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Here's something to mull over, and something I'm actually surprised someone here didn't already point out: when Oleg Maskaev knocked out Hasim Rahman on August 13th, it made history in a sense beyond winning the WBC Heavyweight title.

How, you ask?

Well, August 14th marked the first day since June 20, 1960 - 46 years - that at least a share of the Heavyweight boxing title wasn't held by someone of African descent. Ingemar Johansson held the undisputed title before being beaten on that night by Floyd Patterson, and men of African descent (direct or indirect) had held a share of the title ever since.

There's no commentary I'm making here; just something I found interesting.

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Here's something to mull over, and something I'm actually surprised someone here didn't already point out: when Oleg Maskaev knocked out Hasim Rahman on August 13th, it made history in a sense beyond winning the WBC Heavyweight title.

How, you ask?

Well, August 14th marked the first day since June 20, 1960 - 46 years - that at least a share of the Heavyweight boxing title wasn't held by someone of African descent. Ingemar Johansson held the undisputed title before being beaten on that night by Floyd Patterson, and men of African descent (direct or indirect) had held a share of the title ever since.

There's no commentary I'm making here; just something I found interesting.

I'm not so sure.

Didn't Gerry Coetzee hold part of the Heavyweight title in 1983/84?

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There is stil boxing going on?

We need the brothers to get them back, we need an America balck or white to make us care again, we need a MIke Tyson to emerge, and not go crazy like the first Tyson did.

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He didn't say no whites had won a portion. He said this is the first time in forty years that a portion of the title wasn't held by an african american.

Yeah. C'mon guys. Grasp the concept a little before responding.

But Joe, note I didn't say 'African American.' I think Lennox Lewis doesn't qualify, nor would Frank Bruno. ^_^

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