|This Day in Boxing History - March 4
By Richey S Jones, Doghouse Boxing (March 4, 2015)
On this day in History: Ray Mancini born.
This Day in Boxing History. The History listed below is for the date of March 4. Enjoy!
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.
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