Jack Dempsey died of heart failure at age 87. Dempsey’s last words to his wife Deana were … “Don’t worry honey; I’m too mean to die.”
Five of the six longest reigning heavyweight champions of the world have a first name that starts with the letter J.
|1.||Joe Louis||11 years, 8 months, 8 days|
|2.||Larry Holmes||7 years, 3 months, 12 days|
|3.||Jack Dempsey||7 years, 2 months, 19 days|
|4.||John L. Sullivan||7 years, 0 months 9 days|
|5.||Jack Johnson||6 years, 3 months, 10 days|
|6.||James J. Jeffries||5 years, 11 months, 4 days|
The only non-American in the Top 10 of the above listing of the longest reigning heavyweight champions in history
is this era’s own Wladimir Klitschko at #7. In May of 2011 the younger of the Klitschko brother’s overtook Muhammad Ali’s 5 year & 14 day reign. 17 of the top 20 are American.
Yoel Judah accidentally called Carlos Baldomir “Carlos Baldozar” during a post-fight interview after the Argentine had beaten his son. The former welterweight champion is now jokingly called “Baldozar” due to the elder Judah’s horrendous mispronunciation.
In a March 2010 column for The New York Times, Andre Berto described Haiti after the earthquake, also saying that he is habitually mistaken for New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson started boxing aged eleven.
“When I wasn’t killing time in school, I was sparring in the gym or selling crack on the strip”, says Jackson. In the mid 80s, the future 50 Cent fought at the Junior Olympics.
According to Fiddy, “I was competitive in the ring and hip-hop is competitive too… I think rappers condition themselves like boxers, so they all kind of feel like they’re the champ”.
Both Max Kellerman & Harold Lederman are graduates of New York’s Ivy League Columbia University.
In 1988, Al Bernstein recorded his first album “My Very Own Songs”, which featured songs about television and sports.
Australian band Toe to Toe named their 2010 album Arturo Gatti.
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