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Feature: New coach Grant Avram should confound us

Avram Grant Avram Grant is the full name of the soccer coach Ghana has contracted to manage her national team, the Black Stars, for the next two years, starting this December. If this coach has a nickname, Ghanaians do not know yet. But it might be worth his while to learn that his new charges have been called “wildebeests” behind their backs. Why wildebeest of all animals?...
Via Ghanasoccernet
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyson Fury Assumes Another Identity In Tepid Defeat Of Dereck Chisora

(Promoter Frank Warren, center, separates Dereck Chisora, left, and Tyson Fury, right, at the weigh-in; via) Tyson Fury gave European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora a leisurely pasting at London’s ExCel Arena, Saturday. Wilmslow’s Fury, 26, boxing almost exclusively from the southpaw stance, picked and pecked Chisora, 30, to pieces throughout 10 rather insipid rounds that...
Via Bloguin Best
29 days ago  |  Discuss

AP PHOTOS: A look back at the Rumble in the Jungle

It was 40 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle. In one of boxing's most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire. The day before the fight in Kinshasa, Foreman and Ali made separate trips to the presidential...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford vs. Ray Beltran a hot ticket in Omaha

Tickets to the Terence Crawford vs. Ray Beltran lightweight title fight -- a fight for the true lightweight world championship, for what it's worth -- have been flying since going on sale today. Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs), Omaha's favorite son, will be defending his world title against No. 1 contender Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif., Saturday, November 29 at Omaha...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Former heavyweight Chuvalo says boxing lacks excitement of yesteryear

  George Chuvalo fought the best boxers of his day. He looks around at today's heavyweights and forgive him if he's bored. Chuvalo, a heavyweight contender from Canada who tangled with the likes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, points to the Klitschko brothers, who dominate the heavyweight division. He says they're part of the problem. "They're not exciting at all," he tells The...
Via AP on Fox
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Nine-foot clay Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone. Will they line up for pictures with a sculpture of real hometown champion Joe Frazier? ''Properly promoted, I think it would be much, much bigger than Rocky,'' said Robin Hazel, who was visiting the...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nine-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone. Will they line up for pictures with a sculpture of real hometown champion Joe Frazier? ''Properly promoted, I think it would be much, much bigger than Rocky,'' said Robin Hazel, who was visiting...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) For many Philadelphia tourists, the Rocky statue is a must-see - even if it is a movie prop depicting a fictional boxer. Could a sculpture of real-life heavyweight champion Joe Frazier draw as many admirers? Artist Stephen Layne is finishing up a 9-foot-tall clay version of ''Smokin' Joe,'' which captures Philly's hometown hero in mid-punch. Frazier beat Muhammad...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Shaolin Nine: The Wu-Tang Clan as a Baseball Team

Over the past few years, it’s become trendy to label the New York Yankees as an empire. However, in the early 1990’s, before the Yankees renewed their franchise’s commitment to winning championships, another empire was being formed in a different borough of New York City. And no, I’m not talking about the Mets. I’m talking about the incomparable hip-hop group: the Wu-Tang...
Via Bacon Sports
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford will appear as guest on FNF this week

On the heels of his scintillating ninth-round knockout victory of undefeated Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa, undefeated lightweight titleholder Terence "Bud" Crawford will be joining Doug Kezirian as the in-studio guest on this week's edition of ESPN Friday Fights, which will air live, this Friday, July 11, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET. Crawford is currently ranked by ProBoxing-Fans.com as...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford Knocks Out Yuriorkis Gamboa In Fight Of The Year Candidate

Omaha, Nebr. hadn’t seen a world title fight since Joe Frazier’s 1972 annihilation of Ron Stander, so it was safe to say this bout was overdue. The 11,000 who packed the CenturyLink Center certainly seemed to think so, and they were not to be disappointed as Terence Crawford defended the lightweight belt he won from Ricky Burns earlier this year. Yuriorkis Gamboa might be more...
Via Bloguin Best
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford Knocks Out Yuriorkis Gamboa In Fight Of The Year Candidate

Omaha, Nebr. hadn’t seen a world title fight since Joe Frazier’s 1972 annihilation of Ron Stander, so it was safe to say this bout was overdue. The 11,000 who packed the CenturyLink Center certainly seemed to think so, and they were not to be disappointed as Terence Crawford defended the lightweight belt he won from Ricky Burns earlier this year. Yuriorkis Gamboa might be more...
Via The Queensbury Rules
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Review — “Bouts Of Mania: Ali, Frazier, Foreman, And An America On The Ropes”

It seems an eternity since the heavyweight division was relevant. As a teenager in the 1990s, I watched awestruck as Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis and a couple of others temporarily loaned each other the title. Back then being the heavyweight champion of the world made you famous, and it was big business. There was a time before that though, when heavyweight boxing...
Via The Queensbury Rules
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxing Legend Jimmy Ellis Dies

Former heavyweight champion, James “Jimmy” Ellis, passed away on Tuesday in a Louisville hospital, reports ABC News. In recent years, Ellis suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Ellis, who sparred with a young Muhammed Ali, held the WBA heavyweight belt from 1968-1970, before losing the title to Joe Frazier in a unification title match. Both Ellis and Ali trained...
Via Tha Sports Junkies 101
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday: Tommy Loughran Narrowly Outpoints Harry Greb

Many of the greatest fighters in history had some sort of rival or antithesis that helped define their careers. Obvious examples would be Muhammad Ali having his Joe Frazier, or Tony Zale his Rocky Graziano. The list goes on. Why, though, are there pairs of men who faced each other numerous times without any sort of higher meaning being assigned to their interactions? That said,...
Via The Queensbury Rules
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Today In History: Muhammad Ali Can’t Avoid The Draft

On April 17, 1967, world class boxer Muhammad Ali was denied his request by the sixth circuit court and the Supreme Court to avoid being drafted for the Vietnam War for religious reasons, and essentially ended his career. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., the boxer found a spiritual home as a Muslim. With the influence of the teachings of the Islamic community, he told the world...
Via Grandstand University
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Bernard Hopkins makes donation to help complete Joe Frazier statue in Philadelphia

Bernard"The Alien" Hopkins is pleased to announce that he and Golden Boy Promotions have made a significant donation to fund the completion of the previously announced Joe Frazier statue that will stand nine feet tall outside of Xfinity Live in Philadelphia's sports stadium complex (corner of Patterson and 11th Street). Credit: Stephen Layne "Seeing this statue built has meant a...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Olt: Cubs 3B job should be his on opening day

Mike Olt versus Luis Valbuena is not quite comparable to Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier trading blows in the boxing ring. However, the spring training battle for the Chicago Cubs starting third base job is one of the most intriguing matchups for Cubs fans to follow.  Although Olt has out-produced Valbuena to date this spring, we would still give Mike Olt the starting position...
Via The Sports Bank
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The Tale Of The (Lesser) Tape

Styles make fights. And body types, especially when pitted against other bodies, make for styles. For those of you who may lack gray hair or memory, this is pretty much what a description of those bodies, a Tale of the Tape, is supposed to look like -- what it used to look like. What, in the very least, every major newspaper (and often less than major: Marvin Hagler/Tommy Hearns...
Via The Queensbury Rules
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson out for Vikings' finale

The Minnesota Vikings will be without the leagues' MVP of 2012, running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson has played his final down this year, sitting out tomorrow for the Vikings' finale vs the Detroit Lions due to a sore groin suffered during last week's 42-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.  Head coach Joe Frazier says Peterson is just not ready to be out on the field. "If we felt...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Frazier's ex-manager recalls Mandela's great gift

Joe Frazier was humbled, and had to find the right symbolic gift to present to Nelson Mandela. Smokin' Joe wanted Mandela to know he was a true champion. No autographed picture, no robe, no gloves. Those wouldn't be good enough for this. Frazier, instead, picked the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship belt he was awarded after defeating Muhammad Ali in 1971. Mandela...
Via AP on Fox
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Starting Lineups: Joe Frazier’s Statue Is Finally Approved, 20 Years Too Late

The biggest travesty in Philadelphia sports/culture history is finally, mercifully about to come to an end. Joe Frazier, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, the man who defeated an in-his-prime Muhammad Ali, the man who stood toe to toe with “The Greatest” for three epic fights, will get his knockdown of Ali […]The post Starting Lineups: Joe Frazier’s Statue...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Philly Art Commission OKs Frazier statue design

Joe Frazier has won another decision more than two years after his death: The Philadelphia Art Commission has unanimously approved a design for a statue honoring the former heavyweight boxing champ. KYW-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1bgNYbU ) reports the sculpture will depict Frazier landing a left hook that knocked down Muhammad Ali during their 1971 title fight at Madison Square Garden...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss
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