Interesting Boxing Stats and Tidbits

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For example, in his two European title fights in the UK, Alexander Gurov lasted less than 40 seconds on his feet in total.

As for an interesting bit of info, Tony Sibson vs Alan Minter wasn't televised in the UK because Minter had an advert for DAF Trucks on his shorts. This went against the BBC's rules for advertising, so they never broadcast footage of the fight.
 
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dkos did you know that the only time to my knowledge Marvin Hagler missed the mw limit was in his title fight with Alan Minter weighed in half a pound over.

Rumour was it was a tactic as he went backstage given time to shift the weight and was able to pass water.

Minter was also the slight betting favourite on the night 4/5 against Hagler 11/10 i know if I was a few years older where I would of lumped my pocket money on :smile
 
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dkos did you know that the only time to my knowledge Marvin Hagler missed the mw limit was in his title fight with Alan Minter weighed in half a pound over.

Rumour was it was a tactic as he went backstage given time to shift the weight and was able to pass water.

Minter was also the slight betting favourite on the night 4/5 against Hagler 11/10 i know if I was a few years older where I would of lumped my pocket money on :smile
I'm guessing that was the last time Hagler was the betting underdog!
 
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The longest unbeaten runs by a British boxer:
  1. Jimmy Wilde: 96-0-1-6*
  2. Vince Hawkins: 60-0-1
  3. Joe Calzaghe: 46-0
  4. Ricky Hatton: 43-0
  5. Chris Eubank: 41-0-2
  6. Peter Kane: 42-0
  7. Teddy Baldock: 41-0-1
  8. Herol Graham: 38-0
  9. Kell Brook: 36-0
  10. Naseem Hamed: 35-0
  11. Howard Winstone: 34-0
*As recorded by BoxRec

Now I've posted this, no doubt I have missed someone obvious off the list :lol:

Edit: thanks @Dynamito!
 
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I know it's been done countless times over the years but it still gets misreported, so for any newbies, Buster Douglas wasnt 42/1.
 
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During the 1930's, did you know there was someone billed as the British Primo Carnera?


Article about his discovery and career: https://web.archive.org/web/20110704205712/http://news.boxrec.com/news/2011/forgotten-story-britains-original-giant-boxer

Pettifer would end up having a respectable, yet unremarkable career. He engaged in "the best bout between heavyweights seen in this country for many years" when he unsuccessfully challenged for the British title against Jack Petersen (L KO12). He would also score a knockout victory over former British champion Reggie Meen, as well as a ten-round draw with future domestic ruler Jack London. After losing 12 of his last 15 fights, Pettifer ended with a 29-24-3 (20KOs) record.

 
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Is Oliver McCall the current longest active fighter in boxing currently? He made his pro debut in 1985, and won in Mexico just a few months ago.



And still nobody can make him budge. Put him in a six rounder with Wilder now, and I'd still back him to go the distance :yep
 
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An even lesser known fact about John Pettifer is that a meth’d up Mike Alvarado based his shadow boxing style on him.

McCall still going is just plain mad. 1 TKO loss, due to crack withdrawal breakdown. I don’t know why but the Atomic Bull, whilst being a bit of a stupid nickname, suits him perfectly.
 

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Is Oliver McCall the current longest active fighter in boxing currently? He made his pro debut in 1985, and won in Mexico just a few months ago.



And still nobody can make him budge. Put him in a six rounder with Wilder now, and I'd still back him to go the distance :yep
Have to wonder how his now 54 year old brain is coping with all that. Something like 450 rounds clocked up now. Many of them brutal.
 
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It's crazy how certain fighters can take so much punishment, and yet it can seemingly not affect their mental health to a significant degree.

I mean George Chuvalo is known as having one of the best chins of all time, had almost 100 pro bouts, fought the best during a golden era of heavyweight boxing... Yet he was one of the most articulate ex-boxers I've ever seen during interviews. It is only in recent years, in his 80's, where his mental health has reportedly deteriorated.
 
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It's crazy how certain fighters can take so much punishment, and yet it can seemingly not affect their mental health to a significant degree.

I mean George Chuvalo is known as having one of the best chins of all time, had almost 100 pro bouts, fought the best during a golden era of heavyweight boxing... Yet he was one of the most articulate ex-boxers I've ever seen during interviews. It is only in recent years, in his 80's, where his mental health has reportedly deteriorated.
Very true,have posted this tidbit before.

The other side the Moyer brothers Denny and Phil sadly both suffered dementia pugilistica as a result of their fighting careers.

But what brothers can claim a win each against a ATG in their case none other than Sugar Ray Robinson.
 
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Michael Bentt the former WBO Heavyweight champion. Who had his career cut short with head injuries in his fight with Herbie Hide.

Has made a fairly successful career as a bit part actor, director , and screenplay writer.

His screenplay of his first loss on debut as a professional ,after a good amateur career against Jerry Jones. Is featured in the 8 part HBO series called Losers. It is brutally honest about how a loss affects a fighter, the self doubt that creeps in...etc.

He also directed the critically acclaimed off Broadway play "Kid Shamrock." About the personal struggles and Career of "Irish" Bobby Cassidy snr...the 1960's and 1970's cult favourite.
 
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Another useful tidbit is that both Michael Bentt and the late heavyweight contender Alex Stewart...received fair bit of coverage by the U.K. Tabloids. Because although both had been raised in America both of them had been born in London to jamaican parents.

So they were constantly referred to as a "British Born Heavyweight" by the Tabloids who were desperate to adopt them. But once they lost they both became American again..Lol.

Of-course Lennox Lewis another British Born Heavyweight of Jamaican Heritage... Managed to keep his British identity and become a British legend.

As they say success has many fathers failure is always an orphan.
 
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The longest unbeaten runs by a British boxer:
  1. Jimmy Wilde: 96-0-1-6*
  2. Vince Hawkins: 60-0-1
  3. Joe Calzaghe: 46-0
  4. Ricky Hatton: 43-0
  5. Chris Eubank: 41-0-2
  6. Peter Kane: 42-0
  7. Teddy Baldock: 41-0-1
  8. Kell Brook: 36-0
  9. Naseem Hamed: 35-0
  10. Howard Winstone: 34-0
*As recorded by BoxRec

Now I've posted this, no doubt I have missed someone obvious off the list :lol:
Yes you have Herol Graham who from what I recall went 38-0 before his first loss. Unfortunately for Graham during his prime Marvin Hagler was undisputed champ in a jampacked division had to wait a longtime for his title shot.
 
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Who was the oldest boxer to have a professional contest? Well that honour belongs to Corporal William Jubb, who was reportedly 92-years-old when he had his first -- and only -- pro fight against George Washington Brown.

They fought for the farcical "Whiskerweight Championship of America." (Jubb was 92 & Brown was 80.) They boasted "whiskers of the Kentucky colonel type and through the four rounds both vainly tried time and again to reach the button. Round one found octogenarians waving like palm trees in the gentle ocean breeze." Brown floored Jubb's false teeth in the third stanza. By the end of the bout "both aspirants were locked in an embrace on the floor [after falling during a clinch] as 2,000 tourists cheered.... Charles W. Eldridge, the referee, 101 years old, declared the battle a draw." New York Times

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