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Boxing Day - Commonwealth Nations From Wiki: Boxing Day was traditionally a day on which the servants had a day off from their duties. Because of this the gentry would eat cold cuts and have a buffet-style feast prepared by the servants in advance. In modern times many families will still follow this tradition by eating a family-style buffet lunch, with cold cuts rather than a full cooked meal. It is a time for family, parlour games and sports in the UK. The traditional recorded celebration of Boxing Day has long included giving money and other gifts to those who were needy and in service positions. The European tradition has been dated to the Middle Ages, but the exact origin is unknown and there are some claims that it goes back to the late Roman/early Christian era; metal boxes were placed outside churches used to collect special offerings tied to the Feast of Saint Stephen. In the United Kingdom it certainly became a custom of the nineteenth century Victorians for tradesmen to collect their "Christmas boxes" or gifts in return for good and reliable service throughout the year on the day after Christmas. However, the exact etymology of the term "Boxing" is unclear, with several competing theories, none of which is definitively true. Another possibility is that the name derives from an old English tradition: in exchange for ensuring that wealthy landowners' Christmases ran smoothly, their servants were allowed to take the 26th off to visit their families. The employers gave each servant a box containing gifts and bonuses (and sometimes leftover food). In addition, around the 1800's, churches opened their alms boxes (boxes where people place monetary donations) and distributed the contents to the poor. The establishment of Boxing Day as a defined public holiday under the legislation that created the UK's Bank Holidays started the separation of 'Boxing Day' from the 'Feast of St Stephen', and today it is almost entirely a secular holiday with a tradition of shopping and post-Christmas sales starting. We invite people who celebrate this holiday to contribute to the information here.
Tags: Boxing  Day  Commonwealth  Nations 
Added: 26th December 2009
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Eery Boxing Photo 1913 This is one of my favorite sports photographs. It isn't a particularly great photo--in fact, it's quite poor from a photography standpoint--but is does show an eery ray of sunlight breaking through the clouds to illuminate the prone Luther McCarty. The date was May 24, 1913. McCarty, a 21-year-old 'white hope' from Nebraska, was being groomed for a chance to meet Jack Johnson for the world heavyweight title. McCarty had already beaten a couple of top contenders. He was pitted against lightly regarded Arthur Pelkey in Calgary, Alberta as a keep-busy fight. To everyone's shock, McCarty collapsed in the first round after absorbing a very light punch from Pelkey. (Some reports say it landed on McCarty's body; others claim in struck his head.) Regardless, it wasn't a very hard punch. McCarty dropped to the canvas unconscious and never rose. The crowd booed, believing the fight was fixed. It wasn't. McCarty had died of a brain hemorrhage. It was likely caused by a fall from a horse a few days earlier that his managers had kept secret from sports writers. Writers and fans alike agreed the strange ray of light only illuminated the spot where McCarty lay dying--and nowhere else in the ring.
Tags: Luther  McCarty  boxing  fatality  photo 
Added: 17th January 2010
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Cat Davis Ring Magazine Cover 1978 The cover of the August 1978 issue of The Ring magazine featured boxer Cathy (Cat) Davis. Readers' responses to women's boxing in 1978 were overwhelmingly negative. To date she is the only female boxer to appear on The Ring's cover in its 88-year history.
Tags: boxing  Cat  Davis   
Added: 7th February 2010
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Chessboxing Invented - 2003 Yes, this is real! Chessboxing is a rapidly growing sport, most popular in Europe, that combines the brain power of chess and the physical violence of boxing. Invented in 2003, a chessboxing match begins with two minutes of chess, followed by two minutes of boxing, and then back to chess, then boxing, and so forth. A match can last up to 11 rounds. It ends with either a checkmate or a knockout.
Tags: chessboxing 
Added: 25th April 2010
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Salvador Sanchez Had Mexico's Salvador Sanchez lived longer, he may have gone down as the greatest featherweight champion in boxing history. As an unheralded 21-year-old, Sanchez upset popular Danny Lopez to win the WBC version of the featherweight title on February 2, 1980. Combining punching power and boxing skill, Sanchez defeated all comers and became a fixture on network TV--a rarity for a Mexican fighter. He defeated Lopez in a rematch and a young Azumah Nelson, who would become a great champion himself. On July 21, 1982, Sanchez was killed in a single-vehicle automobile crash in Mexico. He was 23 years old. His pro record was 44-1-1.
Tags: boxing  Salvador  Sanchez 
Added: 10th June 2010
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Muhammad Ali Convicted 1967 In 1967 Muhammad Ali was convicted of evading the draft and sentenced to five years in jail. Ali claimed his religious beliefs made him a conscientious objector. Legal appeals delayed the champ serving any jail time. Still, Ali's boxing license was suspended, putting his career on hold for three years--when he was beteween 25 and 28 years old, the time when most heavyweight fighters are in their prime. In 1970, the United States Supreme Court overturned the conviction in a unanimous ruling.
Tags: Muhammad  Ali  boxing  draft  evasion 
Added: 20th August 2010
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Rocky Marciano Punch Photo One of my favorite sports photographs: Challenger Rocky Marciano lands a solid right hand on champ Jersey Joe Walcott's jaw during their September 23, 1952 world heavyweight title fight in Philadelphia. Trailing on the scorecards, Marciano rallied to win by a 13th-round kayo. Many people wrongly assume this was the knockout punch; it wasn't. Walcott was along the ropes when Marciano caught him with the fateful blow.
Tags: Rocky  Marciano  boxing  Jersey  Joe  Walcott 
Added: 2nd December 2010
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Jack Dempsey Time Magazine Cover World heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey looks like a menacing figure on the cover of Time magazine on September 10, 1923. Four days later Dempsey beat Argentina's Luis Firpo at New York City's Polo Grounds in the wildest heavyweight title fight in history.
Tags: Jack  Dempsey  Time  magazine  boxing 
Added: 13th February 2011
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Ali-Frazier I - 40th Anniversary Forty years ago tonight, March 8, 1971, the world came to a standstill: Undefeated world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier defended his crown in Madison Square Garden against former champion Muhammad Ali, also undefeated (having lost the title by a court order, not in the ring). Frazier won the titanic struggle in a 15-round decision. A vicious knockdown of Ali by Frazier's lethal left hook in the final round sealed the victory. In a complex social context, Frazier's victory was seen as a win for the 'establishment' and a defeat for society's non-conformists.
Tags: boxing  Ali  Frazier 
Added: 8th March 2011
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Gil Clancy 1922-2011 Sports fans lost a familiar voice and friend on March 31, 2011 when Hall-of-Fame boxing figure Gil Clancy died. As manager and trainer of Emile Griffith, he was best known for his significant contributions to the former world welterweight and middleweight champ's career. Born Gilbert Thomas Clancy, he served with the US Army during World War II, and fought as an amateur while stationed in Mississippi. After the war, he attended New York University from where he attained his bachelor's and master's degrees in Education. While teaching in New York City, he began training boxers and shaped Emile Griffith from a Golden Gloves champion into a professional world champion in two different weight classes. Clancy was acknowledged as one of the most respected trainers of his time, as he worked with Jerry Quarry, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali and Oscar De La Hoya, among many others. He was named Boxing Writers Association of America Manager of the Year twice (1967 and 1973). During the 1980s, he worked as a boxing commentator with CBS Sports and HBO; he was recipient of the Sam Taub Award in 1983. Clancy was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.
Tags: boxing  Gil  Clancy  TV  obit 
Added: 9th April 2011
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