The Big Easy Does It

By Robert Ecksel on January 29, 2012
The Big Easy Does It
The infamous “No mas” between Leonard and Duran was fought in New Orleans in 1980

Things have not been easy in The Big Easy. Ever since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the city has never been, nor will it ever be, the same.

Katrina blew the cover off of one of the country’s most complex and racially diverse cities, and what is left, who is left, are little more than strangers in a strange land.

Although it hasn’t been a boxing hotbed for as long as anyone can remember, the sport has deep roots in New Orleans.

The Times-Picayune ran a story in its Sunday edition covering some of the memorable bouts over the years.

In front of a levee along River Road in Kenner stands a statue commemorating an 1870 fight between Englishmen Jem Mace and Tom Allen, billed as the world’s first heavyweight championship bout.

The Great John L. Sullivan lost his heavyweight title, the first fought under the newfangled Marquis of Queensberry Rules, to Gentleman Jim Corbett in 1892 at the Olympic Club in New Orleans.

New Orleans hosted the 1978 rematch between Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks, where Ali outpointed his former conqueror to become the first man in history to regain the heavyweight title for a third time.

The infamous “No mas” between Sugar Ray Leonard fought Roberto Duran in 1980 was held at the New Orleans Superdome.

And there is more.

If you’re interested in boxing and boxing history, which go together like a fist and glove, the full article can be read here.

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