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Black Heavyweight Championship: Frank Childs vs. Klondike (10/28/1899)

by on Jan.10, 2016, under Boxing News

By Christopher James Shelton

 

Frank Childs

Frank Childs

 

Bob Armstrong’s reputation as Colored heavyweight Champion – despite the same promotional hype which made Peter Jackson a star – was an unaggressive guy who lacked early-round knockout power for someone of his enormous size. It was partly unfair because his left jab was terrific while his strategy was patience. He was labeled a “has-been” following his January, 1898, shocking knockout loss to Frank Childs. It wasn’t even deemed particularly newsworthy when he suffered a July, 1898, 5th round knockout loss to notorious (along with Tom Sharkey) Denver pugilist, Mexican Pete Everett. (continue reading…)

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Colored Heavyweight Championship: Armstrong vs. Childs (1/29/1898)

by on Nov.17, 2015, under Boxing News

By Christopher James Shelton

 

Frank Childs

Frank Childs

On 11/14/2015, Saturday night, the sports world was stunned when 30ish bantamweight Holly Holm scored a 2nd round U.F.C. caged-knockout over undefeated (invincible) Ronda Rousey. The following story is about a shocking 2nd round boxing knockout 117+ years ago.

On Friday, the world was horrified by the ISIS terrorist attack against Paris which killed 129 people while injuring many others. As I waited to learn the fate of my Parisian friends it appeared nothing could be less important than writing about a historical boxing bout. But seeing the world display France’s colors over the following hours and days reminded me that we all do our part – however small. So in support of my friends Stephanie Venerande, Sabrina Helene, Sylvie Allard and their families I have altered Frank Childs’ photograph to reflect the boxing community prayers for Paris. (continue reading…)

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The Murder of Irish Pugilist, James Elliott (1883)

by on May.25, 2015, under Boxing News

By Christopher James Shelton

 

Jimmy Elliot

Jimmy Elliot

 

Tracy Callis (chief historian of Cyber Boxing Zone): “Elliott was an agile, strong, tough and aggressive boxer who was tricky and used unfair tactics; He had great ability, but never trained seriously; Because of his unrestrained anger, he was twice arrested and sentenced to jail for armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill. Jimmy always seemed to turn up at the wrong place at the wrong time; On March 1, 1883, he was shot by gambler Jere Dunn in a Chicago saloon and died shortly afterwards; He is buried in Calvary Cemetery.”

The genesis for this story was my 10th year anniversary clean from speed drugs, crystal meth or cocaine. I had been encouraged by my therapists (I have two and a psychiatrist) to do something celebratory and leave my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona while reflecting over the ten years. I had shared my anniversary ‘publicly’ at Phoenix Shanti group with HIV+/AIDS guys out of prison less than two weeks with one shivering HIV+ soul off speed drugs for one day. It seemed necessary to write a special boxing story and knew it would involve my former mentor, Tracy Callis. He encouraged me not to hoard my history research and share with others. His favorite two researchers became Sergei Yurchenko of Moscow and I. He said we were the only boxing researchers who detached ourselves with relentless pursuit for truth – a certain irony, or maybe not – that we are both highly emotional, temperamental guys. (continue reading…)

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First American Gloved Champion: Morris Grant (1881)

by on Dec.26, 2014, under Boxing News

By Christopher James Shelton

Morris Grant

Morris Grant

 

Boxers have worn gloves or hand-wraps for at least 3500+ years. There were great gloved Olympia champions such as Onomastos, Euthymos, Diagorus and Filammon before Jesus from Nazareth was born. The re-establishment of official records occurred via bare-knuckle in England during the 1720’s. There were bare-fisted and perhaps gloved bouts in Italy, Russia and other regions but there aren’t records for verification. By 1880, bare-knuckle championships had shifted to the United States of America with the current champion at 5’8 and 165 pounds; Englishman, Joe Goss.

Circa 1880, the Black boxer with greatest reputation fought out of Boston, George Godfrey. He was 27 years-old from Prince Edward Island which is modern Canadian region. Gloved boxing was the rage in Boston with two boxers standing above others, the White heavyweight, John L. Sullivan and Godfrey; Godfrey stood approximately 5’10 and 175 pounds while Sullivan was 5’ll and 180 pounds. Unfortunately, for historians and both boxers’ legacy, their showdown was stopped by law enforcement. The bout was to be held near the home of future Colored Champion, Professor Hadley: “At the corner of Trement Row and Howard Street.” The fighters had stripped-down and were ready for battle when police arrived. No one knows who would have won, but Professor Hadley insisted later that Godfrey was superior in technique and would have prevailed. (continue reading…)

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An Excerpt from Christopher Shelton’s New Book, ‘Boxing at the Time of Christ’

by on Aug.09, 2014, under Boxing News

FIGHT of the MILENNIUM: Champion Euthymos vs. Theagenes (480 BCE)

(An excerpt chapter from the book, Boxing In The Time Of Christ, $5.99 at amazon.com.)

By Christopher James Shelton

 

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‘Euthymos of Locri’ by Aleksandra Nowak

Xenophanes, from the modern Menderes, Izmir, Turkey (circa 500 BCE): “If one owns a victory by swiftness of foot, or in the pentathlon, where the grove of Zeus lies by Pisas’ stream at Olympia, or as a wrestler, or in painful boxing, or in that severe contest called the pankration, he would be more glorious in the eyes of the citizens than others. (The Olympia champion) would win a front seat at assemblies, and would be entertained by the city at the public table and he would receive a gift which would be a keepsake for him. If he won by means of horses he would get all these things although he did not deserve them, for our wisdom is better than the strength of men or horses. This (false glorification) is indeed of very wrong custom. Nor is it correct to prefer physical strength over excellent wisdom. For if there should be a man in the city good at boxing, or in the pentathlon, or in wrestling, or in swiftness of foot the city would not on that basis be better governed. Small gain would it be in any city when a citizen conquers at the sporting games on the banks of the Pisas, for this does not fill with wealth its secret chambers.”

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