Sugar Ray Leonard
Ray Charles Leonard, best known as "Sugar" Ray Leonard, is an American former professional boxer, motivational speaker, occasional actor. Regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, he competed from 1977 to 1997, winning world titles in five weight divisions. Leonard was part of "The Fabulous Four", a group of boxers who all fought each other throughout the 1980s, consisting of himself, Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler. "The Fabulous Four" created a wave of popularity in the lower weight classes that kept boxing relevant in the post-Muhammad Ali era, during which Leonard defeated future fellow International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Hearns, Durán, Wilfred Benítez. Leonard was the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses, was named "Boxer of the Decade" in the 1980s; the Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1979 and 1981, while the Boxing Writers Association of America named him Fighter of the Year in 1976, 1979, 1981. In 2002, Leonard was voted by The Ring as the ninth greatest fighter of the last 80 years.
Sugar Ray Leonard is ranked #2 greatest welterweight boxer of all time and #11 greatest boxer of all time by Boxing Action Magazine. Leonard, the fifth of seven children of Cicero and Getha Leonard, was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, he was named after his mother's favorite singer. The family moved to Washington, D. C. when he was three, they settled permanently in Palmer Park, Maryland when he was ten. His father worked as his mother was a nurse, he attended Parkdale High School, Leonard was a shy child, aside from the time he nearly drowned in a creek during a flood in Seat Pleasant, his childhood was uneventful. He stayed home a lot, playing with his dog, his mother said: "He never did talk too much. We never could tell, but I never had any problems with him. I never had to go to school once because of him." Leonard started boxing at the Palmer Park Recreation Center in 1969. His older brother, started boxing first. Roger helped urging the center's director, Ollie Dunlap, to form a team. Dave Jacobs, a former boxer, Janks Morton volunteered as boxing coaches.
Roger won some showed them off in front of Ray, goading him to start boxing. In 1972, Leonard boxed in the featherweight quarterfinals of the National AAU Tournament, losing by decision to Jerome Artis, it was his first defeat. That year, he boxed in the Eastern Olympic Trials; the rules stated that a boxer had to be seventeen to box in international competition, so Leonard, only sixteen, lied about his age. He made it to the lightweight semifinals, losing a disputed decision to Greg Whaley, who took such a beating that he wasn't allowed to continue in the trials and never boxed again. Sarge Johnson, assistant coach of the US Olympic Boxing Team, said to Dave Jacobs, "That kid you got is sweet as sugar"; the nickname stuck. However, given his style and first name, it was only a matter of time before people started calling him Sugar Ray, after the man many consider to be the best boxer of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson. In 1973, Leonard won the National Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship, but lost to Randy Shields in the lightweight final of the National AAU Tournament.
The following year, Leonard won the National Golden Gloves and National AAU Lightweight Championships. Leonard suffered his last two losses as an amateur in 1974, he lost a disputed decision to Anatoli Kamnev in Moscow, after which, Kamnev gave the winner's trophy to Leonard. In Poland, Kazimierz Szczerba was given a decision victory over Leonard though he was dominated in the first two rounds and dropped three times in the third. Leonard won the National Golden Gloves and National AAU Light Welterweight Championships in 1974; the following year, he again won the National AAU Light Welterweight Championship, as well as the Light Welterweight Championship at the Pan American Games. In 1976, Leonard made the U. S. Olympic Team as the light welterweight representative; the team included Leon and Michael Spinks, Howard Davis, Jr. Leo Randolph, Charles Mooney, John Tate. Many consider the 1976 U. S. team to be the greatest boxing team in the history of the Olympics. Leonard won his first four Olympic bouts by 5–0 decisions.
He faced Kazimierz Szczerba in the semifinals and won by a 5–0 decision, avenging his last amateur loss. In the final, Leonard boxed the great Cuban knockout artist Andrés Aldama, who scored five straight knockouts to reach the final. Leonard landed several good left hooks in the first round. In the second, he dropped Aldama with a left to the chin. Late in the final round, he again hurt Aldama, which brought a standing eight count from the referee. With only a few seconds left in the fight, a Leonard combination forced another standing eight count. Leonard was awarded a 5 -- the Olympic Gold Medal. Afterward, Leonard announced, "I'm finished... I've fought my last fight. My journey has ended, my dream is fulfilled. Now I want to go to school." He was given a scholarship to the University of Maryland, a gift from the citizens of Glenarden, Maryland. He planned to study communications, he finished his amateur career with a record of 145–5 and 75 KOs. 1973 National Golden Gloves Lightweight Champion, defeating Hilmer Kenty 1973 National AAU Light Welterweight Championship runner-up, losing to Randy Shields 1974 National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Champion, defeating Jeff Lemeir 1974 National AAU Light Welterweight Champion, defeating
Joseph Louis Barrow, best known as Joe Louis was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949, is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Nicknamed the "Brown Bomber", Louis' championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 26 championship fights; the 27th fight, against Ezzard Charles in 1950, was a challenge for Charles' heavyweight title and so is not included in Louis' reign. He was victorious in 25 title defenses, second only to Julio César Chávez with 27. In 2005, Louis was ranked as the best heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, was ranked number one on The Ring magazine's list of the "100 greatest punchers of all time". Louis' cultural impact was felt well outside the ring, he is regarded as the first person of African American descent to achieve the status of a nationwide hero within the United States, was a focal point of anti-Nazi sentiment leading up to and during World War II.
He was instrumental in integrating the game of golf, breaking the sport's color barrier in America by appearing under a sponsor's exemption in a PGA event in 1952. Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, former home of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County's Joe Louis "The Champ" Golf Course, situated south of Chicago in Riverdale, are named in his honor. Born in rural Chambers County, Louis was the seventh of eight children of Munroe Barrow and Lillie Barrow, he weighed 11 pounds at birth. Both of his parents were children of former slaves, alternating between sharecropping and rental farming. Munroe was predominantly African American, with some white ancestry. Louis spent 12 years growing up in rural Alabama, he suffered from a speech impediment and spoke little until about the age of six. Munroe Barrow was committed to a mental institution in 1916 and, as a result, Joe knew little of his biological father. Around 1920, Louis's mother married Pat Brooks, a local construction contractor, having received word that Munroe Barrow had died while institutionalized.
In 1926, shaken by a gang of white men in the Ku Klux Klan, Louis's family moved to Detroit, forming part of the post-World War I Great Migration. Joe's brother worked for Ford Motor Company and the family settled into a home at 2700 Catherine Street in Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood. Louis attended Bronson Vocational School for a time to learn cabinet-making; the Great Depression hit the Barrow family hard, but as an alternative to gang activity, Joe began to spend time at a local youth recreation center at 637 Brewster Street in Detroit. His mother attempted to get him interested in playing the violin. Legend has it that he tried to hide his pugilistic ambitions from his mother by carrying his boxing gloves inside his violin case. Louis made his debut in early 1932 at the age of 17. Legend has it that before the fight, the literate Louis wrote his name so large that there was no room for his last name, thus became known as "Joe Louis" for the remainder of his boxing career. More Louis omitted his last name to keep his boxing a secret from his mother.
After this debut—a loss to future Olympian Johnny Miler—Louis compiled numerous amateur victories winning the club championship of his Brewster Street recreation centre, the home of many aspiring Golden Gloves fighters. In 1933, Louis won the Detroit-area Golden Gloves Novice Division championship against Joe Biskey for the light heavyweight classification, he lost in the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions. The next year, competing in the Golden Gloves' Open Division, he won the light heavyweight classification, this time winning the Chicago Tournament of Champions. However, a hand injury forced Louis to miss the New York/Chicago Champions' cross-town bout for the ultimate Golden Gloves championship. In April 1934, he followed up his Chicago performance by winning the United States Amateur Champion National AAU tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. By the end of his amateur career, Louis's record was 50–3, with 43 knockouts. Joe Louis had 69 professional fights with only three losses.
He tallied 52 knockouts and held the championship from 1937 to 1949, the longest span of any heavyweight titleholder. After returning from retirement, Louis failed to regain the championship in 1950, his career ended after he was knocked out by Rocky Marciano in 1951; the man, called the Brown Bomber was finished. Louis's amateur performances attracted the interest of professional promoters, he was soon represented by a black Detroit-area bookmaker named John Roxborough; as Louis explained in his autobiography, Roxborough convinced the young fighter that white managers would have no real interest in seeing a black boxer work his way up to title contention: told me about the fate of most black fighters, ones with white managers, who wound up burned-out and broke before they reached their prime. The white managers were not interested in the men they were handling but in the money they could make from them, they didn't take the proper time to see that their fighters had a proper training, that they lived comfortably, or ate well, or had some pocket change.
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Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH is a Filipino professional boxer and politician serving as a Senator of the Philippines. He is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing, having won twelve major world titles, as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Pacquiao is the first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of the original eight weight classes of boxing: flyweight, featherweight and welterweight, he was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America, WBC, WBO. He is a three-time Ring magazine and BWAA Fighter of the Year, winning the award in 2006, 2008, 2009. In 2016, Pacquiao was ranked number 2 on ESPN's list of top pound for pound boxers of the past 25 years and ranks #4 in BoxRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time. Pacquiao has generated 19.6 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 24 pay-per-view bouts.
According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world as of 2015. Beyond boxing, Pacquiao has participated in basketball, business, TV hosting, music recording, politics. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani, he was re-elected in 2013 to the 16th Congress of the Philippines. In June 2016, Pacquiao was elected as a senator and will serve a six-year term until 2022. Pacquiao has been considered a top contender for Philippine presidential election, 2022. Incumbent president Rodrigo Duterte announced in December 2016 and December 2017 that he intends to make Pacquiao his successor. Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978, in Kibawe, Philippines, he is the son of Dionisia Dapidran-Pacquiao. His parents separated when he was in sixth grade, after his mother discovered that his father was living with another woman, he is the fourth among six siblings: Liza Silvestre-Onding and Domingo Silvestre and Isidra Pacquiao-Paglinawan, Alberto "Bobby" Pacquiao and Rogelio "Roel" Pacquiao.
Pacquiao married Jinkee Jamora on May 10, 2000. Together, they have five children, Emmanuel Jr. Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace, Queen Elizabeth and Israel, his daughter, was born in the United States. He resides in his hometown of South Cotabato, Philippines. However, as a congressman of lone district of Sarangani, he is residing in Kiamba, the hometown of his wife. Raised in the Roman Catholic faith, Pacquiao is a practicing Evangelical Protestant. Pacquiao said he once had a dream where he saw a pair of angels and heard the voice of God—this dream convinced him to become a devout believer. Pacquiao completed his elementary education at Saavedra Saway Elementary School in General Santos City, but dropped out of high school due to extreme poverty, he left his home at age 14 because his mother, who had six children, was not making enough money to support her family. In February 2007 he took, passed, a high school equivalency exam, making him eligible for college education, he was awarded with a high school diploma by the Department of Education.
Pacquiao enrolled for a college degree in business management at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University in his aforementioned hometown of General Santos City. On February 18, 2009, Pacquiao was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities by Southwestern University at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Lahug, Cebu City in recognition of his boxing achievements and humanitarian work. In preparation for his career as a lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Pacquiao enrolled in the Certificate Course in Development and Governance at the Development Academy of the Philippines – Graduate School of Public and Development Management. Pacquiao is a military reservist with the rank of Colonel in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army. Prior to being promoted to full Colonel after finishing his General Staff Course schooling, he held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel for being a member of the Philippine Congress as per the AFP's regulations for reservist officers, he first entered the Army's reserve force on April 2006 as a Sergeant.
He rose to Technical Sergeant on December 1 of the same year. On October 7, 2007, he became the highest rank in the enlisted personnel. On May 4, 2009, he was given the special rank of Senior Master Sergeant and was designated as the Command Sergeant Major of the 15th Ready Reserve Division. Pacquiao started boxing at the age of 14 while living in the streets of Manila and turned professional when he was 16 years old, he had a record of 60-4 as an amateur and has a record of 61-7-2 as a professional, with 39 wins by knockout. "Many of you know me as a legendary boxer, I'm proud of that," he said. "However, that journey was not always easy. When I was younger, I became a fighter. I had nothing. I had no one to depend on except myself. I realized that boxing was something I was good at, I trained hard so that I could keep myself and my family alive."Pacquiao made history by being the first boxer to win world titles in eight weight divisions, having won twelve major world titles, as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes.
Pacquiao is the first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of the original eight weight classes of boxing known as the "glamour divisions": flyweigh
William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey, nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. A cultural icon of the 1920s, Dempsey's aggressive fighting style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million-dollar gate. Dempsey is ranked tenth on The Ring magazine's list of all-time heavyweights and seventh among its Top 100 Greatest Punchers, while in 1950 the Associated Press voted him as the greatest fighter of the past 50 years, he is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, was in the previous Boxing Hall of Fame. Born William Harrison Dempsey in Manassa, Colorado, he grew up in a poor family in Colorado, West Virginia, Utah; the son of Mary Celia and Hiram Dempsey, his family's lineage consisted of Irish and Jewish ancestry. Following his parents' conversion to Mormonism, Dempsey was baptized into the LDS Church in 1903 following his 8th birthday, the "age of accountability", according to Mormon doctrine.
Because his father had difficulty finding work, the family traveled and Dempsey dropped out of elementary school to work and left home at the age of 16. Due to his lack of money, he traveled underneath trains and slept in hobo camps. Desperate for money, Dempsey would visit saloons and challenge for fights, saying "I can't sing and I can't dance, but I can lick any SOB in the house." If anyone accepted the challenge, bets would be made. According to Dempsey's autobiography, he lost these barroom brawls. For a short time, Dempsey was a part-time bodyguard for Thomas F. Kearns, president of The Salt Lake Tribune and son of Utah's U. S. Senator Thomas Kearns. Dempsey fought under the pseudonym, "Kid Blackie," although during his stint in the Salt Lake City area, he went by "Young Dempsey". Much of his early career is not recorded, stated thus, in The Ring Record Book as compiled by Nat Fleischer, he first competed as "Jack Dempsey" in Cripple Creek, Colorado. His brother, who fought under the pseudonym, "Jack Dempsey"—this a common practice of the day, in fighters' admiration of middleweight boxer and former champion, Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey—had signed to fight veteran George Copelin.
Upon learning Copelin had sparred with Jack Johnson, given Bernie Dempsey was nearing 40 years of age, he strategically decided to back out of the fight. He substituted his brother, still unknown in Eastern Colorado, as "Jack Dempsey"; the fans at ringside knew this was not the man they'd paid to see. The promoter became violently angry and "sailed into us, barehanded", threatening to stop the fight. Copelin himself, who outweighed Dempsey by 20 lbs. upon seeing Dempsey's small stature in the ring, warned the promoter, "I might kill that skinny guy." The promoter reluctantly permitted the fight to commence, in his first outing as "Jack Dempsey", the future champion downed Copelin six times in the first round and twice in the second. From there, it was a battle of attrition, until a last knockdown of Copelin in the seventh, moved the referee to make the then-unusual move of stopping the fight once Copelin regained his feet. According to Dempsey "In those days they didn't stop mining-town fights as long as one guy could move."
This trial by fire carried with it a $100 purse. The promoter, angered at the switch pulled by the brothers, had laid no promised side bets, "...and if I did, I wouldn't give you anything."Such lessons were hard, but fighting was something Jack Dempsey did well. Following the name change, Dempsey won six bouts in a row by knockout before losing on a disqualification in four rounds to Jack Downey. During this early part of his career, Dempsey campaigned in Utah entering fights in towns in the Wasatch Mountain Range region, he followed his loss against Downey with a knockout win and two draws versus Johnny Sudenberg in Nevada. Three more wins and a draw followed when he met Downey again, this time resulting in a four-round draw. Following these wins, Dempsey racked up 10 more wins that included matches against Sudenberg and Downey, knocking out Downey in two rounds; these wins were followed with three no-decision matches, although at this point in the history of boxing, the use of judges to score a fight was forbidden, so if a fight went the distance, it was called a draw or a no decision, depending on the state or county where the fight was held.
After the United States entered World War I in 1917, Dempsey worked in a shipyard and continued to box. Afterward, he was accused by some boxing fans of being a slacker for not enlisting; this remained a black mark on his reputation until 1920, when evidence produced showed he had attempted to enlist in the U. S. Army, but had been classified 4-F. After the war, Dempsey spent two years in Salt Lake City, "bumming around" as he called it, before returning to the ring. Among his opponents as a rising contender were Fireman Jim Flynn, the only boxer to beat Dempsey by a knockout when Dempsey lost to him in the first round, Gunboat Smith a highly-ranked contender who had beaten both World Champion Jess Willard and Hall of Famer Sam Langford. Dempsey beat Smith for the third time on a second-round knockout. Before he employed the long-experienced Jack Kearns as his manager, Dempsey was first managed by John J. Reisler. One year in 1918, Dempsey fought in 17 matches, going 15–1 with one no-decision.
Evander Holyfield is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2011. He reigned as the undisputed champion at cruiserweight in the late 1980s and at heavyweight in the early 1990s, remains the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes. Nicknamed "The Real Deal", Holyfield is the only four-time world heavyweight champion, having held the unified WBA, WBC, IBF titles from 1990 to 1992; as an amateur, Holyfield represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the light heavyweight division. He turned professional at the age of 21, moving up to cruiserweight in 1985 and winning his first world championship the following year, defeating Dwight Muhammad Qawi for the WBA title. Holyfield went on to defeat Ricky Parkey and Carlos de León to win the WBC and IBF titles, thus becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion, he moved up to heavyweight in 1988 defeating Buster Douglas in 1990 to claim the unified WBA, WBC and IBF heavyweight titles and the undisputed heavyweight championship.
He defended his titles three times, scoring victories over former champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes, before suffering his first professional loss to Riddick Bowe in 1992. Holyfield regained the crown in a rematch one year defeating Bowe for the WBA and IBF titles. Holyfield lost these titles in an upset against Michael Moorer in 1994. Holyfield was forced to retire in 1994 upon medical advice, only to return a year with a clean bill of health. In 1996 he defeated Mike Tyson and reclaim the WBA title, in what was named by The Ring magazine as the Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year; this made Holyfield the first boxer since Muhammad Ali to win a world heavyweight title three times. Holyfield won a 1997 rematch against Tyson, which saw the latter disqualified in round three for biting Holyfield on his ears. During this reign as champion, he avenged his loss to Michael Moorer and reclaimed the IBF title. In 1999 he faced Lennox Lewis in a unification fight for the undisputed WBA, WBC and IBF titles, which ended in a controversial split draw.
Holyfield was defeated in a rematch eight months later. The following year, he defeated John Ruiz for the vacant WBA title, becoming the first boxer in history to win a version of the heavyweight title four times. Holyfield lost a rematch against Ruiz seven months and faced him for the third time in a draw. Holyfield retired in 2014, is ranked number 77 on The Ring's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time and in 2002 named him the 22nd greatest fighter of the past 80 years, he ranks No. 9 in BoxRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time. BoxingScene ranked him the greatest cruiserweight of all time. Evander Holyfield was born on October 1962, in the mill town of Atmore, Alabama; the youngest of nine children, Holyfield was much younger than his other siblings and was born from a different father. Holyfield's family moved to Atlanta where he was raised in the crime-ridden Bowen Homes Housing Projects, he won the Boys Club boxing tournament. At 13, he qualified to compete in his first Junior Olympics.
By age 15, Holyfield became the Southeastern Regional Champion, winning this tournament and the Best Boxer Award. By 1984 he had a record of 14 losses, with 76 by knockout. Holyfield describes himself as a physical "late bloomer": upon graduating from high school he was only 5 ft 8 in tall and weighed only 147 pounds. By age 21, he weighed 178 pounds, he grew an additional 2 1⁄2 inches in his early 20s reaching his adult height of 6 ft 2 1⁄2 in. When he was 20 years old, Holyfield represented the U. S. in the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, where he won a silver medal after losing to Cuban world champion Pablo Romero. The following year, he was the National Golden Gloves Champion, won a bronze medal in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, after a controversial disqualification in the second round of the semi-final against New Zealand's Kevin Barry. Holyfield started out professionally as a light heavyweight with a televised win in six rounds over Lionel Byarm at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 1984.
On January 20, 1985, he won another six-round decision over Eric Winbush in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On March 13, he knocked out Fred Brown in the first round in Norfolk, on April 20, he knocked out Mark Rivera in two rounds in Corpus Christi, Texas. Both he and his next opponent, Tyrone Booze, moved up to the cruiserweight division for their fight on July 20, 1985, in Norfolk, Virginia. Holyfield won an eight-round decision over Booze. Evander went on to knock out Rick Myers in the first round on August 29 in Holyfield's hometown of Atlanta. On October 30 in Atlantic City he knocked out opponent Jeff Meachem in five rounds, his last fight for 1985 was against Anthony Davis on December 21 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, he won by knocking out Davis in the fourth round. He began 1986 with a knockout in three rounds over former world cruiserweight challenger Chisanda Mutti, proceeded to beat Jessy Shelby and Terry Mims before being given a world title try by the WBA Cruiserweight Champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi.
In what was called by The Ring as the best cruiserweight bout of the 1980s, Holyfield became world champion by defeating Qawi by a narrow 15 round split decision. He culminated 1986 with a trip to Paris, where he beat Mike Brothers by a knockout in three, in a n
Francisco Guilledo, more known as Pancho Villa, was a Filipino professional boxer. Villa, who stood only 5 feet and 1 inch tall and never weighed more than 114 pounds, despite the racial discrimination of that time, rose from obscurity to become the first Asian to win the World Flyweight Championship in 1923, earning the reputation in some quarters as one of the greatest Flyweight boxers in history, he was never knocked out in his entire boxing career, which ended with his sudden death at only twenty-three from complications following a tooth extraction. Guilledo was born in Ilog, Negros Occidental, the son of a cowhand who abandoned his family when Guilledo was just six months old, he grew up in the hacienda of a wealthy local, helping his mother raise goats she tended on the farm. When Guilledo was 11, he sailed to Iloilo City to work as a bootblack. While in Iloilo, he befriended a local boxer and together they migrated to Manila, settling in Tondo, he would spar with friends and soon attracted the attention of local boxing habitués.
He fought his first professional fight in 1919 against Alberto Castro. Within two years, he was the Philippine Flyweight Champion, he nearly gave up boxing after being spurned by a woman he courted returning to Negros early in 1922 to retire. The clamor of Filipino boxing fans compelled him to return to the ring, it appears that during this period, Guilledo was under the tutelage of at least two important local boxing figures. One was the American boxing promoter based in Frank E. Churchill. Another was a Filipino ice plant boxing manager named Paquito Villa; the renaming of Francisco Guilledo to Pancho Villa has been attributed to both men, depending on the source. One version tags Churchill as having renamed Guilledo into Villa, taking the name from the Mexican guerrilla leader. Another version maintains that Paquito Villa had adopted Guilledo as early as 1918, renaming him Pancho. Not long before coming to America, he met future American World Junior Lightweight Champion Mike Ballerino nine times in Manila between January 1920, October 1921 defeating him in six bouts.
Ballerino would be managed by Frank Churchill after coming to America. In May, 1922, Villa received an invitation from famed boxing promoter Tex Rickard to fight in the United States, he sailed to America together with Churchill and Paquito Villa. Upon arrival he was set up with a young but talented sparring partner in Enrique Chaffardet and won his first overseas fight against Abe Goldstein in Jersey City on June 7, 1922, he fought and defeated by Frankie Genaro on August 22, 1922. By this time, Villa had caught the attention of boxing aficionados and he was slated to fight against the American Flyweight Champion Johnny Buff on September 15, 1922. Villa defeated Buff in an upset, knocking out the champion in the 11th round to win the American Flyweight Championship. At this point, Villa had been in the American phase of his career for only 4 months. Villa lost the title early the following year to Genaro, who defeated the Filipino on points in a criticized decision; the unpopularity of Villa's defeat on points proved fateful.
Jimmy Wilde, the Welsh-born boxer and former World Flyweight Champion, had decided to end his recent retirement and seek the vacant World Flyweight Championship in a fight to be staged in America. While Genaro, the American Champion, seemed as the logical choice to fight Wilde, Villa's growing popularity soon convinced promoters that the Filipino would prove as the better draw. In what were described in that era as "pre-battle statements," the 31-year-old Wilde said: ~"I appreciate the fact that in Villa, I am going to meet one of the toughest little men in boxing. I appreciate the fact that I am going to be put to a real test, and, what I have prepared for." In comments that summed up his fighting style, Villa said: ~"I am in condition and once in condition, my worries are over. I do not intend to give Wilde a minute's rest while we are in the ring." Villa did not disappoint the pleasing crowd. On June 18, 1923, at the Polo Grounds in New York City, Villa was cheered on to victory over Wilde by over more than 20,000 of fans screaming "Viva Villa!"
The win came by way of a knockout in the 7th round, caused by a crashing right to Wilde's jaw. Villa was described as relentless, pummeling Wilde with both hands and causing the Welshman to drop in the fourth and fifth rounds. Wilde never fought again, his wife Gliceria, left in Manila, asked by the media outfits for reaction had this to say: "You cannot imagine the happiness I felt upon receiving the first notices of the victory of my husband. I cried not because of pain but emotion. I was hoping for his triumph." Former President General Emilio Aguinaldo, voicing the sentiment of the entire nation said: "Congratulations, Come back to us and defend your title here." A hero's welcome greeted Pancho when he disembarked from the "SS President Grant," the same luxury liner that brought him to the United States on April 2, 1922 to launch his campaign in the land of promise. A reception at the Malacanan Palace hosted by President Manuel Quezon followed a massive parade from the airport passing through Manila's major streets where thousands greeted the returning sports hero.
The new World Flyweight Champion defended his title several times and never relinquished it until his death just two years later. Villa returned to a hero's welcome in Manila in September 1924, feted with a parade and a reception at Malacañan Palace, he returned to his old haunts in Iloilo and his hometown in Negros Occidental. Before returning to the United States, he fought o
Golden Boy Promotions
Golden Boy Promotions, Inc. is an American boxing and mixed martial arts promotion firm based in Los Angeles, California, established in 2002 by 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya. "Golden Boy" is one of boxing's most active and high-profile promoters, presenting shows worldwide. In 2005 Golden Boy Enterprises announced the formation of Golden Boy Partners, a company focused on urban development in Latino communities. Golden Boy promoted the May 5, 2007, "super fight" between De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won the bout by a split decision; the fight once held the record for most pay-per-view buys and once held the record as the second highest grossing fight in the history of the sport. They co-promoted along with Top Rank, The Dream Match: Oscar De La Hoya Vs Manny Pacquiao on December 6, 2008. In June 2009, Golden Boy Enterprises became embroiled in a dispute over who would fight for the WBA junior welterweight title. On the one hand, undefeated Dmitry Salita was told by the WBA in writing that he will face the winner of the June 27 fight between titleholder Andreas Kotelnik and Amir Khan.
On the other hand, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy said that he had it "in writing" that that fight would face the winner of the Victor Ortíz-Marcos Maidana fight. The WBA's top executives were unavailable for comment. Salita was upset over the prospect that he could lose what would be his first title shot. "They're a big company", he said of Golden Boy. "They're trying to bend the rules. They're trying to get their way, rules or no rules; when Oscar De La Hoya formed Golden Boy, he said he wanted to change boxing, to bring honor to the sport. This isn't the honorable thing to do; this isn't good for boxing. This isn't justice; this goes against the right to pursue happiness, why my family immigrated to this country and why I've worked so hard. We'll see what happens." Salita ended up fighting Khan, losing by 1st-round TKO. In January 2017, Golden Boy signed a contract to bring their boxing promotions to ESPN under a two-year deal of a total of 48 fights. In October 2018, Canelo Alvarez, the undisputed king of pay-per-view boxing will usher in a new era in the sport by signing an 11-fight deal with sports streaming site DAZN.
The journey begins Saturday, Dec. 15 when Canelo makes his first appearance at the historic Madison Square Garden challenging Rocky Fielding for the WBA Super Middleweight World Championship. This groundbreaking deal with Canelo will be the richest athlete contract in sports history. In 2018, De La Hoya added mixed martial arts matches to his roster, as Golden Boy MMA, beginning with a 2018 trilogy bout between long-time rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz; the inaugural event took place on November 24, 2018 in California, saw Ortiz dispatch Liddell by first-round knockout. When the full card was first announced in October 2018, The Ultimate Fighter 3: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock alum Kendall Grove was scheduled to face Andre Walker. However, this bout failed to materialize. UFC alum Tom Gallicchio was scheduled to face Jason Manly in a Welterweight bout. However, the bout was cancelled. Kenneth Bergh and Jorge Gonzales were announced to fight in a Light Heavyweight bout. However, the bout failed to materialize.
Juliana Miller was scheduled to face Jasmine Pouncy. However, Pouncy was replaced by Sidney Trillo. In 2008, Golden Boy Promotions and Affliction Clothing started a mixed martial arts promotion, aggressively pursuing free agents; the promotion was cancelled 10 days prior to its third Affliction: Trilogy PPV event, featuring Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett, in July 2009, subsequent to Barnett having tested positive for anabolic steroids, in accordance with the California State Athletic Commission, when a qualified replacement fighter could not be secured in time. Golden Boy Promotions: Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 was a MMA event that took place on November 24, 2018 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Background For the main event, Chuck Liddell's reported payout was $250,000 and Tito Ortiz's payout was $200,000. Results Mayweather Promotions Golden Boy Promotions