Before other sports matched the money and none of the danger, boxing was must-watch theater, a distillation of the rags-to-riches narrative that personified the American Dream. And Ken Norton was Exhibit A.
Hopkins is now the boxing version of the Rolling Stones — jamming to the oldies, catered to the crowd once so proud to call boxing their favorite sport, with Hopkins the last emblem of the sport’s onetime eminence.
Steve Silverman thinks Manny Pacquiao will wipe away the sting of losing to Bradley and dominate Marquez once again.
Election Day is not usually about sports, but it’s time to credit our past presidents for the biggest sports events that occurred during their times in office.
Emanuel Steward died yesterday, from a malady we can’t pronounce. But his impact on boxing was rather pronounced.
When a member of the 20th Century’s Mt. Rushmore enters a new decade in a transcendent life, it warrants a trot down memory lane.
This has been one hell of a week for a couple of guys named Joe. Both are iconic figures. One’s rep is intact while the other’s is in tatters.
“The world has lost a great champion,” Ali said in a statement. “My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.”
The guys began today’s Show on a somber note, discussing the passing of Smokin’ Joe Frazier at the age of 67 and reflecting on the former champ. From there the guys shifted their attention to last night’s Bears-Eagles game…
Sadly, Smokin’ Joe Frazier passed away Monday after a battle with liver cancer, so we’ve decided to re-post an interview Craig conducted with Frazier back on April 9th, 2009.
Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow, has died after a brief final fight with liver cancer. He was 67.
Joe Frazier was blue collar to the bone, who worked as hard as any American ever has for what he has. And when boxing was an essential sport, Frazier was an essential boxer. Now he faces a faceless opponent: cancer.
The 67-year-old boxer was diagnosed four or five weeks ago, Frazier’s personal and business manager said Saturday. Leslie Wolff told The Associated Press that doctors have not yet told Frazier how long he has to live.
Appallingly, a dim light was cast upon the greatest sporting event in American history. It doesn’t catch the key demo, the ADD-addled culture carved by MTV and smoothed by its progeny. If we weren’t alive at the time, then it probably didn’t happen, and it certainly didn’t matter.
40 years! I’m sure some of you will differ on sporting events that in your mind were bigger, but nothing has ever or will ever come close to that magical night of March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden.