The temperature was about 105 degrees on that day in 1915 when Jack Johnson fought Jess Willard—unless it was closer to 70.
The first black man to win the heavyweight title, Johnson was breaking a color line first drawn by John L. Sullivan.
In the 20 years since, it has become commonplace to blame the ear-biting incident for the decline of boxing.
The second fight between Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali, on May 25, 1965, was controversial even before it took place.
This was the first time I got to see an Ali fight on television, live...It’s hard to describe how big Ali was by this time to people who didn’t grow up then...
Few champions had ever gained more praise in losing their title than did Jersey Joe Walcott when he was defeated by Rocky Marciano in 1952; unfortunately, the rematch in 1953 turned out to be a bitter disappointment.
On this day in 1900, on Coney Island, heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries knocked out former champion James J. Corbett in the 23rd round of a fight scheduled for 25 rounds. The bout is famous for the brilliant performance of the 34-year-old Corbett...
On this day in 1994, Michael Moorer became the first southpaw (left-handed) heavyweight champion, beating Evander Holyfield on a debatable 12-round decision.
The Battle of the Ages, as it was called--Holyfield was 28, Foreman 42--was better than most anticipated but not nearly as good as it is now remembered.