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Will COVID Kill the World Series - World Series History

Only twice in history has the World Series not been played... 2020 could be number three. There will be plenty of disappointed fans if this happens.

The Unresolved Legacy of Floyd Mayweather

There was a time not so long ago when the most revered and supposed "baddest" men and women on the planet wore 10oz gloves, danced and circled each other without the fear of being kicked, elbowed, taken down or choked out. These were our most celebrated fighters and our standard-bearers of toughness—the champions of boxing. Some of them were true athletic geniuses, modern-day d ...

Looking for a Knockout, Ten First-Hand Accounts

As a big boxing fan, I've witnessed many pro fights since I began watching the sport in the 1970s. What most pugilistic fans enjoy seeing is that big knockout. Throughout the history of the sport of boxing, there have been many electrifying and historic knockouts some with just a single strike, others resulting in a stoppage by the referee. Instead of listing some of the great ...

Introduction to 1970s Heavyweights

The best way we can enjoy sports these days is to remember sports for the way it once was. With this in mind, I grew up in the 1970s and for the years from 1970-1979, professional boxing may have experienced its best era ever. Boxing was thriving and extremely popular, often showcased on ABC’s Wide World of Sports or CBS and its equivalent show, "CBS Sports Spectacular." Focus ...

Oscar Bonavena - 1970s Heavyweights

With a record of 58-9-1 on February 2, 1976, Bonavena was just 33 when he had a dispute at the Mustang Ranch in Nevada that ended up with the security guard there shooting Bonavena dead. While the Argentine-born Bonavena had an outstanding record, he lost to some of the best fighters in the decade (Ron Lyle, Ali, Joe Frazier, Jimmy Ellis, Floyd Patterson) but some of those figh ...

Joe Bugner - 1970s Heavyweights

The interesting fact about Bugner is that he not only fought Joe Frazier in 1973 and lost a decision, he also fought Joe’s son Marvis. Bugner lost that fight as well, also a decision. From the start of his career in 1967 until he retired many years later in 1999 at an age of 49, Bugner would lose just 13 bouts in 83 fights. Along the way were some big names of the heavyweight d ...

George Chuvalo - 1970s Heavyweights

Like Bugner, George Chuvalo fought the best of the best. This Canadian fighter however began his career seven years earlier than did Bugner. Unlike Bugner, Chuvalo retired with seven straight victories, and with his retirement came the Canadian heavyweight championship, as he defended it with a TKO victory over George Jerome after defeating Bob Felstein in 1977 for the vacant t ...

Jimmy Ellis - 1970s Heavyweights

One of a number of the fighters in this list that has passed away is Ellis a former WBA champion winning the title in 1968 by beating the late Jerry Quarry, also in this list. Like many of the boxers in the heavyweight division of the 1970s, Ellis was a winner with 40 victories and just 12 defeats while knocking out 24 opponents. During this era, no one ducked anyone. Ellis los ...

Alfredo Evangelista - 1970s Heavyweights

Alfredo Evangelista was not a household name during his prime but for boxing enthusiasts, they remember the fighter from Uruguay. His opponents also would remember him well because they may have underestimated the talent of Alfredo Evangelista. He lost a unanimous decision to Ali and later was KO’d by future champion Larry Holmes. Leon Spinks owned a knockout victory over Evang ...

George Foreman - 1970s Heavyweights

Most people know George Foreman as a salesman selling his famous “George Foreman Grill.” But the big man got his start in boxing winning a gold medal in the Olympics and then going on to smash and crush his way to pro boxing’s biggest title, the heavyweight championship. Until Muhammad Ali shocked the world and knocked out Foreman on October 29, 1974, in what was billed as “the ...