Legendary Detroit Boxing Trainer Emanual “Manny” Steward dies at 68

Legendary Detroit Boxing Trainer Emanual “Manny” Steward dies at 68

Boxing trainer Emanuel Steward passed away Thursday in a Chicago hospital at the age of 68.   Steward was hospitalized after undergoing stomach surgery for diverticulitis at a Chicago-area hospital last month. Members of the boxing community gathered for a prayer vigil in Walled Lake, Mich. on Sept. 23rd.   Often called the Godfather of Detroit boxing, Steward became a legend for training championship boxers like Lennox Lewis, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns andWladimir Klitschko. He was also a popular ringside commentator for HBO.    …

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Jack Johnson: Rebel Sojourner

Jack Johnson: Rebel Sojourner

Jack Johnson—born in Texas, the son of former slaves—was the most famous black man on the planet. As the first African American World Heavyweight Champion (1908–1915), he publicly challenged white supremacy at home and abroad, enjoying the same audacious lifestyle of conspicuous consumption, masculine bravado, and interracial love wherever he traveled. Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner provides the first in-depth exploration of Johnson’s battles against the color line in places as far-flung as Sydney, London, Cape…

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Floyd Mayweather on ESPN the Money Issue

Floyd Mayweather on ESPN the Money Issue

Las Vegas (May 2)…Undefeated Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion and pay-per-view king Floyd “Money” Mayweather is appropriately featured on the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s annual Money Issue which hits mailboxes tomorrow and newsstands Friday.According to the ESPN, Mayweather is the highest paid player in the United States. He is readying himself for another major payday which will take place this Saturday, May 5, when he faces WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto at…

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. announces he’ll fight Victor Ortiz Sept. 17

Floyd Mayweather Jr. announces he’ll fight Victor Ortiz Sept. 17

Announcing on Twitter Tuesday morning that, “My fans have been waiting long enough,” Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he will return to the ring for the first time since May 2010 to fight Oxnard’s world welterweight champion Victor Ortiz Sept. 17, most likely at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather, 34, has been in virtual hiding and in trouble since dominating Shane Mosley in his last bout, engaging in a expletive-filled video rant bashing Manny Pacquiao…

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Surviving Tyson

Photos by James Dimmock GQ Sport: It looks like Mike Tyson is a changed man. What happened? Mike Tyson: Listen, the world is like boxing. You don’t realise until you get older. People look at boxing and they think it’s a tough guy’s sport, but it’s not. It’s a thinking guy’s sport. A tough guy’s going to get hurt badly. And in the same way, times have changed. Since the Eighties and the early Nineties,…

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Floyd Mayweather Jr Talks Bob Arum and Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr Talks Bob Arum and Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Despite his repeated drug use claims against Manny Pacquiao, controversial boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he holds no personal grudge against his closest rival from the Philippines. In a video interview on FightHype.com, Mayweather said he wanted to clarify the issue with Pacquiao, which began when his camp insinuated that the Filipino boxer uses performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). “I have nothing against Manny Pacquiao,” Mayweather said. Efforts were being made for a Pacquiao-Mayweather…

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Crash Course: Pacquiao-Mosley “It’s Coming”

“Im taking Mosley by KO early.” Manny Pacquiao, widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, is defending his WBO welterweight championship against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (9 p.m. ET, Showtime PPV).The fight marks Pacquiao’s second defense of the 147-pound title he won from Miguel Cotto in 2009. The first came against Josh Clottey in March 2010, after which Pacquiao moved up and beat Antonio Margarito…

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Klitschko-Haye bout to take place July 2

Weeks after they concluded their deal for one of the most anticipated fights in boxing, the heavyweight showdown between unified champion Wladimir Klitschko and titleholder David Haye now has a date and venue: July 2 at the Hamburg Imtech Arena in Germany. The 55,000-seat stadium is the home arena for the German Bundesliga soccer club Hamburg SV. “We are very glad that this mega-fight will finally come true,” Bernd Boente, Klitschko’s manager, said Wednesday. “We…

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Bernard Hopkins wants 50 Cent to play life

With “The Fighter” winning two Academy Awards on Sunday night, will the life story of Bernard Hopkins do the same in a few years? That’s what’s Hopkins, who turned 46 in January, is hoping for. Hopkins will once again bid to become the oldest world champion in boxing history when he faces light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal this summer in Canada. “After I win, I’m ready to tell my whole story,” said Hopkins, who has…

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Everlast Muhammad Ali Collection

Train like the greatest of all time with the Everlast Muhammad Ali Collection ($8-$110). This new signature range — literally, every product features a facsimile of Ali’s autograph — includes everything from cotton handwraps to full-size heavy bags, all manufactured to standards worthy of their namesake, and most including a hidden “Aliism” somewhere on the inside. via: Uncrate

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Shane Mosley States His Case for Pacquiao Bout

Since the moment it was announced that Manny Pacquiao had taken a shutout win over Antonio Margarito last month, the burning question has been “If it isn’t Mayweather, then who is next?” Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank, has already set aside April 16 for Pacquiao to face someone in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. For a moment, it appeared WBC titleholder Andre Berto was in line for the bout but that notion was quickly dispelled….

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Leather Head Chromexcel wrapped medicine ball

This may very well be the most beautiful piece of fitness equipment we have ever laid eyes on. Context, Leather Head, and Horween teamed up to produce this stunning 12lb, Chromexcel wrapped medicine ball ($350) named after Context owner Ryan Huber’s grandfather, Melzer Rhey, who used a leather ball just like this one as a Golden Gloves coach for over 50 years. Link via: acquiremag

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Jack Johnson Unforgivable Blackness

Jack Johnson was the first black heavy-weight boxing world champion. He defeated all opponents and had no equal. The was very distressing for whites in America who were challenged in their views of racial superiority for the first time. Johnson didn’t merely offend the whites through his physical prowess, but also through his flaunting of wealth, racing cars, and most egregiously, associating with white women, often several at a time. This was also a great…

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