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The Title Fight That May Have Brought Down A Town: Dempsey-Gibbons By: Sean Crose You don’t hear much about Shelby, Montana these days, though just over a hundred years ago, it was supposedly quite the place to be. “Supposedly” is the operative word here. For the story of the Jack…

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The Great Battering: Dempsey-Willard By: Sean Crose Jess Willard may not have been a modern heavyweight, but he was certainly built like one. Standing over six and a half feet tall, the guy towered over the competition of his day. Born in the late 1800s, the man known as the…

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Don’t Call It A Comeback: Johnson-Jeffries By: Sean Crose Jack Johnson was not only the first African American heavyweight champion of the world, he was also quite the character. A freewheeling womanizer, Johnson committed the – at the time – unforgiveable social sin of sleeping with white women. If that…

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“Prince” Charles Williams IBF Light Heavyweight Champion! By: Ken Hissner “Prince” Charles Williams turned professional in 1978 dropping his first bout before going 8-0-2. He would suffer his first loss to future IBF cruiserweight champion Jeff Lampkin, 12-0, fighting for the OH state light heavyweight title. Two fights later Williams…

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The Day Jack Johnson Punched Through The Color Line By: Sean Crose If I were to be asked which fighters would still be remembered in a hundred years from now, the list would be rather small indeed. That’s no knock on boxing. I’m sure the same rings true for most…

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Did A Boxing Match Give Birth To Pop Culture? By: Sean Crose After having been regarded as heavyweight champion of the world for about a full decade, John L Sullivan was still the man to beat in 1892. While it was true the guy hadn’t had a major fight for…

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Sixty One Rounds Of Combat: Jackson Versus Corbett By: Sean Crose Heavyweight champion John L Sullivan was racist. Or afraid. Or perhaps both. Whatever the reason, the famous (or notorious) Boston Strong Boy refused to trade punches with a black fighter. Thus, the infamous “color line” was drawn. Black fighters…

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What’s the Definition of Toughness and Courage? CHUVALO! By: Ken Hissner How can you think of Canadian boxing without mentioning George Chuvalo? From 1956 through 1978 he had 93 fights without landing on the canvas once! That was after fighting the best fighters of his time with names like Floyd…

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Bare Knuckle Brutality: The Sullivan-Kilrain Fight By: Sean Crose Fame became John Lawrence Sullivan. Born in the 1850s in the Boston area to Irish parents, Sullivan wasn’t the type of person one would expect to go on to great things. To be sure, the Irish weren’t taken to kindly back…

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The Brothers Canizales Put Laredo, Texas on the Map! By: Ken Hissner Gaby Canizales, 48-8-1 (36), held the WBA and WBO Bantamweight titles while his younger brother Orlando held the IBF Bantamweight, THE IBA Featherweight and the IBC Super bantamweight titles. Gaby was born in 1960 and turning professional in…

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Three Tales from Joe “Shannon” Schabacker! By: Ken Hissner This former Olympic alternate back in the early 20’s had more than half a dozen tales but let’s hear about three of them. Shannon had a professional trainer named Jack Blackburn. Yes, the trainer of Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis. Shannon…

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The Night the Two Greatest P4P Boxers Faced Each Other! By: Ken Hissner There have been many opinions on “who was the greatest P4P boxer in the history of boxing?” Going way back it was Sam “The Boston Tar Baby” Langford, 180-29-30 (128), Stanley “The Michigan Assassin” Ketchel, 51-4-4 (48),…

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