Kills off Boxing! In 1900, Joe Gans, a Lightweight was KO'd by Terry
McGovern, in the second round, and when it was highly
suspected that the match was a fix, it actually ended boxing
in the state of Illinois for 20 years!
Jeffries Retires from
boxing in 1904 James J. Jeffries was one
of the most notes heavyweight champions in this era. He had
retired in 1904 as an undefeated champion, but decided to give it
another chance six years after his retirement. He fought Jack
Johnson, a black boxer who was the FIRST to ever win a heavyweight
title. Jeffries was KO'd by Johnson in the 15th
Jeffries turned pro in
1896. He fought top heavyweights at that time, Gus R Duhlin
and Joe Choysnki. In 1898, he KO'd Peter Jackson and took a
decision over Tom Sharkey. On June 9, 1899, at the Coney Island
Athletic Club in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jeffries challenged Bob Fitzsimmons for
the title. According to one news source the writer said, "When Jeffries
dropped the champion in Round 2, it was immediately evident the 206-pound
challenger was physically superior to the 167-pound champion. In Round 10,
Fitzsimmons went down twice courtesy of Jeffries' potent left. The
challenger would finish the job in Round 11, when Fitzsimmons was knocked
out with a left-hook, right-uppercut combination." On May 11, 1900,
Jeffries faced Corbett in Coney Island. Jeffries KO'd Corbett in the 23rd
round! Jeffries made seven successful title defenses, including
rematches against both Fitzsimmons and Corbett. His LAST title
defense, he made it an early night when he KO'd Jack Monroe in 1904. His
ending record was (18-0-2, 15 KOs).
Hart Stopped Jack Root - July 3,
Marvin Hart stopped Jack
Root with a TKO in the twelve round. The fight took place in
Reno, Nevada. They were fighting for the
vacant title, James J. Jeffries refereed the fight and presented the title
belt to Hart. Jim Jeffries had given up the world heavyweight
championship remaining undefeated, as news reports stated that he had run
out of "Worthy challengers." Jeffries himself nominated Root and
Hart to fight for this world title fight to replace him.
Burns Fights 20 rounds - February 23, 1906
Burns went 20 long rounds with
Marvin Hart that ended in a decision. The fight took place in
Los Angeles, California.
Even Vaudeville got
into the act when it came to boxing!
Copyright: The Winthrop Moving Picture Co.; 7May1907; H93358.
film by this Vaudeville team, call the "Dancing boxing match" was
performed by this well-known team of Montgomery and Stone. The two
danced while they boxed in their act.
One of the most Brutal
bouts - 1906
On September 3, 1906, in Goldfield, Nevada, at a renowned mining camp,
and promoted by Tex Rickard, Danish Battling Nelson, , and Joe Gans
fought 42 rounds, that lasted almost three hours. It was reported that
the gate of this event was a record $76,000. As reported by the Mercury
News, they said, “Gans, the first African-American world champion,
knocked Nelson down several times but could not finish him and broke his
hand in the 33rd round. Referee George Siler warned the bloodied Nelson
about low blows several times. When Nelson fouled Gans again in the 42nd
round, Siler stopped the fight and declared Gans the winner.” Gans died
four years later of tuberculosis at the age of 35.
Five Weight classes compete in the
1908 Summer Olympics There were five weight class groups that were used in the
contested on the Boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics program. In that
time frame, the competition was for men's boxing only. The event
was held on October 27, 1908. Bantiamweights was the lightest
weight class allowed (up to 116 lbs.)
Jack Johnson Made a
History First - 1908
Jack Johnson made a "History First" when he became the first black man to win the heavyweight
title. Jeffries, was publicly pressured to get back into the
sport to fight Johnson. He was guaranteed a purse of $100,000!
So at age 35, and weighing 300 plus pounds Jeffries took on the
challenge. A little boxing trivia, Johnson also KO'd Jeffries
brother who was also a boxer. Johnson KO'd Jack Jeffries in 1902.
On December 26, 1908,
Burns in the 14th round. The fight was in
Jeffries - July 4, 1910
Jack Johnson TKO15 James J. Jeffries. The fight took place in
Reno, Nevada. Jeffries came out of retirement to fight Johnson for the
title, Even though Marvin Hart and Tommy Burns were the last two
champions, this bout actually determined the linear title.
Budinich boxes from 1902 to
1915 John Budinich,
from Havana, Chile boxed from 1902 to 1915. Budinich was Chile's first
pro boxer. He was also a boxing trainer and coach. Budi also boxed
in Cuba and Panama. According to news sources, Budinich opened the
first nations boxing academy in Cuba, and became the first known
Coulon and Conley Sign to
Fight - April 1, 1911 - Denver Times
Coulon and Conley will Sign up for bout today...Return match between little fellows for bantam title, to be staged in New
Orleans...Chicago (April 1) Frankie Conley, the
Kenosha Bantamweight, and Johnny Coulon, will meet today to sign articles
for a twenty-five round bout before the New Orleans Athletic Club.
The date also will be selected at the meeting and the weight in all probability will be 116 pounds. In addition to fighting for a percentage of
the receipts the battlers will receive $2,000. Coulon won a decision
over Conley at New Orleans recently and since that fight Conley has been
seeking a rematch.
Johnson Convicted of
Violating Vice Laws
Johnson is seen in this undated archival photo. Photo by Library
Of Congress/Reuters - 1913: Jack Johnson convicted in 1913 of violating vice laws after
several high-profile romances with white women. It was reported in
news sources on July 15, 2004, that a group of lawmakers, civil
rights leaders and sports enthusiast filed a petition with the United
States Justice Department seeking a "posthumous pardon" for the World
heavyweight champion Johnson! they have called on President George W.
Bush to expunge his criminal record. (Update: U.S. lawmakers are
seeking a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, the first black
heavyweight champion, convicted more than 90 years ago in a racially
motivated morals case. At the height of his career in 1913, the boxer
was convicted and sent to federal prison for one year and one day for
violating the Mann Act by transporting a white woman across state lines
for immoral purposes. Five other senators — Republicans Orrin Hatch of
Utah and Ted Stevens of Alaska and Democrats Harry Reid of Nevada and
Edward Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts — signed the letter
urging a full posthumous presidential pardon.
MORAN AND DRISCOLL FIGHT TO DRAW January 27, 1913 -
Owen Moran and
Jim Driscoll, fought to a draw
in London, England. This was a rematch for the two, when they first
fought in January of 1906. According to historians, the fight was a
WILLARD KO'D JOHNSON April 5, 1915 - Jess Willard
KO'd Jack Johnson in the 26th round. The fight took place in Havana,
Lee Wins Lonsdale Belt 1918 - Leith featherweight James "Tancy" Lee won the
Lonsdale championship belt.
DEMPSEY TKO'D WILLARD July 4, 1919 - Jack
Dempsey TKO3 Jess Willard in Toledo, Ohio.
Dempsey Signs to fight Gibbons
In May of 1923, Jack Dempsey signed to fight Tom Gibbons. The AP said, "
Jack Dempsey, world's heavy-weight champion, will defend his title
against Tom Gibbons, the St. Paul challenger, at Shelby. Mont., a boom
town of less than a thousand inhabitants on the afternoon of next Fourth
of July. The match will be fifteen rounds to a referee's decision."
Harry "The Human Windmill"
Greb vs. Mickey "The Toy Bulldog" Walker The Polo Grounds, New York
City, N.Y. - July 2, 1925
There have been many distinctive fights in boxing history. They have
impacted generations of fans for years and propelled the sport above all
others. You have the fights which are standard, and anyone who is a
follower of boxing or a die-hard enthusiast knows about...Link
to Ringsidereport.com -
Report by Jason Petock - October 8, 2004
Jack Dempsey Weds -
February 7, 1925, Sunday SAN
DIEGO, Cal., -- Jack Dempsey, world's champion heavyweight pugilist, and
Ida Estelle Taylor, motion picture actress, after obtaining a license
(Feb 7) to be married, were this night.
Boxing Ring Makes it's
Debut in 1925 at Madison Square Garden!
(SEPT 19, 2007) A sad day for boxing folks to find out that the boxing
ring, at the Madison Square Garden, in New York, will officially retire
after 82 years of service. Many boxing greats have fought in this ring.
According to the local news media, the ring will be placed at the museum
of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
JACK DEMPSEY VS. GENE
September 23, 1926
Gene Tunney, 28, 184 lbs., finally got his opportunity to fight
Jack Dempsey, 31, 193 lbs. The long-awaited fight
took place in front of 120,757 boxing fans, at the then-new
Sesquicentennial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The crowd paid a whopping $1,895,733.
Dempsey received about $600,000 and Tunney $200,000. Tunney
won a 10-round
TUNNEY AND DEMPSEY
REMATCH! On September 22, 1927, at the Soldier
Chicago, before 104,943 fans. Tunney and Dempsey had a rematch where
50 seconds in the seventh round, Dempsey threw a series of
combinations that landed Tunney on the canvas. Unfortunately
Dempsey took over Tunney, which delayed the ref in beginning the
eight count. Finally when Dempsey was pointed to go to the
neutral corner, the ref counted and gave Tunney valuable seconds to
recover. Tunney did recover and ultimately defeated
Dempsey. Even though the demand was there for a rubber match,
Dempsey did not fight Tunney again.
Dempsey's Brother kills Wife and
then commits Suicide!
SARATOGA LAKE, N.Y., On July 2. 1927, while Jack Dempsey was
training for an upcoming fight, he received word that his brother
John, had killed his wife (John's wife) and then committed suicide.
The tragedy occurred at their home in Schenectady.
TUNNEY FIGHTS HEENEY On July 26, 1928,was the
first heavyweight title fight to take place at the Yankee Stadium,
between Gene Tunney the title holder, and Tom Heeney.
Tunney stopped Heeney in the 11th round, in front of 45, 000 boxing
fans......Tunney retired after this fight...
TUNNEY ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT July 31, 1928 - Gene Tunney
announced his retirement, the title was declared vacant.
News article - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Rock Has World Beat for Courage, Says Gene..by Gene Tunney - July 27, 1928
New York, July 26--I have never fought a more courageous fighter than Tom
Heeney. He takes everything. He never did stop plunging even though I hit
him under the heart again and again.The fight came out about the way I had it figured but I will say that if
courage would have turned the trick Tom would be fighting even yet.
Many of the spectators may have thought that some of the blows Tom struck
me early in the fight really rocked me but at no time during the entire
eleven rounds did I feel them. All I can say is that Tom Heeney has the world beat for courage.- The End -Supplied by Bill
12-Time Dutch Boxing Champ Ben Bril
Ben Bril, at the age of 15, was a 12-time Dutch boxing champion who
competed in the 1928 Olympics. Bril won the first of his Dutch
championships in 1928 and finished fifth in the flyweight class in the
Amsterdam Olympics that same year. According to news sources, Bril
was barred from the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932 by the Dutch
Olympic committee because the secretary was a member of the Dutch Nazi
party, and Bril boycotted the 1936 Games in Berlin. He was deported
to Germany during the occupation of the Netherlands during World War II,
and he and his wife survived the concentration camp at Bergen Belsen.
Bril was also a referee after the war, and oversaw Olympic matches of Joe
Frazier, George Foreman, Teofilo Stevenson, among others. Bril died
at the age of 91 years old on September 11, 2003, at the Beth Shalom
retirement home in Amsterdam.
Tommy Rawson: National amateur junior
lightweight championship in 1929! (SEPT 19, 2003) Tommy Rawson, a
former boxer, state commissioner and coach who worked for decades to
promote safety in the ring, died at 94. Rawson, a third-generation
fighter, won the national amateur junior lightweight championship in 1929
and was professional lightweight champ of New England in 1936. He coached
boxing at Harvard for decades, stopping only after he was in his 90s.
Rawson, a building contractor, was a member of the State Boxing Commission
for more than 20 years until he stepped down in 1993. He refereed for more
than 30 years. (Source: AP)
Ross Turns Pro 1929
Barney Ross [aka: Beryl David Rosofsky],
72-4-3, began boxing professionally in 1929----He was 20 years old.
In June of 1933, he won both a world title belt by beating Tony
Canzoneri. In 1934, he defeated Jimmy McLarnin, by a split for a
welterweight title. He then lost the same belt to McLarnin, and
regained it in 1935. Ross then lost the belt to Henry Armstrong in
1938. Ross died in 1967.
Boxing: RSR Looks Back at
the Legendary "Kid Chocolate"
Before the 1917 Russian and 1959 Cuban
Social Revolutions of the 20th Century, a much earlier period transpired
for uniformly extending friendly U.S. relations abroad in Cuba. It
wasn't just the increasing sugar cane industrial industries here that
brought two equally balanced Western Hemispheres more together, though
that was the byproduct of business for the day much like cotton was
picked in the Deep South.
By By George Diaz Smith ringsidereport.com /Smith292005.htm
Canzoneri KO's Kid
On November 24, 1933, boxer Tony Canzoneri
KO'd Kid Chocolate in the second round of a
non-title bout at Madison Square Garden.
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)
Yvon “The Fighting Fisherman”
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
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.
Copyrighted and exclusive on
Doghouse BoxingLink to Story
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
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,
Dies -Sep. 12, 1969 Rocky Marciano, 45, the "Brockton Blockbuster," former world
heavyweight champion and one of the prize ring's all time greats; died
in the crash of a light plane; near Des Moines.
Liston was trouble in and out of ring
By Mike Puma
-Special to ESPN.com
"I think Sonny gave that second fight away [to Muhammad Ali]. I swear.
He said, 'No, you win and you lose.' I said, 'In the first round?' "
says Liston's widow Geraldine on ESPN Classic's Sports Century series.
Sonny Liston had 39 knockouts, including eight in the first round.
Each fight had its own set of ambiguities. The first, held in Miami
Beach, provoked cries that Liston went into the tank when he didn't come
out for the seventh round. The second, held in a small town in Maine,
was even more questionable, as Liston was knocked out in the first. Many
openly wondered whether the fights were fixed.
Full Copyrighted Story on ESPN
Liston KO'd popular Patterson
By Mike Puma -Special to ESPN.com
Sept. 25, 1962 - With an
arrest record as long as his list of knockout victims, Sonny Liston was
fearsome both out of the ring and in. The surly challenger had boasted
that he would blast Floyd Patterson from his heavyweight throne in five
rounds. It didn't take nearly that long. With a 25-pound weight
advantage (214 to 189), Liston took control from the start, pounding
away at the champion's ribs with a two-fisted attack in their bout at
Comiskey Park in Chicago. Full
Copyrighted Story on ESPN
SO WHO WERE THE CHAMPIONS
According to the Official World Ratings by the National Boxing Association
Champions, This was the listed boxers:
Heavyweights - Floyd Patterson, New York;
Light Heavyweight - Harold Johnson, Pennsylvania;
Middleweights - Gene Fullmer, Utah;
Welterweights - Benny Paret, Cuba; Junior Welterweights - Duilio Loi, Italy;
Lightweights - Joe Brown, Louisiana;
Jr. Lightweights - Flash Elorde, Philippines;
Featherweights - Davey Moore, Ohio;
Bantamweights - Eder Jofre, Brazil; and Flyweights - Pone
Kingpetch, Thailand. (Source obtained by Boxing Illustrated - March
The Sad Legacy of
by William Dettloff -
www.hbo.com/boxing Written on December 31,
2002 (The death of Sonny
Liston - 1970 at the age of 38: It is no secret that there are few happy
endings in the fight game. Or happy beginnings, for that matter. What
drives men to do what they do in the ring typically has little to do
with happiness so in that way it all makes sense. Generally, when
happier boys look for recreation they don't turn to and fall in love
with prize fighting. The angriest ones do, and those who are most
desperate. It's a desperate game, after all. So bad endings are
everywhere you look.
Muhammad Ali vs. Larry Holmes
World Heavyweight Championship Fight Poster
Original fight poster from closed-circuit broadcast of the Larry
Holmes/Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Championship fight from the Orange Bowl on
October 2nd, 1980. This fight was broadcast on closed circuit TV in the US
and this is the supporting event poster. This is a rare collector's item
and is in excellent condition.
Patterson faced Ali
On September 20, 1972, Floyd Patterson faced Ali again in the final fight of
his career. In this rematch, Ali beat him badly in a seventh-round TKO.
Day in History: 82-Year
boxing Ring at Madison Square Garden retires!
September 19, 2007
(SEPT 19) A sad day for boxing folks to find
out that the boxing ring, at the Madison Square Garden, in New York,
will officially retire after 82 years of service. Many boxing greats
have fought in this ring.
According to the local news media, the ring will be placed at the museum
of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Full Story
Buchanan named Britain's Greatest ever! 1978 - Edinburgh-born world champion Ken Buchanan was
voted Britain's greatest-ever boxer in 1978 and has a place in the
International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. (source:
Past Female Boxer Sets the Record
By Sue TL Fox
March 25, 2005 (Inset photo: Rodriguez in white top)
ANGEL RODRIGUEZ, a boxer from the 1980's, was a very
accomplished boxer, who boxed for seven years.
Rodriguez just recently contacted WBAN, and set the record straight on
one of her past fight with Louise Loo that took place in 1981.
WBAN has Loo as the winner---but Rodriguez corrected that
information...She told WBAN, "Just as a point of information; I also
have a copy of a video of the Louise Loo / Angel Rodriguez fight of
1981, as well as the magazine article from The WBB Glove, which has a
pictorial review of the fight. It clearly shows my hand being raised as
1981: Sanchez Wins Title
On July 21, 1982, Salvador Sanchez, born January 26, 1959, in
Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico, he successfully defended his title
against Azumah Nelson stopping him in the 15th round.
Unfortunately, his success was short-lived when he was tragically killed
in a vehicle accident at the age of 23 years old! In 1991, Sanchez was
inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
COBB HOPES HUMOR WILL DISARM HOLMES
Larry Holmes, who says his main goal is to retire unbeaten, will defend
the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship against
wise-cracking 26- year-old Texan Randy (Tex) Cobb tonight in the
Astrodome. Holmes is an overwhelming favorite to run his record to 41-0
against Cobb, whose fighting style is that of a brawler and who jokes
constantly outside the ring -- and sometimes in it. Published
on November 26, 1982, Miami Herald, (FL)
HAGLER, DURAN COULD EARN
$10 MILLION EACH
Marvelous Marvin Hagler and
Roberto Duran could earn more than $10 million each when they meet for the
15-round middleweight boxing crown Nov. 10 at the Dunes Hotel in Las
Vegas, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday. "It will be the biggest
closed-circuit fight in history, with three or four million people
watching," Arum said at a news conference attended by both fighters
in New York. "I believe this is the greatest fight of our lifetime.
Published on July 15, 1983, Miami Herald, The (FL)
MANCINI ON THE ATTACK
One of today's
more-or-less burning boxing issues is whether Ray "Boom Boom"
Mancini will retire after twice being hacked into Italian sausage by
Livingstone Bramble. Mancini, known to all his intimates as
"Boom," isn't saying. But he certainly seems to be
few days ago, sports columnist Tom Melody of The Akron Beacon Journal
asked Boom something along the lines of "What do you think of boxing
people these days?" Quick, get that man a few more notebooks:"
Published on September 28, 1985, Miami Herald, (FL)
FEMALE BOXER'S DEBUT A
TKO AS OPPONENT HURTS SHOULDER
Five minutes after being
hoisted from the ring by trainer Adolfo Morrell and politely applauded by
a Sheraton Americas Hotel crowd of 350, Florida's first female pro boxing
victor leaned against a wall and cried in despair. "I didn't mean to
hurt her," Tracy Landy said in referring to a first-round technical
knockout of Lori Mae Preusser Friday night.
June 26, 1985 - ALI SEEKS DIVORCE
Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali and his
third wife, Veronica, filed for divorce Tuesday, her attorney said.
"An amicable agreement on the major issues already has been worked
December 23, 1986 -JUDGE BLOCKS SPINKS-COONEY FIGHT
NEW YORK -- A Manhattan judge Monday blocked the
scheduled Michael Spinks-Gerry Cooney heavyweight championship fight until
the promoters have Cooney sign a contract to participate in a title
Smith vs. Witherspoon - December
13, 1986 NEW YORK -- James "Bonecrusher' Smith,
who got the fight as a substitute, knocked down Tim Witherspoon three
times in the first round and won the World Boxing Association heavyweight
championship Friday night at Madison Square Garden .SMITH WINS HEAVYWEIGHT
TITLE BOUT 12/13/86