Yvon Durelle, 77 years
as of December 2006, was one of the top light-heavyweight boxers in the
1950’s. He won the British Empire title in 1957. When he retired in
1963, he had accumulated a record of a 90-24-2, 51 KOs record. This
week (Dec. 30, 2006), Durelle suffered from a stroke, and was listed in
For the Record Books..Up Close and Personal...By
"Bad Brad Berkwitt
19, 2003) The 1950's from the tapes I have viewed, and the stories
from the old-timers I have heard, makes me feel so lucky to be part of the
world of boxing as a writer that can research this stuff which has left a
mark on what I have learned about the history of the boxing landscape.
GIL TURNER FIGHTING
CAREER IN THE EARLY 1950's
Gil Turner fought his first main event
against Beau Jack, in April of 1951, at the
Philadelphia Arena. Turner won that fight. Turner rematched
with Beau one month later and again defeated Beau. The following
year, on July 7, 1952, at the Philadelphia Stadium, Gil Turner got his big chance with 31-0 to fight against
for his World Welterweight title. The fight was non-stop for the
first ten rounds, and then in the eleventh Turner was stopped in front of
a stunned crowd.
JAKE LAMOTTA VS. SUGAR
On Feb. 14, 1951, Jake LaMotta and Sugar
Ray Robinson fought in front of 14, 802 boxing fans, for LaMotta’s
world middleweight championship at the old Chicago Stadium. It was their
six outing, with Robinson winning four of the five matches that was
reported to have been toe-to-toe battles. This sixth championship bout
proved to be one of the classics and greatest action fights. They fought
non-stop for 13 rounds, when the referee stopped the fight and Robinson
was declared the winner.
Drama Without a Script... By Bernie McCoy
April 23, 2003
Its been written that
sports is "drama without a script". Every so often, however, a sports event
plays out exactly according to a script, like the last act of a play. On
October 26, 1951, that play was, in the eyes of many, a tragedy. Full Story
SUGAR RAY ROBINSON VS.
In 1950, in Coney Island at the Velodrome, Sugar Ray
Robinson fought a non-title fight against Billy Brown in a
10-rounder. (It would not be until nearly a half a century on July
8, 2001, when professional boxing would finally return. Hector
Camacho Jr. fought Jesse James Leija in a 10-round junior welterweight
bout, at the Keyspan Park televised on HBO.
LAST HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT TO TAKE PLACE IN
On June 26, 1959, Ingemar Johansson took on Floyd Patterson, and stopped
Patterson in the third round.
DANNY VALDEZ VS. DWIGHT
On October 1, 1959, Danny Valdez
faced Dwight Hawkins in a brawling slugfest for the California
State featherweight championship. Valdez won by a close
decision. 53 years later, on October 1, 2002, the Golden State
Boxer's Association honored these two at a luncheon in Hollywood,
Louis KO'd Schmeling
On June 22, 1938, Joe Louis KO'd Max Schmeling in round one.
According to news sources, that knockout had achieved vindication for his
humiliating defeat Schmeling had given him a couple of years earlier.
(Excellent Story -
Fight of the Century By Emmett Berg)