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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.

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 – 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.

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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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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.

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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