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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.

The man Muhammad Ali “loaned” his title to Leon Spinks

Former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks has surely received his share of negative press over the years. Many consider him just a footnote in heavyweight history. The man Muhammad Ali “loaned” his title to. Leon was much more then that. Much more.

The man Muhammad Ali “loaned” his title to Leon Spinks

Former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks has surely received his share of negative press over the years. Many consider him just a footnote in heavyweight history. The man Muhammad Ali “loaned” his title to. Leon was much more then that. Much more.

Ken Norton: The Man Who Shut Up Ali

When there is any talk of the greatest era of heavyweight boxing, the name Ken Norton has to be mentioned. Ken was a mainstay in the ratings throughout the 1970’s and he briefly wore the World Boxing Council version of the heavyweight title. Norton of course is remembered most for his famous trilogy with Muhammad Ali.

Ken Norton: The Man Who Shut Up Ali

When there is any talk of the greatest era of heavyweight boxing, the name Ken Norton has to be mentioned. Ken was a mainstay in the ratings throughout the 1970’s and he briefly wore the World Boxing Council version of the heavyweight title. Norton of course is remembered most for his famous trilogy with Muhammad Ali.

Jim Amato’s Boxing Heroes

It is usually a given that all boxers should be respected just for their mere courage to step into a boxing ring. To do battle on presumably equal terms with another human being. Yet as all doctors and lawyers are respected for their knowledge. Some are more revered then others. The same holds true for boxers.Admiration For the talents of say Muhammad Ali or Sugar Ray Robinson comes easily. These men were blessed with the extraordinary ability to humble other men in the ring. So to is it easy to have a less then healthy respect for the lower echelon fighters. The one’s who serve as mere opponents to inflate another boxers record. “Tomato cans” is the term used in the business to describe these less then fortunate of fisticuffs.

Jim Amato’s Boxing Heroes

It is usually a given that all boxers should be respected just for their mere courage to step into a boxing ring. To do battle on presumably equal terms with another human being. Yet as all doctors and lawyers are respected for their knowledge. Some are more revered then others. The same holds true for boxers.Admiration For the talents of say Muhammad Ali or Sugar Ray Robinson comes easily. These men were blessed with the extraordinary ability to humble other men in the ring. So to is it easy to have a less then healthy respect for the lower echelon fighters. The one’s who serve as mere opponents to inflate another boxers record. “Tomato cans” is the term used in the business to describe these less then fortunate of fisticuffs.

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