Five Little Known Facts About Muhammad Ali
Talk the Talk
Walk the Walk
Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion.
Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare.
Impossible is potential.
Impossible is temporary.
Impossible is nothing".
~ Muhammad Ali ~
Muhammad Ali Negotiated the Release of American Hostages
Mike Tyson Avenged Ali’s Loss to Larry Holmes
When Ali lost his final fight to Larry Holmes in 1980, a young Mike Tyson was watching on TV with his trainer, Cus D’Amato. Tyson stated;
I was offended by how bad he beat up Ali……we were all so upset. The next morning, Cus was on the phone with Muhammad Ali after taking this shellacking from Holmes. He said to Ali, ‘I have this young black kid who is going to be heavyweight champion someday and I want you to talk to him.'
The Muhammad Ali vs Rocky Marciano Super Fight
Ali Fought Japanese Wrestler Antonio Inoki
Muhammad Ali Talked a Veteran out of Committing Suicide
Further Reading:Bull, A. [Internet]. 2009. The forgotten story of ... Muhammad Ali v Antonio Inoki. The Guardian. Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2009/nov/11/the-forgotten-story-of-ali-inoki [Accessed July 2, 2014].
Drinkwater, G. [Video]. 1981. Muhammad Ali Saves Man from Suicide Jump. CBS News. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV75aFzC1aQ [Accessed July 2, 2014].
Howard, G. A. [Internet]. 2012. Ali – The Boxer. The Official Site of Muhammad Ali. Available from: http://www.ali.com/legend_boxer_main.php [Accessed June 4, 2014].
Ingle, S. [Internet]. 2013. The forgotten story of … the Rocky Marciano v Muhammad Ali Super Fight. The Guardian. Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2012/nov/13/forgotten-story-rocky-marciano-muhammad-ali [Accessed July 2, 2014].
Martin, A. [Video]. 2013. Ali: The Mission. ESPN. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMNwCZ-ZHmE [Accessed July 2, 2014].
Rafael, D. [Internet]. 2011. Mike Tyson Reflects on his HOF Career. ESPN. Available from: http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/53/mike-tyson-reflects-hof-career-boxing [Accessed July 2, 2014].
More Boxing History
The history of boxing dates back in one form or another as far as civilisation itself with ancient Greek boxing even being a part of the early Olympic Games. Modern boxing rules have made the sport safer for the fighters and more entertaining for the crowds, resulting in pugilism becoming one of the most popular athletics events on the planet today.
Ancient boxing dates back to the Samarian culture and probably beyond and is known to have also been a part of the Egyptians and Minoan civilisations. It became an event in the ancient Olympic games in Greece in 688 BCE, and ancient Roman boxing was also practiced by athletes, gladiators and Roman soldiers.
Modern boxing history really began to develop into the sport known and loved today in the 18th century. Bare knuckled boxing contests began to be regulated and safety measures also began to be put in place. However, the period was also marred by controversy as it saw the first instances of corruption in the form of prize fighters taking payoffs and intentionally losing fights.
This list of bare-knuckle boxers from the 19th century charts those who are generally accept as being World Champions. It includes some of the best fighters from this period in boxing history starting with Jem Belcher, the first champ of the new century and concluding with Jem Mace, who made the switch from bare-knuckle boxing to using boxing gloves after the introduction of the Queensbury Rules.
With the introduction of the Queensbury Rules in 1867, boxing culture was dramatically changed. The safety of the boxers was much improved though bare-knuckle boxing was still popular and as brutal as ever. For black boxers however, things actually changed for the worse as it became increasingly difficult for many of them to reach their full potential as a result of institutional racism.
Sam Langford, aka the Boston Tar Baby, was one of the greatest boxers never to be crowned world champion. Fighting in the early half of the twentieth century, he was a victim of the colour line in boxing and was not afforded a chance at the title because of the colour of his skin despite the fact that the champion at the time, Jack Johnson, was an African American.
Don King is an influential American boxing promoter who has staged some of the biggest fights in boxing history, increased the prize money earned by fighters and considerably raised public interest in the sport, all in his own charismatic and outspoken style. Despite this, King’s career has been constantly marred by controversy leading to him being both loved and hated in the world of boxing.