1962
The History of the Heavyweight Championship
by Yahoo Sport UK
4y ago
Welcome to 1962: Steve Bunce continues his tour through the best decade in the history of the heavyweight championship. Floyd Patterson finally gives Charles Sonny Liston a shot at the title. The fight is expected to be the most profitable in the history of the sport, and will lead to the famous quote: "There is a big difference between having fear in you, and being a coward. [He] had fear in him, but he wasn't no coward." For show notes, pictures and more, visit https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/boxing/ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy ..read more
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1960
The History of the Heavyweight Championship
by Yahoo Sport UK
4y ago
The year is 1960: the boxing world is still pining for a champion like Rocky Marciano, a European holds the title for the first time but Floyd Patterson is about to dominate the ring. Sonny Liston is shamefully ignored, and a young Casius Clay is about to change it all. Join Steve Bunce as he unpacks the best decade in Heavyweight Championship history – one decade at a time. For show notes, pictures and more, visit https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/boxing/ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy ..read more
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Episode 10 - 1979
The History of the Heavyweight Championship
by Yahoo Sport UK
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It was the first year since 1959 that neither Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier or George Foreman had stepped into the professional boxing ring. Officially, Ali was still the WBA heavyweight champion in January of the year – he had won that piece of jewellery when he performed his last act of boxing magic to bamboozled Leon Spinks and get revenge the previous September. Ali had the belt, one of the two available, but nobody expected to see him back in a ring – any ring – anytime soon. His boxing life had drained him. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy ..read more
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Episode 9 - 1978
The History of the Heavyweight Championship
by Yahoo Sport UK
4y ago
In 1978 the heavyweight boxing landscape changed forever. The old, the young, the obscure, the fatal dreamers and the relentless schemers all came together to make it unforgettable. The rumours from 1977 were true: Muhammad Ali would defend his world heavyweight championship against Leon Spinks: a man who had won just six of his seven fights. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy ..read more
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Episode 8 - 1977
The History of the Heavyweight Championship
by Yahoo Sport UK
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1977 was a year of more demons, epiphanies, more decay, more denial, so many crazy fights and nights. Muhammad Ali was still the champion, he made two defences but men in high boxing places were plotting his end: scheming to put in place a multi-title future that would forever dilute the heavyweight championship of the world. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy ..read more
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Episode 7 – 1976
The History of the Heavyweight Championship
by Yahoo Sport UK
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When 1976 started, there had been murmurs of discontent about Muhammad Ali. People were talking about him quitting, men and women in the Ali business and onlookers had the same opinion: the end was surely getting closer. Ali would have to soon leave the sport he owned. Or that was the thinking. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy ..read more
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Episode 6 - 1975
The History of the Heavyweight Championship
by Yahoo Sport UK
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What a year: Muhammad Ali was the world heavyweight champion and he made four defences. Every time he got in the ring there was a story: some mayhem, something funny, something absurd, something heartbreaking… always some drama. And there was a fight known then (and now) as The Thrilla in Manila. One that nobody will ever forget. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy ..read more
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Episode 5 - 1974
The History of the Heavyweight Championship
by Yahoo Sport UK
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It was a year of quite ridiculous extremes in fights for the heavyweight championship of the world – there were exotic stops in Venezuela and Zaire – and the world watched a very special fight in late October, one that nobody will ever forget: the Rumble in the Jungle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy ..read more
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Episode 4 – 1973
The History of the Heavyweight Championship
by Yahoo Sport UK
4y ago
It was called the Sunshine Showdown and it took place in January 1973 at the National Stadium in Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica. 36,000 people came out for the massacre – nobody in the fight game could believe what they saw in the ring. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy ..read more
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Episode 3 - 1972
The History of the Heavyweight Championship
by Yahoo Sport UK
4y ago
Frazier had vanished. In 1971, he had beaten Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century: dropping the former champion in the 15th and final round to confirm the win. It was a truly great night, a magical fight in Madison Square Garden in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,000 and a watching world. But where was he now? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy ..read more
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