Ali Frazier

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the biggest match in boxing history, the first meeting between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Held at a sold-out Madison Square Garden and billed as "The Fight of the Century," it was the first time two undefeated heavyweight champions had ever met in the ring. Ali had been stripped of his title in 1967 for refusing induction into the United States Army on religious grounds and banned from boxing for three years with Frazier gaining the championship in the interim.

During his absence from boxing Ali became an icon of both the civil rights movement and the anti-War movement while Frazier was unfairly billed as representing the status quo. This provided political undertones which made the bout a cultural happening. Frazier dropped Ali with a massive left hook in the final round to secure a unanimous decision, though Ali received praise for his toughness in defeat. The two men would meet twice more with Ali winning both encounters. To commemorate the event ABC television aired a remastered video of the bout over the weekend while a statue memorializing the battle was unveiled in Frazier's hometown of Philadelphia Monday.

Black Belt Magazine has a storied history that dates back all the way to 1961, making 2021 the 60th Anniversary of the world's leading magazine of martial arts. To celebrate six decades of legendary martial arts coverage, take a trip down memory lane by scrolling through some of the most influential covers ever published. From the creators of martial art styles, to karate tournament heroes, to superstars on the silver screen, and everything in between, the iconic covers of Black Belt Magazine act as a time capsule for so many important moments and figures in martial arts history. Keep reading to view the full list of these classic issues.

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ONE Championship returned on Wednesday, April 21, with another installment of their ONE on TNT event series.

In the main event of ONE on TNT III, John "Hands of Stone" Lineker took care of business against American "Pretty Boy" Troy Worthen with a first-round knockout performance that he can add to his highlight reel.

Four additional bouts helped round out the evening and keep ONE's hot streak going.

Here is a recap of all of the action from Singapore.

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Legacy

The most watched and talked about kick in Mixed Martial Arts history, the infamous "Showtime Kick," turned 10 years old last December. The kick Anthony claims was inspired by his time on a Taekwondo demo team as a young man. The TKD program that would start a fire inside Anthony, giving him passion for martial arts and transforming that passion into world titles in multiple organizations. The skills he would develop at an after-school program he was forced into, would end up as him owning his own prolific martial arts academy in Milwaukee and lining the walls with gold. I believe that it was the discipline he learned at that Tae Kwon Do academy, along with the tutelage of Duke Roufus that would develop him into an MMA powerhouse, capable of feats one only thought were possible in a movie or video game.

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