Showing posts with label boxing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label boxing. Show all posts

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Newark's own Shakur Stevenson stays unbeaten

Shakur Stevenson, (8-0, 4 KOs), of Newark NJ, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, won a unanimous eight-round decision over Carlos Ruiz (16-4-2, 6 KOs), of Mexico City, in a featherweight bout.

Stevenson had won his two fights prior to Ruiz by knockout, but spent most of the bout moving laterally along the ropes, throwing just enough punches to win every round.

Ruiz followed Stevenson around but never launched an attack. Every round was the same, totally void of highlights.

After the fight, members of Stevenson's camp claimed he broke his right hand in the second round.


All three judges scored the fight for Stevenson, 80-72.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Trump pardoning Jack Johnson would be nice, BUT...

Trump pardoning Jack Johnson would be nice, BUT

By George L. Cook III African American Reports

This past weekend Trump tweeted that he was considering pardoning Jack Johnson, the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion. Trump posted this after talking to that great civil rights activist Sylvester Stallone ( Just joking, I loved Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot ) who pleaded Johnson's case.

There's a part of me thinking that this would be nice and that there's never a wrong time to do the right thing. Now the cynical part of me can hear Trump asking, "Who the hell is Jack Johnson and will pardoning him make the blacks like me?"

Now we can all be cynical, like me and question Trump's true motives but pardoning Jackson is something that would make the legendary boxer's family happy and quite a few people in the black community happy as well. But other than make a few people smile it won't do anything for the African American community at all.

Yes, it will give Trump the chance to claim that he did something to help out a dead African American while ignoring the fact that he could care less about the living ones. He would be able to claim that he did something while doing nothing of substance at all.

If Trump pardons Jackson he will still not have done anything in regards to housing, education, policing, environmental issues, or civil rights issues. All REAL problems that affect African Americans daily. He's been in office a year and has shown no inclination to tackle these issues.

The proof is the people he has put in control of HUD, Education, and the EPA Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions and Scott Pruitt. That's one hell of a middle finger that he's giving to African Americans.

Now his base on those few black sycophants (Hello, Ben Carson) around him will point to such a pardon and state that Trump does care about black people. It only shows that Trump cares about Trump, the man has no idea who Johnson was (hell, he may think he's still alive) and only cares if such a move would raise his dismal poll numbers among African Americans.

Don't don't let a pardon that's nothing more than a PR stunt replace actual action.

Don't fall for the Trump okey doke!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Jack Johnson descendant seeking posthumous pardon for immorality conviction

In Jim Crow America, it's no wonder that Jack Johnson was the most despised African-American of his generation.

The first black boxing heavyweight champion of the world, Johnson humiliated white fighters and flaunted his affection for white women, even fleeing the country after an all-white jury convicted him of "immorality" for one of his relationships.

Now, more than 100 years later, Johnson's great-great niece wants President Donald Trump to clear the champion's name with a posthumous pardon. And she has the backing of Sen. John McCain, who has supported a Johnson pardon since 2004.

"Jack Johnson was a boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago," McCain said in a statement to The Associated Press. "Johnson's imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a stain on our national honor."

Johnson, the son of former slaves, defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title in 1908 at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the same ring. He then mowed down a series of "great white hopes," culminating in 1910 with the undefeated former champion, James J. Jeffries.

"He is one of the craftiest, cunningest boxers that ever stepped into the ring," said the legendary boxer John L. Sullivan, in the aftermath of what was called "the fight of the century."

In addition to his flashy boxing, Johnson refused to adhere to societal norms, living lavishly and brazenly and dating outside of his race in a time when whites often killed African-Americans without fear of legal repercussions. In 1913, he was convicted of violating the Mann Act (also known as the White-Slave Traffic Act), which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes. The criminal charges sprung from a relationship he started with his future wife Lucille Cameron, an employee at Cafe de Champion, a mixed race nightclub he opened on Chicago's South Side.

After seven years as a fugitive in Canada, Europe and other countries, Johnson eventually returned to the U.S. and turned himself in. He served about a year in federal prison and was released in 1921. Cameron and Johnson eventually divorced and Johnson died in 1946 in an auto crash in North Carolina, supposedly after racing angrily from a segregated diner that refused to serve him.

The stain on Johnson's reputation forced some family members to live in shame of his legacy — the exact opposite of how Johnson led his life.

Family "didn't talk about it because they were ashamed of him, that he went to prison," Linda E. Haywood, a 61-year-old Chicago resident, said of her great-great uncle. "They were led to believe that he did something wrong. They were so ashamed after being so proud of him. The white man came and told them that he did something wrong, he did something dirty and they painted him out to be something that he wasn't."

Haywood said she didn't find out she was related to Johnson until she was 12. She remembers learning about Johnson when she was in sixth grade during Black History Month, and only learned later that he was kin.

Haywood has pressed to have Johnson pardoned since President George W. Bush was in office, a decade ago. Posthumous pardons are rare, but not unprecedented. President Bill Clinton pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American officer to lead the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War; he was framed for embezzlement. Bush pardoned Charles Winters in 2008, an American volunteer in the Arab-Israeli War convicted of violating the U.S. Neutrality Acts in 1949.

Haywood wanted Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, to pardon Johnson, but Justice Department policy says "processing posthumous pardon petitions is grounded in the belief that the time of the officials involved in the clemency process is better spent on the pardon and commutation requests of living persons."

The Justice Department makes decisions on potential pardons through an application process and typically makes recommendations to the president. The general DOJ policy is to not accept applications for posthumous pardons for federal convictions, according to the department's website.

"In terms of Jack Johnson, I think the Department of Justice came back recommending — not recommending a pardon on that," press secretary Robert Gibbs said in 2009.

A spokeswoman for Obama declined further comment.

Haywood wants the history books rewritten.

"Knowing that he was treated unfairly and unfairly convicted and targeted because of his choice of companions, who happened to be Caucasian, that's wrong," she said. "It bothered my people to the point they didn't even want to talk about it. My mother didn't even want to talk about it. That's stupid ... It bothers me.

"The last thing you want to do is die and have your name tarnished. That's wrong. You don't want it to be tarnished if you're living."


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Andre Ward retires from boxing at age 33

Pound-for-pound king and unified light heavyweight world titleholder Andre Ward said in a statement on his website that he is "leaving" boxing.

"I want to be clear -- I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there," the statement said. "If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting."

On Thursday, the 33-year-old Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) told First Take more about the thought process behind his decision to retire.

"People see what I do fight night," he said. "They see under the lights, but they don't see the toil, they don't see the grind, they don't see just the pain, the physical pain that you go through, not just in the fights, but to prepare and to get ready for those battles."

He added: "I felt the physicality of the sport -- not just in-the-ring stuff, but the training and the preparation -- start to take its toll on me for the last two or three years, and I bit down and continued to push through. And at this point, it's time, and I know it's time."

Read more: With desire to fight gone, Andre Ward retires from boxing

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Claressa Shields a pro champ already!

In just her fourth pro fight Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields has become the Women's WBC and IBF Super Middleweight champion.

"Who's better than me?" Shields asked after pummeling Nikki Adler on Friday night, giving the two-time Olympic champion the two world titles. "I don't know of anybody yet. And if I do find somebody, I'm ready to take her out."

The lopsided fight was mercifully stopped at 1:34 of the fifth round, awarding Shields a victory by technical knockout. She used a combination of powerful punches that left Adler defenseless in a matchup of previously unbeaten boxers.

Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) didn't let up in the second, stunning Adler (16-1) with a left hook midway through the round. Shields went to her body in the third round before aiming high in the fourth, hitting Adler squarely in the face with a right that seemed to set up the end of the fight in the fifth.

In the end, Shields landed 136 of 340 punches while Adler connected on just 6 of 84. In the first and fifth round, Adler failed to connect once.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Newark NJ native Shakur Stevenson wins pro boxing debut

U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson won his professional debut, beating Edgar Brito by technical unanimous decision in the sixth round Saturday at the StubHub Center. Check out some of the action below.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Andre Ward defeats Sergey Kovalev to become light heavyweight champion

By George L. Cook III AfricanAmericanReports.Com

Andre Ward showed the true heart of a champion by getting up off the canvas after a second round knockdown and going the full 12 rounds to defeat fellow champion Sergey Kovalev.

In what is sure to be a fight of the year candidate, Ward outscored 114-113 on all three judges cards in a unanimous decision to become the new light heavyweight champ. He now holds the WBA, WBO, and IBF belts. His professional boxing record is now 31-0 and he is now considered the best pound for pound boxer in the sport.

Ward joins champions such as Thomas Hearns, Roy Jones Jr. and Sugar Ray Leonard to win titles at both super middleweight and light heavyweight.

Ward has already stated that he is open to giving Kovalev a rematch. This being boxing we will see if that ever happens but congratulations to the undisputed champ, Andre Ward.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

NJ Boxer Shakur Stevenson wins silver medal.

By George L. Cook III AfricanAmericanReports.Com

Olympic boxer Shakur Stevenson didn't win the gold medal but he still made us in his home state of New Jersey proud. Shakur lost the gold medal match to Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez in a split decision of their three round fight (2-1). He will be bringing a silver medal back to his hometown of Newark NJ.

Shakur was distraught after the fight and believed that he let everyone down. The young man didn't let anyone down and we here in NJ are all proud of him. He is the first American man to bring back a boxing medal since 2004 and has a promising future ahead.

Today he didn't come out on top but he will be a champion at the next level one day. The silver medal is just the beginning of a long journey. American fighters like Michael Carbajal (5X Champion), Virgil Hill (4X champion), and Riddick Bowe (1x undisputed heavyweight champion) all won a silver medal and went on to have great careers.

Something tells me Shakur will join that list.

By George L. Cook III AfricanAmericanReports.Com

Friday, August 05, 2016

Black Olympian Spotlight: Shakur Stevenson, boxer

Other Black Olympians: Jenny Arthur weightlifting, Colton Brown wrestler

The 2016 Olympics are now under way and I will be highlighting black athletes competing in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. I would like to start of with someone who is from Newark NJ which is right next door to me. That person would be boxer Shakur Stevenson, who many believe gives the United States a good chance at earning it's first gold medal in boxing in 12 years.

Shakur is the oldest of nine siblings and loves being a big brother...He proudly represents his hometown of Newark, N.J., and wants to bring something positive to the city that built him....Shakur began boxing at age five after his grandfather Wali Moses introduced him to the sport and he's been there ever since....He's known for shadowboxing all the time every where he goes. His grandfather jokes that he knew Shakur was awake as a kid because he'd hear that sounds of him shadow boxing...He's named after rapper Tupac Shakur...He's looking to follow in the footsteps of his idol and the last American man to win a boxing gold medal Andre Ward....Shakur has a perfect 23-0 international record and is the first American male to win junior and youth world titles and a Youth Olympic Games gold medal

Sport: Boxing
Discipline(s): Boxing
Weight Class: Bantamweight
Height: 5-8
Weight: 123 lbs
DOB: 6/28/1997
Hometown: Newark, N.J.
Team/Club: Alexandria Boxing Club
Coach(es): Kay Koroma and Wali Moses
Olympic Experience
  • 2016 U.S. OLYMPIAN
World Championship Experience
Youth Championship Experience
Other Career Highlights

Friday, June 10, 2016

Donald Trump lied about Don King endorsement

UPDATE: 7:00 p.m. — On Saturday afternoon, King told USA Today that he was, in fact, endorsing Donald Trump. 

Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce that Don King, legendary boxing promoter to some or legendary crook to others had endorsed him for president.

Unfortunately nobody told (or paid) Don King who denies making any such endorsement. When asked about the endorsement by the NY Daily News “No,” said King at the funeral for Muhammad Ali. “I’m endorsing the people. I’m not a Republican or a Democrat, I’m a Republicrat, and I go with the will of the people. The only reason Trump exists is because of the will of the people.”
Now after the word no I have no idea what the f*ck King is talking about but he is not endorsing Donald "I lied" Trump.
George L. Cook III AfricanAmericanReports.Com

Saturday, June 04, 2016

President Obama Statement On Death Of Muhammad Ali

President Obama has released the following statement on the death of The Greatest, Muhammad Ali:

"Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he'd tell you. He'd tell you he was the double greatest; that he'd "handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail."

But what made The Champ the greatest - what truly separated him from everyone else - is that everyone else would tell you pretty much the same thing.

Like everyone else on the planet, Michelle and I mourn his passing. But we're also grateful to God for how fortunate we are to have known him, if just for a while; for how fortunate we all are that The Greatest chose to grace our time.

In my private study, just off the Oval Office, I keep a pair of his gloves on display, just under that iconic photograph of him - the young champ, just 22 years old, roaring like a lion over a fallen Sonny Liston. I was too young when it was taken to understand who he was - still Cassius Clay, already an Olympic Gold Medal winner, yet to set out on a spiritual journey that would lead him to his Muslim faith, exile him at the peak of his power, and set the stage for his return to greatness with a name as familiar to the downtrodden in the slums of Southeast Asia and the villages of Africa as it was to cheering crowds in Madison Square Garden.

"I am America," he once declared. "I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me - black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me."

That's the Ali I came to know as I came of age - not just as skilled a poet on the mic as he was a fighter in the ring, but a man who fought for what was right. A man who fought for us. He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke out when others wouldn't. His fight outside the ring would cost him his title and his public standing. It would earn him enemies on the left and the right, make him reviled, and nearly send him to jail. But Ali stood his ground. And his victory helped us get used to the America we recognize today.

He wasn't perfect, of course. For all his magic in the ring, he could be careless with his words, and full of contradictions as his faith evolved. But his wonderful, infectious, even innocent spirit ultimately won him more fans than foes - maybe because in him, we hoped to see something of ourselves. Later, as his physical powers ebbed, he became an even more powerful force for peace and reconciliation around the world. We saw a man who said he was so mean he'd make medicine sick reveal a soft spot, visiting children with illness and disability around the world, telling them they, too, could become the greatest. We watched a hero light a torch, and fight his greatest fight of all on the world stage once again; a battle against the disease that ravaged his body, but couldn't take the spark from his eyes.

Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it. Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family, and we pray that the greatest fighter of them all finally rests in peace."

Boxing Greats Respond To Death Of Muhammad Ali

Boxing greats such as George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao ,Oscar De La Hoya, Lennox Lewis, and Evander Holyfield have responded to the death of The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. Read their statements below.

Muhammad Ali "The Greatest" dead at 74

He was fast of fist and foot -- lip, too -- a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly, he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper.

He was "The Greatest."

Muhammad Ali died Friday, according to a statement from his family. He was 74.

Ali's funeral will be held in his hometown of Louisville, with further details expected to be released Saturday morning, spokesman Bob Gunnell said. The city has scheduled a memorial service for 10 a.m. ET Saturday, and flags there will be put at half-staff in the morning.

Read more: Muhammad Ali dies at age 74 after long battle with Parkinson's disease

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Floyd Mayweather to give up belts after defeating Pacquiao

After what many consider a lackluster (read boring as hell) fight in which Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision Mayweather has promised to give up his belts on Monday to give younger fighters a chance to win the belts.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Why I will be rooting against Floyd Mayweather in his fight with Manny Pacquiao

It has finally been announced that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will finally be fighting on May 2, 2015. Many boxing fans are happy about this and can't wait for the fight. I can't wait to watch the fight either but I wont be rooting for Floyd Mayweather. I will be rooting hard for Manny Pacquiao. Why you ask?

I am not a guy that places athletes on pedestals or thinks that they are somehow supposed to be morally superior to the rest of us. I understand that there are human beings and as such have human frailties. They will make mistakes But making a mistake and beating women are two different things.

Floyd Mayweather is not a guy who can claim his beating of a woman is an isolated incident. Mayweather is a "man" that has committed seven physical assaults on five women that resulted in arrest or citation. One of those assaults was on the mother of his three children. Mayweather served two months in jail for domestic battery.

As a man that loves and respects every female in my family I can't find it in me to root for a convicted woman beater. This is a person who will only fight men in a ring but will hit a woman outside of it. There are many stories of Mayweather arguing with men, but none of him fighting or hitting another man when he is not protected by the rules of boxing. In short, Floyd Mayweather is a punk and is not a person to be idolized or respected in anyway.

It may not and probably wont happen but I would like to see Pacquiao slowly beats him down and have Mayweather guessing where the next punch will come from, just like Maywaether's victims had to endure. Again it probably wont happen but stranger things have happened in the sport of boxing.

George Cook

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Muhammad Ali has mild pneumonia

Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.