Boxing Facts and Feats Known or Will Learn!
By Ken Hissner: Largest paid attendance? 132,247 Julio Cesar Chavez stopping Greg Haugen in 5 rounds at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, February 20, 1993.
Largest attendance (free admission): 135,132 for Tony Zale vs. Billy Pryor at Milwaukee on August 18, 1941.
Boxers whose first fight was for a world title:
Jack Skelly, knocked out in eight by George Dixon for the feather title in New Orleans on September 6, 1992.
Pete Rademacher, 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist, was knocked out in 6 by Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in Seattle on August 22, 1957.
Rafael Lovera, knocked out in four by Luis Estaba for the vacant WBO light fly title in Caracas on September 13, 1975.
Longest spell between championships: George Foreman lost the heavyweight title on October 30, 1974, knocked out by Muhammad Ali. He regained it on November 5, 1994, by knocking out Michael Moorer.
Record number of world title fights: Julio Cesar Chavez 33.
Most championship rounds: Emile Griffith 339.
Most knockdowns: Sam McVey vs. Joe Jeanette, Paris, April 1909. Jeanette was floored 27 times, McVey 19 times.
Heaviest men to fight for title: Primo Carnera 270 pounds defeated Tommy Loughran at Miami on March 1, 1934.
Nikolai Valuev, 333 pounds knocked out Clifford Etienne in 3 rounds May 14, 2005, in Bayreuth, Germany.
Most knockouts by Archie “Old Mongoose” Moore: with 145 between 1937 and 1963. Young Stribling 126 between 1921 and 1933.
Longest unbeaten streaks: Packey McFarland 97 from 1905-15. Pedro Carrasco 93 from 1964-71. “Sugar” Ray Robinson 91 from 1943-51. Julio Cesar Chavez 90 from 1980-94.
Longest fight: 110 rounds 7 hours and 19 minutes Andy Bowen with Jack Burke, New Orleans, April 6, 1893.
Shortest fight on record ever between Beleno vs. Alfredo Lugo, April 21, 1995, 5 seconds.
First to win three world titles: Bob Fitzsimmons, middleweight 1891, heavyweight 1897 at light heavyweight 1903.
First million-dollar purse: Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson were each paid $1, 435,000 for their heavyweight title rematch in Las Vegas on July 22, 1963.
World champion who fought the most draws: George Dixon 41.
Shortest-reigning heavyweight champion: Tony Tucker, two months and one day.
Longest unbeaten run en route to the heavyweight title: Rocky Marciano 43. George Foreman 38. Tony Tucker, including one no-contest 35. Riddick Bowe 32. Mike Tyson 31.
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