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The Passing of a Legend — Muhammad Ali Has Left Us. Reflections and Impressions with ‘Ice’ John Scully

by on Jun.04, 2016, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon


The late Muhammad Ali, at left, shakes hands with a young John Scully (photo courtesy of John Scully)

The late Muhammad Ali, at left, shakes hands with a young John Scully (photo courtesy of John Scully)

At 74 years old, the “Greatest” is dead.  Born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 1942, according the Associated Press, the family of Muhammad Ali reported that he passed Friday night. He had been hospitalized in the Phoenix area with acute respiratory problems complicated by Parkinson’s Disease earlier this week, and his children had flown in from around the country.  Many regard him not only as the greatest heavyweight boxer to grace the ring, but also an amazing humanitarian.  He leaves behind an incredible legacy.

Some would liken him to today’s Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. in that, as a Gold Medal Olympian, he was an Uber-gifted African American boxer renowned and sometimes reviled for his braggadocio as the undefeated Heavyweight Champion of the world in 1967.   (continue reading…)

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Full Circle: A Re-assessment of Ali’s Greatness

by on Apr.03, 2014, under Boxing News

By Karl Hegman


Sam Ibrahim, at left, with "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali at Deer Lake, Pennsylvania in 1980.

Sam Ibrahim, at left, with “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali at Deer Lake, Pennsylvania in 1980.

HOUSTON, TX — Spring has finally made its belated way to the Bayou City, replete with mosquitoes, junebugs, and the cockroaches that are part of life in the tropics. Being the rank sentimentalist that I am, I always get reflective during this time of the season that signifies change and second chances. I took a drive out to where I spent the majority of my teen years, to soak in the fresh air and take another look around where I spent some of the best years of my life.

I grew up and ran the streets in Quail Valley, a beautiful suburb that was constructed in the 70′s decade which featured a terrific golf course that hosted the Houston Open at the time. But my interests always concerned the Recreation Center where the boxing team was based out of. (continue reading…)

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40th Anniversary Special: The Sunshine Showdown — ‘Down Goes Frazier!’ Jamaica, 1973

by on Jan.27, 2013, under Boxing News

By Christopher James Shelton

“The Sunshine Showdown”, 1973, has lost some of its luster due to the “Rumble In The Jungle”, 1974, and “Thrilla In Manila”, 1975. At the time of the bout, it appeared to be a weaker moment amongst world heavyweights. Only the undefeated champion, Joe Frazier, and a tarnished Muhammad Ali, held names of high recognition and esteem.

Within two years that perception would drastically alter so that this period is currently viewed as one of more beloved and respected eras of the heavyweight division. Don Dunphy proved once again that he is the best announcer in boxing history. But it was an impassioned (and nearly hysterical) Howard Cosell whose imprint permanently marked this sporting event. (continue reading…)

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Philly Champ Bernard Hopkins On Death of Joe Frazier

by on Nov.09, 2011, under Boxing News


PHILADELPHIA --After learning of the death of boxing legend Joe Frazier on Monday, fellow Philadelphia native and two-time middleweight and current light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins shared his thoughts on the famed champion’s passing.

“My reaction was I expected it to come, but the denial of it coming is something that people that know Joe and have been around him tried to block out. It was not shocking, because I knew he had been sick for a while, but now it is real and he is really not here with us anymore.

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Red of Tooth and Claw: Frazier’s Anger Still Burns

by on May.28, 2009, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

A CBZ Exclusive by Mike Casey
Watch your friends. You never know when they might turn on you. Thirty-four years after their final titanic fight, Joe Frazier clearly still wonders what he ever did to earn the bitterness and ingratitude of Muhammad Ali. Sixty five years old and looking much older, walking with a cane and rattling around his little Philadelphia gym with his bitter sweet memories, Frazier must also wonder how the tables have been turned so cleverly on him again. Once again he is the villain of the piece for not forgiving and forgetting, the resentful second fiddle in one of heavyweight boxing’s greatest sagas, the dumb gorilla of Ali’s spiteful invention. Couldn’t speak lucidly then, certainly can’t speak lucidly now. Serves him right.

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