Boxing facts & feats you may not know!
By Ken Hissner: In the book “THE ULTIMATE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BOXING” by Harry Mullan are some of the following:
Largest paid attendance was 132,247 to watch Julio “JC” Cesar Chavez stop Greg Haugen in five rounds at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico on February 20, 1993.
Largest attendance (free admission) 135,132 for Tony Zale vs Billy Pryor at Milwaukee, WI, on August 18, 1941.
Boxers whose first fight was for the world title 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist Pete Rademacher knockout out in six by Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in Seattle, WA, on August 22, 1957. Patterson was knocked down in the second round and Rademacher six times before the knockout.
Novice champion Saensak Muangsurin won the WBC Light Welter title in his third fight, a record. 1976 Gold Medalist Leon “Jinx” Spinks, 6-0-1, won the heavyweight title in his eighth fight defeating Muhammad Ali.
Record number of title fights Julio “JC” Cesar Chavez, 33.
Record world title defenses Regina Halmich 44 defenses and Omar Narvaez 27 defenses.
Most championship rounds fought Emile Griffith 339.
Famous series Ted Kid Lewis vs Jack Britton met 20 times.
Most knockdowns Sam McVey vs. Joe Jeanette, Paris, France, April 1909. Jeanette was floored 27 times and McVey 19 times. Jeanette won when McVey collapsed at the start of the 49th round after 4 hours and 2 minutes.
Most fights Len Wickwar 340-87-43 a total of 470 fights.
Highest number of inside scheduled win Archie “Old Mongoose“
Moore 145, Young Stribling 126, and Billy Bird 125.
Most Consecutive quick wins Lamar Clark, who scored 44, Blackjack Billy Fox 43, Bob Allotey 33, and Wilfredo Gomez 32.
Longest unbeaten streaks Hal Bagwell 183, Packey McFarland 97, Fred Dyer 94, Pedro Carrasco 93, “Sugar” Ray Robinson 91, and Julio Cesar “JC” Chavez 90.
Longest fight 110 rounds (7 hours 19 minutes) Andy Bowen drew with Jack Burke, New Orleans, April 6, 1893, at Melbourne, Australia on October 19, 1856.
Longest title reign Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis, 11 years, 8 months, 18 days.
Shortest fights on record: Ever Beleno stopped Guillmero Salcedo in five seconds in September of 1994 and stopped Alfredo Lugo, on April 21, 1995, in five seconds, both in Venezuela. Beleno was 38-13 with 35 knockouts.
First to win three world titles was “Ruby” Bob Fitzsimmons, middleweight 1891, heavyweight 1897, and light heavyweight 1903.
First and only man to hold three titles simultaneously was Henry Armstrong – featherweight in 1937, welterweight in 1938, and lightweight in 1938.
Fastest world title fight knockout Daniel Jimenez’s 19-second knockout of Harold Geier to retain the WBO Super Bantamweight title on September 3, 1994.
World champions who fought the most draws George Dixon 41.
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