Hamilton’s Believe It or Not of Boxing

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

  • Sugar Ray Robinson & Jack Dempsey were both Freemasons.
  • Joe Frazier never fought professionally in Las Vegas.
  • Nikolay Valuev’s hobbies include hunting deer, ducks, and wild boar. Valuev wooed his wife, Galya, with poetry that he composed himself.
  • Vasyl Lomachenko finished his amateur career with a record of 396-1.
  • In the British soap opera Coronation Street, character Dev stated that Henry Tillman was the greatest heavyweight never to have won a world heavyweight championship.
  • When Floyd Patterson lost to Sonny Liston in 1962, he left Comiskey Park, Chicago wearing a pair of dark sunglasses and a fake beard.
  • When Gennady Golovkin was 8, older brothers, Sergey and Vadim joined the Russian army. In 1990, Vadim was killed in action. In 1994, Sergey was also killed in action.
  • On February 2, 1984, Bruce Curry was arrested in Las Vegas after he fired several shots at his trainer, Jesse Reid. He blamed Reid his loss to Costello. Curry was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon but subsequently found innocent by reason of insanity and ordered confined to a mental hospital until he was no longer a threat to society. He was released on March 26, 1985 after a team of three psychiatrists declared him sane.