• Short Summary

    DICK TIGER, 37-YEAR-OLD NIGERIAN 'FIST FLIER', HAS JUST BEEN NAMED 'FIGHTER OF THE YEAR' BY THE NEW YORK BOXING WRITERS' ASSOCIATION.

  • Description

    DICK TIGER, 37-YEAR-OLD NIGERIAN 'FIST FLIER', HAS JUST BEEN NAMED 'FIGHTER OF THE YEAR' BY THE NEW YORK BOXING WRITERS' ASSOCIATION. THE HONOUR FOLLOWS TIGER'S SENSATIONS PERFORMANCE LAST WEEK WHEN HE CAPTURED THE WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FROM JOSE TORRES IN NEW YORK.

    THE WIN, AGAINST ALL THE BETTING ODDS WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST 'BOXING UPSETS OF THE YEAR, TORRES HAD A SEVEN YEAR AND AN EIGHT POUND WEIGHT ADVANTAGE OVER TIGER AND BEFORE THE BOUT ANNOUNCED THAT HE HOPED TO WIN IMPRESSIVELY AND BE NAMED 'FIGHTER OF THE YEAR.'
    DURING SOME RIGOROUS TRAINING FOR HIS FIGHT AGAINST EMIL GRIFFITH LAST APRIL, TIGER WAS ASKED ABOUT HIS FIGHTING FITNESS.

    THIS IS THE SECONDS TIME THAT DICK TIGER, THE HIGHLY RESPECTED VETERAN OF THE RING, HAS BEEN NAMED 'FIGHTER OF THE YEAR." THE LAST TIME WAS IN 1962 WHEN HE WON THE WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FROM GENE FULLMER. TIGER LOST THE CROWN IN DECEMBER 1963 TO JOEY GIARDELLO BUT WON IT BACK FROM GIARDELLO IN OCTOBER 1965. HE LOST IT AGAIN - THIS TIME TO EMIL GRIFFITH - LAST APRIL. AT 37, MANY BOXING PUNDITS THOUGHT TIGER TO BE ON THE DOWNGRADE, ESPECIALLY AFTER DISAPPOINTING PERFORMANCE AGAINST EMIL GRIFFITH IN APRIL ...BUT WITH ONE PERFORMANCE TIGER HAS SPRUNG RIGHT BACK TO THE TOP OF THE RATINGS. WHILE PRAISING HIS NON-STOP AGGRESSIVE BOXING THROUGHOUT THE FIGHT, BOXING EXPERTS ARE UNDERLINING THE FACT THAT TIGER'S BEST ROUNDS WERE THE 11TH AND THE 13TH WHEN ONE WOULD HAVE EXPECTED AGE TO BE HAVING ITS SAPPING EFFECT ON STRENGTH AND STAMINA. IN THE 13TH ROUND, TORRES FAILED TO LAND A SINGLE EFFECTIVE PUNCH.

    AFTER THE FIGHT ONE BOXING HISTORIAN CLAIMED THAT IN WINNING, TIGER BECAME THE FIRST FORMER WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION IN 63 YEARS TO WIN THE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE. HE POINTED OUT THAT THE ONLY OTHER FIGHTER EVER TO DO IT WAS THE LEGENDARY BOB FITZSIMMONS, WHO BECAME WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION WAY BACK IN 1903.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABI2YXSDTATZU28X31VFZ8P7GP
    Media URN:
    VLVABI2YXSDTATZU28X31VFZ8P7GP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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