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Today in Atlantic City Boxing History: Evander Holyfield vs Chris Byrd

Written by Rob Scott

Legends Come Together at Boardwalk Hall

Atlantic City – December 14, 2002 – On this date, Don King Productions, Caesars Atlantic City and AC’s Boardwalk Hall brought Evander Holyfield vs. Chris Byrd together in a battle for the Vacant IBF World Heavyweight Championship.

Holyfield vs. Byrd

Holyfield, a former four-time heavyweight champion, faced Byrd who himself once held the WBO version of the heavyweight crown.

A Unanimous Champion

After twelve rounds of boxing, Chris Byrd earned a unanimous decision win and became the new IBF Heavyweight Champion.

Rounding Out the Card

In another bout on the card, Lamon Brewster made a successful first defense of his NABO Heavyweight Championship against Tommy Martin with a third round TKO. The vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight belt was also on the line in this contest.

In yet another heavyweight affair, Fres Oquendo scored an eleventh round TKO over George Arias for the vacant WBA Fedelatin heavyweight championship.

Four more bouts rounded out this night of boxing.

Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame is not liable for any errors or omissions in this information. Any opinions or inquiries that you may have you can forward them to Rob Scott at robscottxl@msn.com.

This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: Evander Holyfield vs. Pinklon Thomas – December 9, 1988

Written by Rob Scott

Caesars Hosts The Real Deal

Atlantic City  –  On December 9, 1988, Main Events, Don King Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City brought heavyweight boxing to the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Holyfield vs. Thomas

The main event saw undisputed cruiserweight champion, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, 19-0, 15KOs, squared off with former WBC Heavyweight Champion, Pinklon Thomas, 29-2-1, 24KOs, in a scheduled ten round heavyweight attraction.

New to His Class

Including his very last bout, against James Tillis five months earlier, this was only Holyfield’s second time as a heavyweight in his career.

The bout ended when Thomas’ corner, watching their fighter take punishment for seven round, refused to allow him to come out for the eighth.

A Legendary Heavyweight to Come

After the win, Holyfield vacated the Cruiserweight title to compete as a full-time heavyweight.

Also, Michael Dokes scored two eleventh round knockdowns en route to a unanimous twelve round decision to successfully make the first defense of his WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.

The wins by both Holyfield and Dokes would set up a meeting between the two in their very next bout.

Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame is not liable for any errors or omissions in this information. Any opinions or inquiries that you may have you can forward them to Rob Scott at robscottxl@msn.com.

This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: Mike Tyson vs. Alex Stewart – “The Hard Way Back”

Written by Rob Scott

Don King’s Card Packs a Punch

Atlantic City – December 8, 1990 – On this night Don King Productions and Trump Plaza brought you an eight-bout boxing card named “The Hard Way Back” – Tyson vs. Stewart.

Tyson vs. Stewart

He’s Back

Coming off of a 1st round KO six months earlier over Henry Tilman, Mike Tyson looked to keep up his winning ways against the tough Alex Stewart.

It was Tyson’s second bout since his shock loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo ten months earlier.

Tyson scored three knockdowns en route to a 1st round TKO at the 2:27 mark.

It was Tyson’s thirteenth appearance in an Atlantic City ring…and, unfortunately, his last.

More Names, More TKOs

Julio Caesar Chavez also made a defense of his WBC Super lightweight and IBF Jr. Welterweight titles against South Korean, Kyung-Duk Ahn.

Chavez scored two knockdowns in the second round and one in the third en route to a TKO victory at 2:14 of the third round.

Also, Julio Cesar Chavez successfully defended his IBF/WBC 140lb titles with a 3rd round TKO over Kyung-Duk Ahn

Donovan “Razor” Ruddock scored a 1st round KO of Mike Rouse

Simon Brown won with a 1st round TKO over Ozzie O’Neal

Tyrell Biggs registered a 10 round unanimous decision over Rodolfo Marin

Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame is not liable for any errors or omissions in this information. Any opinions or inquiries that you may have you can forward them to Rob Scott at robscottxl@msn.com.

This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: Title Wave – Delahoya vs. Rivera, Norris vs. Mulling, and Marquez vs. Campas – December 6, 1997

Written by Rob Scott

Boardwalk Hall Takes on “Title Wave”

Atlantic City — December 6, 1997 — On this day in 1997, Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. along with Caesars Atlantic City, brought a huge boxing event to Boardwalk Hall. The show was dubbed as “Title Wave”  and produced three world title match-ups.

In the main event, four division world champion, “Goldenboy” Oscar Dela Hoya, made the third  defense of his WBC Welterweight championship against the determined Wilfredo Rivera of Puerto Rico.

Rivera and De La Hoya Face Off

Rivera sported a 27-2-1 (18kos) record, with his only losses coming from his two earlier bouts with Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker.

Delahoya Rivera Norris Mullings

On this night the speed of Dela Hoya was too much for Rivera, who was tenacious but over matched. A swift Dela Hoya left hook  opened a cut over the right eye of Rivera in the second round which started the challenger’s downward spiral.

Rivera Tries to Keep Up

A DeLa Hoya barrage of punches, capped off with a strong right hand, dropped Rivera to the canvas in the fourth round, but Rivera rose from the canvas after the referee’s count of six.

The right eye injury of Rivera became increasingly worse, and with blood flowing, the referee chose to stop the fight upon the recommendation of the ringside physician at the 2:48 mark in the eighth round.

It was Dela Hoya’s first appearance  as a fighter in Atlantic City, but unfortunately, it turned out to be the only time he had fought in an AC ring.

“Terrible” Terry Defends Against Keith Mullings

Also on the card, long time 154lb champion, “Terrible” Terry Norris, defended his WBC World Super welterweight championship against Brooklyn, New York’s own Keith Mullings.

Coming into the fight, Norris was coming off of six consecutive knockout victories. A victory over Mullings would have placed Norris in the position of landing a lucrative match-up with Oscar Dela Hoya in the very near future.

Not many people looked at Mullings as the fighter to derail Norris’ drive to Dela Hoya, with a record coming into the ring as having only won one bout in his last six outings.

But fortunately for Mullings, he gave himself a chance.

Mullings Pulls off the Unexpected

After taking Norris’ best through most of eight rounds, Mullings landed a blistering right hand at the :48 mark that dropped Norris and totally changed the tide of the fight.

Norris lasted the round, but never fully recovered, with Mullings picking up where he left off at the start of the ninth. The punishment mounted causing the referee to call a halt to the bout at the 0:51 mark of the ninth round and making Keith Mullings the new champion.

More Titles on the Line

Raul Marquez also put his IBF World Jr. Middleweight title on the line for the third time taking on the always tough Luis Ramon Campas.

In a heated battle, Campas broke down Marquez, swelling the defending champion’s right eye and left cheek, inhibiting his vision and making him susceptible to punishment.

After closely watching the action, the referee stepped in stopping the bout at the official mark of 2:29 of the eighth round, saving Marquez from further punishment.

The TKO victory made Yori Boy Campas the new IBF 154lb champion.

Rounding out the pay-per-view event

Future world champions, Vassiliy Jirov and Daniel Santos, came away winners in seperate bouts. Zahir Raheem and Eric “Butterbean” Esch also brought their brands of excitement with their wins on this evening.

Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame is not liable for any errors or omissions in this information. Any opinions or inquiries that you may have you can forward them to Rob Scott at robscottxl@msn.com.

This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: the King Is Back – December 5, 1998

Written by Rob Scott

Four Years Too Many Without the King

Atlantic City — December 5, 1998 — On this date back in 1998, Don King Productions, along with Bally’s Park Place brought Atlantic City boxing fans an exciting twelve bout fight card that was appropriately called “The King is back.”

It was Don King’s return to town after a four-year hiatus and the very first boxing event at the brand new Atlantic City Convention Center.

A Chance to Walk Away as Champion

The card was headlined by three world title bouts and featured Albuquerque, New Mexico’s own, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia who stepped up in weight to challenge the reigning WBA World Bantamweight champion in Nana Konadu of Ghana.

Tapia, a two-time world champ at the time, came to the ring as the current IBF World Jr. Bantamweight champion for this challenge, and after twelve rounds of boxing, walked away as a three-time world champion, winning a majority decision victory.

Page Fights Hard to Defend His Title

A co-feature of the evening saw James “Mighty Quinn” Page make the first defense of his WBA world welterweight championship against the very tough, Jose Luis Lopez.

Even with Lopez scoring a pair of knockdowns in rounds 3 & 9, Page fought long and hard enough to successfully defend his title with a unanimous decision win.

More Bouts to Remember

Richard Hall faced Anthony Bigeni for the vacant interim WBA light heavyweight championship, with Hall scoring a third round TKO also on this night.

Future world champion, Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis, also won on this evening, beating Teddy Reid for the WBA North American welterweight title.

It was the first and ultimately the last boxing card at the new convention center because of obstructed views, but regardless of that, on this evening, Atlantic City was shown that the King was indeed back.

Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame is not liable for any errors or omissions in this information. Any opinions or inquiries that you may have you can forward them to Rob Scott at robscottxl@msn.com.

This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: Cotto vs. Quintana and Margarito vs. Clottey Welterweight Title Doubleheader

Written by Rob Scott

Bob Arum Brings Excitement to Boardwalk Hall

Cotto vs. Quintana and Margarito vs. Clottey

Atlantic City — December 2, 2006 — On this date, Caesars Atlantic City, along with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. brought an exciting night at the fights to Boardwalk Hall with a card headlined by two separate welterweight championship bouts.

Only One Remains Undefeated

In a battle of unbeaten Puerto Rican superstars, Miguel Cotto faced off with Carlos Quintana for the vacant WBA Welterweight championship.

Cotto, making his welterweight debut, walked away with the RTD win after scoring two knockdowns in the fifth round and Quintana refusing to come out for the sixth.

Margarito Puts Them up for Clottey

In the other co-feature, Mexico’s Antonio Margarito made the seventh successful defense of his WBO Welterweight title with a tough unanimous twelve round decision win over the talented Ghanaian native, Joshua Clottey.

The doubleheader was a precursor to boxing for years to come, with Cotto fighting and scoring a split decision win over Clottey in June of 2009, along with his action packed two fights with Antonio Margarito.

Those two wars ended with Margarito scoring an eleventh round TKO in July of 2008, but Cotto avenging that loss with a December 2011 stoppage in which the ringside physician refused to let Margarito come out for round nine because of a badly swollen eye.

Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame is not liable for any errors or omissions in this information. Any opinions or inquiries that you may have you can forward them to Rob Scott at robscottxl@msn.com.

This Date in Atlantic City Boxing History

Written by Rob Scott

IBC Heavyweight Championship

Atlantic City — October 7, 1995 — On this day Lennox Lewis defeated Tommy “The Duke” Morrison at 1:22 of the sixth round to capture the International Boxing Council (IBC) Heavyweight Championship at what was then the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Lewis Morrison Poster

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Sunday, June 3rd Induction Ceremony

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame 2nd Annual Induction Ceremony

The Main Event. A chance to sit among legends and honor them for their incredible achievements. In June 2018 we welcome 25 more inductees into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.

A Collision of The Greats

Join us as we honor boxers, promoters, officials, and more from Atlantic City and all over the world. Tickets are on sale now.

Sunday's Induction Ceremony

A Storied History

In 2018 we turn our heads to these incredible men and women – all with their own unique background.

Jersey Joe Walcott won a heavyweight crown at age 37. Ray Mercer lost by the skin of his teeth to 2017 inductee Larry Holmes. Two 20178 inductees – Hector Camacho and Vinny Paz – fought once, then fought again in a brutal grudge match.

These inductees directed the Atlantic City Boxing narrative beautifully and brutally. Their tenacity, strength, and commitment to the sport is unmatched, so they are legends to the ACBHOF.

Saturday, June 2nd Fight Fan Experience

More of  a Great Thing

We’ve heard what the fans have had to say, and after a long debate, the Atlantic City Boxing Hall Fight Fan Experience is back by popular demand.

In Store at Our Second Celebration

Get your tickets now to join in on the fun at the 2nd Annual Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend.

Saturday's Fight Fan Experience

If you missed last year’s event, you won’t want to miss this one. Explore the exhibits and meet legendary boxing stars. Expand your memorabilia collection with the best-in-class vendors. Eat, win, and enjoy. Make new memories in a highly festive and interactive sporting entertainment environment!

Friday, June 1st VIP Reception

A Night to Remember

With the 2nd Annual Induction Weekend fast approaching, the time has come to reveal all we have planned.

Art, Music, and the Greatest Sport Ever

From 5PM to 8PM on June 1st, we get the chance to combine a few of our favorite things into one glorious Night to Remember. Come experience and witness for the first time in Atlantic City Boxing History the grand premiere of our Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Pop-Up Experience.

Friday's VIP Reception

Spend an evening behind the veil of the Future ACBHOF Live Attraction inclusive of music, food, art, and high energy programming! This will be a cornerstone moment that will establish ACBHOF in your hearts and minds forever! We invite you to be a part of the historic event with us!