Posts containing the tag Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

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Early on Saturday 4th June 2016 we lost a sporting icon, a character whose personality and fame transcends boxing, transcends sport and is universal. After suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for over 30 years the great Muhammad Ali passed away. I suppose in the circumstances of the illness his passing hasn’t come as a great … Continue reading

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The Night the ‘Rumble In The Jungle’ came to Swansea (by Jeff Burns)

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On 30th October 1974 Swansea businessman and boxing promoter the late Eddie Richards, brought to his hometown a live showing of one of the greatest World Heavyweight contests in the history of professional boxing! He had astutely negotiated a deal with London entrepreneur Jarvis Astaire to have the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ relayed direct … Continue reading

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Was Muhammad Ali the GREATEST? The Answer (by Jeff Burns)

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The following article is a dedicated contribution from Jeff Burns. Ali’s professional boxing career spanned three decades Ali’s professional boxing career had spanned over three decades beginning in October 1960 and ending in December 1981. He was 18 years old when he made his debut and just a month short of his 40th birthday … Continue reading

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Was Muhammad Ali the Greatest? Part 5 (by Jeff Burns)

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The following article is a dedicated contribution from Jeff Burns. Son of Africa Both the champion and his challenger arrived in Kinshasa some three or four weeks before the duel, under promoter Don King’s instructions to promote the fight which was to be relayed ‘live’ all around the world by satellite. Ali made the … Continue reading

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Was Muhammad Ali the greatest? Part 4 (by Jeff Burns)

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The following article is a dedicated contribution from Jeff Burns. Ali determined for a rematch with champion Joe Frazier Muhammad Ali was determined to earn himself a return clash with champion Joe Frazier in an attempt to regain the title he had won from Sonny Liston back in 1964. He began his new campaign … Continue reading

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Was Muhammad Ali the greatest? Part 3 (by Jeff Burns)

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The following article is a dedicated contribution from Jeff Burns. Ali returned to the ring in November stopping two-time former champion Floyd Patterson in round 12. He made a further seven defences of his title, beating the durable Canadian George Chuvalo on points in Toronto before stopping Henry Cooper, again on cuts at Ar … Continue reading

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Was Muhammad Ali the greatest? Part 2 (by Jeff Burns)

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The following article is a dedicated contribution from Jeff Burns. Very few gave Clay any chance of beating ‘Old Stone Face’. Cassius Clay was now approaching his 22nd birthday, he stood 6ft 3in tall and weighted 210lbs, 18lbs heavier than what he had weighed for his first professional contest. He had won all of his 19 … Continue reading

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Was Muhammad Ali the greatest? Part 1 (by Jeff Burns)

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The following article is a dedicated contribution from Jeff Burns. Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, the elder son of Cassius Senior and Odessa and brother of Rudolph Valentino on 17th January 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. . He started boxing at the age of 12 at a gym run by local policeman Joe Martin … Continue reading

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Was Muhammad Ali the Greatest? (by Jeff Burns)

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The following article is a dedicated contribution from Jeff Burns. Debates and arguments have gone on for many years in boxing circles about who really was the greatest. Candidates for this title have usually come from the heavyweight division, this is not because heavyweights are more talented but because of the aura and recognition … Continue reading

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Jeff ‘Bulldog’ Burns Top 10 Heavyweights!

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The Racing Horse has always found the views of Jeff ‘Bulldog’ Burns on boxing knowledgeable, thoughtful and precise and certainly always interesting. Here he nominates his Top 10 Heavyweights of all time… “A number of years ago before Ali had established himself as ‘the greatest’, there was considerable debate about who was the greatest heavyweight … Continue reading

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