Boxing History Demystified: Hamilton’s Believe It or Not

Hamilton’s Boxing Believe It Or Not

The fighter who holds the record for the most punches landed in the 26 year history of Compubox, Troy Dorsey, with 620 (!) shots landed in a April 1990 firecracker against Jorge Paez – LOST the said fight by split decision: Robert Byrd 113-114 Juan Jose Ramirez 113-114; Dave Moretti 115-113 was how the judges somehow saw this one.

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The scoreboard don’t lie…or does it?

The expression “bringing home the bacon” derives from a telegram former world lightweight champion Joe Gans sent to his dear mother shortly after winning the title in 1906.

Saensak Muangsurin set a world record in July 1975 after beating Perico Fernandez for his WBC Junior Welterweight strap by 8th Round TKO in only his 3rd professional bout. He’d go on to lose his first defense by disqualification before regaining the belt in a rematch with Miguel Velazquez and going on to defend his title fully 7 times. Fans of Thomas “The Hitman/Motor City Cobra” Hearns may best remember Muangsurin as Hearns’ 23rd professional opponent in 1979.

The day before fighting Mike Tyson, Mitch “Blood” Green discovered he was getting only $30,000.00 compared to Tyson’s $200,000.00. Green threatened to withdraw from participation in the bout before finally agreeing under the condition that he would be released from his managerial contract with Don King’s stepson Carl. Carl appears to have escaped rather easily compared to Green’s manager for an aborted 1996 contest with Shannon Briggs – who had a gun pulled on him by “Blood”.

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Mitch Green after damaging Mike Tyson’s fist with his eye socket.

Victor McLaglen, a former Jack Johnson opponent, would go on to win an Oscar for his performance in the film “The Informer”.

Carlos Monzon, the great Argentine middleweight King Pin, accumulated 60 KOs in his professional boxing career BUT not a single first round KO.

Jack Dempsey never weighed in at more than 194 1/2 pounds for any fight.

Benny Leonard, Ted “Kid” Lewis, Henry Armstrong, Billy Conn, and Manuel Ortiz all lost their first professional fights. All of them are in the Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Bernard Hopkins: If at first you don’t succeed…

Future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins will thus be in good company, having lost his professional debut to Clinton Mitchell in October of 1988 in New Jersey. Mitchell went on to end his career with a rather petite record of 3-1-1 with 1 win by KO. Paltry compared to Hopkins who, still active, holds a professional record* of 52-6-2 with 32 wins by way of knockout & 1 No Contest.

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*Please note that Hopkins’ professional record will continue to reflect 6 defeats & not 5 until such a time as the WBC’s “technical draw” decision on his wrestling match with Chad Dawson is upheld by the CSAC in December.