Month: February 2019

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.

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.

Legends Café Fan Experience


Date And Time

Sat, June 22, 2019

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Add to Calendar

Location

The Claridge Hotel

123 S Indiana Ave

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

View Map

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.

Tags

Things To Do In Atlantic City, NJAppearanceSports & Fitness

Share With Friends

Date And Time

Sat, June 22, 2019

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Add to Calendar

Location

The Claridge Hotel

123 S Indiana Ave

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

View Map

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

Add to Calendar

Location

The Claridge Hotel

123 S Indiana Ave

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

View Map

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.