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The Story of Jack Johnson

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Jack Johnson the first African-American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion whose win provoked a race riot. Way before Cassius Clay (later to be Muhammad Ali) was even a twinkle in his father’s eye, an African American became the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, the first African American to do so. The year was 1908 and Jack Johnson (born John Arthur Johnson) held the title for seven years. Many people have never heard of Jack Johnson, but his story is one that needs …

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A Tribute to Marvelous Marvin Hagler (1954-2021)

Marvin Hagler

Marvin Hagler was born on May 23, 1954, in Newark, New Jersey, USA. He was raised without his father, in later years his mother moved the family to Brockton, Massachusetts, following widespread riots in Newark in the summer of 1967. In Brockton, coincidentally the hometown of boxing great Rocky Marciano, Hagler dropped out of school in the 9th grade and worked construction jobs, spending his spare time “running a lot, stealing a little.” Marvin Hagler began boxing under the tutelage …

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Lloyd Honeyghan “Ragamuffin Man” In the Fight of His Life

Lloyd Honeyghan

The other day, I heard that former British boxer, Lloyd Honeyghan, was having some very serious medical issues and is in tough shape. This prompted me to think about his stellar career and I thought a retrospective on this once undisputed welterweight champion of the world was in order. Born in Jamaica, Lloyd Honeyghan joined his parents in England when he was but a boy of 9. He began boxing a couple of years later and proved throughout his rather …

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The Relentless Evander Holyfield, Known as The Real Deal

Evander Holyfield

Boxers have always had nicknames; sometimes chosen by themselves, sometimes bestowed upon them by the public or some other third party. The point of a nickname has either been to in some way highlight the intimidation factor of the boxer, or to help with the marketing of the fighter through the “catchiness” of the name. There’ve been some doozies, too. Jake “The Raging Bull” LaMotta, “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Seales, or Leonard, “Iron” Mike Tyson, or my personal favourite, the fictional, …

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The Story of James Bonecrusher Smith

James Bonecrusher Smith

The “Bonecrusher”: James Odell Smith One of my favourite sports memories has always been the unbridled joy on display from James “Bonecrusher” Smith after he knocked out then-champion Tim Witherspoon in the first round of their Dec. 12, 1986 WBA world title fight. The date was already etched in my memory because it was also my now, ex-wife’s birthday; so fight night was a big day in the Auger-Villanueva household. Smith walked around the ring after the fight, hands raised, …

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Remembering Joe Frazier – The Explosive Smokin’ Joe

Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier – Smokin’ Joe Joe Frazier was born in Laurel Bay, South Carolina, on January 12, 1944. “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier never set out to set the boxing world alight. He began going to the gym to get himself into shape. However, one thing led to another, and he began competing. He was the youngest of thirteen children. He started his boxing career at age nine when he rigged up a homemade punching bag of moss and leaves. Twelve years …

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Jersey Joe Walcott | The Unforgettable Boxing Legend

Jersey Joe Walcott

Who in The World Is Arnold Cream aka Jersey Joe Walcott? Arnold Raymond Cream aka Jersey Joe Walcott Say that name in a room full of casual boxing fans and it probably wouldn’t cause so much as a ripple. But mention that same name in a group of vested fans and pundits alike, and you’ll hear at least a half dozen voices yell out appreciatively, “Jersey Joe Walcott” while the rest of the heads nod up and down with quiet admiration; …

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Is this Bruce Lee Statue the Best Sports-related Monument?

Bruce Lee Statue Hong Kong

The Great Bruce Lee Back in ancient times, Greeks, Romans and Egyptians would leave behind monuments to their gods and leaders (the roles were often combined).  Sportsmen would sometimes be depicted on mosaics, frescoes or pottery but when it came to statuary there is virtually no extant examples of named sportspeople.  In modern times, things have changed – we still put up statues to exemplary leaders but sportsmen and women have been elevated to the point when often, due to …

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Jonah Lomu – All Blacks Legend

Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu, (MNZM) was a New Zealand rugby union player. He had sixty-three caps as an All Black after debuting in 1994. He is generally regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby union, one of the sport’s most intimidating players on the field, he has had a huge impact on the game. He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame on 9 October 2007. Jonah Lomu – The Life of an All Blacks Legend: Trivia about …

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Virender Sehwag – A Batsman Who Made Batting Look So Easy

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A Look At Virender Sehwag Virender Sehwag or the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ as he’s fondly called was able to immediately bring joy when we walked out to bat. I clearly remember Virender Sehwag made his Test debut at Bloemfontein and here was a youngster facing up against Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, Matthew Hayward and Jacques Kallis on a pace friendly pitch and instead of getting buckled down and crumbling under pressure, Virender Sehwag played a late cut over the slips …

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