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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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This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: Title Wave – Delahoya vs. Rivera, Norris vs. Mulling, and Marquez vs. Campas – December 6, 1997

Written by Rob Scott

Boardwalk Hall Takes on “Title Wave”

Atlantic City — December 6, 1997 — On this day in 1997, Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. along with Caesars Atlantic City, brought a huge boxing event to Boardwalk Hall. The show was dubbed as “Title Wave”  and produced three world title match-ups.

In the main event, four division world champion, “Goldenboy” Oscar Dela Hoya, made the third  defense of his WBC Welterweight championship against the determined Wilfredo Rivera of Puerto Rico.

Rivera and De La Hoya Face Off

Rivera sported a 27-2-1 (18kos) record, with his only losses coming from his two earlier bouts with Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker.

Delahoya Rivera Norris Mullings

On this night the speed of Dela Hoya was too much for Rivera, who was tenacious but over matched. A swift Dela Hoya left hook  opened a cut over the right eye of Rivera in the second round which started the challenger’s downward spiral.

Rivera Tries to Keep Up

A DeLa Hoya barrage of punches, capped off with a strong right hand, dropped Rivera to the canvas in the fourth round, but Rivera rose from the canvas after the referee’s count of six.

The right eye injury of Rivera became increasingly worse, and with blood flowing, the referee chose to stop the fight upon the recommendation of the ringside physician at the 2:48 mark in the eighth round.

It was Dela Hoya’s first appearance  as a fighter in Atlantic City, but unfortunately, it turned out to be the only time he had fought in an AC ring.

“Terrible” Terry Defends Against Keith Mullings

Also on the card, long time 154lb champion, “Terrible” Terry Norris, defended his WBC World Super welterweight championship against Brooklyn, New York’s own Keith Mullings.

Coming into the fight, Norris was coming off of six consecutive knockout victories. A victory over Mullings would have placed Norris in the position of landing a lucrative match-up with Oscar Dela Hoya in the very near future.

Not many people looked at Mullings as the fighter to derail Norris’ drive to Dela Hoya, with a record coming into the ring as having only won one bout in his last six outings.

But fortunately for Mullings, he gave himself a chance.

Mullings Pulls off the Unexpected

After taking Norris’ best through most of eight rounds, Mullings landed a blistering right hand at the :48 mark that dropped Norris and totally changed the tide of the fight.

Norris lasted the round, but never fully recovered, with Mullings picking up where he left off at the start of the ninth. The punishment mounted causing the referee to call a halt to the bout at the 0:51 mark of the ninth round and making Keith Mullings the new champion.

More Titles on the Line

Raul Marquez also put his IBF World Jr. Middleweight title on the line for the third time taking on the always tough Luis Ramon Campas.

In a heated battle, Campas broke down Marquez, swelling the defending champion’s right eye and left cheek, inhibiting his vision and making him susceptible to punishment.

After closely watching the action, the referee stepped in stopping the bout at the official mark of 2:29 of the eighth round, saving Marquez from further punishment.

The TKO victory made Yori Boy Campas the new IBF 154lb champion.

Rounding out the pay-per-view event

Future world champions, Vassiliy Jirov and Daniel Santos, came away winners in seperate bouts. Zahir Raheem and Eric “Butterbean” Esch also brought their brands of excitement with their wins on this evening.

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This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: the King Is Back – December 5, 1998

Written by Rob Scott

Four Years Too Many Without the King

Atlantic City — December 5, 1998 — On this date back in 1998, Don King Productions, along with Bally’s Park Place brought Atlantic City boxing fans an exciting twelve bout fight card that was appropriately called “The King is back.”

It was Don King’s return to town after a four-year hiatus and the very first boxing event at the brand new Atlantic City Convention Center.

A Chance to Walk Away as Champion

The card was headlined by three world title bouts and featured Albuquerque, New Mexico’s own, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia who stepped up in weight to challenge the reigning WBA World Bantamweight champion in Nana Konadu of Ghana.

Tapia, a two-time world champ at the time, came to the ring as the current IBF World Jr. Bantamweight champion for this challenge, and after twelve rounds of boxing, walked away as a three-time world champion, winning a majority decision victory.

Page Fights Hard to Defend His Title

A co-feature of the evening saw James “Mighty Quinn” Page make the first defense of his WBA world welterweight championship against the very tough, Jose Luis Lopez.

Even with Lopez scoring a pair of knockdowns in rounds 3 & 9, Page fought long and hard enough to successfully defend his title with a unanimous decision win.

More Bouts to Remember

Richard Hall faced Anthony Bigeni for the vacant interim WBA light heavyweight championship, with Hall scoring a third round TKO also on this night.

Future world champion, Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis, also won on this evening, beating Teddy Reid for the WBA North American welterweight title.

It was the first and ultimately the last boxing card at the new convention center because of obstructed views, but regardless of that, on this evening, Atlantic City was shown that the King was indeed back.

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