Happy Birthday Don King
News Desk | 8/20/2014, 10:09 a.m.
Today in Black History: 1931 Donald King, boxing promoter, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1966, King was convicted of manslaughter and served just under four years in prison. While in prison, he decided to turn his life around and became a voracious reader. Shortly after his release, he ventured into the world of boxing and became the 1st major Black promoter.
n 1974, he promoted “The Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Forman in Zaire, Africa. The following year, King solidified his position as one of boxing’s premiere promoters by promoting the “Thrilla in Manila” heavyweight championship fight between Ali and Joe Frazier. Over the next two decades, he promoted many of the biggest fights in boxing. In 1994, he staged a record 47 world title bouts.
King has been named the greatest promoter in history by boxing’s three major sanctioning bodies and has promoted more than 500 world championship fights over his career. King also managed The Jacksons’ 1984 Victory Tour and in 1998 purchased the Call & Post, a Cleveland based weekly African American newspaper. In 1997, HBO aired the made for television movie “Don King: Only in America.” King’s net worth is estimated to be more than $150 million.
King is the Publisher of Ohio's Largest Black Newspaper, The Call & Post. We salute Mr. King on his birthday.