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ACBHOF Wishes Happy Birthday To 2018 ACBHOF Inductee And Great – Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield

By Rob Scott

1984 Olympic Bronze Medalist (Light heavyweight)
Ring Magazine Fighter of the year – 1987, 1996 and  1997
BWAA Fighter of the year – 1990, 1996 and 1997
WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion (1989 – 1990)
USBA Heavyweight Champion (2006 – 2007)
Former Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion
Former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Only four-time Heavyweight Champion
(Five counting the WBF)
2017 International Boxing Hall Of Fame Inductee

 

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This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson 2

Written by Rob Scott

Atlantic City — April 28, 2012— On this day, GoldenBoy Promotions, along with Gary Shaw Productions, brought to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, “Once And For All” – Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson 2 for the WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight titles.

Second Time Around

The bout was a continuation of their first light heavyweight title encounter which took place six months prior at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. That previous bout officially ended in a no-contest when the contest was halted in the second round after controversy ensued.

After throwing a right hand, an over-extended Hopkins, whether voluntarily or not, leaned on a ducking Dawson’s back. Dawson pushed him off, causing Hopkins to fall down and through the ropes. Hopkins fell hard and began to grimace and complain that his left shoulder was injured and he could only continue with one arm.

Initially, referee Pat Russell declared Dawson a 2nd round TKO winner, but after a Hopkins appeal, the decision was changed to a no-contest. The verdict allowed Hopkins to keep his WBC and Ring Magazine belts.

From LA to AC

This time around there was a change of venue and Boardwalk Hall played host to these two warriors, as both declared they would ultimately have their hand raised.

The now 47-year-old Hopkins came in sporting a 52-5 (32 KOs) record, while the 29-year old challenger, Dawson, came in at 30-1 (17 KOs).

In the early goings, the southpaw Dawson used his speed, jab, and size to dictate the pace, coming forward and trying to catch the now 47 years old Hopkins with shots. Hopkins moved around a lot, trying to avoid the young challenger’s offense, while also occasionally landing his own pot shots.

Dawson received a huge cut over his left eye as a result of an accidental clash of heads in round 4, and another over his right eye in the 8th. All-in-all, Dawson’s corner did a great job with the cuts, not allowing them to become significant factors in the bout.

In the 11th, Hopkins went to the canvas after a bit of Dawson rough play, but later in the round, both were sent down after a Hopkins tackle.

And The New

After 12 rounds the fight went to the scorecards.  One judge scored the bout even at 114-114, while the other two saw it differently, with both seeing it 111-117 twice in favor of Dawson who became the new WBC/Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion.

After the bout, Dawson went to the Emergency room to get stitches for his wounds but was fine because he knew he made history…Atlantic City Boxing History.

 

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This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman (April 19, 1991)

Written by Rob Scott

Atlantic City — On Friday, April 19, 1991, Atlantic City’s boxing history became even richer when Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame inductees, Bob Arum and his company, Top Rank, Inc., along with Dan Duva’s, Main Events, Inc. brought to the AC Convention Center, “Battle Of The Ages” – Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield vs. “Big” George Foreman for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Age…A Big Question

It was called “Battle Of The Ages” because it pitted a 42-year-old former world heavyweight champion against a young 29-year-old new champ who was making his first defense.

Foreman, who in his earlier career was known to have a mean reputation, was making the 25th appearance since coming back from a ten-year hiatus from the sport.

The new incarnation of “Big George” was the total opposite, being looked upon as a loveable, cheeseburger eating,  funny guy.  The fans fell in love with this new version.

But even with the love and support, questions of his chances of defeating the younger former undisputed cruiserweight, and now undisputed heavyweight champion remained.

 

Age…Nothing But A Number

From the first round, Holyfield used his quicker hands and feet to try and set the pace. Landing swift combinations Holyfield used movement and combinations to offset the older and slower Foreman.

In round two, Foreman came back, landing quite a few hard thudding shots that made the crowd roar. In the third, Foreman walked Holyfield down, landing decent shots; but in the last twenty-second stanza, Holyfield opened up on Foreman, wobbling the big man until the bell rang.

As the fight continued, Holyfield went back to work, landing combinations and doing his best to avoid what was coming back at him. The problem was he was in with a tough and determined opponent who had no quit.

Keeping the big man off of him began to become more of a chore than expected. In the second half of round seven, Holyfield unloaded some heavy combinations that would have dropped many heavyweights, but the iron-chinned Foreman persevered.

Even though Holyfield was still winning with his superior combinations, after the 8th round, Foreman asked his corner who consisted of the late and great, Angelo Dundee, what round it was and said, “I wanna to win this thing.”

Holyfield really rocked Foreman late in the 9th, but the big guy showed his heart was as big as his stature, staying up until the bell sounded.

After being warned a few times, Foreman had a point deducted for excessive low blows in the 11th round which furthered the divide on the scorecards in favor of Evander Holyfield.

The crowd began to boo as Holyfield showed a lot of fatigue in the 11th, holding on and taking a breath on more than a few occasions. In the 12th, both were exhausted and lumbered along, landing shots here and there, but the gas tanks on both were definitely drained.

After the final bell, George Foreman embraced Holyfield and AC Boxing Hall of Fame trainer, Lou Duva, and said “I love you. He gave me the opportunity and he (Holyfield) won it.”

The final scorecards read 116-111, 117-110 and 115-112, all in favor of Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield.

Foreman lost the bout but gained major credit for sticking in their with the young champion. It’s something many of his critics didn’t think he would be able to do, but indeed proved them all wrong.

On this night, The Battle of The Ages indeed became one for the ages and yet another exciting entry into the Atlantic City Boxing History books.

This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez

Written by Rob Scott

Atlantic City — On April 17, 2010, Boardwalk Hall played host to 6,179 screaming fans as they witnessed Middleweight Championship history take place.

On this day  Bob Arum’s, Top Rank, Inc., along with Lou Dibella’s, Dibella Entertainment brought Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik vs. Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez for the WBC/WBO Middleweight championships.

Champion vs. Champion

Kelly Pavlik, who came in sporting a 36-1 (32KOs) record, was making the 4th defense of his 160lb titles.

With a record of  44-2-2 (24KOs), Martinez walked into the ring as the reigning WBC 154lb champion but was playing the role of the challenger on this night.

Excitement vs. Excitement

Going into the bout, Pavlik’s only blemish was a unanimous decision loss to Bernard Hopkins in a non-title one bout trek into the light heavyweight division.

However, at the middleweight limit, it was a different story.

With noted knockout wins over former champion, Jermain Taylor, Edison Miranda, Marco Antonio Rubio, to name a few, the Youngstown, OH native had developed a knockout middleweight reputation.

Martinez was making a return to AC, having just come off of a heated majority decision loss just four months earlier to the volume punching, Paul Williams,  at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Theater.

The excitement brought in his bout with Williams was a precursor to what Martinez would bring against Pavlik.

Expect The Unexpected

Both fighters came to fight on this evening, but it was Martinez who stepped up to the challenge and wouldn’t be denied.

From the start, Martinez put forth an awkward style that offset and caused problems for Pavlik. The Argentinean’s speed, movement, and all-around ring generalship made it hard for Pavlik to land his power shots, while a cut left eyebrow sustained in the first round only added to the hill climb that Pavlik would endure.

Pavlik scored a flash knockdown in round seven, mostly caused by both fighters getting their feet tied-up, but it was Martinez who still had control.

Moving and potshotting the defending champion throughout, by round nine the wound over Pavlik’s eye served as a target for Martinez, eventually opening up and bleeding profusely.

With blood flowing, it made it even harder for Pavlik who found it increasingly harder to see punches coming.

And The New Middleweight Champion

Throughout this point, Pavlik was still a very dangerous fighter, but Martinez’s corner eventually saw a wounded man in the defending champ and instructed their fighter to go in for the kill. However the tough Pavlik persevered and lasted the entire fight with the decision being a foregone conclusion

With scores of 112-115, 111-115 and 111-116, Martinez was declared the winner and new WBC/WBO Middleweight Champion.

In the post-fight interviews, Pavlik admitted that it was Martinez’s hand and foot speed that was the deciding factor in his loss. Not being able to catch Martinez with any meaningful shots to slow him down played a significant role in this title loss as well.

 

Another Great Boxing Night In AC

You win some, you lose some, but on this night, like so many others before and after, served as yet another great night for Atlantic City Boxing History.

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Remembering A Boxing Fixture: Artie Curry

Written by Rob Scott

Photo by Holger Keifel and Rob Scott

Still In Our Hearts and Minds

Seek and you shall find? Well, you will be hard-pressed to find a person in the sport that had the reputation and reverence as Arthur Curry.

Champions come in many forms, but when it comes to boxing, many only think of in-ring prowess. To those who know the behind the scene preparations and presences in the sport, you know that Artie was a larger than life guy who’s presence indeed was larger than life and packed its own punch.

From the mailroom of Time Warner to holding the official position at HBO of, “Manager of HBO Sports Talent Relations,” Artie Curry’s duties were to act as a liaison between the network and the various fighters that were signed. The position was one that had a hand and glove type of fit because Artie related to so many.  His reputation with the network and its fighters mirrored one another, with Artie being trusted and admired by both.

HBO and the sport of boxing lost a Champion nine years ago, but because of all who he touched, every bit like Ali, Louis, Robinson, Gatti, etc, Artie’s legacy still…and forever lives on.

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame acknowledges the life and contributions of Mr. Arthur Curry…A Champion Forever.

 

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ACBHOF Wishes a Happy Birthday To 2018 Inductee, “Merciless” Ray Mercer

Written by Rob Scott

 

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame gives a special birthday wish to  “Merciless” Ray Mercer.

1988 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist

Former NABF Heavyweight Champion

Former IBF Inter-Continental Champion

Former WBO Heavyweight Champion

2018 ACBHOF Inductee

 

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.