Boxing Trivia – 2
By John F. McKenna (McJack): Q: What two famous fighters, who would eventually become Middleweight Champion’s, were in the same reform school together as youths?
A: Rocky Graziano and Jake Lamotta were already buddies when they wound up in reform school together.
Q: What fighter fought in every weight division from Bantamweight to Heavyweight during his illustrious career?
A: France’s Georges Carpentier, who became Light Heavyweight Champion and challenged Jack Dempsey for the Heavyweight Title on July 2, 1921 fought in every weight division in his career. Carpentier was only 14 years old when he had his first professional fight.
Q: Was Jake Lamotta ever knocked down in his professional boxing career?
A: Yes. Light Heavyweight Danny Nardido knocked Lamotta down in the 7th round. Jake was unable to answer the bell for the 8th round. The fight was held on December 31, 1952. Jake was attempting to move up from Middleweight to Light Heavyweight. .
Q: What nickname did boxing writers give to Rocky Marciano’s devastating right cross?
A: Boxing writers dubbed the “Brockton Blockbuster’s” right cross his “Suzy Q”.
Q: What fight is referred to as the “Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre”?
A: The sixth fight between Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake Lamotta, held on February l4, 1951. Sugar Ray delivered over 150 unanswered punched in the 13th round causing the referee to stop the fight.
Q: When was the first live million dollar gate in boxing?
A: On July 2, 1921 Jack Dempsey KO’d Georges Carpentier in the 4th round before 80,000 spectators at “Boyle’s Thirty Acres” in Jersey City, NJ. The fight drew a 1.7 million dollar live gate, a staggering amount of money for the time.
Q: What fighter had a premonition that his opponent was going to die due to injuries he had inflicted in the fight?
A: Ray Robinson’s opponent Jimmy Doyle succumbed to injuries he suffered in his KO loss to Robinson. Robinson had a dream that Doyle would die and wanted to cancel the fight. Robinson’s handlers brought in a priest and a minister who talked him into going ahead with the fight.
Q: After the failed assassination attempt on President Reagan on March 30, 1981, Reagan quipped to his wife Nancy in the emergency room of the hospital: “Honey I forgot to duck!” Where did he get that line?
A: Jack Dempsey first used that line after he lost his title to Gene Tunney, telling his wife after the fight “Honey I forgot to duck!”
Q: Who were the four fighters to knock down Muhammad Ali?
A: Sonny Banks, Henry Cooper, Joe Frazier and Chuck Wepner.
Q: What famous heavyweight was never knocked down in 93 fights?
A: Iron chinned George Chuvalo, although TKO’d by George Foreman was never knocked down in his long career.
Q: What boxer was nicknamed the “Toy Bulldog”?
A: Irish American fighter Mickey Walker, who was a stable mate of the immortal Jack Dempsey in the 1920’s was known as the “Toy Bulldog”. Walker held the Welterweight Title and then the Middleweight Title during his famed career. Both Walker and Dempsey were managed by Jack Kearns.
Q: Who was the first fighter to regain the Heavyweight Title?
A: Floyd Patterson was the first fighter to regain the title when he KO’d Ingemar Johansson on June 20, 1960.