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This Day in Boxing History - March 3
By Richey S Jones, Doghouse Boxing (March 3, 2015)

On this day in History: Miguel Cotto
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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