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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - boxing
The mere sounds of soccer brightened Nelson Mandela in his darkest, most isolated times.
More than 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine's capital Sunday, defying a new government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union.
Although he had medical problems throughout his life, President John F. Kennedy was an avid sportsman who always projected an image of vigor.
Four days after it happened, it is still sickening to watch the beatdown that Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery gave Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby Friday night in the midst of the Capitals 7-0 beatdown of the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
A chance to fight in boxing's "mecca" comes Saturday when 19-year-old Dusty Hernandez-Harrison – a rising undefeated welterweight out of Washington, D.C. and maybe the next big thing in boxing – steps into the ring at Madison Square Garden to face Josh Torres for something called the World Boxing Council Youth Welterweight world championship.
The former middleweight champion of the world is in training, even at the age of 43, even though he officially retired from the ring more than two years ago.
Mixed martial arts fans want to knock out boxing as the country's most popular fighting sport. It looks like brawling to many of us, with tactics just short of eye-gouging and hair-pulling, but choosing is what competition is all about. Naturally, some people want the government to say whether it's "allowable."
At least 18 were killed in a stampede in Indonesia after 1,500 rioted over a boxing match that pitted two from rival tribes against each other.
The mashup between chess and boxing is all the rage these days, with "chessboxing" clubs springing up all over the globe and reports that a Kickstarter campaign has just been launched to fund a documentary on the phenomenon. Contestants alternate games at the board and rounds in the ring, with lots of airy talk about the parallels between cerebral and physical combat skills involved.
Hibbert did everything but pull out the boxing gloves in Game 6, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and continually contesting Miami's shots to help Indiana stave off elimination with an emphatic 91-77 victory over the defending champs.
Kicks in the ankles. Forearms to the throat. Elbows at the head. Illegal screens. Hard shoves. Bloody lips. Puffy eyes. Body bruises. Some even done by "hit men."
Zou Shiming works the speed bag at the Wild Card Gym with the skill of a veteran pro fighter, popping it back and forth with dozens of precise punches. Watching from a near corner, Freddie Roach chuckles.
Jim Larranaga made his mark as a basketball coach years ago at places like Bowling Green and George Mason. This season, with his Miami Hurricanes enjoying unprecedented success, Larranaga showed he has impressive footwork.
Protective headgear has been the rule of the ring for more than 50 years in Cuba, which banned professional boxing shortly after the 1959 revolution.
Timothy Bradley is a two-division world champion and an exemplary citizen. Yet he never sparked much passion in the boxing world.