WBC Legends of Boxing Museum

Some of the WBC legends whose memorabilia are on display include Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Lennox Lewis, Marco Antonio Barrera, Ken Norton, Diego Corrales, Erik Morales, Danny "Little Red" Lopez, Roger Mayweather, Rene Arredondo, Bobby Chacon, Salvador Sanchez, and Laila Ali among many more WBC boxing greats. The museum is open to the public and is free of charge. The museum welcomes all people to come view the treasures and history of the greatest WBC Champions.

Tim Witherspoon

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On May 20, 1983, Witherspoon would have his first attempt at earning a world title by taking on the recognized top man in the division World Boxing Council champion Larry Holmes at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. Witherspoon, then a relative unknown, lost by a split decision. He returned later in the year to outpoint Floyd "Jumbo" Cummings, who had drawn with Joe Frazier in Smokin' Joe's last fight, and win the NABF title with a first-round knockout of James "Quick" Tillis. In December 1983, Holmes relinquished his WBC title rather than defend against Greg Page, and chose to accept that of the newly formed IBF (International Boxing Federation).

Long count

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In their 1965 rematch, Sonny Liston was knocked down by Muhammad Ali but, in the confusion that followed, Liston was down for more than 10 seconds before getting up and resuming the fight. At Nat Fleischer's prompting, referee Jersey Joe Walcott then stopped the fight 17 seconds after the knockdown. In a 1966 match, referee Billy Conn was accused of giving Carlos Ortíz a long count against Sugar Ramos, which led to a rematch being ordered.

Michael Mann

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Mann directed the 2002 "Lucky Star" advertisement for Mercedes-Benz, which took the form of a film trailer for a purported thriller featuring Benicio del Toro. Mann also directed the 2008 promotional video for Ferrari's California sports car. In 2009 Mann also directed a commercial for Nike that featured several stylistic cues, most notably the use of "Promontory" from the soundtrack of The Last of the Mohicans. Producer only * Literature on Michael Mann Wildermuth, Mark E. (2005). Blood in the Moonlight: Michael Mann and Information Age Cinema (Paperback Ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Company and Inc. ISBN: 978-0-7864-2059-9. F. X. Feeney, Paul Duncan (2006).

Boxing in the 1980s

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Boxing in the 1980s was shaped by many different situations, such as the continuous corporate battles between the different world sanctioning organizations, the void left by Muhammad Ali as the sport's ambassador and consequent search for a new boxing hero, the continuous presence of Don King as the sport's most famous promoter, the surge of rival promoters as Bob Arum, Butch Lewis and Murad Muhammad, and major rule changes. In 1986, Mike Tyson emerged as a fresh new face in the heavyweight division, which had seen a decline in champion quality level (particularly in the WBA side) after Ali's retirement and, later on, after longtime WBC ruler Larry Holmes' prime.

World heavyweight boxing championship records and statistics

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This practice continued until, like the IBU, the NYSAC became a member of the World Boxing Council (WBC). The National Boxing Association (NBA) was organized in 1921. In 1962, the organization was renamed the World Boxing Association (WBA). The World Boxing Council (WBC) was organized in 1963. The International Boxing Federation (IBF), which was founded in 1983 by the members of the United States Boxing Association after the USBA withdrew from membership in the WBA. The World Boxing Organization (WBO), which was founded in 1989 by disgruntled members of the World Boxing Council. Lineal championship was considered as the only form of the world championship until 1921.

Sports Illustrated cover jinx

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June 20, 1988: Michael Spinks appeared on the cover before his fight with Mike Tyson with the quote, "Don't count me out". Tyson promptly knocked him out, and into retirement, in just 91 seconds a week later. September 26, 1988: Boston Red Sox outfielder Dwight Evans appeared on the cover and went 4-for-30 in a two-week span including the Boston Red Sox being swept out of the ALCS by the Oakland Athletics. April 24, 1989: In the preview issue for the 1989 NFL Draft, football player Tony Mandarich was featured on the cover, with the label of "best offensive line prospect ever." Mandarich has been widely regarded as a bust in the NFL.

Greg Page (boxer)

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He was also a regular sparring partner for Mike Tyson, famously knocking down the then-undefeated world champion during a 1990 session. Page, after a brief stint with a Southern Indiana trainer, started amateur boxing at age 15 under the tutelage of Leroy Emerson at the Louisville Parks Department gym in the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood. He first came to the public's attention by sparring several rounds with the iconic Muhammad Ali.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley

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Boxing greats Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson were among a long list of celebrities in attendance. The match was put together after Andre Berto pulled out of his scheduled January 30 unification bout against Mosley. Talk about a fight between Mayweather and Mosley went back as far as 1999. However the first serious talk of fight between the fighters came after Floyd Mayweather's win over Juan Manuel Marquez, when the two fighters confronted each other and started shoving and insulting each other. However following this incident each fighter went his own way, only to meet up again.

Boxing in the United States

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In the 1960s and 1970s, Muhammad Ali became an iconic figure, transformed the role and image of the African American athlete in America by his embrace of racial pride, and transcended the sport by refusing to serve in the Vietnam War. In the 1980s and 1990s, major boxers such as Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe were marked by crime and self-destruction. The Amateur Athletic Union of the United States was founded in 1888 and began its annual championships in boxing the same year. In 1926 the Chicago Tribune started a boxing competition called the Golden Gloves.

Boxing in Canada

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WBC Amateur Boxing Canada - An alternative body governing amateur boxing in Canada.

HBO World Championship Boxing

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the Rumble in the Jungle, in which Muhammad Ali regained the world heavyweight title from George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. the Thrilla in Manila, the final encounter between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I and II. When Wilfred Benitez beat Roberto Duran. Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney, for the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship. the Battle of the Champions, when Aaron Pryor beat Alexis Argüello in their first fight. Carnival of Champions, in which Wilfredo Gómez beat Lupe Pintor, and Thomas Hearns beat Wilfred Benítez.

Boxing on ABC

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Cosell rose to prominence in the early 1960s, covering boxer Muhammad Ali, beginning from the time he fought under his birth name, Cassius Clay. The two seemed to have an affinity despite their different personalities, and complemented each other in broadcasts. Cosell was one of the first sportscasters to refer to the boxer as Muhammad Ali after he changed his name, and supported him when he refused to be inducted into the military. Cosell called most of Ali's fights immediately before and after the boxer returned from his three-year exile in October 1970. Those fights were broadcast on taped delay usually a week after they were transmitted on closed circuit.

List of events broadcast on Wide World of Sports (American TV program)

List of events broadcast on Wide World of Sports (American TV series)
ABC's Wide World of Sports was intended to be a fill-in show for a single summer season, until the start of fall sports seasons, but became unexpectedly popular. The goal of the program was to showcase sports from around the globe that were seldom, if ever, broadcast on American television. It originally ran for two hours on Saturday afternoons, but was later reduced to 90 minutes.

Jim Gray (sportscaster)

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Gray has broken numerous sports stories and has scored a number of exclusive interviews with Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Julius Erving, Mike Tyson, Kobe Bryant, Jim Brown, Joe Montana, Eric Dickerson, John Elway, John Wooden, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Carl Lewis, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rod Laver, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Dennis Rodman, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Barry Bonds, LeBron James and numerous others. Outside of sports, Gray has interviewed U.S. Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, G.W.

The distance (boxing)

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Almost immediately, the World Boxing Council (WBC) issued a statement saying that WBC world title bouts would be set for 12 rounds. The following year on March 27, 1983, the first ever heavyweight title fight scheduled for 12 rounds under that rule was held by the WBC between Larry Holmes and Lucien Rodriguez. The World Boxing Association, from which the World Boxing Organization had not yet separated, later followed suit by voting to reduce their championship distances to 12 rounds on October 19, 1987.

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The World Boxing Council ordered Bowe to defend against Lennox Lewis, the man who had defeated Bowe at the 1988 Olympics to capture the gold medal for Canada, in his first defense as its mandatory challenger. However, since both sides had been in a massive dispute over terms of the fight (especially the purse), Bowe refused and in a memorable press conference on December 14, 1992, Bowe and his manager Rock Newman tossed the WBC belt into a wastepaper basket with Bowe stating "If Lennox wants this belt, he must get it out of the garbage and then we'll be calling him the garbage picker."

José Torres

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In 1971 he co-authored Sting Like a Bee, a biography of Muhammad Ali. In 1989, he wrote the Mike Tyson biography Fire and Fear: The Inside Story of Mike Tyson (which would be adapted into the 1995 HBO television movie Tyson). In 2007, Torres announced his decision to move back to his hometown of Ponce, Puerto Rico and concentrate on writing books and articles related to sports and history. On August 6, 2008, Torres received a recognition for his military career. Torres died in the morning of January 19, 2009, of a heart attack at his home in Ponce, Puerto Rico. There are plans to move his remains to the Panteón Nacional Román Baldorioty de Castro, a national pantheon and museum.

List of sports films

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This compilation of films covers all sports activities. Sports films have been made since the era of silent films, such as the 1915 film The Champion starring Charlie Chaplin. Films in this genre can range from serious (Raging Bull) to silly (Horse Feathers). A classic theme for sports films is the triumph of an individual or team who prevail despite the difficulties, standard elements of melodrama.

Tony Perez (referee)

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Damiani won the contest by third round knockout (despite this, most outside the WBO continued recognizing Mike Tyson as "undisputed" champion in the division) Perez was the Italy fight's referee. On Saturday, February 3, 1990, Perez refereed the match between WBO world Junior Welterweight champion Hector Camacho Sr. and his challenger, former and future world champion Vinny Paz (then known as Vinny Pazienza) at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City. Camacho Sr. retained the title by twelve rounds unanimous decision.

Michel Comte

Comte produced many portraits including Jeremy Irons, Louise Bourgeois, Mike Tyson, Akira Kurosawa, Sharon Stone, Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Miles Davis, Vanessa Paradis. Many of his images are shot for his long-time friend and influencer Franca Sozzani, an editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia. He continues to shoot for Vogue Italia. His advertising projects include Dolce & Gabbana, Nike, Lancôme, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Hennessy, Davidoff, Gianfranco Ferre, Hermes, Trussardi, Pomellato, Celine, Givenchy, Zeiss and so on. He was awarded as Photographer of the year 2000 by PHOTO magazine. Comte also followed the career of F1 driver Michael Schumacher.

List of sports rivalries

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A sports rivalry is intense competition between athletic teams or athletes, affecting participants, management, and supporters all to varying degrees.

Klitschko brothers

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Previous heavyweight eras had multiple world class fighters competing, such as Joe Frazier, Muhummad Ali and George Foreman during the 1970s, and Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield during the 1980s and 1990s. This was not the case for the Klitschkos, who were able to dominate other heavyweights with relative ease. Wladimir Klitschko's style receives strong criticism from the boxing community, commonly being described as "boring" or "robotic". While initially an exciting fighter, a series of losses led him to hire legendary boxing trainer Emmanuel Steward to cultivate his defensive abilities.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao

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The winner of the fight received a newly created belt by the WBC. The belt, valued at $1 million, is an exact replica of the current belt, except it has thousands of emeralds in place of the gold plating for the center logo. The belt also contains the faces of both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, along with the faces of the former WBC president, José Sulaimán, and boxing legend, Muhammad Ali. Two belts were initially made for the fight. The green emerald belt won the public fan vote over the black onyx belt with a vote of 53% to 47%. Both fighters wore 8 oz gloves with brands of their choosing.

Fedor Emelianenko

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