Antonio Inoki

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Floyd Mayweather poses with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa after they agreed to fight in Japan on  New Year’s Eve, with the format of the bout still to be decided. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Evaluating the absurd in boxing is like trying to break open a coconut with a feather: intriguing but pointless – yet Floyd Mayweather manages to take(...)

Antonio Inoki on the canvas in his wrestling-boxing match against Muhammad Ali in 1976. They fought 15-rounds, ending in a draw. Inoki seemed angry afterwards that he hadn’t won. Photograph: Bettmann Archive

Over his 74 years, Antonio Inoki has built up an unconventional resume. A wrestler-turned parliamentarian who once set up his own political party call(...)

For the fourth night in a row Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather pretended to hate each other. Photo: Scott Heavey/PA Wire

On June 26th, 1976, combat sports fans in Tokyo watched with irritation and bafflement as Muhammad Ali had his legs kicked at furiously by a man who l(...)

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather gith on August 26th in Las Vegas. Photograph: PA

On Wednesday it was announced the finest boxer of his generation, unbeaten in 49 paying fights and 26 world championship contests with titles in five (...)

Muhammad Ali goads Antonio Inoki at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan during their mixed bout in 1976. Photo: Getty Images

Following his conviction for white slave trafficking (he had driven over state lines with a woman in his car) in Illinois, Jack Johnson fled to Paris (...)