BOXING HISTORY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH

March 1st, 2011 By Sin City Richey

BOXING’S REAL SUPERFIGHT ALI-FRAZIER I TURNS 40 NEXT WEEK!

March 1

1916: Ted (Kid) Lewis W 20 Harry Stone, New Orleans. Retains World Welterweight Title.

1923: Frankie Genaro W 15 Pancho Villa, NYC. Wins American Flyweight Title.

1929: Spider Pladner KO 1 Frankie Genaro, Paris. Retains British & California World Flyweight Title.

1930: Jimmy McLarnin W 10 Sammy Mandall, Chicago.

1933: Bob Godwin W 10 Joe Knight, West Palm Beach, FL. Wins vacant NBA Light Heavyweight Title.

1934: Primo Carnera W 15 Tommy Loughran, Miami. Retains World Heavyweight Title. Carnera enjoys an 86 lb.weight advantage, 270 to Loughran’s 184.

1936: Freddie Miller W 15 Petey Sarron, Coral Gables, FL. Retains World Featherweight Title.

1940: Ceferino Garcia Draw 10 Henry Armstrong, Los Angeles. Retains World
Middleweight Title. Referee: George Blake. Billed as a World Middleweight Title fight recognized only by California. This is George Blake’s last assignment as a referee, according to his obituary in the Dec. 21, 1952 New York Times. This disputed draw spoils Armstrong’s bid to win, and hold four world titles simultaneously.

1949: Manuel Ortiz W 15 Dado Marino, Honolulu. Retains World Bantamweight Title.

1966: Horacio Accavallo W 15 Katsuyoshi Takayama, Tokyo. Wins vacant WBA Flyweight Title.

1975: Bobby (School Boy) Chacon KO 2 Jesus Estrada, Los Angeles. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.

1979: Mikkel Kessler born.

1987: Myung Woo Yuh KO 1 Eduardo Tunon, Seoul. Retains WBA Junior Flyweight Title.

1988: Chong Pal Park KO 5 Polly Pasireron, Chonju, South Korea. Retains WBA Super Middleweight Title.

1992: Azumah Nelson KO 8 Jeff Fenech, Melbourne. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title. Nelson avenges the controversial draw he was awarded against Fenech 9-months earlier.

1996: Luisito Espinosa KO 4 Alejandro Gonzalez, Guadalajara, Mexico. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.

Daniel Zaragoza KO 11 Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, Yokohama, Japan. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.

1997: Hector Camacho KO 5 Sugar Ray Leonard (age 40), Atlantic City. Ray is a mere ghost of what he once was.

Stevie Johnston W 12 Jean-Baptiste Mendy, Paris. Wins WBC Lightweight Title.

Yokthai Sith-Oar W 12 Aquiles Guzman, Chachoensao Province, Thailand. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.

2002: Eric Lucas W 12 Vinny Pazienza, Ledyard, CT. Retains WBC Super Middleweight Title.

2003: Roy Jones Jr. W 12 John Ruiz, Las Vegas, NV. Wins WBA Heavyweight Title.

Jean-Marc Mormeck KO 8 Alexander Gurov, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Cruiserweight Title.

Winky Wright W 12 J C Candelo, Las Vegas, NV. Retains IBF Super Welterweight Title.

2008: Israel Vasquez W 12 Rafael Marquez, Carson, CA. Retains World Super Bantamweight Title. Referee: Pat Russell | judge: Max DeLuca 114-111 | judge: James Jen-Kin 113-112 | judge: Tom Kaczmarek 111-114.

Yutaka Niida KO 6 Jose Varela, Tokyo. Retains WBA Strawweight Title.

March 2,

1896: Kid McCoy KO 15 Tommy Ryan, Maspeth, NY.

1915: Benny Leonard ND 10 Johnny Dundee, NYC.

1953: Eusebio Pedroza born. Leading with his elbows I’ll bet.

Buster Drayton born.

1969: Oleg Maskaev born.

1971: Bob Foster KO 4 Hal Carroll, Scranton. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.

1975: Roberto Duran KO 14 Ray Lampkin, Panama City. Retains World Lightweight Title. Lampkin was hospitalized at the Caja del Seguro Social Clinic, where he remained unconscious for some 30-minutes. Later that evening Duran visited Lampkin and kissed him on the cheek while he was sleeping.

1977: Sirimongkol Singmanassak born.

1980: Hilmer Kenty KO 9 Ernesto Espana, Detroit. Wins WBA Lightweight Title. Kenty becomes the first fighter from The Kronk to win a professional world title.

1985: Aaron Pryor W 15 Gary Hinton, Atlantic City. Retains IBF Super Lightweight Title. Pryor’s downward spiral into the world of crack cocaine is all too evident in this bout.

1996: Tom (Boom Boom) Johnson KO 12 Ever Beleno, Newcastle, England. Retains IBF Featherweight Title.

Sugarboy Malinga W 12 Nigel Benn, Newcastle, England. Wins WBC Super Middleweight Title.

2001: Pongsaklek Wonjongkam KO 1 Malcolm Tunacao, Pichit, Thailand. Wins WBC Flyweight Title.

March 3,

1908: Sam Langford D 12 Joe Jeanette, Boston.

1941: Jake LaMotta W 4 Charley Mackley, NYC. LaMotta’s pro debut.

1944: Bob Montgomery W 15 Beau Jack, NYC. Regains New York World Lightweight Title.

1953: Former World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries, 77, dies.

1955: James (Bonecrusher) Smith born.

1970: Ismael Laguna KO 10 Mando Ramos, Los Angeles. Wins World Lightweight Title.

1971: Hiroshi Kobayashi W 15 Ricardo Arredondo, Tokyo. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.

1990: Mark Breland KO 3 Lloyd Honeyghan, London. Retains WBA Welterweight Title.

1996: Gregorio Benitez, 67, the father of 3-division champion Wilfred Benitez, dies in Puerto Rico.

1998: Former World Lightweight, Super Lightweight, Welterweight, and Super Welterweight Champion Pernell (Sweet Pea) Whitaker, 34, announces he has entered a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Thus canceling his scheduled fight with reigning WBA Welterweight Champion Ike Quartey.

1999: Juan Carlos Gomez W 12 Marcelo Dominguez, Lubeck, Germany. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.

2000: Felix (Tito) Trinidad W 12 David Reid, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Super Welterweight Title. Trinidad, now 3-0 against U.S. Olympic gold medalists is dropped in the 3rd, but returns the favor in the 7th and decks Reid 3-more times in the 11th. Trinidad prevails by score’s of 114-106 and 114-107 twice.

Paul Spadafora W 12 Victoriano Sosa, Verona, NY. Retains IBF Lightweight Title. Spadafora is dropped twice in the third and lucky to survive the round.

2001: John Ruiz W 12 Evander Holyfield, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Heavyweight Title.

Byron Mitchell KO 12 Manuel Siaca, Las Vegas. Regains WBA Super Middleweight Title.

Tim Austin KO 6 Jesus Perez, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Bantamweight Title.

Rosendo Alvarez W 12 Bebis Mendoza, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title.

2006: Vic Darchinyan KO 8 Diosdado Gabi, Santa Ynez, CA. Retains IBF Flyweight Title.

2007: Alejandro Berrio KO 3 Robert Stieglitz, Rostock, Germany. Wins vacant IBF Super Middleweight Title.

Miguel Cotto KO 11 Oktay Urkal, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Retains WBA Welterweight Title.

Chris John W 12 Jose Rojas, Jakarta, Indonesia. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.

Rafael Marquez KO 7 Israel Vasquez, Carson, CA. Wins World Super Bantamweight Title.

Vic Darchinyan KO 12 Victor Burgos, Carson, CA. Retains IBF Flyweight Title.

March 4,

1883: Sam Langford born Samuel E. Langford.

1901: Tommy Ryan KO 17 Tommy West, Louisville. Retains World Middleweight Title. In round nine, the combatants fell into a clinch and remained locked. A police captain rushed into the ring and separated them. Most, in the crowd, thought he was stopping the fight. Instead, he intervened because he thought West was choking the champion.

1918: Harry Greb ND 12 Jack Dillon, Toledo, OH.

1926: Pascual Perez born.

1939: Henry Armstrong KO 4 Bobby Pacho, Havana. Retains World Welterweight Title.

1940: Georgie Pace D 15 Lou Salica, Toronto. For vacant World Bantamweight Title.

1946: Sugar Ray Robinson W 10 Sammy Angott, Pittsburgh.

1961: Gene Fullmer W 15 Sugar Ray Robinson, Las Vegas. Retains NBA Middleweight Title. Fighting in a 17-foot ring, the 39-year old Robinson managed to close and bruise Fullmers’s left eye, but never threatened to win, losing by scores of 70-66, 70-64, and 70-67.

John Mugabi born.

Ray Mancini born.

1968: (Smokin’) Joe Frazier KO 11 Buster Mathis, NYC. Wins vacant New York World Heavyweight Title. This fight opens the 4th and current Madison Square Garden.

Nino Benvenuti W 15 Emile Griffith, NYC. Regains World Middleweight Title.

1972: Carlos Monzon KO 5 Dennis Moyer, Rome. Retains World Middleweight Title.

Masao Ohba W 15 Susumu Hanagata, Tokyo. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.

1978: Pipino Cuevas KO 10 Harold Weston Jr., Los Angeles. Retains WBA Welterweight Title.

1979: Maurice Hope KO 9 Rocky Mattioli, San Remo. Wins WBC Super Welterweight Title.

1983: Santos Laciar KO 9 Ramon Nery, Cordoba, Argentina. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.

1984: Min Keun Oh KO 2 Joko Arter, Seoul. Wins vacant IBF Lightweight Title.

1987: Terry Marsh KO 10 Joe Manley, Basildon, England. Wins IBF Super Middleweight Title.

1989: Virgil Hill W 12 Bobby Czyz, Bismark, ND. Retains WBA Light Heavyweight Title.

1994: Orlin Norris W 12 Arthur Williams, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Cruiserweight Title. Disputed verdict.

Gerald McClellan KO 1 Gilbert Baptist, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Middleweight Title.

Julio Cesar Vasquez KO 2 Armand Picar, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Super Welterweight Title.

Gianfranco Rosi Tech Draw 6 Vincent Pettway, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Super Welterweight Title.

1995: Pernell (Sweet Pea) Whitaker W 12 Julio Cesar Vasquez, Atlantic City. Wins WBA Super Welterweight Title.

Ike Quartey KO 4 Jung-Oh Park, Atlantic City. Retains WBA Welterweight Title.

The World Boxing Association strips George Foreman of his heavyweight title for refusing to defend against overused and undeserving mandatory challenger Tony Tucker.

1997: Lonnie Bradley D 12 Otis Grant, Las Vegas.

2000: Clarence (Bones) Adams W 12 Nestor Garza, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Super Bantamweight Title. Bones upsets the 5-1 odds against him.

Paulie Ayala W 12 Johnny Bredahl, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title. I’m sorry, but the crowd rooting for Ayala is more exciting than the fight.

Noel Arambulet W 12 Jose Garcia, Falcon, Venezuela. Retains WBA Strawweight Title.

2005: Clinton Woods KO 5 Rico Hoye, Rotherham, England. Wins vacant IBF Light Heavyweight Title.

2006: Joe Calzaghe W 12 Jeff Lacy, Manchester, England. Wins universal recognition as the World’s Super Middleweight Champion.

Arthur Abraham W 12 Shannon Taylor, Oldenburg, Germany. Retains IBF Middleweight Title.

Miguel Cotto KO 8 Gianluca Branco, Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Chris John W 12 Juan Manuel Marquez, Borneo Island, Indonesia. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.

Yutaka Niida W 12 Ronald Barrera, Tokyo. Retains WBA Strawweight Title.

March 5,

1886: Freddie Welsh born Frederick Hall Thomas.

1913: Frank Klaus W disq. 15 Billy Papke, Paris. Wins vacant World Middleweight Title.

1934: Barney Ross D 10 Frankie Klick, San Francisco. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.

1943: Beau Jack W 12 Fritzie Zivic, NYC.

Billy Backus born.

1948: Gus Lesnevich KO 1 Billy Fox, NYC. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.

1951: Ike Williams W 10 Beau Jack, Providence.

1954: Paddy De Marco W 15 Jimmy Carter, NYC. Wins World Lightweight Title.

1960: Freddie Roach born.

1965: Ernest Terrell W 15 Eddie Machen, Chicago. Wins vacant WBA Heavyweight Title.

1977: John Conteh KO 3 Len Hutchins, Liverpool. Retains WBC Light Heavyweight Title.

Eddie Gazo W 15 Miguel Castellini, Managua. Wins WBA Super Welterweight Title.

1988: Sumbu Kalambay W 12 Mike (The Bodysnatcher) McCallum, Pesaro, Italy. Retains WBA Middleweight Title.

1989: Tony Lopez W 12 Rocky Lockridge, Sacramento. Retains IBF Super Featherweight Title.

1994: James (Lights Out) Toney KO 4 Tim Littles, Los Angeles. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.

Oscar De La Hoya KO 10 Jimmi Bredahl, Los Angeles.

2005: Jeff Lacy KO 7 Rubin Williams, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.

Jose Luis Castillo KO 10 Julio Diaz, Las Vegas. Retains World Lightweight Title.

March 6,

1916: Freddie Welsh ND 10 Ad Wolgast, Milwaukee.

1950: Carmen Basilio W 10 Lew Jenkins, Syracuse, NY.

1953: Billy Graham W 12 Joey Giardello, NYC.

1971: Bruno Acari W 15 Joao Henrique, Rome. Retains WBC Super Lightweight Title.

1973: Ricardo Arredondo W 15 Apollo Yoshio, Fukuoka, Japan. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.

1976: Wilfred Benitez W 15 Antonio (Kid Pambele) Cervantes, San Juan. Wins World Super Lightweight Title. Benitez, at 17 1/2 years old, becomes the youngest man in boxing history to win a world title.

David Kotey KO 12 Yasutsune Uehara, Accra, Ghana. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.

1985: Mike Tyson KO 1 Hector Mercedes, Albany, NY. Tyson’s pro debut. We better make sure our seat backs and tray tables are in the upright position, because we’re in for one hell of a ride.

Khaosai Galaxy KO 7 Dong Chun Lee, Bangkok. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.

1987: Antonio Esparragoza KO 12 Steve Cruz, Ft. Worth, TX. Wins WBA Featherweight Title.

1993: Anaclet Wamba W 12 David Webber, Paris. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.

Pernell (Sweet Pea) Whitaker W 12 James (Buddy) McGirt, NYC. Wins World Welterweight Title. Whitaker wins his third world title. This fight is a clinic for all that is awesome about style.

1999: Lou Savarese W 10 Lance (Mount) Whitaker, Atlantic City. Savarese dropped in the 6th-round, benefits from an extremely long count from referee Steve Smoger.

David Reid W 12 Laurent Boudouani, Atlantic City. Wins WBA Super Welterweight Title.

Will Grigsby W 12 Carmelo Caceres, Minneapolis. Retains IBF Junior Flyweight Title.

2000: The Manhattan District Attorney’s office seizes the New York State Athletic Commission’’ records from the February 26, 2000, boxing card at Madison Square Garden. The D.A. is investigating claims by Joey Gamache and Derrell Coley that the weigh-in was rigged.

2010: Devon Alexander KO 8 Juan Urango, Uncasville, Connecticut. Unifies WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Titles.

Vic Darchinyan W 12 Rodrigo Guerrero, Rancho Mirage, CA. Retains WBA/WBC Super Flyweight Title. Referee: Ray Corona | judge: Max DeLuca 120-108 | judge: C.J. Ross 118-110 | judge: Marty Denkin 117-111.

March 7,

1870: Jimmy Barry born.

1913: Jack Britton ND 10 Packey McFarland, NYC.

1916: Sam Langford ND 10 Harry Wills, Wills easily won the newspaper decision, per the New York Times. Langford defends his World ‘colored’ heavyweight title claim.

1951: Ezzard Charles W 15 Jersey Joe Walcott, Detroit. Retains World Heavyweight Title.

1972: Nate Campbell born.

1982: Marvelous Marvin Hagler KO 1 William (Caveman) Lee, Atlantic City. Retains World Middleweight Title. The first 1st-round KO in any world title fight since Alexis Arguello starched Diego Alcala on June 3rd, 1978.

1987: Mike Tyson W 12 James (Bonecrusher) Smith, Las Vegas. Retains WBC & wins the WBA Heavyweight Title in a fight marred by Smith’s excessive holding. But what else is new?

Thomas (Hit Man) Hearns KO 10 Dennis Andries, Detroit. Wins WBC Light Heavyweight Title. Hearns’ 3rd world title.

Azumah Nelson KO 6 Mauro Gutierrez, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.

1988: Jeff Fenech KO 10 Victor Callejas, Sydney. Wins vacant WBC Featherweight Title. Fenech’s third world title in as many divisions.

1991: Lindell Holmes W 12 Antoine Byrd, Madrid. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.

1995: Julian Jackson KO 2 Agostino Cardamone, Worcester, MA. Regains WBC Middleweight Title.

Ten days after his fight with Nigel Benn, Gerald McClellan starts to regain consciousness and is taken off a life support system. McClellan’s long-range prognosis remains ambiguous.

1998: Julio Cesar Chavez D 12 Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Mexico City. For the vacant WBC Super Lightweight Title.

Ricardo Lopez Tech. Draw 7 Rosendo Alvarez, Mexico City. Retains WBC Strawweight Title. Alvarez retains his WBA Strawweight Title.

March 8,

1944: Juan Zurita W 15 Sammy Angott, Hollywood. Wins NBA Lightweight Title.

1969: Lionel Rose W 15 Alan Rudkin, Melbourne. Retains World Bantamweight Title.

1971: (Smokin’) Joe Frazier W 15 Muhammad Ali, NYC. Retains World Heavyweight Title. Referee: Arthur Mercante 8-6-1, judge: Artie Aidala 9-6, judge: Bill Recht 11-4. The most anticipated sporting event in history! Ali down in the 15th.

1981: Cornelius Boza-Edwards W 15 Rafael (Bazooka) Limon, Stockton, CA. Wins WBC Super Featherweight Title.

Pedro Flores KO 12 Yoko Gushiken, Gushikawa, Japan. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title. Pedro Flores ends the nearly 5-year, including 13-title defenses, reign of Gushiken.

1991: Bobby Czyz W 12 Robert Daniels, Atlantic City. Wins WBA Cruiserweight Title.

1997: Danny Romero KO 6 Jaji Sibali, Albuquerque. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title.

Johnny Tapia KO 3 Jorge Barrera, Albuquerque.

The Ring magazine celebrates its 75th Anniversary with an awards banquet in Atlantic City.

1998: Saman Sorjaturong KO 4 Shiro Yahrio, Yokohama, Japan. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.

2002: Alexander Munoz KO 8 Celes Kobayashi, Tokyo. Wins WBA Super Flyweight Title.

2003: Corrie Sanders KO 2 Wladimir Klitschko, Hannover, Germany. Upset of the year.

2008: Samuel Peter KO 6 Oleg Maskaev, Cancun, Mexico. Wins WBC Heavyweight Title.

David Haye KO 2 Enzo Maccarinelli, London. Retains World Cruiserweight Title.

Nate (Galaxxy Warrior) Campbell W 12 Juan Diaz, Cancun, Mexico. Wins IBF/WBA Lightweight Title.

Daisuke Naito D 12 Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Tokyo. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.

March 9,

1880: Terry McGovern born John Terrence McGovern.

1900: (Terrible) Terry McGovern KO 3 Oscar Gardner, NYC. Retains World Featherweight Title.

1955: Raul Macias KO 11 Chamrern Songkitratn, San Francisco. Wins vacant NBA Bantamweight Title.

1973: Danny Green born.

1979: Wilfredo Gomez KO 5 Nestor Jimenez, NYC. Retains WBC Super bantamweight Title.

1984: Tim Witherspoon W 12 Greg Page, Las Vegas. Wins vacant WBC Heavyweight Title. Quite possibly the worst “title fight” ever!

Carlos De Leon W 12 Anthony Davis, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.

1985: Milton McCrory W 12 Pedro Vilella, Paris. Retains WBC Welterweight Title.

1986: Donald Curry KO 2 Eduardo Rodriguez, Ft. Worth, TX. Retains World Welterweight Title. At this point in his career, Curry seemed like a sure-fire hall of famer.

Myung Woo Yuh W 15 Jose DeJesus, Suwon, South Korea. Retains WBA Junior Flyweight Title.

1987: George Foreman KO 4 Steve Zouski, Sacramento. George’s first fight since losing a 12-round verdict to Jimmy Young on 03/17/1977.

1989: Raul Perez W 12 Lucio Lopez, Los Angeles. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.

2001: Dale Crowe KO 10 Greg Page, Erlanger, Kentucky. The 42-year old Page suffers a blot clot on the brain.

2002: Paul Spadafora W 12 Angel Manfredy, Pittsburgh, PA. Retains IBF Lightweight Title.

March 10,

1888: John L. Sullivan D 39 Charley Mitchell, Chantilly, France. Retains Bareknuckle World Heavyweight Title. Fought on the estate of Baron Rothschild.

1933: (Slapsie) Maxie Rosenbloom W 15 Adolf Heuser, NYC. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.

1943: Manuel Ortiz KO 11 Lou Salica, Oakland. Retains World Bantamweight Title.

1947: Ezzard Charles KO 4 Jimmy Bivins, Cleveland.

1969: Former World Flyweight Champion Jimmy Wilde dies.

1972: Alfonzo Frazer W 15 Nicolino Locche, Panama City. Wins World Super Lightweight Title.

1974: Junior Witter born.

1979: Danny (Little Red) Lopez KO 2 Roberto Castanon, Salt Lake City. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.

Carlos Zarate KO 3 Mensah Kpalongo, Inglewood. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.

1986: Marvelous Marvin Hagler KO 11 John (The Beast) Mugabi, Las Vegas. Retains World Middleweight Title. Hagler’s 12th-successful title defense.

Thomas (Hitman) Hearns KO 1 James Shuler.

Gaby Canizales KO 7 Richard Sandoval, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Bantamweight Title. Sandoval was dropped once in the first, once in the fifth, and three times in the seventh. After his fifth fall, Sandoval lay motionless on the canvas and stopped breathing for 90-seconds. Fortunately, there was no massive hemorrhaging. Sandoval would never fight again.

1989: Fabrice Benichou W 12 Jose Sanabria, Limoges, France. Wins IBF Super Bantamweight Title.

1990: Welcome Ncita W 12 Fabrice Benichou, Tel Aviv. Wins IBF Super Bantamweight Title.

2001: Shane Mosley KO 5 Shannon Taylor, Las Vegas. Retains World Welterweight Title.

2007: Wladimir Klitschko KO 2 Ray Austin, Manneheim, Germany. Retains IBF Heavyweight Title.

Souleymane M’Baye D 12 Andreas Kotelnik, Liverpool, England. Retains WBA Super Lightweight Title.

March 11,

1903: Joe Gans KO 11 Steve Crosby, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Retains World Lightweight Title.

1917: Jimmy Wilde KO 4 George Clark, London. Retains World Flyweight Title.

1928: Virgil Akins born.

1947: Manuel Ortiz W 15 Harold Dade, Los Angeles. Regains World Bantamweight Title.

1975: John Conteh KO 5 Lonnie Bennett, London. Retains WBC Light Heavyweight Title.

1977: Eddie Gregory W 10 Matthew Franklin, Philadelphia.

1978: Rocky Mattioli KO 7 Elisha Obed, Melbourne. Retains WBC Super Welterweight Title.

1984: Mark Medal KO 5 Earl Hargrove, Atlantic City. Wins IBF Super Welterweight Title.

1988: Graciano Rocchigiani KO 8 Vincent Boulware, Dusseldorf. Wins vacant Super Middleweight Title.

1989: Evander (Real Deal) Holyfield KO 10 Michael Dokes, Las Vegas. Great fight!!!

1995: Riddick (Big Daddy) Bowe KO 6 Herbie Hide, Las Vegas.

Dariusz Michalczewski KO 2 Roberto Dominguez, Colonge, Germany.

Hector Acero-Sanchez W 12 Julio Gervacio, Atlantic City. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.

2000: Juan Carlos Gomez KO 2 Mohamed Siluvangi, Hansehalle, Luebeck, Germany. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.

Sven Ottke W 12 Lloyd Bryan, Magdeburg, Germany. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.

Naseem Hamed KO 4 Vuyani Bungu, London. Retains World Featherweight Title.

Veerapol Sahaprom W 12 Adan Vargas, Sa Kaew, Thailand. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.

2001: Celes Kobayashi KO 10 Leo Gamez, Tokyo, Japan. Wins WBA Super Flyweight Title.

2005: Eric Ortiz KO 7 Jose Antonio Aguirre, Mexico City. Wins vacant Junior Flyweight Title.

2006: Felix Sturm W 12 Maselino Masoe, Hamburg, Germany.

Wladimir Sidorenko Draw 12 Ricardo Cordoba, Hamburg, Germany. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.

March 12,

1959: Carlos Ortiz W 15 Kenny Lane, NYC. Wins vacant World Super Lightweight Title.

1960: Don LaLonde born.

1970: Katsuya Onizuka born.

1973: Kuniaki Shibata W 15 Ben Villaflor, Honolulu. Wins WBA Super Featherweight Title.

1977: Pipino Cuevas KO 2 Miguel Campanino, Mexico City. Retains WBA Welterweight Title.

1988: Jose Luis Ramirez W 12 Pernell (Sweet Pea) Whitaker, Paris. Retains WBC Lightweight Title. One of the worst decisions in boxing history.

2000: Gilberto Serrano KO 5 Hiroyuki Sakamoto, Tokyo. Retains WBA Lightweight Title.

2001: Boxing writer Phil Berger, 59, dies of cancer in New York.

2005: Markus Beyer W 12 Danny Green, Zwickau, Germany. Retains WBC Super Middleweight Title.

2009: Takahiro Aoh W 12 Oscar Larios, Tokyo. Wins WBC Featherweight Title.

Hozumi Hasegawa KO 1 Vusi Malinga, Hyogo, Japan. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.

March 13,

1873: Joe Walcott born.

1922: Harry Greb W 15 Tommy Gibbons, NYC.

1936: John Henry Lewis W 15 Jock McAvoy, NYC. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.

1952: Sugar Ray Robinson W 15 Bobo Olson, San Francisco. Retains World Middleweight Title.

1961: Floyd Patterson KO 6 Ingemar Johansson, Miami. Retains World Heavyweight Title. After 3-fights and a total of 14-rounds and 2-title changes, these two knocked each other down 13-times.

1963: Cassius Clay W 10 Doug Jones, NYC. Highly disputed decision.

1975: Ben Villaflor W 15 Hyun Chi Kim, Quezon City. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.

1976: Jan Zaveck born.

1979: Masashi Kudo W 15 Manuel R. Gonzalez, Tokyo. Retains WBA Super Welterweight Title.

1983: (Joltin’) Jeff Chandler W 15 Gaby Canizales, Atlantic City. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.

1984: Jung Koo Chang W 12 Sot Chitalada, Pusan, South Korea. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.

1993: Tracy Harris Patterson W 12 Jesse Benevidas, Poukeepsie, NY. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.

Michael Carbajal KO 7 Humberto (Chiquita) Gonzalez, Las Vegas. Retains IBF 7 wins WBC Junior Flyweight Title. Carbajal storms back from 2-knockdowns to KO Gonzalez in one of the greatest fights of all-time.

1998: Robert Garcia W 12 Harold Warren, Miami. Wins vacant IBF Super Featherweight Title.

1999: Evander (Real Deal) Holyfield D 12 Lennox Lewis, NYC. For the Undisputed World Heavyweight Title. Yes, the decision sucked! But the fight itself sucked far worse.

Fernando Vargas KO 4 Howard Clarke, NYC. Retains IBF Super Welterweight Title.

James Page W 12 Sam Garr, NYC. Retains WBA Welterweight Title.

Leo Gamez KO 3 Hugo Soto, NYC. Wins WBA Flyweight Title. Gamez wins his third WBA belt in as many divisions.

2009: Lucian Bute KO 4 Fulgencio Zuniga, Montreal, Canada. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.

2010: Manny Pacquiao W 12 Joshua Clottey, Arlington, Texas. Referee Rafael Ramos | judge: Levi Martinez 119-109 | judge: Nelson Vazquez 119-109 | judge: Duane Ford 120-108.

Humberto Soto W 12 David Diaz, Arlington, Texas. Wins vacant WBC Lightweight Title. Referee: Laurence Cole | judge: Hubert Minn 117-109 | judge: David Sutherland 117-109 | judge: Gale E. Van Hoy 115-111.

March 14,

1906: Jack Johnson W 15 Joe Jeanette, Baltimore. The third of 8-fights between these two.

1911: Owen Moran ND 10 Packy McFarland, NYC.

1924: Jack Delaney KO 4 Paul Berlenbach, NYC.

1927: Mushy Callahan KO 2 Andy DiVodi, NYC. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.

1937: Benny Paret born.

1944: Manuel Ortiz W 15 Ernesto Aguilar, Los Angeles. Retains World Bantamweight Title.

1946: Jimmy Carter W 4 Clifton Bordies, Newark. Carter’s pro debut.

1951: Johnny Batten W 15 Charlie Fusari, Chicago. Wins vacant NBA Welterweight Title.

1956: Johnny Saxton W 15 Carmen Basilio, Chicago. Regains World Welterweight Title.

1974: Ben Villaflor D 15 Apollo Yoshio, Toyama, Japan. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.

1975: Alfonso Zamora KO 4 Soo Hwan Hong, Inglewood. Wins WBA Bantamweight Title.

1980: Jim Watt KO 4 Charlie Nash, Glasgow. Retains WBC Lightweight Title.

1990: Brian Mitchell W 12 Jackie Beard, Grosseto, Italy. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.

1991: Elvis Alvares W 12 Leopard Tamakuma, Tokyo. Wins WBA Flyweight Title.

1992: Manuel Medina W 12 Fabrice Benichou, Antibes, France. Retains IBF Featherweight Title.

1998: Keith Mullings KO 5 Davide Ciarlante, Atlantic City. Retains WBC Super Welterweight Title.

Vince Phillips KO 1 Alfonso Sanchez, Atlantic City. Retains IBF Super Lightweight Title.

2009: Arthur Abraham W 12 Lajuan Simon, Kiel, Germany. Retains IBF Middleweight Title.

Giovanni Segura KO 4 Casar Canchila, Baja, Mexico. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title.

March 15,

1906: Abe Attell W disq. 3 Tony Moran, Baltimore. Retains World Featherweight Title.

1963: Archie Moore KO 3 Mike DiBiase, Phoenix. The final fight in Moore’s illustrious career. Moore exits with a record of 183-24-10-1 with an untouchable record of 141 knockouts.

Zack Padilla born.

Edwin Rosario born.

1972: Glen Catley born.

1975: Alexis Arguello KO 8 Leonel Hernandez, Caracas. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.

1977: Eckhard Dagge D 15 Maurice Hope, Berlin. Retains WBA Super Welterweight Title.

1983: Charlie Magri KO 7 Eleoncio Mercedes, Wembley. Wins WBC Flyweight Title.

1984: Jiro Watanabe KO 15 Celso Chavez, Osaka. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.

1985: Larry Holmes KO 10 David Bey, Las Vegas. Retains World Heavyweight Title. Larry’s 19th consecutive defense over-all.

1986: Patrizio Oliva W 15 Ubaldo Sacco, Monte Carlo. Wins WBA Super Lightweight Title.

1991: Brian Mitchell D 12 Tony Lopez, Sacramento. For IBF & WBA Super Featherweight Title.

1992: Eddie Cook KO 5 Israel Contreras, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Bantamweight Title.

1997: Daorung Chuvatana W 12 Felix Machado, Satul Province, Thailand. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.

2001: Referee Dick Young, 85, dies from pneumonia complications in California.

2003: Sven Ottke W 12 Byron Mitchell, Berlin. Unifies WBA & IBF Super Middleweight Title.

Acelino Freitas KO 4 Juan Carlos Ramirez, Chicago. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.

2008: Manny Pacquiao W 12 Juan Manuel Marquez, Las Vegas. Wins World Super Featherweight Title. Referee: Kenny Bayless | judge: Duane Ford 115-112 | judge: Jerry Roth 112-115 | judge: Tom Miller 114-113.

March 16,

1939: Henry Armstrong KO 1 Lew Feldman, St. Louis. Retains World Welterweight Title. Armstrong’s second defense in 12-days.

1960: Flash Elorde KO 7 Harold Gomes, Quezon City. Wins World Super Featherweight Title.

1963: Jean-Baptist Mendy born.

1974: Roberto Duran KO 11 Esteban De Jesus, Panama City. Retains World Lightweight Title. Duran avenges an earlier (a 10-round non-title decision) defeat at the hands of De Jesus.

1977: Joshua Clottey born.

1980: Alan Minter W 15 Vito Antuofermo, Las Vegas. Wins World Middleweight Title. Extremely debatable decision.

1983: Leonardo Cruz W 15 Soon Hyun Chung, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Retains WBA Super Bantamweight Title.

1991: Gianfranco Rosi W 12 Ron Amundsen, Saint Vincent, Italy. Retains IBF Super Welterweight Title.

Sung Kil Moon KO 4 Nana Konadu, Zaragoza, Spain. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.

1992: Ricardo Lopez W 12 Pretty Boy Lucas, Mexico City. Retains WBC Strawweight Title.

1996: Mike Tyson KO 3 Frank Bruno, Las Vegas. Regains WBC Heavyweight Title.

Bernard Hopkins KO 4 Joe Lipsey, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Middleweight Title.

Keith Holmes KO 9 Quincy Taylor, Las Vegas. Wins WBC Middleweight Title.

Michael Carbajal W 12 Melchor Cob Castro, Las Vegas. Regains IBF Junior Flyweight Title.

Ricardo Lopez KO 8 Ala Villamor, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Strawweight Title.

2002: Sven Ottke W 12 Rick Thornberry, Magdeburg, Germany. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.

2007: Celestino Caballero W DQ 9 Ricardo Castillo, Hollywood, FLA. Retains WBA Super Bantamweight Title.

March 17, St. Patrick’s Day

1897: Bob Fizsimmons KO 14 James J. Corbett, Carson City, NV. Wins World Heavyweight Title.

1908: Tommy Burns KO 1 Jem Roche, Dublin. Retains World Heavyweight Title.

1911: Ad Wolgast KO 9 George Memsic, Vernon, CA. Retains World Lightweight Title.

1914: Alberto (Baby) Arizmendi born.

1919: Jack Britton KO 9 Ted (Kid) Lewis, Canton, OH. Wins World Welterweight Title for a third time.

1921: Johnny Wilson W 15 Mike O’ Dowd, NYC. Retains World Middleweight Title.

1923: Mike McTigue W 20 Battling Siki, Dublin. Wins World Light Heavyweight Title.

1927: Young Stribling W 10 (Slapsie) Maxie Rosenbloom, Boston.

1933: Ben Jeby D 15 Vince Dundee, NYC. Retains New York World Middleweight Title.

1947: Rocky Marciano KO 3 Lee Epperson, Holyoke, MA. Marciano’s pro debut. Fights under the name of Rocky Mack to protect his amateur status.

1950: Willie Pep W 15 Ray Famechon, NYC. Retains World Featherweight Title.

1969: Freddie Little W 15 Stanley Hayward, Las Vegas. Retains World Super Welterweight Title.

1973: Antonio Cervantes KO 10 Nicolino Locche, Maracay, Venezuela. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.

Rodolfo Gonzalez KO 9 Ruben Navarro, Los Angeles. Retains WBC Lightweight Title.

1977: Jimmy Young W 12 George Foreman, San Juan, Puerto Rico. George would not fight again for 10-years. 1977’s Fight of the Year!!

Alfredo Escalera KO 6 Ronnie McGarvey, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.

1984: Edwin Rosario KO 1 Roberto Elizondo, San Juan. Retains WBC Lightweight Title.

Joo Do Chun KO 1 Diego De Villa, Kwangiu, South Korea. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title.

1990: Julio Cesar Chavez KO 12 Meldrick Taylor, Las Vegas. Retains WBC & wins IBF Super Lightweight Title. Great fight. Controversial stoppage with only 2-seconds left in the fight. But very justifiable considering Taylor’s condition.

1991: Michael Carbajal W 12 Javier Varguez, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Junior Flyweight Title.

2000: Stevie Johnston KO 2 Julio Alvarez, Denver. Retains WBC Lightweight Title.

2001: Johnny Tapia KO 6 Cuauhtemoc (Famasito) Gomez, Albuquerque.

2007: Jean Marc Mormeck W 12 O’Neil Bell, Levallois Perret, France. Regains World Cruiserweight Title.

Juan Manuel Marquez W 12 Marco Antonio Barrera, Las Vegas. Wins WBC Super Featherweight Title.

Wladimir Sidorenko D 12 Ricardo Cordoba, Stuttgart, Germany. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.

March 18,

1900: Jack Delaney born Ovila Chapdelaine.

1932: George Nichols W 10 Dave Miller, Chicago. Wins vacant NBA Light Heavyweight Title.

1933: Panama Al Brown W 12 Dominic Berasconi, Milan. Retains World Bantamweight Title.

1959: Davey Moore KO 14 Hogan (Kid) Bassey, Los Angeles. Wins World Featherweight Title.

1978: Carlos Palomino KO 9 Mimoun Mohater, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Welterweight Title.

Jorge Lujan KO 11 Roberto Rubaldino, San Antonio. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.

1978: Antonio Margarito born.

1979: Chan Hee Park W 15 Miguel Canto, Pusan, South Korea. Wins WBC Flyweight Title. Canto loses his title after 14-successful defenses.

1983: Michael Spinks W 15 Dwight Qawi, Atlantic City. Unifies WBA & WBC Titles.

1991: Mike Tyson KO 7 Donovan (Razor) Ruddock, Las Vegas. Unpopular Stoppage.

Simon Brown KO 10 Maurice Blocker, Las Vegas. Wins World Welterweight Title.

Julio Cesar Chavez KO 4 John Duplessis, Las Vegas. Retains WBC & IBF Super Lightweight Title.

1994: Juan Martin Coggi KO 3 Eder Gonzalez, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Super Lightweight Title.

1995: Roy Jones Jr. KO 1 Antoine Byrd, Pensacola, FL. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.

Steve Collins W 12 Chris Eubank, Millstreet, Ireland.

Harold Grey W 12 Orlando Tobon, Cartenegna. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title.

2000: Diego Corrales KO 3 Derrick Gainer, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Super Featherweight Title.

Floyd Mayweather W 12 Gregorio Vargas, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.

Acelino Freitas KO 1 Javier Jauregui, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2006: Hasim Rahman D 12 James (Lights Out) Toney, Atlantic City. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title. Referee: Eddie Cotton | Judge: Tom Kaczmarek 114-114 | Judge: John Stewart 117-111 | Judge: Nobuaki Uratani 114-114.

Somsak Sithchatchawal KO 10 Mahyar Monshipour, Levallois-Perret, France. Wins WBA Super Bantamweight Title. Fight of the Year!

March 19,

1943: Sammy Angott W 10 Willie Pep, NYC. Reigning world lightweight champ, Angott, hands Pep, the reigning world featherweight champ, his first defeat in 64-fights. Pep would not suffer another defeat for 5-years, improving his record to 137-1-1.

1966: Gabriel (Flash) Elorde W 10 Ismael Laguna, Manila.

1972: Rafael Herrera KO 8 Ruben Olivares, Mexico City. Wins World Bantamweight Title.

1983: Milton McCrory D 12 Colin Jones, Reno. For vacant WBC Welterweight Title. Jones robbed.

1994: Herbie Hide KO 7 Michael Bentt, London.

Orzubek Nazarov W 12 Dingaan Thobela, Hammanskraal. Retains WBA Lightweight Title.

2005: Martin Castillo W 12 Eric Morel, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.

2007: Takefumi Sakata KO 3 Lorenzo Parra, Tokyo. Wins WBA Flyweight Title.

March 20,

1925: Charley Phil Rosenberg W 15 Cannonball Martin, NYC. Wins World Bantamweight Title.

1957: Jesse Ferguson born.

1967: Luis Rodriguez W 10 Bennie Briscoe, Philadelphia, PA. Referee: Zach Clayton 47-45 | Judge: Dave Beloff 48-42 | Judge: Earl Vann 47-43.

1970: Freddie Little W 15 Gerhard Piaskowy, Berlin. Retains World Super Welterweight Title.

Chartchai Chionoi W 15 Efren Torres, Bangkok. Regains WBC Flyweight Title.

1974: Antonio (Kid Pambele) Cervantes KO 6 Chang Kil Lee, Cartagena. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.

1976: John H. Stracey KO 10 Hedgemon Lewis, Wembley. Retains World Welterweight Title.

1982: Prudencio Cardona KO 1 Antonio Avelar, Tampico, Mexico. Wins WBC Flyweight Title.

1987: Gilberto Roman W 12 Frank Cedeno, Calexico, Mexico. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.

1992: Iran Barkley W 12 Thomas Hearns, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Light Heavyweight Title. By the final round Hearns’ head swells to “elephant man” like proportions.

Thierry Jacob W 12 Daniel Zaragoza, Calais, France. Wins WBC Super Bantamweight Title.

1993: Henry Maske W 12 Prince Charles Williams, Dusseldorf, Germany. Wins IBF Light Heavyweight Title.

Yuri Arbachokov KO 9 Muangchai Kitikasem, Lop Buri, Thailand. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.

1997: Former two-time World Middleweight Champion Tony Zale, 83, dies in a Portage, Indiana nursing home.

1999: Ike Ibeabuchi KO 5 Chris Byrd, Tacoma, Washington. The maniacal Ibeabuchi’s last fight.

2010: Wladimir Klitschko KO 12 Eddie Chambers, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Retains World Heavyweight Title.

March 21,

1914: Matt Wells W 20 Tom McCormick, Sydney. Wins World Welterweight Title.

Joe Jeanette W 15 Georges Carpentier, Paris.

1924: Abe Goldstein W 15 Joe Lynch, NYC. Wins World Bantamweight Title.

1930: Midget Wolgast W 15 Black Bill, NYC. Wins vacant New York World Flyweight Title.

1933: Freddie Miller W 10 Speedy Dado, Los Angeles. Retains World Featherweight Title.

1938: Fritzie Zivic W 10 Charley Burley, Pittsburgh.

1941: Joe Louis KO 13 Abe Simon, Detroit. Retains World Heavyweight Title. Louis’ 3rd of 7-title defenses in 1941.

1952: Alfredo Escalera born.

1953: Jimmy Carruthers KO 10 Vic Toweel, Johannesburg. Retains World Bantamweight Title.

1963: Luis Rodriguez W 15 Emile Griffith, Los Angeles. Wins World Welterweight Title.

Roberto Cruz KO 1 Battling Torres, Los Angeles. Wins vacant World Super Lightweight Title.

Sugar Ramos KO 11 Davey Moore, Los Angeles. Wins World Featherweight Title.

1975: Mahyar Monshipour born.

Souleyman M’Baye born.

1982: Dwight Qawi KO 6 Jerry Martin, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Light Heavyweight Title.

Aaron Pryor KO 12 Miguel Montilla, Atlantic City. Retains WBA Super Lightweight Title.

1988: Mike Tyson KO 2 Tony Tubbs, Tokyo. Retains World Heavyweight Title.

1997: Montell Griffin W disq. 9 Roy Jones Jr., Atlantic City. Wins WBC Light Heavyweight Title. Jones lands 2-heavy shots after Griffin takes a knee.

1998: Zolani Petelo W 12 Faisol Akbar, Hammanskraal, South Africa. Retains IBF Strawweight Title.

2009: Vitali Klitschko KO 9 Juan Carlos Gomez, Stuttgart, Germany. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title.

March 22,

1898: James J. Jeffries KO 3 Peter Jackson, San Francisco. Jackson, 36, was dying from tuberculosis.

1926: Jack Delaney W 10 (Slapsie) Maxie Rosenbloom, Philadelphia.

1933: Barney Ross W 10 Billy Petrolle, Chicago.

1967: Muhammad Ali KO 7 Zora Folley, NYC. Retains World Heavyweight Title. This would be Ali’s last fight for 3 ½ years.

1980: Joseph Agbeko born.

1981: Salvador Sanchez KO 10 Roberto Castanon, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.

1986: Trevor Berbick W 12 Pinklon Thomas, Las Vegas. Wins WBC Heavyweight Title.

Carlos De Leon W 12 Bernard Benton, Las Vegas. Wins WBC Cruiserweight Title.

Dwight Qawi KO 6 Leon Spinks, Reno. Retains WBA Cruiserweight Title.

1993: Carlos Gonzalez KO 1 Tony Baltazar, Los Angeles.

1997: Genaro Hernandez W 12 Azumah Nelson, Corpus Cristi, TX. Wins WBC Super Featherweight Title. Despite Hernandez’ impressive showing, long periods of inactivity and father time are the real conquerors of the Canastota bound Nelson.

Ratanapol Sow Voraphin KO 4 Luis Doria, Saraburi, Thailand. Retains IBF Strawweight Title.

2003: Cory Spinks W 12 Michele Piccirillo, Campione D’Italia, Italy. Wins IBF Welterweight Title. Spinks, son of former World Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks.

Manny Pacquiao KO 5 Serikzhan Yeshmangbetov, (you believe this fucking name?) Manila. Non-title fight. Yeshmangbetov, 2-4 (1) drops the reigning IBF Super Bantamweight Champion with a right hand in round four.

2008: Andreas Kotelnik KO 12 Gavin Rees, Cardiff, Wales. Wins WBA Super Lightweight Title.

Joel Casamayor KO 10 Michael Katsidis, Cabazon, CA. Retains World Lightweight Title.

March 23,

1893: Johnny Wilson born.

1900: Frank Erne KO 12 Joe Gans, NYC. Retains World Lightweight Title.

1913: Sixto Escobar born.

1917: Battling Levinsky ND 10 Tommy Gibbons, St. Paul.

1948: Rinty Monaghan KO 7 Jackie Paterson, Belfast. Retains NBA Flyweight Title.

1972: Joe Calzaghe born.

1979: Larry Holmes KO 7 Osvaldo Ocasio, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title. The first heavyweight title fight since Ali/Frazier I, featuring two unbeaten contestants.

Earnie Shavers KO 1 Ken Norton, Las Vegas. I watched this, and the above fight at my brother-in-law’s house. He was a cop. I was 13. He gave me beer. I got a case of the shits that would’ve dehydrated Fat Albert to death.

1996: Nate Miller KO 9 Brian LaSpada, Miami. Retains WBA Cruiserweight Title.

Arturo Gatti KO 6 Wilson Rodriguez, NYC. Retains IBF Super Featherweight Title. Gatti, with one-eye completely shut, ends matters with a single left hook in what appears to be a fight of the year candidate.

Antonio Cermeno W 12 Yober Ortega, Miami. Retains WBA Super Bantamweight Title.

1998: Yory Boy Campas KO 3 Anthony Stephens, Ledyard, CT. Retains IBF Super Welterweight Title.

2001: Clarence (Bones) Adams W 12 Ivan Alvarez, Owensboro, KY. Retains WBA Super Bantamweight Title.

2002: Masamori Tokuyama KO 9 Kazuhiro Ryuko, Yokohama, Japan. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.

March 24,

1866: Jack Mc Auliffe born.

1899: Kid Mc Coy W 20 Joe Choynski, San Francisco.

1924: Harry Greb KO 12 Fay Kaiser, Baltimore. Retains World Middleweight Title.

1932: Billy Petrolle KO 12 Battling Battalino, NYC. Referee: Ed Smith. A crowd of 18,000 watched as “Petrolle cut Battalino to pieces with vicious rights and lefts to the head, brought blood streaming from a dozen cuts, and finally stopped him after one minute and 31 seconds of the twelfth and final round. Two smashing punches to the body made Battalino sway. Another volley to the head sent him reeling into the ropes. Still he refused to go down but he was obviously out on his feet and Referee Gunboat Smith stepped in and awarded the fight to Petrolle on a technical knockout.” (AP).

1933: (Slapsie) Maxie Rosenbloom KO 4 Bob Goodwin, NYC. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.

1938: Benny Lynch D 15 Peter Kane, Liverpool. Retains World Flyweight Title.

1950: Rocky Marciano W 10 Roland La Starza, NYC. A disputed verdict. Only a knockdown scored by Marciano keeps this fight from being ruled a draw.

1962: Emile Griffith KO 12 Benny (Kid) Paret, NYC. Regains World Welterweight Title. Paret dies 10-days later as a result of the battering he received. This would be the grief stricken Ruby Goldstein’s last fight as a referee.

1970: Buster Mathis Jr. born.

1975: Muhammad Ali KO 15 Chuck Wepner, Cleveland. Retains World Heavyweight Title. Wepner is credited with a 9th-round knockdown over Ali. Photos later reveal that Wepner stepped on Ali’s foot as he was pulling away from a punch.

1978: Hugo Cazares born.

1980: Hilario Zapata W 15 Shigeo Nakajima, Tokyo. Wins WBC Junior Flyweight Title.

1988: Roger Mayweather KO 3 Mauricio Aceves, Los Angeles. Retains WBC Super Lightweight Title.

1990: Juan Coggi W 12 Jose Luis Ramirez, Ajaccio, Corsica. Retains WBA Super Lightweight Title.

Humberto (Chiquita) Gonzalez KO 3 Francisco Tejedor, Mexico City. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.

2001: Vassiliy Jirov KO 1 Terry McGroom, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Cruiserweight Title.

Sven Ottke KO 8 James Crawford, Magdeburg, Germany. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.

Oscar De La Hoya KO 5 Arturo Gatti, Las Vegas.

2007: Mikkel Kessler W 12 Librado Andrade, Copenhagen, Denmark. Retains WBA/WBC Super Middleweight Title.

March 25,

1904: Joe Gans W 15 Jack Blackburn, Baltimore.

1916: Jess Willard No Decision 10 Frank Moran, NYC. Retains World Heavyweight Title.

1929: Jackie Fields W 10 Young Jack Thompson, Chicago. Wins vacant NBA Welterweight Title.

1931: Frankie Genaro D 15 Victor Ferrand, Madrid. Retains World Flyweight Title.

1945: Dennis Rappaport born.

1956: Raul Macias KO 10 Leo Espinosa, Mexico City. Retains NBA Bantamweight Title.

1958: Sugar Ray Robinson W 15 Carmen Basilio, Chicago. Wins World Middleweight Title for a 5th-time.

1961: Eder Jofre KO 10 Piero Rollo, Rio de Janeiro. Retains NBA Bantamweight Title.

1966: Humberto Gonzalez born.

1974: George Foreman KO 2 Ken Norton, Caracas. Retains World Heavyweight Title. Norton receives 2-standing eight counts from referee Jimmy Rondeau, and after Norton suffers a knockdown, Bill Slayton, Norton’s chief second, stops the fight as Norton barley regains his feet. Not to mention George is standing less that 2-feet away.

1975: Rafael Marquez born.

1976: Wladimir Klitschko born.

1979: Wilfred Benitez W 15 Harold Weston Jr., San Juan. Retains WBC Welterweight Title.

1989: Taoufik BelBouli KO 8 Michael Greer, Casablanca. Wins vacant WBA Cruiserweight Title.

Michael Nunn KO 1 Sumbu Kalambay, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Middleweight Title.

1991: Melchor Cob Castro KO 10 Rolando Pascua, Inglewood. Wins WBC Junior Flyweight Title.

1995: Former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson, 28, is released from the Indiana Youth Center after serving 3-years of a 6-year sentence for the rape of a beauty pageant contestant.

2006: Hozumi Hasegawa KO 9 Veeraphol Sahaprom, Kobe, Japan. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.

Ulises Solis KO 9 Eric Ortiz, Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico. Retains IBF Junior Flyweight Title.

March 26,

1909: Stanley Ketchell ND 10 Philadelphia Jack O’Brien, NYC. O’Brien, down 4-times in the 9th and 10th-rounds, is saved from a certain knockout by the bell.

1914: Percy Jones W 20 Eugene Criqui, Liverpool. Retains World flyweight Title.

1917: Lew Tendler ND 6 Johnny Dundee, Philadelphia.

Johnny Kilbane D 12 Eddie Wallace, Bridgeport, CT. Retains World Featherweight Title.

1927: Tony Canzoneri D 10 Bud Taylor, Chicago. For vacant NBA Bantamweight Title.

1936: Eder Jofre born.

1957: Eder Jofre KO 3 Raul Lopez, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Jofre’s pro debut.

1961: Leslie Stewart born.

1966: Engels Pedroza born.

1971: Irene Pacheco born.

1976: Joachim Alcine born.

1983: Jung Koo Chang KO 3 Hilario Zapata, Taejon, South Korea. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title.

1988: Fidel Bassa W 12 Dave McAuley, Belfast. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.

1989: Antonio Esparragoza KO 10 Mitsuru Sugiya, Kawasaki, Japan. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.

1994: Henry Maske KO 9 Ernesto Magdelano, Dortmund, Germany. Retains IBF Light Heavyweight Title.

March 27,

1925: Harry Greb ND 10 Gene Tunney, St. Paul, MN. The 5th and final fight between these two; Tunney wins two, Greb wins one, and two 10-round no decisions.

1934: Barney Ross W 10 Bobby Pacho, Los Angeles. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.

1942: Joe Louis KO 6 Abe Simon, NYC. Retains World Heavyweight Title.

1962: Former 3-time World Welterweight Champion Jack Britton dies.

1975: Kuniaki Shibata W 15 Ould Makloufi, Fukuoka City, Japan. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.

1982: Wilfredo Gomez KO 6 Juan (Kid) Meza, Atlantic City. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.

Jeff Chandler KO 6 Johnny Carter, Philadelphia. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.

1983: Larry Holmes W 12 Lucien Rodriguez, Scanton, PA. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title.

Robert Guerrero born.

1987: Buster Drayton KO 10 Said Skouma, Cannes. Retains IBF Super Welterweight Title.

Brian Mitchell D 15 Jose Rivera, San Juan. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.

1992: Wilfredo Vasquez KO 3 Raul Perez, Mexico City. Wins WBA Super Bantamweight Title.

1993: Orlando Canizales KO 11 Clarence (Bones) Adams, Evian les Bains, FR, Retains IBF Bantamweight Title.

1998: Richie Woodhall W 12 Thulane (Sugarboy) Malinga, Telford, England. Wins WBC Super Middleweight Title.

1999: Jorge Elicer Julio W 12 Julio Gamboa, Miami. Terrible decision.

Tim Austin KO 9 Sergio Aguila, Miami. Retains IBF Bantamweight Title.

2005: Vic Darchinyan KO 8 Mzukisi Sikali, Sydney, Australia. Retains IBF Flyweight Title.

2008: Verno Phillips W 12 Cory Spinks, St Louis, MO. Wins IBF Super Welterweight Title.

2010: Steve Molitor W 12 Takalani Ndlovu, Ontario, Canada. Regains IBF Super Bantamweight Title. Referee: David Fields | judge: Deon Dwarte 117-111 | judge: Andre Pasquier 116-112 | judge: Kelly Zolnierczyk 115-113.

Anselmo Moreno W 12 Nehomar Cermeno, La Guaira, Venezuela. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title. Referee: Luis Pabon | judge: Uriel Aguilera 114-113 | judge: Levi Martinez 112-115 | judge: Nelson Vazquez 115-112.

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam W 12 Koki Kameda, Tokyo. Regains WBC Flyweight Title. Referee: Jose Guadalupe Garcia | judge: John Keane 116-112 | judge: Max DeLuca 115-112 | judge: Predrag Aleksic 114-114.

March 28,

1922: Joey Maxim born Giuseppe Antonio Berardinelli.

1929: Tommy Loughran W 10 Mickey Walker, Chicago. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.

1945: Johnny Famechon born.

1968: Raul Rojas W 15 Enrique Higgins, Los Angeles. Retains California World Featherweight Title.

1972: Jose Napoles KO 7 Ralph Charles, Wembley. Retains World Welterweight Title.

1975: Victor Galindez KO 3 Harold Skog, Oslo. Retains WBA Light Heavyweight Title.

1976: Rodrigo Valdez KO 4 Nessim Cohen, Paris. Retains WBC Middleweight Title.

1981: Sugar Ray Leonard KO 10 Larry Bonds, Syacuse. Retains World Welterweight Title.

Santos Laciar KO 7 Peter Mathebula, Soweto, South Africa. Wins WBA Flyweight Title.

1987: Rickey Parkey KO 12 Chisanda Mutti, Lido de Camaiore, Italy. Retains IBF Cruiserweight Title.

1998: Lennox Lewis KO 5 Shannon Briggs, Atlantic City. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title.

Imamu Mayfield KO 11 Terry Dunstan, Hull, England. Retains IBF Cruiserweight Title.

Charles Brewer KO 10 Herol Graham, Atlantic City. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.

Tim Austin KO 2 Paul Lloyd, Hull, England. Retains IBF Bantamweight Title.

1999: Jesus (Kiki) Rojas Tech. Draw 4 Hideki Todaka, Miyazaki, Japan. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.

2009: Humberto Soto KO 4 Antonio Davis, Tijuana, Mexico. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.

March 29,

1940: Joe Louis KO 2 Johnny Paycheck, NYC. Retains World Heavyweight Title.

1966: Muhammad Ali W 15 George Chuvalo, Toronto. Retains World Heavyweight Title.

1980: Matthew Saad Muhammad KO 4 John Conteh, Atlantic City. Retains WBC Light Heavyweight Title.

Antonio Cervantes KO 7 Miguel Montilla, Cartagena. Retains WBA Super Lightweight Title.

Eusebio Pedroza KO 9 Juan Malvarez, Panama City. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.

1985: Joey Olivo W 15 Francisco Quiroz, Miami Beach. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title.

1987: Takuya Muguruma KO 5 Azael Moran, Moriguchi, Japan. Wins vacant WBA Bantamweight Title.

1988: Lloyd Honeyghan KO 3 Jorge Vaca, Wembley. Regains World Welterweight Title.

1990: Khaosai Galaxy KO 5 Cobra Ari Blanca, Bangkok. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.

1994: Miguel Angel Gonzalez KO 5 Jean Baptiste Mendy, Paris. Retains WBC Lightweight Title.

1997: Michael Moorer W 12 Vaughn Bean, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Heavyweight Title. This poor excuse for a “fight” could’ve put an amphetamine junky to sleep.

Laurent Boudouani W 12 Carl Daniels, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Super Middleweight Title.

Julio Cesar Chavez W 10 Tony Martin, Las Vegas.

Ricardo Lopez W 12 Mongkol Chareon, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Strawweight Title.

2008: Arthur Abraham KO 12 Elvin Ayala, Kiel, Germany. Retains IBF Middleweight Title.

Takefumi Sakata W 12 Shingo Yamaguchi, Chiba City, Japan. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.

March 30,

1920: Mike O’Dowd KO 5 Joe Eagan, Boston. Retains World Middleweight Title.

1943: Gilberto Mendoza born.

1957: Pascual Perez KO 1 Dal Dower, Buenos Aires. Retains World Flyweight Title.

1965: Jose Torres KO 10 Willie Pastrano, NYC. Wins World Light Heavyweight Title.

Emile Griffith W 15 Jose Stable, NYC. Retains World Welterweight Title.

1968: Hiroshi Kobayashi D 15 Rene Barrientos, Tokyo. Retains World Super Featherweight Title.

1969: Keith Holmes born.

1971: Manuel Medina born.

1975: Jose Napoles Tech. Dec. 12 Armando Muniz, Acapulco. Retains World Welterweight Title.

1984: Marvelous Marvin Hagler KO 10 Juan Domingo Roldan, Las Vegas. Retains World Middleweight Title.

1985: Piet Crous KO 3 Randy Stephens, Sun City, South Africa. Retains WBA Cruiserweight Title.

Ji Won Kim W 15 Dario Palacios, Suwon, South Korea. Retains IBF Super Bantamweight Title.

1986: Gilberto Roman W 12 Jiro Watanabe, Itami City, Japan. Wins WBC Super Flyweight Title.

1989: Jorge Paez KO 11 Calvin Grove, Mexicali. Retains IBF Featherweight Title.

1991: Yung Kyun Park W 12 Antonio Esparragoza, Kwangiu, South Korea. Wins WBA Featherweight Title.

1996: Wayne McCullough W 12 Jose Luis Bueno, Dublin. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title. A very bad decision!

Rosendo Alvarez KO 3 Kermin Guardia, Managua. Retains WBA Strawweight Title.

1997: Wifredo Vasquez KO 5 Yuji Watanabe, Tokyo. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.

2001: Paulie Ayala W 12 Hugo Dianzo, Fort Worth, TX. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title. The worst decision of 2001!!

2002: Ricardo Mayorga KO 5 Andrew Lewis, Reading, PA. Wins WBA Welterweight Title.

Felix Machado Tech. Win 6 Martin Castillo, Reading, PA. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title.

Former WBC Lightweight Champion Stevie Johnston, 29, is jailed for failing to pay child support.

March 31,

1870: Tommy Ryan born Joseph Youngs.

1878: Jack Johnson born John Arthur Johnson.

1903: Young Corbett KO 11 (Terrible) Terry McGovern, San Francisco. Retains World Featherweight Title.

1908: Abe Attell D 15 Battling Nelson, San Francisco.

1911: Ad Wolgast KO 5 Anton LaGrave, San Francisco. Retains World Lightweight Title.

1916: Benny Leonard ND 10 Freddie Welsh, NYC.

1939: Henry Armstrong KO 12 Davey Day, NYC. Retains World Welterweight Title. Armstrong’s 3rd defense in 27-days.

1942: Rocky Graziano KO 2 Curtis Hightower, Brooklyn. Graziano’s professional debut.

1950: Rocky Graziano D 10 Tony Janiro, NYC.

1973: Ken Norton W 12 Muhammad Ali, San Diego. Ali suffers his second career defeat as well as a broken jaw in the second round.

1980: Larry Holmes KO 8 Le Roy Jones, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title.

Mike Weaver KO 15 John Tate, Knoxville. Wins WBA Heavyweight Title. Weaver finishes matters with a devastating left hook in the final round with 45 seconds remaining. At the time on the knockout, Tate led on all cards, 137-134, 136-133, 138-133.

Marvin Camel W 15 Mate Parlov, Las Vegas. Wins newly created WBC Cruiserweight Title.

Eddie Gregory KO 11 Marvin Johnson, Knoxville. Wins WBA Light Heavyweight Title. Gregory scored with a crisp left hook, in the 11th, Which he called his “Novacaine Punch.” Seconds later Johnson had to be rescued by referee Carlos Berrocal.

Sugar Ray Leonard KO 4 Davey (Boy) Green, Landover, MD. Retains WBC Welterweight Title. A textbook left hook leaves Green in an unconscious heap for several minutes.

1984: Wifredo Gomez W 12 Juan La Porte, Hato Rey. Wins WBC Featherweight Title.

1990: (Terrible) Terry Norris KO 1 John Mugabi, Tampa. Wins WBC Super Welterweight Title.

1993: Ricardo Lopez KO 9 Kwang-Soo Oh, Seoul. Retains WBC Strawweight Title.

1995: Alejandro Gonzalez W 12 Louie Espinosa, Anaheim. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.

Marco Antonio Barrera W 12 Daniel Jimenez, Anaheim.

Humberto (Chiquita) Gonzalez KO 5 Jesus Zuniga, Anaheim. Retains WBC/IBF Junior Flyweight Title.

2007: Henry Maske W 12 Virgil Hill, München, Germany. Referee: Richard James Davies | Judge: Matteo Fratini 117-110 | Judge: Dusan Hecko 117-110 | Judge: Roger Tilleman 116-113. Maske avenges his only defeat after a decade long hiatus.

“Sin City” Richey
richeysj@cox.net

COMMENTS

  1. Fernando Torres is in totally bad form at this time

    Alma on May 11th, 2011 at 11:09 AM

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