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A Tragedy Observed: Prichard Colon vs. Terrel Williams

by on Apr.11, 2017, under Boxing News

By Christopher James Shelton

(This is an excerpt from my 4th book: “My LIFE Before DEATH (a boxing historian memoir)” available at Amazon for $6.99.)

 NBC announcers: Marv Albert, Sugar Ray Leonard and B.J. Flores

 Prichard Colon: 16-0, 13 KO’s – 23 years old, 6’0 – enters bout at 158 pounds

 Terrel Williams: 14-0, 12 KO’s – 31 years old, 6’0 – enters bout at 155 pounds

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Prichard Colon’s two previous bouts were dominant knockouts. A 5-time annual Puerto Rican champion it’s impossible as a boxing fan not to be impressed by his superb technical skills. On August 1st, 2015, Colon faced Michael Finney for a 6-round junior middleweight battle in Brooklyn. Through 2013, Finney was the rising star with a record of 12-0-0, 10 knockouts. Since then, Finney had been reduced to the never-to-be who was a good set-up opponent for rising stars. Following a knockout loss to Jaime Herrera, Finney had been set against undefeated boxers. 23-years old, his record facing Colon stood at 12-3-1, 10 knockouts. Colon, 22-years old, was 14-0-0, 11 knockouts. (continue reading…)

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A Look Back: Frank Childs vs. George LaBlanche II (3/24/1892)

by on Nov.07, 2015, under Boxing News

By Christopher James Shelton


Frank Childs

Frank Childs

If there is an ISIL or ISIS terrorist boxing historian for the Chicago Public Library I would be #1 on their list. There are 19th century Chicago newspapers online but I needed to request this or that information to better understand the region. So I thank their librarians for some of the upcoming Frank Childs’ bouts which shall be published in a series over the following months. Based on librarians, the three best public libraries in America are – in no particular order – Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago. I have respect for South Carolina and the Southern librarians – it’s an ugly history at times – but they know and love their region. Bad librarians include my hometown, Phoenix; Denver is worse; New York City is okay; Los Angeles is below average and Detroit is the worst. (continue reading…)

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The CBZ’s Christopher Shelton Interviewed at Ringside Boxing Show: ’1880s Boxing in Canada: A History’

by on Dec.01, 2014, under Boxing News


The world’s most-meticulous boxing researcher, Christopher James Shelton, was our featured guest Oct. 26 to discuss the wild and often-frigid boxing world that was 1880s Canada, a time and place where boxing matches turned into actual fistfights, and fighters sometimes wore jackets in the ring — which came in handy when (no kidding) one fighter knocked another through a window.

This was a jam-packed show that opens with expert breakdowns of big upcoming fights (Hopkins-Kovalev, Khan-Alexander & more) by Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti. (continue reading…)

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Tombstone, Arizona: Boxing In The Wild West (1880-84)

by on Jul.04, 2014, under Boxing News

By Christpher James Shelton


 Prospector #1 (1877): “All Tombstone needs is some water and good company.”

Prospector #2: “That’s all they need in Hell!”


Prospector James Young

Prospector James Young

On Friday night, October 30th, 1880, Tombstone Marshal Frederick G. White had been informed by physicians that he had no hope for recovery. The bullet wound was unusual for having a downward trajectory, “Four inches below and three inches to the left of the naval.” Marshal White had been ‘accidentally’ shot by a larger cowboy, Curly Bill, on Wednesday while on duty. Sleep and opiates had been encouraged and provided for two days. The bullet pierced the small intestine while making its exit from the pelvis, “through the great sacosciatic notch,” which had turned into painful bowels inflammation along with peritonitis infection. White calmly received the news that his death was minutes or a couple hours away. Marshal White was surrounded by his father and friends. “(White) sank into a stupor which ended in death in a few moments.”

The heroes of Tombstone were not guys shooting one another, but Professor Sherman, Mrs. C.A. Stanton, Mrs. M.L. Gaston, Miss Su. F. Santee and Mrs. M.P. Price who taught grades 1-6. The heroes of Tombstone were those men and women who sought funding for better facilities at the school. The male heroes of Tombstone were those who donated their time to construct and paint the school, 50 x 30 feet, in January, 1881. While Doc Holliday was gunning people down in the Autumn of 1881 there were 188 students in school. By the following year there were 276 students with average daily attendance of 240. Heroes of Tombstone included the Presbyterian Church members who donated their structure to accommodate the growing student population. (continue reading…)

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Black History Month: The Army Boxer Who Knocked Down Muhammad Ali (1960)

by on Feb.25, 2014, under Boxing News

By Christopher James Shelton


Junebug Hudson (photo courtesy of Allen Hudson)

Junebug Hudson (photo courtesy of Allen Hudson)


I had wanted to write a boxing story about Junebug Hudson for years. He was one of the few people who could claim to knock-down The Greatest along with the exclusive community of Sonny Banks, Henry Cooper, Joe Frazier and Chuck Wepner. Hudson was also a victim of one of the most aggressive, powerful knock-down punches from Muhammad Ali which is obligatory highlight film. I had hoped he was alive and could provide a boxing photograph/interview about his amazing amateur journey.

Unfortunately, I waited too long. I reached Hudson’s son in the same Glen Cove, Long Island, New York City that Junebug called home throughout his life. I received the following unfortunate message: “Hi Mr. Shelton. Yes, my father won the Pan-American Boxing Championship and also fought Cassius Clay. However, several years ago he passed on. Allen Hudson III, Assistant Principal, Glen Cove High School.” It greatly bothered me that many Ali biographies, internet search engines or YouTube coverage of Hudson spell his name incorrectly. An Army veteran should be treated with more respect. It is Allen Hudson, not ‘Alan’, born Allen J. Hudson Jr. on June 17th, 1936. (continue reading…)

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