Find out more about some of the world's boxing legends, including Muhammad Ali, Rubin Carter, Sugar Ray Leonard, Jake LaMotta, Joe Frazier and Vincent Gigante. Examine the lives of some of the most talented boxers to step foot in the ring in recent years, including Laila Ali, Mike Tyson, Claressa Shields and Floyd Mayweather. Find all of this, and more, in Biography.com's famous boxers group.
At the height of his career, boxer Rubin Carter was twice wrongly convicted of a triple murder and was imprisoned for nearly two decades. His convictions were overturned in 1985 by a Federal judge and he dedicated the rest of his life to advocating for the wrongly convicted. His story inspired the 1975 Bob Dylan song 'Hurricane' and the 1999 film 'The Hurricane,' starring Denzel Washington.
President Donald Trump granted Jack Johnson a rare posthumous pardon. In 1913, boxing’s first black heavyweight champion spent 10 months in prison for bringing his white girlfriend across state lines, a racially-charged conviction his niece has been challenging for years.