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.
HBO’s exiting Larry Merchant: “I’m proud to be associated with so many talented people who made us into a groundbreaking network.”
Legendary Mexican champion Erik Morales heard Angel Garcia, the father and trainer of rival, Danny Garcia, question his heart, curse his mother and challenge his own father and trainer to a fight.
Promoter Don King, who turns 81 on Aug. 20, invited Pygmies to the “Rumble In The Jungle,” claims to be able to communicate with Floyd Mayweather in “ghetto-ese,” and once killed a man — just a few stories from the life of the man who coined the phrase “Only in America.”
Oscar De La Hoya on his absence from THE RING’s Top 10 list of fighters who have achieved Olympic and professional success: “I really don’t mind, because I don’t need my head to be blown up any more than it already is.”
With the 30th Modern Olympiad in the history books and many of the boxing standouts of the London Games considering professional careers, RingTV.com historian Lee Groves compiled a list of the 10 best boxers who have combined Olympian heights with pro glory.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. on his affinity with Muhamad Ali: “I feel like I’m in the same shoes as Ali. They hate me. They hate me when I’m at the top, but once my career is over, they’re going to really miss me.”