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Saturday Night Fight

As the NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs swing into full gear, boxing is coming in with consecutive weekends consisting of very good fights.  This Saturday’s fight features Shawn Porter (26-2-1) and Andre Berto (31-4-0).

With Berto coming off a knockout victory over Victor Ortiz in his last fight, he looks to build momentum and try and gain relevance in his division again.  Prior to the Ortiz fight, Andre Berto fought Floyd Mayweather and narrowly lost in a fight which he was just out skilled.

In Shawn Porter’s recent fight, he squared up with an undefeated Keith Thurman.  This fight went the distance and overall was an amazing fight. These two exchanged serious blows with each other, but ultimately, Thurman won the unanimous decision.  Prior to that, Porter also faced Adrien Broner which was a fight some considered him an underdog.  Porter controlled the entire fight and aside from being knocked down in the last round he still promisingly won on the score cards.

This fight is going to feature two fighters who have recent losses and desire to regain respect in their weight class.  I’d expect to see these two exchanging a lot of punches because they’re both aggressive fighters who are tough competitors.  This fight is highly anticipated and could get the attention of attracting maybe a big future fight with other big name fighters.  Both of these fighters have a lot to prove Saturday night, this is a big time fight.

Remembering “The Greatest”

A sad day for the world of sports as boxer and civil rights activist, Muhammad Ali passed away yesterday at the age 74, due to respiratory complications.

Born with the name, Cassius Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, his boxing career began at the mere age of 12. When Clay was young, a police officer named Joe Martin saw him fuming after another boy stole his bike. Clay said to Martin that he was going to “whup”him. Martin was quick to recruit Clay, saying that he should learn how to box first, and that he did.

In 1954, Clay’s amateur career began, during this time he went on to win six Kentucky Golden Gloves, two National Golden Gloves, and Amateur Athletic Union national title. Clay also made it to the 1960 Olympics in Rome where he won the Light Heavyweight Gold medal. He ended his amateur career with a record of 100 wins and 5 losses.

On October 29, 1960 Clay turned pro amassing a 19-0 record with 15 knockouts (KO’s) while becoming the number one contender for Sonny Liston’s Heavyweight title. Clay was a 7-1 underdog in the fight while many thought that it would be a quick victory for Liston. But this was not the case as Clay came out firing an dominated much of the match; winning in the 7th round by Technical knockout (TKO).

 

Shortly after the first championship bout with Liston in 1963, Clay converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Ali proceeded to defend his title a number of times until getting it stripped due to his refusal to be drafted to army service. From March 1967 to October of 1970, Ali did not fight.

In 1971, Ali won his Supreme Court Case by a decision of 8-0 and was reinstated.

On March 8, 1971 “The Fight of the Century” occurred when Ali took on current heavyweight champ, Joe Frazier. During this fight Ali debuted his famous “rope-a-dope strategy.” Unfortunately, Ali lost by unanimous decision.

This loss set the stage for his next title fight also known as, “The Rumble in the Jungle” against George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali defeated Foreman regaining the title for the first time since he lost it in 1967.

Ali then moved on to his next big fight against Joe Frazier for the decisive third time. The famous fight known as the “Thrilla in Manila.” With temperatures rising to 100 degrees fahrenheit, Ali won after an excruciating 14 rounds of boxing after Frazier’s trainer refused to let him come out for the 15th round.

Ali’s boxing career came to an unceremonious end in 1980-81 losing his first fight by knockout. Ali stayed active after his boxing career. Ali was involved in a number of diplomatic negotiations, including the release of American Hostages with Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. He also served as the Ambassador of Peace traveling to Afghanistan on a three day goodwill mission. In 1996, Ali was bestowed with the honor of lighting the Olympic Flame in Atlanta.

Ali had dealt with many health issues through the years after his boxing career including a 32 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Ali had been hospitalized a number of times throughout the last 3 years, this time it was pneumonia and he was unable to recover.

 

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”- Muhammad Ali

RIP to “The Greatest” January 17, 1942- June 3, 2016.