Boxing

03.01.2017

The Anti-War Warrior: Muhammad Ali

“When you are right, no one remembers; when you are wrong, no one forgets”. Muhammad Ali One of the most noteworthy facts in the biography of Mohammad Ali is how the still young and unknown boxer refused to be induced into the U.S. Army. At age 18, Ali started the professional boxing career. It was in 1960 when Ali got a call to be induced into the United States Army from the Louisville military commission. Two years later Ali was recognized as eligible for the draft and induction into the U.S. Army. Two more years passed and Ali was ready to fight Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight Championship, meanwhile, he was again called to undergo the medical inspection and the U.S. Armed Forces qualifying tests. The medical inspection revealed no problems, and even doctor Ferdie Pacheco, who had served as Mohammad Ali’s personal physician for many years, told he had never seen a person with better health condition than Ali. He also noted that even in the case of illness Ali was always fine the next morning. As to the IQ test, Ali got only 78 points, which was 14 points less than the threshold set for military services in the United States. Two months later, when Ali was already a World Champion, the military revised his IQ test results, and the picture was the same. In this regard, Ali was quoted as saying "I said I was the greatest, not the smartest!" In 1966 the overall system, including the army induction conditions, were reviewed. According to the new criteria, Ali was now eligible for the induction. He was forced to join the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. However, Ali started fighting against war and traveled throughout the country with anti-war calls. He neither left the country nor hid in any remote and safe corner of the planet. In those years, the California Governor and the future United States President Ronald Reagan was among the people fighting against him. Militarists were trying to put an end to Ali’s initiative and force him to join the army, while pacifists, who obviously were a minority and mostly involved blacks, supported Muhammad. This “fight” was the longest in Ali’s career, it did not last 12 rounds, but entire 56 years. Being neglected by the citizen of his home country, as well as facing criticism and curses, Ali traveled to Canada and Europe and did not fight in the USA for a long time. Ali spent his whole life by “fighting” in two fronts- he was struggling against war and was fighting in the professional ring to defend his champions’ title. Of course, Ali’s career was not smooth and flower-bordered, there were scandalous days as well, such as, for example, the “Fight of the Century” with Joe Fraizer, however, in history books Ali will be reconciled as the greatest boxer of all times, as a champion who had victories both inside and outside the ring. For 32 years, Ali struggled against Parkinson's syndrome, however, in 2016 “The Greatest” passed away in one of the hospitals in Scottsdale. Ali's funeral was preplanned by himself and others beginning years prior to his actual death. As he planned, his memorial service was held in “Louisville's KFC Yum! Center”, where the legendary boxer had his last professional ring. Ali was fond of saying, “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” On 2 June 2016, Ali fell asleep, this time forever, and many of his dreams remained unfulfilled...
22.12.2016

Diaz expects huge payoff from UFC to take title fight

Despite the rumours of an imminent title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov in the lightweight category, Nate Diaz has assured that nothing is sealed and agreed yet. "I'll only be fighting for the lightweight title in a big fight and expect 20 million (dollars) just to take the call," Diaz told MMAFighting, "Until they satisfy my conditions, I'm just enjoying my life." Diaz's candidacy was mistakenly added to the list after featherweight king Jose Aldo said that interim champion Max Holloway's injury had cancelled a would-be title fight date for UFC 209. Aldo was offered an interim lightweight title fight against Nurmagomedov with reigning champion Conor McGregor being set to leave the UFC 209.
18.08.2016

Rio 2016. Julio César La Cruz is champion in men’s light heavy 81 kg weight category

Cuba representative Julio César La Cruz has gone all the way to the final to win the gold in men's light heavy 81 kg weight category. He has defeated Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov in all three rounds. Mathieu Bauderlique who lost to La Cruz in the semifinal and Niyazymbetov's victim at the same stage Joshua Buatsi from Great Britain received the bronzes.
16.08.2016

Boxing. Evgeny Tishchenko wins gold for Russia

Russian boxer Evgeny Tishchenko is the strongest in men's heavy 91 kg weight category. He has outperformed Kazakhstan's Vassiliy Levit in the final fight. Usbekistan's Rustam Tulaganov and Cuba's Erislandy Savon have been awarded bronze medals.
10.08.2016

Rio 2016. August 10 (Day 5). Finals to watch today

Cycling – Road Women’s time trial Final 1:30 PM Cycling – Road Men’s time trial Final 3:00 PM Rowing Men’s quadruple sculls Finals. Final A 3:22 PM Rowing Women’s quadruple sculls Finals. Final A 3:34 PM Shooting Men’s 50m pistol Final 5:00 PM Shooting Men’s double trap Finals. Bronze medal match 8:15 PM Canoe slalom Men’s kayak single Final 8:15 PM Shooting Men’s double trap Finals. Gold medal match 8:25 PM Weightlifting Women’s 69 kg Final. Group A 8:30 PM Diving Men’s synchronized 3m springboard Final 9:00 PM Gymnastics Men’s individual all-around Final 9:00 PM Judo Women’s 70 kg Semifinals. Bronze medal bout A 9:26 PM Judo Women’s 70 kg Semifinals. Bronze medal bout B 9:33 PM Judo Women’s 70- kg Finals. Gold medal bout 9:40 PM Judo Men’s 90 kg Semifinals. Bronze medal bout A 9:47 PM Judo Men’s 90 kg Semifinals. Bronze medal bout B 9:54 PM Judo Men’s 90 kg Final. Gold medal bout 10:01 PM Weightlifting Men’s 77kg Final. Group A 12:00 AM (August 11) Fencing Women’s individual foil Finals. Bronze medal bout 12:20 AM (August 11) Fencing Men’s individual sabre Finals. Bronze medal bout 12:50 AM (August 11) Fencing Women’s individual foil Finals. Gold medal bout 1:15 AM (August 11) Table tennis Women’s singles Finals. Bronze medal match 1:30 AM (August 11) Fencing Men’s individual sabre Finals. Gold medal bout 1:45 Am (August 11) Table tennis Women’s singles Finals. Gold medal match 2:30 AM (August 11) Swimming Men’s 200m breaststroke Final 5:03 AM (August 11) Swimming Women’s 200m butterfly Final 3:34 AM (August 11) Swimming Men’s 100m freestyle Final 4:03 AM (August 11) Swimming Women’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay Final 4:55 AM (August 11) *Time zone - CET
04.08.2016

Russian boxers allowed to compete at Rio 2016

Eleven boxers from Russia have received the allowance to compete at Rio Olympic Games, International Boxing Association (AIBA) official statement confirms. "AIBA has carried out an individual analysis of the anti-doping record of each of the 11 Russian boxers qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," AIBA statement read. "That process is now complete and confirmation has been received from the IOC Review Panel that the following 11 Russian boxers are eligible to compete at Rio 2016." As a result of this statement, Russia can send the whole delegation to Rio 2016 in the face of these eleven boxers.    
05.06.2016

Cartoon. Football pays tribute to Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali passed away yesterday at the age of 74. Omar Mommani decided to pay tribute to legendary boxer with a beautiful cartoon, featuring Zinedine Zidane and Pele.
04.06.2016

Pele shares his memories on Mohammad Ali

Brazilian football legend Pele shared his memories on one of the best boxers of all time Mohammad Ali, who passed away yesterday. “The sporting universe has just suffered a big loss. Muhammad Ali was my friend, my idol, my hero. We spent many moments together and always kept a good connection throughout the years. The sadness is overwhelming. I wish him peace with God. And I send love and strength to his family,” posted Pele on his official twitter page.
04.06.2016

Death of THE GREATEST. Muhammad Ali passed away

Heavyweight boxing legend, The Greatest Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74. Ali suffered Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years, and passed away peacefully at Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday. Muhammad Ali’s career, as well as his whole life, was a big fight. His astonishing ability to win battles was present in all aspects of his life. Ali fought in the ring, fought for his religious views and beliefs, and finally fought against the Parkinson’s disease, still being able to light the Olympic torch in 1996… Career highlights Muhammad Ali's career was very shiny and unique, because he had the quick style of boxing unlike other heavyweight boxers. He was not an ordinary "strong" athlete, he was unique, and his uniqueness became his clue to success. You may just enjoy the best knock outs of his career and understand what the talk is about... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_fEIVwjrew To conclude, the boxer has an all time record of 56-6, having won WBA, WBC, Linear heavywight and The Ring titles, retaining each on average 15 times. He has been announced No. 1 heavyweight of the 20th century by the World Press. Muhammad Ali quotes "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'   "If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize."   "The word 'Islam' means 'peace.' The word 'Muslim' means 'one who surrenders to God.' But the press makes us seem like haters."   "I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want."   "If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it."   "There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win." Muhammad Ali World reaction #RipMuhammadAli Muhammad Ali’s brilliant life and career inspired many to live, to do whatever they like, to go and achieve their dreams… Here is how the sports world reflected on this loss… Short little poem for Ali #TheGreatest RIP Sir, you inspired so many. pic.twitter.com/nueHOrMY8t — Tommy Coyle (@TommyCoyle89) 4 июня 2016 г. The greatest sportsman to have lived. What he did in and out the ring will never be forgotten. #RIPAli #TheGreatest pic.twitter.com/rhWFYxTX8v — Darren Bent (@DarrenBent) 4 июня 2016 г. Inspiration, Mentor, my Friend, an Earthly God of humanity, Simply #TheGreatest #RipMuhammadAli @MuhammadAli — Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) 4 июня 2016 г. A poem by the late @MuhammadAli , 'Me?, Whee' Ali 1975#TheGreatest — David James (@jamosfoundation) 4 июня 2016 г. God came for his champion. So long great one. @MuhammadAli #TheGreatest #RIP pic.twitter.com/jhXyqOuabi — Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) 4 июня 2016 г.
11.05.2016

One Man Show: Mike Tyson

In 2012 Mike Tyson entered the stage in Las Vegas. It was the first time he changed the ring for the stage. On that day he performed his first “one man show” called Mike Tyson. Undisputed Truth. The former boxer was just walking on stage telling his lifetime stories. The show was so successful, that Tyson started his own tour, performing in 36 US cities. Despite the complicated show type, 46-years old former athlete showed his best in this sphere, too. Taking into account that Tysons whole life was a single “one man show,” his performing success was rather logical… Show #1. Judgement Day In 1986 Tyson enters the ring for his first Championship fight, calling it The Judgement Day. Trevor Berbick was the WBC champion at that moment, however, he managed to keep the title only for 2 rounds. After Tyson’s hit he tried to stand up twice, but for both of the trials he eventually falls down. Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight champion in WBC history. Show #2. Ali’s revenge In 1980, Tyson’s coach leads him to watch Muhammad Ali’s fight against Larry Holmes. Mike’s idol, boxing legend Ali got defeated. On the next day Tyson’s coach gives a phone call to Ali, letting his student talk to his idol. On that day, Tyson promises Ali to take his revenge on Holmes. 7 years later, during Tyson-Holmes fight, Ali yells from the crowd “Remember what you promised me, Mike.” Tyson needed only 4 rounds to keep the promise. That was the first and only time Holmes was knocked out. Show #3. Teeth as a weapon In 1997, Tyson entered the ring for a rematch against Evander Holyfield. In the third round the “Iron Mike” started his active attacks, however, the opponent clinched tying him. Moreover, Holyfield twice headbutted Mike, getting no warning from the referee. The third headbutt, however, was not left without consequences: Mike bit Holyfield’s right ear. Getting some medical help, the opponent returned to the ring and continued his headbutt practices, sentencing his left ear to the same fate. After that, Holyfield did not continue the fight, making Tyson so angry that he tried to attack the opponent hitting anyone on his way. Afterwards Tyson got suspended and fined for $3mln. This fight was then recognized as the Event of the Year by The Ring magazine. Show #4 The Hangover  After the end of his professional career, Mike Tyson started to stare in many movies, animations, different TV Shows, computer games and more. However, his best role was in The Hangover movie, where his character was… himself. Tyson immediately knocks out one of the main characters of the film, demanding from the others to return his tiger. Although in 2009 Tyson was not the old Iron Mike, these few movie scenes awaked nostalgic feelings in his fans. Show #5 The Undisputed Truth In 2013, Mike Tyson’s autobiographic book called The Undisputed Truth is published. The book immediately found its place in The New York Times’ bestsellers’ list. After that he launched his animation movie series called Mike Tyson Mysteries, where his animated character investigates mysterious occasions. In 2012, Tyson started to operate his Mike Tyson Cares Foundation, which is an NGO aiming to give children the opportunity to become professional boxers. Another of his companies is the Iron Mike Productions promotions company. Now, when Mike Tyson is approaching his 50th birthday, we can claim with certainty: his whole life still remains a “one man show”. Once Tyson was asked to describe his life in several words. He answered: "I came, saw, conquered, got conquered, bounced back." The “got conquered, bounced back” part of this saying is continuously repeating throughout his whole life. He “got conquered” in 1992, when was sentenced to jail, still he “bounced back” and returned the title. He “got conquered” in 1997 when was suspended after the Holyfield story, however, he “bounced back” and returned his license. He “got conquered” at the beginning of 2000s, when was announced bankrupt, but “bounced back” and established his own companies. He “got conquered” from drugs and alcohol after ending his career, but “bounced back,” refusing to take anything, even meat. He “got conquered” in his last fight, but “bounced back” to present his “one man show”.
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