UCN Week In Review – “The Greatest” is Gone
The Undisputed Champion Network holds a very special place for Muhammad Ali, The Louisville Lip, who passed away on Friday night at the age of 74. Ali, the People’s Champion, was one of the most influential global personalities of our, or anyone else’s, lifetime. The Greatest of All Time inside of the ropes, Ali’s profound and deep impact outside of the ring knew no borders.
Before Clay became Ali, on a street corner in downtown Los Angeles, he met the man who would become his best friend and with whom he would share the next half century, famed photographer and biographer, Howard Bingham. Howard Bingham’s eldest son Damon, who passed away unexpectedly on April 12, 2016, at the tender age of 43, was Ali’s Godson. An accomplished film and television producer, Damon was the co-founder and visionary behind the Undisputed Champion Network.
As the world celebrates the life of Muhammad Ali, our thoughts at UCN are with the Ali’s, the Bingham’s and their friends and families, and with a Godson and Godfather who passed six-weeks apart and left an indelible impact on our lives.
On Saturday night, 24-hours after the passing of The Greatest, dusk gave way to the star-filled sky at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA and boxing fans were reminded, once again, what draws us to this beautiful sport, as Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido fought to a majority draw in a fight of the year candidate. We imagine Big Dame and his Godfather looked down on the action, together again after a mere six-weeks apart, reveling in the sport they loved.
With that, your UCN week in review (with some Ali additions along the way):
Articles of the Week
Muhammad Ali: The Final Bell Tolls – Coyote Duran on Ali’s impact on him and beyond.
Round of the Year: It Happened in Niagara Falls – before the fight of the year, there was the round of the year and Steve Kim was ringside calling the action.
The Square Jungle: Premier Boxing Champions Edition, Volume II – The Cruelest Sport’s Carlos Acevedo is back with the next installment of The Square Jungle.
Seniesa Estrada: “I Fight Because It’s My Passion” – Mike Baca caught up with the women’s flyweight contender ahead of her unanimous decision Friday night.
De La Hoya Promises Canelo-GGG Talks Will Resume – Steve Kim chased down Oscar De La Hoya in this exclusive interview with UCN.
Ali Articles from the UCN Archives
Muhammad Ali: Gone, But Not Forgotten – Michael Baca on the passing of Muhammad Ali.
Marchant On The Scene – Steve Kim sits with Larry Merchant as he looks back on the “Fight of the Century”.
Kronk Khronicles: Leon Spinks, Detroit’s Adopted Son – John Lepak on the man who both beat and lost to Ali in world title bouts.
Everybody Loves Damon – A Life of Impact – a look back at the life of UCN co-founder and Ali’s Godson, Damon Bingham.
Videos of the Week
10 Count Previews Vargas-Salido
10 Count on Haymon and Arum
10 Count on Lara vs. Martirosyan
Ali Videos from the UCN Archives
Mike Tyson Presents Muhammad Ali’s Induction into Nevada Boxing HOF
Rasheda Ali Accepts Muhammad Ali’s Induction into Nevada Boxing HOF
Larry Merchant on Ali vs Frazier 1
10 Count on Mike Tyson’s Comments at #MayPac
Who is Bill Caplan?
Fight Photos of the Week
Ali Photos From the UCN Archives
— UCN (@UCNlive) December 25, 2015