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Boxing

boks' ing, the act, technique, or profession of fighting with the fists

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George Edward Foreman
George Edward Foreman
fought 18 matches as an amateur, and won 16 of them, and then won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Games. He turned professional in 1969, and became Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1973. He lost his championship to Muhammad Ali in 1974, but won it back at the age of 45 to become the oldest fighter ever to win the World Heavyweight crown.

Joe Frazier
Joseph William Frazier
won three straight Golden Gloves championships and took the Heavyweight Boxing Gold Medal at the 1964 Olympic Games before turning professional in 1965. He held the WBA Heavyweight Title from 1971 to 1973, and ended his professional career in 1981 with 32 wins (27 by KO), 4 losses (2 to Muhammad Ali), and 1 draw.

Joe Louis
Joe Louis
held the World Heavyweight Championship longer than any other boxer. He earned it by knocking out James Braddock on June 22, 1937, and held it through 24 challenges until retiring as undefeated champion in 1949.

Gene Tunney
James Joseph "Gene" Tunney
won the North American light heavyweight title by defeating Battling Levinsky in 1922. He defeated Jack Dempsey to claim the world heavyweight title in 1926, defended that title twice (once against Dempsey), and retired from boxing in 1928.

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1947 News and Highlights
1947 Highlights
On February 7 the New York State Athletic Commission revoked Rocky Graziano's boxing license for his failure to report a $100,000 bribe offer. Joe Louis successfully defended his World Heavyweight Title on December 5.

1956 Highlights
On November 30, Floyd Patterson knocked out Archie Moore to become the youngest heavyweight boxing champion in modern ring history.

1957 Highlights
1957 Highlights
"Sugar Ray" Robinson earned the "distinction" of having lost, won, and lost his World Middleweight title in the span of a year. Heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson successfully defended his title twice in 1957.

1958
1958 Highlights
"Sugar Ray" Robinson, weighing 159-3/4 pounds, won the world middleweight championship for the fifth time by scoring a 2-to-1 decision over Carmen Basilio, 153 pounds, in 15 rounds in Chicago, Illinois, on March 25.

1959 Highlights
1959 Highlights
The National Boxing Association vacated Sugar Ray Robinson's world middleweight title because of his failure to defend it as required. Ingemar Johansson knocked out Floyd Patterson to win the world heavyweight title.

1960 Highlights
1960 Highlights
The biggest story of the year was the knockout of Ingemar Johansson by Floyd Patterson in the fifth round at New York City, New York, on June 20. Patterson became the first fighter ever to regain the World Heavyweight title.

1961 Highlights
1961 Highlights
Floyd Patterson successfully defended his Heavyweight crown twice during 1961.

1967 Boxing Highlights
1967 Highlights
Almost all of the boxing news in 1967 centered on heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, who successfully defended his title twice before being arrested, tried, and convicted for refusing to be inducted into the U.S. Army.

1969 Highlights
1969 Highlights

1978 Highlights
1978 Highlights
Muhammad Ali reclaimed his World Boxing Association heavyweight crown from Leon Spinks in the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 15.

1979 Highlights
Muhammad Ali announced his retirement on June 27. The World Boxing Association ultimately crowned John Tate as his successor.

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