Boxing

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RedLine's new mural is a knock out

Published Aug. 16, 2018

As of this week, a 23-foot-tall image of Milwaukee boxer Emil Kayer adorns the side of the RedLine Gallery building, 1422 Vel R. Phillips Ave.

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One of "Joe's Boys," local boxing legend LeRoy Allen kept the faith

Published June 16, 2018

Though he retired in 1959 after just seven pro fights, LeRoy Allen Sr. was a seminal figure in local boxing over the next four decades as a ringside judge at fights and even more so as a tireless keeper of the flame he picked up from his Urban League boxing coach.

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9Round owners pull no punches

Published Jan. 27, 2018

With more than 600 locations across the country, 9Round has grown in the greater Milwaukee area in the past several years, too. I talked to two local franchise owners about the company, the workout, fitness and more.

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Remembering Battling Nelson and his greatest fight

Published Dec. 8, 2017

In a discussion about boxing's keenest wits, the name of Oscar Matthew Battling Nelson - the early 20th century lightweight champion - isn't likely to come up. But he was no mere mindless boxing brute.

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Knees to the Grounded: Excitement of Mayweather-McGregor is in the buildup

Published July 7, 2017

Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor. The heel vs. the baby face. The woman-beating kazillionaire vs. the plucky plumber's apprentice in an Aug. 26 boxing match. But it is in the buildup, the anticipation of the unexpected, the unbelievable, that we truly draw pleasure.

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Animosity between UFC fighters and ownership becoming tinderbox

Published May 12, 2017

The acrimony and animosity between UFC fighters and ownership is at a tinder-box, gasoline flame-throwing level that is just begging for mainstream coverage. With $4 billion in the bank, the UFC should be raising the pay and profile of their athletes.

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Knees to the Grounded: Casual, hardcore fans both part of MMA's mainstream move

Published April 7, 2017

Most real reggae fans wouldn't say "Legend" was Bob Marley's greatest work, though it was his best-selling album and appealed to the masses. Similarly, as MMA continues to infiltrate the mainstream, there's lots of push-back against casual or new fans. But they should be embraced as the sport grows.

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Over a century ago today, Milwaukee boxing fans had a bout of their own

Published Dec. 6, 2016

On this day, 120 years ago, local boxing fans stole out to a roadhouse near Hales Corners, after midnight and in a blizzard, to watch an illegal prizefight for the lightweight championship of Wisconsin. Many of them ended up in worse shape than the combatants in the ring.

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Wisconsin's Pryor engagement

Published Oct. 11, 2016

On May 16, 1990, it was announced that Aaron Pryor - who was legally blind in one eye - was coming to Madison to box, thereby thrusting Wisconsin into the sport's spotlight for the first time in 40 years. But the attention was hardly flattering.

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Vietnam couldn't divide West Allis boxer and Ali

Published June 7, 2016

West Allis native Don Lutz was a professional boxer in Miami Beach, where he trained with numerous world champions, including Muhammad Ali. And even though they responded to being drafted to the Vietnam War differently, the two couldn't be divided.