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Boxing Dates to Remember in December

Boxing Dates to Remember in December

COMPILED BY RICHEY S. JONES

December 1,

  • 1942: Ezzard Charles W 10 Joey Maxim, Cleveland.
  • Sugar Ray Robinson KO 8 Izzy Jannazzo, Cleveland.
  • 1973: Bob Foster W 15 Pierre Fourie, Johannesburg, South Africa. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Eusebio Pedroza KO 4 Julio Garcia, Panama City. Pedroza’s pro debut.
  • 1976: Tomasz Adamek born.
  • 1980: Hilario Zapata W 15 Reinaldo Becerra, Caracas. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1984: Greg Page KO 8 Gerrie Coetzee, Sun City. Wins WBA Heavyweight Title. Coming off of two straight defeats, Page gets a title shot because Don King can’t find anyone else in his stable willing to go to South Africa.
  • Piet Crous W 15 Osvaldo Ocasio, Sun City. Wins WBA Cruiserweight Title.
  • Mike McCallum KO 14 Luigi Minchillo, Milan. Retains WBA Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1990: Loreto Garza W Disq. 11 Vinny Pazienza, Sacramento. Retains WBA Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1995: Azumah Nelson KO 5 Gabriel Ruelas, Indio, CA. Regains WBC Super Featherweight Title. Time: 1:20. Referee: Marty Denkin. Judge: Carol Castellano 38-36 | Judge: Daniel Van de Wiele 39-35 | Judge: Angel L. Guzman 38-36
  • Johnny Tapia KO 9 Willy Salazar, Indio, CA.
  • 1997: Former Super Lightweight and Lightweight Champion Edwin Rosario, 34, dies at his parents’ home in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
  • 2000: Bernard Hopkins KO 10 Antwun Echols, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Middleweight Title. Time: 1:42 | Referee: Tony Weeks | Judge: Bill Graham 89-78 | Judge: Dave Moretti 89-78 | Judge: Robert Byrd 89-78. Echols deducted two points in the 6th for bodyslamming Hopkins to the canvas, dislocating his shoulder. Hopkins chooses to fight on rather than win by disqualification. Echols down in the 7th, Hopkins deducted a point in the 8th for holding behind the head.
  • Marco Antonio Barrera KO 7 Jesus Salud, Las Vegas.
  • 2001: Sven Ottke KO 10 Anthony Mundine, Dortmund, Germany. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.
  • 2002: Kassim Ouma is hospitalized after being shot in the stomach during a drive-by shooting in West Palm Beach, FL.
  • 2007: Vernon Forrest KO 11 Michele Piccirillo, Mashantucket, Connecticut. Retains WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • Celestino Caballero KO 8 Mauricio Pastrana, Panama City, Panama. Retains WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • Nonito Donaire KO 8 Luis Maldonado, Mashantucket, Connecticut. Retains IBF Flyweight Title.
  • Ivan Calderon W 12 Juan Esquer, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Retains World Junior Flyweight Title.

December 2,

  • 1895: George (Kid) Lavigne W 15 Joe Walcott, Maspeth, NY. Billed as for American 133lb title (Lightweight)
  • 1905: Jack Johnson ND 6 Joe Jeanette, Philadelphia.
  • 1907: Tommy Burns KO 10 Gunner Moir, London. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1925: Tod Morgan KO 10 Mike Ballerino, Los Angeles. Wins World Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1935: Lew Jenkins W 8 Lee (Moon) Mullins, Phoenix. Jenkins’ pro debut.
  • 1941: Sugar Ramos born Ultiminio Ramos Zaqueira.
  • 1950: Vic Toweel KO 11 Danny O’Sullivan, Johannesburg. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1959: Joe (Old Bones) Brown KO 6 Dave Charnley, Houston. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1963: Sandro Mazzinghi KO 13 Ralph Dupas, Sydney. Retains World Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1965: Salvatore Burruni KO 13 Rocky Gattellari, Sydney. Retains World Flyweight Title.
  • 1972: Bruno Acari W 15 Everaldo Costa Azevedo, Turin, Italy. Retains WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • Ernesto Marcel KO 6 Enrique Garcia, Panama City. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1977: Carlos Zarate KO 5 Juan F. Rodriguez, Madrid. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 1978: Marvin Johnson KO 10 Mate Parlov, Marsala, Italy. Wins WBC Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1985: Jeff Fenech W 15 Jerome Coffee, Sydney. Retains IBF Bantamweight Title.
  • 1986: Tsuyoshi Hamada W 12 Ronnie Shields, Tokyo. Retains WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1992: Kennedy McKinney KO 11 Welcome Ncita, Tortoli, Sardina. Wins IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1995: Wayne McCullough KO 8 Johnny Bredahl, Belfast. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • Rosendo Alvarez W 12 Chana Porpaoin, Bangkok. Wins WBA Strawweight Title.
  • 1997: Charles Brewer W 12 Joey DeGrandis, Philadelphia. Retains WBC Super Middleweight Title.
  • 2000: William Joppy KO 4 Jonathan Reid, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Middleweight Title.
  • Felix (Tito) Trinidad KO 12 Fernando Vargas, Las Vegas. Retains WBA/wins IBF Super Welterweight Title. Time: 1:33 | Referee: Jay Nady | Judge: Duane Ford 103-100 | Judge: Stanley Christodoulou 104-100 | Judge: Glen Hamada 104-99
  • Ricardo Lopez KO 3 Ratanapol Vorapin, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 2006: Mariano Carrera KO 11 Javier Castillejo, Berlin. Wins WBA Middleweight Title. Carrera tests positive for a banned substance. The result is changed to a no contest (NC 11) and the WBA reinstates Catillejo as champion.
  • Antonio Margarito W 12 Joshua Clottey, Atlantic City. Referee: Benjy Esteves Jr. | judge: Paul Venti 116-112 | judge: John Stewart 116-112 | judge: Eugene Grant 118-109.
  • Miguel Cotto KO 5 Carlos Quintana, Atlantic City. Wins vacant WBA Welterweight Title.

December 3,

  • 1912: Johnny Kilbane KO 9 Monte Attell, Cleveland. Retains World Featherweight Title.
  • 1915: Sam Langford ND 10 Harry Wills, NYC. Wills easily won the newspaper decision, per the New York Times.
  • 1923: Harry Greb W 10 William Bryan Downey, Pittsburgh. Retains World Middleweight Title. First card under McBride law that legalized 10-round decisions in Pennsylvania. Greb was conservative at the start, boxing well within the rules. But Downey provoked him in the third round and Harry reverted to his old style and gave Bryan a terrific thrashing. Greb won every round but the first, which went to Downey by a slight margin. Greb won the third and each of the last five rounds by big margins and battered Downey all over the ring, but never floored him. A hook sent Downey through the ropes in round 3. Greb was given the judges decision.
  • 1926: Mikey (Toy Bulldog) Walker W 10 Tiger Flowers, Chicago. A very disputable and debatable decision. Referee Benny Yanger. Controversial decision greeted first by boos, then by cheers. Most fight critics believed Flowers had the best of this 10-round “bloody argument,” although Walker came on strong in the closing stanzas, staggering Flowers twice, and once putting him on his back in the ninth, but Flowers made an acrobatic recovery to an upright position. Flowers opened a cut over Walker’s left eye in the fourth stanza, hampering Walker for the remainder of the bout. Referee Yanger rendered the verdict. Attendance: 11,000. Gate revenue: $80,000 to $90,000. Flowers received half of the gate receipts, minus 10% to the state commission, while Walker got 10%. The State Commission immediately investigated Yanger’s decision, which he tried to justify by saying Walker did all the punching. On Dec. 8 the Commission upheld the verdict. It soon joined New York and Pennsylvania in providing for decisions by two judges — with the referee’s help if the judges disagreed.
  • 1928: Tod Morgan D 10 Santiago Zorilla, San Francisco. Retains World Super Featherweight Title.
  • Frenchy Belanger W 12 Willie Davies, Toronto. Retains NBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1958: Jose Luis Ramirez born.
  • 1960: Gene Fullmer D 15 Sugar Ray Robinson, Los Angeles. Retains NBA Middleweight Title.
  • 1962: Carlos Ortiz KO 5 Terue Kosaka, Tokyo. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1970: Billy Backus KO 4 Jose Napoles, Syracuse, NY. Wins World Welterweight Title. Backus upsets the 9-1 odds against him.
  • 1981: (Smokin’) Joe Frazier D 10 Floyd (Jumbo) Cummings, Chicago. Fraziers’ first fight in 5-years.
  • 1982: Thomas (Hit Man) Hearns W 15 Wilfred Benitez, New Orleans. Wins WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • Wilfredo Gomez KO 14 Lupe Pintor, New Orleans. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1986: Elly Pical KO 10 Dong Chun Lee, Djakarta. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1989: Daniel Zaragoza W 12 Chan Yong Park, Inchon, S. Korea. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1992: Jeff Harding W 12 David Vedder, St-Jean-de-Luz, France. Retains WBC Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1994: Riddick (Big Daddy) Bowe W 12 Larry Donald, Las Vegas. Bowe slaps Donald with a cheap shot at the pre-fight press conference.
  • Anaclet Wamba W 12 Marcelo Dominguez, Salta, Argentina. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.
  • 1996: Pichitnoi C. Siriwat KO 2 Keiji Yamaguchi, Osaka, Japan. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1999: Zolani Petelo W 12 Juanito Rubillar, Peterborough, England. Retains IBF Strawweight Title.
  • 2000: Steve Forbes KO 8 John Brown, Miami, FL. Wins vacant IBF Super Featherweight Title.
  • 2004: Matin Castillo W 12 Alexander Munoz, Laredo, TX. Wins WBA Super Flyweight Title
  • 2005: Jermain Taylor W 12 Bernard Hopkins, Las Vegas. Retains World Middleweight Title. Referee: Jay Nady | Judge: Dave Moretti 115-113 | Judge: Chuck Giampa 115-113 | Judge: Patricia Jarman 115-113.
  • Israel Vasquez KO 3 Oscar Larios, Las Vegas. Wins WBC, retains IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 2011: Alexander Povetkin KO 8 Cedric Boswell, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Miguel Cotto KO 10 Antonio Margarito, NYC Retains WBA Super Welterweight Title.
  • Brandon Rios KO 11 John Murray, NYC.
  • Abner Mares W 12 Joseph Agbeko, Anaheim, CA. Retains IBF Bantamweight Title. Referee: Lou Moret | judge: Jonathan Davis 118-110 | judge: Glen Hamada 118-110 | judge: Steve Morrow 118-110.
  • Anselmo Moreno W 12 Vic Darchinyan, Anaheim, CA. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title. Referee: Raul Caiz Jr | judge: James Jen-Kin 116-111 | judge: Steve English 117-110 | judge: Jose Cobian 120-107.
  • Jhonny Gonzalez KO 2 Roinet Caballero, Mexico City. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.

December 4,

  • 1904: Benny Bass born.
  • 1916: Lew Jenkins born Verlin E. Jenkins.
  • 1933: Kid Chocolate W 10 Frankie Wallace, Cleveland. Retains World Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1942: Henry Armstrong KO 8 Lew Jenkins, Portland, OR. Happy 26th Birthday Lew!!!
  • 1957: Joe (Old Bones) Brown KO 11 Joey Lopes, Chicago. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1959: Gene Fullmer W 15 Spider Webb, Logan, UT. Retains NBA Middleweight Title.
  • 1961: Floyd Patterson KO 4 Tom McNeeley, Toronto. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1965: Flash Elorde W 15 Kang Il Suh, Quezon City, Philipines. Retains World Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1972: Shannon Briggs born.
  • 1975: Ishimatsu Suzuki KO 14 Alvaro Rojas, Tokyo. Retains WBC Lightweight Title.
  • 1978: Eagle Kyowa born.
  • 1983: Bobby Berna KO 10 Seung In Suh, Seoul. Wins vacant IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1993: Kevin Kelly W 12 Goyo Vargas, Reno. Wins WBC Featherweight Title.
  • Eloy Rojas W 12 Kyun-Yung Park, Kwangmong. Wins WBA Featherweight Title.
  • (Baby) Jake Matlala KO 8 Luigi Camputaro, Sun City, BOP.
  • 1994: Yasuei Yakushiji W 12 Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, Nagoya, Japan. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 1998: Manny Pacquiao KO 8 Chatchai Dutchboy Gym, Phuttamonthon, Thailand. Wins WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1999: Fernando Vargas W 12 Ronald (Winky) Wright, Lincoln City, OR. Retains IBF Super Welterweight Title. Referee: Joe Cortez | Judge: Debra Barnes 116-112 | Judge: Jim Howard 115-113 | Judge: David Hess 114-114. Disputed verdict.
  • Diego Corrales W 12 John Brown, Lincoln City, OR. Retains IBF Super Featherweight Title.
  • 2004: Samuel Peter KO 2 Jeremy Williams, Las Vegas. Vicious, left-hook, one punch knockout.
  • Jeff Lacy W 12 Omar Sheika, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title. Referee: Tony Weeks | Judge: Adalaide Byrd 117-111 | Judge: Steve Epstein 115-113 | Judge: Chuck Giampa 115-113.
  • Jose Luis Castillo W 12 Joel Casamayor, Las Vegas. Retains World Lightweight Title. Referee: Vic Drakulich | Judge: James Jen-Kin 116-112 | Judge: Carol Castellano 113-115 | Judge: Dave Moretti 117-111.
  • 2009: Anselmo Moreno KO 11 Frederic Patrac, Agde, France. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.
  • 2010: Humberto Soto W 12 Urbano Antillon, Anaheim, CA. Retains WBC Lightweight Title.
  • Nonito Donaire KO 4 Wladimir Sidorenko, Anaheim, CA.

December 5,

  • 1893: Kid Williams born John Gutenko.
  • 1910: Digger Stanley W 20 Johnny Condon, London. Retains British World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1938: Henry Armstrong KO 3 Al Manfredo, Cleveland. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • Sammy Angott W 10 Freddie Miller, Louisville.
  • 1947: Joe Louis W 15 Jersey Joe Walcott, NYC. Retains World Heavyweight Title. Referee: Ruby Goldstein 6-7-2 | Judge: Frank Forbes 8-6-1 | Judge: Marty Monroe 9-6. Controversial decision. Louis’ 24th defense.
  • 1949: Ike Williams W 15 Freddie Dawson, Philadelphia. Retains World Lightweight Title. Scoring: 9-6, 8-7, 8-7.
  • 1966: Bennie Briscoe KO 9 George Benton, Philadelphia, PA. Benton fails to come out for round 10.
  • 1973: Antonio Cervantes W 15 Lion Furuyama, Panama City. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1978: Mike Rossman KO 6 Aldo Traversaro, Philadelphia. Retains WBA Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1981: Arturo Frias KO 8 Claude Noel, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Lightweight Title.
  • Rafael Pedroza W 15 Gustavo Ballas, Panama City. Wins WBA Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1986: Duane Thomas KO 3 John Mugabi, Las Vegas. Wins vacant WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • Greg Haugen W 15 Jimmy Paul, Las Vegas. Wins IBF Lightweight Title.
  • 1987: Evander (Real Deal) Holyfield KO 4 Dwight Qawi, Atlantic City. Retains IBF/WBA Cruiserweight Title.
  • 1992: Miguel Angel Gonzalez W 12 Darryl Tyson, Mexico City. Retains WBC Lightweight Title.
  • Tracy Patterson D 12 Daniel Zaragoza, Berck-Sur-Mer, France. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • Wilfredo Vasquez KO 8 Thierry Jacob, Berck-Sur-Mer, France. Retains WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1997: Keith Holmes KO 11 Paul Vaden, Pompano Beach, FL. Retains WBC Middleweight Title.
  • 1998: James Page W 12 Jose Luis Lopez, Atlantic City. Retains WBA Welterweight Title.
  • Johnny Tapia W 12 Nana Konadu, Atlantic City. Wins WBA Bantamweight Title.
  • 2000: Veerapol Sahaprom KO 5 Oscar Arciniega, Bangkok, Thailand. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 2002: Yodsanan Nanthachai KO 9 Lamont Pearson, Bangkok. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.
  • 2009: Amir Khan KO 1 Dmitriy Salita, Newcastle, England. Retains WBA Super Lightweight Title.

December 6,

  • 1869: George (Kid) Lavigne born George Henry Lavigne.
  • 1915: Joey Archibald born.
  • 1919: Jimmy Bivins born James Louis Bivins.
  • 1949: Sandy Saddler W 10 Orlando Zulueta, Cleveland. Wins vacant World Super Featherweight Title. The title had been vacant for 16-years.
  • 1968: Lionel Rose W 15 Chucho Castillo, Los Angeles. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1975: John H. Stracey KO 6 Jose (Mantequilla) Napoles, Mexico City, MX. Wins World Welterweight Title. “Mantequlla’s” final fight. The legendary Cuban finishes with a career mark of 77-7 (54), with two title reigns and 13-successful defenses.
  • Alfonso Zamora KO 2 Socrates Batoto, Mexico City. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.
  • 1979: Ayub Kalule W 15 Steve Gregory, Copenhagen. Retains WBA Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1980: Thomas (Hit Man) Hearns KO 6 Luis Primera, Detroit. Retains WBA Welterweight Title.
  • 1985: Donald Curry KO 2 Milton McCrory, Las Vegas. Unifies IBF/WBC/WBA Welterweight Title.
  • 1987: Chong Pal Park KO 2 Jesus Gallardo, Pusan, S. Korea. Wins newly created WBA Super Middleweight Title.
  • 1990: Leopard Tamakuma W 12 Jesus Rojas, Aomori, Japan. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1996: Marcelo Dominguez KO 7 Jose Arimateia Da Silva, Buenos Aires. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.
  • 1997: Keith Mullins KO 9 (Terrible) Terry Norris, Atlantic City. Wins WBC Super Welterweight Title. Upset of the year candidate.
  • Yory Boy Campas KO 8 Raul Marquez, Atlantic City. Wins IBF Super Welterweight Title.
  • Oscar De La Hoya KO 8 Wilfredo Rivera, Atlantic City. Retains WBC Welterweight Title.
  • Luisito Espinosa KO 6 Carlos Rios, Manila. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.
  • 2000: Keitaro Hoshino W 12 Joma Gamboa, Tokyo. Wins WBA Strawweight Title.
  • 2001: Pongsaklek Wonjongkam KO 2 Luis Lazarte, Pattaya, Thailand. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 2003: Lorenzo Parra W 12 Eric Morel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Wins WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 2008: Carl Froch W 12 Jean Pascal, Nottingham, England. Wins vacant WBC Super Middleweight Title.
  • Manny Pacquiao KO 8 Oscar De La Hoya, Las Vegas. Non-title fight. De La Hoya quits on his stool after the 8th round.
  • December 7,
  • 1906: Abe Attell KO 8 Jimmy Walsh, Los Angeles. Retains World Featherweight Title.
  • 1925: Rocky Kansas W 15 Jimmy Goodrich, Buffalo. Wins vacant World Lightweight Title. Referee: Jim Crowley “In a stirring fifteen round bout replete with action every second, the veteran challenger outscored the champion and achieved the goal he set himself to win more than twenty years ago.” (AP)
  • 1927: Young Griffo, 58, dies. It’s rumored that promoter extrordinare; Tex Rickard paid for Griffo’s funeral.
  • 1929: Young Stribling WF 7 Primo Carnera, Paris.
  • 1948: Joey Maxim W 10 Jimmy Bivins, Cleveland.
  • Sandy Saddler KO 2 Eddie Giosa, Cleveland.
  • 1957: Pascual Perez KO 3 Young Martin, Buenos Aires. Retains World flyweight Title.
  • 1963: Joey Giardello W 15 Dick Tiger, Atlantic City. Wins World Middleweight Title.
  • 1970: Muhammad Ali KO 15 Oscar Bonavena, NYC. Ali’s second comeback fight.
  • Erbito Salavarria KO 2 Chartchai Chionoi, Bangkok. Wins WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1974: Victor Galindez KO 13 Len Hutchins, Buenos Aires. Wins vacant WBA Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Rodolfo Martinez KO 4 Rafael Herrera, Yucatan. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 1977: Fernando Vargas born.
  • 1986: Hilario Zapata W 15 Claudemir Dias, Salvador, Brazil. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • Jum Hwan Choi W 15 Cho Woon Park, Pusan, S. Korea. Wins vacant IBF Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1989: Sugar Ray Leonard W 12 Roberto Duran, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Super Middleweight Title. Duran fights as if he’d just awakened from deep sleep.
  • 1991: George Foreman KO 3 Jimmy Ellis, Reno. Not the former WBA Heavyweight Champion Ellis, but rather the 1982 NFL “scab”.
  • Rafael Pineda KO 9 Roger Mayweather, Reno. Wins vacant IBF Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1992: Humberto (Chiquita) Gonzalez W 12 Melchor Cob Castro, Inglewood. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1996: Wilfredo Vasquez KO 5 Bernardo Mendoza, Indio, CA. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.
  • Ricardo Lopez KO 1 Myung Sup Park, Indio, CA. Retains WBC Strawweight Title.
  • 2002: Floyd Mayweather W 12 Jose Luis Castillo, Las Vegas. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 2006: The U.S. Senate Ethics Committee concludes that incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did not break Senate rules when he accepted free ringside seats from the Nevada State Athletic Commission between 2003 & 2005.
  • 2007: Joachim Alcine W 12 Alfonso Mosquera, Montreal, Canada. Retains WBA Super Welterweight Title.

December 8,

  • 1903: Sam Langford W 15 Joe Gans, Boston. Non-title fight.
  • 1913: Jack Britton ND 10 Packey McFarland, Milwaukee. Milwaukee Free Press scores for McFarland.
  • 1931: Bob Arum born.
  • 1933: Vince Dundee W 15 Andy Callahan, Boston. Retains NBA & New York World Middleweight Title.
  • 1956: Mike McCallum born.
  • 1962: Emile Griffith KO 9 Jorge Fernandez, Las Vegas. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • Joe Hipp born.
  • 1977: Malcolm Tunacao born.
  • 1979: Marvin Camel D 15 Mate Parlov, Split, Yugoslavia. For the newly created WBC Cruiserweight Title.
  • Pipino Cuevas KO 10 Angel Espada, Los Angeles. Retains WBA Welterweight Title.
  • 1984: Azumah Nelson KO 11 Wilfredo Gomez, San Juan, PR. Wins WBC Featherweight Title.
  • Santos Laciar W 15 Hilario Zapata, Buenos Aires. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1985: Myung Woo Yuh W 15 Joey Olivo, Taegu, S. Korea. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1986: Amir Khan born.
  • 1990: Mike Tyson KO 1 Alex Stewart, Atlantic City. Mike’s last fight for HBO.
  • Massimilliano Duran W Disq. 12 Anaclet Wamba, Ferrara, Italy. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.
  • Julio Cesar Chavez KO 3 Kyun Duk Ahn, Atlantic City. Retains WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title.
  • Michael Carbajal KO 4 Leon Salazar, Scottsdale, AZ. Retains IBF Junior flyweight Title.
  • Three division former champion Wilfredo Gomez, 41, is arrested in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for cocaine possession.
  • 2007: Arthur Abraham KO 5 Wayne Elcock, Basel, Switzerland. Retains IBF Middleweight Title.
  • Floyd (Money) Mayweather KO 10 Ricky (The Hitman) Hatton, Las Vegas. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • Brahim Asloum W 12 Juan Carlos Reveco, Alpes-Maritimes, France. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title.

December 9,

  • 1919: Tommy Loughran KO 2 Eddie Carter, Philadelphia. Loughran’s pro debut.
  • 1927: Jack Delaney KO 6 Paul Berlenbach, Chicago.
  • 1932: Kid Chocolate W 15 Fidel LaBarba, NYC. Retains New York World Featherweight Title. “In 15 rounds of boxing packed with scintillating ringwork, both defensive and offensive, and carrying the added thrill of a champion almost toppled off his throne, Chocolate emerged with the decision over little LaBarba. The majority of the 14,000 who witnessed the battle however disagreed.” Two judges gave it to Chocolate while the referee made it a draw. The New York Times.
  • 1946: J. Russell Peltz born.
  • 1955: Sugar Ray Robinson KO 2 Bobo Olson, Chicago. Wins World Middleweight Title for the 3rd-time.
  • 1959: Tony Canzoneri, 51, dies.
  • 1961: Gene Fullmer KO 10 Benny (Kid) Paret, Las Vegas. Retains NBA Middleweight Title.
  • 1963: Davey Hilton born.
  • 1989: Jorge Paez KO 6 Lupe Gutierrez, Reno. Retains IBF Featherweight Title.
  • Humberto (Chiquita) Gonzalez W 12 Jung Koo Chang, Taegu, S. Korea. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1990: Khaosai Galaxy KO 6 Ernesto Ford, Petchabun, Thailand. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1991: Daniel Zaragoza W 12 Paul Banke, Los Angeles. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1995: Frans Botha W 12 Axel Schulz, Stuttgart, Germany. Wins vacant IBF Heavyweight Title.
  • Frankie Liles W 12 Mauricio Amaral, Stuttgart, Germany. Retains WBA Super middleweight Title.
  • Tom (Boom Boom) Johnson W 12 Jose Badillo, Stuttgart, Germany. Retains IBF Featherweight Title.
  • 1998: All-time great Archie Moore, 84, dies in San Diego.
  • 2000: Virgil Hill KO 1 Fabrice Tiozzo, Villeurbanne, France. Wins WBA Cruiserweight Title.
  • 2006: Jermain Taylor W 12 Kassim Ouma, Little Rock, Arkansas. Retains World Middleweight Title.

December 10,

  • 1923: Gene Tunney W 15 Harry Greb, NYC. Retains US Light Heavyweight Title. Referee: Lou Magnolia. The consensus was that Tunney won 9 rounds, Greb four, and two were even. Tunney mounted a body attack that allowed him to dominate the fight from rounds 8 to 14. The first seven rounds were evenly fought and Greb rallied strongly to win the 15th. Greb landed many more punches but Tunney’s were harder and cleaner. There were no knockdowns. The 3rd fight between these two.
  • 1934: Barney Ross W 12 Bobby Pacho, Cleveland. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1951: Harold Johnson W 10 Archie Moore, Milwaukee. Johnson ends Moore’s 25-fight unbeaten streak.
  • 1958: Archie Moore KO 11 Yvon Durelle, Montreal. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title. Moore is down 3-times in the first and once in the 5th. Moore fought his way back, and broke Young Stribling’s knockout record (126), by stopping Durelle in the 11th-round.
  • 1960: Benny (Kid) Paret W 15 Federico Thompson, NYC. Retains world Welterweight Title.
  • 1965: Emile Griffith W 15 Manuel Gonzalez, NYC. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • 1966: Horacio Accavallo W 15 Efren Torres, Buenos Aires. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1968: Joe Frazier W 15 Oscar Bonavena, Philadelphia. Retains New York World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1977: Carlos Palomino KO 13 Jose Palacios, Los Angeles. Retains WBC Welterweight Title.
  • 1981: Sammy Serrano KO 12 Hikaru Tomonari, Hato Rey, PR. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.
  • Jeff Chandler KO 13 Eijiro Murata, Atlantic City. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title. Chandler avenges an earlier draw he fought with Murata.
  • 1982: Michael Dokes KO 1 Mike Weaver, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Heavyweight Title. Referee Joey Curtis ruins the day by prematurely stopping the fight at the 63-second mark.
  • 1983: Joo Do Chun KO 5 Ken Kasugai, Osaka. Wins vacant IBF Super flyweight Title.
  • Dodie Penalosa KO 12 Satoshi Shingaki, Osaka. Wins vacant IBF Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1985: J.B. Williamson W 12 Prince Mamah Mohammad, Inglewood. Wins vacant WBC Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1986: Samart Payakaroon KO 12 Juan (Kid) Meza, Bangkok. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • Sot Chitalada W 12 Gabriel Bernal, Bangkok. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1988: Azumah Nelson KO 3 Sydney Dal Rovere, Accra. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1989: Mark Breland KO 4 Fujio Ozaki, Tokyo. Retains WBA Welterweight Title.
  • 1994: Chris Eubank W 12 Henry Wharton, Manchester, England.
  • Jorge Castro KO 9 John David Jackson, Monterrey, MX. Retains WBA Middleweight Title.
  • Felix (Tito) Trinidad KO 8 Oba Carr, Monterrey, MX. Retains IBF Welterweight Title.
  • Julio Cesar Chavez KO 10 Tony Lopez, Monterray, MX. Retains WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • Frankie Randall KO 7 Rodney Moore, Monterrey, MX. Retains WBA Super Lightweight Title.
  • Orzubek Nazarov KO 2 Joey Gamache, Portland, ME. Retains WBA Lightweight Title.
  • Oscar De La Hoya KO 9 Johnny Avila, Los Angeles.
  • Ricardo Lopez KO 1 Yamil Caraballo, Monterrey, MX. Retains WBC Strawweight Title.
  • 2001: Jay Edson, 77, dies of pancreatic cancer at his home in Naples, Florida. Edson was the chief site coordinator for Top Rank and a referee who had worked 49 world title fights.
  • 2003: Promoter Don King agrees to pay former World Super Welterweight champion Terry Norris $7.5-million to settle a lawsuit in which Norris alleged that his manager, Joe Sayatovich, and King conspired to pay him less than what he should have made for fights after Sayatovich borrowed $200,000 from King in 1994.
  • 2004: Manny Pacquiao KO 4 Fahsung 3K-Battery, Taguig City, Philippines. Retains World Featherweight Title.
  • 2006: Oleg Maskaev W 12 Peter Okhello, Moscow, Russia. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title.
  • Alexander Povetkin KO 3 Imamu Mayfield, Moscow, Russia.
  • 2007: World Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe is named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
  • 2011: Lamont Peterson W 12 Amir Khan, Washington, D.C. Wins WBA/IBF Super Lightweight Title. Referee: Joseph Cooper | judge: Nelson Vazquez 110-115 | judge: George Hill 113-112 | judge: Valerie Dorsett 113-112.

December 11,

  • 1908: Abe Attell ND 10 Ad Wolgast, Los Angeles.
  • 1925: Paul Berlenbach W 15 Jack Delaney, NYC. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1927: Tommy Loughran W 15 Jimmy Slattery, NYC. Wins World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1930: Battling Battalino W 15 Kid Chocolate, NYC. Retains World Featherweight Title.
  • 1933: Jackie Brown W 15 Ginger Foran, Manchester. Retains NBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1939: Al Hostak KO 1 Eric Seelig, Cleveland. Retains NBA Middleweight Title.
  • Henry Armstrong KO 7 Jimmy Garrison, Cleveland. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • 1959: Daniel Zaragoza born.
  • Thulane Malinga born.
  • 1960: Victor Callejas born.
  • 1964: Sandro Mazzinghi W 15 Fortunato Manca, Rome. Retains World Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1970: Kuniaki Shibata KO 14 Vicente Saldivar, Tijuana, MX. Wins WBC Featherweight Title.
  • 1971: Nicolino Locche W 15 Antonio Cervantes, Buenos Aires. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1981: Trevor Berbick W 10 Muhammad Ali, Nassau. The final fight in Ali’s illustrious career.
  • 1982: Bobby Chacon W 15 Bazooka Limon, Sacramento. Wins WBC Super Featherweight Title. Referee: Isaac Herrera | judge: Angel L. Guzman 142-141 | judge: Carlos Padilla 143-141 | judge: Tamotsu Tomihara 141-140. In a vicious slugfest, a last round knockdown seals the victory for Chacon. Chacon was down in the 4th & 10th. The fourth fight between these two. Chacon wins the series 2-1-1.
  • 1988: German Torres W 12 Soon Jung Kang, Kimhae, S. Korea. Wins vacant WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1989: Jesus Salud W Disq. 9 Juan Jose Estrada, Inglewood. Wins WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1992: Katsuya Onizuka W 12 Armando Castro, Tokyo. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1993: Henry Maske W 12 David Vedder, Dusseldorf, Germany. Retains IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1995: Luisito Espinosa W 12 Manuel Medina, Tokyo. Wins WBC Featherweight Title.
  • 1999: Vitali Klitschko KO 9 Obed Sullivan, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Juan Carlos Gomez KO 9 Napoleon Tagoe, Hamburg, Germany. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.
  • Byron Mitchell D 12 Bruno Girard, Tunica, MS. Retains WBA Super Middleweight Title.
  • 2004: Vitali Klitschko KO 8 Danny Williams, Las Vegas. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 2008: Tomasz Adamek W 12 Steve Cunningham, Newark, New Jersey Wins vacant World Cruiserweight Title.
  • Joseph Agbeko W 12 William Gonzalez, Newark. Retains IBF Bantamweight Title.
  • Jean Pascal W 12 Adrian Diaconu, Montreal, Canada. Retains WBC Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Jan Zaveck KO 3 Isaac Hlatshwayo, Johannesburg, South Africa. Wins IBF Welterweight Title.
  • 2011: Brian Vilora KO 8 Giovani Segura, Pasig City, Philippines.

December 12,

  • 1912: Henry Armstrong born. 12/12/12, Armstrong was very superstitious regarding his birth date.
  • 1951: Ezzard Charles W 12 Joey Maxim, San Francisco. Referee: Jack Downey 67½-64½ | judge: Billy Burke 68½-63½ | judge: Frankie Brown 70-62. Non-title bout.
  • 1967: Hasine Cherifi born.
  • 1969: Ruben Olivares KO 2 Alan Rudkin, Inglewood. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1975: Alfredo Escalera KO 9 Sven-Erik Paulsen, Oslo. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • Miguel Canto W 15 Ignacio Espinal, Merida, MX. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1978: Kassim Ouma born.
  • 1981: Salvador Sanchez W 15 Pat Cowdell, Houston. Retains WBC Featherweight Title. Referee: Steve Crosson | judge: Dickie Cole 146-140 | judge: James Jen-Kin 146-140 | judge: Bob McMillon 144-145. Cowdell down in the 15th.
  • Edwin Valero born.
  • 1986: James (Bonecrusher) Smith KO 1 (Terrible) Tim Witherspoon, NYC. Wins WBA Heavyweight Title.
  • Julio Cesar Chavez W 12 Juan LaPorte, NYC. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title. Referee: Richard Steele | judge: Sid Nathan 117-112 | judge: Larry O’Connell 115-114 | judge: Bob Logist 114-113.
  • 1992: Nigel Benn KO 11 Nickey Piper, London. Retains WBC Super Middleweight Title.
  • 1992: Michael Carbajal KO 8 Robinson Cuesta, Phoenix. Retains IBF Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1997: Erik Morales KO 8 John Lowey, Tijuana, MX. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1998: Juan Carlos Gomez KO 2 Rodney Gordon, Frankfurt, Germany. Retains WBC Cruierweight Title.
  • Dariusz Michalczewski KO 9 Drake Thadzi, Frankfurt.
  • Fernando Vargas KO 7 Yory Boy Campas, Atlantic City. Wins IBF Super Welterweight Title.
  • Ivan Robinson W 10 Arturo Gatti, Atlantic City. The rematch lives up to the excitement of their first fight.
  • Nestor Garza W 12 Enrique Sanchez, Indio, CA. Wins WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1999: Bernard Hopkins W 12 Antwon Echols, Miami, FL. Retains IBF Middleweight Title.
  • 2000: Masamori Tokuyama W 12 Akihiko Nago, Osaka, Japan. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • San Antonio, Texas, high school student Nancy Gomez, 18, shoots Tony Ayala Jr. in the left shoulder after awaking to see the 37-year old boxer standing near her in a darkened room of the house in which she was staying. Ayala, who served 16-years in prison for sexual assault, is subsequently arrested, charged with burglary with intent to assault, and released on $100,000.00 bail.
  • 2009: Vitali Klitschko W 12 Kevin Johnson, Berne, Switzerland. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title.
  • Vic Darchinyan KO 2 Tomas Rojas, Rancho Mirage, California. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.

December 13,

  • 1900: (Terrible) Terry McGovern KO 2 Joe Gans, Chicago. Non-title fight. There were numerous rumors that Gans took a dive.
  • 1913: Archie Moore born Archibald Lee Wright.
  • 1929: Jimmy McLarnin KO 2 Ruby Goldstein, NYC. Referee: Lou Magnolia Goldstein was knocked down in the 1st, and sent through the ropes at the beginning of the 2nd. Later in the 2nd, McLarnin landed a right hand out of a crouch that knocked Goldstein down again. Referee Magnolia waved off his count at eight, as it was obvious that Goldstein would not rise. As Goldstein was being carried to his corner, McLarnin did a handspring in the center of the ring. New York Times
  • 1940: Ken Overlin W 15 Steve Belloise, NYC. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • 1974: Cesar Bazan born.
  • 1975: Carlos Monzon KO 5 Gratien Tonna, Paris. Retains World Middleweight Title. Monzon’s 12th successful defense.
  • 1978: Masashi Kudo W 15 Joo Ho, Osaka. Retains WBA Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1980: Salvador Sanchez W 15 Juan LaPorte, El Paso. Retains WBC Featherweight Title. Referee: Davey Pearl | Judge: Abraham Chavarria 148-142 | Judge: Vince Delgado 146-139 | Judge: Arlen Bynum 147-140. LaPorte gives one of the year’s gutsiest efforts.
  • Wilfredo Gomez KO 3 Jose Cervantes, Miami. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • Peter Mathebula W 15 Tae Shik Kim, Los Angeles. Wins WBA Flyweight Title. Judges Terry Smith & Rudy Jordan both score 145-143 Mathebula. Judge Dr. James Jen-Kin scores 145-141 for Kim.
  • 1983: Marvin Camel KO 5 Roddy MacDonald, Halifax, Canada. Wins vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title.
  • 1985: Jiro Watanabe KO 5 Suk Hwan Yun, Taegu, S. Korea. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1987: Jung Koo Chang W 12 Isidro Perez, Taejon, S. Korea. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1991: Victor Cordoba KO 11 Vincenzo Nardiello, Paris. Retains WBA Super Middleweight Title.
  • James Toney D 12 Mike McCallum, Atlantic City. Retains IBF Middleweight Title.
  • (Terrible) Terry Norris W 12 Jorge Castro, Paris. Retains WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1993: Yuri Arbachakov W 12 Nam-Hook Cha, Kyoto, Japan. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1994: Miguel Angel Gonzalez KO 5 Calvin Grove, Albuquerque, NM. Retains WBC Lightweight Title.
  • 1996: Dariusz Michalczewski KO 8 Christophe Girard, Hanover, Germany.
  • 1997: Dariusz Michalczewski KO 6 Darren Zenner, Hamburg.
  • Vince Phillips KO 10 Freddie Pendleton, Pompano Beach, FL. Retains IBF Super Lightweight Title.
  • Hector Lizarraga KO 11 Welcome Ncita, Pompano Beach, FL. Wins vacant IBF Featherweight Title.
  • Johnny Tapia W 12 Andy Agosto, Pompano Beach, FL. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title.
  • Mauricio Pastrana KO 2 Manuel Herrera, Pompano Beach, FL. Wins vacant IBF Junior Flyweight Title.
  • Former World Lightweight Champion Paddy DeMarco, 69, dies of Alzheimer’s in A Salt Lake City, Utah nursing home.
  • 2003: John Ruiz W 12 Hasim Rahman, Atlantic City. Ruiz’style is exciting like golf on the radio.
  • Wayne Braithwaite KO 1 Luis Perez, Atlantic City. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.
  • Bernard Hopkins W 12 William Joppy, Atlantic City. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • Cory Spinks W 12 Ricardo Mayorga, Atlantic City. Wins World Welterweight Title.
  • Luis Perez W 12 Felix Machado, Atlantic City. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title.
  • Rosendo Alvarez D 12 Victor Burgos, Atlantic City. Retains World Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 2008: Wladimir Klitschko KO 8 Hasim Rahman, Manheim, Germany. Retains IBF Heavyweight Title.
  • Raul Garcia W 12 Jose Luis Varela, Loreto, Mexico. Retains IBF Strawweight Title.

December 14,

  • 1920: Jack Dempsey KO 12 Bill Brennen, NYC. Retains World Heavyweight Title. A come from behind KO for the lethargic Dempsey.
  • 1964: Joey Giardello W 15 Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, Philadelphia. Retains World Middleweight Title. Contrary to what the movie “The Hurricane” portrayed, this decision was fair and accurate. The actual fight, sucked, for lack of a better word.
  • 1965: Lawrence Clay-Bey born.
  • 1967: Hiroshi Kobayashi KO 12 Yoshiaki Numata, Tokyo. Wins World Super Featherweight Title.
  • Raul Rojas W 15 Antonio Herrera, Los Angeles. Wins vacant California World Featherweight Title.
  • 1968: Nino Benvenuti W 15 Don Fullmer, San Remo, Italy. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • Pedro Adigue W 15 Adolph Pruitt, Quezon City. Wins vacant WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1970: Andrew Lewis born.
  • 1971: Jose Napoles W 15 Hedgemon Lewis, Inglewood. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • Ruben Olivares KO 11 Jesus Pimentel, Inglewood. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • Dick Tiger, 42, dies of cancer.
  • 1973: Jose Luis Castillo born.
  • 1974: Jose Napoles KO 3 Horacio Saldano, Mexico City. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • 1986: Jung Koo Chang KO 5 Hideyuki Ohashi, Inchon, S. Korea. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1996: Riddick (Big Daddy) Bowe WF 9 Andrew Golota, Atlantic City. Bowe’s second straight DQ victory over the gutless Golota.
  • (Merciless) Ray Mercer W 10 (Terrible) Tim Witherspoon, Atlantic City.
  • 2002: Chris Byrd W 12 Evander Holyfield, Atlantic City. Wins vacant IBF Heavyweight Title.

December 15,

  • 1862: Jack Dempsey (The Nonpareil) born John Kelly.
  • 1880: Jim Driscoll born Jem Driscoll.
  • 1923: Jimmy Carter born James Walter Carter.
  • 1938: Bob Foster born Robert Lloyd Foster.
  • 1944: Sal Bartolo W 15 Willie Roache, Boston. Retains NBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1950: Ezzard Charles KO 11 Nick Barone, Cincinnati. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1954: Bobo Olson KO 11 Pierre Langlois, San Francisco. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • 1958: Pascual Perez W 15 Dommy Ursua, Manila. Retains World Flyweight Title.
  • 1967: Luis Rodriguez W 10 Bennie Briscoe, NYC. Referee: Zach Clayton 47-45 | Judge: Dave Beloff 48-42 | Judge: Earl Vann 47-43.
  • 1971: Vicente Rondon KO 8 Doyle Baird, Cleveland. Retains WBA Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1975: Roberto Duran KO 15 Leoncio Ortiz, Hato Rey, PR. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1979: Ricardo Cardona W 15 Sergio Palma, Barranquilla. Retains WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1982: Osvaldo Ocasio W 15 Young Joe Louis, Chicago. Retains WBA Cruiserweight Title.
  • 1984: Gene Hatcher W 15 Ubaldo Sacco, FT. Worth, TX. Retains WBA Super Lightweight Title.
  • Richard Sandoval W 15 Edgar Roman, Monte Carlo. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.
  • Jung Koo Chang W 12 Tadashi Kuramochi, Pusan, S. Korea. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1990: Mauro Galvano W 12 Dario Matteoni, Monte Carlo. Wins vacant WBC Super middleweight Title.
  • 1995: Oscar De La Hoya KO 2 Jesse James Leija, NYC.
  • Mitchell Rose, 1-8 (1) KO 2 Eric (Butterbean) Esch, NYC.
  • Arturo Gatti W 12 Tracy Patterson, NYC. Wins IBF Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1996: Saman Sorjaturong W 12 Manuel Jesus Herrera, Chiang Ray, Thailand. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 2000: Davey Hilton W 12 Dingaan Thobela, Montreal, Canada. Wins WBC Super Middleweight Title.
  • Eric Morel W 12 Gilberto Keb-Baas, Madison, Wisconson. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 2001: John Ruiz D 12 Evander (Real Deal) Holyfield, Ledyard, CT. Retains WBA Heavyweight Title. Holyfield, although light years from his prime, was robbed.
  • Dariusz Michalczewski KO 11 Richard Hall, Berlin. Michalczewski moves his record to 45-0 (38).
  • Tim Austin W 12 Ratanachai Vorapin, Ledyard, CT. Retains IBF Bantamweight Title.
  • 2007: Edwin Valero KO 3 Zaid Zavaleta, Cancun, Mexico. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.
  • Jorge Linares KO 8 Gamaliel Diaz, Cancun, Mexico. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.
  • Ulises Solis KO 10 Bert Batawang, Guadalajara, Mexico. Retains IBF Flyweight Title.

December 16,

  • 1927: Tod Morgan WF 14 Joe Glick, NYC. Retains World Super Featherweight Title.
  • Corp. Izzy Schwartz W 15 Newsboy Brown, NYC. Wins vacant New York World flyweight Title.
  • 1940: Joe Louis KO 6 Al McCoy, Boston. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1941: Jackie Wilson W 12 Richie Lemos, Los Angeles. Retains NBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1962: Vinny Pazienza born.
  • 1966: Dick Tiger W 15 Jose Torres, NYC. Wins World Light Heavyweight Title. The 37-year old Tiger captures his second world title by scores of 10-5, 10-4-1, and 8-6-1.
  • 1971: Bob Foster KO 3 Brian Kelly, Oklahoma City. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1972: Jose Legra KO 10 Clemente Sanchez, Monterrey. Regains WBC Featherweight Title.
  • 1979: Chan Hee Park KO 2 Guty Espadas, Pusan, S. Korea. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1980: Hozumi Hasegawa born.
  • 1981: Katsuo Tokashiki W 15 Hwan Jin Kim, Sendai, Japan. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1989: Julio Cesar Chavez KO 3 Alberto Cortes, Mexico City. Retains WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1990: Lindell Holmes W 12 Sugar Boy Malinga, Marino, Italy. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.
  • 1991: Hiroki Ioka W 12 Myung Woo Yuh, Osaka. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1993: Zack Padilla W 12 Ray Olivera, Ledyard, CT. Fight of the Year candidate!!
  • 1994: Frankie Liles W 12 Michael Nunn, Quito, Equador. Retains WBA Super Middleweight Title.
  • Bernard Hopkins D 12 Segundo Mercado, Quito, Equador. For vacant IBF Middleweight Title.
  • 1995: Mike Tyson KO 3 Buster Mathis Jr. Philadelphia. Mike’s first official KO win since 3/18/1991.
  • (Terrible) Terry Norris W 12 Paul Vaden, Philadelphia. Retains WBC/wins IBF Super Welterweight Title.
  • Julio Cesar Vasquez KO 11 Carl Daniels, Philadelphia. Regains (vacant) WBA Super Welterweight Title.
  • 2000: Juan Carlos Gomez KO 10 Jorge Castro, Essen, Germany. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.
  • Sven Ottke W 12 Silvio Branco, Karlsruhe, Germany. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.
  • Paul Spadafora W 12 Billy Irwin, Pittsburgh. Retains IBF Lightweight Title.
  • Mbulelo Botile KO 12 Paul Ingle, Sheffield, England. Wins IBF Featherweight Title. Ingle subsequently undergoes surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.
  • Felix Machado KO 3 William de Souza, Maracay, Venezuela. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title.
  • 2003: Mahyar Monshipour KO 7 Jairo Tagliaferro, Levallois, France. Retains WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 2004: Vic Darchinyan KO 11 Irene Pacheco, Hollywood, FL. Wins IBF Flyweight Title.
  • 2007: Danny Green W 12 Stripe Drews, Perth, Australia. Wins WBA Light Heavyweight Title.

December 17,

  • 1909: Monte Attell D 20 Danny Webster, San Francisco. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1923: Johnny Dundee W 15 Jack Bernstein, NYC. Regains World Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1952: Archie Moore W 15 Joey Maxim, St. Louis. Wins World Light Heavyweight Title. Maxim was guaranteed $100,000, and Moore 10% of the take after Maxim’s take. That would amount to $800.00(eight hundred dollars). Plus, Moore had to take on Maxim’s manager, Jack (Doc) Kearns, as his own. After 16-years as a pro, Moore is champion!
  • 1960: Emile Griffith W 10 Luis Rodriguez, NYC.
  • 1965: Nino Benvenuti W 15 Sandro Mazzinghi, Rome. Retains World Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1966: Ki Soo Kim W 15 Stan Harrington, Seoul. Retains World Super Welterweight Title.
  • Francisco Arreola born.
  • 1975: Luis Estaba KO 10 Takenobu Shimabukuro, Okinawa. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1977: Cecilio Lastra W 15 Rafael Ortega, Torrelavega, Spain. Wins WBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1978: Manny Pacquiao born.
  • 1980: Khaosai Galaxy KO 5 Pukk Sithrum, Bangkok. Galaxy’s pro debut.
  • 1983: (Joltin’) Jeff Chandler KO 7 Oscar Muniz, Atlantic City. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title. Chandler avenges an earlier non-title defeat to Muniz.
  • 1990: Raul Perez KO 8 Candelario Carmona, Tijuana. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 1993: Virgil Hill W 12 Guy Waters, Minot, ND. Retains WBA Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1994: Dariusz Michalczewski KO 10 Nestor Giovannini, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Harold Grey W 12 Vincenzo Belcastro, Cagliari, Italy. Retains IBF Super flyweight Title.
  • 1999: Francisco Castillejo KO 7 Mikael Rask, Madrid, Spain. Retains WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • Paul Spadafora KO 11 Renato Cornett, Pittsburgh, PA. Retains IBF Lightweight Title.
  • 2001: Former boxer Mitchell Rose files a complaint with police alleging that Mike Tyson assaulted him outside of a Brooklyn, New York, nightclub.
  • 2006: Injin Chi W 12 Rudy Lopez, Seoul, Korea. Regains WBC Featherweight Title.
  • 2010: Tavoris Cloud W 12 Fulgencio Zuniga, Miami, FL. Retains IBF Light Heavyweight Title.

December 18,

  • 1901: Joe Walcott (The Barbados Demon) KO 5 James (Rube) Ferns, Ft. Erie, Ontario. Wins World Welterweight Title.
  • 1912: Freddie Steele born Frederick Earle Steele.
  • 1916: Jimmy Wilde KO 11 Young Zulu Kid, London. Retains World Flyweight Title.
  • 1925: Louis (Kid) Kaplan W 15 Babe Herman, NYC. Retains World Featherweight Title.
  • 1942: Beau Jack KO 3 Tippy Larkin, NYC. Wins vacant New York World Lightweight Title.
  • 1952: World Middleweight & former World Welterweight Champion Sugar Ray Robinson announces his retirement. Robinson’s first.
  • 1962: Fidel Bassa born.
  • 1977: Eddie Gazo W 15 Kenji Shibata, Tokyo. Retains WBA Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1987: Fidel Bassa W 12 Felix Marti, Cartagena. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1993: Michael Nunn W 12 Merqui Sosa, Puebla, MX. Retains WBA Super Middleweight Title.
  • Simon Brown KO 4 (Terrible) Terry Norris, Puebla, MX. Wins WBC Super Welterweight Title. Upset of the year!!
  • Julio Cesar Chavez KO 5 Andy Holligan, Puebla, MX. Retains WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • Ricardo Lopez KO 11 Manny Melchor, Lake Tahoe, NV. Retains WBC Strawweight Title.
  • 1998: Will Grigsby W 12 Ratanapol Sor Voraphin, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Wins vacant IBF Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1999: Tim Austin KO 1 Bernardo Mendoza, Tunica, MS. Retains IBF Bantamweight Title.
  • 2004: Glen Johnson W 12 Antonio Tarver, Los Angeles. Wins World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Markus Beyer W 12 Yoshinori Nishizawa, Bayreuth, Germany. Retains WBC Super Middleweight Title.
  • Isaac Bustos KO 4 Eagle Kyowa, Tokyo. Wins WBC Strawweight Title.
  • Hozumi Hasegawa KO 4 Alvaro Perez, Kobe, Japan. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.

December 19,

  • 1906: Jimmy McLarnin born James Archibald McLarnin.
  • 1913: Jack Johnson D 10 Battling Jim Johnson, Paris. Retains World Heavyweight Title. The first heavyweight title fight to be contested by two black fighters. To be fair, there were many more deserving black heavyweights than Jim Johnson. Joe Jeanette, Harry Wills, Sam McVey and Sam Langford were all far more deserving than Jim Johnson.
  • 1924: Cannonball Martin W 15 Abe Goldstein, NYC. Wins World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1927: Frenchy Belanger W 12 Ernie Jarvis, Toronto. Retains NBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1941: Sammy Angott W 15 Lew Jenkins, NYC. Wins World Lightweight Title.
  • 1947: Sugar Ray Robinson KO 6 Chuck Taylor, Detroit. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • 1952: Joey Giardello W 10 Billy Graham, NYC.
  • 1970: Junior Jones born.
  • 1980: Lupe Pintor W 15 Albert Davila, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title. Pintor avenges an earlier defeat to Davila.
  • 1981: Dwight Braxton KO 10 Matthew Saad Muhammad, Atlantic City. Wins WBC Light Heavyweight Title. After this fight Braxton changed his name to Dwight Muhammad Qawi.
  • Juan Herrera KO 7 Betulio Gonzalez, Merida, MX. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1986: Gilberto Roman W 12 Kong Payakaroon, Bangkok. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1987: Brian Mitchell KO 8 Salvatore Curcetti, Capo D’Orlando, Italy. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1990: Rolando Pascua KO 6 Humberto (Chiquita) Gonzalez, Inglewood. Wins WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1992: Yung Kyun Park W 12 Ever Boleno, Changwon, S. Korea. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1995: Shinji Takehara W 12 Jorge Castro, Tokyo. Wins WBA Middleweight Title.
  • 1997: Thulane Malinga W 12 Robin Reid, London. Regains WBC Super Middleweight Title.
  • Naseem Hamed KO 4 Kevin Kelly, NYC.
  • Kennedy McKinney KO 4 Junior Jones, NYC. Great upset!
  • 1998: David Tua KO 10 Hasim Rahman, Atlantic City. Victory earns Tua the number one contenders’ spot.
  • Floyd Mayweather KO 2 Angel Manfredy, Atlantic City. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title. Victory earns Mayweather the “Fighter of the Year” honor.
  • 2009: Kelly Pavlik KO 5 Miguel Angel Espino, Youngstown, Ohio. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • Edwin Valero KO 7 Hector Velazquez, La Guaira, Venezuela. Retains WBC Lightweight Title.
  • Cristobal Cruz Tech. Draw 3 Ricardo Castillo, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico. Retains IBF Featherweight Title.

December 20,

  • 1904: Jimmy Britt W 20 Battling Nelson, San Francisco. Wins vacant World Lightweight Title.
  • 1905: Philadelphia Jack O’Brien KO 14 Bob Fitzsimmons (42-years old), San Francisco. Wins World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1913: Sam Langford W 20 Joe Jeanette, Paris.
  • 1914: Sam McVey W 20 Harry Wills, New Orleans.
  • 1929: Benny Bass KO 2 Tod Morgan, NYC. Wins World Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1940: Fritzie Zivic D 10 Lew Jenkins, NYC. Non-title fight.
  • 1946: Sugar Ray Robinson W 15 Tommy Bell, NYC. Wins vacant World Welterweight Title.
  • 1947: Manuel Ortiz W 15 Tirso Del Rosario, Manila. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1963: Rubin (Hurricane) Carter KO 1 Emile Griffith, Pittsburgh. Non-title fight.
  • 1964: Tracy Harris Patterson born.
  • 1981: Saoul Mamby W 15 Obisia Nwankpa, Lagos. Retains WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1984: Juan Carlos Salgado born.
  • 1985: Chong Kwan Chung KO 4 Soon Chun Kwon, Pusan, S. Korea. Wins IBF Flyweight Title.
  • 1996: Former New York World Light Heavyweight Champion, Melio Bettina, 80, dies in a Poughkeepsie, New York, hospital of complications from diabetes. Bettina, 84-13-3 (37), lost twice to Billy Conn in 1939 in world title bouts.
  • 1998: Trainer Sam Solomon, 83, dies in Philadelphia of heart failure.
  • 2002: Masamori Tokuyama W 12 Gerry Penalosa, Osaka, Japan. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • Noel Arambulet W 12 Keitaro Hoshino, Osaka, Japan. Retains WBA Strawweight Title.
  • 2006: Koki Kameda W 12 Juan Landaeta, Tokyo. Retains WBA Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 2008: Nikolay Valuev W 12 Evander Holyfield, Zurich, Switzerland. Retains WBA Heavyweight Title. Controversial decision.
  • Humberto Soto W 12 Francisco Lorenzo, Cozumel, Mexico. Wins vacant WBC Super Featherweight Title.

December 21,

  • 1908: Sam Langford KO 1 (Fireman) Jim Flynn, San Francisco. The same Jim Flynn that would flatten future heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey in one-round almost 9-years later on 2/13/1917.
  • 1920: Joe Lynch W 15 Pete Herman, NYC. Wins World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1922: Joe Lynch KO 14 Johnny Buff, Bronx, NY. Regains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1958: Harry Wills, 69, dies.
  • 1963: Razor Ruddock born.
  • 1966: Eddie Lee Cook born.
  • 1974: Roberto Duran KO 1 Masataka Takayama, San Juan, Costa Rica. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1985: Slobodan Kacar W 15 Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Pesaro, Italy. Wins vacant IBF Light Heavyweight Title. Simply put a shitty decision.
  • 1991: Orlando Canizales KO 11 Ray Minus, Laredo, TX. Retains IBF Bantamweight Title.
  • 1992: Julio Cesar Vasquez KO 1 Hitoshi Kamiyama, Buenos Aires. Wins vacant WBA Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1996: Phillip Holiday W 12 Ivan Robinson, Uncasville, CT. Retains IBF Lightweight Title.
  • Antonio Cermeno W 12 Yuichi Kasai, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Junior Featherweight Title.

December 22,

  • 1943: Pedro Adigue born.
  • 1946: Rodrigo Valdez born.
  • 1960: Tyrell Biggs born.
  • 1991: Khaosai Galaxy W 12 Armando Castro, Bangkok. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title. The final fight in Galaxy’s illustrious career. Galaxy would retire with a 49-1(43) record, including 19 title defenses.
  • Sung Kil Moon KO 6 Torsak Pongsupa, Inchon, S. Korea. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • Ricardo Lopez W 12 Kyung Yun Lee, Inchon, S. Korea. Retains WBC Strawweight Title.

December 23,

  • 1883: Dixie Kid born Aaron Lister Brown.
  • 1902: Harry Forbes KO 7 Frankie Neil, Oakland. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1903: Jack Blackburn W 12 Sam Langford, Boston. Pre-arranged draw if lasting the distance. Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Boston Journal all reported Blackburn had the better of the fight.
  • 1909: Barney Ross born Beryl David Rosofsky.
  • 1939: Ceferino Garcia KO 13 Glenn Lee, Manila. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • 1945: Antonio Cervantes born.
  • 1972: Muhammad Rachman born.
  • 1985: Khaosai Galaxy KO 2 Edgar Monserrat, Bangkok. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1993: Yasuei Yakushiji W 12 Jung-Il Byun, Nagoya, Japan. Wins WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 1997: Satoshi Iida W 12 Yokthai Sithoar, Nagoya, Japan. Wins WBA Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1998: Jesus Rojas W 12 Satoshi Iida, Nagoya, Japan. Wins WBA Super Flyweight Title.
  • 2008:Daisuke Naito KO 11 Shingo Yamaguchi, Tokyo. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 2010: Hugo Cazares W 12 Hiroyuki Hisataka, Osaka, Japan. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.

December 24,

  • 1934: Freddie Miller W 10 Panama Al Brown, Paris.
  • 1951: Marvin Camel born.
  • 1979: Julio Diaz born.
  • 1983: Soon Chun Kwon KO 5 Rene Busayong, Seoul. Wins vacant IBF Flyweight Title.
  • December 25, Merry Christmas
  • 1905: Joe Jeanette KO 8 Sam Langford, Lawrence, MA.
  • 1923: Harry Greb W 10 Tommy Loughran, Pittsburgh.
  • 1933: Frankie Klick KO 7 Kid Chocolate, Philadelphia. Wins World Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1975: Yokthai Sithoar born.
  • 1977: Israel Vasquez born.

December 26,

  • 1904: Young Stribling born William Lawrence Stribling Jr.
  • 1908: Jack Johnson KO 14 Tommy Burns, Sydney, Australia. Wins World Heavyweight Title.
    Johnson becomes the first black man to win the World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1912: Sam Langford KO 13 Sam McVey, Sydney, Australia.
  • 1930: Frankie Genaro D 15 Midget Wolgast, NYC. Retains NBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1965: Louie Lomeli born.
  • 1986: Bobby Czyz KO 1 David Sears, West Orange, NJ. Retains IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1994: Saensor Ploenchit KO 11 Danny Nunez, Rayong, Thailand. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 2010: Koki Kameda W 12 Alexander Munoz, Saitama, Japan. Wins vacant WBA Bantamweight Title.
  • Daiki Kameda W 12 Silvio Olteanu, Saitama, Japan. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • December 27,
  • 1943: Phil Terranova KO 6 Jackie Callura, New Orleans. Retains NBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1957: Tim Witherspoon born.
  • Pipino Cuevas born Isidro Pipino Cuevas Gonzalez.
  • 1965: Matthew Hilton born.
  • 1966: Frankie Genaro, 65, dies.
  • 1987: Seung Hoon Lee W 15 Jose Sanabria, Pohang, S. Korea. Retains IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1995: Veteran trainer Joey Fariello, 58, dies in New York City of complications following a stroke.
  • 2006: Muhammad Rachman KO 7 Benjie Sorolla, Jakarta. Retains IBF Strawweight Title.
  • December 28,
  • 1936: Billy Conn W 10 Fritzie Zivic, Pittsburgh.
  • 1958: Tony Tucker born.
  • 2004: Israel Vasquez KO 5 Art Simonyan, El Cojon, CA. Retains IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
  • December 29
  • 1881: Jess Willard born.
  • 1963: Graciano Rocchigiani born.
  • 1966: Laurent Boudouani born.
  • 1967: Paul Vaden born.
  • 1974: O’Neil Bell born.
  • 1977: Saensak Muangsurin KO 14 Jo Kimpuani, Chanthaburi, Thailand. Retains WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1998: Veerapol Sahaprom KO 6 Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, Osaka, Japan. Wins WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 2007: Steve Cunningham KO 12 Marco Huck, Bielefeld, Germany. Retains IBF Cruiserweight Title.
  • December 30,
  • 1966: Chartchai Chionoi KO 9 Walter McGowan, Bangkok. Wins WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1970: Sonny Liston, 38(probably older), dies at his home in Las Vegas.
  • 1978: Sang Hyun Kim KO 13 Saensak Muangsurin, Seoul. Wins WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1996: Veteran matchmaker/promoter Mel Greb, 75, dies of a stroke at Columbia Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
  • 2008: Denkaosan Kaovichit KO 2 Takefumi Sakata, Hiroshima, Japan. Wins WBA Flyweight Title.

December 31 Happy New Year!!!!

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