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Articles tagged with 'boxing'

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Another cat encounter from Milwaukee's past

Published July 28, 2015

On the afternoon of Nov. 30, 1936, people at the busy Downtown intersection of 3rd and Wells Streets were startled by the appearance of a gorilla walking a lion. The former was actually a familiar enough sight in Milwaukee, as William "Gorilla" Jones was a famous boxer who'd fought in Milwaukee seven times. The latter, however, was new.

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A brothers' fight was historic, but not so golden

Published April 6, 2015

It wasn't exactly Cain vs. Abel II, but two Milwaukee brothers earned a footnote in boxing history by fighting each other for a Golden Gloves championship 64 years ago. There'll be no sibling rivalries on display when the Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Golden Gloves tournament starts its 85th annual run in Racine Saturday night at the John Bryant Community Center, but it's all relative.

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Former alderman, boxing champ Orville Pitts passes away

Published March 27, 2015

When Orville Pitts was elected Milwaukee alderman in 1968, his political future looked as bright as the one that had seemed in store for Pitts in the boxing ring a decade earlier. But unlike the knockout that ended his boxing career, his downfall in the political arena was self-inflicted and a drawn-out process featuring, in random order, booze, drugs, hookers, the devil and Richard M. Nixon. Pitts died Tuesday at 81, after a long illness.

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Boxing makes a comeback

Published March 17, 2015

Boxing has started to get national television exposure and early returns are that the sport still has a draw. At one point boxing was one of the most popular sports in the world.

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Junior's Hook enters the Walker's Point bar ring

Published Feb. 6, 2015

Longtime Champion's Pub bartender Matthew "Sherm" Sherman will open Junior's Hook at 1517 S. 2nd St. which formerly housed The Parlor, The Bomb Shelter and The Monkey Bar.

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Quit while you're ahead, champ

Published Nov. 29, 2014

While most local fight fans paid big pay-per-view bucks to watch Manny Pacquiao pound Chris Algieri Saturday night, the burlesque that masquerades as live pro boxing nowadays slunk back into town at a south side hotel ballroom. Lyle McDowell, how 45, was allowed to box Enobong "The Nigerian Gentleman" Umohette and "won," but it was a far cry from a special event.

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A look back at Milwaukee's first boxing fatality

Published Aug. 9, 2014

Milwaukee kickboxer Dennis Munson passed away after an amateur bout in March, but it wasn't the first time ring combatant passed away in the ring, or as a result of injuries sustained with it.

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9Rounds is kicking my butt

Published Aug. 5, 2014

I can't tell you what the last boxing match I watched was. The sport's just not on my radar. But, the exercise value associated with the sport? Sign me up. But don't call it kickboxing. It's not even really boxing. Just call it 9Rounds Fitness.

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Remembering boxing's fantastic, and illegal, return to Wisconsin

Published April 28, 2014

126 years ago today, Downtown streets were mobbed with people intent on witnessing a crime they'd looked forward to for three years. They ended up seeing two: an illegal prizefight and the underhanded plot that stole victory from the apparent winner and left him blubbering like a baby.

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Recalling Eddie Brooks' once golden gloves

Published April 4, 2014

The semi-finals of the Golden Gloves tournament in Racine is upon us this weekend, which is a good occasion to remember Milwaukee's Eddie Brooks, who once floored Muhammed Ali in a sparring session after winning a Golden Gloves of his own.

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Remembering Marquette's program as Wisconsin brings back boxing

Published Feb. 15, 2014

The news that boxing is back at the University of Wisconsin as a club sport 64 years after it was banished has made a big media splash. It also reminds us of the Marquette University's boxing program, which spawned one of the most controversial U.S. senators in American history.

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Senators once again request pardon of Jack Johnson

Published Feb. 14, 2014

Senators John McCain and Harry Reid don't agree on much, but they do agree that a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson is way overdue. On Wednesday, the pair again asked for a full presidential pardon as "an important step in repairing the legacy of this great boxer and a rare opportunity for our government to right a history wrong."