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TYSON IN BLACK TRUNKS
Why Mike Tyson wears black trunks in his all fights? He wears the black trunks in the ring to show his deepest condolence for the passing away of his respected trainer, Cus d'Amato. This is a humane side of a Mike Tyson. (Sent by Joelman)

RUMBLE IN WASHINGTON
Washington 1991, the rumble between Riddick Bowe and Ellijah Carl Tillery became a street fight. Both still fought though the bell has rung. Tillery his Bowe, which raised his manager's anger. He pulled Tillery's hair and pushed him fall out of the ring. Tillery was then decided to disqualified. In the meantime, the dissapointed audience created a big riot in the ring. (Source: GO)

GOTCHA!
Johnny Dundee (born as Joseph Corrara) was the one who introduced a boxing technique called "The Scotch Woop". The technique was simple, he bounced his body to the rope, and attacked his opponent with full power plus the power of the bouncing. This technique was very dangerous either for his opponent or himself. In the fight against Willy Jackson, 1917, Dundee tried the technique he invented. Unluckily, Jackson was faster. His straight banged Dundee's open chin. He was KO'd in the first round. Gotcha Dundee!(Source: GO)

NAKED BOXER
Timmy Larkin had full confidence when he was entering the ring to fight his opponent, Tommy Cross in 1942. As usual, in the fight done in Newark both fighters were introduced by the ring announcer. At that time, Larking put off his robe that he wore in the dressing room. LOL! He forgot to wear his trunks, and he was caught naked by the audience. Everybody was laughing so loud, and Larkin covered his thingie in big embarrasment. Ha ha ha. (Source: GO)

SCARED REFEREE
Sam Russell was the referee of a featherweight match between Johnny Curley and Joe Fox in Brighton. In the first round, a wild punch blew Russell, and broke his glasses he wore. The match then was postponed for sometimes, because Russell tried the best glasses for his eyes. Then, being unpatient, the audience created a riot in the arena. Referre Russell was so scared in the incident, and he run to save himself under the ring. He then announced the night's boxing result from there. (Source: GO)

BAD LUCK EDITOR
In 1910, the editor of San Fransisco Bulletin had a very bad luck. He was too confident that James J. Jeffries, would easily KO the remaining Heavyweight Champion at that period, Jack Johnson. That was why he publish his preview edition with the big headline "JEFFRIES Knocks outs Jack Johnson". He got so panic when he received a telegraph telling Johnson KO Jeffries. The bad luck editor then asked his staff to withdraw all the newspapers with very high price!

LIFE CHANGES
Sid BURN was a good boxer before World War 1. During his golden period, he hired a young sparring partner, Ted "Kid" Lewis. Everytime they did a sparring partner training, Burn threated Lewis so bad. Years later, Lewis became the Welterweight world champion, and then he hired his old "fella" Sid Burn who was "over the hill" already. Lewis threated Burn as he did to him years before.
The story continued, there was a young fighter joined in their training, Rolland Todd. He learned all Lewis' strenght and weaknesses, until one day Todd defeated Lewis in a world title fight.
It's true life changes.

DIRTIEST FIGHTER AND TRAINER
Luis Resto surpisingly defeated favorite Billy Collins in an undercard fight of Duran vs Moore. But, then Resto and his trainer, Panama Lewis were then banned for life due to cheating during the fight.
After the fight, Collins complained his dad and trainer, Billy Collins, Sr., who then walked over and grabbed Resto’s gloves and finding out that Resto’s trainer, Lewis, had removed the padding out of Resto’s gloves.
Panama Lewis was before also suspected cheating when he trained Aaron Pryor. He was also involved in a controversy regarding Pryor vs Arguello first fight. Lewis was heard asking for "the drink" in Pryor’s corner. They gave him a bottle, and he said, "NOT that one, I want the one I mixed…" This created a controversy, but none knew what really happened unless Panama Lewis himself. (Informed by Elizabeth, Frisco, Dennis, Enswell, Valentino, TIP, etc. in DENNIS’ BOXING TALK FORUM)

RECORDS
1. Youngest World Champion: WILFRED BENITEZ
2. Oldest World Champion/Heavyweight Champion: GEORGE FOREMAN
3. Youngest Heavyweight Champion: MIKE TYSON
4. Most Consecutive wins without loss: Hal Bagwell (180 fights, 175 wins, 2 draws, 3 no decision from 1938-1948)
5. Most consecutive KO’s: Lamark Clark (44 KO’s in a row)
6. Longest World Champion: Joe Louis (11 years 7 month)
7. Most Crowded Audience: CHAVEZ VS GREG HAUGEN
8. Biggest Purse: Mike Tyson (US$ 30 million) when fighting Frank Bruno
(informed by Frisco)

MISSING AFTER A MEETING WITH AL CAPONE
1926. Boxer Berdmondsey Billy Wells was scheduled to fight the welterweight champion Micky Walker in Chicago. Before the duel, Wells met the legend mob Al Capone. It was unclear about what they were talking about, but Wells has never appeared until the scheduled time of the fight. The rumble then was cancelled...

14 ROUNDS FIGHT
One Saturday night in Africa, there was a rumble between Australian Max Gornick vs the hometown hero Charlie Smith. It was scheduled for 15 rounds. Until 12.00 PM, the fight has done for 14 rounds. If the fights continued, according to a lawyer who was coincidentally seeing the match in the stadium, it would break the Sunday Observance Act. The promotor then decided the fight as a draw.

MIKE TYSON'S MOST POWERFUL BLOWS
It was a fight of Mike Tyson's before he was KO'd by Douglas (I forget which fight) broadcast live on TV. There was a small earthquake in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, then we were smiling and one of us said, "Is it because of Mike's blows? We can feel the punches while we are thousand miles away from Las Vegas!" At that time, we belived Mike Tyson was undefeatable! (JC)

BURNS DID NOT KEEP HIS WORDS!
In 1908, Tommy Burns knew that his opponent, Jewey Smith, would never resist to fight long. Then, before the fight, both made a deal that Burns would make a long fight to satisfy the audience of Paris, where the fight was done.
Suddenly, in round 1, the flashlight belonged to a cameraman burned the decoration in the ring side (you know how it was, the camera flashlight in that year!) - seeing the fire and getting panic, Burns forgot the deal they made before the fight. He gave Smith a powerful straight on his chin, and KO'd him! After this, Burns escaped to save himself.

INJURIES OUTSIDE THE RING
MAX SCHMELLING got his Heavyweight European belt in 1939, then he retired due to his injuries he got when he became a parachute troop in Kreta. He got his injuries not inside the ring.

WALCOTT VS JOE LOUIS
Jersey Joe Walcott fought the heavyweight legend Joe Louis very-very strongly in 1947 and 1948. 10 years later, when Louis prepared for the fight vs Max Schmelling, Walcott was hired as his sparring partner. Walcott then was fired after working for 2 days only, because he knocked down Louis 3 times in a training.

THE GUINESS BOOK OF RECORDS
Most title fights owned by Jack Britton (USA), 3 times welterweight champion. In 1915-1922 he did 37 title fights, 19 wins and 18 no decision. (The Guiness Book of Records)

FIRST JUDGES IN AMERICA
Sept 28, 1915. Ted (Kid) Lewis outpointed Jack Britton for the welterweight 12 round title fight at that Atlas Athletic Club in Boston. The ref was Dan Lane and the 2 Judges were Bill Hamilton ans J.S. Sprago. This is known as the first fight in America using judges. (Dennis)

BAD LUCK TRAINER
FRANK CHURCHILL, a boxing trainer in early 20th century, recruit 3 street fighting talented boxers from Philippnes. One boxer became a workd champion, but then all of them tragically died in the ring.
1921, Featherweight Dencio Cabanella died after punished by Bert McCarthy in Australia. Four years later, Pancho Villa lost his title and life after fighting Jimmy McLarnin in California. The year after, last Churchill's boxer, Inocencio Moldes died after been punished bye Bud Taylor in the ring in Milwaukee.

ROUND BARGAINING
Abe ATELL and Owen MORAN, both Featherweight Masters, were equally satisfied after fighting in 25 rounds in 1908. The result was a draw, so they dealed to make a re-match. Owen wanted more than 25 rounds in the rematch, but Abe asked no more than 20. The Promotor stopped the bargaining and to compromise a 23 rounds fight. Again, the result was draw, but this time they decided not to make a re-match again. (DAN from Go)

AN ADVISE FOR LANGFORD
In 1917, when Sam E, Langford was going to fight the mean Fred Bulton in Boston, he requested an advise from his fellow friend, Harry Wills, "How to defeat him?"
Wills replied, "Get a golf stick, and beat his head with the stick." He contionued, "If he ducks, try once again. If you still cannot beat him with the stick, just escape to save yourself, before you die!" (Aba)

LIQUOR AND BOXER
Before World War I, Irish Heavyweight boxer, Nutty Curan, flied to Paris to fight US' Kid McCoy, a 40 years old tricky boxer. In round 12, Curran floored McCoy. McCoy then crawled to the ring side, where audience put their brandy and soda. McCoy got a glass of the liquor, and drank it. He then stood up and continued the fight. McCoy then was decided to win by decision! (Aba)

JOE FRAZIERNEW
When Ali's belt was revoked in 1968, WBA conducted some elimination fights to find a new world champion. Names of participants were: Joe Frazier, Jerry Quarry, Floyd Patterson, Jimmy Ellis, Karl Mildenberger, Oscar Bonavena, Ernie Terrell and Thad Spencer. Later, Frazier cancelled his participation. After some fight, finally Ellis was crowned as the new champion after he defeated Quarry in Oakland.
2 years later, Frazier challemged Ellis, and Frazier won by KO in round 5. So, Frazier didn't need to fight some opponents to become a world champion in the elimination fights.

STREET FIGHTING RECORDS
Pat time's lightweight champion Benny Leonard had a record of street fighting. One day, he was requested to represent his gang, New York Street, to fight their competitor gangster from Sixth Street (name unrecorded). The objective of the fight was classic, to get the operation area. Leonard won in a 4 rounds duel. (go)

A SAD MOMENT OF A WILLIE PEP
Willie Pep was paid only at 3 bucks per day as a sparring partner for Manuel Ortiz in 1938. Six years later, he fought Ortiz in Boston. Pep won in a 10 rounds duel, and he received US$ 20,000. (go)

SOLDIER OF FORTUNE
1998, Indonesia. There's an amateur boxer in this country namely Soldier of Fortune. His name, based on his confession, is his birth name!

SHORTEST WORLD TITLE MATCH EVER
Gerald mcCleland vs Jay Bell is noted as the shortest world title match ever in the Guiness Book of Record. (Stanlo)

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