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George Foreman and ABC Wide World of Sports commentator Howard Cosell chat before Foreman’s weigh-in for his 1974 fight against Muhammad Ali. (Neil Leifer/SI) 

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George Foreman and ABC Wide World of Sports commentator Howard Cosell chat before Foreman’s weigh-in for his 1974 fight against Muhammad Ali. (Neil Leifer/SI) 

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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.

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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.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. lands a punch on Sergio Martinez during their WBC middleweight title fight on Saturday. Despite the punch, Martinez dominated most of the fight before a 12th round rally by Chavez. In the end, Martinez won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
GRAHAM: Martinez reclaims middleweight title with dominant performanceMANNIX: Father, trainer help Chavez rise to stardom | Alvarez becoming a star

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. lands a punch on Sergio Martinez during their WBC middleweight title fight on Saturday. Despite the punch, Martinez dominated most of the fight before a 12th round rally by Chavez. In the end, Martinez won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

GRAHAM: Martinez reclaims middleweight title with dominant performance
MANNIX: Father, trainer help Chavez rise to stardom | Alvarez becoming a star

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Joe Louis winces from a right to the head delivered by Rocky Marciano during the fifth round of their non-title bout at Madison Square Garden in Oct. 1951. Marciano won in the eighth round.  (AP Photo)
GALLERY: Top 10 All-Time Greatest Heavyweights

This bout was the 1951 version of Muhammad Ali-Larry Holmes: the aging former champion brought back for a ritual beating and one more payday against a champion in his prime. It was a terrible, one-sided fight that stands as a monument to the sport’s frequent inhumanity. The Brown Bomber was merely a shadow of his former self, fed to the young lion for the enjoyment of the mob. An example of boxing at its worst.

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Joe Louis winces from a right to the head delivered by Rocky Marciano during the fifth round of their non-title bout at Madison Square Garden in Oct. 1951. Marciano won in the eighth round.  (AP Photo)

GALLERY: Top 10 All-Time Greatest Heavyweights

This bout was the 1951 version of Muhammad Ali-Larry Holmes: the aging former champion brought back for a ritual beating and one more payday against a champion in his prime. It was a terrible, one-sided fight that stands as a monument to the sport’s frequent inhumanity. The Brown Bomber was merely a shadow of his former self, fed to the young lion for the enjoyment of the mob. An example of boxing at its worst.

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Joe Frazier looks up at George Foreman after being knocked down in the second round of their Jan. 1973 fight in Kingston, Jamaica. Frazier was knocked down three times in the first round and another three in the second before the referee stopped the fight. (Neil Leifer/SI)  
SI VAULT: Foreman clobbers Frazier in earning TKO victory (2.5.73)

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Joe Frazier looks up at George Foreman after being knocked down in the second round of their Jan. 1973 fight in Kingston, Jamaica. Frazier was knocked down three times in the first round and another three in the second before the referee stopped the fight. (Neil Leifer/SI)  

SI VAULT: Foreman clobbers Frazier in earning TKO victory (2.5.73)

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Sugar Ray Leonard taunts Roberto Duran during their Nov. 1980 fight at the Superdome in New Orleans. Duran famously gave up in the eighth round when he absorbed an uppercut, walked to his corner and told the ref, “No mas,” giving Leonard the victory. (Manny Millan/SI)
SI VAULT: Duran blames stomach cramps as he quits against Leonard (12.8.80)

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Sugar Ray Leonard taunts Roberto Duran during their Nov. 1980 fight at the Superdome in New Orleans. Duran famously gave up in the eighth round when he absorbed an uppercut, walked to his corner and told the ref, “No mas,” giving Leonard the victory. (Manny Millan/SI)

SI VAULT: Duran blames stomach cramps as he quits against Leonard (12.8.80)

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Welterweight Champion Carmen Basilio jumps into the arms of his handlers after knocking out Tony Demarco in the 12th round of their 1955 fight. (Hy Peskin/SI)
SI VAULT: Basilio courageous in victory over Demarco (6.20.55)

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Welterweight Champion Carmen Basilio jumps into the arms of his handlers after knocking out Tony Demarco in the 12th round of their 1955 fight. (Hy Peskin/SI)

SI VAULT: Basilio courageous in victory over Demarco (6.20.55)