In Memoriam

Together we remember the people who made an undeniable impact on the world of boxing.

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 the inaugural Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame class in 2017, 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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.