Year: 2019

This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Floyd Mayweather vs. DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley

By Rob Scott
All post fight pics by Rob Scott

Atlantic City – On Saturday, May 22, 2004, Top Rank Inc, along with Caesars Entertainment, brought to Boardwalk Hall, Floyd Mayweather vs. DeMarcus Corley in a WBC Super lightweight eliminator.

New weight and Challenge

For Mayweather,  it was his first bout in the 140LB weight class in his 31-0 (21KO) career. “Chop-Chop” Corley, a former WBO 140LB title holder, came in sporting a record of 28-2-1 (16KOs).

Going into the bout, there were questions about how Mayweather would fare against Corley’s southpaw style; also in interviews, Corley suggested Mayweather would have issues with the rise in weight.

From the opening bell, Mayweather challenged Corley by coming forward and acting as the aggressor. The come forward style employed by Mayweather allowed him to be hit more, but he gave more than he took, knocking Corley down twice in the bout.

Albeit few, Corley did have moments where he did land on Mayweather; most notably in the first minute of round four when he landed a huge right hand that rocked his opponent. But through it all, Mayweather persevered.

A Bout To Remenber

Mayweather proved that the rise in weight wouldn’t work against him, but as seen later in his career, he became smarter and more strategic in fights.

This was Mayweather’s third of four times fighting in an Atlantic City Ring, while Corley was making his second of only two appearances.

Collectively, both only came through Atlantic City a hand full of times, but on this one night, both definitely gave the fans something that they could remember for years to come.

 

 

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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 the inaugural Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame class in 2017, 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.

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 – Roy Jones Jr. vs. Montell Griffin

Written by Rob Scott

The 1997 WBC Light Heavyweight Championship

Atlantic City – (March 21, 1997) –  On this day, Square Ring, Inc. and Trump Taj Mahal brought together Roy Jones Jr. vs. Montell Griffin for the WBC Light heavyweight championship.

Griffin vs. Jones Jr. Poster

After defeating Mike McCallum for the interim belt in November, Jones was elevated to full champion and was making his very first defense.

Only One Fighter Leaves Perfect

Both champion and challenger entered the ring as undefeated fighters, with Jones sporting a 34-0 (29KOs) record, while Griffin’s record was an impressive 26-0 (18KOs).

Jones hit Griffin after taking a knee, resulting in referee, Tony Perez, declaring Griffin the winner by disqualification after he was unable to continue.

A New Champion

It made Griffin the new champion, and resulted in the first record loss in Jones’ professional career.

It was a controversial ending, but it was yet another exciting night at the fights in Atlantic City boxing history.

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This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History – Roberto Duran vs. Iran Barkley

Written by Rob Scott

Steel vs. Stone for the WBC Middleweight Championship

Atlantic City – On this night, Top Rank Inc., along with Trump Plaza brought  the fight fans “Steel vs. Stone” – Iran Barkley vs. Roberto Duran for the WBC Middleweight Championship  to Atlantic City’s Convention  Center.

Duran vs. Barkley

Barkley, making the first defense of his title that he won eight months earlier with a spectacular third round stoppage of The “Hit Man” Thomas Hearns, was set as a 2 1/2 to 1 favorite to beat the Panamanian legend.

Up Against It

The main reason for odds was not only their nine year age differential and Duran’s reputation for not taking care of himself between fights, but also because of the sensational second round knockout Duran suffered at the hands Hearns some years before.

Duran vs. Barkley Stats

The younger, stronger and seemingly better conditioned Barkley took it to the aging ring vet early, but as the fight went on it was Barkley who was forced to fight with the handicap of a very swollen eye and Duran’s resilience.

Duran took the best that Barkley came with, even making him miss quite a few shots. Over time, the haul Barkley had to endure became a long one, with he himself wearing down.

One Blow Changes Everything

While the fight was still in many ways up in the air, in the eleventh round Duran made a separation, landing a combination that dropped the defending champion for a six count.

That knockdown had Barkley still trying to gather his senses at the bell, with him having problems finding his corner.

The fight eventually went the distance with Duran being awarded a split decision victory on scores of 118-112, 116-112 and 113-116.

The victory made Duran a four division world champion and while his greatness was already solidified, this victory added icing.

Duran Victory

All-in-all, It was a great night for the legendary “Hands Of Stone” –  but an even better night for Atlantic City boxing history.

Olympians Make Their Pro Debuts
Also on this night, four 1988 Seoul Olympic Medalists made their professional debuts.

Gold Medalist (Heavyweight) and future ACBHOF inductee, “Merciless” Ray Mercer scored a 3rd round TKO over Jesse McGhee, (5-2, 3KOs).

Silver Medalist (Light Flyweight), Michael Carbajal defeated future IBF Light Flyweight Champion, Will Grigsby ( with a 4th round unanimous decision.

Bantamweight Olympic Gold Medal winner, Kennedy McKinney, defeated David Alers (3-4-1, 1KO), by 2nd round TKO.

Light heavyweight Gold Medal winner, Andrew Maynard, defeated Zack Worthy, who was also making his pro debut.

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Legends Café Fan Experience


Date And Time

Sat, June 22, 2019

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

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Location

The Claridge Hotel

123 S Indiana Ave

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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About this Event

Atlantic City is historically filled with a rich boxing history which has contributed to special moments and memories of influencers of the sweet science and lovers of the magical sport of boxing from around the globe. Join us for Conversation and Coffee in our intimate pop-up ACBHOF Legends Café! Moderated and activated with an extraordinary panel comprised of top boxing influencers.

Travel with story tellers through boxing history on a journey that paints the sporting landscape of Atlantic City’s rise as a mecca in boxing depicted through unforgettable boxing eras and real life accounts from regional, national, and international special contributors. The ACBHOF Legends Café Fan Experience will showcase unique boxing exhibits, art and cultural influencers, merchandise and collectors items, a for purchase themed food menu and cash bar.

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Date And Time

Sat, June 22, 2019

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

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Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Atlantic City is historically filled with a rich boxing history which has contributed to special moments and memories of influencers of the sweet science and lovers of the magical sport of boxing from around the globe. Join us for Conversation and Coffee in our intimate pop-up ACBHOF Legends Café! Moderated and activated with an extraordinary panel comprised of top boxing influencers.

Travel with story tellers through boxing history on a journey that paints the sporting landscape of Atlantic City’s rise as a mecca in boxing depicted through unforgettable boxing eras and real life accounts from regional, national, and international special contributors. The ACBHOF Legends Café Fan Experience will showcase unique boxing exhibits, art and cultural influencers, merchandise and collectors items, a for purchase themed food menu and cash bar.

Date And Time

Sat, June 22, 2019

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

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123 S Indiana Ave

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Induction Ceremony

2019 Induction Ceremony is an award show environment filled with Boxing
Royalty, VIP guest, and a Live Band: The Savern Experience

Join us for an evening of sports entertainment excellence at the 2019 Atlantic city Boxing Hall of fame induction ceremony. We invite you to an up close and personal experience as you witness first hand the ACBHOF Class of 2019 be enshrined into hall of fame history. Hear the stories, live the experience, and capture the moment!

ACBHOF Class of 2019

BERNARD HOPKINS – ROBERTO DURAN SR. – VIRGIL HILL SR. MICKEY WARD – IRAN BARKLEY – JOHN BROWN – TIM WITHERSPOON SR. – KEVIN WATTS – ACE MAROTTA -ENGLISH “BOUIE” FISHER – RONALD “BUTCH” LEWIS *** -BOBBY GOODMAN – STAN HOFFMAN – NIGEL COLLINS – HENRY HASCUP – JIMMY BINNS SR. – TOM KACZMAREK – TONY ORLANDO JR. – RHONDA UTLEY-HERRING

2019 Induction Ceremony Schedule for June 23rd.

  • 4:00 p – 5:30p VIP Reception in the Ocean View Room (passed small plate cuisine and cash bar)
  • 5:30 p – 6:00p Red Carpet and Event Opening
  • 6:15 p – 9:00p 2019 3rd Annual ACBHOF Induction Ceremony

Ticket Price: $80-$100

This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: “Put Up Or Shut Up” – Hector “Macho” Camacho vs. Vinny “Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, for the WBO Jr. Welterweight Championship

“Put Up Or Shut Up” – Hector Camacho vs. Vinny Pazienza

Date: February 3, 1990
Promoter: Main Events (Kathy Duva)
Commissioned by: New Jersey Athletic Control Board
Venue: Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey 
Outcome: Hector Camacho wins 12 round unanimous decision

Other bouts:
Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker successfully defended his IBF/WBC Lightweight Championships with a 12 round unanimous decision over “Fearless” Freddie Pendleton

Also, Michael Moorer successfully defended his WBO Light heavyweight championship against Marcellus Allen by RTD at 3:00 in round 9 of 12.

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.