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This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Floyd Mayweather vs. DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley

By Rob Scott
All post fight pics by Rob Scott

Atlantic City – On Saturday, May 22, 2004, Top Rank Inc, along with Caesars Entertainment, brought to Boardwalk Hall, Floyd Mayweather vs. DeMarcus Corley in a WBC Super lightweight eliminator.

New weight and Challenge

For Mayweather,  it was his first bout in the 140LB weight class in his 31-0 (21KO) career. “Chop-Chop” Corley, a former WBO 140LB title holder, came in sporting a record of 28-2-1 (16KOs).

Going into the bout, there were questions about how Mayweather would fare against Corley’s southpaw style; also in interviews, Corley suggested Mayweather would have issues with the rise in weight.

From the opening bell, Mayweather challenged Corley by coming forward and acting as the aggressor. The come forward style employed by Mayweather allowed him to be hit more, but he gave more than he took, knocking Corley down twice in the bout.

Albeit few, Corley did have moments where he did land on Mayweather; most notably in the first minute of round four when he landed a huge right hand that rocked his opponent. But through it all, Mayweather persevered.

A Bout To Remenber

Mayweather proved that the rise in weight wouldn’t work against him, but as seen later in his career, he became smarter and more strategic in fights.

This was Mayweather’s third of four times fighting in an Atlantic City Ring, while Corley was making his second of only two appearances.

Collectively, both only came through Atlantic City a hand full of times, but on this one night, both definitely gave the fans something that they could remember for years to come.

 

 

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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 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.

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This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History – Roy Jones Jr. vs. Montell Griffin

Written by Rob Scott

The 1997 WBC Light Heavyweight Championship

Atlantic City – (March 21, 1997) –  On this day, Square Ring, Inc. and Trump Taj Mahal brought together Roy Jones Jr. vs. Montell Griffin for the WBC Light heavyweight championship.

Griffin vs. Jones Jr. Poster

After defeating Mike McCallum for the interim belt in November, Jones was elevated to full champion and was making his very first defense.

Only One Fighter Leaves Perfect

Both champion and challenger entered the ring as undefeated fighters, with Jones sporting a 34-0 (29KOs) record, while Griffin’s record was an impressive 26-0 (18KOs).

Jones hit Griffin after taking a knee, resulting in referee, Tony Perez, declaring Griffin the winner by disqualification after he was unable to continue.

A New Champion

It made Griffin the new champion, and resulted in the first record loss in Jones’ professional career.

It was a controversial ending, but it was yet another exciting night at the fights in Atlantic City boxing history.

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This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History – Roberto Duran vs. Iran Barkley

Written by Rob Scott

Steel vs. Stone for the WBC Middleweight Championship

Atlantic City – On this night, Top Rank Inc., along with Trump Plaza brought  the fight fans “Steel vs. Stone” – Iran Barkley vs. Roberto Duran for the WBC Middleweight Championship  to Atlantic City’s Convention  Center.

Duran vs. Barkley

Barkley, making the first defense of his title that he won eight months earlier with a spectacular third round stoppage of The “Hit Man” Thomas Hearns, was set as a 2 1/2 to 1 favorite to beat the Panamanian legend.

Up Against It

The main reason for odds was not only their nine year age differential and Duran’s reputation for not taking care of himself between fights, but also because of the sensational second round knockout Duran suffered at the hands Hearns some years before.

Duran vs. Barkley Stats

The younger, stronger and seemingly better conditioned Barkley took it to the aging ring vet early, but as the fight went on it was Barkley who was forced to fight with the handicap of a very swollen eye and Duran’s resilience.

Duran took the best that Barkley came with, even making him miss quite a few shots. Over time, the haul Barkley had to endure became a long one, with he himself wearing down.

One Blow Changes Everything

While the fight was still in many ways up in the air, in the eleventh round Duran made a separation, landing a combination that dropped the defending champion for a six count.

That knockdown had Barkley still trying to gather his senses at the bell, with him having problems finding his corner.

The fight eventually went the distance with Duran being awarded a split decision victory on scores of 118-112, 116-112 and 113-116.

The victory made Duran a four division world champion and while his greatness was already solidified, this victory added icing.

Duran Victory

All-in-all, It was a great night for the legendary “Hands Of Stone” –  but an even better night for Atlantic City boxing history.

Olympians Make Their Pro Debuts
Also on this night, four 1988 Seoul Olympic Medalists made their professional debuts.

Gold Medalist (Heavyweight) and future ACBHOF inductee, “Merciless” Ray Mercer scored a 3rd round TKO over Jesse McGhee, (5-2, 3KOs).

Silver Medalist (Light Flyweight), Michael Carbajal defeated future IBF Light Flyweight Champion, Will Grigsby ( with a 4th round unanimous decision.

Bantamweight Olympic Gold Medal winner, Kennedy McKinney, defeated David Alers (3-4-1, 1KO), by 2nd round TKO.

Light heavyweight Gold Medal winner, Andrew Maynard, defeated Zack Worthy, who was also making his pro debut.

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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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This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: Ward vs. Froch – The Super Six Tournament Final

Written by Rob Scott

The Best Super Middleweights

Atlantic City – December 17, 2011 – On October 17, 2009, Showtime Television brought us the opening bouts of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. The goal of the tournament was to bring the best super middleweight fighters together to determine  – The absolute best.

The tournament started with names like Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Andre Dirrell, Jermain Taylor and Andre Ward. After Kessler and Taylor withdrew for different reasons, they were replaced by Allan Green and Glen Johnson.

Atlantic City and Abroad

The tournament bouts took place all over the world, but the final two bouts were contested right in Atlantic City.

Froch vs. Ward

Ward, who already made it to the finals with his unanimous decision win over Arthur Abraham in California in May, was on hand on June 4, 2011, at Boardwalk Hall, as a color commentator when Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch beat Glen Johnson by majority decision to advance to the finals of the tournament.

The Long-Awaited Contest

The stage was now set for the two very best Super Middleweights to face off to see who was the absolute best. The stage was set for WBA world champion, Andre “S.O.G” Ward, against WBC world champion, Carl “The Cobra” Froch at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

They both would also be contesting for the Ring Magazine’s recognition as the very best.

Andre Ward used his talents and emerged as the winner by unanimous decision.  The win not only made Ward the very best super middleweight in the world, but he also became one of the very best, pound-for-pound, in all of boxing.

Rob Scott, Andre Ward, and Andre Berto
Rob Scott with Super Six Tournament Winner, Andre Ward, and Andre Berto after Ward’s historic win.

Additional Writing

As a remembrance, here are some very informative interviews that were conducted with the four finalists. Two were done with Ward just before Froch’s semi-final bout with Glen Johnson, and another after he knew who his Super six tournament opponent would be.

A Talk with Andre Ward Before He Knew His Super Six Opponent
A Talk with Carl Froch Before His Finals Bout with Andre Ward
A Talk with Andre Ward Heading into His Bout with Carl Froch
A Talk with Glen Johnson
A Talk with Arthur Abraham on Who Would Win Between Ward and Froch
A Talk with Mikkel Kessler on His Early Withdrawal From the Tournament

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Today in Atlantic City Boxing History: Evander Holyfield vs Chris Byrd

Written by Rob Scott

Legends Come Together at Boardwalk Hall

Atlantic City – December 14, 2002 – On this date, Don King Productions, Caesars Atlantic City and AC’s Boardwalk Hall brought Evander Holyfield vs. Chris Byrd together in a battle for the Vacant IBF World Heavyweight Championship.

Holyfield vs. Byrd

Holyfield, a former four-time heavyweight champion, faced Byrd who himself once held the WBO version of the heavyweight crown.

A Unanimous Champion

After twelve rounds of boxing, Chris Byrd earned a unanimous decision win and became the new IBF Heavyweight Champion.

Rounding Out the Card

In another bout on the card, Lamon Brewster made a successful first defense of his NABO Heavyweight Championship against Tommy Martin with a third round TKO. The vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight belt was also on the line in this contest.

In yet another heavyweight affair, Fres Oquendo scored an eleventh round TKO over George Arias for the vacant WBA Fedelatin heavyweight championship.

Four more bouts rounded out this night of boxing.

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This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: Evander Holyfield vs. Pinklon Thomas – December 9, 1988

Written by Rob Scott

Caesars Hosts The Real Deal

Atlantic City  –  On December 9, 1988, Main Events, Don King Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City brought heavyweight boxing to the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Holyfield vs. Thomas

The main event saw undisputed cruiserweight champion, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, 19-0, 15KOs, squared off with former WBC Heavyweight Champion, Pinklon Thomas, 29-2-1, 24KOs, in a scheduled ten round heavyweight attraction.

New to His Class

Including his very last bout, against James Tillis five months earlier, this was only Holyfield’s second time as a heavyweight in his career.

The bout ended when Thomas’ corner, watching their fighter take punishment for seven round, refused to allow him to come out for the eighth.

A Legendary Heavyweight to Come

After the win, Holyfield vacated the Cruiserweight title to compete as a full-time heavyweight.

Also, Michael Dokes scored two eleventh round knockdowns en route to a unanimous twelve round decision to successfully make the first defense of his WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.

The wins by both Holyfield and Dokes would set up a meeting between the two in their very next bout.

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This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: Mike Tyson vs. Alex Stewart – “The Hard Way Back”

Written by Rob Scott

Don King’s Card Packs a Punch

Atlantic City – December 8, 1990 – On this night Don King Productions and Trump Plaza brought you an eight-bout boxing card named “The Hard Way Back” – Tyson vs. Stewart.

Tyson vs. Stewart

He’s Back

Coming off of a 1st round KO six months earlier over Henry Tilman, Mike Tyson looked to keep up his winning ways against the tough Alex Stewart.

It was Tyson’s second bout since his shock loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo ten months earlier.

Tyson scored three knockdowns en route to a 1st round TKO at the 2:27 mark.

It was Tyson’s thirteenth appearance in an Atlantic City ring…and, unfortunately, his last.

More Names, More TKOs

Julio Caesar Chavez also made a defense of his WBC Super lightweight and IBF Jr. Welterweight titles against South Korean, Kyung-Duk Ahn.

Chavez scored two knockdowns in the second round and one in the third en route to a TKO victory at 2:14 of the third round.

Also, Julio Cesar Chavez successfully defended his IBF/WBC 140lb titles with a 3rd round TKO over Kyung-Duk Ahn

Donovan “Razor” Ruddock scored a 1st round KO of Mike Rouse

Simon Brown won with a 1st round TKO over Ozzie O’Neal

Tyrell Biggs registered a 10 round unanimous decision over Rodolfo Marin

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This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Dick Tiger vs. Joey Giardello 3

Written by Rob Scott

 Atlantic City – On December 7, 1963, Lou Duva, Murray Goodman and Garden State Sports Corporation Inc. brought Dick Tiger vs. Joey Giardello to Convention Hall in Atlantic City for the WBA/WBC Middleweight Championships Of The World.

Third Time Around

This was the third meeting between the Nigerian born, Dick Tiger (47-17-3, 22KOs) and the Brooklyn born Philadelphia resident, Joey Giardello (91-23-8, 31KOs). Each scored unanimous decision victories over the other when they clashed in 1959, with Tiger winning the first meeting and Giardello scoring victory the second time around.

How Time Changes

The time frame since their 1959 clashes to their fast forwarded 1963 third meeting had brought changes in the careers of both fighters.

After his victory over Tiger in their second meeting, Giardello  challenged Gene Fullmer for his NBA World Middleweight championship five months later, but failed to bring home the belt after that war was declared a draw. Giardello fought seventeen times in all since his last win against Tiger, winning ten, drawing twice and losing five. Of those ten wins, one was a 10 round unanimous decision over an aging “Sugar” Ray Robinson. Giardello, the number three contender at the time, even floored the pound-for-pound great for a nine count in the fourth round of their bout.

Dick Tiger fought a total of fourteen times since his loss to Giardello, losing once, drawing once and winning twelve. Of those wins for Tiger, one was a challenge to Gene Fullmer for his WBA, Formerly NBA, Middleweight championship. Tiger walked away with the 15 round unanimous decision victory and the belt. In a return bout four months later, both Tiger and Fulmer fought to a draw. They fought a third bout almost six months after the second meeting, with Tiger’s WBA belt, along with the vacant newly formed WBC middleweight title on the line. Tiger was declared the TKO winner when Fulmer’s handlers asked for the bout to be stopped after the 7th round.

It turned out to be Fulmer’s last bout of his career, but it set up a third meeting for Dick Tiger and Joey Giardello which took place four months later.

 

Fight three in AC

In this third meeting,  Dick Tiger tried to be aggressive, swinging with knockout intentions, but Giardello fought a more controlled and calculated fight. The challenger used his legs well, moving around the ring often making Tiger miss with his hard blows. Giardello made his opponent pay for his over extension, countering the Nigerian native on many occasions.

No man was seriously hurt in the bout, but the Giardello’s style and effectiveness caught the eye referee, Paul Cavalier, who was the lone official scoring the bout. At the end of 15 rounds, Cavalier scored 8 round for Giardello, 5 rounds for Tiger and 2 rounds even.

With the scores, Giardello was declared the new WBA/WBC middleweight champion of the world to the delight of a roaring and supportive crowd.

One More Time

Dick Tiger and Joey Giardello did face one another twenty-two months later for yet a fourth and final time, with Tiger regaining the championship by unanimous decision in October of 1965.

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