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On this day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Dwight Muhammad Qawi vs. Eddie Davis

 

Written By: Rob Scott

Atlantic City – On November 20, 1982, Main Events brought another night of championship boxing to Atlantic City’s Convention Hall.  The fight card was labeled, “Blockbuster On The Boardwalk” and was headlined by the “Camden Buzzsaw,” Dwight Muhammad Qawi, 18-1-1 (11KOs), making a defense of his WBC Light heavyweight title against the challenge of reigning USBA Light heavyweight champion/WBC #2 contender, Eddie Davis, 23-2-1 (15KOs).  The bout was scheduled for 15 rounds.

Fight before the fight

With a unification clash looming against undefeated reigning WBA Light heavyweight champion, Michael Spinks, Qawi looked to get by Davis’ challenge to make way for that much-anticipated unification bout.

After a feeling out process from both, it initially looked to be a short night for Qawi after he dropped Davis with a combination with forty seconds left in the first round.  After getting up off of the canvas and answering referee Tony Perez’s questions, Davis survived Qawi’s onslaught for the remainder of the round, stumbling to his corner as the bell sounded. Had it been a lesser experienced referee, the bout could have been stopped then, but Referee Perez let the fight go on.

Tougher than expected

Qawi stayed on his opponent, but the challenger wouldn’t fall, with Davis often coming back with his own noted offense. Even with a cut opened over his left eye, Davis still didn’t allow that to be a deterrent.  In fact, Qawi himself began to bleed from his nose as Davis tried his best to give as much as he received.

Under The Weather, But Still On Top

Qawi was visibly not himself, fighting at a slower pace than what fight fans were accustomed to seeing from him.

Davis definitely put on a game showing in the eighth and ninth rounds, with Qawi explaining his slower performance as being a result of an earlier illness and personal problems.  Even with those setbacks, this version of the “Camden Buzzsaw” was still enough to eventually stop Davis’ game effort, punishing him in the tenth and flooring him seconds into the eleventh. When Davis picked himself up off the canvas this time, referee Tony Perez examined the fighter, prompting him to call a halt to  the bout after only twenty-eight seconds into the round.

Setting The Stage

With Michael Spinks in attendance, tensions were in the air, but the stage was now officially set for both he and Qawi to finally meet in their WBA/WBC Light heavyweight unification.

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On the undercard, future AC Hall Of Famer, Bobby Czyz 20-0 (15kos), suffered the first defeat of his career, losing a 10 round unanimous decision to former middleweight title challenger, Mustafa Hamsho 34-2-2 (21kos).

Also on the card was the undefeated Tony Ayala Jr. 21-0 (18kos), scoring a 3rd round KO over Carlos Herrera 47-6 (32kos).

 

 

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This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Sergio Martinez vs. Paul Williams 2

Written by Rob Scott

Atlantic City – On November 20, 2010, Goossen Tutor Promotions, along with DiBella Entertainment joined forces to bring Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez vs. Paul “Punisher” Williams II – The Explosive Rematch, to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

Like facing Like

When Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez clashed in December 2009, the scene was different. Paul Williams put the word out that he would fight everyone from welterweight up through middleweight. After having a middleweight title opportunity fallout twice because of a recurring staph infection suffered by then-champion, Kelly Pavlik, Williams continued looking for challenges. Unfortunately, with his reputation of volume punching, tall lanky stature, and a decent chin, his phone wasn’t ringing off the hook from boxing’s best.

Sergio Martinez was relatively in the same boat as Williams, finding it harder than it should be to find willing opponents. Needing opponents, the avoided faced the avoided in what turned out to be one of the most entertaining fights of the year. True to his word, Williams, who fluctuated in fighting weights, accepted an opportunity to face Martinez, who was the reigning 154lb champ, at a catch weight.

Both scoring knockdowns in the first round and throwing non-stop punches throughout, each lived up to their reputations of bringing their best and leaving their all on the table. When it was all over, Williams was declared the winner by majority decision in a fight that could have gone either way.

What A Difference A Year Makes

In the months since their first bout, significant changes took place. Williams was initially on the shelf healing from a cut he received in his first bout with Martinez. That setback opened the door for Martinez to step in and step up to challenge middleweight champ, Kelly Pavlik, who was given the green light to return after his staph infection issues. Martinez made the best of his opportunity by beating Pavlik at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in an exciting fight that saw the defending champ bloody and outgunned.

Sergio Martinez was now the new middleweight champion of the world and ready for another challenge. Williams faced Kermit Cintron upon his return, winning a 4th round technical decision after the bout had to be halted because of an injury suffered by Cintron when he fell through the ropes. After the win, Williams was ready to finally get his shot at the middleweight crown.

Just over eleven months after Martinez and Williams faced one another in the smaller Adrian Phillips Theater within Boardwalk Hall, the main arena played host to this anticipated rematch. Clearing up the controversy of who was the better man was an opportunity that each looked forward to.

As Good As The First

When it comes to boxing, let’s face it, sequels don’t always live up to the hype and actual substance of the original. Granted, there have been some rematches that have been so good, even a third match-up is yearned for and even warranted. Then there are those rematches that have left audiences feeling upset, as if the promoters pulled a proverbial bait and switch maneuver, definitely not giving what was advertised.

With the punch-output, heart and determination that these two have shown, not only against one another, but each and every night out, it was so hard to believe that this rematch wouldn’t live up to the hype.

From the opening bell, these two fighters looked to pick up where they left off from their first meeting. Both Williams, 39-1 (27kos), and Martinez, 45-2-2(24kos), started throwing bombs from the offset to the delight of the screaming fans in attendance. At the end of the first round, we all knew we were watching something that would be as special as the first.

Short But Sweet

Martinez’s strategy of smothering Williams and matching him punch-for-punch was a decent tactic, but after the bell rang to start the second round, the defending champion made the subtle change of periodically stepping back. It allowed him to in turn, not smother his own punches.

With Williams in pursuit and looking to land, Martinez started to land with his overhand left. After an exchange, Martinez found room, stepped back and landed a left at the2:03 mark that brought everyone in Boardwalk Hall to their feet, but dropped Williams for a count that could have gone well past ten.

The shot was one heard around the boxing world, garnering knockout of the year honors for 2010.

On this night, both Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams made history…Atlantic City History.

 

 

 

 

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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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This Date in Atlantic City Boxing History

Written by Rob Scott

IBC Heavyweight Championship

Atlantic City — October 7, 1995 — On this day Lennox Lewis defeated Tommy “The Duke” Morrison at 1:22 of the sixth round to capture the International Boxing Council (IBC) Heavyweight Championship at what was then the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Lewis Morrison Poster

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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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This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson 2

Written by Rob Scott

Atlantic City — April 28, 2012— On this day, GoldenBoy Promotions, along with Gary Shaw Productions, brought to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, “Once And For All” – Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson 2 for the WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight titles.

Second Time Around

The bout was a continuation of their first light heavyweight title encounter which took place six months prior at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. That previous bout officially ended in a no-contest when the contest was halted in the second round after controversy ensued.

After throwing a right hand, an over-extended Hopkins, whether voluntarily or not, leaned on a ducking Dawson’s back. Dawson pushed him off, causing Hopkins to fall down and through the ropes. Hopkins fell hard and began to grimace and complain that his left shoulder was injured and he could only continue with one arm.

Initially, referee Pat Russell declared Dawson a 2nd round TKO winner, but after a Hopkins appeal, the decision was changed to a no-contest. The verdict allowed Hopkins to keep his WBC and Ring Magazine belts.

From LA to AC

This time around there was a change of venue and Boardwalk Hall played host to these two warriors, as both declared they would ultimately have their hand raised.

The now 47-year-old Hopkins came in sporting a 52-5 (32 KOs) record, while the 29-year old challenger, Dawson, came in at 30-1 (17 KOs).

In the early goings, the southpaw Dawson used his speed, jab, and size to dictate the pace, coming forward and trying to catch the now 47 years old Hopkins with shots. Hopkins moved around a lot, trying to avoid the young challenger’s offense, while also occasionally landing his own pot shots.

Dawson received a huge cut over his left eye as a result of an accidental clash of heads in round 4, and another over his right eye in the 8th. All-in-all, Dawson’s corner did a great job with the cuts, not allowing them to become significant factors in the bout.

In the 11th, Hopkins went to the canvas after a bit of Dawson rough play, but later in the round, both were sent down after a Hopkins tackle.

And The New

After 12 rounds the fight went to the scorecards.  One judge scored the bout even at 114-114, while the other two saw it differently, with both seeing it 111-117 twice in favor of Dawson who became the new WBC/Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion.

After the bout, Dawson went to the Emergency room to get stitches for his wounds but was fine because he knew he made history…Atlantic City Boxing History.

 

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This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman (April 19, 1991)

Written by Rob Scott

Atlantic City — On Friday, April 19, 1991, Atlantic City’s boxing history became even richer when Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame inductees, Bob Arum and his company, Top Rank, Inc., along with Dan Duva’s, Main Events, Inc. brought to the AC Convention Center, “Battle Of The Ages” – Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield vs. “Big” George Foreman for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Age…A Big Question

It was called “Battle Of The Ages” because it pitted a 42-year-old former world heavyweight champion against a young 29-year-old new champ who was making his first defense.

Foreman, who in his earlier career was known to have a mean reputation, was making the 25th appearance since coming back from a ten-year hiatus from the sport.

The new incarnation of “Big George” was the total opposite, being looked upon as a loveable, cheeseburger eating,  funny guy.  The fans fell in love with this new version.

But even with the love and support, questions of his chances of defeating the younger former undisputed cruiserweight, and now undisputed heavyweight champion remained.

 

Age…Nothing But A Number

From the first round, Holyfield used his quicker hands and feet to try and set the pace. Landing swift combinations Holyfield used movement and combinations to offset the older and slower Foreman.

In round two, Foreman came back, landing quite a few hard thudding shots that made the crowd roar. In the third, Foreman walked Holyfield down, landing decent shots; but in the last twenty-second stanza, Holyfield opened up on Foreman, wobbling the big man until the bell rang.

As the fight continued, Holyfield went back to work, landing combinations and doing his best to avoid what was coming back at him. The problem was he was in with a tough and determined opponent who had no quit.

Keeping the big man off of him began to become more of a chore than expected. In the second half of round seven, Holyfield unloaded some heavy combinations that would have dropped many heavyweights, but the iron-chinned Foreman persevered.

Even though Holyfield was still winning with his superior combinations, after the 8th round, Foreman asked his corner who consisted of the late and great, Angelo Dundee, what round it was and said, “I wanna to win this thing.”

Holyfield really rocked Foreman late in the 9th, but the big guy showed his heart was as big as his stature, staying up until the bell sounded.

After being warned a few times, Foreman had a point deducted for excessive low blows in the 11th round which furthered the divide on the scorecards in favor of Evander Holyfield.

The crowd began to boo as Holyfield showed a lot of fatigue in the 11th, holding on and taking a breath on more than a few occasions. In the 12th, both were exhausted and lumbered along, landing shots here and there, but the gas tanks on both were definitely drained.

After the final bell, George Foreman embraced Holyfield and AC Boxing Hall of Fame trainer, Lou Duva, and said “I love you. He gave me the opportunity and he (Holyfield) won it.”

The final scorecards read 116-111, 117-110 and 115-112, all in favor of Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield.

Foreman lost the bout but gained major credit for sticking in their with the young champion. It’s something many of his critics didn’t think he would be able to do, but indeed proved them all wrong.

On this night, The Battle of The Ages indeed became one for the ages and yet another exciting entry into the Atlantic City Boxing History books.

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This Day In Atlantic City Boxing History – Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez

Written by Rob Scott

Atlantic City — On April 17, 2010, Boardwalk Hall played host to 6,179 screaming fans as they witnessed Middleweight Championship history take place.

On this day  Bob Arum’s, Top Rank, Inc., along with Lou Dibella’s, Dibella Entertainment brought Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik vs. Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez for the WBC/WBO Middleweight championships.

Champion vs. Champion

Kelly Pavlik, who came in sporting a 36-1 (32KOs) record, was making the 4th defense of his 160lb titles.

With a record of  44-2-2 (24KOs), Martinez walked into the ring as the reigning WBC 154lb champion but was playing the role of the challenger on this night.

Excitement vs. Excitement

Going into the bout, Pavlik’s only blemish was a unanimous decision loss to Bernard Hopkins in a non-title one bout trek into the light heavyweight division.

However, at the middleweight limit, it was a different story.

With noted knockout wins over former champion, Jermain Taylor, Edison Miranda, Marco Antonio Rubio, to name a few, the Youngstown, OH native had developed a knockout middleweight reputation.

Martinez was making a return to AC, having just come off of a heated majority decision loss just four months earlier to the volume punching, Paul Williams,  at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Theater.

The excitement brought in his bout with Williams was a precursor to what Martinez would bring against Pavlik.

Expect The Unexpected

Both fighters came to fight on this evening, but it was Martinez who stepped up to the challenge and wouldn’t be denied.

From the start, Martinez put forth an awkward style that offset and caused problems for Pavlik. The Argentinean’s speed, movement, and all-around ring generalship made it hard for Pavlik to land his power shots, while a cut left eyebrow sustained in the first round only added to the hill climb that Pavlik would endure.

Pavlik scored a flash knockdown in round seven, mostly caused by both fighters getting their feet tied-up, but it was Martinez who still had control.

Moving and potshotting the defending champion throughout, by round nine the wound over Pavlik’s eye served as a target for Martinez, eventually opening up and bleeding profusely.

With blood flowing, it made it even harder for Pavlik who found it increasingly harder to see punches coming.

And The New Middleweight Champion

Throughout this point, Pavlik was still a very dangerous fighter, but Martinez’s corner eventually saw a wounded man in the defending champ and instructed their fighter to go in for the kill. However the tough Pavlik persevered and lasted the entire fight with the decision being a foregone conclusion

With scores of 112-115, 111-115 and 111-116, Martinez was declared the winner and new WBC/WBO Middleweight Champion.

In the post-fight interviews, Pavlik admitted that it was Martinez’s hand and foot speed that was the deciding factor in his loss. Not being able to catch Martinez with any meaningful shots to slow him down played a significant role in this title loss as well.

 

Another Great Boxing Night In AC

You win some, you lose some, but on this night, like so many others before and after, served as yet another great night for Atlantic City Boxing History.

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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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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.

 

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