Boxing is the most noble of all contact sports. Fist fights were still part of the ancient Olympic Games. Recently, this sport has become more and more filled with money. The most talented boxers do not think about prestige and titles, but about earnings. And wherever big money there is always a place for scandals. As a result, in the life of the boxing community there are many ugly, and sometimes even tragic stories. They even cost the lives of some professionals.
Death of Duke Ku Kim.
In the autumn of 1982, the battle for the right to own a world title was held. In the ring, the current owner, Duke Ku Kim from South Korea and the rather famous fighter Ray Mancini, nicknamed “Boom-Boom”. That duel was distinguished from the very beginning by cruelty. At the end of the 14th round, Mancini hit his opponent so hard that he flew to the ropes and suffered a serious head injury. Duke was still trying to get up and continue the fight, but the referee Richard Greene stopped the fight. Suddenly, the Korean lost consciousness and fell into a coma. He was urgently taken to the hospital, but there he never recovered, after four days. Such a victory was costly to Ray Mancini – his reputation was badly damaged. I must say that this fight took the life not only of Duke Ku Kim. The mother of this boxer, who could not survive such loss, died with herself. Also, suicide was taken by Judge Richard Green, who could not prevent the death of the Korean, although this was in his power.
Activities of Carlos Panama Lewis.
When Carl Lewis was a famous boxing coach of truly international class. However, his reputation was rather doubtful. It was said that he fed his wards stimulants, unnoticed by adding prohibited substances to drinking water. Lewis was also accused of corruption. Particularly dishonorable coach acted in relation to his own ward, Lewis Resto. In 1983, he had a duel with still promising in this sport Billy Colins Jr.. On the day of the match, the coach was able to put more solid material instead of the usual stuffing of his ward. As a result, instead of a duel of professional boxers, a bloody massacre resulted. 10 rounds Resto simply beat Colinza. The first one suspected that the situation was unclean, Father Billy. When the match was over, he was able to touch the Resto gloves and see the deception. As a result, the boxer and his coach were arrested and disqualified. That fight was costly and Billy Kolinsu. His health was so undermined that he could never return to boxing, and a year later he committed suicide.
Olympics in Seoul.
The largest sports competitions of the planet were held in Seoul in 1988. Scandal ended a boxing match in lightweight between the South Korean Bianguo Yong and the Bulgarian Alexander Khristov. The whole fight Yong showed disrespect for the rules – he constantly hit the head of his opponent, for which Judge Walker and fined the Korean. As a result, the victory was given to the Bulgarian, which enraged the hot local fans. They attacked the judge and began beating him. The referee was so scared that, despite a fair amount of injuries, quickly went to the airport, and from there already to New Zealand. Such scandalous behavior of the fans of the Korean athlete for a long time still condemned the entire sports community.
This man had a lot of power and money. He ran many sports companies. Only here the reputation of Noris was doubtful, they said that he has strong ties in the criminal world. In the middle of the last century, this odious figure was the president of the International Boxing Club. Noris wanted to take advantage of his position. He organized a lot of profitable contracts and actually monopolized the holding of duels for the title of World Champion. As a result, it was Noris who chose who of the contenders to fight for the championship. And it does not matter that the boxer himself could not want it.It was the president who organized the sports competition of this rank. The lawlessness of the official passed all boundaries. Fights were held purely for the sake of formality, because the winner was determined in advance in the office. This attitude to boxing for a long time undermined the authority of this sport. He simply ceased to be taken seriously due to the work of Jimi Noris.
Scandal in the International Boxing Federation.
In this sport, this federation has the highest status from a legal point of view. It is this Federation that has the right of the last word, it will be accepted, even if it is not fair. A vivid example of the abuse of this situation occurred in November 1999. Then Federation President Bob Li was accused of corruption and blackmail. It turned out that when compiling the boxing rating, the official took into account not the athletic achievements of the participants, but the amount of money received from them. Thus, the closest thing to the championship was the most paid boxers.
Sales Richard Steele.
In March 1990, a controversial boxing match took place. In the ring, two champion-protégés of the famous promoter Don King Cesar Chavez and the Olympic medalist Meldric Taylor came together. The fight lasted 12 rounds and from the very beginning he began to attack. At the end of the last round, he still missed the hard blow of Chavez, being on the floor of the ring. When Taylor rose, he slowed slightly to answer the question of Judge Richard Steele, could he continue the fight? The boxer was able to stand on the account of “five”. The referee immediately took a strange decision for everyone to stop the fight, the victory was given to Chavez. That fight was recognized as a battle of the year according to the magazine “Ring”. To Richard Steele, this decision broke his career. Fans of boxing every time booed him before the show.
Mafioso links Sunny League.
Sunny Liston was a boxer with a difficult fate. As a child, he had to endure both domestic violence and constant humiliation. In the end, all this was reflected in his later life, and in his career. Liston has repeatedly been a party to serious crimes, he was many times in prison. During the next imprisonment the criminal managed to prove himself a promising boxer. These abilities were not noticed by bandits who began to promote the professional career of their new protege. In 1965, Sunny Liston entered the ring against Cassius Clay. From the very beginning of the battle, Sunny understood that he would inevitably lose. However, he still held out until round 7. Here Liston said that his old shoulder injury prevents him from continuing the fight. The winner was announced Cassius Clay, but that result was long questioned by interested parties.
This promoter is the most influential in modern boxing. It is believed that it is he who pulls the strings for most boxing professionals. Recently, a documentary “Only in America: The Life and Criminal Activity of Don King” was shown on television. This tape tells about the life of the famous promoter, who became famous for his coolness and even cruelty. Don King came from the troubled quarters of Cleveland. His portion of fame he received after the famous battle between Mohammed Ali and George Foreman, held in 1974. It should be noted that the promoter organized the match simply brilliantly. However, the ability to organize and fight perfectly is only one side of King’s talent. He also became famous as a cruel murderer and dishonorable businessman. As a result, a boxing match can turn into a bloody battle, often with a tragic outcome.
Pothole in Medison Garden Garden.
Famous Polish boxer Andrzej Golota at one time claimed to be the champion belt in the heavyweight division. In July 1996, his fight with Riddick Bowie took place. In the course of that duel, the Pole did not hesitate to constantly hit his opponent below the belt, which is prohibited by the rules.The judge repeatedly warned Golota and even took off his glasses. This situation lasted as much as 9 rounds. As a result, after another ignoring of the rules by the Polish boxer, he was disqualified. When the fight was over, the furious fans of Riddick Bowie left the stands and tried to lynch the dishonest boxer and his team. Only with the help of the police was it possible to smooth out that unpleasant and scandalous incident.
James Butler’s Unsportsmanlike Behavior.
The career of this boxer was on an ascending one. In sporting circles Butler was nicknamed “Harlem sledge hammer”. The boxer gained notoriety due to the fact that he managed to inflict strong bodily harm on his opponent Richard Grant after the end of the fight. That scandalous incident occurred after the end of the charity battle dedicated to the survivors of the tragic terrorist attacks in America on September 11. In that duel, Richard Grant won. According to the rules after the battle, rivals should shake hands. However, instead, James Butler took and struck Grant with a strong blow to his face, which led to serious injuries. As a result, the beginning boxer was arrested on charges of attack and disqualified.