American National Biography. But Chicago, after a two-decade hiatus from serious boxing that began after Ernie Terrell decisioned Eddie Machen in the International Amphitheatre in 1965, again can claim a world boxing champion. Don't have an account? Joe Louis, the great heavyweight champion who was from Detroit, fought 10 of his first 12 professional fights in Chicago.
But boxing makes room for all kinds of bodies, not just tall ones or those with exceptional spring in their legs. And last year, fellow South Sider Lee Roy Murphy won the International Boxing Federation championship in the same weight class, which is between heavyweight and light heavyweight.
Today, boxing is dominated by blacks and Hispanics for similar reasons. The number of boxing matches around the area, now about two dozen annually, seems likely to increase, primarily thanks to the efforts of Terrell and Cedric Kushner.
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Of course, one can point to other sports, like basketball, also predominantly populated by blacks. Professional basketball was stuck primarily in smaller cities like Ft.
In thousands of homes, in front of radios, young men threw digging rights to the body like they knew their hero, Zale, was doing on the floor of the big shed on West Madison Street.
The family was left destitute, and his mother had a breakdown. Article contents Bibliography See also. Subscribe Access to the full content requires a subscription.
He took the heavyweight title from James Braddock in Comiskey Park in 1937 and defended it at the Stadium the next year against Harry Thomas. Over the history of boxing, it is the lower socioeconomic classes that have dominated the sport. All around them, despite the withering heat, fans screeched and winced.
That is why the Wirtzes still refuse to allow boxing back in the Stadium. His father, a grocer, was murdered when Barney was 15. Sign In or Create.