Boxing historian Lee Groves believes things are finally looking up for the sport: A potential Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in May, a consistent presence on free network TV, and the emergence of Deontay Wilder, a charismatic, hard-punching American heavyweight titleholder.
As part of his latest punch-counting assignment for CompuBox, RingTV.com’s resident Travelin’ Man, Lee Groves also offers a cautionary tale of day-before weigh-ins.
Thirty-five years ago today, boxing observers believed they would witness a rare event – the coronation of two superstars: Sugar Ray Leonard, who was favored to beat WBC welterweight titleholder Wilfredo Benitez, and Marvelous Marvin Hagler, a 4-to-1 choice to unseat undisputed middleweight champion Vito Antuofermo.
Ring TV.com’s resident Travelin’ Man, Lee Groves’ trip to Bethlehem, PA went off without a hitch. What’s next? Counting punches and watching Kovalev-Hopkins.
Twenty years ago today, a crisply delivered one-two from George Foreman drove lineal heavyweight champion Michael Moorer to the floor, ignited explosive cheers that tested the MGM Grand’s foundation and allowed Foreman to shatter records, annihilate conventional wisdom and exorcise two-decade old demons.
Forty years ago today, Muhammad Ali took the final step of a seven-year odyssey to regain what he and his supporters felt should have been his all along – the heavyweight championship. RingTV.com revisits Ali’s eighth-round knockout of George Foreman in Kinshasa and the many stories around boxing’s first global event.