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Exploring some of boxing’s most colourful boxers

by Lee Skavydis

 

After Deontay Wilder made his third successful defense of his WBC heavyweight crown on Saturday night against the brave Polish Artur Szpilka, the WBA and WBO champion Tyson Fury didn’t hesitate to show his enthusiasm when he faced off with the knockout artist during the post fight interview. The two boxers had to be separated before Fury lost his temper and took off his waistcoat, declaring war.

 

Boxing has seen many colourful personalities throughout it’s historical crossing through time. What we are going to do today is try our best to examine some of the most flamboyant characters to have ever willingly put on the line their well being, and of course, their costly pride.

 

Jack Johnson

 

In 1915, Jack Johnson became the first black man to ever win the heavyweight title. But the American public certainly had a disdain for the antics of the unpopular boxer, who willingly and repeatedly ignored authoritive calls to conduct himself in a gentlemanly manner. Racism was at its most potent, but this did not phase Johnson, who dated white women and gambled heavily, much to the disgust of many. According to the law then, he violated what was called the Mann Act, designed to stop women from being taken over State lines to prevent them from being sold into prostitution. Johnson simply drove over line with his white fiance before planning to get married. He became a fugitive and fled to Europe and stayed there for 7 years before returning to live out his sentence. His life came to a tragic end in 1946 in a vehicular accident. Jack Johnson certainly never had it easy!

Muhammad Ali

 

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--- Just to point out, the testimony that convicted JJOHNSON was that of him financing his ex wife's brothel that indeed was involved in transporting young girls across state lines.

 

Going on even today to include international borders. Luis Firpo was deported because his secretary was his gf and famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright just barely wiggled out of the same charges with his secretary/gf.

 

Such is why lawyer Obama has been reluctant to pardon JJOHNSON.

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--- Just to point out, the testimony that convicted JJOHNSON was that of him financing his ex wife's brothel that indeed was involved in transporting young girls across state lines.

 

Going on even today to include international borders. Luis Firpo was deported because his secretary was his gf and famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright just barely wiggled out of the same charges with his secretary/gf.

 

Such is why lawyer Obama has been reluctant to pardon JJOHNSON.

 

But I'm pretty sure it wasn't a fair trial. The Mann act is very broad, and has been amended many times since.

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--- Is any trial ever fair?

 

Johnson fled from justice to live a cushy life in France ducking HOF black contenders. Was that fair?

 

Fair was agreeing to return for a one year sentence. All laws are amended over time, but how many more millions of laws do we need before we arrive at a fair stake for everyone?

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Two colourful characters I loved, were Jorge Paez and Vinny Pazienza.

Also very early Hector Camacho. Would love the confidence he had. To be able to dress how you like, where you liked. To be able to have a BJ in a open topped car, whilst driving in broad daylight with music blaring out....naughty but nice!

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We're on the same wavelength chaconfan, I think Paz and Hector were amazing characters and personalities. And of course the Greatest, Muhammad Ali. I'm currently uploading 2 Ali fights in full HD, plus Paz vs Gilbert Dele in full HD 1080i, too. A step up in weight for Paz and a tremendous 12 rounder. And to see the orig Tuesday Night Fights broadcast in HD is great too.

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We're on the same wavelength chaconfan, I think Paz and Hector were amazing characters and personalities. And of course the Greatest, Muhammad Ali. I'm currently uploading 2 Ali fights in full HD, plus Paz vs Gilbert Dele in full HD 1080i, too. A step up in weight for Paz and a tremendous 12 rounder. And to see the orig Tuesday Night Fights broadcast in HD is great too.

 

Absolutely love to click on a quote response, to find someone actually agreeing with me. Sick of arguing, but I cannot sit silent when I see injustice, influenced by devotion and bias.

Cannot wait for the Pazienza movie. I had a letter off Bobby Chacon, and he told me they were once going to make a movie of his life...that would be so awesome.

You didn't mention Paez, didn't you like him?

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--- Is any trial ever fair?

 

Johnson fled from justice to live a cushy life in France ducking HOF black contenders. Was that fair?

 

Fair was agreeing to return for a one year sentence. All laws are amended over time, but how many more millions of laws do we need before we arrive at a fair stake for everyone?

If he was on the run from the law, it was hardly him being unfair and ducking black contenders, was it!

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You didn't mention Paez, didn't you like him?

 

Yes certainly. There were many colourful characters at one time in this great sport, sadly not so many now. I have too many faves too mention, chacon. Even Bruno was a a great character - hopeless boxer but great character.

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Yes certainly. There were many colourful characters at one time in this great sport, sadly not so many now. I have too many faves too mention, chacon. Even Bruno was a a great character - hopeless boxer but great character.

 

I only asked that pal, because I mentioned Paez, Pazienza and Camacho as the most colourful characters that I liked, and you replied that you also liked Pazienza and Camacho, so I thought maybe you did not like him. He was absolutely brilliant, what a great guy to watch. I was supposed to meet Camacho in Birmingham at the NEC, but as was always the case with him, he turned out to be unreliable, and the signing he was supposed to attend, was a lot less interesting without him. I used to have the posters from the center pages of KO magazine on my wall, and I put the ones of Pazienza and Camacho next to each other, as I used to have it in my head as a great match up....the "dream fight" turned out to be a major disappointment though. I imagined two super fast, flamboyant guys, trying to out do each other, how wrong I was....thanks a lot Hector.

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