Posts tagged Muhammad Ali

The Eight Count: Vitali Klitschko For President, RIP Antonio Cermeno

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by Anna John

Is it already Friday? So it is. Here’s what we’re reading at Stiff Jab  headquarters:

1) This story about the first “cutwoman” in The UFC is well-worth a read. After eight years of preparation, research, and unpaid practice, Swayze Valentine participated in UFC 170 in Las Vegas. Her journey to the octagon hasn’t been easy:

"Then there were the struggles of being a woman in a man’s sport. Valentine said she has been physically assaulted by a manager, not let in the cage by security guards and banished from dressing rooms by fighters."

2) Many fight fans and boxers are on Twitter, and most wish for the magic blue check mark. The latest to be verified? None other than Muhammad Ali, who chose the 50th anniversary of his fight with Sonny Liston to tweet:

"I shook up the world against Liston, now 50 years later I’m taking it to Twitter."

Note: any tweet hashtagged “#AliTweet” is from the man himself. What are you waiting for— follow him already!

3) The Nevada Athletic Commission voted Thursday to ban testosterone replacement therapy, commonly known as “TRT”. Many in the sport (including Doc Octagon) felt that fighters were getting over by claiming they needed TRT due to their low testosterone levels.

"There is also a prevailing opinion in the medical world, testified to by commission doctors at Thursday’s meeting, that many cases of low testosterone in fighters were caused by prior use of performance-enhancing drugs."

by Anna John
As a fan of boxing, Muhammad Ali, AND “Game of Thrones" (ahem, I have a puppy named #DaenerysTheFrenchie), this fan art is a happy thing for me to behold.
Many viewers of the HBO show fantasize about beating the snot out of the incest-spawned evil King of Westeros Joffrey Baratheon. To picture one of boxing’s greatest getting medieval on this little blonde shit is immensely satisfying. Well done, Not.M.CVNY. (via i09)

by Anna John

As a fan of boxing, Muhammad Ali, AND “Game of Thrones" (ahem, I have a puppy named #DaenerysTheFrenchie), this fan art is a happy thing for me to behold.

Many viewers of the HBO show fantasize about beating the snot out of the incest-spawned evil King of Westeros Joffrey Baratheon. To picture one of boxing’s greatest getting medieval on this little blonde shit is immensely satisfying. Well done, Not.M.CVNY(via i09)

siphotos:

Muhammad Ali punches Ken Norton during their 1976 fight at Yankee Stadium. The two fought twice in 1973, splitting the fights, before the ‘76 rubber match. Ali slugged his way to a unanimous decision in 15 rounds. Norton’s own coaches believed their fighter had a comfortable lead heading into the 15th and advised Norton to stay away from Ali, which he did, possibly giving the fight away. After the bout, even Ali admitted he thought he had been beaten. (Jerry Cooke/SI)
GALLERY: The Best of Muhammad Ali

I’ve had the honor to meet Norton in recent years, but never Ali. Both are warriors, but their present conditions are sad reminders of the price that fighters pay.

siphotos:

Muhammad Ali punches Ken Norton during their 1976 fight at Yankee Stadium. The two fought twice in 1973, splitting the fights, before the ‘76 rubber match. Ali slugged his way to a unanimous decision in 15 rounds. Norton’s own coaches believed their fighter had a comfortable lead heading into the 15th and advised Norton to stay away from Ali, which he did, possibly giving the fight away. After the bout, even Ali admitted he thought he had been beaten. (Jerry Cooke/SI)

GALLERY: The Best of Muhammad Ali

I’ve had the honor to meet Norton in recent years, but never Ali. Both are warriors, but their present conditions are sad reminders of the price that fighters pay.

siphotos:

Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton exchange blows during their 1973 fight in San Diego, the first of their three bouts against one another. Ali would wind up losing a 12-round decision after Norton broke his jaw early in the fight. (Neil Leifer/SI) 
SI VAULT: Ali looking for revenge after broken jaw against Norton (4.23.73)GALLERY: Tribute to Muhammad Ali | Ali’s Greatest Fights

siphotos:

Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton exchange blows during their 1973 fight in San Diego, the first of their three bouts against one another. Ali would wind up losing a 12-round decision after Norton broke his jaw early in the fight. (Neil Leifer/SI) 

SI VAULT: Ali looking for revenge after broken jaw against Norton (4.23.73)
GALLERY: Tribute to Muhammad Ali | Ali’s Greatest Fights

Attention collectors: Own a piece of boxing history, provided you’ve got at least $50,000 on hand. SCP Auctions is currently auctioning the iconic red velvet trunks Muhammad Ali wore for his first fight against Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971 in Madison Square Garden. The bout is still considered among the most-anticipated heavyweight clashes of all-time.
The trunks originally belong to the estate of Ali’s longtime assistant Drew Bundini and feature in some of the most famous images in boxing history. They are signed by Ali in three places. The opening price was $10,000 but bidding has already crossed $50K. The auction ends Nov. 19. (h/t: ESPN)

Attention collectors: Own a piece of boxing history, provided you’ve got at least $50,000 on hand. SCP Auctions is currently auctioning the iconic red velvet trunks Muhammad Ali wore for his first fight against Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971 in Madison Square Garden. The bout is still considered among the most-anticipated heavyweight clashes of all-time.

The trunks originally belong to the estate of Ali’s longtime assistant Drew Bundini and feature in some of the most famous images in boxing history. They are signed by Ali in three places. The opening price was $10,000 but bidding has already crossed $50K. The auction ends Nov. 19. (h/t: ESPN)

jwillis:

March 8, 1971 - Ali-Frazier I - “The Fight Of The Century”

jwillis:

March 8, 1971 - Ali-Frazier I - “The Fight Of The Century”

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

- Muhammad Ali (via craigreay)

Malcolm X died 46 years ago today. A reminder of a time when being heavyweight champ meant something to the entire world.

Malcolm X died 46 years ago today. A reminder of a time when being heavyweight champ meant something to the entire world.

dubliner:

Muhammad Ali vs. Cleveland WilliamsHouston Astrodome (80ft above the ring)1966
Photo: Neil Leifer
This is often regarded as one of the greatest sports photographs of the 20th century and is Leifer’s favourite photograph of his 40 year career.

dubliner:

Muhammad Ali vs. Cleveland Williams
Houston Astrodome (80ft above the ring)
1966

Photo: Neil Leifer

This is often regarded as one of the greatest sports photographs of the 20th century and is Leifer’s favourite photograph of his 40 year career.