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The Biggest Boxing Controversies

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Shocking and controversial moments in the noble art of boxing


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    Roy Jones Jr. Is Robbed of a Gold Medal

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    Roy Jones Jr. was a shoo in to win the gold medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. However, the judges decision came out different. A new scoring system was created just off of this fight alone. Jones went on to be arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the 90s as a middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight champion.
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    "He has his hair that big to hide his horns."-Larry Holmes.
    I choose to not let bias in my way, but King is a scumbag. Don King robbed boxers of money and made threats. Lennox Lewis sued him for not allowing Tyson to rematch him. Tyson sued for him stealing 100 Million dollars from him. Terry Norris sued him for stealing money, Holmes said King cheated him out of money. Ali sued him for under payment. He is no saint, he also killed a man for trying to rob his illegal bookmaking operation.
    Mike Tyson said the following quote about his former friend."(King is) a wretched, slimy, reptilian mother******. This is supposed to be my 'black brother' right? He's just a bad man, a real bad man. He would kill his own mother for a dollar. He's ruthless, he's deplorable, he's greedy, and he doesn't know how to love anybody."
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    Billy Collins Jr. Is Blinded from Loaded Gloves

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    In a fight with Luis Resto, Billy Collins Jr.'s fate as a boxer would be sealed. 14 Fights undefeated Collins had a bright future, but this fight proved otherwise. Luis won the decision of the victory, but they later discovered his gloves were loaded with plaster. Collins was blinded and Resto got 2 and a half years in prison. Collins later had succum to alcoholism and died in a car wreck, possibly a suicide. 
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    The Phantom Punch

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    The Rematch of Sonny Liston Vs Muhammad Ali for the World Heavyweight title is most the talked about controversy in all of boxing. In the first round Liston was dropped by a hook, but as many would claim, Sonny wasn't touched. Liston later claimed he threw the fight to avoid being killed by Muslim extremists. However many around stated they saw the punch land.
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    Margarito Loads His Gloves

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    In a bout with Sugar Shane Mosley a trainer observed a powder on Margarito's gloves. Antonio had been busted for the same thing that blinded Billy Collins. Margarito lost the fight anyhow, and suffered a year long suspension.
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    Evander Holyfield Has a Bitten Ear

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    In the rematch of Evander Holyfield and "Iron" Mike Tyson a strange event occurred. Holyfield is a fighter known for headbutting his opponents. See Hasim Rahman's forehead for proof. In this fight though, he headbutted the wrong man. Mike Tyson bit Evander's ear. The referee let the fight continue though, and after another headbutt he did it again and part of Evander's ear was missing. Holyfield had to have his ear repaired and won the fight on a disqualification. 
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    Ray Mancini Never Meant to Be a Killer

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    21 year old Ray Mancini met 23 year old South Korean Duk Koo Kim in a bout out of the U.S. In the 14th round Kim was knocked out of the ring by Mancini. Four days later, Kim had died from his injuries. Mancini went into depression and Duk's mother committed suicide. 
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    Ezzard Charles Vs Sam Baroudi

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    Ezzard Charles was a hell of a fighter, no doubt there. He was the second man to defeat Joe Louis and nearly became the only man to beat Rocky Marciano. But, in one fateful fight with Sam Baroudi everything changed. In round 10, Sam was knocked out, and killed. Charles  never fought the same since and worried for the safety and possibility of taking another life in ring.
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    Leon Spinks Is the World Champion?

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    After only seven wins and one draw in his professional boxing career, Leon Spinks found himself in the bout for the heavyweight title against a deteriorating Muhammad Ali. Nobody expected Spinks to stand a chance, at the end of the 15 rounds, Leon Spinks had defeated Muhammad Ali on the split decision victory. Spinks would later be stripped of one of his titles without making one defense after he refused to fight Kenny Norton. Spinks lost the rematch and then faded into obscurity leaving boxing with a 26-17-3 record.
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    Is Max Baer Responsible for a Murder?

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    In a fight with Ernie Schaaf an ending no one would ever expect, or want occurred. Schaaf was dropped hard in the fight, he later went onto have serious headaches and trauma. Not too long after, Ernie died of his injuries sustained. Baer felt terrible grief for the death and never recovered. This was later put into the movie "Cinderella Man" where Baer was wrongfully portrayed as a vicious murderer. 
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    Sugar Ray Leonard Vs Thomas Hearns

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    Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks

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    For the unification of the Heavyweight title in professional boxing, 1988 saw Mike Tyson take on Michael "Jinx" Spinks, brother of Leon. Michael had been 31 fights undefeated until tonight. In the first round after a minute and 31 seconds Spinks was out. He had been knocked down twice and didn't get up on the second. Spinks had a look on him that night as if he did not want this fight. On the second knockdown he almost sports the look as if he can get up, but chooses not to.
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    Larry Holmes Drop Kicks Trevor Berbick

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    Legend Larry Holmes got into verbal sparring with Trevor Berbick. The two shouted at each other inside and ran out to the streets. Police and citizens surrounded them. Holmes then hopped up onto a limo and sprinted across to drop kick Berbick in the face. 
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