Join us this week on Hello Old Sports for the first of a two-part episode series about the history of the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship. In this episode, we talk about the “Golden Age” of the heavyweight title, a time which lasted for most of the 20th Century.
We talk about men like Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Jou Louis, and Muhammad Ali: Who were these men and why was the title they held so revered by their fellow Americans? And be sure to join us next week for Part II as we talk about the title’s decline over the last thirty years.
You can hear a first-hand account of the “Fight of the Century” here on Yesterday’s Sports.
Also, be sure to stay tuned after the episode for bonus content as we reveal the winner of the All-Time New York World Series between the All-Time Yankees and the All-Time New York National League Team.
E-mail the show at HelloOldSports@gmail.com with comments, feedback, or suggestions for future show topics.
In part 2, we continue our journey into the history of the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship. First, we relive the title reign of Iron Mike Tyson, a ferocious heavyweight whose behavior both in and out of the ring helped increase the sport’s popularity, but also put its reputation in a crisis.
We’ll also look at some of the other top heavyweights of the last thirty years (Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe, the Klitschko Brothers), and what their reigns have meant to the Sweet Science.
Finally, we talk about the state of heavyweight boxing in the 21st Century. What is the real culprit for the sports unpopularity? Is it MMA? Cable television? A lack of American-born fighters? Tune into Hello Old Sports to hear our thoughts!
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