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A Look Back at ‘The Galveston Giant’ – Jack Johnson, first black heavyweight champion

  The first African-American World heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson dared to crash through the color barrier that saw to the creation of two classes of boxers since the inception of the sport. By Mike Plunkett A master of ring science and a gaudy, bold character that by...

The Unparalleled Career of Henry Armstrong

By Mike Plunkett At a time when boxing only had eight weight classes Henry Armstrong simultaneously held world titles at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight division. He collected everything but money in his impressive boxing career. He was a knockout artist with a destructive punch and...

A Look Back at the Mysterious Career and Life of Sonny Liston

By Mike Plunkett History shows us that few former World heavyweight champions have been so feared as was a prime Sonny Liston. The prototype for the next generation of larger heavyweight fighters, he was an ex-convict with an icy cold stare that could defeat foes...

Bob Foster – Light Heavyweight for the Ages

By Michael Plunkett Looking back over the decades of the last century there have been a handful of special and in some cases spectacular champions in the light heavyweight division, but few managed to cut the swath through its ranks the way Bob Foster did in...

One Up on Fate – A Look Back at Matthew Saad Muhammad

In a blood sport that is filled with tales of desperate men who rose from humble and often troubled beginnings to become celebrated world champions few can rival the history of Matthew Saad Muhammad. By Michael Plunkett Born Maxwell Antonio Loach just outside of Philadelphia, Saad...
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