boxing

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Gold In The Mud

The story of imprisoned boxer James Scott, who contended for the light heavyweight title by staging fights inside Rahway prison.

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The Loser

A profile of the boxer Floyd Patterson, after a painful loss to Sonny Liston.

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Heroes for Sale

A final visit with late boxer Teófilo Stevenson, who could have fought or even been Muhammad Ali had he not stayed in Cuba.

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'The Fight's Over, Joe'

Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali, 20 years after their final fight.

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True to His Words

The story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s exoneration.

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Requiem for a Welterweight

How much time does Manny Pacquiao have left?

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Brooklyn Brawler

A homegrown boxer sets his sights on the big time.

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My Life As a Young Thug

Tyson on his childhood in Brooklyn and the man who changed his life. An excerpt from his upcoming memoir, Undisputed Truth.

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The Great Red Hype

On boxer Canelo Alvarez.

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The Cruelest Sport

“Professional boxing is the only major American sport whose primary, and often murderous, energies are not coyly deflected by such artifacts as balls and pucks.”

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My Dinner With Ali

A writer’s chance meeting with his idol.

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Hector Camacho's Vida Macho

In the ring, Hector “Macho” Camacho was a champ. Out of it, he was a coke-fueled, womanizing wild man, until the appetites that consumed him cost him his life.

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The End and Don King

The crumbling of an American icon.

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The Crush of the Ring

“He was, it must be said, a pig. And my heart grew fonder.”

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The Boxer and The Blonde

“This is the story of Billy Conn, who won the girl he loved but lost the best fight ever.”

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'Knockout game' case shocked St. Louis, then fell apart

A group of teens allegedly create a violent game with a simple premise: “to knock out a stranger with a single punch.”

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Resurrecting The Champ

A newspaper writer’s attempt to solve the mystery of a homeless man who claims to be a once-famous boxer.

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The Living Nightmare

The story of Olympic boxing hopeful Quanitta Underwood, who was sexually abused by her father as a child.

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The Corner Man

On the late Angelo Dundee, who trained Muhammad Ali.

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You Better Believe It

Live from Kingston for Frazier vs. Foreman.

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Atomic: How Manny Pacquiao Got To Congress

Manny Pacquiao, possibly the greatest boxer of his era and still in his fighting prime, on the campaign trail for a congressional seat in the remote, untamed Southern province of the Phillipines that spawned him.

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The Suburbanization of Mike Tyson

The life that he has created almost from scratch over the last two years has been defined at least as much by what Tyson wants to avoid — old haunts, old habits, old temptations and old hangers-on — as by what he wants to embrace.
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Shadow Boxing

Searching for Jimmy Robinson, a boxer who fought Muhammad Ali in 1961, then disappeared.

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Let Us Now Raze Famous Men

Notes from the Friars Club roast of Don King.

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Interview: Mike Tyson

The champ is now a vegan, claims to be broke, and says he feels freer than ever before. “I have this uncanny ability to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘This is a pig. You are a fucking piece of shit.’”

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The Champ and His Entourage

Muhammad Ali and his followers were the greatest show on earth. Then the show ended, and life went on.