Before Ali, there was Joe Louis

Where Ali was flamboyantly boastful, Louis was studiously modest and where Ali was outspokenly defiant, Louis was respectfully deferential

Before Ali, there was Joe LouisTORONTO, Ont. June 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Muhammad Ali’s recent death brought to mind another famous 20th century black American boxer. In his own way and in his own time, Joe Louis was just as famous as Ali. And by some estimations, he was an even better fighter. Born Joseph Louis Barrow in 1914 rural…

Muhammad Ali loved those friendly Canadians

"I’ve never been treated so nice in my life (as in Canada)"

Muhammad Ali loved those friendly CanadiansTORONTO, Ont. June 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Muhammad Ali was a larger-than-life figure with masterful oratorical skills, innate intelligence and a quick wit. Still, it’s Ali’s unusual link to Canada that has intrigued me the most. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who died June 3 at age 74, had two epic battles with Canadian…

Friday night fights and a last taste of Muhammad Ali

Larry Holmes used a devastating overhand right to end Ali's chances of a 4th comeback

Friday night fights and a last taste of Muhammad AliTORONTO, Ont. April 24, 2016/ Troy Media/ - An old urban experience, long gone, was Friday night fights. In New York the well to do would go to Madison Square Garden. This was long before my time, but I had been inspired by both the urban experience and boxing since I was a kid. The…