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Notable boxing birthdays

ACBHOF Wishes Happy Birthday To 2018 ACBHOF Inductee – Jersey Joe Walcott

Written by: Rob Scott

  • Name: Jersey Joe Walcott (Arnold Raymond Cream)
  • Birthday: 1-31-1914
  • Date of Death: 2-25-1994 (70yo)
  • Record: 51-18-1, 32KOs
  • In-ring career span: 1930 – 1952 (22 years)
  • Titles held: National Boxing Association World Heavyweight Championship (July 18, 1951 to Sept. 23, 1952). In 1962, the NBA would turn into the current WBA (World Boxing Association).
  • Referee career: 1947 – 1979 (15 bouts)
  • Commission career: New Jersey State Boxing Commissioner from 1975 – 1984
  • 2018 Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee. Also, Walcott was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990; Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1969 and the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1983. 
  • 1951 Fighter of the year: Ring and Boxing Writers Association
  • Participated in the Fights of the year for both 1951, against Ezzard Charles, and 1952 against Rocky Marciano
  • Voted in as the first African American Sheriff in Camden County, New Jersey in 1971.

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Happy Birthday to “Big” George Foreman

Big Happy Wishes on His Big Day

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame extends well wishes to former Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time heavyweight champion and 2017 ACBHOF Inductee, “Big” George Foreman, on his 70th birthday.

Birthday Foreman

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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

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ACBHOF Wishes Happy Birthday To 2017 ACBHOF Inductee – Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes

By: Rob Scott

 

WBC World Heavyweight Champion:  Won title on June 9, 1978, against Ken Norton –  Relinquished title on December 11, 1983
IBF World Heavyweight Champion: On December 11, 1983, Accepted recognition as the very first IBF Heavyweight Champion after giving up WBC title – Lost IBF title by Unanimous Decision to Michael Spinks on September 21, 1985.
Ring Magazine Fighter of the year – 1982
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee – 2007
International Boxing Hall Of Fame Inductee – 2008
Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame inductee – 2017

 

 

 

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ACBHOF Wishes Happy Birthday To 2017 HOF Inductee And Great – Arturo “Thunder” Gatti

Written by Rob Scott
Photos by Rob Scott

Celebrating A Legend

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame wishes Happy Birthday to undisputedly one of the most exciting fighters to ever grace an AC boxing ring, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti.

Mr. Excitement

In a career that lasted from 1991 – 2007, no one, night after night, excited as many fans and viewers than Arturo Gatti.

With other fighters, excitement may have been wished, but with Gatti, win, lose or draw, excitement was a guarantee.

Stirring the crowds with memorable come from behind wins like his 1996 KO of Wilson Rodriguez, along with subsequent wars, Gatti made it known that against him, the fight wasn’t over till that very last bell.

AC His Second Home

Finishing his career with a record of 40-9 (31KOs), Arturo graced an Atlantic City ring 23 times.

His AC fights with Gabriel Ruelas (’97), Ivan Robinson (’98) and Micky Ward (2003) were certified classics, winning Ring Magazine Fights Of The Year for those slugfests. Four times in all Gatti has been in a fight of the year honored event.

Other bouts with Angel Manfreddy, James Leija, Leonard Dorin, Thomas Damgaard and Floyd Mayweather, etc., also had the thousands of fans in attendance out of their seats.

Arturo Gatti with his former trainer, former world champion, James Buddy Mcgirt.

Gone But Never Forgotten

Enshrined into last year’s inaugural Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame class, Gatti will forever be memorialized. But even without that distinction, how can any real boxing fan ever forget?

On what would have been his 46th birthday, the ACBHOF gives a boxing salute and thanks for all of the memories.

 

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Congratulations to 2018 ACBHOF Inductee: “Merciless” Ray Mercer

Written by Rob Scott

It All Began in AC

Atlantic City – The hard-hitting 1988 Olympic Gold medalist, who finished his amateur career with an 85-6 record, made his professional debut in 1989 here in AC at the then Convention Hall on the Roberto Duran vs. Iran Barkley under-card, scoring a third-round TKO.

Ray Mercer’s Professional Debut

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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

 

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ACBHOF Wishes Happy Birthday to “Prince” Naseem Hamed

Written by Rob Scott

Celebrating Boxing Royalty

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame sends out a happy birthday greeting to the man that they call “Prince.”

A Personality That Packs a Punch

Whether you loved him and his brand of boxing or not, from 1992-2002,  Naseem Hamed definitely left an indelible impression on all that viewed his fights. Nas brought huge doses of power, excitement, and definite entertainment.

From his over-the-top ring entrances, to the sheer bravado of his interviews, all the way to his often fight ending power, Hamed indeed made his mark. With an overall record of 36-1 (31KOs), the Sheffield, England native conquered the world, capturing every championship the featherweight division offered.

The Showman Makes an Appearance in AC

Having fought all over the world, like so many before him, it was only a matter of time before he made an appearance in an Atlantic City boxing ring. Halloween 1998 was his first and only AC bout, when he battled tough and capable former world champion, Wayne McCullough, to a 12 round unanimous decision. The fans expected a knockout, and it wasn’t an easy win, but they all experienced a show…as only Hamed could give.

Happy 44th birthday “Prince” Naseem Hamed from the Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame.

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Happy Birthday to 2018 ACBHOF Inductee – Jersey Joe Walcott

Written by Rob Scott

One of the Greatest for the Longest

Jersey Joe Walcott’s significant contribution to the sport of boxing has led his name to be a welcome and deserved addition, along side other greats, into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame class of  2018.

Jersey Joe Walcott 1937
Jersey Joe Walcott – 1937

 

A Heavyweight Record

Jersey Joe held the heavyweight championship from 1951-1952. At age 37, Walcott won the crown with an spectacular left hook, defeating former champion, Ezzard Charles, by 7th round Knockout.

Being the oldest man to win the heavyweight championship in history at the time, George Foreman now being the oldest at 45 years old, Walcott eventually lost the title to Rocky Marciano and later their subsequent rematch.

Finishing Strong

He went on to finish his career with a record of 51-18-2 (32 KOs) at the age of thirty-nine.

Walcott had strong ties to the State of New Jersey. He was born in 1914 in Pennsauken and made residence in Camden. In his career, he twice fought in an Atlantic City boxing ring. After his in-ring boxing career ended, he went on to serve as the very first African American Sheriff in Camden County. He also served as the Chairman of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission for nine years until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. He passed away in 1994 at the age of 80.

Happy Birthday, Jersey Joe!

Happy Birthday  to Mr. Arnold Raymond Cream, better known to the world as Jersey Joe Walcott.

Taking on Ezzard Charles

Jersey Joe vs. Ezzard Charles
Forbes Field
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 18, 1951

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