On This Day In Boxing History




MAY 22 - 28





May 22



1905: Philadelphia, PA. Abe Attell ND 6 Battling Nelson.

1929: New York Coliseum, Bronx, NY. Kid Chocolate W 10 Fidel LaBarba.

1931: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. World Featherweight Championship. Battling Battalino W 15 Fidel LaBarba.. Retains title.

1941: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. NBA Light Heavyweight Championship. Gus Lesnevich W 15 Anton Christoforidis. Wins title.

1976: Johannesburg, South Africa. WBA Light Heavyweight Championship.Victor Galindez KO 15 Richie Kates. Retains title.

1977: Sapporo, Japan. Retains WBA World Junior Flyweight Championship.Yoko Gushiken W 15 Rigoberto Marcano. Retains title.

1982: Las Vegas, NV. WBC World Lightweight Championship. Alexis Arguello KO 5 Andrew Ganigan. Retains title.

1990: Rocky Graziano, former World Middleweight Champion, 71, dies in New York City from cardiopulmonary failure.

1992: Mexico City, Mexico. IBF World Light Welterweight Championship. Rafael Pineda KO 7 Clarence Coleman. Retains title.

1993: Washington D.C. WBA World Heavyweight Championship. Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe KO 2 Jesse Ferguson. Retains title.

1993: Washington, D.C. IBF World Middleweight Championship. Roy Jones Jr. W 12 Bernard Hopkins.Wins title.

1993: Mexico City, Mexico. IBF World Super Flyweight Championship. Julio Cesar Borboa W 12 Joel Luna Zarate. Retains title.

1997: Chino Grovin, 80, dies. Chino, a boxing trainer affiliated with Gil Clancy, worked with Rodrigo Valdez.

1999: Las Vegas, NV. WBC World Welterweight Championship. Oscar De La Hoya KO 11 Oba Carr. Retains title.

1999: Las Vegas, NV. WBC World Junior Lightweight Championship. Floyd Mayweather KO 9 Justin Juuko. Retains title.

2004: Carnival City, South Africa. WBA World Cruiserweight Championship. Jean-Marc Mormeck W 12 Virgil Hill. Retains title.



May 23



1922: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. American Light Heavyweight Championship. Harry Greb W 15 Gene Tunney. Wins title.

1940: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. World Middleweight Championship. Ken Overlin W 15 Ceferino Garcia. Wins title.

1941: Washington D.C. World Heavyweight Championship. Joe Louis W DQ. 7 Buddy Baer. Retains title.

1946: Paul Sykes born in Wakefield, England.

1951: Carlos Zarate born in Tepito, Distrito Federal, Mexico.

1954: ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler born in Newark, New Jersey.

1960: Tokyo, Japan. World Bantamweight Championship. Jose Becerra D 15 Kenji Yonekura. Retains title.

1962: Loreto Garza born in Sacramento, California.

1970: Derrell Coley born in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

1970: Umag, Yugoslavia. World Middleweight Championship. Nino Benvenuti KO 8 Tom Bethea. Retains title.

1976: Erie, PA. WBA World Lightweight Championship. Roberto Duran KO 14 Lou Bizzarro. Retains title.

1981: Las Vegas, Nevada. WBC World Light Middleweight Championship. Wilfred Benitez KO 12 Maurice Hope. Wins title.

1986: Melbourne, Australia. IBF World Junior Lightweight Championship. Barry Michael KO 4 Mark Fernandez. Retains title.

1987: Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad. WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship. Leslie Stewart KO 9 Marvin Johnson. Wins title.

1988: Suanbo, South Korea. WBA World Super Middleweight Championship. Fulgencio Obelmejias W 12 Chong Pal Park, Wins title.

2009: Monterrey, Mexico. WBC World Super Bantamweight Championship. Toshiaki Nishioka KO 3 Jhonny Gonzalez. Retains title.



May 24



1874: Jerry Jerome born in Jimbour, Queensland, Australia.

1901: Toronto, Canada. World Welterweight Championship. James “Rube” Ferns KO 10 Matty Matthews. Regains title.

1907: Los Angeles, CA. World Featherweight Championship. Abe Attell W 20 Kid Solomon. Retains title.

1907: Teddy Baldock born in London, England.

1913: Luther McCarty dies in Calgary, Canada at ringside after his bout with Arthur Pelkey.

1917: Les Darcy, 21, dies from blood poisoning as a result from an infected tooth in Memphis, Tennessee.

1928: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. World Super Featherweight Championship. Tod Morgan W 15 Cannonball Martin. Retains title.

1940: Boston, MA. World Welterweight Championship. Henry Armstrong KO 5 Ralph Zanelli. Retains title.

1954: Tokyo, Japan. World Flyweight Championship. Yoshio Shirai W 15 Leo Espinosa. Retains title.

1958: Brooklyn, New York. Jose Torres’ pro debut KO 1 Gene Hamilton.

1962: Hector Camacho born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

1968: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. World Light Heavyweight Championship. Bob Foster KO 4 Dick Tiger. Wins title.

1969: West Springfield, MA. World Light Heavyweight Championship. Bob Foster KO 4 Andy Kendall. Retains title.

1976: Munich, Germany. World Heavyweight Championship. Muhammad Ali KO 5 Richard Dunn. Retains title.

1980: Mauricio Herrera born in Lake Elsinore, California.

1985: Sergio Romero born in Madrid, Spain.

1986: Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. WBA World Junior Lightweight Championship. Alfredo Layne KO 9 Wilfredo Gomez. Wins title.

1987: Moriguchi, Japan. WBA World Bantamweight Championship. Chan Young Park KO 11 Takuya Muguruma. Wins title.

1995: Yokohama, Japan. WBC World Super Flyweight Yokohama Hiroshi Kawashima W 12 Seung Koo Lee. Retains title.

1996: Sydney, Australia. Retains IBF World Light Welterweight Championship. Kostya Tzyu KO 4 Corey Johnson. Retains title.

1997: Suwon, South Korea. WBA World Junior Lightweight Championship. Yong-Soo Choi W 12 Koji Matsumoto, Suwon. Retains title.

2008: Manchester, England. IBO World Light Welterweight Ricky Hatton W 12 Juan Lazcano, Retains title.

2008: Manchester, England. IBF World Light Welterweight Paul Malingnaggi W 12 Lovemore Ndou. Retains title.

2014: Acapulco, Mexico. WBC World Featherweight Championship. Jhonny Gonzalez WTD 10 Clive Atwell. Retains title.

2014: Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada. WBC World Light Heavyweight Championship. Adonis Stevenson W 12 Andrzej Fonfara. Retains title.



MAY 25



1826: Tom Sayers born in Brighton, England.

1939: London, England. World Welterweight Championship. Henry Armstrong W 15 Ernie Roderick. Retains title.

1942: Pittsburgh, PA. Ezzard Charles W 10 Charley Burley.

1948: Los Angeles, CA. World Lightweight Championship. Ike Williams W 15 Enrique Bolanos. Retains title.

1951: New York City, NY. World Lightweight Championship. Jimmy Carter KO 14 Ike Williams. Wins title.

1965: Lewiston, ME. World Heavyweight Championship. Muhammad Ali KO 1 Sonny Liston. Retains title.

1968: Milan, Italy. World Light Middleweight Championship. Sandro Mazzinghi W 15 Ki Soo Kim, Regains title.

1972: Omaha, Nebraska. World Heavyweight Championship. “Smokin” Joe Frazier KO 5 Ron Stander. Retains title.

1974: Monte Carlo. WBC World Middleweight Championship. Rodrigo Valdez KO 7 Bennie Briscoe. Wins title.

1974: Mexico City, Mexico. WBC World Bantamweight Championship. Rafael Herrera KO 6 Romeo Anaya. Retains title.

1975: Monterrey, Mexico. WBC World Flyweight Championship. Miguel Canto W 15 Betulio Gonzalez. Retains title.

1996: Leipzig, Germany. IBF World Light Heavyweight Championship. Henry Maske W 12 John Scully.. Retains title.

2000: Mendoza, Argentina. WBA World Featherweight Championship. Freddy Norwood W 12 Julio Pablo Chacon. Retains title.

2013: London, England. WBA - IBF World Super Middleweight Championships Carl Froch W12 Mikkel Kessler. Retains IBF title and Wins WBA Super Middleweight title.

2014: Matthew Saad Muhammad dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Lou Gehrig’s disease.



MAY 26



1863: Bob Fitzsimmons, born Robert James Fitzsimmons, in Helston, Cornwall, Uk.

1876: Jack Root born in Frahelž, Czech Republic.

1897: Gene Tunney, born James Joseph Tunney, in Greenwich Village, New York.

1904: Marcel Thil born in Saint-Dizier, Haute-Marne, France.

1900: Brooklyn, New York. World Bantamweight Championship. Dan Dougherty W 20 Tommy Feltz. Wins title.

1931: Joe Bygraves born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1932: Detroit, Michigan. NBA Featherweight Championship. Tommy Paul W 15 Johnny Pena. Wins title.

1943: Long Beach, CA. World Bantamweight Championship. Manuel Ortiz W 15 Joe Robleto. Retains title.

1949: Ricardo Arredondo born in Apatzingan, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico.

1969: New York City, NY. Dick Tiger W 10 Nino Benvenuti. 

1977: Tyrone Everett dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1978: Kelvin Davis born in Natchez, Mississippi.

1984: Miami Beach, Florida. WBC World Super Bantamweight Championship. Jaime Garza KO 3 Felipe Orozco. Retains title.

1984: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. WBA World Super Bantamweight Championship. Victor Callejas KO 8 Loris Stecca. Wins title.

1984: Miami Beach, Florida. WBC World Bantamweight Championship. Albert Davila KO 11 Enrique Sanchez. Retains title.

1984: Wonju, South Korea. IBF World Super Flyweight Championship. Joo Do Chun KO 6 Felix Marquez, Retains title.

1990: Cartagena, Colombia. WBA World Super Bantamweight Championship. Luis Mendoza D 12 Ruben Palacios. Draw.

1992: Liam Williams born in Church Village, Wales.

2001: Grand Rapids, MI. WBC World Junior Lightweight Championship. Floyd Mayweather W 12 Carlos Hernandez. Retains title.

2007: Slaskie, Poland. IBF World Cruiserweight Championship. Steve Cunningham W 12 Krzysztof Wlodarcyz. Wins title.

2007: Bamberg, Germany. IBF World Middleweight Championship. Arthur Abraham KO 3 Sebastien Demers. Retains title.

2009: Uttaradit, Thailand. WBA World Flyweight Championship. Denkaosan Kaovichit W 12 Hiroyuki Hisataka. Retains title.

2009: Tokyo, Japan. WBC World Flyweight Championship. Daisuke Naito W 12 Xiong Zhao Zhong. Retains title.

2014: Macao, SAR, China. IBF World Featherweight Championship. Evgeny Gradovich W12 Alexander Miskirtchian, Retains title.

2012: Nottingham, England. IBF World Super Middleweight Championship. Carl Froch TKO5 Lucian Bute. Wins title.



May 27



1905: Young Corbett III, born Raffaele Capabianca Giordano in Potenza, Basilicata, Italy.

1929: Baltimore, Maryland. World Featherweight Championship.Andre Routis KO 3 Buster Brown. Retains title.

1931: New York City. NY. Jimmy McLarnin W 10 Billy Petrolle.

1951: John Conteh born in Liverpool, England.

1956: Cornelius Boza-Edwards born in Kampala, Uganda.

1960: Las Vegas, NV. World Welterweight Championship Benny “Kid” Paret W 15 Don Jordan. Wins title.

1975: Ezzard Charles, 53, dies in Chicago, Illinois, from Lou Gehrig's disease.

1978: Los Angeles, CA. WBC World Welterweight Championship. Carlos Palomino W 15 Armando Muniz. Retains title.

1983: Providence, RI. World Middleweight Championship. Marvelous Marvin Hagler KO 4 Wilford Scypion. Retains title.

1984: Maracaibo, Venezuela. WBA World Featherweight Championship. Eusebio Pedroza W 15 Angel Levy Mayor. Retains title.

1989: Bismark, ND. WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship. Virgil Hill KO 7 Joe Lasisi. Retains title.

1994: Las Vegas, Nevada. IBF World Middleweight Championship. Roy Jones Jr. KO 2 Thomas Tate. Retains title.

1994: Las Vegas, Nevada. IBF World Lightweight Championship. Rafael Ruelas KO 3 Mike Evgen. Retains title.

1994: Las Vegas, Nevada. Oscar De La Hoya KO 3 Giorgio Campanella.

1995: Dortmund, Germany. World Light Heavyweight Championship. Henry Maske W 12 Graciano Rocchigiani. Wins title.

1995: Fort Lauderdale, Florida. WBA World Super Middleweight Championship. Frankie Liles KO 6 Frederic Seillier. Retains title.

1995: Fort Lauderdale, Florida. WBA World Middleweight Championship. Jorge Castro KO 12 Anthony Andrews. Retains title.

1995: Seoul, S. Korea. WBA World Featherweight Championship. Eloy Rojas W 12 Kyun-Yung Park. Retains title.

1995: Bangkok, Thailand. WBA World Bantamweight Championship. Daorung MP Petroleum D 12 Lakhin CP Gym. Retains title.

2004: Clermont-Ferrand, France. WBA World Super Bantamweight Championship. Mahyar Monshipour KO 8 Salim Medjkkoune. Retains title.



MAY 28



1917: Manhattan, NY. World Lightweight Championship. Benny Leonard KO 9 Freddie Welsh. Wins title.

1922: Lou Duva born in New York City, New York.

1927: Vancouver, Canada. World Junior Lightweight Championship. Tod Morgan W 12 Vic Foley. Retains title.

1929: Los Angeles, CA. World Light Welterweight Championship. Mushy Callahan KO 3 Fred Mahan. Retains title.

1934: Long Island, NY. World Welterweight Championship. Barney Ross W 15 Jimmy McLarnin. Wins title.

1935: New York City, NY. World Welterweight Championship. Barney Ross W 15 Jimmy McLarnin. Regains title.

1941: Chicago, IL. NBA World Middleweight Championship. Tony Zale KO 2 Al Hostak. Retains title.

1942: New York City, NY. Sugar Ray Robinson W 10 Marty Servo.

1962: Los Angeles, CA. Archie Moore D 10 Willie Pastrano.

1964: Jeff Fenech born in Sydney, Australia.

1973: Jose Luis Lopez born in Victoria de Durango, Durango, Mexico.

1988: Tijuana, Mexico. WBA World Super Bantamweight Championship. Juan Jose Estrada W 12 Bernardo Pinango. Wins title.

1989: Seoul, S. Korea. WBA World Super Middleweight Championship. In Chul Baek KO 11 Fulgencio Obelmejies. Wins title.

1993: Seoul, S. Korea. WBC World Bantamweight Championship. Jung-Il Byun W 12 Josefino Suarez. Retains title.

1995: South Padre Island, TX. IBF World Featherweight Championship. Tom “Boom Boom” Johnson W 12 Eddie Croft. Retains title.

2005: Los Angeles, CA. IBF World Bantamweight Championship. Rafael Marquez W 12 Ricardo Vargas. Retains title.


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