What have you told your children about Muhammad Ali?
"I was frequently left with tingling all over because I had been in the presence of such a great man
and still humbled by his compassion, tolerance and understanding." Inspired by this weekend's airing by ESPN Classic of most of Tyson's
fights, I started thinking about the difference between these two men. Ali obviously transcended his sport and has become more
than just a boxer while Tyson is clearly a lost and troubled soul
. And yet Tyson's story still inspires
statement that "What someone is, begins to be revealed when his talent abates, when he stops showing us what he can do" is perfectly illustrated by the twilight years of these two legendary boxers.
posted by spicynuts
on Nov 27, 2005 -
On this day in 1974
in Kinshasa, Zaire
, 32 year old Muhammad Ali knocked out 25 yead old George Forman and regained the World Heavyweight Title. "The Rumble in the Jungle
was a fight that made the whole country more conscious," Ali wrote at the time. "The fight was about racial problems, Vietnam. All of that." Above all the fight was a demonstration of Ali's inventiveness in the ring
. After dazing Foreman with his trademark quickness in the first rounds, Ali fell back against the ropes, and waved Foreman to come get him. Protecting his head, Ali let Foreman pound away at his ribs and his gut
. "At about the seventh round, I had him beaten, I knew I had him," Foreman recounted after the fight. "He fell on my side and whispered, ‘Is that all you got George?’ I knew something strange was happening in my life especially because that was all I had." In the eight round Ali came off the ropes and unleashed a fury of punches
against his exhausted opponent. The dope went down.
"I did it," Ali boasted after the fight. "I told you he was nothing but did you listen? I told you I was going to jab him in the corners, I told you I was going to take all his shots. I told you he had no skill. I told you he didn't like to be punched."
posted by three blind mice
on Oct 30, 2005 -
Everyone is talking
about Clint Eastwood's new movie, Million Dollar Baby
). What you may not know however is that the movie was based on a short story in a book by the name of Rope Burns: Stories From The Corner
by the late F.X. Toole (aka Jerry Boyd). The book by the way was called, "...the best boxing short fiction ever written," by James Ellroy
of L.A. Confidential fame. Back in 2000 Toole gave an amazing interview
on Fresh Air about spending the last 20 years of his life as a cut man and the last 40 years of writing while trying to overcome his fear of rejection before getting his first book published at age 70.
posted by pwb503
on Jan 18, 2005 -
"Mr. President, pardon Papa Jack"
In 1908 a former Texas dockworker
named Jack Johnson became the first African American boxer to ever win the world heavyweight title
. His victory sparked race riots
and prompted a search for a "great white hope"
(writer Jack London asked white fighters to "wipe that smirk off Johnson's face"
). But then Johnson defeated two "white hopes", one of whom was the legendary Jim Jeffries. In 1912, authorities went after Johnson
in court. His crime? Messin' with the white woman. Charges were brought against him for violating the Mann Act
, a federal law that made it a crime to transport a woman across state lines
for "immoral purposes." He married the woman, but he was sentenced to a year in prison anyway. Johnson fled the country, living in Europe as a fugitive for seven years, losing his title Havana in 1915
to a much younger white opponent after a 26-round fight
in 100-degree-plus heat (Johnson possibly threw the fight in exchange for leniency that he never received). He returned to the U.S. in 1920, surrendered and served a year. He never again was given a chance to reclaim the title
. When he died in poverty aged 68
in a car crash, not one boxer attended his funeral. Now a group of US Senators
(among them Hatch and McCain), prominent African Americans (Samuel L. Jackson, Jesse Jackson, many others) and boxing writers seek a posthumous Presidential pardon
for "Papa Jack". (more inside)
posted by matteo
on Jul 22, 2004 -
"The basic idea in chessboxing is to combine the #1 thinking sport and the #1 fighting sport into a hybrid that demands the most of its competitors – both mentally and physically, yet which can be performed by easiest means.
In a chessboxing fight two opponents play alternating rounds of chess and boxing. The contest starts with a round of chess, followed by a boxing round, followed by another round of chess and so on."
Radio Netherlands recently did a show
about it. (RealAudio, 29m30s)
posted by tpoh.org
on Dec 9, 2003 -
Tyson spouting off again
In Thursday night's "The Pulse" on Fox, Mike Tyson goes on the record about his 1992 trial that put him in jail for three years. (sentenced to six, paroled after three). He denies raping Desiree Washington and says "I just hate her guts. She put me in that state, where I don't know...... I really wish I did now. But now I really do want to rape her.''
Reuters has an article on it too
I thought after Tyson's statements about breaking his back after his last fight he would calm down a bit....but it's Tyson.
posted by meanie
on May 29, 2003 -
Amy Fisher vs. Tonya Harding
The good people at FOX have put together another award winning special. 3 boxing matches featuring Danny Bonaduce vs. Greg Williams (Brady), Tonya vs. Amy and a third bout to be named later. Isn't this a sign of the apocolypse??
posted by Lanternjmk
on Feb 27, 2002 -
Frat Boys Gone Wild!
"...the last straw came when the national office discovered the chapter's recreational boxing tournament in which members recruited local homeless persons, "liquored" them up, gave them large boxing gloves and "let them go to town,"" apparently as part a "...tradition of cock fighting and gambling in the house's basement."
posted by n9
on Feb 21, 2002 -
Muhammad O' Ali.
Geneologists have uncovered his Irish roots. His great grandfather was an Irish emigree who married an African American woman in Kentucky.
posted by Lanternjmk
on Feb 8, 2002 -
Lewis-Tyson Conference Disrupted by Mass Brawl
Determined to turn this conference into a World Wrestling Federation spectacle, Tyson took a swing at Lewis and one of his handlers, pointed to his crotch while yelling at Lewis and screamed profanities at some of the boxing writers in attendance. Yes, Tyson BIT
Lenox Lewis in the foot! Bert Sugar says Tyson was trying to get out of the fight since he is in the process of applying for a Nevada license which he had lost for biting Evander Hollyfield.
posted by Mack Twain
on Jan 22, 2002 -
For Ali's 60th, The Guardian
reprints Alistair Cooke's original account of the Clay-Liston title bout in 1964. "...quicksilver against concrete. Mercury v the Dragon, a live contemptuous picador planting the flags at will in the neck of a tottering old bull." Was the era that this fight ushered in the last hurrah for the sweet science?
posted by coudal
on Jan 18, 2002 -
Oscar goes For Five
He will attempt to join Hall of Famers Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns as the only boxers in history to win world championships in five weight divisions when he challenges WBC super welterweight champion Javier Castillejo on Saturday, June 23. I find the middle weight divisions more credible and fun than the heavyweight division.
posted by riley370
on Jun 18, 2001 -