Sonny Liston

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Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury during their WBC heavyweight clash in LA. Photograph: Lionel Hahn/PA

When Tyson Fury got up from the canvas to finish like a wounded bull in the 12th round of his achingly unfair draw with Deontay Wilder in a faraway ri(...)

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor: There’s a small but real possibility that this spectacle could go awry, that it was madnesss to allow a man who doesn’t box go into a ring like this. Photograph: John Locher/AP

Nobody believed. In the days before Muhammad Ali faced Sonny Liston in Miami, the New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte was given clear advice from the(...)

Tyson Fury is eager to take on Anthony Joshua after his victory over Wladimir Klitschko. Photograph: PA

Tyson Fury has claimed that Eddie Hearn has already booked Wembley Stadium next year in preparation for a fight with Anthony Joshua. The 28-year-old(...)

Anthony Joshua cemented his status as the world’s best heavyweight as he stopped Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on Saturday night. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty

The entire fight played out vicariously through the crowd, Wladimir Klitschko venerable and aging, Anthony Joshua buoyed by almost 90,000 chanting his(...)

Muhammad Ali: accidental boxer was ranked the greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine. Photograph: Getty Images

The Greatest Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a house painter, the man who would change h(...)

Andy Murray put together winning streaks of 22 and 24 matches, the first taking in Queen’s, Wimbledon and Olympic gold and the second yielding five successive titles to finish the season. Photograph: Steve Paston/PA

When Gay Talese came to write the story of Floyd Patterson, he decided to call it The Loser. Which was an odd choice, since Patterson won a gold medal(...)

The  funeral procession motorcade of Muhammad Ali on Grand Avenue in front of Ali’s childhood home in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Ty Wright/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people lined the route of Muhammad Ali’s funeral procession as the black hearse carrying “The Greatest” passed through his hometo(...)

Muhammad Ali stands over Cleveland Williams after knocking him out in Houston on November 14th, 1966. Photo: Getty Images

Muhammad Ali’s life was freighted with sub text and narrative. So were his fights. There was rarely anything straightforward about them, always someth(...)

Greatness in sport is rightly measured by supreme ability and success at its highest level. The best teams and athletes carve their place in sporting (...)

Muhammad Ali in his London hotel room, May 1963. Photograph: Hulton Archive

My 12-year-old son has a Muhammad Ali poster on his bedroom wall. It is the black-and-white image of Ali gloved up and in white shorts looming over th(...)

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