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Was Floyd Mayweather Jr. Greater than Ali, as He Claims?

by on Feb.16, 2017, under Boxing News

By “Ice” John Scully

Photo of Ali courtesy of John Weeks*

Photo of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. by Juan C. Ayllon



Floyd Mayweather says he is GREATER THAN MUHAMMAD ALI.

UNDERSTAND: “Greatness” is determined many different ways…has -or could- Floyd ever beat 7-1 odds TWICE??? Some would say that you’re NOT great if u don’t come back from the brink while other say you’re not as great IF YOU HAVE TO. (continue reading…)

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Muhammad Ali, Jesus Chavez, Andrew Golota & Clarence Griffin Head List of 2016 IL Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees

by on Oct.07, 2016, under Boxing News

Event Held on November 4, 2016 — Tickets must be purchased in advance


Jesus Chavez at ringside (photo by Juan C. Ayllon).

Former NABF, WBC Super Featherweight and IBF Lightweight Champion Jesus Chavez at ringside (photo by Juan C. Ayllon).


CHICAGO, IL – Mike McNamara, the Co-Director of the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame, announced the Hall’ s 2016 class of inductees today.

As was the case with the Hall’s first class in 2015, this year’s inductees include a wide range of participants and contributors to boxing in Illinois. They are: (continue reading…)

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Montell ‘Ice’ Griffin Relives the Highs and Lows of a Former Light Heavyweight Champ

by on Jul.07, 2016, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon


Montell Griffin when he was champion and held the WBC Ligtht Heavyweight Title (photo courtesy of Montell Griffin).

Montell Griffin when he was champion and held the WBC Ligtht Heavyweight Title (photo courtesy of Montell Griffin).


CHICAGO — it was an inauspicious start, but oh what a ride — and, at times, what a heartache — it has been.

“My father and my brother, Tim, went to Johny Coulon’s Boxing Gym on the Southside to teach for 70 cents and ended up buying the gym,” Montell Griffin says.  ”And I just started boxing at the gym all the time.  I was two, three years old.”

Having reorganized Coulon’s Gym as Windy City Boxing Club, Inc. in 1973, his father, Clarence Griffin, gained a reputation as a solid trainer and often trained Muhammad Ali when he was in town.  In fact, Ali became such good friends that he regularly invited Clarence and little Montell over to his house. No doubt, this played a role in the young Griffin’s development as a fighter.

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Ali – A Succinct Eulogy

by on Jun.06, 2016, under Boxing News

By Adeyinka Makinde


Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Ali is truly a universal figure; a man who authentically transcends cultural and geographical boundaries.

One may choose to focus on his extraordinary boxing skills or his strident social activism or his larger-than-life and media-friendly personality, but you cannot ultimately claim the man because you are from Louisville or are Black or an American or a Muslim. (continue reading…)

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