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The Great Little Champion From Logan Square

Johnny Coulon

The Great Little Champion From Logan Square


By Enrique Encinosa

I met Johnny Coulon in early 1965. I was fifteen and Coulon was seventy-six. At first glance he did not impress. The Johnny Coulon that shook my hand that cold day in Chicago, was a milk-white little man who wore a white shirt, dark pants and a bowtie. He had eyes like berries on a bush and his voice was soft and friendly.

I was a young kid in love with boxing and Johnny Coulon fit me like an old shoe. The little guy was not only a topnotch trainer, but living boxing history. He had known every heavyweight champion since the Great John L. Sullivan, had been bantamweight champion of the world, had trained hundreds of fighters and was a revered celebrity in Chicago during the sixties. At seventy-six he could leave a ring by jumping over a top rope, landing softly on his feet. He celebrated a birthday by walking the length of the gym on his hands.

He was born in Canada in 1889, but grew up in turn of the century Chicago, where as a prelim fighter he became known as “The Cherry Picker from Logan Square.” He turned pro at sixteen and was champion at twenty-one. His career, managed by his father, Pop Coulon, stretched from 1905 to 1920. The hall-of-famer is listed as losing only four times in ninety-seven fights, but he claimed to have fought over three hundred pro fights.

alt“A lot of my fights never made the record books,” he told me, as I began pumping him for information on boxing lore, “I fought in small shows all over Illinois and Indiana. I fought in Terre Haute four or five times and not one of those fights made the record books. I also fought in Gary, South Bend, Streator and other places, like county fairs. Not even half of my fights are listed. There was a tavern near Logan Square that had a ballroom in the back and they used to run weekly shows. I think they charged twenty cents at the door and the place held maybe three hundred. My average purse for those fights was four dollars, but back then you could live on ten dollars a month. I fought at least twenty times in that ballroom, in 1905 and 1906, and not one of those fights ever made the books. During those two years I also toured eight weeks with a circus, fighting all comers for four rounds. I was paid eight dollars a fight. I had maybe twenty five fights in those eight weeks. Not one made the record books. ”

Johnny Coulon fought all the top little men of his time. He traded leather with Pete Herman, Jim Kendrick, Frankie Burns, Kid Williams, Frankie Conley, Harry Forbes and Kid Murphy. A good fighter he beat was Charlie Goldman, a tough bantam who went on to become Rocky Marciano’s trainer. Coulon won the crown from Jim Kendrick in nineteen rounds . A fighting champion, the record books tell that in 1912 Johnny Coulon beat two top contenders, Frankie Conley and Frankie Burns, in two twenty rounders that both went the distance. The Cherry Picker packed forty rounds of fighting in fifteen days.

“There were a lot of tough fighters in my time,” he once told me, “when I fought Kendrick I was sick, weak with a stomach ailment. When Conley fought me, he sprained his wrist real bad, but kept fighting even though he grunted in pain every time he hit me. Conley was tough but he was made to order for my style. I would jab him to the body, jab him to the head and use the jab to set up the right hand. And Conley was a sucker for the right hand. I was not a great puncher, but I would time him coming in and shoot the right hand down the middle and I would score every time.”

The gym was located at 1154 E. 63rd Street, on the South Side of Chicago. The L Train rumbled past the third floor windows. There was a single ring, a half dozen bags of different types, a locker room and clean showers. Johnny and his wife, Marie, ran a clean pugilistic emporium. Mrs.Coulon did not allow cursing or smoking . Visitors were allowed as long as they behaved themselves in a proper manner. Sonny Liston was expelled on his first day at the gym, then apologized and became a very good friend of Johnny and Marie.

The gym, which opened during the twenties, had been host to boxing legends. Dempsey, Louis and Marciano had sparred within these walls. Ali would often used the gym to keep himself toned during his exile years. I found myself sparring in a ring where Sugar Ray Robinson had once trod.

At the time I embarked on a modest amateur career, the well known fighters at Coulon’s included former junior welterweight champion Eddie Perkins (74-20-4) who was managed by Coulon, and Light-heavyweight contender Allen Thomas. Perkins, a steelworker, was a clever little boxer with a good chin. Thomas was a southpaw who fought Mauro Mina, Bob Foster and several other topnotchers. Other pro leather slingers included Ben Black, who lost to Cleveland Williams, and Fred Askew, who was one of George Foreman’s early victims.

At one end of the gym, in the southern side of the room, where long windows faced the elevated tracks of the L Train, Johnny Coulon had his personal office. In Christmas, holiday postcards framed the doorway. Among the cards there were best wishes from European royalty, senators, movie producers, actors and writers. Coulon knew everyone. Ernest Hemingway had visited Coulon’s and insisted on sparring with the local pugs. LeRoy Neiman had sketched boxers working out. A cult movie of the sixties, “Medium Cool,” filmed scenes at the gym, where Coulon briefly appeared, a tiny old man captured forever on celluloid.

Johnny Coulon was a special man not only for his fame as a former champion and first rate trainer. In a brutal trade he was a man of ethics. When a local community center was about to close up for lack of funds, the one man who stood to benefit from such a closure was Johnny Coulon. He knew that a dozen fighters, seeking a new gym would increase his monthly revenue of dues. Instead of ignoring the situation and waiting for new clients, Johnny Coulon sat in his office for hours, calling members of the chamber of commerce, aldermen, reporters. Within hours, Johnny had politicians and blue blood socialites donating money to the center. Coulon even wrote a personal check and helped promote an amateur boxing show and a benefit dinner to raise funds for the competition. The community center stayed open. Such a gesture was not unusual for the Cherry Picker. The night he won the crown from Kendrick, Johnny donated a thousand dollars, a large sum of money in those days of nickel beer, to the Working Boys Home of Chicago.

Coulon with Jack Johnson When Johnny Coulon opened his gym, in the early twenties, the neighborhood had been blue collar Irish and Polish. By the time I joined the gym, the area was pure black ghetto. The four or five of us from other ethnic backgrounds commuted from the suburbs, a concept that never thrilled our parents. To Coulon, ethnic or racial background did not matter. He treated everyone the same, with a Victorian courtesy dating back to the turn of the century. As a result, when the Chicago race riots of the sixties burned down and looted whole city blocks of the South Side, Coulon’s gym was neither burned nor ransacked, a true symbol of respect. Johnny was not only “color blind,” he could boast of having been a close friend of Jack Johnson., had frequented Johnson’s inter-racial restaurant the “Café De Champion,” and had even been a pallbearer at the great champion’s funeral.

“Johnson,” he once told me, “was a very smart man. The papers said some horrible things about him, and he was very hurt by the whole situation, although he put on this public display of not caring., but he did. His first wife was pretty and a real nice lady. She killed herself. The second wife was a working girl from a bordello. I liked him but I did not approve of his lifestyle. He smoked cigars and drank wine and champagne. An athlete should not do those things.”

“His restaurant, “Coulon described, “was known as the “Café Du Champion, ” and it was located on thirty-first street. It was not open for long, because Johnson had all the legal problems and his first wife, Etta, killed herself on an upstairs apartment. The Café was impressive. It had several rooms, expensive gold plated cuspidors, burgundy wallpaper and green silk curtains. The food was very good, mostly steak and chicken dishes served on good china. He had entertainment, from local talent and early jazz bands to violin players. The Cafe was like Johnson, gaudy and fun. You know, back in those days almost everyone dressed in dark suits, but Johnson would have tailors make him suits in bright colors, like mustard or mint green. They were expensive suits and they looked sharp on him. He was a dandy, but I felt sorry for him. He had demons.”

Coulon with AliCoulon was also known for a trick he performed for celebrities. Tacked on the gym walls were several portraits of heavyweights like Primo Carnera and Sonny Liston attempting to lift the 110 pound former champion. It was a clever trick, for as a giant would attempt to lift him, little Johnny would place a hand on the man’s neck and press gently. Whatever nerve he touched was enough to incapacitate the lifter. Men twice Johnny’s size attempted to lift him, but always failed. Although I asked him where he had learned this unusual skill, he never said, but did tell me that he had toured with a vaudeville group, where he made a profitable living giving boxing exhibitions and daring members of the audience to lift him on the stage.

Nothing good lasts forever. The little Cherry Picker from Logan Square died on October 29, 1973. I was just married and living on the East Coast, so I missed the funeral. An old pug told me that Johnny was buried with honors, at a funeral attended by writers, senators, society people and a lot of men with broken noses and mashed up ears. The pallbearers did not strain much lifting the coffin with the remains of the little champion, but as the box disappeared into the snow, tears ran down scarred faces.

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Boxers of Yesteryear: Johnny Coulon

altAlthough, Johnny Coulon is by and large forgotten by the younger generation of boxers and fans of the sport, in his time he was a living legend, with a professional career spanning 15 years (1905 – 1920). Coulon was diminutive in size but possessed intelligence, speed and fast hands; in 97 recorded bouts, he is listed as losing only four times (although he claimed as having had as many as 300 bouts). During his career Johnny Coulon won the Bantamweight Championship of the World, the 115 Pound Championship of the World and the Paperweight Championship of the World.

Johnny Frederic Coulon was born in Toronto to American parents Emile Eugene Coulon (1857–1911) and Sarah Loretta Waltzinger (1857–1923), on the 2nd of February 1989,His parents moved to Chicago a couple of years after Johnny was born, and he grew up in turn-of-the-century Chicago, where, as a prelim fighter, he became known as “The Cherry Picker from Logan Square.” (Also to be known as “The Chicago Spider”) He turned pro at 16 and was champion at 21. His career was managed by his father, Eugene “Pop” Coulon.

Johnny Coulon’s pro debut. From Chicago Tribune 08/26/1906: “Johnny Coulon, the clever amateur bantamweight, will make his apperance as a professional against Danny Goodman.” Also, fromAppleton Post-Crescent, 02/25/1920, “Coulon started at the age of 14. He was an amateur for some time…Johnny showed up at an amateur tourney in Kid Howard’s gymnasium. The Kid looked at the scales when Johnny stepped on and told him he’d better vamoose. But Johnny stuck through derisive laughter, and his dad wanted to bet $100 he could whip any of the other lads. They selected Danny Goodman, who weighed around 110, and Johnny won. Later Goodman was matched with Coulon in Johnny’s first professional fight. Again he beat Goodman. Johnny weighed 98 and Goodman weighed 113.”

altCoulon won his first 26 bouts before losing a 10-round decision to Kid Murphy. In a rematch with Murphy in 1908, Coulon reversed the decision and earned recognition as the American bantamweight champion.

After capturing the world title against Kendrick in 19 rounds, he would go on to defend his title against such boxers as Earl Denning, Frankie Conley, Frankie Burns, and Kid Williams.

On the 11th April, 1910, Johnny Coulon defended his world 115 pound paper weight title, with a newspaper draw against Young O’Leary at the Marathon Athletic Club in New York. As with all title bouts in non-decision jurisdictions, the title could only have changed hands if the bout ended via knockout or foul.

It was a surprisingly tough evening for Coulon. Along with having his left eye completely closed by the persistent left jab of the impressive local fighter, he was staggered twice during a “whirlwind” tenth round – first with a right/left combination to the jaw and then with a right just before the bell.

The New York Times write-up giving the local fighter the edge in rounds 2, 6 and 10, with Coulon winning rounds 1, 3 and 9, with the remaining sessions even.

It was one of the fastest exhibitions seen in New York for some time, and the crowded house frequently voiced its hearty approval at the way things were going. O’Leary surprised even his best friends by his good showing, where as Coulon was something of a disappointment for a champion. – New York Times

Coulon is also remembered for another noteworthy feat that of winning two 20-round title matches within a span of 15 days. He defeated Frankie Conley on February 3, 1912, in Vernon, California, and Frankie Burns on February 18 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

altHe finally lost the World Bantamweight Title, on the 9th of June,1914 – when Coulon went down for a count of eight in the second round and was saved by the bell – Williams stopped him in the third round.

Coulon served in the United States Army during World War I, often instructing soldiers on how to fight. He boxed twice after his service stint and retired from the ring in 1920.

After Johnny Coulon ended his boxing career in 1920, he then hit the vaudeville circuit, during which he made friends with European heads of state, actors, and author Ernest Hemingway.

During his travels he devised a popular trick for his stage act, inviting anyone from the audience to lift him off the ground — no great task, considering Coulon weighed just 120 pounds. Coulon then would place one finger against the volunteer’s neck and ask them to try again, upon which they would inevitably fail.

In 1921, Coulon married Marie Maloney (1892–1984). She never saw him fight professionally, but together they opened Coulon’s Gymnasium on the South Side of Chicago. Marie was the business manager.

“His professional career was over when we met, but together we saw oh so many of the great ones train at our gym down thru the years — men like Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Jim Braddock, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Muhammad Ali.

Coulon also managed junior welterweight champion Eddie Perkins (74-20-4) and light-heavyweight contender Allen Thomas.

Coulon was not only a topnotch trainer, but living boxing history. He was a close friend of Jack Johnson, had frequented Johnson’s restaurant, the “Café de Champion,” and had even been a pallbearer at the great champion’s funeral. He had known every heavyweight champion since the Great John L. Sullivan, had been bantamweight champion of the world, had trained hundreds of fighters and was a revered celebrity in Chicago during the 1960s. At 76 he could leave a ring by jumping over a top rope, landing softly on his feet. He celebrated a birthday by walking the length of the gym on his hands. Coulon met three Hall-of-Famers in his career: Kid Williams, Pete Herman, and Charley Goldman, who is best known for training Rocky Marciano.

He died at 84 in 1973 in Chicago and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Nat Fleischer ranked Coulon as the #6 All-Time Bantamweight; Charley Rose ranked him as the #7 All-Time Bantamweight; Herb Goldman ranked him as the #8 All-Time Bantamweight; Coulon was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1955; was elected to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1965; was installed in the Catholic Youth Organization’s Club of Champions for his contributions to amateur boxing in 1971and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Boxers of Yesteryear: Female Pugilists 1872

Illustrated Police News 13 April 1872

Boxers of Yesteryear

Our American Cousins are rather ingenious in inventing new sensations. The last novelty is a match made between two female competitors for fistic honours in the prize ring. The ladies are at present undergoing a rigid course of training.

In the morning at six o’ clock they get up and drink a cup of tea, and eat a piece of brown bread; then get on their bloomer costumes, heavy-soled shoes, and dog-trot with their trainer for five miles. They then bathe, and are rubbed down in the most approved style, and permitted to rest in bed one hour.

At nine o’ clock they breakfast, usually on mutton chops, brown bread, baked potatoes and coffee. No butter is allowed them. At eleven they drink a glass of porter, and then go sparring or striking the sand-bags. This exercise lasts about thirty minutes, when the trainer steps up and they have two hours of boxing. Then a bath and the usual rubbing down, and then their dinner, which is pretty well the same as breakfast, a beefsteak or mutton chop, potatoes, or coffee.

Then a rest of thirty minutes and then a walk or dog-trot with their trainer of a mile and repeat. Then a half-hour’s exercise with the sand-bags – that is, striking from the shoulder a bag of sand suspended about the height of their breasts, and weighing 175 pounds. This, we believe, is done to harden their fists, or “flukes” as the trainer calls them. After this exercise a cup of tea without the lacteal fluid or saccharine matter, and a piece of dry toast is given them for supper.

The evening, until about 8.30, when they retire punctually to rest, is spent talking over the approaching fight, making small bets on who gets the first blood and the feminine who goes first to grass.

Illustrated Police News 13 April 1872


altThe Illustrated Police News was a weekly illustrated newspaper which was one of the earliest British tabloids. It featured sensational and melodramatic reports and illustrations of murders and hangings and was a direct descendant of the execution broadsheets of the 18th century.

First published in 1864, and founded by George Purkess, who was a London publisher who already specialised in the publication of cheap “true stories” of crime, accidents and domestic disaster.

The Illustrated Police News ended publication in 1938. It was inspired by The Illustrated London News which had been launched in 1842 and revealed that newspapers with illustrations could achieve very high sales.

Its standards of illustration and tone were reminiscent of the old Newgate Calendar and the popular “Penny dreadfuls”, and it gained a reputation for sensationalism during the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888.

By 1897, the topics covered also diversified. Previously news unrelated to disaster had filled no more than a single column, but new popular items were now published. These included sporting news, with as much as a whole page devoted to boxing in almost every issue.

Around the turn of the 20th century The Illustrated Police News ran numerous articles dealing with the “alien immigration question” that promoted xenophobic attitudes and paranoia amongs its mostly working-class readership.

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Boxers Of Yesteryear: James Figg

altJames Figg was born to a poor farming family in Thame, Oxfordshire, England in 1684 (or 1695, depending on the source) to Francis and Elizabeth Figg. He was the youngest of seven children and grew up tough, going to local fairs and challenging the prize fighters in the booths there. By the time he was a grown man he was 6 feet tall and around 185lbs, fit and fast, and travelled to fairs throughout the Midlands where he challenged all-comers from noon until sundown. He taught himself to fight with a short-sword, a staff and a club, and staged exhibitions of his skill at the fairs.

“Here I am Jemmy Figg from Thame, I will fight any man in England”. Figg was the first recognised champion of England at fighting with bare fists. Also an expert at wrestling, swordplay, and fighting with cudgels, he became prominent as a pugilist about 1719 and claimed the title ‘Champion of England’ from then until 1730.

Figg went on to become the first recognised British bare fist boxing champion and had become well versed in both armed and unarmed combat. History tells us that it was the Earl of Peterborough who first spotted Figg’s potential after witnessing him giving a demonstration of boxing, fencing and the use of the quarter-staff on the village green.

The Earl took Figg down to London where he would fight all comers, teach his fighting methods and give demonstrations of his skills. Figg became a popular figure and many people wished to learn from him and watch him fight. In 1719, Figg opened a boxing academy, which held over 1000 people, where he and his students would teach and demonstrate their skills. Figg’s business card for his academy declared him to be, “Master of the noble science of defence.” Figg lost only one fight and was considered to be the champion of Great Britain when he retired in 1730.

As Figg’s reputation grew, more and more “gentleman amateurs” took up boxing as a pastime and sought out Figg’s tuition. One of Figg’s students was a ‘Captain Godfrey’ who wrote,

“I have purchased my knowledge with many a broken head, and bruises in every part of me.”

This statement emphasises the realistic, and sometimes harsh, nature of Figg’s tuition. Figg also drew upon his extensive knowledge of fencing. The parries & ripostes of fencing had a large influence upon what became parries & counter-punches of modern boxing.

altBy 1720, he was openly acknowledged as London’s champion, and fought for money regularly, with the matches being advertised in the newspapers. There were three rounds in an organized prize-fight and it was also pretty brutal, with the bare-knuckle fight allowing slapping, kicking, biting and gouging.

Sometime before 1723, Figg let his Amphitheatre to another boxing master (It closed in 1743).and began to prize-fight on a regular basis at ‘The Boarded House’ behind Oxford Street, in Marylebone-Fields. It was not only men who fought there, but women and animals. Figg fought about once a month, and his opponents included Christopher Clarkson The Lancashire Soldier, Philip MacDonald The Dublin Carpenter, James Stokes Citizen of London (and husband of the famous lady-boxer Elizabeth Stokes). His most talented pupil, Jack Broughton continued to run his school and was instrumental in setting the first rules of boxing in 1743.

It should be noted, that this earliest form of modern boxing was very different. Contests in Figg’s time, in addition to fistfighting, also contained fencing and cudgeling. Although hitting with fists was emphasised, a boxer could grapple and throw his opponent and then either hit him when he was down, or continue to grapple whilst on the ground. Indeed, it was not until 1743 – 13 years after Figg’s retirement – that kicking an opponent whilst he was down (“purring” as it was called at the time) and gouging were banned from the ‘sport’.

On the 6th of June 1727, James Figg fought with Ned Sutton – a pipe maker from Gravesend. The bout generated huge interest and amongst the audience were many important names of the time, including Sir Robert Walpole – the Prime Minister.

The first match was to be with swords! Which goes to illustrate that the use of weapons were also part of a boxer’s training. The first thirty minutes of the bout were fairly uneventful until Sutton went on the attack, which resulted in Figg cutting his arm on his own sword. Under the rules this did not count, and hence the bout continued. It was in the sixth round that Figg cut Sutton’s shoulder, which resulted in Figg being granted the first victory.

After a thirty-minute interval, the “Fist-Fighting” began. After eight minutes Sutton executed a throw which resulted in Figg being dumped at the umpire’s feet. Figg immediately regained his feet and went onto to throw Sutton such that he required time to recover as the result of the bad and heavy landing. When the bout continued, Sutton landed a blow that was so powerful that Figg was knocked clean off the stage (ropes were not used at the time) and into the audience. Figg recovered and went onto punch Sutton to the floor, where he then grappled Sutton into submission.

The final bout was with Cudgels, during which Figg broke Sutton’s knee and hence secured a three-nil victory. The description of Figg vs. Sutton bout shows how grappling, groundwork and weapons skills were as much a part of boxing as the punching for which the art is so revered today.

James Figg was 40 when he died (or around 50 depending on source of date of birth) and left a wife and many children, one of his grandsons also became a Boxing Champion some years later.

Figg may be regarded as the first boxing champion, but he was also the first boxing coach, manager and promoter. He also established an Boxing Ring at Oxford Circus which set the pattern for boxing as we know it today.

A ring was put in place with ropes around the sides and the floor was raised so the spectators could see the fight. This pit the sport onto a professional basis and anyone who had aspirations to become a boxer would show up at the Oxford Circus Amphitheatre as a participant or a spectator.

December, 1734 this notice appeared in the newspapers: He is buried at St Marylebone cemetery in Finchley, north London.

altLast Saturday there was a Trial of Skill between the unconquered Hero, Death, on the one side and till then the unconquered Hero Mr James Figg, the famous Prize-Fighter and Master of the Noble Science of Defence on the other: The Battle was most obstinately fought on both sides, but at last the former obtained an Entire Victory and the latter tho’ he was obliged to submit to a Superior Foe yet fearless and with Disdain he retired and that Evening expired at his house in Oxford Road.

Figg was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992

Known Record of James Figg - the common belief is that Figg had a record of 269-1 in 270 fights. His only loss came when Ned Sutton beat him to claim the title. Figg demanded a rematch, which he won, and also went on to retire Sutton in a rubber match.

1719 – Sep 18 -Figg claimed the Championship of England and opened an amphitheatre on Oxford Road in London, England.

1720-1723 vs Timothy Buck in London, England -Won – Championship of England
vs Tom Stokes in London, England – Won – Championship of England
vs Bill Flanders in London, England – Won -Championship of England
vs Chris Clarkson in London, England – Won -Championship of England

1724 vs Ned Sutton in Gravesend, England – Lost -Some sources report Championship of England

1725 – May 31 vs Ned Sutton in London, England – Won -Some sources report Championship of England

May 23 Ned Sutton - London, England
May 30 Ned Sutton - London, England
June 06 Ned Sutton - London, England – Won Championship of England

1730 -Figg announced his retirement from the ring and
relinquished the Championship of England – Handed title over to George Taylor

1733 – May 6 Jack Broughton claimed title.

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Saturday Night Boxing Results: July 30


Saturday Night  Boxing Results, from: Argentina, Costa Rica, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States

  • Saturday 30 July – Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina

Light middleweight – Javier Francisco Maciel def Jonata Daniel De Oliveira by KO – 1 / 12 – Vacant WBO Latino light middleweight title

Welterweight – Diego Gabriel Chaves def Eduardo Flores by TKO 9 / 12 – WBO Latino welterweight title


  • Saturday 30 July – Gimnasio Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

Super middleweight – Jaime Barboza lost to Brian Magee on UD 12 / 12 – Interim WBA World super middleweight title (supervisor: Jose Oliver Gomez)

Magee (35-4-1, 24 KO’s) defeated 33-year-old Jaime Barboza (17-5, 8 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision to capture the interim World Boxing Association (WBA) World super middleweight title. Magee dominated the action against the little known #5 ranked WBA contender Barbosa, using his jab and short body shots to control the action. Barbosa didn’t have the power to crush Magee the way that Bute and Carl Froch did in the past and had to settle with just trying to win round.


  • Saturday 30 July – Vodafone Arena, Suva, Fiji

Welterweight – Junior Farzan Ali def Allan Jay Tuniacao on UD 12 / 12 – Vacant World Boxing Foundation Asia Pacific lightweight title

Light heavyweight – Vitori Natawake    lost to Sakiusa Mekemeke by TKO 1 / 12 – Vacant World Boxing Foundation Intercontinental light heavyweight title

Fatu Tuimanono lost to Peter Brennan by TKO 5 / 12


  • Saturday 30 July – Indosiar Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia

Minimumweight – Muhammad Rachman lost to Pornsawan Porpramook on MD 12 / 12 – WBA World minimumweight title


  • Saturday 30 July – Sumiyoshi Ward Center, Osaka, Osaka, Japan

Bantamweight – Nobuo Nashiro def Rey Perez on UD 10 / 10


  • Saturday 30 July – Metropolitan Arena, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico

Bantamweight – Jackie Nava lost to Ana Maria Torres on UD 10 / 10

Bantamweight – Felipe Orucuta def Jesus Vazquez by KO 2     / 10

Featherweight – Raul Hirales def Luis Zambrano by TKO 7 / 8

Ana Maria ‘Guerrera’ Torres (26-3-3, 15 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Jackie ‘La Princesa Azteca’ Nava (24-3-3, 11 KOs) In a difficult and bloody action fight, through determination and fighting spirit Torres took the WBC bantamweight diamond championship. It was a battle without quarter, which at first highlighted the ringcraft of Jackie. However, as the bout progressed the Aztec Princess gradually began losing ground, and it was in the last two rounds that she lost the battle. Scores were 96-94 for Torres on all cards.


  • Saturday 30 July – Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines

Bantamweight – AJ Banal def Tyson Cave on TD 8 / 12 – Time: 2:32 – WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight title (supervisor: Leon Panoncillo)

Light welterweight – Eusebio Baluarte lost to Romeo Jakosalem by TKO 1        / 12 – Time: 2:53 – Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) light welterweight title

Super bantamweight – Michael Domingo def Richard Samosir by RTD 6 / 10

Super featherweight – Lorenzo Villanueva def Eddy Comaro by KO 1 / 10 – Time: 1:02


  • Saturday 30 July – Sportpalace, Odessa, Ukraine

Light middleweight – Zaurbek Baysangurov def Mike Miranda by KO 1 / 12 – Time: 0:51 – Interim WBO light middleweight title (supervisor: Istvan Kovacs)

Light middleweight – Oleksandr Spyrko def Selemani Said on UD 10 / 10 – Vacant International Boxing Organization Youth light middleweight title

Heavyweight – Alexander Ustinov def Akmal Aslanov by TKO 2 / 8


  • Saturday 30 July – Greenbank Sports Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

Lightweight – Derry Mathews    def Stephen Jennings by TKO 6 / 10 – Time: 2:50


  • Saturday 30 July – Pill Millennium Centre, Newport, Wales, United Kingdom

Featherweight – Lee Selby def James Ancliff by TKO 6 / 10 – Time: 2:12 – Vacant BBBofC Celtic featherweight title

Light heavyweight – Justyn Hugh def Phil Goodwin by KO 2 / 6 – Time: 1:05

Middleweight – Lee Churcher lost to Costas Osben by TKO  2 / 6 – Time: 1:14


  • Saturday 30 July – Softball Country Arena, Denver, Colorado, United States

Light welterweight – Mike Alvarado def Gabriel Martinez on UD 10 / 10 – Vacant IBF Latino light welterweight title

Featherweight – Robert Marroquin def Jose Angel Beranza on UD 8 / 8

WBC #10/WBA #11/IBF #15 super lightweight Mike Alvarado (31-0, 22 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Gabriel Martinez (27-3-1, 14 KOs). Alvardo was credited with a knockdown in round one and went on to win by scores of 99-90, 100-89, 100-90. Alvarado claimed the IBF Latino belt with the win. - Featherweight Roberto Marroquin (20-1, 14 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Beranza (33-21-3, 26 KOs). Marroquin dropped Beranza in rounds three and six en route to a 78-71, 78-71, 79-70 verdict. Marroquin’s right eye was closed at the end.


  • Saturday 30 July – Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York, United States

Gabriel Bracero def Danie van Staden by KO – Time 1.08 – 3 /

Flyweight – Melissa McMorrow def Keisher McLeod Wells     on SD 8 / 8

Local fighter, Bracero (17-0, 3 KOs) went after Floridian Danie van Staden (8-7, 4 KOs) for much of the three rounds until a vicious right cross finished the night for good at 1:08 of round three in front of Bracero’s hometown fans.

Boxers of Yesteryear

boxers of yesteryear.jpgA series of historical and biographical articles exploring the rich history of boxing and honoring the great pugilists of yesteryear.

Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring. Sugar Ray Leonard


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