COVID-19 draws fans to 9-year-old boxing game

FightnightchampionBy Karl Freitag

With COVID-19 causing all the live boxing action to be cancelled for the time being, boxing aficionados are being forced to find other ways to enjoy their favorite sport. One way is to rewatch classic fights. Another way is to view simulated fantasy matchups.

The current “eWBSS Heavyweight Legends” tournament is being simulated on EA Sports ‘Fight Night Champion’ video game in computer vs. computer mode. Although created by EA Sports back in 2011, the game is still considered by many to be the best boxing video game created to date. It was made for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. One reason it hasn’t been updated since is the nightmarish licensing boondoggle required to use fighter’s likenesses. This is the reason major stars like Floyd Mayweather are missing from the 2011 version.

In addition to the eWBSS tournament, on Saturday night light heavyweights Shakan Pitters (13-0, 4 KOs) and Chad Sugden (11-1-1, 4 KOs) will meet in another simulated EA Sports Fight Night Champion match. They were scheduled to clash for the British title Saturday night, but will now face off in a digital boxing ring. Continue reading “COVID-19 draws fans to 9-year-old boxing game”

By Karl Freitag With COVID-19 causing all the live boxing action to be cancelled for the time being, boxing aficionados are being forced to find other ways to enjoy their…
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WBA “Stay at Home” Referee Training

Boxing, just as many other activities, has slowed down or stopped globally. However, this is is not a reason for the protagonists to stop improving every day. Even boxing referees can continue working, as Luis Pabón explained in a video made for the World Boxing Association (WBA), and which is part of the set of activities that the WBA Academy has been developing for months to train referees worldwide.

The referee’s work is very important in the ring. Pabón says that imagining different situations and how to proceed in some of them can help referees do their jobs better. Continue reading “WBA “Stay at Home” Referee Training”

Boxing, just as many other activities, has slowed down or stopped globally. However, this is is not a reason for the protagonists to stop improving every day. Even boxing referees…
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Boxing Buzz

Update: Muhammad Ali knocked out late sub Sonny Liston in round five in today’s eWBSS fantasy heavyweight tournament semi-final and will face the winner of tomorrow’s semi-final between Mike Tyson and George Foreman on Sunday.

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This is bizarre. World Boxing Super Series organizers have announced that Ali-Frazier 4 is off due to unforeseen circumstances. Replacing Smokin’ Joe against Muhammad Ali in the eWBSS fantasy heavyweight tournament will be Sonny Liston today at 3PM ET/noon PT.
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So far, six people have contracted coronavirus during the suspended Olympic boxing qualifying tournament in London. Three boxers from Croatia, and two boxers and a coach from Turkey.
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The AIBA, currently frozen out of the 2020 Olympics, is looking to get back into the good graces of the IOC. AIBA Interim President Mohamed Moustahsane says the organization is waiting for information from the IOC to have an ability to put a new plan for major events 2021.
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Oscar De La Hoya and his wife Millie Corretjer have donated $250,000 to Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital to assist with COVID-19 expenses.

Update: Muhammad Ali knocked out late sub Sonny Liston in round five in today’s eWBSS fantasy heavyweight tournament semi-final and will face the winner of tomorrow’s semi-final between Mike Tyson…
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WBC Talks: Episode 4

Trainers, Champion Makers

On Thursday, the World Boxing Council and WBC University presented their fourth WBC Talk, which aims to bring knowledge and support to the world boxing family during these hard challenging times. There were two separate panels.

Panelists:
Robert Garcia (trainer)
Joe Gallagher (trainer)
Ismael Salas (trainer)
Manny Robles (trainer)
Former world champion Jessie Vargas
Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President.
Pepe Sulaiman, WBC LA Office head
Victor Silva – Moderator

Continue reading “WBC Talks: Episode 4”

Trainers, Champion Makers On Thursday, the World Boxing Council and WBC University presented their fourth WBC Talk, which aims to bring knowledge and support to the world boxing family during…
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Boxing junkies getting their fix on fight videos

With no boxing currently going on, networks have been forced to replay “greatest hits” fights. On Monday night ESPN presented both Fury-Wilder fights, and Wednesday night it was a five-hour telecast featuring Tyson Fury, Terence Crawford, Teofimo Lopez, Michael Conlan and Mayweather-Pacquiao.

On Saturday night, Showtime will re-air three of the epic Israel Vázquez vs. Rafael Márquez fights, apparently leaving out their fourth meeting.

Of course, there are lots of boxing replays for DAZN and ESPN+ subscribers, and tons of full matches and extended highlights on YouTube, so there is no shortage of boxing to watch. But as Chicago promoter Bobby Hitz is fond of saying…

“Boxing… It’s Better Live!”

With no boxing currently going on, networks have been forced to replay “greatest hits” fights. On Monday night ESPN presented both Fury-Wilder fights, and Wednesday night it was a five-hour…
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Boxing Buzz

Today: George Foreman scored a fifth round KO over David Haye in the eWBSS fantasy heavyweight tournament. Big George now faces Mike Tyson in one semi, while Muhammad Ali meets Joe Frazier in the other semi.

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WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is under self-quarantine after a March 9 meeting with Prince Charles, who later tested positive for coronavirus. A.J. is not showing any symptoms and he is scheduled to defend his titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in London on June 20.
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A boxer and trainer from the Turkish boxing team have been infected by the coronavirus. Both were at the Olympic qualifier in London. The IOC said in a statement that it’s “not possible to know the source of infection.”
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Amir Khan has offered a new 60,000 square foot four-story building due to be a wedding hall and retail outlet to the UK National Health Service to help people affected by the coronavirus. Thank you Amir.

Today: George Foreman scored a fifth round KO over David Haye in the eWBSS fantasy heavyweight tournament. Big George now faces Mike Tyson in one semi, while Muhammad Ali meets…
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WBC Talks: Episode 3

Referees

The WBC Talks Round 3 offered Wednesday a magnificent conversation involving top WBC Ring Officials providing us with a lot of important information in order to understand our sport and fighter’s protection. Continue reading “WBC Talks: Episode 3”

Referees The WBC Talks Round 3 offered Wednesday a magnificent conversation involving top WBC Ring Officials providing us with a lot of important information in order to understand our sport…
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Boxing in Movies

By Mauricio Sulaimán
Son of José Sulaimán / WBC President

Our sport is the one that has the highest representation in all forms of art worldwide, but especially in cinema as boxing has given us incredible scripts based on boxing, the lives of legendary fighters, fictional stories and even unknown stories.

Legendary artists have participated in boxing movies. From Charlie Chaplin in City Lights to Rocky’s character creator Sylvester Stallone, who has given the world great moments of excitement for five decades! Continue reading “Boxing in Movies”

By Mauricio Sulaimán Son of José Sulaimán / WBC President Our sport is the one that has the highest representation in all forms of art worldwide, but especially in cinema…
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Derrick Jefferson in fight for life against coronavirus

By David Finger

Former world-ranked heavyweight contender Derrick Jefferson is fighting for his life in Michigan after testing positive for COVID-19.  According to WXYZ in Detroit, 52-year-old Jefferson is currently in a medically induced coma and a ventilator after being admitted to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.  However, family members told WXYZ that his condition is nonetheless improving. Continue reading “Derrick Jefferson in fight for life against coronavirus”

By David Finger Former world-ranked heavyweight contender Derrick Jefferson is fighting for his life in Michigan after testing positive for COVID-19.  According to WXYZ in Detroit, 52-year-old Jefferson is currently…
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May 9 Shields-Dicaire clash postponed

With the world currently focused on fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, Salita Promotions has made the decision to postpone and reschedule the Claressa Shields vs Marie-Eve Dicaire undisputed world championship fight, originally slated for May 9 at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Mich., and live on Showtime.

Salita Promotions will continue to monitor the circumstances closely and work diligently with Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, Showtime and state officials to announce a new date as soon as conditions are favorable.

With the world currently focused on fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, Salita Promotions has made the decision to postpone and reschedule the Claressa Shields vs Marie-Eve Dicaire undisputed world championship fight,…
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Berchelt says Valdez showdown close

From his home in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt spoke to reporters via “Facebook Live.” Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) said he was keeping fit by exercising at home and going running in the mornings “with proper precautions, keeping safe distance, running alone and meeting hygiene measures.”

Berchelt stated he wants to face undefeated former featherweight champion Oscar Valdez next and the contract signing is close. “It’s a fight that we both want, we are both represented by Top Rank and it’s a fight that people want to see, a war that makes one of us transcend, and it’s Mexico versus Mexico,” he said.

He added that it’s also a fight to see who’s the best trainer, Eddy Reynoso (Valdez) or Alfredo Caballero (Berchelt).

From his home in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt spoke to reporters via “Facebook Live.” Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) said he was keeping fit by…
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Boxing Buzz

Update: Mike Tyson knocked out Butterbean in round two of their eWBSS heavyweight fantasy clash. Iron Mike moves to the semis against the winner of tomorrow’s George Foreman vs. David Haye showdown.

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MTK Global has confirmed a management deal with heavyweight Dave Allen (18-5, 15 KOs), who was last seen knocking out Dorian Darch, having previously recorded a famous stoppage of former world champion Lucas Browne when headlining The O2.
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Zanfer Promotions says discussions are underway for a rematch between WBA super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and WBC super flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada. They met eight years ago with Chocolatito winning a hard-fought decision.
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Looks like the proposed July 18 date for Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder will be pushed back due to the coronavirus situation. Promoters are reportedly looking at an OCTOBER date.
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Heavyweight Alexander Povetkin has completed the first stage of training in the Russian resort Sochi, but there are difficulties with the arrival of booked foreign sparring partners and Povetkin needs Russian replacements. He is training for a May 2 clash in the UK against Dillian Whyte, although that date is certainly in jeopardy.

Update: Mike Tyson knocked out Butterbean in round two of their eWBSS heavyweight fantasy clash. Iron Mike moves to the semis against the winner of tomorrow’s George Foreman vs. David…
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WBC Talks: Episode 2

Hand-Wrapping

During these challenging times, the WBC and the WBC University combine to offer interesting live discussions, addressing important matters, counting on the participation of specialists.

Panelists
Pepe Sulaiman; WBC LA Director
Xochitl Lagarda, WBC University Director
Jaime Lera
WBC super middleweight champion: David Benavidez
Jose Benavidez; trainer and father of David Benavidez
Dr. Ricardo Monreal
Mediator: Victor Silva, WBC subdirector.

Continue reading “WBC Talks: Episode 2”

Hand-Wrapping During these challenging times, the WBC and the WBC University combine to offer interesting live discussions, addressing important matters, counting on the participation of specialists. Panelists Pepe Sulaiman; WBC…
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WBC Tuesday Coffee

The traditional “WBC Tuesday Coffee” continued in spite of the Coronavirus, being transmitted via Facebook to a huge audience. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, who from home, informally donned a blue sweatshirt and a red cap embossed with MEX in red white and green.

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Mauricio said that life goes on during the pandemic with no illness from the virus yet throughout the boxing community, urging colleagues to plan ahead in blocks of fifteen days. Due to the ongoing and unfolding events, he said it`s unlikely that WBC Franchise champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is going to be able to fight on the traditional Cinco de Mayo festival holiday. Continue reading “WBC Tuesday Coffee”

The traditional “WBC Tuesday Coffee” continued in spite of the Coronavirus, being transmitted via Facebook to a huge audience. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, who from home, informally donned a blue…
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Showtime boxing chief expects loaded schedule

Stephen Espinoza, President of Showtime Sports and Event Programming, appeared on Showtime’s boxing podcast and said the network’s boxing programming will come out guns blazing once the coronavirus hiatus comes to an end.

“It’s going to be a wild ride,” said Espinoza. “There’s a lot to be made up. There are a lot of fighters that need fights to happen, and I think we could be in for a pretty interesting period of time where there’s a lot of activity in a relatively short window … I think we’re going to see an action-packed, jam-packed schedule whenever we return, whether it’s in three, six or nine months – and we may see people taking a different tact on taking fights.”

Stephen Espinoza, President of Showtime Sports and Event Programming, appeared on Showtime’s boxing podcast and said the network’s boxing programming will come out guns blazing once the coronavirus hiatus comes…
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WBA Statement on COVID-19

The World Boxing Association World Championships Committee, following instructions from the Presidency and exerting its authority to approve fights throughout the world according to the provisions of its bylaws and other regulations and rules with special emphasis on its programs for the development and safety of boxing, applying the rules of control in coordination with its member countries and regions: Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, Latin America, North America and China.

In order to maintain the good relationship with all promoters, sponsors, trainers, media and boxers and due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are forced to take actions of all kinds and nature on the planet. Continue reading “WBA Statement on COVID-19”

The World Boxing Association World Championships Committee, following instructions from the Presidency and exerting its authority to approve fights throughout the world according to the provisions of its bylaws and…
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Boxing Buzz

Update: Joe Frazier knocked out Lennox Lewis in round seven of their first round match of the eWBSS heavyweight fantasy tournament. Ali-Frazier 4 in one semi-final. Tomorrow: Mike Tyson vs. Butterbean!

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Following further Government and Medical Authorities’ advice, the British Boxing Board of Control has decided that the suspension of Boxing Tournaments under the BBBofC jurisdiction remains in place until the end of April when further consideration will be given.
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The BBBofC’s head office will be temporarily closed until further notice. All inquiries during this time will be done via email.
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A bout between IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington and WBA featherweight champion Xu Can is in the works.
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MTK Global has confirmed a trio of new bases, taking its total of global locations to 15. MTK Munich, MTK Denmark (based in Aarhus) and MTK Costa Brava are the three new strongholds under the respective guidance of Tim Yilmaz, Lolenga Mock and Ignasi Caballero.
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Today’s WBC Talks episode is “Bandage.” Special guests: Jose Benavidez Sr. and David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez. The English version starts at 2PM ET. Click here.

Update: Joe Frazier knocked out Lennox Lewis in round seven of their first round match of the eWBSS heavyweight fantasy tournament. Ali-Frazier 4 in one semi-final. Tomorrow: Mike Tyson vs.…
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Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has finished his official telephone talk with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach from 9 PM today (Tuesday), and publicly announced to the nation as follows:

We proposed a postponement of the Olympic Games for about a year until the summer 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak all over the world, and the IOC president Bach then fully agreed to our proposal to mutually decide that the Games won’t take place this year, nor be cancelled but postponed. This scenario has just become solid and final.

By Joe Koizumi Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has finished his official telephone talk with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach from 9 PM today (Tuesday), and publicly…
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Sor Rungvisai postpones his ring return

Postponements of boxing matches due to the Covid-19 pandemic continue worldwide continue, as the event scheduled in Thailand for April 4 headlined by two-time WBC super flyweight champion Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41 knockouts) facing former champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6 knockouts) has been provisionally postponed until May 2. The fight was supposed to take place behind closed doors, but the promoters decided to postpone it, as they don’t want to put at risk the boxers, fans and people involved with the promotion.

Postponements of boxing matches due to the Covid-19 pandemic continue worldwide continue, as the event scheduled in Thailand for April 4 headlined by two-time WBC super flyweight champion Thai Srisaket…
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ACBHOF Induction Weekend Postponed

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame executive team, members and partners have postponed the highly anticipated 4th Annual Induction Weekend, in association with BoxingCon, to the Fall of 2020 due to the severity of the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). The event was set to take place on the weekend of June 26-28. The new date will be announced later.

Inductees include Roy Jones, Riddick Bowe, Pernell Whitaker, Ernest Bing, Tony Thornton, Sr., Sergio Martinez, Calvin Grove, Al Cole, Percy Richardson, Tommy Parks, Earl Morton, Steve Weisfeld, Ron Katz, Murad Muhammad, Marc Abrams, Al Bernstein, and Laoma Byrd.

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame executive team, members and partners have postponed the highly anticipated 4th Annual Induction Weekend, in association with BoxingCon, to the Fall of 2020…
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WBC TALKS episode 1

How to protect ourselves from COVID-19

This morning, the “WBC TALKS” episodes started. It`s a WBC University project that will be broadcast live over the next few weeks addressing health and boxing issues with the people who will be at home due to the COVID-19 quarantine.

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On Monday, the panel of experts told us about the recommendations and care we should have in these contingency days and about all the activities we can do from home. Continue reading “WBC TALKS episode 1”

How to protect ourselves from COVID-19 This morning, the “WBC TALKS” episodes started. It`s a WBC University project that will be broadcast live over the next few weeks addressing health…
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PBC cancels May Schedule

All of the Premier Boxing Champions events scheduled for May will be postponed to adhere to the recommendations for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

“We will reschedule the postponed events at a later date once it becomes safe to do so,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions, who handles the promotion for most PBC events. “Now is the time for everyone to do everything they can to stop the spread of the pandemic and take care of your loved ones and your neighbors.”

All of the Premier Boxing Champions events scheduled for May will be postponed to adhere to the recommendations for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic made by the Centers for Disease Control…
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2020 Olympics to be cancelled?

Looks like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed/canceled as a result of the global coronavirus outbreak. International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound unofficially told USA Today that the decision has been made and the Games will not start on July 24 as scheduled. Whether the Games will take place later this year or be pushed back to 2021 remains to be determined.

Officially, the International Olympic Committee admits it is exploring scenarios that relate to modifying existing operational plans for the Games and also for changes to the start date of the Games. Stay tuned…

Looks like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed/canceled as a result of the global coronavirus outbreak. International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound unofficially told USA Today that the decision…
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Boxing Buzz

Update: Muhammad Ali knocked out Evander Holyfield in round five of the opening match of the eWBSS heavyweight fantasy tournament.

Tomorrow: Lennox Lewis vs. Joe Frazier
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The WBO has cancelled all fights for three months. A note on the WBO website reads: “Important Message: Amidst the current situation worldwide caused by Covid-19 the WBO has postponed all boxing events through June 2020. We will update accordingly.”
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Tonight ESPN will air the non-pay-per-view premier of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury’s masterpiece victory over Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder. The four-fight telecast begins at 8PM ET, and will be preceded by a special re-air presentation of Fury and Wilder’s disputed December 2018 draw at 7PM ET.

Update: Muhammad Ali knocked out Evander Holyfield in round five of the opening match of the eWBSS heavyweight fantasy tournament. – Tomorrow: Lennox Lewis vs. Joe Frazier —– The WBO…
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eWBSS quarterfinals set

The World Boxing Super Series fantasy heavyweight quarterfinals are set.

Muhammad Ali vs Evander Holyfield
Lennox Lewis vs Joe Frazier
Mike Tyson vs Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch
George Foreman vs David Haye

The ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends tournament’ will be simulated on EA Sports ‘Fight Night Champion’ and they will compete in the traditional World Boxing Super Series format to lift the eAli trophy. The entire ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament will be live-streamed on the World Boxing Super Series Facebook page at 5pm (GMT) every day from Monday 23rd March until the final on Sunday 29th March.

Is it possible that Ali will not win the eAli trophy?

The World Boxing Super Series fantasy heavyweight quarterfinals are set. Muhammad Ali vs Evander Holyfield Lennox Lewis vs Joe Frazier Mike Tyson vs Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch George Foreman vs David…
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