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Grant Wahl
November 20, 2006
Defended By Laila Ali, her WBC women's super middleweight championship with a convincing defeat of Shelley Burton. Appearing on the undercard to the Wladimir Klitschko--Calvin Brock fight at Madison Square Garden (page 124), Ali (23--0) knocked Burton out at 1:58 of the fourth round. Ali's father, Muhammad Ali (inset), was on hand for the bout; the 64-year-old former champ entered the arena in a golf cart. "It's always great to have him here and have him see me fight," said Laila Ali (above, right), 28, who hit Burton with a right-left combination that broke the challenger's nose. "I wanted to knock her out cold," the younger Ali said, "but unfortunately she turned her back, which meant she didn't want any more."
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November 20, 2006

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Of natural causes at age 87, boxer turned Oscar-winning actor Jack Palance. Palance attended North Carolina on a football scholarship but dropped out to box under the name Jack Brazzo. "Then I thought, You must be nuts to get your head beat in for $200 [a fight]," he said in 1995. "The theater seemed a lot more appealing." So after a brief stint as a sportswriter following World War II (he received a Purple Heart), Palance gave acting a shot. One of his most notable roles was in '56, when he played a washed-up fighter (above) in a TV production of Requiem for a Heavyweight, for which he won an Emmy.

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