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Legends Café Fan Experience


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Sat, June 22, 2019

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

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The Claridge Hotel

123 S Indiana Ave

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.

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Date And Time

Sat, June 22, 2019

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

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The Claridge Hotel

123 S Indiana Ave

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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The Claridge Hotel

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

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Happy Birthday to Leavander Johnson – Atlantic City’s Unforgotten Warrior

Written by Rob Scott

Leavander Johnson Continues to Fuel Fighting Spirits in AC

Atlantic City – It has been thirteen years since the tragic passing of Atlantic City’s own, Leavander Johnson. It was a loss felt throughout the boxing world, as well as the community where Johnson grew up and called home.

While his impact in death had been a blow, his life and career has given the proverbial punch needed to keep his legacy alive.

Celebrating One of the Greatest’s Birthday

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame today celebrates the birthday, December 24, 1969, of the former IBF world lightweight champion, Leavander William Johnson.

Leavander Johnson Statue

A boxing who’s who gathered on May 26th, 27th and 28th – Memorial Day weekend 2017, at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City for even further acknowledgement of Johnson’s impact when he along with his father/trainer, Mr. Bill Johnson, were both inducted into the ACBHOF’s inaugural class.

Their names, along with those of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Arturo Gatti, Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Larry Hazzard and so many more were permanently enshrined as acknowledgement of the impact they all have unquestionably made to the sport of boxing.

Atlantic City’s Leavander Johnson…gone, but still not forgotten.

Look for our talk with the well respected Mr. Bill Johnson, (link), on the ACBHOF blog. He talks in depth about different subjects that will definitely peak interests.

Additional Writing

Here are some links from doghouseboxing.com of one of Leavander’s very last interviews and subsequent pieces after his untimely passing.

Leavander Johnson: “There’s a new sheriff in town.”
10 Bells for Leavander Johnson
Leavander Johnson – In Remembrance

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.

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This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: Ward vs. Froch – The Super Six Tournament Final

Written by Rob Scott

The Best Super Middleweights

Atlantic City – December 17, 2011 – On October 17, 2009, Showtime Television brought us the opening bouts of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. The goal of the tournament was to bring the best super middleweight fighters together to determine  – The absolute best.

The tournament started with names like Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Andre Dirrell, Jermain Taylor and Andre Ward. After Kessler and Taylor withdrew for different reasons, they were replaced by Allan Green and Glen Johnson.

Atlantic City and Abroad

The tournament bouts took place all over the world, but the final two bouts were contested right in Atlantic City.

Froch vs. Ward

Ward, who already made it to the finals with his unanimous decision win over Arthur Abraham in California in May, was on hand on June 4, 2011, at Boardwalk Hall, as a color commentator when Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch beat Glen Johnson by majority decision to advance to the finals of the tournament.

The Long-Awaited Contest

The stage was now set for the two very best Super Middleweights to face off to see who was the absolute best. The stage was set for WBA world champion, Andre “S.O.G” Ward, against WBC world champion, Carl “The Cobra” Froch at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

They both would also be contesting for the Ring Magazine’s recognition as the very best.

Andre Ward used his talents and emerged as the winner by unanimous decision.  The win not only made Ward the very best super middleweight in the world, but he also became one of the very best, pound-for-pound, in all of boxing.

Rob Scott, Andre Ward, and Andre Berto
Rob Scott with Super Six Tournament Winner, Andre Ward, and Andre Berto after Ward’s historic win.

Additional Writing

As a remembrance, here are some very informative interviews that were conducted with the four finalists. Two were done with Ward just before Froch’s semi-final bout with Glen Johnson, and another after he knew who his Super six tournament opponent would be.

A Talk with Andre Ward Before He Knew His Super Six Opponent
A Talk with Carl Froch Before His Finals Bout with Andre Ward
A Talk with Andre Ward Heading into His Bout with Carl Froch
A Talk with Glen Johnson
A Talk with Arthur Abraham on Who Would Win Between Ward and Froch
A Talk with Mikkel Kessler on His Early Withdrawal From the Tournament

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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