|This Day in Boxing History - March 3
By Richey S Jones, Doghouse Boxing (March 3, 2015)
On this day in History: Miguel Cotto KO 11 Oktay Urkal.
This Day in Boxing History. The History listed below is for the date of March 3. Enjoy!
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 scores 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.
2012: Wladimir Klitschko KO 4 Jean Marc Mormeck, Düsseldorf, Germany. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
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