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Radio Broadcast of Clay-Liston Bout This is something you may never have heard before: the ABC Radio broadcast of the first round of the historic Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston world heavyweight championship fight from Miami Beach on February 25, 1964. It has been superimposed onto the fight film. The broadcast team was Howard Cosell (providing color) and Les Keiter (calling the fight). Liston was a huge 7-1 betting favorite, and understandably so. He won the world title by destroying Floyd Patterson in less than one round in 1962 and beat Patterson just as easily in the return bout in 1963. Clay, at age 22, was thought to be no match for the fearsome Liston despite his cocky prefight antics. Most fans expected an easy Liston victory. Watch, though, as Clay changes boxing history in the first round with his deft ring movement.
Tags: Cassius  Clay  Sonny  Liston  boxing  radio 
Added: 13th October 2012
Views: 2805
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ali-Liston Phantom Punch Fight - 1965 Perhaps the most controversial fight in boxing history: Ali-Liston II in Lewiston, ME on May 25, 1965. Ali (then Cassius Clay) had upset Liston on February 25, 1964 in Miami to win the world heavyweight title. The rematch, scheduled for Boston, was delayed by a few months because Ali needed emergency hernia surgery. By the time Ali had healed, he was tremendously unpopular because of his ties with the Black Muslims. Liston had connections in organized crime. Boston wanted no part of the fight, so it was moved to a high school hockey arena in Lewiston. Rumors that something odd would happen circulated before the fight. Watch Ali's famous "phantom punch" knock out Liston, a man who had never been floored before. Some people think it is a perfect punch. Others think Liston took a dive. Also watch ex-champ Jersey Joe Walcott botch the refereeing. Ali never goes to a neutral corner, yet Liston is somehow counted out. Ali wasn't exactly a one-punch knockout artist. He only had two first-round knockouts in his pro career. Renowned sports writer Red Smith, one of many respected journalists who maintained the fight was fixed, said, "I saw the punch; it wouldn't have crushed a grape."
Tags: boxing  Ali  Liston  phantom  punch  Lewiston 
Added: 26th October 2012
Views: 3102
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ray Leonard Kayos Danny Gonzalez From March 24, 1979: Sugar Ray Leonard continues to work his way toward a world welterweight title fight by knocking out Danny Gonzalez in the first round. Watch for Ray's beautiful right hand counterpunch! Howard Cosell calls the action.
Tags: boxing  Ray  Leonard 
Added: 28th October 2012
Views: 1141
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Posted By: Lava1964
Johnny Owen - Boxing Fatality This is the concluding segment of a BBC documentary on Welsh boxer Johnny Owen. Owen died from injuries he suffered in a world bantamweight championship fight versus titleholder Lupe Pintor of Mexico on September 19, 1980. Owen's scrawny appearance--and his nickname the "Matchstick Man"--belied the fact he was a scrappy battler with a 25-1-1 record who held the Welsh, British, Commonwealth, and European bantamweight championships. The title fight took place in front of a hostile crowd of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. Before, during, and after the fight, Owens' handlers and the Welsh fans who had travelled thousands of miles to support Owen were routinely pelted with cups of urine thrown at them by the Hispanic fans. Nevertheless, Owen surprised everyone by putting on a competitive fight. Some writers had Owen ahead after eight rounds, but he was tiring. In the ninth round he was knocked down for the first time in his pro career. In the fateful twelfth round, Pintor floored Owen again. Owen rose and a few seconds later was knocked unconscious by a Pintor straight right. A blood clot formed on Owen's brain. He never regained consciousness and died 45 days after the fight. He was 24 years old. Owen's family held no grudge against Pintor and encouraged him to continue his boxing career. When a memorial statue to Owen was about to erected in his hometown of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales in 2000, Owen's father insisted Pintor perform the official unveiling. Pintor obliged.
Tags: boxing  fatality  Johnny  Owen  Wales 
Added: 26th November 2012
Views: 1782
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Posted By: Lava1964
Controversial Dempsey-Sharkey Bout 1927 From the golden age of boxing, here's a controversial moment: Jack Dempsey's kayo of rising star Jack Sharkey. Dempsey held the world heavyweight title from 1919 through 1926. He lost the crown to Gene Tunney in a lopsided 10-round decision in September 1926. Tunney, a skillful ring general, won all 10 rounds by outboxing the slugger Dempsey. To earn a rematch with Tunney, Dempsey was matched against the highly touted Jack Sharkey, another accomplished boxer, in a bout at Yankee Stadium in July 1927. Dempsey again was losing on points until the fateful seventh round. Watch as Demspey lands a few borderline shots on Sharkey's midsection. When Sharkey turns his head to complain to the referee...boom!
Tags: boxing  Jack  Demspey  Jack  Sharkey 
Added: 30th November 2012
Views: 1730
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Posted By: Lava1964
Muhammad Ali and Wilt Chamberlain By the middle of 1967 Muhammad Ali had pretty much run out of decent opponents to fight, so there was ridiculous talk of pitting NBA star Wilt Chamberlain against the world heavyweight champ! Howard Cosell brought the two of them together on this episode of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
Tags: boxing  Ali  Chamberlain  Cosell 
Added: 12th December 2012
Views: 1751
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Posted By: Lava1964
George Foreman - Pro Boxing Debut George Foreman, the 1968 Olympic gold medallist and future world heavyweight champion, made his pro boxing debut at Madison Square Garden on June 23, 1969 versus an overmatched Don Waldhelm. Howard Cosell calls the one-sided match for ABC's Wide World of Sports.
Tags: boxing  George  Foreman  pro  debut 
Added: 9th December 2013
Views: 1187
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Leo Randolph - Forgotten Olympian The 1976 American Olympic boxing team won five gold medals, one silver, and one bronze. Four of the gold medallists eventually won professional world titles. Though largely forgotten today, Leo Randolph was one of them. Randolph, a resident of Tacoma, WA, won the flyweight division at the Montreal Olympics at age 18. (In the gold-medal match against Cuba's Ramon Duvalon, many boxing fans thought Randolph was the recipient of a generous decision.) Randolph waited nearly two years before turning professional. In the interim he finished high school and worked at a Boeing aircraft factory. Randolph's early pro opponents, in most cases, left a lot to be desired as there are few quality pro boxers in the lightest weight categories in North America. Nevertheless, Randolph beat Colombia's Ricardo Cardona for the WBA junior featherweight title on May 4, 1980 with a 15th-round knockout. However, in his first defense of his title just three months later, Randolph was totally outclassed by Sergio Palma of Argentina. The challenger battered Randolph and won the title with a sixth-round technical knockout. Saying his heart was no longer in boxing, Randolph collected his $72,000 purse and promptly retired after the bout at age 22, compiling a pro record of 17-2. In a 1996 "Where Are They Now?" feature in Sports Illustrated, Randolph was happily employed as a bus driver for Pierce Transit in the Pacific northwest.
Tags: boxing  Leo  Randolph  Olympics 
Added: 27th December 2012
Views: 1030
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George Foreman Regains Title at 45 George Foreman was an intimidating bruiser when he won the world heavyweight title by demolishing Joe Frazier in 1973. He surprisingly lost the crown to Muhammad Ali in Zaire in 1974. By 1977 Foreman was out of boxing and was making a living preaching in Texas. With funds getting a little low, Foreman made what many fans thought was a crazy comeback in 1987 at age 38. Much slower than he had been in his prime, Foreman could still hit with great power, though. Now a fan favorite because of his new likable persona, Foreman had a series of comeback wins. He lost a title try to Evander Holyfield in 1991 at age 42. Three years later he was given another shot against new champion Michael Moorer. Trailing badly on the scorecards entering the tenth round, the 45-year-old Foreman shocked the world with an historic knockout blow, as this clip shows. Listen to Jim Lampley's succinct call: "It happened! It happened!" Also listen to the excited, joyous cheering of the pro-Foreman crowd when Moorer hits the deck. It ranks as one of the magical moments in sports history.
Tags: boxing  George  Foreman  Michael  Moorer 
Added: 20th February 2013
Views: 1918
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Posted By: Lava1964
George Foreman Wins Olympic Gold Medal From the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, 19-year-old George Foreman pummels Ionas Chepulis of the Soviet Union to win the heavyweight boxing gold medal. Olympic boxing was actually entertaining back then.
Tags: boxing  Olympics  George  Foreman 
Added: 30th March 2013
Views: 1317
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Posted By: Lava1964

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