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Before Mayweather-McGregor, there was Ali-Inoki.

More than a year in the making, the fight pits perhaps one of the greatest boxers of all time against one of the leading mixed-martial artists. Despite the hype, there is no title at stake, but perhaps something more important is — namely, bragging rights, not only between the two verbose combatants, but also between their rival fan bases: traditionalists favoring the “Sweet Science” and the growing legion of mixed-martial arts enthusiasts.

Although Mayweather-McGregor is boxing match between foes representing two different martial-arts styles, it immediately prompts comparisons to a bout that occurred 41 years ago, more than 5,500 miles from Las Vegas. That’s when arguably the world’s most famous man participated in a sporting spectacle that tarnished his legacy and almost cost him much more.

It happened June 26, 1976, when world’s heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali took on Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki in a glorified exhibition that was billed then as “The Martial Arts Championship of the World…”

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Muhammad Ali at a crossroads: out of the ring and out of the army.

Leigh Montville outlines Muhammad Ali’s allegiance to the Nation of Islam in the new book “Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America.” (Charles Harrity/Associated Press) By Sunni M. Khalid June 23 Sunni M. Khalid is a former foreign correspondent currently writing a book on modern Egypt. In “Sting Like a […]

May 1, 2017 — Muhammad Ali: What Might Have Been

The first anniversary of the death of Muhammad Ali roughly coincides with the 50th anniversary of his refusal to be inducted into the US Army — the event that really transformed the boxer into a global icon. It also dramatically altered his trajectory as both a public figure and a fighter. As interesting as Ali’s life became during and after his three-and-a-half year exile from the ring, perhaps the most intriguing question is what he may have became if his career had not been interrupted.

Muhammad Ali vs. Sunni Khalid, February 11, 1980…

My younger brother, Paul Lee, managed to unearth some of 37-year old CBS video of the White House press conference where I confronted former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. Close by Ali was Jeremiah Shabazz, a longtime “handler” from the infamous Nation of Islam (NOI) Mosque No. 12 in Philadelphia, as well as a member of […]

December 14, 2016 -Lott Bid For New Raiders Stadium Gaining Momentum

The Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to approve an agreement with an investment group led by Hall of Fame football player Ronnie Lott to negotiate a multi-million deal for a new 55,000-seat stadium that would keep the Raiders in Oakland and prevent the franchise’s proposed move to Las Vegas. […]

The Undefeated, November 21, 2016 — Is Claressa Shields The Savior Of Women’s Pro Boxing?

http://theundefeated.com/features/weve-seen-the-future-of-womens-boxing-and-its-claressa-shields/

The Undefeated, Nov. 21, 2016 — Andre Ward Proves Mettle In Close Decision Over Sergey Kovalev

https://theundefeated.com/features/andre-wards-controversial-title-win-shows-his-ring-smarts-resiliency-and-undefeated-spirit/

The Undefeated, September 20, 2016 — Pioneering QB Chuck Ealey doesn’t look back

http://theundefeated.com/features/pioneering-cfl-qb-chuck-ealey-doesnt-look-back/

The Undefeated, August 11, 2016 – Is Andre Ward The Last Great African-American Boxer?

The Genius was back at work Saturday night in Oakland, California. There, in ring center stood Andre Ward, gloves high, his eyes focused intently on his circling opponent, Alexander Brand, a tough, awkward, veteran light heavyweight from Colombia…

Interview with King Kaufmann about the Canadian Football League, The Bleacher Report, July 27, 2016

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9j6li8hcdpcxpcb/7-27-16%20Sunni%20Khalid%20on%20CIK%20.mp3?dl=0