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Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Deontay Wilder, World Heavyweight Championship -

NORTHPORT, Ala. — With the last of the day’s color bleeding out from the autumn sky, Deontay Wilder, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, arrives in a modest motorcade of three SUVs, nearly an hour and a half late for a scheduled sparring session. Skyy Boxing Gym is located at the end of a line of […]

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Boxing, Common, Documentary, Drew Brees, Film, Michael Finley, Movies, Tony Parker -

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s creative community came out on Tuesday night for the premiere screening of a documentary that aims to deliver hope. They Fight follows a group of Washington, D.C., athletes who are part of the Lyfe Style Boxing training program. Coached by Walter Manigan, the young men are also mentored by him on […]

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1968 Olympics, Boxing, George Foreman, John Carlos, Tommie Smith -

George Foreman, a Texan by birth and girth, has been a fascinating, sometimes bewildering slice of the American culture for five decades. Puncher, preacher, pitchman — Foreman has worn many hats and belts, including that of oldest world heavyweight champion in history when he was 45. During a troubled youth, Foreman dropped out of high […]

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Boxing, Latinx, Los Angeles, Olympics -

Chantel Navarro is an unusually determined and disciplined 14-year-old. For the past two years, she has been training six days a week with her father, former professional boxer Ignacio Navarro, at the Eddie Heredia Boxing Club in East Los Angeles. And she trains a full seven days a week when a tournament is approaching. Every […]

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Black History, Boxing, Hip-Hop, Jamie Foxx, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Rape, Robin Givens, Sexual Assault, TLC, Tupac Shakur -

To stump Jamie Foxx? That takes a lot of work. But Mike Tyson pulled it off. The two celebrities have been connected for nearly 30 years, the boxer being a frequent and willing muse for Foxx. But recently they were discussing the actor’s long-anticipated, Martin Scorsese-directed biopic of the mercurial pugilist. During the conversation, Tyson, […]

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Boxing, CulturePlay, Sugar Shane Mosley -

For 24 years, “Sugar” Shane Mosley poured every fiber of his being into his boxing career — and walked away from the game having won 41 of his 61 contests by knockout. For his dedication and hard achievement, this weekend the 46-year-old will be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Besides training with […]

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Black Women, Boxing, Claressa Shields, No Ceilings, Women's Sports -

To the people who misunderstand me and the people who understand and celebrate me, I welcome you to this open letter in what I call the year of the overcomer. My name is Claressa Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Growing up, the only world I knew […]

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50 Cent, Beef, Boxing, Entertainment, Floyd Mayweather, Hip Hop, News, Video -

Not since the “great” Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry feud have I wanted to see two obnoxious celebrities both lose in a beef against each other as I do this ongoing madness with 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather.

The post 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather are beefing (again), but can we throw away both of them? appeared first on theGrio.

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Boxing, Commentary, Crime, Muhammad Ali, President Donald Trump -

President Donald Trump is talking about pardoning Muhammad Ali. This comes after he recently pardoned Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, and commuted the life sentence of a black woman convicted of a nonviolent drug offense. We already know that exonerating individual African-Americans doesn’t square with the Justice Department reviving criminal charging policies […]

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Boxing, Commentary, Graduation, Harvard University, Locker Room Talk, Muhammad Ali -

The footage is simultaneously exhilarating and haunting. In the rare recording we see a handsome, self-assured Muhammad Ali speaking to the Harvard University graduating class of 1975, where he had been invited to give the commencement address. “I’m very flattered in coming here ‘cause you never could have made me believe years ago when I […]

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#MeToo, Biopic, Boxing, Entertainment, Mike Tyson, News, Opinion -

Writer William E. Ketchum III thinks Mike Tyson's upcoming biopic will bring the boxing champ's past assault allegations back in the spotlight and he wonders how Tyson's narrative as a "reformed" man will land in the #MeToo movement.

The post With a biopic in the works, will Mike Tyson’s past sexual assault allegations resurface and land him the Bill Cosby treatment? appeared first on theGrio.

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Boxing, Commentary, Donald Trump, Jack Johnson -

It took a white president to pardon Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, for having sex with white women. Barack Obama wouldn’t touch it, to the dismay and puzzlement of many. Perhaps Johnson’s history was too messy. After winning the world title in 1908, Johnson flaunted his lust for money, clothes, cars, jewelry […]

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Boxing, Cancer, Daily Uplift, Daniel Jacobs, Health -

“Typically boxers like to get up early in the morning and go for a nice run,” said former WBA middleweight world champion Danny Jacobs. “They like to beat all the craziness before people get outside and just get a nice run, whether it’s 4 or 5 miles, 6 miles, whatever the case may be. Then […]

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Barack Obama, Boxing, Donald Trump, Jack Johnson, Race, World Heavyweight Championship -

Don’t be surprised that Donald Trump is expressing enthusiasm about pardoning Jack Johnson while Barack Obama ignored it. The first black heavyweight champion was wrongfully imprisoned a century ago by racist authorities who were outraged by his destruction of white boxers and his relationships with white women. In 2004, a group of people began seeking […]

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Boxing, Deontay Wilder, Luis Ortiz -

World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (39-0) will face what could be his toughest challenge to date when the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native defends his title against Cuban Luis Ortiz (28-0, 2 no contests) on Saturday night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. This fight with Ortiz, which almost didn’t happen because of Ortiz’s failed drug test, […]

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Boxing, CulturePlay, Maurice "Mighty Mo" Hooker, Maurice Hooker, Roc Nation -

If you come at Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker, you best not miss. That’s because he doesn’t just talk trash — he’s got the hands to back up his words. “I can’t stand him. He’s weak. He’s soft. I’m gonna wake him up! He’s going down,” said Hooker, the 28-year-old reigning WBO NABO super lightweight champion. […]

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An Appreciation, Black History, Boxing, Joe Frazier, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Parkinson's Disease, Thrilla in Manila, Vietnam War -

From Michelle Obama, Dwyane Wade and Betty White to Steve Harvey, Jan. 17 offers an embarrassment of riches for celebrity birthday followers. One name in particular, however, towers above the others: Muhammad Ali. The self-proclaimed and globally anointed “Greatest” would have been 76 today. To say Muhammad Ali is an inspiration for Team Undefeated is […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Boxing, Jack Johnson, Jim Jeffries, Tommy Burns, World Heavyweight Championship -

Jack Johnson could not have been less fazed by Tommy Burns. After years of Johnson buying ringside seats to taunt and humiliate the world heavyweight champion, here he was in rounds two through four with his back to Burns, talking to members of the crowd. At one point, Johnson invited Burns, who had defended his […]

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Boxing, Cuba, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Vasiliy Lomachenko -

Guillermo Rigondeaux is a tactician in the boxing ring. Like a paid assassin, he wastes no bullets. There is one thing that makes this assassin a bit gun-shy — the painful memories of escaping everything he ever knew in his homeland of Cuba. Anytime the subject of Cuba comes up, he keeps people at bay […]

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Africa, Books, Boxing, Cover Stories, Democratic Republic of the Congo, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali -

In the darkest night part of morning they came 60,000 strong — to watch undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman take on challenger Muhammad Ali. It was another time. The 20th of May Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire, is now the Stade Tata Raphaël in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and The Rumble in the […]

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Boxing, Jack Johnson, Race -

The warden at Leavenworth Federal Prison had scheduled the fights to start at 3 in the afternoon. But guests started arriving at noon and officials struggled to find enough seats to accommodate the crowd of 2,000, including 300 reporters, state officials and other notables. The rest of the crowd was made up of prisoners dressed […]

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Boxing, Dream Team, Georgia Dome, Muhammad Ali, Olympics -

The theme from Superman blared through the Georgia Dome’s speakers the afternoon of Aug. 5, 1996, the day Muhammad Ali got his gold back. The Georgia Dome, of course, was demolished Monday morning in Atlanta, 25 years after it was christened a state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled echo chamber for the New South’s most prominent sporting events. It […]

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Boxing, Deontay Wilder -

BRISTOL, Connecticut — Deontay Wilder bounds through a long corridor at ESPN headquarters, a phalanx of boxing public relations people trailing behind his 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame. He tugs on the lapels of his jean jacket and manages a half-smile when he hears an admirer say, “Make way for the champ!” He’s got a chock-full itinerary […]

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Boxing, George Foreman, Harlem Globetrotters, Muhammad Ali, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Negro League, New York Rens, Rumble in the Jungle, Satchel Paige, Zack Clayton -

In the yellowed clippings from a March 1942 issue of the Pittsburgh Courier, Claude Johnson found this passage in a game story about a night the Harlem Renaissance came back from 14 points down in the fourth quarter against the Fort Wayne Pistons at Madison Square Garden: “At this crucial point, Zack Clayton, the Philly […]

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Boxing, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, Mayweather-McGregor, MMA -

UPDATE—The recent tragedy in Las Vegas that has left 59 people dead — including Carrie Barnette, a valued member of The Walt Disney Company community — and more than 500 wounded has traumatized the entire country. Just weeks ago, The Undefeated traveled to the town known as the entertainment capital of the world for one […]

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Boxing, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, Style, UFC -

Get out those red-bottomed Louboutins, fight fans. The boxing match everyone has been talking about, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, is finally going down in Sin City on Saturday night. Many of the biggest names in sports, business and entertainment have been jetting into Las Vegas for the most glamorous, high-fashion sporting event of […]

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Boxing, Commentary, Conor McGregor, Domestic Violence, Floyd Mayweather -

He might be a coarse, past-his-prime boxer, but plenty of people are still willing to pony up the paper to see 40-year-old Floyd “Money” Mayweather fight again and risk his unblemished record of 49-0. And even if boxing spectators are aware of the physical and emotional damage he’s inflicted on the black women in his […]

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Boxing, Commentary, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, MMA -

Who do you like? Mayweather or McGregor? A recent visit to two vastly different gyms in Oakland, California, revealed a range of stark emotions and hardened viewpoints, from Floyd is crafty/arrogant/unbeatable to Conor is out of his depth/brash/stands an underdog’s chance. By and large, the rooting for either fighter did not seem to turn on […]

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Boxing, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, Muhammad Ali, UFC -

After a year in the making, Saturday’s breathlessly anticipated bout between former five-division boxing champion Floyd (Money) Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor pits perhaps one of the greatest boxers of all time against one of the leading mixed martial artists. Despite the hype, there is no belt at stake. It’s something more important […]

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Boxing, Commentary, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, Jack Johnson, Race -

Follow the unprecedented money and hype flowing to the upcoming match between ring great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor and you quickly come to one of the most pernicious archetypes in boxing, if not all of sports: the Great White Hope. Surely, fight fans no longer believe that the status […]

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Boxing, Commentary, Conor McGregor, ESPN The Magazine, Floyd Mayweather -

An ESPN The Magazine collaboration. Admit it: We all love Cersei Lannister. The arrogance, the ruthlessness, the way she sipped wine from her goblet as her enemies burned. We want her on the Iron Throne, in the same way we wanted Walter White to escape the DEA and we admired Gordon Gekko’s command of that […]

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Boxing, Commentary, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather -

An ESPN The Magazine collaboration. I love boxing: the craft, skill, conditioning, the physical genius, and most of all the absolute commitment to compete no matter the challenge, no matter the odds. I have loved boxing since I was a boy watching Gillette Cavalcade of Sports matches with my father. Boxing is the poetry of […]

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