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Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson (Boxing. Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 30, 1966.)  Fury unleashed burst into the ring on Mar. 6, 1985 when heavyweight Mike Tyson made his professional debut against Hector Mercedes in Albany, N.Y. At the opening bell, Tyson raced from his corner to launch an attack so vicious that the older, more experienced Mercedes had […]

Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier (Boxing.  Born, Beaufort, SC, Jan. 12, 1944; died, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 7, 2011.)  A central figure in one of the most celebrated New York sports events ever, Smokin’ Joe Frazier was undisputed world heavyweight champion (1971-73).  Frazier won his first 19 fights (17 by knockout) before taking the New York version of the […]

George Foreman

George Foreman (Boxing. Born, Marshall, TX, Jan. 10, 1949.)  Heavyweight George Foreman first captured public attention by winning an Olympic gold medal in 1968.  He made his professional debut in Madison Square Garden on June 23, 1969 with a third round knockout over journeyman Don Waldheim. After that victory, Foreman turned New York City into […]

Don Dunphy

Don Dunphy (Broadcaster.  Born, New York, July 5, 1908; died, Mineola, N.Y., July 22, 1998.)  Like many of the sportscasters who came to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s, Don Dunphy began his working career with aspirations to be a newspaper sportswriter, but his hopes were dashed when the New York World folded during his […]

Oscar Bonavena

Oscar Bonavena (Boxing.  Born, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 25, 1942; died, Reno, NV, May 22, 1976.)  A serious heavyweight contender who once took Muhammad Ali 15 rounds, Oscar Natalio Bonavena was never quite good enough to beat a top heavyweight.  Among his eight career losses in 67 fights were those to Zora Folley (1965), Jimmy […]

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali (Boxing.  Born, Louisville, KY, Jan. 17, 1942.)  Known in his earlier years as Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali is one of the most exciting and controversial heavyweight champions in the history of the sport and, by his own admission, “The Greatest.”  Ali was the national A.A.U. light heavyweight champion, the Golden Gloves heavyweight titlist […]

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