Posts Tagged ‘ Stockholm ’

Jimmy Ellis : The Forgotten Champ

When people think of a former World Heavyweight Champion they think of the greats like Muhammad Ali , Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Max Schmeling and the list goes on. One name you won’t hear though is that of Jimmy Ellis.

Ellis , a native of Louisville,  Kentucky, started boxing as an amateur after watching a friend box the one and only Muhammad Ali on a televised amateur show called “Tomorrow’s Champions”. After watching his friend ( Donnie Hall) lose, Jimmy Ellis thought he had what it took to be a fighter. He followed his friend to Louisville’s Columbia Boxing Gym where he started his amateur career under the coaching of a police officer called Joe Martin. Ellis was no doubt a talent, notching up a very impressive amateur record winning 59 of his 66 fights. He fought Ali twice as an amateur, losing the first and winning the second. He was a Golden Gloves Champion and no doubt was a big prospect as he turned pro in 1961. Continue reading

Assange Battling Extradition To Sweden

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is back in court today for a full extradition hearing over alleged sex offences.

The 39-year-old Australian is wanted by the Swedish authorities over claims that he sexually assaulted two women during a visit to Stockholm last August.

At Belmarsh Magistrates Court in London,his lawyers are expected to argue that he could face execution in the United States if he is extradited to Sweden.

They believe there is a “real risk” he could be extradited on to the US, where he could be detained in Guantanamo Bay or even face the death penalty.

The claim that he could face extradition to the US and even execution emerged in a skeleton argument released by his lawyers in the wake of a preparatory legal hearing at the same court last month.

Mr Assange’s legal team have also suggested that extraditing him to Sweden could breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which bans torture.

The internet activist, who has been on bail since he handed himself into London Metropolitan Police in December, denies committing any offences and has vowed his work will continue as the extradition battle continues.

Wikileaks is currently mirrored on over 1400 websites, in order to ensure that it will not be brought down.