Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame & Michael Spinks Host Thurman vs Garcia Fight Viewing Party at the Claridge in Atlantic City
The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame joined forces with former Light Heavyweight/Heavyweight champion Michael Spinks to host a viewing party for the Keith Thurman vs Danny Garcia fight on March 4 at the gorgeous VUE Rooftop Bar & Lounge at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Thurman unified the welterweight title in a split decision over Garcia in the bout which took place at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Attendees included founder Ray McCline, the Honorable Don Guardian, Mayor of Atlantic City, Angela Crockett, ACBHOF Director of Communications, Roy Foreman, actor Lillo Brancato and Flo Anthony, who was surprised with a portrait birthday cake, balloons and cupcakes… (continue reading)
A.C. Boxing Trainer Bill Johnson Dealing with Unwarranted Low Blow
Low blows occasionally happen in boxing.
But they’re not normally delivered outside the ring.
HBO unofficial boxing judge Harold Lederman hit Atlantic City trainer Bill Johnson with one a few weeks ago during the network’s broadcast of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. fight in California.
During one of the undercard bouts on Dec. 17, 2016, Lederman was asked his opinion of a rule recently adopted by the World Boxing Council which prohibits fathers from serving as chief seconds (head trainers) for their sons during WBC-regulated fights.
Lederman agreed with the rule and cited Bill’s presence in the corner during his son Leavander Johnson’s fatal fight against Jesus Chavez in 2005 as a reason… (continue reading)
Michael Spinks to be inaugurated into AC Boxing Hall of Fame
When Michael Spinks got notice that he was going to be inducted into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of the world was stunned and in disbelief.
Spinks, highly regarded as perhaps the best light heavyweight ever, was genuinely honored and taken aback that he was even chosen to be elected in the inaugural class of 2017.
“It’s kind of unbelievable. I feel good about it. I love Atlantic City,” said Spinks, who fought a total of 13 professional bouts in the city by the sea. Spinks recalled his early trips to Atlantic City before a host of casinos began to take form in the 1970’s. Spinks would walk up and down the boardwalk eating sandwiches. “I liked the rides. I really enjoyed myself in A.C…” (continue reading)
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.”
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)
ATLANTIC CITY BOXING HALL OF FAME – The Roman Empire isn’t going to rise again, a fact of life that apparently extends to boxing at Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and sadly, for East Coast aficionados of pugilistic arts, Atlantic City. But notable periods in history can and should be commemorated, and especially if past can hint at prologue… (continue reading)
Internationally renowned referee Steve Smoger is one of the first inductees into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame (ACBHOF) class of 2017
On Monday, November 28 the ACBHOF announced the first 24 members into its class of 2017. Inductees selected by the esteemed committee are named in six categories. The first annual inaugural induction is held on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28 at The Claridge hotel. Atlantic City, New Jersey is once one of the busiest boxing cities in the United States.
The fighters inductees are Mike Tyson, Arturo Gatti, Leavander Johnson, Mike Rossman, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Michael Spinks and Larry Holmes. The trainer/cutman category includes Lou Duva, Mike Hall Sr. and Bill Johnson… (continue reading)
The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame on Monday announced the 24-person class for its inaugural induction weekend May 26 to May 28 at The Claridge hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, once one of the busiest boxing cities in the United States. The fighters being inducted are Mike Tyson, Arturo Gatti, Leavander Johnson, Mike Rossman, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Michael Spinks and Larry Holmes. In the trainer/cutman category Lou Duva, Mike Hall Sr. and Bill Johnson will be inducted. Non-participant inductees are promoters Don King, Frank Gelb, Don Elbaum and Russell Peltz. The officials category includes regulator Larry Hazzard Sr., referee Steve Smoger and Dr. Frank Doggett. Media inductees are Bert Sugar, Dave Bontempo and Jack Obermayer. Special contributor electees are Ken Condon, Bob Lee and Dennis Gomez.
Atlantic City, once a hotbed of boxing, has fallen victim to casino closures and the exodus of big-time fights to Las Vegas and California. But there was a time when Atlantic City was a lure for blue-chip fighters, such as the late Arturo Gatti and Mike Tyson.
As a reminder of that legacy, the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame announced on Monday the first 24 members of its inaugural class of 2017. The induction weekend will roll out at The Claridge Hotel from May 26-28 with the ceremony on May 28.
Among the inductees of the Hall of Fame are Tyson, who fought in Atlantic City more times than at any venue in his career, including bouts with Larry Holmes and Michael Spinks; Gatti, who participated in 23 fights in Atlantic City and made the Boardwalk his second home. Holmes, another inductee, fought Tyson and Ray Mercer there. Former two-division champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi, fought in the resort city 22 times, facing the likes of Evander Holyfield, Spinks and the late Mathew Saad Muhammad (another Atlantic City inductee)… (continue reading)