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GREAT WHITE HOPES AND DREAMS

The reality of America’s desire for a white heavyweight champion is told in the fictional Rocky Balboa series, writes Anthony Jones
BEST FRIENDS: Stallone and his dog, Butkus, on the set of Rocky
Photo: GETTY IMAGES

BLACK &WHITE

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TRUE LEGEND: Frazier is right up there with Philadelphia’s finest
Photo: TERRY DISNEY/DAILY EXPRESS/GETTY IMAGES

JOE FRAZIER, newly arrived in Philadelphia and eking out a meagre wage at a Kosher slaughterhouse while dreaming of becoming a fighter, used to practice his combinations on the sides of beef he was employed to wheel into the refrigerator. His early morning run would end with a sprint up the steps of the Art Museum where a bronze statue now stands to commemorate… not Frazier, arguably the finest fighter ever produced by the City of Brotherly Love, but a fictional heavyweight champion called Rocky Balboa, who is well known, amongst other things, as being white.

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REDEMPTION SONG – The rise and fall and rise of ‘The Gypsy King’, Tyson Fury ROMAN GLADIATOR – Masterful Gonzalez puts Kal Yafai to the sword in Frisco, Texas GREAT WHITE HOPE – The history of America’s desire for a white heavyweight champion MUCH, MUCH MORE – Including Scott Quigg opening up on his past, present and future PUSH NOTIFICATION
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