This Day in Boxing History. The History listed below is for the date of March 6. Enjoy!
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.
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