About Don King

About Don King

Check out this video for a few of the many accomplishments of the legendary Don King.

Don King coined the phrase, “Only in America”. He lives it. He breathes it. He believes it. It’s part of his soul.
“Only in America can a Don King happen,” explains Don. “America is the greatest country in the world—I love America. What I’ve accomplished could not have been done anywhere else.”
Indeed, the odds have always been long for King. A product of the hard-core Cleveland ghetto, he beat those odds to become the world’s greatest promoter. His shocking hairstyle, infectious smile, booming laugh and inimitable vocabulary have made Don King universally recognizable. He has been featured on the covers of Time, Sports Illustrated, Ebony, Jet, and countless other magazines. He has appeared in movies, television shows and on numerous television and radio talk shows. There was even an award-winning unauthorized movie loosely based on his life and numerous other attempts by Hollywood to depict his larger-than-life personality.
Don’s promotions have entertained billions around the globe. His life has been devoted to staging the best in world-championship boxing as well as always giving something back to the people. Don Kingpromoted events have given the sports and entertainment world some of its most thrilling and memorable moments.
Inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997, King was the only boxing promoter named to Sports Illustrated’s list of the “40 Most Influential Sports Figures of the Past 40 Years.” The New York Times published a list that included Don King among 100 African Americans who have helped shape this country’s history during the last century.
When once asked in a private meeting with Mandalay Bay hotel executives in Las Vegas about what he would like on his epitaph, King quickly responded, “He worked for the day when all people would be clothed in dignity.”
This statement belies the belief that King is merely a boxing promoter. At heart, he is, foremost, a civil rights activist.
“Nothing makes me happier than to promote a fight card with boxers from ten different countries: the fighters, the corner men, the media, the business people-all of them,” King said. “The thrill comes when these people, who would never normally come into contact with one another, work together on an event. They learn that no matter what color, race, religion or whatever you are, underneath the skin
we are all the same on the inside.” King added, poignantly, “I must take the two-by-four out of my eye before I can ask you to take the splinter out of yours.”