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Joe Louis photographed by Carl Van Vechten at Greenwood Lake on September 15, 1941.

Sugar Ray Robinson and his wife

Edna Mae Robinson (1955)

(Original Caption) 12/10/1955 – Sugar Ray Robinson and his wife, Edna, radiate smiles as they look over the newspaper stories and pictures of Sugar’s great victory over Bobo Olson in Chicago last night. Sugar, a 3-1 underdog, won back his middleweight championship title from Olson with a clean knockout in the second round of the battle at Chicago Stadium.

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Muhammad Ali celebrating with Malcolm X at the Hampton House in Miami after he won the World Heavyweight Championship against Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964.

Photos by Bob Gomel

Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and his girlfriend, actress Robin Givens, read the news about his smashing seventh-round knockout fight against Tyrell Biggs on October 17, 1987 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Muhammad Ali poses before his championship bout (against Sonny Liston) in Miami Beach on February 25, 1964. 

Boston Celtics forward Tommy Heinsohn at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, MA on September 24, 1964.

The Celtics won their 7th NBA championship in 1964, 6th consecutive. They went on to win 4 more in the next 5 years.

(Photos by Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

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Muhammad Ali celebrating with Malcolm X at the Hampton House in Miami after he won the World Heavyweight Championship against Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964.

Photos by Bob Gomel

Mike Tyson and Robin Givens on “Good Morning America” (1988)

Mike Tyson with his wife Robin Givens

in Moscow on September 15, 1988.

Tyson visited Moscow to participate in the opening of the first in USSR golf club and meet with boxing fans. 

(Photos by Wojtek Laski)

Joe Louis and Jesse Owens in the 1930′s

Joe Louis

(May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981) and Jesse Owens

(September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) were both born in Alabama. They were the grandsons of slaves and the sons of sharecroppers. They both stammered as kids before their families migrated north in the 1920’s, where they began their athletic careers; Owens as a runner in Cleveland and Louis as a boxer in Detroit. 

Both Owens and Louis became heroic figures at a time when baseball, basketball and football were still segregated. Owens defied Hitler and Brundage; Louis defeated Schmeling and fought his way to victory in the 1930’s and 40’s.  

After the 1936 Olympics, the US track and field team was scheduled to compete in Sweden. Owens opted to return to the U.S., thinking he would get lucrative endorsement offers. The US Olympic Committee was furious that he returned home to capitalize on his success. They stripped him of his amateur status and banned him from further competitions.

Unlike Owens, who had been banished so young, Louis fought for years. He held the world heavyweight title from 1937 to 1949 and made 25 successful championship defenses.Owens and Louis remained friends for 45 years, and both died at the age of 66.