|Radio Broadcasts||Turn of the Century Photos||Historic Film Library|
Radio Broadcasts from the Golden Age of Boxing
The Greatest Names in Sports —
Memorable Sporting Events in History —
Never Heard Them Before!
The golden age of boxing coincided with the golden age of radio
During its golden age, boxing was — by far — the most popular of all sports, with a following far transcending baseball, football, basketball and hockey.
- Heard around the world, the radio broadcast of Max Baer vs. Primo Carnera in 1934 was the most extensive broadcast of any sporting event in its time.
- Five Governors and six mayors were among the 70,000 who attended the matchup between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling in Yankee Stadium in 1936.
- The 1938 rematch between Louis and Schmeling was an historical event, a epic story told and retold in movies, on TV, cable, and radio.
- The incredible win by Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) over Sonny Liston was one of the greatest sports upsets of all time.
- The bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1971 is often called the fight of the century. It was broadcast to 17 countries by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.
These are just five of the nearly five hundred audio recordings available from the Cayton Sports broadcast library. [Next: Licensing]
Turn of the Century Boxing Photographs
The turn of the century marked the end of the bare knuckle era and the start of the modern era of boxing. Legendary San Francisco photographer Percy Dana traveled the country photographing the leading fighters, most memorable fights, and colorful boxing figures.
After years of searching, in 1984 Bill Cayton acquired over 1,000 of the glass plates negatives of this spectacular collection. Images are now available for licensed use by publishers. [Next: Dana Turn of the Century Boxing Collection]
Museum and Hall of Fame Boxing Film Collection
Cayton Sports owns the exclusive museum, boxing-themed restaurant, and hall of fame rights to the ESPN/Bill Cayton film, tape, and radio broadcast collection. This collection of over 3,000 subjects includes the the very first filming of a sporting event (filmed by Thomas Edison) and includes nearly every championship fight from the 1897 Corbett - Fitzsimmons championship through the Mike Tyson era. [Next: Boxing Hall of Fame Film Collection]