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Five of the Best Black American Boxers

8 Nov

By CANDACE ROBERTS

Muhammad Ali

  • Boxer, philanthropist and cultural icon.
  • Nicknamed: The Greatest
  • Famous quote: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
  • Refused to fight in Vietnam War.
  • 1st and only 3-time Lineal World Heavyweight Champion.

Smokin’ Joe Frazier

  • Former Olympic and Undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing Champ.
  • The International Boxing Research Organization ranks Frazier as one of the top ten greatest heavyweights of all time.
  • First boxer to defeat Muhammad Ali.
  • Recently passed due to liver cancer.

 

Evander Holyfield

  • Former World Undisputed Champion.
  • Nicknamed: The Real Deal
  • The only 5-time World Heavyweight champion.
  • Notable victory over George Foreman.

 

Sugar Ray Leonard

  • First boxer to earn more than $100 million.
  • Named “Boxer of the Decade” for the 1980’s.
  • Notable victories over Luis “The Bull” Vega and Floyd Mayweather.

 

Laila Ali

  • Daughter of Muhammad Ali.
  • In her first fight she knocked out opponent, April Fowler, in the 1st round.
  • Notable defeat over Jackie Frazier-Lyde, daughter of Joe Frazier. This fight was also the 1st pay-for-view match between two black women.
  • Named Super Middleweight Champion by the International Boxing Association in 2002.
  • Has a boxing exercise DVD with Sugar Ray Leonard

 

Other notable Black American Boxers:

  • Roy Jones, Jr.
  • Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
  • George Foreman
  • Sonny Liston
  • Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Joe Louis
  • Lennox Lewis
  • Jack Johnson
  • Bernard Hopkins
  • Pernell Whitaker
  • James Toney
  • Shane Mosley
  • Winky Wright
  • Vernon Forrest
  • Freeda Foreman
  • Mike Tyson

 

 

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Boxing Champ, Joe Frazier, Dies at 67

8 Nov

By CANDACE ROBERTS

“Smokin’ JoeFrazier, the South Carolina native best known for being the first boxer to defeat Muhammad Ali. Frazier lost his battle with liver cancer yesterday in Philadelphia, just 1 month after being diagnosed. 

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