Fifty years ago on Feb. 25, 22-year-old Cassius Clay upset heavily favored heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. Tom Gray looks back at five fights which were instrumental in creating the elite level contender who “shook up the world.”
Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, the personal physician and a cornerman for Muhammad Ali during most of the former heavyweight champ’s legendary career, recalls the often forgotten second meeting between Ali and greatest rival of “The Greatest,” Joe Frazier. Tuesday, Jan. 28, marks the 40th anniversary of “Super Fight II.”
Dereck Chisora wants to fight Wladimir Klitschko this October on the 40th anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s legendary battle with George Foreman in Kinshasa.
John Conteh was Britain’s light heavyweight matinee idol during the Golden Age of the 175-pound division. The popular and affable Liverpool native, who held the WBC title from 1974-’78 and fought hall of famer Matthew Saad Muhammad among other top contenders of the day, spoke to RingTV.com about the best he faced.
Forty-three years ago today, one of the most anticipated comebacks in boxing history began when Muhammad Ali emerged from a 43-month exile to score a three-round TKO over Jerry Quarry. Ali’s return wasn’t just a sporting spectacle it was a social happening that struck at the heart of a deeply divided nation.
Puerto Rican Orlando Cruz, who is gay, said “I’m going to make history” by defeating Mexican Orlando Salido for the WBO’s featherweight belt on Saturday.
RingTV.com historian Lee Groves gives a fitting tribute to Ken Norton, who passed away on Wednesday. Groves writes that Norton, who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds in the boxing ring and devastating physical injuries and challenges outside of it, “was a man of uncommon character and perseverance.”
The bottom five of Lee Groves’ 10 list of notable showdowns between unbeaten fighters were Curry-McCrory (10), Calzaghe-Kessler (9), Frazier-Foreman I (8), Holmes-Spinks I (7) and Gomez-Zarate (6). What fights make up the top five? Read on and find out.
Renowned painter Richard T. Slone, official artist for the International Boxing Hall of Fame, has been hired to illustrate Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez in advance of their Sept. 14 bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.