Posted by Richey Jones on Apr 30, 2013
Boxing Dates To Remember in May

Boxing Dates To Remember in May

 

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By Richey S Jones.

Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

 

May 1,

  • 1900: Jack Johnson KO 7 Jim Scanlon, Galveston, Texas.
  • 1902: Harry Forbes D 20 Johnny Reagan, St. Louis. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1914: Harry Wills W 10 Sam Langford, New Orleans.
  • John Henry Lewis born.
  • 1917: Freddie Welsh ND 10 Johnny Kilbane, NYC.
  • 1925: Pancho Villa W 15 Clever Sencio, Manila. Retains World Flyweight Title.
  • 1933: Kid Chocolate W 10 Johnny Farr, Philadelphia. Retains World Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1934: Vince Dundee W 15 Al Diamond, Paterson, NJ. Retains New York & NBA Middleweight Title.
  • 1957: Sugar Ray Robinson KO 5 Gene Fullmer, Chicago. Wins World Middleweight Title for the fourth time.
  • 1959: Floyd Patterson KO 11 Brian London, Indianapolis. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1960: Gaby Canizales born.
  • 1972: Clinton Woods born.
  • 1982: Santos Laciar KO 13 Juan Herrera, Merida, Mexico. Regains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1983: Edwin Rosario W 12 Jose Luis Ramirez, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Wins vacant WBC Lightweight Title. Had this fight been scheduled for 15-rounds, Rosario would’ve been meat.
  • 1990: Sot Chitalada W 12 Carlos Salazar, Bangkok. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1998: Chatchai Sasakul KO 5 Young-Soon Chang, Bangkok, Thailand. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 2001: A jury in Los Angeles awards $55.4-million to the family of Cindy Cortez, the daughter of referee Joe Cortez. Ms. Cortez was involved in a car accident that left her quadriplegic. The defendant was Continental General Tire.
  • 2002: Veerapol Sahaprom W 12 Julio Coronel, Nanthaburi, Thailand. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 2003: Veerapol Sahaprom W 12 Hugo Dianzo, Bangkok. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 2004: Kelvin  Davis KO 8 Ezra Sellers, Miami, FL Wins vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title
  • Veerapol Sahaprom KO 12 Julio Cesar Avila, Nongkhai, Thailand. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title. Yo Veerapol!! What’s up with you and May 1st dude?
  • 2006: Pongsaklek Wonjongkam W 12 Daigo Nakahiro, Bangkok, Thailand. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 2010: Floyd Mayweather W 12 Sugar Shane Mosley, Las Vegas. Referee: Kenny Bayless | judge: Dave Moretti 119-109 | judge: Robert Hoyle 118-110 | judge: Adalaide Byrd 119-109.

May 2,

  • 1904: Stanley Ketchel KO 1 Kid Tracy, Butte, MT. Ketchel’s pro debut.
  • 1924: Young Stribling W 10 Tommy Burns, Toronto.
  • 1947: Sandy Saddler KO 3 Joe (Old Bones) Brown, New Orleans.
  • 1954: Jimmy Carruthers W 12 Chamrem Songkitrat, Bangkok. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1965: Jeff Harding born.
  • 1976: Luis Estaba W 15 Juan Alvarez, Caracas. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1989: Muangchai Kittikasem W 12 Tacy Macalos, Bangkok. Wins IBF Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1998: Fabrice Tiozzo KO 1 Terry Ray, Paris. Retains WBA Cruiserweight Title.
  • Hassine Cherifi W 12 Keith Holmes, Paris. Wins WBC Middleweight Title.
  • 2009: Manny Pacquiao KO 2 Ricky Hatton, Las Vegas. Wins World Super Lightweight Title.
  • Humberto Soto KO 9 Benoit Gaudet, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • Anselmo Moreno W 12 Wladimir Sidorenko, Bremen, Germany. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.

May 3,

  • 1921: Sugar Ray Robinson born Walker Smith Jr.
  • 1934: Marcel Thil W 15 Gustave Roth, Paris. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • 1936: Jose Torres born.
  • 1940: Sammy Angott W 15 Davey Day, Louisville. Wins vacant NBA Lightweight Title.
  • 1943: Vicente Saldivar born Vicente Samuel Saldivar.
  • 1946: Sal Bartolo KO 6 Spider Armstrong, Boston. Retains NBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1959: Carlos DeLeon born.
  • 1963: Jesus Salud born.
  • 1969: Nicolino Locche W 15 Carlos Hernandez, Buenos Aires. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1985: Elly Pical KO 8 Joo Do Chun, Djakarta. Wins IBF Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1987: Bobby Czyz KO 6 Jim McDonald, Atlantic City. Retains IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Chong Pal Park W 15 Lindell Holmes, Inchon. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.
  • 1996: Mark (Too Sharp) Johnson KO 1 Francisco Tejedor, Anaheim, CA. Wins vacant IBF Flyweight Title.
  • 1997: Robin Reid W 12 Henry Wharton, Manchester. Retains WBC Super Middleweight Title.
  • Ronald (Winky) Wright KO 6 Steve Foster, Manchester.
  • Naseem Hamed KO 1 Billy Hardy, Manchester. Retains IBF Featherweight Title.
  • 2003: Oscar De La Hoya KO 7 Yory Boy Campas, Las Vegas. Retains World Super Welterweight Title. This “fight” was beyond one-sided!
  • Erik Morales KO 5 Fernando Velardez, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.
  • Joge Arce Tech. Win 6 Melchor Cob-Castro, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 2004: Manager Robert Mittleman, 61, pleads guilty to fixing fights and trying to pay a federal prosecutor and judge to have a case against one of his indicted boxers dismissed.
  • 2007: Edwin Valero KO 8 Nobuhito Honmo, Tokyo. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.
  • Hozumi Hasegawa W 12 Simpiwe Vetyeka, Tokyo. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • Alexander Munoz W 12 Nobuo Nashiro, Tokyo. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.
  • 2008: Oscar De La Hoya W 12 Steve Forbes, Carson, CA

 

May 4,

  • 1900: Joe Walcott W 25 Mysterious Billy Smith, NYC.
  • 1910: Harry Lewis KO 3 Peter Brown, Paris. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • 1935: Marcel Thil KO 14 Vilda Jaks, Paris. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • 1956: Kevin Rooney born.
  • 1962: Eder Jofre KO 10 Herman Marquez, San Francisco. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1969: Wifredo Rivera born.
  • 1975: Salvador Sanchez KO 3 Al Gardeno, Veracruz, Mexico. Sanchez’ pro debut.
  • 1980: Leo Randolph KO 15 Ricardo Cardona, Seattle. Wins WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1985: Daniel Zaragoza W DQ. 7 Freddie Jackson, Oranjestad, Aruba. Wins vacant WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1991: Orlando Canizales KO 8 Billy Hardy, Laredo, TX. Retains IBF Bantamweight Title.
  • 1993: Reggie Johnson W 12 Wayne Harris, Denver, CO. Retains WBA Middleweight Title.
  • 1994: Hiroshi Kawashima W 12 Jose Luis Bueno, Yokohama. Wins WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1997: Arturo Gatti KO 8 Calvin Grove, Atlantic City. Non-title fight.
  • 2007: Hugo Cazares KO 2 Wilfrido Perez, Las Vegas. Retains World Junior Flyweight Title.

May 5,

  • 1905: Jimmy Britt KO 20 Jabez White, San Francisco. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1922: Lew Tendler W 15 Johnny Dundee, NYC.
  • 1944: Sal Bartolo W 15 Phil Terranova, Boston. Retains NBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1947: Ezzard Charles W 10 Archie Moore, Cincinnati.
  • 1963: Duke McKenzie born.
  • 1968: Dariusz Michalczewski born.
  • 1972: Daniel Reyes born.
  • 1973: Eder Jofre (age 37) W 15 Jose Legra, Brazil. Wins WBC Featherweight Title. An amazing accomplishment considering it had been 7-years since Jofre’s retirement. Jofre’s last dance was a losing bid to regain the World Bantamweight Title from Fighting Harada.
  • 1983: Santos Laciar KO 2 Shuichi Hozumi, Shizuoka, Japan. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1984: Osvaldo Ocasio KO 15 John Odhiambo, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Retains WBA Cruiserweight Title.
  • 1986: Rene Arredondo KO 5 Lonnie Smith, Los Angeles. Wins WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1991: Gilbert Dele W 12 Jun Sok Hwang, Paris. Retains WBA Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1993: Crisanto Espana W 12 Rodolfo Aguilar, Belfast, Ireland. Retains WBA Welterweight Title.
  • 2001: Joel Casamayor W 12 Edwin Santana, Philadelphia, MS. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.
  • 2004: Manny Siaca W 12 Anthony Mundine, Sydney, Australia. Wins WBA Super Middleweight Title.
  • 2007: Floyd Mayweather W 12 Oscar De La Hoya, Las Vegas. Wins WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • 2013: Floyd Mayweather W 12 Miguel Cotto, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Super Welterweight Title. Referee: Tony Weeks | judge: Robert Hoyle 118-110 | judge: Patricia Morse Jarman 117-111 | judge: Dave Moretti 117-111.
  • Saul Alvarez W 12 Shane Mosley, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Super Welterwight Title. Referee: Jay Nady | judge: Jesse Reyes 119-109 | judge: Glenn Trowbridge 119-109 | judge: C.J. Ross 118-110.

 

May 6,

  • 1898: James J. Jeffries W 20 Tom Sharkey, San Francisco.
  • 1900: Jack Johnson KO 2 Jim McCormick, Galveston.
  • 1920: Johnny Wilson W 12 Mike O’Dowd, Boston. Wins World Middleweight Title.
  • 1967: Carlos Monzon D 10 Bennie Briscoe, Buenos Aires.
  • 1970: Rosendo Alvarez born.
  • 1978: Victor Galindez W 15 Yaqui Lopez, Via Reggio, Italy. Retains WBA Light Heavyweight Title. A rematch from their controversial fight from 9/77. This time Galindez wins without controversy, via unanimous scores of 148-145, 146-144, 148-146.
  • Ricardo Cardona KO 12 Soo Hwan Hong, Seoul. Wins WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • Netmoi Varasingh W 15 Freddy Castillo, Bangkok. Wins WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1985: Santos Laciar W 15 Antoine Montero, Grenoble. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1988: Rolando Bohol W 15 Cho Woon Park, Manila. Retains IBF Flyweight Title.
  • 1989: Roy Jones Jr. KO 2 Ricky Randall, Pensacola. Jones’ pro debut.
  • 1994: Lennox Lewis KO 8 Phil Jackson, Atlantic City. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title.
  • Kevin Kelly W 12 Jesse Benevides, Atlantic City.  Retains WBC Featherweight Title.
  • 1995: Oscar De La Hoya KO 2 Rafael Ruelas, Las Vegas. Wins IBF Lightweight Title.
  • Gabriel Ruelas KO 11 Jimmy Garcia, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • Johnny Tapia Tech. Draw 8 Ricardo Vargas, Las Vegas. Tapia fortunate to receive a draw.
  • 1998: Former WBA Heavyweight Champion Bruce Seldon, 31, admits to giving marijuana and having sex with a 15-year old girl, and pleads guilty in Superior Court in Camden, New Jersey, to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
  • 2000: Juan Carlos Gomez KO 3 Imamu Mayfield, Swissotel, Neuss, Germany. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.
  • Glenn Catley KO 12 Markus Beyer, Frankfurt, Germany. Wins WBC Super Middleweight Title.
  • Paul Spadafora W Maj. Tech dec. 10 Mike Griffith, Pittsburgh. Retains IBF Lightweight Title.
  • Johnny Tapia W 12 Pedro Javier Torres, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
  • 2006: Oscar De La Hoya KO 6 Ricardo Mayorga, Las Vegas. Regains WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • Jose Antonio Rivera W 12 Alex Garcia, Worcester, Massachusetts. Wins WBA Super Welterweight Title.
  • Luis Perez W 12 Dimitri Kirilov, Worcester, Massachusetts. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title.
  • Eagle Kyowa W 12 Rodel Moyal, Tokyo. Retains WBC Minimumweight Title.
  • Muhammad Rachman KO 6 Omar Soto, Jakarta, Indonesia. Retains IBF Minimumweight Title.

May 7,

  • 1937: Lou Ambers W 15 Tony Canzoneri, NYC. Wins World Lightweight Title.
  • 1958: Joe (Old Bones) Brown KO 8 Ralph Dupas, Houston. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1965: Vicente Saldivar KO 15 Raul Rojas, Los Angeles. Retains World Featherweight Title. Rojas is counted out with 10-seconds remaining in the 15th-round.
  • 1972: Koichi Wajima KO 1 Domenico Tiberia, Tokyo. Retains World Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1975: Miguel de Oliveira W 15 Jose Duran, Monte Carlo. Wins vacant WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1978: Yoko Gushiken KO 13 Jaime Rios, Hiroshima. Retains WBA Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1988: Juan Coggi KO 2 Sang Ho Lee, San Patrignano, Italy. Retains WBA Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1990: Raul Perez KO 9 Gerardo Martinez, Inglewood. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 1994: Gerald McClellan KO 1 Julian Jackson, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Middleweight Title.
  • (Terrible) Terry Norris W 12 Simon Brown, Las Vegas. Regains WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • Julio Cesar Chavez TW 8 Frankie Randall, Las Vegas. Regains WBC Super Lightweight Title. Although given the opportunity to continue, Chavez quits after being cut by an unintentional head butt. Strangely, the judges have Chavez ahead at the time of the stoppage. And what the hell is with this mandatory point deduction from the uncut participant. Especially when it seemed the head butt was as much Chavez’ fault as Randall’s?
  • Jesse James Leija W 12 Azumah Nelson, Las Vegas. Wins WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • Ricardo Lopez W 12 Kermin Guardia, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Strawweight Title.
  • 1995: Saensor Ploenchit W 12 Evangelio Perez, Songkhla, Thailand. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 2005: Diego Corrales KO 10 Jose Luis Castillo, Las Vegas. Wins World Lightweight Title. One of the greatest fights of all time! Easily Fight of the Year! Judges scoring at time of stoppage: Daniel Van de Wiele (86-85 Corrales), Paul Smith (87-84 Castillo), Lou Moret (87-84 Corrales).
  • 2011: Daniel Geale W 12 Sebastian Sylvester, Neubrandenburg, Germany. Wins IBF Middleweight Title. Referee: Randy Neumann | judge: Berit Andreasen 118-110 | judge: Steve Epstein 110-118 | judge: Marcus McDonnell 112-118.
  • Manny Pacquiao W 12 Sugar Shane Mosley, Las Vegas. Referee: Kenny Bayless | judge: Duane Ford 120-107 | judge: Dave Moretti 120-108 | judge: Glenn Trowbridge 119-108.
  • Koki Kameda KO 11 Daniel Diaz, Osaka, Japan. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.

May 8,

  • 1900: Tom Sharkey KO 3 Joe Choynski, Tattersall’s Chicago, Ill. A left to the jaw dropped Choynski just as the bell ended the 2nd round. When he tried to answer for the 3rd round, Choynski fell over onto his back, and referee Hogan awarded the bout to Sharkey.
  • 1907: Tommy Burns W 20 Philadelphia Jack O’Brien, Los Angeles. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1913: Fritzie Zivic born.
  • 1932: Sonny Liston born. Well maybe; we’re not really sure. Not even Sonny was certain of his birth date.
  • 1934: Mickey Walker W 10 (Slapsie) Maxie Rosenbloom, Los Angeles.
  • 1936: Tony Canzoneri W 10 Jimmy McLarnin, NYC.
  • 1962: Freddie Miller, 51, dies.
  • 1969: Fabrice Tiozzo born.
  • 1976: Esteban DeJesus W 15 Ishimatsu Suzuki, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Wins WBC Lightweight Title.
  • Carlos Zarate KO 9 Rodolfo Martinez, Inglewood. Wins WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 1982: Ray Mancini KO 1 Art Frias, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Lightweight Title.
  • Salvador Sanchez W 15 Rocky Garcia, Dallas. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.
  • 1987: Jeff Fenech KO 4 Samart Payakaroon, Sydney. Wins WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1990: Bobby Czyz W 12 Don LaLonde, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Cruiserweight Title.
  • 1993: Lennox Lewis W 12 Tony Tucker, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title.
  • Gerald McClellan KO 5 Julian Jackson, Las Vegas. Wins WBC Middleweight Title.
  • Julio Cesar Chavez KO 6 Terrance Alli, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1994: Pichit Sithbangprachan W 12 Jose Luis Zepeda, Rajaburi Province, Thailand. Retains IBF Flyweight Title.
  • 1999: Sven Ottke W 12 Gabriel Hernandez, Dusseldorf, Germany. Retains IBF Super Middleweight Title.
  • Nestor Garza KO 8 Carlos Barreto, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • Erik Morales KO 9 Juan Carlos Ramirez, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 2001: Paul Spadafora W 12 Joel Perez, Pittsburgh, PA. Retains IBF Lightweight Title
  • 2004: Manny Pacquiao D 12 Juan Manuel Marquez, Las Vegas. Retains World Featherweight Title.

May 9,

  • 1905: Jack Johnson ND 6 Joe Jeanette, Philadelphia.
  • 1908: Stanley Ketchel KO 20 Jack (Twin) Sullivan, Colma, CA. Wins vacant World Middleweight Title.
  • 1930: Young Jack Thompson W 15 Jackie Fields, Detroit. Wins NBA Welterweight Title.
  • 1936: Terry Downes born.
  • 1941: Billy Soose W 15 Ken Overlin, NYC. Wins World Middleweight Title.
  • 1960: Iran Barkley born.
  • 1964: Sugar Ramos W 15 Floyd Robertson, Accra. Retains World Featherweight Title. Because of the controversy surrounding the disputed split decision, The Ghana Boxing Authority ruled the bout a no-contest, then declared Robertson the winner. The WBA and the British Boxing Board of Control ruled that Ramos remained champion.
  • 1970: Vicente Saldivar W 15 Johnny Famechon, Rome. Wins WBC Featherweight Title. Saldivar regains the title, in only his second comeback bout, after retiring in 1967.
  • 1971: Carlos Monzon KO 3 Nino Benvenuti, Monte Carlo. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • 1983: Rafael Orono W 12 Raul Valdez, Caracas, Venezuela. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1985: Jiro Watanabe W 12 Julio Soto Solano, Tokyo. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1988: Kaokor Galaxy W 12 Wilfredo Vasquez, Bangkok. Wins WBA Bantamweight Title.
  • 1992: (Terrible) Terry Norris KO 4 Meldrick Taylor, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1998: Sugar Shane Mosley KO 8 John John Molina, Atlantic City. Retains IBF Lightweight Title.
  • 2001: In Montreal, Quebec, former WBC Super Middleweight Champion Davey Hilton, 37, is sentenced to 7-years in prison for sexually assaulting two underage sisters.
  • 2009: Chad Dawson W 12 Antonio Tarver, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Light Heavyweight Title. Referee: Robert Byrd | judge: Duane Ford 117-111 | judge: Patricia Morse Jarman 117-111 | judge: Alan Davis 116-112.

May 10,

  • 1935: Tony Canzoneri W 15 Lou Ambers, NYC. Regains vacant World Lightweight Title.
  • 1940: Lew Jenkins KO 3 Lou Ambers, NYC. Wins World Lightweight Title.
  • 1961: Duilio Loi W 15 Carlos Ortiz, Milan. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1966: Genaro Hernandez born.
  • 1969: Victor Galindez KO 4 Ramon Ruiz, Buenos Aires. Galindez’s pro debut.
  • 1989: Mike McCallum W 12 Herol Graham, Kensington, England. Wins vacant WBA Middleweight Title.
  • 1991: James (Lights Out) Toney KO 11 Michael Nunn, Davenport, IA. Wins IBF Middleweight Title. Toney, 22, upsets the 20-1 odds against him.
  • Michael Carbajal W 12 Hector Patri, Davenport, IA. Retains IBF Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1996: Evander (Real Deal) Holyfield KO 5 Bobby Czyz, NYC.
  • Lennox Lewis W 10 Ray Mercer, NYC. Controversial decision.
  • Tim Witherspoon KO 5 Jorge Luis Gonzalez, NYC.
  • 1997: William Joppy W 12 Peter Venancio, Coconut Grove, FL. Retains WBA Middleweight Title.
  • Orzubek Nazarov KO 7 Leavander Johnson, Coconut Grove, FL. Retains WBA Lightweight Title.
  • Antonio Cermeno W 12 Angel Chacon, Coconut Grove, FL. Retains WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 2005: Former middleweight, cruiserweight world champion, and current heavyweight contender James Toney is suspended for 90 days and fined $10,000 after steroids were found in his post fight drug test following his April 30 fight with John Ruiz in NYC.
  • 2008: Timothy Bradley W 12 Junior Whitter,  Nottingham, England. Wins WBC Super Lightweight Title.

May 11,

  • 1900: James J. Jeffries KO 23 James J. Corbett, Coney Island. Retains World Heavyweight Title. “The finishing blow came suddenly and was a startling surprise. Corbett had been making a wonderful battle. His defense was absolutely perfect, and while he was lacking in strength, he had more than held his own and stood an excellent chance of winning the fight had it gone the limit. He had not been badly punished and had managed to mark his man severely. The winning punch was a short left to the jaw. Corbett dropped like weight and was clear out. Jeffries showed his ability to take punishment at any distance and hard. He was clearly outboxed and at times was made to look like a novice. The crowd, which numbered fully eight thousand, was with Corbett and his defeat fell upon a silent crowd. There were cheers for him when he revived and left the ring, and he was generally given more consideration than the victor. Corbett is still a factor in pugilistic fame. He has regained much of his old time form. The battle was clean and it is doubtful if there was a single infraction of the rules.” (Durango Democrat)
  • 1906: Abe Attell D 20 Kid Herman, Los Angeles. Retains World Featherweight Title.
  • 1936: Petey Sarron W 15 Freddie Miller, Washington D.C. Wins World Featherweight Title.
  • 1937: Freddie Steele KO 3 Frank Battaglia, Seattle. Retains New York & NBA Middleweight Title.
  • 1963: Mark Breland born.
  • 1971: Oba Carr born.
  • 1977: Ken Norton KO 1 Duane Bobick, NYC. The # 1 rated Bobick, 38-0 (32) never stood a chance.
  • 1980: Matthew Saad Muhammad KO 5 Louis Pergaud, Halifax, Canada. Retains WBC Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1981: Gerry Cooney KO 1 Ken Norton, NYC.
  • 1983: Francisco (Panchito) Bojado born.
  • 1991: Dave McAuley W 12 Pedro Feliciano, Belfast. Retains IBF Flyweight Title.
  • 1994: Steve Collins KO 5 Chris Pyatt, Sheffield, England.
  • 1996: Yong-Soo Choi KO 8 Orlando Soto, Chejudo, Korea. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.
  • 2002: Diobelys Hurtado KO 7 Randall Bailey, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

May 12,

  • 1902: Joe Gans KO 1 Frank Erne, Ft. Erie, Ontario. Wins World Lightweight Title.
  • 1916: Sam Langford KO 7 Joe Jeanette, Syracuse.
  • 1941: Joey Archibald W 15 Harry Jeffra, Washington D.C. Regains World Featherweight Title.
  • 1962: Harold Johnson W 15 Doug Jones, Philadelphia. Wins vacant World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Louie Espinosa born.
  • 1977: Jeff Lacy born.
  • 1981: Antonio Avelar KO 7 Shoji Oguma, Mito, Japan. Wins WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1991: Terrence Alli W 12 Charles Murray, Rochester.
  • 2001: Felix (Tito) Trinidad KO 5 William Joppy, NYC. Wins WBA Middleweight Title.
  • Vernon Forrest W 12 Raul Frank, NYC. Wins vacant IBF Welterweight Title.
  • 2006: Vicente Mosquera W 12 Jose Pablo Estrella, Cordoba, Argentina. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.

 

May 13,

  • 1914: Joe Louis born Joseph Louis Barrow.
  • 1950: Rich Rose born.
  • 1970: Jolene Blackshear born.
  • 1984: Dodie Penalosa KO 9 Jae Hong Kim, Seoul. Retains IBF Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1989: Julio Cesar Chavez KO 10 Roger Mayweather, Inglewood. Wins WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1990: Antonio Esparragoza W 12 Chan Mok Park, Seoul. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1995: Antonio Cermeno W 12 Wilfredo Vasquez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Wins WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 2000: Roy Jones Jr. KO 11 Richard Hall, Indianapolis. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Bernard Hopkins W 12 Syd Vanderpool, Indianapolis. Retains IBF Middleweight Title.
  • 2004: Julio Diaz W 12 Javier Jauregui, San Diego. Wins IBF Lightweight Title.
  • 2006: Clinton Woods KO 6 Jason DeLisle, Sheffield, England. Retains IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Markus Beyer Tech. Draw 4 Sakio Bika, Zwickau, Germany. Retains WBC Super Middleweight Title.
  • Arthur Abraham W 12 Kofi Jantuah, Zwickau, Germany. Retains IBF Middleweight Title.
  • Ricky Hatton W 12 Luis Collazo, Boston. Wins WBA Welterweight Title.
  • Eric Aiken W Disq. 8 Valdemir Pereira, Boston. Wins IBF Featherweight Title.

 

May 14.

  • 1883: John L. Sullivan KO 3 Charley Mitchell, N.Y.
  • 1908: Joe Gans KO 11 Rudy Unholz, San Francisco. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1917: Pete Herman KO 3 Johnny Coulon, Racine, WI. Non-title fight.
  • 1945: Sugar Ray Robinson D 10 Jose Basora, Philadelphia. Robinson, regarded as the best welterweight in the world, sees his record go to 54-1-1 (35).
  • 1946: Gus Lesnevich KO 10 Freddie Mills, London. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1952: Lauro Salas W 15 Jimmy Carter, Los Angeles. Wins World Lightweight Title. A major upset. Only 6-weeks before, Carter had successfully defended against Salas by unanimous decision.
  • 1978: Rocky Mattioli KO 5 Jose Duran, Pescara, Italy. Retains WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1999: Francisco Castillejo KO 4 Humberto Aranda, Madrid, Spain. Retains WBC Super Welterweight Title.
  • 2000: In Joo Cho W 12 Julio Cesar Avila, Seoul, South Korea. Retains WBC Super flyweight Title.
  • 2001: Veerapol Sahaprom KO 3 Ricardo Barajas, Paris, France. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 2005: Ronald (Winky) Wright W 12 Felix (Tito) Trinidad, Las Vegas. Wright dominates every second of every round.
  • Zab Judah KO 3 Cosme Rivera, Las Vegas. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • Will Grigsby W 12 Victor Burgos, Las Vegas. Wins IBF Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 2011: Andre Ward W 12 Arthur Abraham, Carson, CA Retains WBA Super Middleweight Title. Referee: Luis Pabon | judge: Stanley Christodoulou 120-108 | judge: Ingo Barrabas 118-110 | judge: James Jen-Kin 118-111.
  • Cristian Mijares W 12 Carlos Rueda, Durango, Mexico. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title. Referee: Jack Reiss | judge: Al Bennett 120-108 | judge: Ruben Garcia Dr. 120-108 | judge: Jonathan Davis 118-110.

May 15,

  • 1871: Mysterious Billy Smith born.
  • 1889: Harry Wills born.
  • 1892: Jimmy Wilde born.
  • 1914: Joe Symonds KO 18 Percy Jones, Plymoth, England. Wins World Flyweight Title.
  • 1920: Harry Greb ND 10 Tommy Gibbons, Pittsburgh.
  • 1942: Sammy Angott W 15 Allie Stolz, NYC. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1953: Rocky Marciano KO 1 Jersey Joe Walcott, Chicago. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1959: Khaosai Galaxy born.
  • 1963: Maurice Blocker born.
  • 1970: Joichiro Tatsuyoshi born.
  • 1976: Miguel Canto W 15 Juan Alvarez, Caracas. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1977: Luis Estaba W 15 Rafael Pedroza, Caracas. Retains WBC Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1983: Bobby Chacon W 12 Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1986: Julio Cesar Chavez KO 5 Faustino Barrios, Paris. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • Gilberto Roman W 12 Edgar Monserrat, Paris. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1987: Evander (Real Deal) Holyfield KO 3 Rickey Parkey, Las Vegas. Retains WBA/ wins IBF Cruiserweight Title.
  • Kelvin Seabrooks KO 5 Miguel Maturana, Cartagena. Wins Vacant IBF Bantamweight Title.
  • 1992: Michael Moorer KO 5 Bert Cooper, Atlantic City. Fight of the Year candidate.
  • 1993: Chris Eubank D 12 Ray Close, Glasgow.
  • Charles Murray W 12 Rodney Moore, Atlantic City. Wins vacant IBF Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1995: Orzubek Nazarov KO 2 Won Park, Tokyo. Retains WBA Lightweight Title.
  • 1999: Cesar Soto W 12 Luisito Espinosa, El Paso, TX. Wins WBC Featherweight Title.
  • 2004: Antonio Tarver KO 2 Roy Jones Jr., Las Vegas. Wins World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Victor Burgos KO 6 Fahlan Sakkreerin, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 2010: Orlando Salido W 12 Cristobal Cruz, Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. Wins IBF Featherweight Title.

May 16,

  • 1929: Max Baer KO 2 Chief Caribou, Stockton, CA. Baer’s pro debut.
  • 1930: Midget Wolgast KO 6 Willie LaMorte, NYC. Retains New York World Flyweight Title.
  • 1941: Bob Montgomery W 10 Lew Jenkins, NYC.
  • 1955: Rocky Marciano KO 9 Don Cockell, San Francisco.  Retains World Heavyweight Title. The only time Marciano fought on the west coast.
  • 1965: Carlos Hernandez KO 5 Mario Rossito, Maracaibo. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1967: Dick Tiger W 15 Jose Torres, NYC. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1970: Nicolino Locche W 15 Adolph Pruitt, Buenos Aires. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1975: Muhammad Ali KO 11 Ron Lyle, Las Vegas. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1977: Muhammad Ali W 15 Alfredo Evangelista, Landover, MD. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • Alfredo Escalera Carlos Becerril, Landover, MD. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1984: Fritzie Zivic, 71, dies.
  • 1987: Santos Laciar KO 11 Gilberto Roman, Reims, France. Wins WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1992: James Warring W 12 Johnny Nelson, Fredericksburg, VA. Retains IBF Cruiserweight Title.
  • 1997: Phillip Holiday W 12 Pete Taliaferro, Hammanskraal, South Africa. Retains IBF Lightweight Title.
  • 1998: Jean-Baptist Mendy W 12 Orzubek Nazarov, Paris. Wins WBA Lightweight Title. Big upset!!
  • Genaro Hernandez W 12 Carlos Gerena, Indio, CA. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • Vuyani Bungu W 12 Ernesto Gray, Bophutatswana, South Africa. Retains IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
  • Erik Morales KO 2 Jose Luis Bueno, Indio, CA. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 2000: Lou DiBella announces he’s leaving HBO. DiBella was with the cable giant for 11-years. The last three as senior vice president.
  • 2009: Giacobbe Fragomeni D 12 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, Roma, Italy. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title.  Referee: Ian John-Lewis | judge: Esa Lehtosaari 114-114 | judge: Richard James Davies 112-116 | judge: Robin Dolpierre 114-113.

May 17,

  • 1884: Sam McVey born Samuel E. MacVea.
  • 1918: Ted (Kid) Lewis W 20 Johnny Tillman, Denver, CO. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • 1955: Bob Spagnola born.
  • 1956: Sugar Ray Leonard born Ray Charles Leonard.
  • 1963: John David Jackson born.
  • 1965: Fighting Harada W 15 Eder Jofre, Nagoya, Japan. Wins World Bantamweight Title. The 29-year old Jofre falls to 47-1-3 (36).
  • 1973: Chartchai Chionoi KO 5 Fritz Chervet, Bangkok. Wins vacant WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1975: Antonio (Kid Pambele) Cervantes W 15 Esteban DeJesus, Panama City. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1987: Tae Il Chang W 15 Soon Chun Kwon, Pusan, South Korea. Wins vacant IBF Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1988: Calvin Grove W 15 Myron Taylor, Atlantic City. Retains IBF Featherweight Title.
  • 1989: Carlos De Leon KO 9 Sammy Reeson, London. Wins WBC Cruiserweight Title for a fourth time.
  • 1992: Victor Rabanales KO 4 Luis Alberto Campo, Tuxtla, Mexico. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 1996: Ronald (Winky) Wright W 12 Bronco McKart, Monroe, MI.
  • 1997: Luisito Espinosa W tech. Dec. 8 Manuel Medina, Manila. Retains WBC Featherweight Title.
  • 2003: Leonard Dorin D 12 Paul Spadafora, Pittsburgh. Fighters retain respective WBA & IBF Lightweight Titles.
  • 2008: Cristian Mijares W 12 Alexander Munoz, Gomez Palacio, Mexico. Retains WBC/wins WBA Super Flyweight Title.
  • 2010: Takashi Uchiyama KO 6 Angel Granados, Saitama, Japan. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.

May 18,

  • 1916: Ted (Kid) Lewis ND 10 Mike Gibbons, NYC.
  • 1926: Joe Brown born
  • 1946: Manuel Ortiz KO 5 Kenny Lindsay, Hollywood, CA. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1951: Kid Gavilan W 15 Johnny Bratton, NYC. Wins vacant World Welterweight Title.
  • 1953: Yoshio Shirai W 15 Tanny Campo, Tokyo. Retains World Flyweight Title.
  • 1956: Sugar Ray Robinson KO 4 Carl (Bobo) Olson, Los Angeles. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • 1963: Eder Jofre KO 12 Johnny Jamito, Quezon City, The Phillipines. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1972: Saen Sow Ploenchit born.
  • 1973: Marvin Hagler KO 2 Terry Ryan, Brockton, MA. Hagler’s pro debut.
  • 1974: Noel Arambulet born.
  • 1976: Jose Duran KO 14 Koichi Wajima, Tokyo. Wins World Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1980: Shoji Oguma KO 9 Chan Hee Park, Seoul. Regains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1983: Bruce Curry W 12 Leroy Haley, Las Vegas. Wins WBC Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1986: Ki Yung Chung W 15 Richard Savage, Taegu, South Korea. Retains IBF Featherweight Title.
  • 1991: Darrin Van Horn KO 11 Lindell Holmes, Verbania, Italy. Wins IBF Super Middleweight Title.
  • Hector Camacho W 12 Greg Haugen, Reno. Avenges an earlier defeat. I wonder if Greg smoked a fat one prior to or following the bout.
  • Muanchai Kittikasem KO 12 Jung Koo Chang, Seoul. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1996: Felix (Tito) Trinidad KO 5 Fred Pendleton, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Welterweight Title.
  • Phillip Holiday KO 2 Jeff Fenech, Melbourne, Australia. Retains IBF Lightweight Title.
  • Wilfredo Vasquez KO 11 Eloy Rojas, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Featherweight Title.
  • Ratanapol Sow Voraphin W 12 Jun Arlos, Yala, Thailand. Wins vacant IBF Strawweight Title.
  • 2002: Kostya Tszyu W 12 Ben Tackie, Las Vegas. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • Mickey Ward W 10 Arturo Gatti, Uncasville, CT. Fight of the year!
  • Osamu Sato KO 8 Yoddamrong Sithyodthong, Saitama, Japan. Wins WBA Super Bantamweight Title.

 

May 19,

  • 1909: Jack Johnson ND 6 Philadelphia Jack O’Brien, Philadelphia.
  • 1933: Kid Chocolate W 15 Seaman Tom Watson, NYC. Retains New York World Featherweight Title.
  • 1941: Petey Scalzo D 15 Phil Zwick, Milwaukee. Retains NBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1952: Yoshio Shirai W 15 Dado Marino, Tokyo. Wins World Flyweight Title.
  • 1957: Laszlo Papp W 4 Alois Brand, Cologne, Germany. Papp’s pro debut.
  • 1965: John Wesley Meekins born.
  • 1967: Curtis Cokes KO 10 Francois Pavilla, Dallas. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • Julio Cesar Green born.
  • 1972: Clemente Sanchez KO 3 Kuniaki Shibata, Tokyo. Wins WBC Featherweight Title.
  • 1973: Antonio (Kid Pambele) Cervantes KO 5 Alfonzo (Pepermint) Frazer, Panama City. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1984: Soon Chun Kwon W 15 Ian Clyde, Daejon, South Korea. Retains IBF Flyweight Title.
  • Francisco Quiroz KO 9 Lupe Madera, Maracaibo. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1985: Wilfredo Gomez W 15 Rocky Lockridge, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Wins WBA Super Featherweight Title. In what has to be the robbery of the decade, Gomez, now a three-division titlist wins a majority decision 146-142, 145-144, 144-144.
  • 1990: Pernell (Sweet Pea) Whitaker W 12 Azumah Nelson, Las Vegas. Retains WBC/IBF Lightweight Title. Prior to the fight, Whitaker’s trainer, George Benton, instructed him to “box him like you got bad breath.”
  • 1991: Ricardo Lopez KO 8 Kimio Hirano, Shizuoka, Japan. Retains WBC Strawweight Title.
  • 1995: Jimmy Garcia, 23, dies of complications resulting from a head injury suffered in his May 6 knockout loss to Gabriel Ruelas.
  • 2000: Malcolm Tunacao KO 7 Medgoen Toyota-Thailand., Udon Thani, Thailand. Wins WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 2007: Jermain Taylor W 12 Cory Spinks, Memphis, TN. Retains World Middleweight Title. Worst fight of the year candidate.
  • Kelly (The Ghost) Pavlik KO 7 Edison Miranda, Memphis, TN. The undefeated Pavlik proves to be the goods with his sturdy chin and big punch! Although previously untested, Pavlik more than earns the number one contender’s spot for the middleweight title.
  • Ulises Solis KO 9 Jose Aguirre, Guadalajara, Mexico. Retains IBF Junior Flyweight Title.

May 20,

  • 1926: Pete Latzo W 10 Mickey Walker, Scranton, PA. Wins World Welterweight Title. Upset of the year.
  • 1929: Tod Morgan W 10 Baby Sal Sorio, Los Angeles. Retains World Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1932: Billy Petrolle W 10 Battling Battalino, Chicago. Referee: Dave Barry. “Battalino dropped Petrolle for a count of nine with a left hook to the chin in the first round, but thereafter the Fargo Express came thundering along to victory.” New York Times.
  • 1940: Harry Jeffra W 15 Joey Archibald, Baltimore. Wins World Featherweight Title.
  • 1946: Ezzard Charles W 10 Archie Moore, Pittsburgh.
  • 1966: Joey Gamache born.
  • 1978: Pipino Cuevas KO 2 Billy Backus, Inglewood. Retains WBA Welterweight Title. At the start of the first round the Mexican champion began a fearsome blitz. There was one knockdown, and before the round ended Backus, 35, was bleeding from cuts above and below his swollen right eye. Before the start of round two, referee Carlos Berrocal, acting on the advice of Dr. Roger Thill, called a halt.
  • 1979: Chan Hee Park W 15 Riki Igarishi, Seoul. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1983: Michael Dokes D 15 Mike Weaver, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Heavyweight Title. A majority draw retains Dokes title, 143-143, 144-144, and 145-141 for Dokes.
  • Larry Holmes W 12 (Terrible) Tim Witherspoon, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title. Holmes is lucky to escape with a split decision victory, 118-111, 115-113, and 114-115.
  • Osvaldo Ocasio W 15 Randy Stephens, Las Vegas. Retains WBA Cruiserweight Title.
  • 1985: Larry Holmes W 15 Carl Williams, Reno. Retains IBF Heavyweight Title. Holmes improves to 48-0 (34). One win shy of tying Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0. Holmes was also 5-defenses away from tying Joe Louis’ all-time record of 25.
  • 1988: Jose Sanabria KO 6 Moises Fuentes, Bucaramanga, Columbia. Wins vacant IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1990: Tony (The Tiger) Lopez W 12 John-John Molina, Reno. Regains IBF Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1991: Greg Richardson W 12 Victor Rabanales, Inglewood. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 1995: Evander (Real Deal) Holyfield W 10 Ray Mercer, Atlantic City. The 32-year old Holyfield’s first fight since losing the title to Michael Moorer on 4/22/1994.
  • Dariusz Michalczewski KO 4 Paul Carlo, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Ratanapol Sor Vorapin KO 2 Oscar Flores, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Retains IBF Strawweight Title.
  • 2000: William Joppy KO 1 Rito Ruvalcaba, Tunica, Mississippi. Retains WBA Middleweight Title.
  •  Julio Gamboa D 12 Felix Machado, Tunica, Mississippi. For vacant IBF Super Flyweight Title.
  • 2001: Masamori Tokuyama KO 5 In Joo Cho, Seoul, South Korea. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • 2005: O’Neil Bell W 12 Dale Brown, Hollywood, FL. Wins vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title.
  • 2006: Marco Antonio Barrera W 12 Rocky Juarez, Los Angeles. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • Jorge Barrios KO 1 Janos Nagy, Los Angeles. One left-hook to the liver ends matters in just 49 seconds.
  • Roberto Vasquez W 12 Noel Arambulet, Panama City, Panama. Retains WBA Junior Flyweight Title.

 

May 21,

  • 1891: James J. Corbett D 61 Peter Jackson, San Francisco.
  • 1912: Johnny Kilbane D 12 Jimmy Walsh, Boston. Retains World Featherweight Title.
  • 1925: Jack (Kid) Berg KO 10 Ted (Kid) Lewis, London.
  • 1933: Tony Canzoneri W 10 Battling Shaw, New Orleans. Regains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1943: Bob Montgomery W 15 Beau Jack, NYC. Wins New York World Lightweight Title.
  • 1966: Muhammad Ali KO 6 Henry Cooper, London. Retains World Heavyweight Title. 46,000 spectators turned out for England’s first Heavyweight Championship bout in 58 years.
  • Jose Torres W 15 Wayne Thornton, Flushing, NY. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1977: Miguel Angel Cuello KO 9 Jesse Burnett, Monte Carlo. Wins vacant WBC Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Wilfredo Gomez KO 12 Dong Kyun Yum, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Wins WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1989: Jorge Paez D 12 Louie Espinosa, Phoenix. Retains IBF Featherweight Title.
  • 1993: Katsuya Onizuka W 12 Jae-Shin Lim, Tokyo. Retains WBA Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1994: Chris Eubank W 12 Ray Close, Belfast, Ireland.
  • Julio Cesar Vasquez KO 10 Ahmet Dottuev, Belfast. Retains WBA Super Welterweight Title.
  • Julio Cesar Borboa KO 9 Jaji Sibali, Hammanskraal, South Africa. Retains IBF Super flyweight Title.
  • 1996: Keiji Yamaguchi W 12 Carlos Murillo, Osaka, Japan. Wins WBA Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1998: The New Jersey State Parole Board rejects former super welterweight contender Tony Ayala Jr.’s bid to be paroled.
  • 1999: Veerapol Sahaprom KO 5 Mauro Blanc, Sara Buri, Thailand. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 2000: Joel Casamayor KO 5 Jong-Kwon Baek, Kansas City, Missouri. Wins WBA Super Featherweight Title. Baek’s corner had no cutman.
  • 2005: Lamon Brewster KO 1 Andrew Golota, Chicago, IL. Let’s hope we’ve finally seen the last of Golota.
  • Tomasz Adamek W 12 Paul Briggs, Chicago, IL Wins vacant WBC Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 2011: Bernard Hopkins W 12 Jean Pascal, Montreal, Canada. Regains World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee: Ian John-Lewis | judge: Rey Danseco 116-112 | judge: Anek Hongtongkam 115-114 | judge: Guido Cavalleri 115-113. At 46, Hopkins becomes the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title.
  • Tomas Rojas KO 11 Juan Jose Montes, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico. Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.

 

May 22,

  • 1905: Abe Attell ND 6 Battling Nelson, Philadelphia.
  • 1929: Kid Chocolate W 10 Fidel LaBarba, NYC
  • 1931: Bat Battalino W 15 Fidel LaBarba, NYC. Retains world Featherweight Title.
  • 1941: Gus Lesnevich W 15 Anton Christoforidis, NYC. Wins NBA Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1976: Victor Galindez KO 15 Richie Kates, Johannesburg. Retains WBA Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Roberto Duran KO 14 Lou Bizzarro, Erie, PA. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1977: Yoko Gushiken W 15 Rigoberto Marcano, Sapporo, Japan. Retains WBA Junior Flyweight Title.
  • 1982: Alexis Arguello KO 5 Andrew Ganigan, Las Vegas. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1990: Rocky Graziano, 68, dies.
  • 1992: Rafael Pineda KO 7 Clarence Coleman, Mexico City. Retains IBF Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1993: Riddick (Big Daddy) Bowe KO 2 Jesse Ferguson, Washington D.C. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • Roy Jones Jr. W 12 Bernard Hopkins, Washington D.C. Wins vacant IBF Middleweight Title.
  • Julio Cesar Borboa W 12 Joel Luna Zarate, Mexico City. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1997: Chino Grovin, 80, dies. Chino, a boxing trainer affiliated with Gil Clancy, worked with Rodrigo Valdez.
  • 1999: Oscar De La Hoya KO 11 Oba Carr, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Welterweight Title.
  • Floyd Mayweather KO 9 Justin Juuko, Las Vegas. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • 2004: Jean-Marc Mormeck W 12 Virgil Hill, Carnival City, South Africa. Retains WBA Cruiserweight Title.

May 23,

  • 1922: Harry Greb W 15 Gene Tunney, NYC. Wins U.S. Light Heavyweight Title. Ten seconds into the first round Greb breaks Tunney’s nose. Later in the round Greb opened a huge gash over Tunney’s left eye. In the third round, Greb busts up Tunney’s right eye. Over the course of 15-rounds, Tunney lost an estimated 2-quarts of blood. “The gore was so thick on Greb’s gloves that he had to step back and hold them out so referee, Kid Partland could wipe them off with a towel,” wrote ringside observer James R. Fair.
  • 1940: Ken Overlin W 15 Ceferino Garcia, NYC. Wins World Middleweight Title.
  • 1941: Joe Louis W disq. 7 Buddy Baer, Washington D.C.  Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1951: Carlos Zarate born.
  • 1954: Marvelous Marvin Hagler born Marvin Hagler.
  • 1960: Jose Becerra D 15 Kenji Yonekura, Tokyo. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1962: Loreto Garza born.
  • 1970: Nino Benvenuti KO 8 Tom Bethea, Umag, Yugoslavia. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • Phillip Holiday born.
  • Derrell Coley born.
  • 1981: Wilfred Benitez KO 12 Maurice Hope, Las Vegas. Wins WBC Super Welterweight Title. Benitez becomes boxing’s fifth 3-division champion. The following day Hope would tie the knot.
  • 1986: Barry Michael KO 4 Mark Fernandez, Melbourne. Retains IBF Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1987: Leslie Stewart KO 9 Marvin Johnson, Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad. Wins WBA Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1988: Fulgencio Obelmejias W 12 Chong Pal Park, Suanbo, South Korea. Wins WBA Super Middleweight Title.
  • 2009: Toshiaki Nishioka KO 3 Jhonny Gonzalez, Monterrey, Mexico. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.

 

May 24,

  • 1901: James (Rube) Ferns KO 10 Matty Matthews, Toronto. Regains World Welterweight Title.
  • 1907: Abe Attell W 20 Kid Solomon, Los Angeles. Retains World Featherweight Title.
  • 1917: Les Darcy, 21, dies from blood poisoning as a result from an infected tooth.
  • 1928: Tod Morgan W 15 Cannonball Martin, NYC. Retains World Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1940: Henry Armstrong KO 5 Ralph Zanelli, Boston. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • 1954: Yoshio Shirai W 15 Leo Espinosa, Tokyo. Retains World Flyweight Title.
  • 1958: Jose Torres KO 1 Gene Hamilton, Brooklyn. Torres’ pro debut.
  • 1962: Hector Camacho born.
  • 1968: Bob Foster KO 4 Dick Tiger, NYC. Wins World Light Heavyweight Title. Foster separates Tiger from his senses, not to mention his title, with one single, devastating left hook!
  • 1969: Bob Foster KO 4 Andy Kendall, West Springfield, MA. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1976: Muhammad Ali KO 5 Richard Dunn, Munich, Germany. Retains World Heavyweight Title. Ali’s last knockout victory.
  • 1986: Alfredo Layne KO 9 Wilfredo Gomez, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Wins WBA Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1987: Chan Young Park KO 11 Takuya Muguruma, Moriguchi, Japan. Wins WBA Bantamweight Title.
  • 1995: Hiroshi Kawashima W 12 Seung Koo Lee, Yokohama. Retains WBC Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1996: Kostya Tzyu KO 4 Corey Johnson, Sydney, Australia. Retains IBF Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1997: Yong-Soo Choi W 12 Koji Matsumoto, Suwon, South Korea. Retains WBA Super Featherweight Title.
  • 2008: Ricky Hatton W 12 Juan Lazcano, Manchester, England. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • Paul Malingnaggi W 12 Lovemore Ndou, Manchester. Retains IBF Super Lightweight Title.

May 25,

  • 1876: Jack Root born.
  • 1939: Henry Armstrong W 15 Ernie Roderick, London. Retains World Welterweight Title.
  • 1942: Ezzard Charles W 10 Charley Burley, Pittsburgh.
  • 1948: Ike Williams W 15 Enrique Bolanos, Los Angeles. Retains World Lightweight Title. A controversial split decision.
  • 1951: Jimmy Carter KO 14 Ike Williams, NYC. Wins World Lightweight Title.
  • 1965: Muhammad Ali KO 1 Sonny Liston, Lewiston, ME. Retains World Heavyweight Title. The most controversial ending, to a championship bout, in the history of the game. Not to mention, Jersey Joe Walcott screws up his refereeing duties by losing control of the fight after Ali fells Liston with a single right-hand counter.
  • 1968: Sandro Mazzinghi W 15 Ki Soo Kim, Milan. Regains World Super Welterweight Title.
  • 1972: (Smokin’) Joe Frazier KO 5 Ron Stander, Omaha. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1974: Rodrigo Valdez KO 7 Bennie Briscoe, Monte Carlo. Wins vacant WBC Middleweight Title. Valdez does to Briscoe what World Middleweight Champion Carlos Monzon couldn’t do in 2-fights, 25-combined rounds, against the Philadelphia native.
  • Rafael Herrera KO 6 Romeo Anaya, Mexico City. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 1975: Miguel Canto W 15 Betulio Gonzalez, Monterrey. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 1996: Henry Maske W 12 John Scully, Leipzig, Germany. Retains IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1999: Mike Tyson, 32, is released from Montgomery County (Maryland) Detention Center after serving 3 ½ months of a one-year sentence for assaulting two motorists.
  • 2000: Freddy Norwood W 12 Julio Pablo Chacon, Mendoza, Argentina. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.
  • 2001: WBC Bantamweight Champion Willie Jorrin, 31, is arrested in West Sacramento, California, on felony counts of rape, domestic violence, false imprisonment, and corporal injury in a case involving the mother of his two children.

 

May 26,

  • 1863: Bob Fitzsimmons born Robert James Fitzsimmons.
  • 1897: Gene Tunney born James Joseph Tunney.
  • 1900: Dan Dougherty W 20 Tommy Feltz, Brooklyn. Wins vacant World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1904: Marcel Thil born.
  • 1932: Tommy Paul W 15 Johnny Pena, Detroit. Wins vacant NBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1943: Manuel Ortiz W 15 Joe Robleto, Long Beach, CA. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1949: Ricardo Arrendondo born.
  • 1969: Dick Tiger W 10 Nino Benvenuti, NYC. Non-title fight.
  • 1972: (Smokin’) Joe Frazier KO 5 Ron Stander, Omaha. Retains World Heavyweight Title.
  • 1978: Kelvin Davis born.
  • 1984: Jaime Garza KO 3 Felipe Orozco, Miami Beach. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • Victor Callejas KO 8 Loris Stecca, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Wins WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • Albert Davila KO 11 Enrique Sanchez, Miami Beach. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • Joo Do Chun KO 6 Felix Marquez, Wonju, South Korea. Retains IBF Super Flyweight Title.
  • 1990: Luis Mendoza D 12 Ruben Palacios, Cartegena. For the vacant IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 2000: President Bill Clinton signs The Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act into law. It is the first federal law passed to reform anti-competitive and corruptive business practices in the professional boxing industry.
  • 2001: Floyd Mayweather W 12 Carlos Hernandez, Grand Rapids, MI. Retains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • 2007: Steve Cunningham W 12 Krzysztof Wlodarcyz, Slaskie, Poland. Wins IBF Cruiserweight Title.
  • Arthur Abraham KO 3 Sebastien Demers, Bamberg, Germany. Retains IBF Middleweight Title.
  • 2009: Denkaosan Kaovichit W 12 Hiroyuki Hisataka, Uttaradit, Thailand. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • Daisuke Naito W 12 Xiong Zhao Zhong, Tokyo. Retains WBC Flyweight Title.
  • 2012: Carl Froch KO 5 Lucian Bute,  Nottingham, United Kingdom. Wins IBF Super Middleweight Title.

 

May 27,

  • 1905: Young Corbett III born Raffaele Capabianca Giordano.
  • 1929: Andre Routis KO 3 Buster Brown, Baltimore. Retains World Featherweight Title.
  • 1931: Jimmy McLarnin W 10 Billy Petrolle, NYC.
  • 1951: John Conteh born.
  • 1956: Cornelius Boza Edwards born.
  • 1960: Benny (Kid) Paret W 15 Don Jordan, Las Vegas. Wins World Welterweight Title. Jordan loses a hell of a lot more than just his title. The ex-champ was paid $2000.00-for expenses only. He had signed over his $85,000.00 guarantee in order to void his contract with managers Don Nesseth and Jackie McCoy.
  • 1975: Ezzard Charles, 53, dies.
  • 1978: Carlos Palomino W 15 Armando Muniz, Los Angeles. Retains WBC Welterweight Title.
  • 1983: Marvelous Marvin Hagler KO 4 Wilford Scypion, Providence. Retains World Middleweight Title.
  • 1984: Eusebio Pedroza W 15 Angel Levy Mayor, Maracaibo. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1989: Virgil Hill KO 7 Joe Lasisi, Bismark, ND. Retains WBA Light Heavyweight Title.
  • 1994: Roy Jones Jr. KO 2 Thomas Tate, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Middleweight Title. Jones Jr. dispatches Tate with one left-hook.
  • Rafael Ruelas KO 3 Mike Evgen, Las Vegas. Retains IBF Lightweight Title.
  • Oscar De La Hoya KO 3 Giorgio Campanella, Las Vegas.
  • 1995: Henry Maske W 12 Graciano Rocchigiani, Dortmund, Germany. The first ever World Light Heavyweight Title-fight between 2-Germans.
  • Frankie Liles KO 6 Frederic Seillier, Fort Lauderdale. Retains WBA Super Middleweight Title.
  • Jorge Castro KO 12 Anthony Andrews, Fort Lauderdale. Retains WBA Middleweight Title.
  • Eloy Rojas W 12 Kyun-Yung Park, Seoul. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.
  • Daorung MP Petroleum D 12 Lakhin CP Gym, Bangkok. Retains WBA Bantamweight Title.
  • 1997: Jim Boggio, 54, former member of the New Mexico State Commission dies.
  • 2004: Mahyar Monshipour KO 8 Salim Medjkkoune, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Retains WBA Super Bantamweight Title.

 

May 28,

  • 1917: Benny Leonard KO 9 Freddie Welsh, NYC. Wins World Lightweight Title.
  • 1922: Lou Duva born.
  • 1927: Tod Morgan W 12 Vic Foley, Vancouver. Retains World Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1929: Mushy Callahan KO 3 Fred Mahan, Los Angeles. Retains World Super Lightweight Title.
  • 1934: Barney Ross W 15 Jimmy McLarnin, Long Island City, NY. Wins World Welterweight Title.
  • 1935: Barney Ross W 15 Jimmy McLarnin, NYC. Regains World Welterweight Title.
  • 1941: Tony Zale KO 2 Al Hostak, Chicago. Retains NBA Middleweight Title.
  • 1942: Sugar Ray Robinson W 10 Marty Servo, NYC. Referee: Billy Cavanaugh. Robinson “prevailed by a narrow margin and the crowd of 15000 vociferously disapproved of the decision.” The referee gave the bout to Servo, but both judges voted for Robinson. (New York Times).  The official scorecards were 9-1 and 6-3-1 in favor of Robinson and 5-3-2 for Servo.
  • 1962: Archie Moore D 10 Willie Pastrano, Los Angeles.
  • 1964: Jeff Fenech born.
  • 1973: Jose Luis Lopez born.
  • 1988: Juan Jose Estrada W 12 Bernardo Pinango, Tijuana. Wins WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1989: In Chul Baek KO 11 Fulgencio Obelmejies, Seoul. Wins WBA Super Middleweight Title.
  • 1993: Jung-Il Byun W 12 Josefino Suarez, Seoul. Retains WBC Bantamweight Title.
  • 1995: Tom (Boom Boom) Johnson W 12 Eddie Croft, South Padre Island, TX. Retains IBF Featherweight Title.
  • 2005: Rafael Marquez W 12 Ricardo Vargas, Los Angeles. Retains IBF Bantamweight Title.

 

May 29,

  • 1900: Kid McCoy W 6 Tommy Ryan, Chicago.
  • 1901: (Terrible) Terry McGovern KO 5 Aurelio Herrera, San Francisco. Retains World Featherweight Title.
  • 1905: Joe Bowker W 20 Pinky Evans, London. Retains World Bantamweight Title.
  • 1909: Battling Nelson KO 23 Dick Hyland, Colma, CA. Retains World Lightweight Title.
  • 1913: Harry Greb ND 6 Frank Kirkwood, Pittsburgh. Greb’s pro debut.
  • Tony Zale born Anthony Florian Zaleski.
  • 1914: Jack Dillon ND 10 Battling Levinsky, Indianapolis.
  • 1933: Jimmy McLarnin KO 1 Young Corbett III, Los Angeles. Wins World Welterweight Title. Referee: George Blake. The “most spectacular upset the welterweight division has known in many years.” After Corbett had been floored twice and had his back to McLarnin, the “Irishman rushed across the ring and punched Corbett in the jaw again and Referee George Blake stopped the contest immediately. Corbett was out on his feet.  Corbett was the seventh welterweight champion in succession to lose possession of the title in defending it for the first time.” New York Times.
  • 1971: Eric Lucas born.
  • 1977: Rafael Ortega W 15 Yasutsune Uehara, Okinawa. Retains WBA Featherweight Title.
  • 1982: Rafael (Bazooka) Limon KO 12 Rolando Navarette, Las Vegas. Regains WBC Super Featherweight Title.
  • 1988: Don LaLonde KO 5 Leslie Stewart, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Retains WBC Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Daniel Zaragoza D 12 Seung Hoon Lee, Seoul. Retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
  • 1993: Billy Conn, 75, dies.
  • 1998: Reggie Johnson W 12 Ole Klemetsen, Pesaro, Italy. Retains IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
  • Hugo Soto W 12 Jose Bonilla, Las Vegas. Wins WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 1999: Felix (Tito) Trinidad KO 4 Hugo Pineda, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Retains IBF Welterweight Title.
  • Freddy Norwood W 12 Antonio Cermeno, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Regains WBA Featherweight Title.
  • Lehlo Ledwaba W 12 John Michael Johnson, Hammanskraal, South Africa. Wins vacant IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
  • Leo Gamez KO 8 Josue Dickie Camacho, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Retains WBA Flyweight Title.
  • 2009: Oleydong Sithsamerchai Tech Dec 11 Muhammad Rachman, Phuket, Thailand. Retains WBC Strawweight Title.
  • 2010: Vitali Klitschko KO 10 Albert Sosnowski, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Retains WBC Heavyweight Title.

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