The Golden Age of Heavyweight Boxing

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Jerry Izenberg’s new book, ONCE THERE WERE GIANTS, On Sale TODAY!

new book from legendary sportswriter Jerry Izenberg, as witnessed throughout his illustrious sixty-year career.

Of all the memories made in ballparks and arenas from California to New York, there was nothing to rival that magic moment that could grab a heavyweight fight crowd by its collective jugular vein and trigger a tsunami of raw emotion before a single punch had even been thrown.

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Holmes tells Lucas Browne to jab Chagaev

LUCAS “BIG DADDY” BROWNE has received some words of advice from heavyweight legend Larry Holmes ahead of his WBA title clash with Ruslan Chagaev on March 5.

The Easton Assassin was one of the sport’s dominant forces in the late 1970s and early 1980s, beating big names such as Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers and the greatest of them all, Muhammad Ali.

Today he is busy managing his numerous businesses and investments, but he still had time to give some pointers to the hard-hitting Aussie.

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A music video tribute to Larry Holmes

During his Hall of Fame career, Larry Holmes was like the Rodney Dangerfield of boxing – he got no respect. In recent years Holmes has finally started getting some of the much deserved respect for his amazing career and accomplishments. Holmes’ long reign had the unfortunate distinction of falling in between two of the most beloved heavyweight champions in boxing history – Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. While Ali and Tyson were high profile controversial figures during the peaks of their respective careers, Holmes quietly carved out a more dominant reign as heavyweight champion than either of them. Holmes has been grossly overlooked and unappreciated by many boxing observers for a very long time, and even today when he is just beginning to receive his just dues, some factions continue to underrate this skills, heart, accomplishment, and longevity.

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MSG Network to air “The Fight of the Century” as part of MSG “The Garden’s Defining Moments” Friday, March 20

Narrated by Academy Award Nominee Liam Nelson, MSG Network’s “The Garden’s Defining Moments” is a special 20-part television event presented by SAP, celebrating some of the greatest moments at Madison Square Garden spanning the legendary venue’s more than 135-year history. The Garden’s four Arena complexes have played host to many of the greatest moments in the history of sports, music, entertainment and politics and MSG Network will dedicate a half-hour episode to honor 20 of these “Defining Moments,” which are showcased in the Arena with photos, memorabilia and artifacts.

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Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes at Turning Stone

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VERONA, NY (June 4, 2014) — Turning Stone hosted “Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes” today to promoted this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights (see fact sheet below), promoted by Iron Mike Productions, at the resort casino in upstate New York.

Longtime sports columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com, Bud Poliguin, served as the moderator, asking the two Hall of Famers and world heavyweight champions a series of questions, before the floor was opened for the many fans in attendance to ask Tyson and Holmes questions.

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Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes in exclusive event June 4 at Turning Stone

ONEIDA NATION HOMELANDS (NY) (May 29, 2014) — Renowned boxing legends and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes will participate in an exclusive, live discussion at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Showroom on Wednesday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, “Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes,” will feature an open dialogue between the two world-class heavyweights. They will recount their famed 1988 championship fight,reflect on their remarkable boxing careers, and take questions from the audience. Longtime sports columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com, Bud Poliquin, will serve as moderator.

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All Time Historical Survey Series Recap – The Original 8 Weight Classes & P4P

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by Geoffrey Ciani – Over the course of a sixteen month period beginning in June 2009, I conducted a series of surveys that all began with a very simple question: Who are the ten best heavyweights of all time? While contemplating my own list of top heavyweight pugilists, I decided gathering the input of others might help display a more accurate portrayal of what a ‘true’ top 10 list should look like. Now of course this is not an exact science by any means. In fact, quite the opposite, it is an extremely subjective topic that is often skewed by personal bias, differences of opinion, individual tastes and preferences, and most importantly the absence of a universally agreed upon criteria with which to judge past fighters. Even with these inherent obstacles playing their natural role, however, we can still establish some degree of consensus.

The guidelines were simple. I had every person who voluntarily participated in each survey provide me with a chronological list of who they considered to be the ten best (heavyweights, middleweights, etc) in boxing history. Ties were not permitted, just a straight-forward list from one to ten. I then used a weighted-points system to assign values to fighters based on where they appeared on each individual’s list. First place votes received 25 points. Second place votes were worth 15 points, third place votes were 12, and fourth and fifth place votes were worth 10 and 8 points respectively. After that, the point differential was constant, with sixth place votes getting 5 points, seventh place votes getting 4, eighth getting 3, ninth place 2, and tenth place 1.

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