH: March 26, 1974 – Foreman vs. Norton, Part 1

    On March 31, 1973, unheralded heavyweight contender Ken Norton, a 5-to-1 underdog, outpointed Muhammad Ali to score a huge upset. Seven months later, Ali avenged the loss with a close decision victory of his own. The loss did n...
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    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Taylor vs. Chavez

    TWIBH: March 17, 1990 — Chávez vs. Taylor I, Part 2

    Then came the finale, a finish as dramatic and controversial as any in the long history of the sport. The sequence transpiring in the bout’s dying seconds was a direct result of the pounding Taylor had absorbed, punishmen...
  •  
    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
     
    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
     
    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
     
    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...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    zamorazarateposter

    TWIBH: April 23, 1977 — Zárate vs. Zamora

    The two best boxers in the 118 lb. class, Carlos ‘Cañas’ Zárate and Alfonso ‘El Toro’ Zamora were both tremendous punchers, both undefeated, both champions, and both Mexican. Obviously, a showdown was inevitable. It was a match...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    foreman-part-2

    TWIBH: April 19, ’91: Holyfield vs. Foreman, Pt. 1

    When news came in 1987 that former heavyweight champion George Foreman, who had retired almost a decade before and become an evangelical pastor, intended to embark on a wholly unexpected and unlikely return to prizefighting, th...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    willie-pastrano

    TWIBH: April 12, 1964 — Pastrano vs. Peralta II

    To say light-heavyweight champion Willie Pastrano was not the most enthusiastic or Spartan-like of athletes is a bit of an understatement. According to his trainer, Angelo Dundee, Pastrano’s habitual words as he headed in...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Jack Johnson Knocked Out by Jess Willard

    TWIBH: April 5, 1915 — Willard vs. Johnson

    It is not for nothing that the late boxing scribe Jimmy Cannon called boxing “the red light district of sports.” At different times in its history boxing has been the victim of corruption and fixed fights and over t...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Foreman KOs Norton

    TWIBH: March 26, 1974 – Foreman vs. Norton, Part 2

    In the opening round, Forman stalked a circling Norton. After some tentative jabbing from both fighters, Big George, effectively cutting off the ring, backed Norton to the ropes where he let loose with his heavy artillery. Watc...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Foreman destroys Norton

    TWIBH: March 26, 1974 – Foreman vs. Norton, Part 1

    On March 31, 1973, unheralded heavyweight contender Ken Norton, a 5-to-1 underdog, outpointed Muhammad Ali to score a huge upset. Seven months later, Ali avenged the loss with a close decision victory of his own. The loss did n...
  •  
    This Week in Boxing History
     
    Taylor vs. Chavez

    TWIBH: March 17, 1990 — Chávez vs. Taylor I, Part 2

    Then came the finale, a finish as dramatic and controversial as any in the long history of the sport. The sequence transpiring in the bout’s dying seconds was a direct result of the pounding Taylor had absorbed, punishmen...

 
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