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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.

Why Journeymen fighters are boxing’s blood line

While the casual boxing fan will quite often express their interest only in the main event of a show card, the so called “journeyman” will always have the support of some of the biggest names in the sport, most notably the promoters of a show. So many forget how important, perhaps even necessary, these fighters are to boxing, especially when comes the time a scheduled opponent pulls out of a fight at short notice. Quite often, a promoter will call upon a journeyman fighter at short notice to fill in an opponent’s place, saving an undercard or, although more rarely, a main attraction. It is unfortunate that these guys receive so little respect for what they do as it is often said that they are boxing’s life line. Without them, the value of a night’s worth of fights is decreased. Another much less talked about aspect is that journeymen often give a rising star fighter the necessary experience he needs. While journeymen fighters do not often hear the MC shout their names in victory or have their hand held high to a raucous crowd, they collect a wealth of experience, something that is often passed on to opponents of a superior calibre.

The Turnaround Punch

Yogi Berra coined the phrase “it’s never over  tell it’s over”  and we’ve all heard the present day opera follow-up that it’s not over  till the fat lady sings, but I don’t know that the famous Yankee pinstriped backup or your most caloric-challenged female  baritone would’ve stuck it out to the end of some of the sweet science’s most famous “reversals of forturne”. It takes a true boxing fan to hold out hope when all appears gone,  or maybe it just takes enough exposure  to the “Turnaround Punch”.

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