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Heirlooms and Pawn shops: The story of the American reign as Heavyweight Champion

For almost the entire 20th century the heavyweight champion hailed from somewhere in the United States. It is one of sports statistical anomalies. For 107 years a country outside of America held the title for less than 7 years. It was an iconic symbol of American culture and for some generations a national treasure. Still like family heirlooms and pawn shops, whenever an object no longer provides meaning to its owner or loses its intrinsic value all that is left is luster and shine. Sad as it may seem but when the sparkle fades the item is often discarded. Most times freely.

Prince Naseem Hamed, Ray Mancini, and Riddick Bowe headline the 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Class

Prince Naseem Hamed, Ray Mancini, and Riddick Bowe headline the 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Class
 
Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, and “Prince” Naseem Hamed lead the 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame class, as results were announced earlier today. The induction ceremony will be held on June 14, 2015, in Canastota, New York
 
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Part 5: Ted Sares Top Twenty-Five Pound-for-Pound Fighters (Since 1945)

My Top Twenty-Five Pound-for-Pound Fighters (Since 1945)

Fifth in a 5-Part Series

Here, then, are the final five:

21. Alexis Arguello: The Explosive Thin Man” (El Flaco Explosivo) used his height and reach to leverage the tremendous one-punch power he possessed in his right hand.  He was able to impose his will on many of his opponents, often in their home country.

Part 1: Ted Sares Top Twenty-Five Pound-for-Pound Fighters (Since 1945)

My Top Twenty-Five Pound-for-Pound Fighters (Since 1945)

First in a 5-Part series

I have never seen a list of great boxers that is the “correct” list; there is no such thing. Attempts can be made to close the gap by quantification, but in the end, the entirely subjective nature of any list comparing fighters across different weight categories and different eras is bound to be the subject of heated debate. Nonetheless, many have had a go at it.

The Prince Belongs in the Hall

I think at one stage he was the most exciting fighter that I’d ever been involved with. At one stage, in the early part of his career, he could have gone on to become one of the great fighters. But that disappeared when he didn’t fight as regularly as he should have done, when he was cutting corners on his training. It just didn’t work out for him from that point on.” – Frank Warren]

“I had hand trouble and could not take the power of my punch,” Hamed said. “I needed cortisone injections to take away the pain when I fought, then after every fight the gloves would be whipped off and my hands would be as big as balloons.” – Prince Naseem Hamed

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