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Articles tagged with 'boxing'

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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."

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Kid boxers take a punch: Help them get off the mat

Published Jan. 21, 2014

Five young boxers out of the Milwaukee Christian Center have qualified for a national tournament, only their participation is in jeopardy because the van they travel in was wrecked in accident. They need your help to keep their dreams alive.

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Milwaukee Talks: Poet Derrick Harriell

Published Dec. 16, 2013

It's been a decade since Milwaukee hip-hop group Black Elephant was at its peak, riding the wave of being the most recognized rap outfit in town. The group no longer exists, but former member Derrick Harriell has only accelerated the pace of his skills as a wordsmith. Harriell recently published his second book of poetry, "Ropes" - in which he draws inspiration from boxing - and we connected with him to talk about it and his career.

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Breaking the boxing color barrier

Published Nov. 30, 2013

In the excitement surrounding the end of the sadly mislabeled "War to End All Wars" 95 years ago this month, some people did things they wouldn't otherwise have done. In the case of Walter H. Liginger, it was allowing one of the greatest boxers in history to fight in Milwaukee in spite of his black skin.

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Houdini's challenge

Published Nov. 2, 2013

Harry Houdini not only began his craft on the streets of Milwaukee, he cut his teeth in the Cream City's boxing rings. That all came together years later when he called out the heavyweight champion of the world.

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Milwaukee boxing favorite Marsh passes away

Published Oct. 25, 2013

Ron Marsh, a gentleman and a boxer, won eight fights in Milwaukee in his career in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A fan favorite here, he once blocked for future Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Gale Sayers at Kansas, boxed and then became a schoolteacher. He passed away recently at the age of 70.

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Gang-related street fight knocked out a championship contender

Published Oct. 12, 2013

Ninety years ago a Chicago boxer came to Milwaukee to fight for the junior welterweight championship of the world and got the beating of his life. Not in the ring, though. It happened on a Downtown street the night before the big fight scheduled for Oct. 11, 1923 at the Auditorium.