Hamilton’s Believe It Or Not of Boxing

Hamilton’s Believe It Or Not

When Floyd Patterson lost the title to Sonny Liston in 1962, he left Comiskey Park in Chicago wearing a pair of dark sunglasses and a fake beard for his drive back to New York City.

Most first round KO’s of any heavyweight champion during career: Jack Dempsey at 25.

Mike Tyson is credited as having the Most Flash Knockouts in his Career, knocking out 9 fighters in less than one minute.

Marvis Frazier 0:30,

Robert Colay 0:37,

Lou Savarese 0:38,

Mike Johnson 0:39,

Ricardo Spain 0:39,

Clifford Etienne 0:49,

Mark Young 0:50,

Trent Singleton 0:52,

Sterling Benjamin 0:54

Australian Max Gornick vs Africa’s own Charlie Smith. The bout was scheduled for 15 rounds. By 12.00 PM, the fight had gone 14 rounds. If the fight had of continued it would have broken the Sunday Observance Act. It was decided to call the fight a draw.

Only fighter to campaign over 5 decades
A 16-year old Roberto Duran turned professional way back in 1968 & then competed through five decades; fighting his last professional bout aged 50 in 2001. Duran’s retirement actually came as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident – so who knows how long he might have carried on fighting! (more…)

Hamilton’s Heavyweight Historical Highs

Measuring Heavyweight Boxing’s Greats

Matt Hamilton, Reporting…

Lightest Lineal Heavyweight Champion of the World: Bob Fitzimmons, 167lbs. That’s a pound under the (what is now) super middleweight limit. His biceps were also the smallest in the history of the championship at only 12 inches.

Primo Carnera remains the heaviest of all lineal heavyweight champions at 260lbs (at time of claiming the strap); though his 18.5” biceps place him behind multiple record breaker George Foreman whose biceps had ballooned from 15 to 20 inches between his title victories in 1973 & 1994 – along with a waistline that had swollen from 34 to 39.5 inches.

Rocky Marciano – apart from his well known status as the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated – was also the first heavyweight champion in history with a reach of less than 70 inches. The Brockton Blockbuster’s compact stature – with a reach of only 68 inches – did nothing to diminish his fabled ring success.

Sonny Liston had the largest fists of all former lineal champions in the heavyweight division with closed fists measuring 15 inches around. Paradoxically, two of the true giants of heavyweight boxing history – Jack Dempsey & Gene Tunney (them of the Long Count fight legend) – share the distinction of possessing the smallest fists of all lineal champions at only 11 & one quarter inches.

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Hamilton’s Believe It Or Not Of Boxing Issue #2 2012

Boxing’s Believe It Or Not

Jack Dempsey died of heart failure at age 87. Dempsey’s last words to his wife Deana were … “Don’t worry honey; I’m too mean to die.

Five of the six longest reigning heavyweight champions of the world have a first name that starts with the letter J.

Fighter Reign
1.  Joe Louis 11 years, 8 months, 8 days
2.  Larry Holmes 7 years, 3 months, 12 days
3.  Jack Dempsey 7 years, 2 months, 19 days
4.  John L. Sullivan 7 years, 0 months 9 days
5.  Jack Johnson 6 years, 3 months, 10 days
6.  James J. Jeffries 5 years, 11 months, 4 days

The only non-American in the Top 10 of the above listing of the longest reigning heavyweight champions in history

Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko: Longest Reigning Non-American Heavyweight Champion in History.

is this era’s own Wladimir Klitschko at #7. In May of 2011 the younger of the Klitschko brother’s overtook Muhammad Ali’s 5 year & 14 day reign. 17 of the top 20 are American.

Yoel Judah accidentally called Carlos Baldomir “Carlos Baldozar” during a post-fight interview after the Argentine had beaten his son. The former welterweight champion is now jokingly called “Baldozar” due to the elder Judah’s horrendous mispronunciation.

In a March 2010 column for The New York Times, Andre Berto described Haiti after the earthquake, also saying that he is habitually mistaken for New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson started boxing aged eleven.

“When I wasn’t killing time in school, I was sparring in the gym or selling crack on the strip”, says Jackson. In the mid 80s, the future 50 Cent fought at the Junior Olympics.

According to Fiddy, “I was competitive in the ring and hip-hop is competitive too… I think rappers condition themselves like boxers, so they all kind of feel like they’re the champ”.

Both Max Kellerman & Harold Lederman are graduates of New York’s Ivy League Columbia University.

In 1988, Al Bernstein recorded his first album “My Very Own Songs”, which featured songs about television and sports.

Australian band Toe to Toe named their 2010 album Arturo Gatti.

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The Sweet Science Meets The Dismal Science

Heavily Under-baked: A Tale of Heavyweight Overselling & Non-Delivery

Boxing is well known as the sweet science. Economics is often referred to as the dismal science. The two meet awkwardly & spectacularly boringly at that once marquee division of the sport – heavyweight. Supply & demand at play for all the world – or that portion still bothering to dare to get their hopes up in anticipation of the next coming of a landscape worthy of the storied lineage of Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano, Mohammed Ali, Joe Frazier & George Foreman – to see.

Butterbean Boxing

Will future generations long for the vintage days of a prime Butterbean?

I’d argue with some vigor that the demand or public appetite for a captivating, inspirational & high level competitive heavyweight landscape is not extinguished, rather in a now decades long state of hibernation. A hibernation that is periodically interrupted by match ups that habitually promise much but deliver scant reward for the aspirations invested in them by fans. The David Haye debacle was but the latest in a haphazard series of underwhelming farces perpetrated on a boxing community and fan base that is well within its rights to feel wronged & defrauded once more.

The supply-side of the heavyweight dismal science is where the action of inaction is ultimately decided. Perhaps the ninety years that preceded the seemingly extended death march the heavyweight division has embarked on from the moment the once “invincible” Mike Tyson got knocked out by Buster Douglas in Tokyo in 1990 was the true fluke. It is possible that lightening struck with regularity as the aforementioned roll call of Hall of Fame champions broke through the veneer of not only sporting greatness but that lifeblood of a sport’s forward momentum & effortless exportation to the next generation – the wider societal collective consciousness; the public imagination. It is also possible that I could experience spontaneous human combustion inside the next 12 seconds. Possible – but implausible. The bar was set high for post-Golden era heavyweight champions – as athletes & as ambassadors for the sport – but rightly so. Theirs is an inheritance of not merely a title but a responsibility to spearhead the growth; prosperity & public engagement with the sport that meaningfully punctuates the millions of divergent biographies of all hardcore fans.

Haye Foot Injury Excuse

David Haye: The Hypemaker. Defrauder of the boxing public to the tune of $15 million.

That, collectively, the former premier division of the sport has failed that solemn duty is beyond question. What it will take to resuscitate her now vegetative state in the eye’s of the wider public is a rather murkier question. The sanctioning bodies; vested interests (shall we settle on that as a label); mismatch makers all share a portion of the blame in the downward trajectory of the weight classes’ fortunes.

As every girlfriend who ever broke my fragile little heart has half-heartily uttered – “time heals all”. And sadly, that is the only anecdote for this chronic affliction the sport is burdened by – patience. The wait for the next Tyson-esque human wrecking ball north of 200lbs or Ali-Frazier level rivalry will doubtless be a  lengthy & painful one; though one struggles to imagine anything matching the Jekyll & Hyde overselling of a challenger we’ve just been forced to witness.