Fight Night

Fight Night

On October 26, 1970, Muhammad Ali triumphantly returned to the world of boxing in Atlanta, Georgia. But every national front-page headline the next morning featured the story of one of the biggest heists in history. At the center of it all - a hustler named “Chicken Man”. Fans arrived in Rolls Royces delivered from New York City. Adorned in vibrant fur coats and dripping with diamonds, they grabbed engraved invitations then strutted into the arena. The sold-out crowd stood and cheered when the first-round bell rang, minus two empty seats. After the fight, many celebrating the victory, including top black mafia leaders, headed to Chicken Man’s house with invitation in hand. Instead of women and wine greeting them at the front door, each walked into the barrel of a sawed-off shotgun. On FIGHT NIGHT, J.D. Hudson, one of the first black detectives in Atlanta’s desegregated police force helped lead Muhammed Ali into the ring. The next day, he was assigned to the robbery by the chief of police. When asked by a journalist years later, “When did the investigation end?” J.D. summed it up perfectly, “When everybody was dead.”

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October 16, 2020 1 min

On October 26, 1970, Muhammad Ali triumphantly returned to the world of boxing in Atlanta, Georgia. But every national front-page headline the next morning featured the story of the largest black-on-black heist in history. At the center of it all - a hustler named “Chicken Man”. Fans arrived in Rolls Royces delivered from New York City. Adorned in vibrant fur coats and dripping with diamonds, they grabbed engraved invitations then ...

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Enter J.D. Hudson. Assigned to the case by the Chief of Police, this tough no-nonsense cop had knowledge of the streets and the crooks who ran them. The first black detective in Atlanta’s desegregated police force, Hudson headed security for the Ali fight. As the lead investigator for the crime, Hudson’s job was to bring Chicken Man down. But few knew of the mutual respect and friendship they shared from opposite sides of the stree...

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November 2, 2020 24 min

Gordon Williams Jr breaks down his dad's life as a hustler and drug dealer. New characters associated with the party and the heist are introduced like Buddy Gloss and Frank Moten, who was known as the "Black Godfather". JD Hudson, the lead detective on the robbery case, reveals a shocking discovery.

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November 9, 2020 27 min

In this episode, we're visited by the ghost of one of the lead characters, learn the background of the afterparty and discover the mastermind of the subsequent heist.

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November 16, 2020 25 min

In this episode we explore how Atlanta was poised to host the huge bout between Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry. Plus, Chicken Man tries to make last minute plans for the after-party.

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November 23, 2020 24 min

Muhammad Ali steps back into the ring for the first time in over three years. The robbers place themselves in position for the heist as the partygoers leave the Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta. The mastermind sets his plan in motion.

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November 30, 2020 24 min

 The partygoers are in for a shocking surprise when they arrive at Chicken Man's house. And when Chicken Man shows up, he realizes his world is about to be turned upside down.

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December 7, 2020 27 min

Huge crowds overwhelm the robbers, so they take their stash and hostages before they disappear into the night. Chicken Man is implicated, and JD Hudson is assigned to investigate the robbery.

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December 14, 2020 25 min

JD Hudson and his partner Joe Amos get a tip about where the robbers are hiding out. Chicken Man flies to New York to face Frank Moten and The Council of Twelve.

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December 21, 2020 26 min

JD Hudson and his partner investigate the stash house. Chicken Man tries to make his family feel safe despite all the publicity to the contrary. The robbers face the wrath of Frank Moten and the other gangsters.

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December 28, 2020 31 min

The mastermind of the heist pays the ultimate price. JD gets the promotion he has worked so hard to obtain, and the heat from the police finally catches up to Chicken Man.

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January 4, 2021 38 min

The families of JD Hudson and Chicken Man share memorable stories about these incredible men.

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January 11, 2021 26 min

Dr. Hobson and I discuss several of the topics and issues that were explored during the Fight Night series.

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Pee Wee Gaskins was a master manipulator who befriended many of his victims on the way to becoming South Carolina's most notorious mass murderer. He stabbed, shot, drowned, and poisoned more than a dozen people. And for his final act, he used dynamite in a brazen murder for hire scheme while his victim was on death row. Pee Wee conned everyone around him and charmed one unwitting accessory to assist in this final brutal deed.

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