IWC has made a one-of-one timepiece to honor Muhammad Ali at this month’s annual Celebrity Fight Night event. The event was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker as a means to raise money for local Arizone charities. This magnificent watch comes is white gold and features a black face with red Super-LumiNova, and a black alligator leather strap in red that’s meant to represent the hue of traditional boxing gloves. There’s a special inscription that reads “Edition Muhammad Ali, ONE OUT OF ONE.” on the case back alongside Ali’s signature. The ‘Muhammad Ali’ Big Pilot’s Watch will be auctioned off at the event on March 24th with all proceeds going to charity.
Boxing legend Joe Frazier, former champion and first to ever beat Muhammad Ali, has passed away at the age of 67 from liver cancer. “You can’t mention Ali without mentioning Joe Frazier,” said former AP boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr. “He beat Ali, don’t forget that.” They fought three times, Ali and Frazier, and each time, both fighters gave it their all, even in the “Thrilla in Manila” where both fighters really left it all in the ring. I think that’s what we’ll remember Joe for — his resilience. That and the fact that he was one of the most standup guys to put on a pair of gloves. He was lighthearted and will forever be engraved in boxing history.
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Electronic Arts has revealed that two of the greatest boxers of their respective eras will be sharing the cover of EA’s latest release of its boxing-game franchise – Fight Night Round 4. The result came from fan voting which began last December. Mike hasn’t been in a video game in over a decade, and here’s what he had to say about gracing the cover with another all-time great. (more…)