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Round Table Discussion with Spinks, Hazzard, Bontempo, Foreman, and McCline

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Check out this podcast from HWTP as they talk with boxing legend Michael Spinks and commissioner Larry Hazard.

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From the Mouths of Commissioners

From Larry Hazard, “Atlantic City when you talk about Atlantic City you talk about boxing. Atlantic City during the 80s and the 90s was the place to be for professional boxing and certainly Atlantic City and New Jersey rival every other major boxing venue state in the country for the major events.”

“Most of the great champions who have made their mark in the great sport of boxing for the last two or three decades have done so through fighting at boardwalk halls in AC.” He continues, “Atlantic City has its place in the sport of boxing and this Hall of Fame institution certainly is long overdue.”

This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: Riddick Bowe vs. Andrew Golota 2

Written by Rob Scott

Fighting off a Repeat

Atlantic City – December 14, 1996 – On this date, Main Events Inc., Caesars Atlantic City and the Atlantic City Convention Center brought us Riddick Bowe vs. Andrew Golota II.

It was a rematch of their first meeting that took place in New York’s Madison Square Garden on July 11, 1996.

The first fight made sports headlines after a huge brawl broke out in the ring, which resulted in fights in several parts of the arena.

The Final Straw

Tempers swelled after Golota was disqualified for landing multiple low blows throughout the contest.

Golota was penalized points in the fourth, sixth and seventh rounds which dropped Bowe to the ground in pain, but it was yet another low blow in the seventh that sent Bowe to the canvas in pain for the final time.

The referee, Wayne Kelly, had given leeway, but had seen enough, and decided to call an end to the bout in the seventh.

All Eyes on the Rematch

The resulting brawl was indeed that proverbial black eye on the sport, but it also made the rematch that much more of a curious attraction.

Bowe vs. Golota II

With Atlantic City set as a new venue, new expectations for the rematch were set.

Bowe, who entered the ring weighing 252lbs, seemingly over-trained for the rematch, coming into the ring weighing a thin looking 235lbs.

Golota, who tipped the scale at 243lbs for the first fight, weighed in at 239lbs for the rematch.

Cheap Shots Again

In their second outing, Golota was definitely making an account of himself, even dropping Bowe in the second round. But in that very same round, Golota chose to resort to unsportsmanlike behavior yet again.

As a result of his own intentional head butt in the second round, Golota opened up a cut over his own left eye, which resulted in the referee, Eddie Cotton, deducting a point from Golota himself for the foul.

The third round went to Bowe and a fourth round rally dropped Golota in the round’s opening stanza. Unfortunately for Golota, later in the fourth, yet another point was taken as a result of a low blow that dropped Bowe and caused a delay in that round.

In between rounds four and five, Golota’s corner implored him to not throw any more body shots, explaining that Bowe was a faded fighter.

Golota Regains Control

While both looked tired at the start of the fifth, Golota again was able to drop an even more exhausted Bowe and battered the former heavyweight champion throughout the round.

Even with a cut eye and mouth, Golota thoroughly dominated round six, seven and eight, landing vicious shots to Bowe’s head.

In the ninth round, Golota seemingly threw away the fight when he landed yet another very low blow in a round he was again winning.

Calling it Quits

After this final below the belt shot, the referee had seen enough and immediately called a halt to the bout at the 2:58 mark of round nine.

The disqualification win again preserved Bowe’s record, but set off red flags when the post fight interview found him slurring in a manner that was blamed on the amount of blows Bowe had taken in his career.

In another bout on the card, Ray Mercer won a unanimous ten round decision against Tim Witherspoon.

With nine bouts in all, the card definitely went down as one for the record books.

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: James Toney vs. Mike Mccallum

Written by Rob Scott

World Middleweight Title Decided in Atlantic City

Atlantic City – December 13, 1991 – On this night Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., Trump Plaza and Atlantic City’s Convention Hall brought a world middleweight title match-up to town when IBF World champion,  James “Lights out” Toney, faced off with Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum.

Toney vs. McCallum

The bout was initially billed as a unification contest, but McCallum was stripped of his WBA world title earlier in the month for refusing to face the WBA’s mandatory challenger, opting instead to face Toney.

An Even Match to Start the Rivalry

The crowd on hand saw the younger Toney battle the slick McCallum to a draw, with two judges scoring for each, but the third judge seeing it even.

It was the first of three meetings between these two warriors, with Toney, who had a twelve year age advantage, pulling out the wins in their future bouts.

“The Executioner” and More Round Out the Night

Also on this card, Charles Murray scored a ten round unanimous decision over former WBA World Lightweight champion, Livingston Bramble, in a 140lb match-up.

In his sixteenth professional fight,  future great, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, won a ten round unanimous decision over Willie Kemp in a super middleweight contest.

Riddick Bowe faced Elijah Tillery in a rematch of their initial bout that took place less than two months earlier in Washington, DC.

The first bout ended with Bowe winning by disqualification after the first round as a result of a melee that broke out. The brawl saw Tillery landing a few kicks, then Bowes manager, Rock Newman, pull Tillery over the top rope and out of the ring. The aforementioned headlines served as more than enough promotion to create curiosity about the return match-up.

A powerful Bowe right hand started a barrage, followed by a strong right uppercut, to cause the referee to administer a standing eight count in the fourth round. While giving the eight count, the referee called a halt to the fight after Tillery, bleeding profusely from his nose, chose to not continue. Bowe was awarded a fourth round TKO victory.

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.

ACBHOF Wishes Larry Hazzard, Sr. Happy Birthday!

To the Man Who’s Done it All

Happy Birthday to Larry Hazzard, Sr.

Hazzard was a Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Champion 3 times. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. He has taught physical education, coached track, was an athletic director, vice principal, black belt in Ju Jitsu, and boy, could we go on.

Larry Hazzard Sr. Birthday

Enjoy Your Day

ACBHOF Wishes Larry Hazzard, Sr. a happy birthday! That is, if he has any time in between his championships, teachings, and black belts.

Happy Birthday to Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum – December 7th

To the Man Who Needs No Introduction…

… But we thought we’d give one anyway. McCallum is a former WBA Super welterweight, WBA Middleweight, WBC Light heavyweight Champion.

He is also a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Mike Mccallum Birthday

Birthday Today, Legend Forver

Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum celebrates his birthday today.

McCallum fought six times in AC. Most notably, he fought James Toney for Toney’s IBF Middleweight Championship at Convention Hall on December 13th, 1991. The bout (refereed by ACBHOF inductee Steve Smoger) ended in a draw.

Atlantic City Hall of Fame Announces Inductees

Written by Raymundo Dioses
View the article on International Boxing Federation

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Last week the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame announced their 2017 inductees.

Of the eight fighters selected this year, six either held a version of the International Boxing Federation title or fought for one in what will be an induction year strewn with IBF affiliations.

The most notable International Boxing Federation title holder to be inducted into the ACBHOF, set to take place at the The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey in late May 2017, is Mike Tyson.

Tyson first won the IBF heavyweight title on August 1, 1987 via unanimous decision over Tony Tucker in a bout titled “The Ultimate” to make ‘Iron Mike’ the youngest ever undisputed heavyweight champion.  Tucker had earned the vacant IBF title with a TKO win over James ‘Buster’ Douglas on May 30, 1987… (continue reading)

Boxing Mourns the Loss of One of Their Own

Rest in Peace, Ed Brown

December 5, 2016 — The Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame sends out our heartfelt condolenses.

A Great in the Making

Over the weekend, Ed Brown passed away. Brown, from Chicago, was only 25 and on the verge of breaking out into a star.

The welterweight boxer was 20-0 with an astonishing 16 knockouts. A sure legend in the making.

More information can be read here thanks to the Chicago Tribune.