Name: Floyd Cummings
Birth Name: Floyd Cummings
Birthplace: Mississippi, USA
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 6′ 2″ / 188cm
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When Floyd "Jumbo" Cummings was 17, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to prison for 50-75 years. He took up boxing while he was in prison and became a good amateur boxer. He was allowed to leave prison several times to fight in amateur matches. Cummings wanted to try out for the 1976 Olympic team, but prison inmates were ruled ineligible.
Cummings was paroled in May 1979 and turned professional the following month. After winning 15 of 16 pro fights, Cummings was chosen to be Joe Frazier's opponent for his December 1981 comeback fight. Cummings and Frazier, who was ending a five-year retirement, fought to a ten-round draw.
Frazier wisely went back into retirement, and Cummings went winless for the rest of his career, losing five straight and finishing with a record of 15-6-1.
Cummings was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 1984, and returned to prison for 12 more years.
In 2002, Cummings was convicted in Illinois of stealing $250 and a videocassette recorder from a fast-food restaurant in 2000. He was sentenced to life in prison under the state's "three strikes" law.
Cummings filed a $50 million lawsuit against ESPN in 2008, claiming a telecast of his fight with Joe Frazier that aired in August and September 2007 violated the Right of Publicity Act.
ESPN filed a motion to dismiss, arguing it did not re-broadcast the Frazier-Cummings fight. ESPN also argued that even if it did broadcast the fight, as a matter of law, any broadcast of any sporting event falls under the enumerated exception in the Right of Publicity Act.
U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan granted ESPN’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit in 2009.