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.
Miguel Cotto could be closing in on a date for his ring return this year, and the list of possible opponents includes a lot of heavy hitters.
Ken Norton was a major heavyweight player during the golden age of boxing’s glamour division, the 1970s. The hall of famer spoke with rapper-writer R.A. The Rugged Man about his fights with Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes, his film career, love life and near-fatal car crash.
In accepting his award for Fighter of the Year, an emotional Nonito Donaire spoke of coming a long way since being the “small, frail, asthmatic little boy” of his childhood.
Valentine’s Day is for lovers but legendary fighters, including Jack Dempsey, Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali, did battle on Feb. 14. Lee Groves ranked 10 Valentine’s Day bouts that boasted historic importance, vengeance, athletic excellence, unimaginable bravery, ambition and vindication.
Top Rank announced the signing of two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming, of China, who lists Muhammad Ali and Jackie Chan as his heroes.
Unbeaten welterweight Dusty Harrison has entered into an agreement with Washington-based attorney Jeff Fried to handle his budding career.