Category: boxer

Boxing

heavyweight champion

Joe Louis photographed by Carl Van Vechten at Greenwood Lake on September 15, 1941.

twixnmix:

Boxer Joe Louis in Chicago, 1935.

Joe Louis nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949.

He

successfully

defended his title a record 25 times.

twixnmix:

Boxer Joe Louis in Chicago, 1935.

Joe Louis nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949.

He

successfully

defended his title a record 25 times.

twixnmix:

Boxer Joe Louis and his wife Marva Trotter in Harlem on September 25, 1935.

(Original Caption) 9/25/1935-New York, NY: Joe Louis, the ‘Brown Bomber’ of Detroit, shown walking along a Harlem street with his bride, the former Marva Trotter of Chicago whom he married a few hours before Joe knocked out Max Baer of California. As the result of his victory last night, and the one over Primo Carnera early this summer, Joe is the idol of New York’s Harlem. Joe and his bride left New York for Pompton Lakes, scene of the fighter’s training activities. Later they will return to Joe’s home city of Detroit.

twixnmix:

Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali with Lewis Michaux, owner of the African National Memorial Bookstore in Harlem, March 1964.

Mike Tyson and Robin Givens magazine covers from 1988

Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) vs Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight boxing title

at Miami Beach Convention Hall on February 25, 1964.

As the 7-1 underdog, 22-year-old Ali defeated Sonny Liston in six rounds by TKO. The fight was almost cancelled due to Ali’s religious beliefs. While he trained in Miami he had his mentor Malcolm X with him.

When the promoter threatened to cancel the fight if Ali didn’t distance himself from Malcolm and the Nation of Islam, Ali said, “My religion is more important to me than the fight.” The promoter finally relented when Malcolm agreed to leave Miami and return only the night of the fight. Before the fight, Malcolm X told Ali, “This fight is the truth. It’s the Cross and the Crescent fighting in a prize ring–for the first time. It’s a modern Crusades–a Christian and a Muslim facing each other with television to beam it off Telstar for the whole world to see what happens! Do you think Allah has brought about all this intending for you to leave the ring as anything but a champion?" 

Malcolm was sitting ringside in seat number 7 when Ali became the champion.

Mike Tyson and Robin Givens on “Good Morning America” (1988)

Muhammad Ali at 5th street gym

training for his title fight against Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, February 1964.

Photos by Paul Slade

Mike Tyson with his wife Robin Givens

in Moscow on September 15, 1988.

Tyson visited Moscow to participate in the opening of the first in USSR golf club and meet with boxing fans. 

(Photos by Wojtek Laski)