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Anthony Hembrick: Godfather of “Showboating Fighters KTFO‪”‬ Can't Win 4 Losing

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"Showboating Fighters Get KTFO" — that's knocked the F out — is a popular, and delicious, YouTube genre. But even before the internet, Anthony "Hollywood" Hembrick practically invented the form. An undefeated light-heavyweight contender, Hembrick danced up a choreographed storm with his cornermen before getting KO'd in the first round of a fight on national TV. The former U.S. Olympic captain did eventually challenge for the world title twice, but he'll always be best remembered for that one humbling night. Originally published Dec. 9, 2017.

"Showboating Fighters Get KTFO" — that's knocked the F out — is a popular, and delicious, YouTube genre. But even before the internet, Anthony "Hollywood" Hembrick practically invented the form. An undefeated light-heavyweight contender, Hembrick danced up a choreographed storm with his cornermen before getting KO'd in the first round of a fight on national TV. The former U.S. Olympic captain did eventually challenge for the world title twice, but he'll always be best remembered for that one humbling night. Originally published Dec. 9, 2017.

23 min