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Articles tagged with 'boxing'

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Knees to the Grounded: Excitement of Mayweather-McGregor is in the buildup

Published July 7, 2017

Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor. The heel vs. the baby face. The woman-beating kazillionaire vs. the plucky plumber's apprentice in an Aug. 26 boxing match. But it is in the buildup, the anticipation of the unexpected, the unbelievable, that we truly draw pleasure.

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Animosity between UFC fighters and ownership becoming tinderbox

Published May 12, 2017

The acrimony and animosity between UFC fighters and ownership is at a tinder-box, gasoline flame-throwing level that is just begging for mainstream coverage. With $4 billion in the bank, the UFC should be raising the pay and profile of their athletes.

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Knees to the Grounded: Casual, hardcore fans both part of MMA's mainstream move

Published April 7, 2017

Most real reggae fans wouldn't say "Legend" was Bob Marley's greatest work, though it was his best-selling album and appealed to the masses. Similarly, as MMA continues to infiltrate the mainstream, there's lots of push-back against casual or new fans. But they should be embraced as the sport grows.

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Over a century ago today, Milwaukee boxing fans had a bout of their own

Published Dec. 6, 2016

On this day, 120 years ago, local boxing fans stole out to a roadhouse near Hales Corners, after midnight and in a blizzard, to watch an illegal prizefight for the lightweight championship of Wisconsin. Many of them ended up in worse shape than the combatants in the ring.

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Wisconsin's Pryor engagement

Published Oct. 11, 2016

On May 16, 1990, it was announced that Aaron Pryor - who was legally blind in one eye - was coming to Madison to box, thereby thrusting Wisconsin into the sport's spotlight for the first time in 40 years. But the attention was hardly flattering.

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Vietnam couldn't divide West Allis boxer and Ali

Published June 7, 2016

West Allis native Don Lutz was a professional boxer in Miami Beach, where he trained with numerous world champions, including Muhammad Ali. And even though they responded to being drafted to the Vietnam War differently, the two couldn't be divided.

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Milwaukee Talks: Professional boxer Luis "Cuba" Arias

Published May 31, 2016

Native Milwaukeean Luis "Cuba" Arias, 25, is an undefeated middleweight who hopes to lead a boxing renaissance here when he fights at the Wisconsin Center on June 4 against Jorge Silva. Now a Florida resident, Arias talked with OnMilwaukee about his homecoming and his ring career.

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Theodore Anton: Milwaukee's first "Greek Freak"

Published Jan. 24, 2016

Milwaukee's original "Greek Freak" Theodore Anton stood only waist-high to the current one playing for the Bucks. But in a match-up in Anton's boxing arena, 6'11" Giannis Antetokounmpo would be in over his head.

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Jerome Wilson's "Wiped Out?" is the sports book of the year

Published Dec. 19, 2015

The mark British light-welterweight Jerome Wilson hoped to make in boxing, until he left the ring on a stretcher in his 11th pro fight last year, is now indelibly etched with "Wiped Out? The Jerome Wilson Story."

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Gyllenhaal's boxing drama "Southpaw" packs minimal punch

Published Aug. 2, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal's impressive physical transformation from scrawny media parasite in "Nightcrawler" to pro boxer in "Southpaw" has snagged most of the movie's pre-release hubbub - partly because, well, there's not all that much to say about the cliche-ridden, predictable film housing that handsome new physique.

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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.