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Chris Eubank came back to the UK in 1988 and was with Barry Hearn from his 13th fight to his 43rd fight
Joe Louis sustained his first professional loss in 1936 at the hands of Max Schmeling. In 1938, after having beaten Braddock and taken the title, Louis met Schmeling in a rematch that the American media portrayed as a battle between Nazism and democracy, Louis win made him a national hero
Eubank v Benn I .. The Nigel Benn entourage began plotting ways to demoralise Chris Eubank and 'even things up'. They decided to sabotage his entrance music.
Nigel Benn entered the ring like a caged tiger, furiously shadow boxing and clearly exhilarated. The men posed in a scene that would be replayed countless times over the years on television, Eubank's gloves touching and baleful gaze, and Benn's expression of pure hatred and loathing.
As Eubank made his strutting ring walk to the thumping sound of Tina Turner's 'Simply the Best' (his ring moniker), the record suddenly stopped. Eubank ignored this, and impassively made his way to the ring apron and vaulted to the rope as per usual. (Naughty team Benn)
Joe Louis retired in 1949, still the undefeated heavyweight champ. Succumbing to financial pressures and government debts, Louis was forced back into the ring. In 1950,he attempted to recapture his title in a bout against Ezzard Charles, A points decision, Louis was handed a loss
Joe Louis burst onto the professional boxing scene in 1934 with style and skill such as the boxing world has seldom seen. Known to many as the “Brown Bomber,” Louis emerged victorious from his first 27 fights, all but four of which he won in knockouts
There can be few individual pairings across any sport to eclipse the rivalry Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank shared in the first half of the 1990s", the fights between the pair were "titanic clashes"
June 22, 1938, Louis once again took on the only opponent who had ever beaten him, Max Schmeling. This time around, Louis knocked Schmeling out and captured the admiration of countless Americans. Louis gained a moral victory for himself and for his country.
Each punch was thrown with evil intent, and commentator Dave Brennar called the fight 'Grand Prix stuff so far'. Eubank v Benn
Eubank took up boxing while at school in the USA and won the amateur Spanish Golden Glove Championships in New York in 1984. He turned professional on Oct 3rd 1995. His early fights took place in Atlantic City.
Louis Schmeling 2. Louis’ first punches, a pair of powerful left hooks, began his opponent’s eventual demise. Schmeling complained bitterly about being hit with foul kidney punches, but every punch was a fair one, Schmeling falling to the floor in just 2 minutes and four seconds
Joe Louis had sportsmanlike behaviour in the ring (he did not gloat over his white opponents), his perceived humility and soft-spoken demeanour, and his discretion in his private life made him admired by whites
Eubank v Benn I
Benn 27–1–0 (25 KO)
Eubank 24–0–0 (14 KO)
Eubank v Benn 2 The fight itself did not quite reach the brutal heights of the first, as neither man was as badly hurt. However, there were flurries of punches at the ends of the rounds, with both boxers trying to claim the rounds knowing it could go the distance
Benn and Eubank fought twice in one of the most memorable rivalries in British boxing history during the early 1990s. Eubank stopped Benn in the first fight, at the NEC Centre on 18 Nov 1990, before the pair duked out a thrilling draw in the rematch at Old Trafford on 9 Oct 1993
Benn .. I just couldn't stand [Eubank]—at all. Everyone said 'was it a joke?' But it was real. Why? He should have been living in Buckingham Palace. He was coming with his jodhpurs, his monocle and his cane, and he was looking down on me and I just couldn’t hack it
Nigel Benn vs. Chris Eubank was a series of two professional boxing matches which took place on 18 November 1990 and 9 October 1993. Both Benn and Eubank fought at middleweight and super middleweight around the same time in 1985–97
#Eubank and #Benn became rivals on both the domestic and world boxing scene. Benn won his first 22 consecutive bouts by knockout, earning the moniker 'the Dark Destroyer'. Eubank was the cocky, flamboyant upstart who began calling out Benn after his tenth bout. The rivalry grew
Although Joe Louis earned nearly $5 million as a fighter, he spent or gave away nearly all of it. When the Internal Revenue Service demanded more than $1 million in back taxes and penalties, he was forced to return to the ring to pay off his debts.
Joe Louis, byname of Joseph Louis Barrow, also called the Brown Bomber, (born May 13, 1914, Lafayette, Alabama, U.S.—died April 12, 1981, Las Vegas, Nevada
Joe Louis fought Charles for the championship on September 27, 1950, but lost a 15-round decision. In his last fight of consequence, against future champion Rocky Marciano on October 26, 1951, he was knocked out in eight rounds.
CHRIS EUBANK: ‘WHEN I BEAT NIGEL BENN, NOBODY COULD CRITICIZE ME’
Joe Louis was at his peak in the period 1939–42. From December 1940 through June 1941 he defended the championship seven times. After enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1942, he served in a segregated unit with Jackie Robinson
After Eubank v Benn 2 The pair never fought again, despite a £6 million bout at Wembley stadium being touted for Eubank's eight fight Sky deal.
The second fight was watched by half a billion people around the world Eubank v Benn
Joe Louis’s father, a sharecropper, was committed to a state mental hospital when Louis was about two years old. After his mother remarried, the family, which included eight children, moved to Detroit, Michigan, where Louis took up amateur boxing
Nigel Benn, known as the Dark Destroyer, was twice a world champion at middleweight and super middleweight. He lost only 5 of his professional fights, three of those defeats coming at the end of his career
Joe Louis won the U.S. Amateur Athletic Union 175-pound championship in 1934 and also was a Golden Gloves titleholder; of 54 amateur fights, Louis won 50 and lost 4. His first professional fight took place on July 4, 1934, and within 12 months he had knocked out Primo Carnera
In 1942, Joe Louis began a period of service in the army. Worked as a P.E teacher. It would be four years before Louis again returned to the ring. Between 1946 and 1949, Louis flawlessly defended his title four times, including two victorious fights against ‘Jersey’ Joe Walcott
Eubank. .. “(Benn) was a Godsend,” he said of his frenzied rival. “When I beat him, nobody could criticize me. There was no reason to dislike me. If they did, they were being bigoted, having double and triple standards
The rematch, fought at super middleweight three years later at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, was a more cagey contest. Each man walked out of the ring holding a world title thanks to a draw, and at that time, a third bout seemed a certainty
Some of #JoeLouis ‘s victims. Primo Carnera, the first of six previous or subsequent heavyweight champions who would become his victims; the others were Max Baer, Jack Sharkey, Braddock, the German champion Max Schmeling, and Jersey Joe Walcott.
Eubank v Benn "Whatever I may think of Chris Eubank," Benn told Newbon, "I have nothing but respect for the way he worked tonight."
Eubank v Benn Date 18 November 1990 Venue National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK Title(s) on the line WBO Middleweight Championship
Eubank v Benn 2 Pre-fight record Benn 37–2–0 (32 KO) Eubank 35–0–1 (18 KO)
I'll hit him with so many lefts, he'll by crying for a right." Nigel Benn warning Michael Watson what to expect during their fight. "If I don't get respect from Nigel Benn out of the ring, I certainly will get it inside" Michael Watson's retort.
Benn .. A third fight has been discussed several times since, with Benn stating: "We had backers from Dubai, Manchester, Ireland - we would make £5m to £10m each, everything split evenly. "Not one word of a lie. We spent three bloody years talking. But Chris is impossible."
"Boxing is a mugs game" Chris Eubank
Upon his death in 1981 Joe Louis was buried in Arlington National Cemetery; one of the pallbearers at his funeral was Schmeling. Louis remained a Detroit icon after his death: the Joe Louis Arena was home to the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League from 1979 to 2017
In the early days of his career, Joe Louis destroyed such great heavyweight fighters as Stanley Poreda, Natie Brown, and Rosco Toles. It was here that Louis delivered to the entire world a premonition of the reign of domination that he was to begin.
Eubank. I am not really competitive. I can easily always walk away and then I come to Nigel Benn, the bad blood between us is fierce. So I am not competitive, only with him
Eubank v Benn 2. One exchange saw Benn in a corner knocked through the ropes, though Eubank used his body as well and Benn was not badly hurt. The final round was thrilling, with both boxers told they needed it to win. Most boxing experts agree that this was a truly classic round
Following his successful title defense against Welsh boxer Tommy Farr in a 15-round marathon match, Joe Louis initiated his “Bum of the Month” campaign. The idea was for Louis to take on a variety of fighters, whether they were contenders or not
Eubank On Benn I got it the first time. I drew with him the second time. He was born to activate me, he won't leave me alone. He keeps asking for this rematch. If I do fight him again, he is not beating me.
Joe Louis well-known public monument to Louis (a 24-foot [7.3-metre] arm with a clenched fist suspended in pyramidal frame) was erected in downtown Detroit in 1986. Louis was inducted into the Ring Mag Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990
Louis v Schmeling. Louis was counted out in the 12th round of this lengthy fight and suffered the first and most painful defeat of his boxing career.
The Benn-Eubank face-off was real, the culmination of years of animosity and jealousy between the two best in the country, two of the best in the world. On one special night (and in a tense rematch three years later, called a draw, but that could never match the original)
Two legends of British boxing thus finished their careers, the highs and lows still vivid, and both defined the other's career. Britain, or boxing, may never see another rivalry like it.
Eubank v Benn
His life and success story serve as proof that black and white Americans can coexist. Joe Louis is a role model for all of us and proved that good sportsmanship can exist even in a sport as violent as boxing.
Benn, having lost to Michael Watson, began to rebuild in America, winning the WBO middleweight title by knocking out Doug DeWitt. He then savaged Iran Barkley within one round in his first defence. Benn then agreed to meet Eubank with his title on the line
Name: Joseph Louis Barrow Nickname: The Brown Bomber Height: 6′ 1 & 1/2″Weight: 197 lbs Reach: 76″ Division: Heavyweight Record: 67-3 Knockouts: 52 Undefeated: 1937 – 1949
Joe Louis was world heavyweight champ from June 22, 1937, when he knocked out James J. Braddock in 8 rounds in Chicago, until March 1, 1949, when he briefly retired. During his reign, the longest in the history of any weight division, he successfully defended his title 25 times
Eubank circled Benn before releasing a left right combination, and a left hook which staggered Benn, Benn survived the flurry and clinched, but a straight right from Eubank sent him into a corner, and Steele stepped in to end the flurry with five seconds left of round nine
10 years after his arrival in Detroit, Joe Louis won the Golden Gloves as a light heavyweight. Following this win, Louis turned professional and won 12 contests within the first year. The first few years of Louis’ pro career involved a steady ascension up the pyramid
Eubank v Benn 2. With both men champions in the same weight division, a unification fight and three-year anticipated rematch was arranged by Don King for 9 October 1993.
Eubank v Benn, Steele said later: "This was the most dramatic fight I've ever refereed." The American was the No1 referee in the world at the time
Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn shared one of the most heated rivalries British boxing has ever seen. There was serious animosity between the pair who, to this day, still don’t see eye to eye
After the war, Joe Louis was less active, and in 1949 he retired as the undefeated champion long enough to allow Ezzard Charles to earn recognition as his successor.
Eubank v Benn 2 This time Eubank's ring walk went off without a hitch, commentator Reg Gutteridge making the classic call when Eubank performed his customary vault over the ropes into the ring, claiming; "The ego has landed".
It was this time period that bore witness to Joe Louis’ reign of terror in the heavyweight boxing world. Beginning in 1937, he began a 12-year reign as boxing’s heavyweight champion of the world
Joe Louis successfully defended his title 25 times, more than any other champion in any division, scoring 21 ko’s (his service in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 no doubt prevented him from defending his title many more times, an accurate and economical knockout puncher.
The pair of Brits fought twice, Eubank knocking Benn out in 1990 before a draw in a rematch in 1993. The second meeting was one of the biggest fights in British boxing history with more than 17 million tuning in to watch
Benn On Eubank. Recent years I've got nothing against Chris now, though. He was a great ambassador for the sport and I thank the Lord for putting him in my path.
Benn was crowned world middleweight champion after knocking out Doug DeWitt, the defending champion. He defended his title against former WBC champion Iran Barkley, but lost to Chris Eubank.
Joe Louis Having grown up in the Old South, Louis had acquired the instinct and anger of a true fighter, even amidst the evils of racial discrimination and intolerance. His early career was a period of hard work and determination, and was one without glamour or fame.
Eubank Born on the 8th August 1966 in Dulwich, London, Chris spent one and a half years in Jamaica. On his return, he lived in Stoke Newington, Dalston, Hackney and then attended Thomas Carlton Secondary School
Eubank v Benn I it was a close fight, but I think even that was unfair because if you watched the fight, as vicious as the fight was, I don’t think I was behind,” Eubank said. “I think I won most of the rounds on boxing ability, craftsmanship and good common sense being applied
Joe Louis still holds the distinction of having successfully defended his title more times than any other heavyweight in history. He knocked out five world champions and will remain a powerful part of boxing history for many decades to come
Eubank. He was placed in various institutions by Social Services, and lived on the streets for one and a half years. His father took him to New York at the age of 16 for three and a half years and where he graduated from Morris High School.
When I first fought Eubank, I got £400,000 the first fight. When I lost, it went down to £35,000. That is a big drop.” BENN
In 1937, Louis faced world heavyweight champion James J. Braddock in Chicago. In an eight round match, Louis captured the heavyweight title of the world by knocking Braddock out. After this victory, Louis stated, “I don’t want nobody to call me champ until I beat Schmeling.”
From 1934 to 1951, Joe Louis had 71 bouts, winning 68, 54 by knockouts. A Hollywood movie about his life, The Joe Louis Story, was made in 1953
Because of the way Eubank conducted himself during the buildup and the way the fight unfolded, he feels that only jealousy could cause fans to dislike him
Eubank v Benn
Eubank In 1990 he won the World middleweight title against Nigel Benn in November .He had 43 straight wins before his first loss. To date out of 25 World Championship fights, he has only lost 5 fights. He holds the record for the most unbeaten World Title wins in British history.
Eubank After being suspended 18 times in one year and then being expelled, he then attended Peckham Manor School, from where he was suspended 5 times and then expelled, although he was protecting other children from bullies, but was then put in care.
Joe Louis was was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1982.
Joe Louis boxing prowess, as well as his reputation, was growing at an incredible rate. In June of 1935, he fought Primo Carnera, the former heavyweight champion, before a Yankee Stadium crowd of 62,000. Louis then beat Max Baer Ko 4th round
Eubank v Benn. It was the sort of fight that finishes careers. Yet it propelled both of them to even greater deeds, money and fame. It defined each of them. Without it, their lives and careers would have been drastically different.
Marciano knocked Louis through the ropes in the 8th round. This was Joe Louis’ final time in the ring. He had earned $5 million in his illustrious boxing career. But at 37, Joe Louis had not a single cent to show for it.
In 1991, Benn won the WBC super middleweight title with a knockout in round 4 of defending champion Mauro Galvano. This time he successfully defended his title against Eubank with 12 round draw. Benn's next fight would change his life forever v McClennan
Joe Louis was seemingly invincible, until his meeting with Max Schmeling on June 19, 1936. Schmeling was the underdog but, to the surprise of all, gave Louis a defeat that would continue to sting long after the cuts had healed
Benn On Eubank He was the sharpest dresser going. Got to give him that!
In an eagerly anticipated fight, in which many say both fought the fight of their lives, McClennan suffered brain damage and went blind and was paralysed. These tragic events took all the fighting spirit out of Benn, and after losing his title to Steve Collins he retired
Benn. Born in Ilford on January 22nd 1964, as a boxer in the army he had a record 41 wins and one loss. He turned professional in 1987, and had 22 consecutive knockout wins.
Benn. I could hit Chris’ chin with anything and it wouldn’t even move. It was like hitting a lump of granite but to be honest I enjoyed pummelling that chin.
Eubank v Benn 2 Date 9 October 1993 Venue Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, UK Title(s) on the line WBC/WBO Super Middleweight Championship Unification
Their first fight was a battle between two proud middleweights. Eubank was the one who lasted the longest in a ferocious contest, stopping his fellow Englishman in Round 9
Eubank v Benn
After his second retirement Joe Louis continued to be plagued by money problems, and he was briefly forced to work as a professional wrestler. Later he became a greeter for Caesar’s Palace, a resort and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Eubank v Benn 2 The final scores were 115–113 Eubank, 114–113 Benn, and 114–114. The bout was declared a draw – Benn retained his WBC belt, Eubank his WBO championship.
“As a fighter, shouldn’t you want me to behave this way? It was jealousy. What they say about jealousy is as follows: jealousy is a tribute that mediocrity pays to genius.” Eubank
“(Benn) should have won the fight; he did enough to win the fight” Eubank said of their second encounter. “For me it was never a matter of hate. This was an individual who I needed to win against to get out of (an apartment) and into a house.”
"I'll hit him with so many lefts, he'll by crying for a right." Nigel Benn warning Michael Watson what to expect during their fight
Benn and Eubank collided in the sort of fire-breathing animosity that has become the stuff of sporting legend. There had not been a more anticipated fight in British boxing for a long time
Eubank v Benn 2 Over 42,000 crammed Old Trafford for one of the biggest boxing events ever staged. The bout was watched by half a billion people worldwide. Don King's contract stipulated that not only would the winner join his stable of fighters, but also the loser
Benn and Eubank were brilliant for British boxing in the 1990s. Their rivalry wasn't made up for the purposes of selling tickets or getting viewers to tune in
On the ITV documentary 'Best Ever Big Fight Live', former world champion Duke McKenzie said of the Benn–Eubank rivalry: "It may never be rivalled". Barry McGuigan agreed, saying; "There was real antipathy and ill-will there
After his 3 years away, Ali had he come back to the ring with the speed and dazzle of his youth, or had success with the same he had used back then, we might not have seen him grow to out-think George Foreman or take many of the biggest victories of his career
One punch is all Mike Tyson needed to put you to sleep. He didn't need to wear you down. He never needed to let his opponents tire out. All he needed was that one punch. Even Muhammad Ali knew if he got caught, Tyson would be standing over him with his arm raised
In 1982, his mother, Lorna Tyson died of cancer, after which Cus D’Amato, became his legal guardian. #Tyson
His string of victories finally brought him his first title fight v Berbick for the (WBC) heavyweight championship. On Nov 22, 1986 Tyson defeated Berbick in the second round ko and at the age of 20 years and 4 months became the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
Frank Bruno called Ali a "mentor, friend and earthly god of humanity", while Lennox Lewis praised his "courage and conviction"
Jack Solomons died in Hove in 1979. He was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995
1977. Yet More Defenses, Two more challengers came calling during the year; Ali beat them both to retain his title. May 16. Alfredo Evangelista, Landover. W 15 Sept. 29. Earnie Shavers, New York. W 15 #Ali
Tyson’s training was very well evident in his performance at the Junior Olympic Games in 1981 and 1982, where he won gold medals by convincingly, beating opponents Joe Cortez and Kelton Brown, respectively
In 1960, Ali won a gold medal as a light heavyweight in the Olympics. For his career, he finished 56-5, with 37 knockouts
1973. Feb. 14. Joe Bugner, Las Vegas. W 12 March 21. Ken Norton, San Diego. L 12 Sept. 10. Ken Norton, Los Angeles. W 12 Oct. 20. Rudi Lubbers, Jakarta. W 12 #Ali
Tyson lived and died by his opponent's jab, and his ability to manipulate and draw it through intimidation and crowding.
Richie Woodhall. A little-known fact about Richie is that he appeared in the 2000 film 'Snatch' as Brad Pitt's body double
Oct. 20, 2000 - Tyson defeats Andrew Golota. After the fight, Tyson is forced to submit a urine sample, which tests positive for marijuana. Michigan commission changes result to a No Contest.
Aug. 1, 2003 - Tyson files for bankruptcy in New York. Sept. 13, 2003 - Tyson attends a charity benefit at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. When asked why he came, Tyson confesses "Because I've got nothing else to do."
Anna Woolhouse has become a huge asset to Sky Sports boxing coverage at home and abroad
Oct. 16, 1997 - Ordered to pay boxer Mitch Green $45,000 even though a jury ruled the former heavyweight champion was provoked into a Harlem street fight in 1988 #Tyson
Tyson would explode with a violent twist that either caught his opponents flush, or set up a second hook if they escaped to the inside. Either way, his opponent was going to get hurt.
May 1, 2002 - "I'm just like you. I enjoy the forbidden fruits in life, too. I think it's un-American not to go out with a woman, not to be with a beautiful woman, not to get my dick sucked ... It's just what I said before, everybody in this country is a big fucking liar. #Tyson
1979 - A boxing instructor at a New York State correction facility for boys brought Tyson to the attention of Cus D'Amato, who had guided Floyd Patterson to the heavyweight title.
Jim Lampley, The American has been a commentator for boxing around 30 years now. His enthusiasm is admired for the sport and it shows whenever you hear him talk about any fight he is watching live at ringside. However, he isn’t shy of being a little biased
Muhammad Ali also aroused controversy through his outright opposition to the Vietnam War. When notified of his army classification as 1A in early 1966, the boxer declared that he would refuse to serve, as he considered himself a conscientious objector.
1985 July 19 - Larry Sims, Poughkeepsie, New York, KO 3 Aug. 15 - Lorenzo Canady, Atlantic City, TKO 1 Sept. 5 - Michael Johnson, Atlantic City, KO 1 Oct. 9 - Donnie Long, Atlantic City, KO 1 Oct. 25 - Robert Colay, Atlantic City, KO 1 #Tyson
Ali has been married 4 times, with his large family includes seven daughters and two sons. One of his daughters, Laila Ali, has also made herself a name as boxer, despite Ali's early comments against female boxing in 1978: "Women are not made to be hit in the breast, and face
Tyson failed to match up to Douglas, who landed a flurry of blows on Tyson to lay him out of the canvas in the tenth round. This was the first time Tyson faced such a defeat. He did not just lose the match but lost the undisputed championship as well.
When he returned after 1995 he wasn't the Tyson of old, he was just a flat footed brawler. The fights became grinding slogs and when he met the best of the best in Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, he was convincingly bested
1995 After serving a three-year prison sentence for rape, Tyson made a comeback, winning an August bout against Peter McNeeley. Aug. 19 - Peter McNeeley, Las Vegas, W DSQ 1 Dec. 16 - Buster Mathis, Jr., Philadelphia, KO 3 #Tyson
April 9, 1989 - Accused of striking a parking attendant 3 times with an open hand outside a Los Angeles nightclub after the attendant asked Tyson to move his Mercedes out of a spot reserved for the club's owner. The charges are later dropped due to lack of witness cooperation.
Ronald McIntosh. Ronald's freelance work for BT Sport and BoxNation - which is available to all BT Sport subscribers - comes after 15 years spent at the BBC between 1997 and 2012.
Ali With his level of fitness, he would wear opponents down and catch them in the later rounds after they were too exhausted to continue fighting
Ali didn't throw out the piston-like jab that had been the fashion, He wasn't Liston or Foreman, driving a railway spike through his opponent's head. No, Muhammad Ali's jab was more sinister: flicked out with his hand loose inside his glove. He targeted the eyes like no-one else
When small, he was often a soft target of bullying. To overcome this, he made his style of street fighting, which resulted in criminal activity. Till he reached 13, he had been arrested around 38 times. #Tyson
John Rawling started out commentating on boxing and athletics for the BBC, covering major title fights and four Olympic Games, winning the Sony Radio Sports Broadcaster of the Year award in 1994
Feb. 8, 2000 - Tyson reaches settlement with two women who alleged he assaulted them at a Washington restaurant. They accused Tyson of grabbing one woman and requesting a sexual relationship, and that he swore at the other woman. They asked for a total of $7.5 million in damages
It was 1980 and Tyson was only 14 years old, but the fire that burned in him that night as he watched his hero Ali get beaten badly by Holmes, would help him retain his title seven years later against the same opponent
Ali would have no trouble outworking and outboxing Tyson. "The Greatest" remains the greatest?
In 2012, Tyson was inducted by Triple H and Shawn Michaels into the WWE Hall of Fame
Mike Tyson would quickly knock Ali out – Mike Tyson fans have a love affair with Tyson’s power and intimidating persona. Mike Tyson made grown men quiver and scream. Mike Tyson’s intimidating ring entrance and ice-cold stare broke many opponents down.