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Don King has emerged as the most powerful and controversial figure in American Boxing. By the late 1970s he had come to dominate the boxing industry—traditionally controlled by white brokers—and since then has raised millions of dollars for such prizefighters as Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Mike Tyson. A flamboyant public figure, King's visibility has extended far beyond the field of boxing, and some commentators have likened him to the infamous gangster Al Capone. As Sports Illustrated noted in 1997, “King, who has beaten tax evasion charges and countless allegations of contract fraud over the years, is nothing if not resourceful.”

The fifth of seven children born to Clarence and Hattie King Don King was born reared and educated in Cleveland Ohio After his father a steelworker died in a workplace explosion King s mother moved the family to ...

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boxing promoter, was one of five children of John L. Lewis, a car salesman. Born in Woodbury, New Jersey, Lewis split time between there and a North Philadelphia housing project, and was raised partially by his maternal grandmother, Margaret Brison Corsey, until he was seventeen. After graduating from high school, Lewis hustled jewelry and played poker for money; he also worked menial jobs at the Scott Paper Company and General Motors. Though he had worked part‐time for his father before, Lewis initially balked at becoming a full‐time employee; but with a new wife, he started back at his father's used car dealership outside Chester, Pennsylvania

Lewis's entry to the boxing world came through his father, who, in 1965, helped form Cloverlay Inc., the management company that backed the Philadelphia heavyweight, Joe Frazier; the younger Lewis soon became a sometime road companion for Frazier. In 1975 a ...