This recording has both the first fight in Miami February 25, 1964 and the May 25, 1965 rematch. At the time of the first bout, Cassius Clay had not yet changed his name to Muhammad Ali. The heavyweight champion of the world in early 1964 was a seemingly unbeatable behemoth known as Sonny Liston.
Prime Time Boxing's Joe Louis vs. Rocky Marciano combines the original radio broadcast by Don Dunphy, the all-time most dynamic and knowledgeable boxing announcer, with additional commentary by boxing legend Bill Cayton and award-winning sports commentator Bob Page.
Prime Time Boxing's Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling combines the original radio broadcast by Clem McCarthy and Edwin C. Hill with additional commentary by boxing legend Bill Cayton and award-winning sports commentator Bob Page. Clem McCarthy had an unforgettable gravelly voice, described as a "whiskey tenor", and Edwin C. Hill was one of the most distinguished radio journalists of the century.
The never filmed fight between Jake LaMotta, boxing's famous "Raging Bull," and Sugar Ray Robinson, boxing's all-time greatest pound-for-pound fighter took place February 23, 1945. Sugar Ray and Jake were completely different kinds of fighters. Sugar Ray, a welter at this time, was a sharpshooter, a boxer-puncher who could hit from every angle. LaMotta, a full-fledged middleweight, was a brawler who crouched low and tried to bull his way inside.
Facing each other are two of the most storied, colorful characters in the history of world heavyweight championship boxing - Primo Carnera, the 263-pound "Ambling Alp" from Italy, and Max Baer, the handsome, comical glamour boy from California with dynamite in his right hand.
This recording contains the original radio broadcasts of the first and third Tony Zale vs. Rocky Graziano fights - acknowledged as two of the most exciting fights in the history of boxing. The first and second Tony Zale vs Rocky Graziano fights were never filmed nor televised; this soundtrack is the only known recording of the classic first fight, which took place September 27, 1946.
This classic encounter matches world welterweight champion Carmen Basilio and defending world middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson, greatest fighter, pound-for-pound in all boxing history. A truly great fight - one of boxing's classics and Ring's 1957 Fight of the Year.
Prime Time Boxing's Rocky Marciano vs. Ezzard Charles combines the original radio broadcast by Don Dunphy, the all-time most dynamic and knowledgeable boxing announcer, with additional commentary by boxing legend Bill Cayton and award-winning sports commentator Bob Page.
Taking place on June 17, 1954, this bout was described by Ring Magazine as the fight of the year.
Henry Armstrong, who had held the world featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight titles -- all at the same time - is widely acknowledged to be the all-time greatest fighter. Armstrong was forced to relinquish the featherweight title when he could no longer make the weight, and he lost the lightweight title back to Ambers in 1939. Only the world welterweight title remained, and Henry successfully defended that crown 19 times before losing it to Fritzie Zivic.
This episode of Bob Hope's classic NBC radio show, broadcast from New York City, originally aired on October 11, 1949.
"God Bless Mr. Edison"
Rocky Marciano has announced his retirement as undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, setting the stage for world light heavyweight king Archie Moore to meet 21-year-old Floyd Patterson of Brooklyn for the vacant world heavyweight championship title.