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This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Dick Tiger vs. Joey Giardello 3

Written by Rob Scott

 Atlantic City – On December 7, 1963, Lou Duva, Murray Goodman and Garden State Sports Corporation Inc. brought Dick Tiger vs. Joey Giardello to Convention Hall in Atlantic City for the WBA/WBC Middleweight Championships Of The World.

Third Time Around

This was the third meeting between the Nigerian born, Dick Tiger (47-17-3, 22KOs) and the Brooklyn born Philadelphia resident, Joey Giardello (91-23-8, 31KOs). Each scored unanimous decision victories over the other when they clashed in 1959, with Tiger winning the first meeting and Giardello scoring victory the second time around.

How Time Changes

The time frame since their 1959 clashes to their fast forwarded 1963 third meeting had brought changes in the careers of both fighters.

After his victory over Tiger in their second meeting, Giardello  challenged Gene Fullmer for his NBA World Middleweight championship five months later, but failed to bring home the belt after that war was declared a draw. Giardello fought seventeen times in all since his last win against Tiger, winning ten, drawing twice and losing five. Of those ten wins, one was a 10 round unanimous decision over an aging “Sugar” Ray Robinson. Giardello, the number three contender at the time, even floored the pound-for-pound great for a nine count in the fourth round of their bout.

Dick Tiger fought a total of fourteen times since his loss to Giardello, losing once, drawing once and winning twelve. Of those wins for Tiger, one was a challenge to Gene Fullmer for his WBA, Formerly NBA, Middleweight championship. Tiger walked away with the 15 round unanimous decision victory and the belt. In a return bout four months later, both Tiger and Fulmer fought to a draw. They fought a third bout almost six months after the second meeting, with Tiger’s WBA belt, along with the vacant newly formed WBC middleweight title on the line. Tiger was declared the TKO winner when Fulmer’s handlers asked for the bout to be stopped after the 7th round.

It turned out to be Fulmer’s last bout of his career, but it set up a third meeting for Dick Tiger and Joey Giardello which took place four months later.


Fight three in AC

In this third meeting,  Dick Tiger tried to be aggressive, swinging with knockout intentions, but Giardello fought a more controlled and calculated fight. The challenger used his legs well, moving around the ring often making Tiger miss with his hard blows. Giardello made his opponent pay for his over extension, countering the Nigerian native on many occasions.

No man was seriously hurt in the bout, but the Giardello’s style and effectiveness caught the eye referee, Paul Cavalier, who was the lone official scoring the bout. At the end of 15 rounds, Cavalier scored 8 round for Giardello, 5 rounds for Tiger and 2 rounds even.

With the scores, Giardello was declared the new WBA/WBC middleweight champion of the world to the delight of a roaring and supportive crowd.

One More Time

Dick Tiger and Joey Giardello did face one another twenty-two months later for yet a fourth and final time, with Tiger regaining the championship by unanimous decision in October of 1965.

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This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – George Foreman vs. Shannon Briggs

Written By Rob Scott

Atlantic City – On Saturday, November 22, 1997, Kathy Duva’s Main Events brought to Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino’s  Mark G. Etess Arena, “Big” George Foreman vs. Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs for the Lineal Heavyweight Championship of the world.

The Man Who Beat The Man

After his monumental November 1995 win over Michael Moorer to win the IBF, WBA and Lineal heavyweight titles, Foreman was subsequently stripped of recognition from the two major sanctioning bodies but maintained his lineal status. This meant that even though the IBF and WBA no longer recognized him as their champ, he was still the – Man who beat the man – because no one actually beat him in the ring to take those laurels.

Experience vs. Youth

It was the 48-year-old Foreman, 76-4, 68 KOs, looking to remain on top, versus the 25-year-old Briggs, 29-1, 24 KOs, attempting to become “The Man” or at least a very key player in the heavyweight picture.

In round one, Briggs threw his jab and used his legs to stay away from Foreman’s shots, but as early as the third round, started to show signs of fatigue. Foreman played the aggressor while Briggs fought in retreat for most the fight. The Brooklyn native did land his share of blows, but it was “Big George” who started landing big shots as the fight progressed. Foreman used his big jab and overhand right to help move an already retreating Briggs around the ring.

Briggs looked to make his 23-year age advantage work in his favor, but as the fight went on, experience and determination seemingly overshadowed youth.

Down the stretch, Foreman tried hard to score the knockout, even breaking Briggs’ nose in the last round, but Briggs persevered.


The Eyes Of The Judges

Ultimately, the fight went the distance and the decision was in the hands of the judges. The scores read 114-114 even on one card, while the other two cards read 113-117 and 112-116 in favor of Briggs. The decision was met with boos from the crowd with many thinking Foreman should have gotten the decision.

Controversy swirled for weeks afterward with calls for investigations into the decision being brought from not only Foreman and his handlers, but also from people like Senator John McCain.  But in the end, Briggs still was the split decision winner and new lineal champion.

Briggs’ victory landed him a shot at Lennox Lewis’ WBC crown, being floored three times and ultimately being stopped by 5th round TKO.

After a proposed fight with Larry Holmes fell through, the Briggs fight would turn out to be Foreman’s last bout.

The Undercard

On the undercard, up and coming star, Fernando Vargas, improved his record to 8-0, 8KOs, with a first-round TKO over Jose Miguel Fernandez.

1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, David Reid, scored a 5th round TKO over Dan Connolly, boosting his record to 6-0, 5 KOs.

David Tua rebounded from his 12 round unanimous decision loss to Ike Ibeabuchi five months earlier with a 2nd round TKO over Jeff Lally, improving his record to 28-1, 24 KOs.




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On this day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Dwight Muhammad Qawi vs. Eddie Davis


Written By: Rob Scott

Atlantic City – On November 20, 1982, Main Events brought another night of championship boxing to Atlantic City’s Convention Hall.  The fight card was labeled, “Blockbuster On The Boardwalk” and was headlined by the “Camden Buzzsaw,” Dwight Muhammad Qawi, 18-1-1 (11KOs), making a defense of his WBC Light heavyweight title against the challenge of reigning USBA Light heavyweight champion/WBC #2 contender, Eddie Davis, 23-2-1 (15KOs).  The bout was scheduled for 15 rounds.

Fight before the fight

With a unification clash looming against undefeated reigning WBA Light heavyweight champion, Michael Spinks, Qawi looked to get by Davis’ challenge to make way for that much-anticipated unification bout.

After a feeling out process from both, it initially looked to be a short night for Qawi after he dropped Davis with a combination with forty seconds left in the first round.  After getting up off of the canvas and answering referee Tony Perez’s questions, Davis survived Qawi’s onslaught for the remainder of the round, stumbling to his corner as the bell sounded. Had it been a lesser experienced referee, the bout could have been stopped then, but Referee Perez let the fight go on.

Tougher than expected

Qawi stayed on his opponent, but the challenger wouldn’t fall, with Davis often coming back with his own noted offense. Even with a cut opened over his left eye, Davis still didn’t allow that to be a deterrent.  In fact, Qawi himself began to bleed from his nose as Davis tried his best to give as much as he received.

Under The Weather, But Still On Top

Qawi was visibly not himself, fighting at a slower pace than what fight fans were accustomed to seeing from him.

Davis definitely put on a game showing in the eighth and ninth rounds, with Qawi explaining his slower performance as being a result of an earlier illness and personal problems.  Even with those setbacks, this version of the “Camden Buzzsaw” was still enough to eventually stop Davis’ game effort, punishing him in the tenth and flooring him seconds into the eleventh. When Davis picked himself up off the canvas this time, referee Tony Perez examined the fighter, prompting him to call a halt to  the bout after only twenty-eight seconds into the round.

Setting The Stage

With Michael Spinks in attendance, tensions were in the air, but the stage was now officially set for both he and Qawi to finally meet in their WBA/WBC Light heavyweight unification.

Featured undercard
On the undercard, future AC Hall Of Famer, Bobby Czyz 20-0 (15kos), suffered the first defeat of his career, losing a 10 round unanimous decision to former middleweight title challenger, Mustafa Hamsho 34-2-2 (21kos).

Also on the card was the undefeated Tony Ayala Jr. 21-0 (18kos), scoring a 3rd round KO over Carlos Herrera 47-6 (32kos).



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This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Sergio Martinez vs. Paul Williams 2

Written by Rob Scott

Atlantic City – On November 20, 2010, Goossen Tutor Promotions, along with DiBella Entertainment joined forces to bring Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez vs. Paul “Punisher” Williams II – The Explosive Rematch, to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

Like facing Like

When Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez clashed in December 2009, the scene was different. Paul Williams put the word out that he would fight everyone from welterweight up through middleweight. After having a middleweight title opportunity fallout twice because of a recurring staph infection suffered by then-champion, Kelly Pavlik, Williams continued looking for challenges. Unfortunately, with his reputation of volume punching, tall lanky stature, and a decent chin, his phone wasn’t ringing off the hook from boxing’s best.

Sergio Martinez was relatively in the same boat as Williams, finding it harder than it should be to find willing opponents. Needing opponents, the avoided faced the avoided in what turned out to be one of the most entertaining fights of the year. True to his word, Williams, who fluctuated in fighting weights, accepted an opportunity to face Martinez, who was the reigning 154lb champ, at a catch weight.

Both scoring knockdowns in the first round and throwing non-stop punches throughout, each lived up to their reputations of bringing their best and leaving their all on the table. When it was all over, Williams was declared the winner by majority decision in a fight that could have gone either way.

What A Difference A Year Makes

In the months since their first bout, significant changes took place. Williams was initially on the shelf healing from a cut he received in his first bout with Martinez. That setback opened the door for Martinez to step in and step up to challenge middleweight champ, Kelly Pavlik, who was given the green light to return after his staph infection issues. Martinez made the best of his opportunity by beating Pavlik at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in an exciting fight that saw the defending champ bloody and outgunned.

Sergio Martinez was now the new middleweight champion of the world and ready for another challenge. Williams faced Kermit Cintron upon his return, winning a 4th round technical decision after the bout had to be halted because of an injury suffered by Cintron when he fell through the ropes. After the win, Williams was ready to finally get his shot at the middleweight crown.

Just over eleven months after Martinez and Williams faced one another in the smaller Adrian Phillips Theater within Boardwalk Hall, the main arena played host to this anticipated rematch. Clearing up the controversy of who was the better man was an opportunity that each looked forward to.

As Good As The First

When it comes to boxing, let’s face it, sequels don’t always live up to the hype and actual substance of the original. Granted, there have been some rematches that have been so good, even a third match-up is yearned for and even warranted. Then there are those rematches that have left audiences feeling upset, as if the promoters pulled a proverbial bait and switch maneuver, definitely not giving what was advertised.

With the punch-output, heart and determination that these two have shown, not only against one another, but each and every night out, it was so hard to believe that this rematch wouldn’t live up to the hype.

From the opening bell, these two fighters looked to pick up where they left off from their first meeting. Both Williams, 39-1 (27kos), and Martinez, 45-2-2(24kos), started throwing bombs from the offset to the delight of the screaming fans in attendance. At the end of the first round, we all knew we were watching something that would be as special as the first.

Short But Sweet

Martinez’s strategy of smothering Williams and matching him punch-for-punch was a decent tactic, but after the bell rang to start the second round, the defending champion made the subtle change of periodically stepping back. It allowed him to in turn, not smother his own punches.

With Williams in pursuit and looking to land, Martinez started to land with his overhand left. After an exchange, Martinez found room, stepped back and landed a left at the2:03 mark that brought everyone in Boardwalk Hall to their feet, but dropped Williams for a count that could have gone well past ten.

The shot was one heard around the boxing world, garnering knockout of the year honors for 2010.

On this night, both Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams made history…Atlantic City History.





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Remembering A Boxing Fixture: Artie Curry

Written by Rob Scott

Photo by Holger Keifel and Rob Scott

Still In Our Hearts and Minds

Seek and you shall find? Well, you will be hard-pressed to find a person in the sport that had the reputation and reverence as Arthur Curry.

Champions come in many forms, but when it comes to boxing, many only think of in-ring prowess. To those who know the behind the scene preparations and presences in the sport, you know that Artie was a larger than life guy who’s presence indeed was larger than life and packed its own punch.

From the mailroom of Time Warner to holding the official position at HBO of, “Manager of HBO Sports Talent Relations,” Artie Curry’s duties were to act as a liaison between the network and the various fighters that were signed. The position was one that had a hand and glove type of fit because Artie related to so many.  His reputation with the network and its fighters mirrored one another, with Artie being trusted and admired by both.

HBO and the sport of boxing lost a Champion nine years ago, but because of all who he touched, every bit like Ali, Louis, Robinson, Gatti, etc, Artie’s legacy still…and forever lives on.

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame acknowledges the life and contributions of Mr. Arthur Curry…A Champion Forever.


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Class of 2018 ACBHOF Inductee: Bob Arum

Written by Rob Scott
Photographs by Rob Scott

One Of A Kind

Atlantic City — On June 1st – 3rd, 2018, the Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame will hold it’s 2nd Annual Induction Ceremony and Celebration Weekend. The continued theme remains – Honoring those that have played a part in making Atlantic City a boxing Capital.

Last year’s list of inductees was an impressive and deserving group, with names like Mike Tyson, Don King, Michael Spinks, Arturo Gatti, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Larry Holmes, and so many others making up an incredible list of Hall of Fame entrants. The momentum continues with a 2018 class which contain a sensational list of dignitaries that could have easily made the inaugural ballot.

From Promoter to Boxing Fixture

Famed Promoter, Bob Arum, is one of those 2018 entrants that will be enshrined and acknowledged for the exceptional work he has done in Atlantic City.

Bob Arum

Fifty-two years is indeed a long time to be at or near the top of anything. Since making his boxing promotional debut in 1966, Bob Arum has unquestionably been a fixture in the sport. Within these years, Arum has promoted some of the greatest matches to ever take place, with many being in an Atlantic City boxing ring.

Collecting Iconic Moments

A who’s who of boxing greats have also competed under Arum’s, Top Rank, Inc., banner. From his very first venture into boxing promotions, Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo, Arum has promoted names of greats like “Sugar” Ray Leonard, “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, George Foreman, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather and the list goes on.

With a current roster of fighters like 2017 BWAA and Ring Magazine fighter of the year, Vasily Lomachenko, and Terrence Crawford, whose himself is at the top of countless Pound-for-pound lists, Arum is proving he still packs a promotional punch.

The numbers don’t lie; With over 1500 fight cards in 22 countries, Bob Arum has promoted over 9000 bouts. With numbers like these, it’s no surprise that he has been inducted into every boxing Hall of Fame there is. Now… he will be in the Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame.

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Great Time Had at ACBHOF Michael Spinks Meet & Greet and Fight Viewing Event

Written by Rob Scott

Spinks Meets with Guests at the First Annual ACBHOF Weekend

Atlantic City – The Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame held a meet a Greet/fight viewing event on Saturday March 4th on the rooftop of the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.

The invited guests had to opportunity to mingle with special guest, former Light heavyweight/Heavyweight Champion, Michael Spinks and other dignitaries.

Together in the Name of Boxing

All who attended also watched the highly anticipated WBC/WBA welterweight unification bout between Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia.

All-in-all, a great time was had by all.

(NOTE: This week there will be an encore airing of “Double Jab” Podcast – Powered by the Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame w/ Michael Spinks as our special guest.)

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“Double Jab Scores Another Knockout

Written by Rob Scott

Episode 3 Is for the Ages

Atlantic City – The “Double Jab” podcast – powered by the Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame, scored another knockout in week three of their on going popular show.

Double Jab welcomes Bill Johnson

“Double Jab” airs live every Wednesday night from 7pm to 8pm eastern on

Our Guest

Hosted every week by Rich Quinones and Rob Scott, this week’s very special guest was the well known trainer and 2017 Hall Of Fame inductee, Mr. Bill Johnson.

Mr. Johnson spoke about a multititude of things from the history of the sport in AC, to his son – also a 2017 Hall of Fame inductee – Leavander Johnson, and the WBC’s new rule of not allowing fathers in the corners of their championship fights.

Also, Rich and Rob spoke about the great fights that happened this past weekend and what to expect in boxing in the coming weeks.

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ACBHOF Congratulates Bill Johnson on His Hall of Fame Induction

Written by Rob Scott
Photographs by Rob Scott

Bill Johnson Lays the Foundation for Boxing in Atlantic City

Atlantic City – On Memorial Day weekend 2017, the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame will have its first induction ceremony honoring many who have played their part in putting Atlantic City prominently on the boxing map.

Of all the names that will be announced throughout the weekend’s festivities,  the name Mr. Bill Johnson just may ultimately get the most applause.

Bill Johnson
Mr. Bill Johnson is at home at the PAL.

Johnson, a longtime Atlantic City native and boxing fixture, will be inducted into the AC Boxing Hall of Fame for his close to forty year involvement with the sport and the Atlantic City boxing scene.

Humble, Talented, and Deserving

Already a New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame member, his induction to the AC Hall of Fame is one that literally hits home. Being a long-time resident, the honor fills him with pride, but it’s also one he admits came by surprise.

When asked about his thoughts upon hearing about his induction, Johnson explains, “I was speechless at first, because I never even dreamed about something like this. It was the furthest thing from my mind.” He admits, “I just came into the boxing business through the PAL to help my sons and other boxers, and it never dawned on me to be inducted into any Hall of fame. That is why I am again overwhelmed and thankful”

Atlantic City PAL Ring
The Atlantic City PAL Ring

He may feel overwhelmed, but the honor is indeed deserved. He has not only worked with the PAL fighters, but with Atlantic City being one of the major places for fights, his working with the top professionals in some way was inevitable.

He explains, “All the boxers who participated in the matches at the casinos, especially during the heyday, come and look for a venue where they can train to get into shape. Manny Steward use to bring his fighters in, as well as Don King and his fighters. We’d work with numerous headliners like Bruce Seldon, Pinklon Thomas, Carl “The Truth” Williams, Julio Caesar Chavez, Dwight Qawi, Mathew Saad Muhammad and others who would come through.” He recalled fondly, “I even remember Angelo Dundee once gave us a time clock when he was training a fighter here at the PAL.”

Family First for Johnson

Having opportunities to work full-time elsewhere, like in Ohio with fighters from the Don King stable and with Emmanuel Steward proteges to name just a couple, Johnson decided to remain in Atlantic City to continue working with fighters like his son Leavander.

While it was initially his three sons who brought him into training, two of them decided to stop fighting. His third son, Leavander, had too much talent and warrior spirit to take the same path as his brothers. His goal was to become a world champion and the elder Johnson was there to lend help to his son.

Atlantic City PAL

Together with his father, Leavander finally realized his dream of becoming a world champion when in June of 2004, he defeated Stephano Zoff by 7th round TKO for the vacant IBF World Lightweight championship in Italy. It was a goal achieved through setbacks and adversity, but it was one that Leavander was determined to make happen.

Unfortunately, Leavander tragically passed away in a Las Vegas hospital from injuries he received five days earlier in his first title defense against Mexico’s Jesus Chavez. It was a blow to not only the Johnson family, but also to Atlantic City and the boxing world as a whole.

Remembering Leavander’s Heart

Johnson states, “I’ve always said that Leavander elected to bang when he didn’t have to, and that came from his big heart. He was knocked down like five times when he fought the Russian, [Orzubek] Nazarov in Florida, and even though the fight was stopped in the 7th round, reporters asked him [Nazarov] why after having him in trouble so many times was he not able to get him out of there? ‘His will was just  too strong’ is what Nazarov said.”

When asked about his correspondence with Jesus Chavez after the tragedy, Johnson said, “He use to call and often speak to my older son. When he came to the hospital after the fight, he spoke to the family and I didn’t want him to carry a burden, so I told him that this is the nature of the game and it could have easily been vise-versa. These young men go into this sport knowing that these things can happen.”

He goes on to quote Leavander himself, who was questioned in an earlier broadcast of the Foreman Boxing Show about the sport implementing more safety. He stated, “Leavander smiled and said, ‘Safety? Listen, this is a dangerous sport because you really aren’t supposed to be hit upside your head.’  Which is correct.”

Bill Johnson Quote

The reality is boxing is the hurt business, but Johnson felt confused about the recent WBC decision to not allow fathers to be head cornermen in title fights that are sanctioned by them.

“I really don’t understand why they would implement something like that. Who knows a fighter better than his father does? There is still an emotional bond, especially if a trainer has taken a fighter from point A. to point B. because they have grown with each other. So if they are talking about feelings and emotions, whether father and son or not, the feelings are there between that trainer and that fighter.”

Legends Run in the Family

His job has been hard, but beneficial in seeing his fighters rise to achieve their goals. He was there throughout his son’s career and life, and his name will be going into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame along with him as well, as Leavander (34-5-2, 26KOs) is also one of the 24 names of inductees who will be honored.

“I know Leavander was a humble person who loved boxing and Atlantic City. Which is why if he was here, I know he would be extremely proud and just explode. Actually, I am really more proud for him because he set his goals and accomplished them, and the acknowledgment shows that his efforts were appreciated.”

When asked how much longer will he keep at it, he humorously noted a recent incident by saying, “One of my trainers saw a guy walk in the gym and said, ‘That guy looks good and in about eight years we can,’ and I had to say hey hey…I now take it one day at a time. I once walked in and one day I will walk out for the last time. In March I will be 76 years old, but have been going at it since I was thirty-something years old.”

Bill Johnson Training
Bill Johnson working with a first time PAL visitor.

He reminisced about a time when Leavander was asked what he will do after boxing, and Leavander’s response is still firmly in his head. He said, “Leavander responded by saying he will come back to the gym and work with his father training fighters. I did stay away from the gym for about two months after he passed, but I know that’s not what he wanted.”

It’s not what he wanted and the PAL and the sport of boxing are glad that he has kept doing what he does best, training hungry fighters and making a difference.

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame congratulates Mr. Bill Johnson on his induction.

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