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Flashback Photo of the Day: Muhammad Ali with Bob Dylan

by on Sep.17, 2014, under Boxing News

Pop singer legend, Bob Dylan, at left, with a young Muhammad Ali.

Pop singer legend, Bob Dylan, at left, with a young Muhammad Ali.

This vintage photo of a young Muhammad Ali with the legendary pop singer/icon, Bob Dylan, was submitted by our very own Stephen Gordon, AKA “Gordoom” from the Cyber Boxing Zone.  That’s a nice picture!

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Oldest Living Former Boxing Champions

by on Jun.04, 2014, under Boxing News

By Mike DeLisa & Johnny Bos, as of June 4, 2014

Muhammad and Lonnie Ali (photo courtesy of www.aarp.org)

Muhammad and Lonnie Ali (photo courtesy of www.aarp.org)

 

Heavyweight 72 Muhammad Ali (Jan 1942)

Heavyweight 75 Ernie Terrell (Apr 4, 1939) – claimant

Cruiserweight 63 Marvin Camel (Dec 1951)

Light Heavy 86 Harold Johnson (Aug. 1928) (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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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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40th Anniversary Special: The Sunshine Showdown — ‘Down Goes Frazier!’ Jamaica, 1973

by on Jan.27, 2013, under Boxing News

By Christopher James Shelton

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“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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