Celebrations

Notable boxing birthdays

ACBHOF Wishes Happy Birthday To 2017 ACBHOF Inductee – Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes

By: Rob Scott

 

WBC World Heavyweight Champion:  Won title on June 9, 1978, against Ken Norton –  Relinquished title on December 11, 1983
IBF World Heavyweight Champion: On December 11, 1983, Accepted recognition as the very first IBF Heavyweight Champion after giving up WBC title – Lost IBF title by Unanimous Decision to Michael Spinks on September 21, 1985.
Ring Magazine Fighter of the year – 1982
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee – 2007
International Boxing Hall Of Fame Inductee – 2008
Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame inductee – 2017

 

 

 

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ACBHOF Wishes Happy Birthday To 2017 HOF Inductee And Great – Arturo “Thunder” Gatti

Written by Rob Scott
Photos by Rob Scott

Celebrating A Legend

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame wishes Happy Birthday to undisputedly one of the most exciting fighters to ever grace an AC boxing ring, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti.

Mr. Excitement

In a career that lasted from 1991 – 2007, no one, night after night, excited as many fans and viewers than Arturo Gatti.

With other fighters, excitement may have been wished, but with Gatti, win, lose or draw, excitement was a guarantee.

Stirring the crowds with memorable come from behind wins like his 1996 KO of Wilson Rodriguez, along with subsequent wars, Gatti made it known that against him, the fight wasn’t over till that very last bell.

AC His Second Home

Finishing his career with a record of 40-9 (31KOs), Arturo graced an Atlantic City ring 23 times.

His AC fights with Gabriel Ruelas (’97), Ivan Robinson (’98) and Micky Ward (2003) were certified classics, winning Ring Magazine Fights Of The Year for those slugfests. Four times in all Gatti has been in a fight of the year honored event.

Other bouts with Angel Manfreddy, James Leija, Leonard Dorin, Thomas Damgaard and Floyd Mayweather, etc., also had the thousands of fans in attendance out of their seats.

Arturo Gatti with his former trainer, former world champion, James Buddy Mcgirt.

Gone But Never Forgotten

Enshrined into last year’s inaugural Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame class, Gatti will forever be memorialized. But even without that distinction, how can any real boxing fan ever forget?

On what would have been his 46th birthday, the ACBHOF gives a boxing salute and thanks for all of the memories.

 

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ACBHOF Wishes a Happy Birthday To 2018 Inductee, “Merciless” Ray Mercer

Written by Rob Scott

 

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame gives a special birthday wish to  “Merciless” Ray Mercer.

1988 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist

Former NABF Heavyweight Champion

Former IBF Inter-Continental Champion

Former WBO Heavyweight Champion

2018 ACBHOF Inductee

 

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ACBHOF Wishes Happy Birthday to “Prince” Naseem Hamed

Written by Rob Scott

Celebrating Boxing Royalty

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame sends out a happy birthday greeting to the man that they call “Prince.”

A Personality That Packs a Punch

Whether you loved him and his brand of boxing or not, from 1992-2002,  Naseem Hamed definitely left an indelible impression on all that viewed his fights. Nas brought huge doses of power, excitement, and definite entertainment.

From his over-the-top ring entrances, to the sheer bravado of his interviews, all the way to his often fight ending power, Hamed indeed made his mark. With an overall record of 36-1 (31KOs), the Sheffield, England native conquered the world, capturing every championship the featherweight division offered.

The Showman Makes an Appearance in AC

Having fought all over the world, like so many before him, it was only a matter of time before he made an appearance in an Atlantic City boxing ring. Halloween 1998 was his first and only AC bout, when he battled tough and capable former world champion, Wayne McCullough, to a 12 round unanimous decision. The fans expected a knockout, and it wasn’t an easy win, but they all experienced a show…as only Hamed could give.

Happy 44th birthday “Prince” Naseem Hamed from the Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame.

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.

Happy Birthday to 2018 ACBHOF Inductee – Jersey Joe Walcott

Written by Rob Scott

One of the Greatest for the Longest

Jersey Joe Walcott’s significant contribution to the sport of boxing has led his name to be a welcome and deserved addition, along side other greats, into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame class of  2018.

Jersey Joe Walcott 1937
Jersey Joe Walcott – 1937

 

A Heavyweight Record

Jersey Joe held the heavyweight championship from 1951-1952. At age 37, Walcott won the crown with an spectacular left hook, defeating former champion, Ezzard Charles, by 7th round Knockout.

Being the oldest man to win the heavyweight championship in history at the time, George Foreman now being the oldest at 45 years old, Walcott eventually lost the title to Rocky Marciano and later their subsequent rematch.

Finishing Strong

He went on to finish his career with a record of 51-18-2 (32 KOs) at the age of thirty-nine.

Walcott had strong ties to the State of New Jersey. He was born in 1914 in Pennsauken and made residence in Camden. In his career, he twice fought in an Atlantic City boxing ring. After his in-ring boxing career ended, he went on to serve as the very first African American Sheriff in Camden County. He also served as the Chairman of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission for nine years until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. He passed away in 1994 at the age of 80.

Happy Birthday, Jersey Joe!

Happy Birthday  to Mr. Arnold Raymond Cream, better known to the world as Jersey Joe Walcott.

Taking on Ezzard Charles

Jersey Joe vs. Ezzard Charles
Forbes Field
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 18, 1951