On this day in Fistiana, Nigel Benn stopped Gerald McClellan in ten rounds, and oh, if only that were the extent of the news about this fight. After a first round that saw McClellan close to stopping the Brit, Benn battled back and stopped McClellan, permanently injuring him as a result of the punishment absorbed.
On this day in Fistiana, Mike Tyson returned to the ring after his longest layoff as a professional, at the time, and for the first time through the ropes without head trainer Kevin Rooney. It didn't matter all that much as he broke down Frank Bruno and stopped him in five rounds.
"He gets tired just like you! He's human just like you!" -Victor Machado, cornerman of Greg Haugen
On this day, February twentieth, in 1993, in front of one hundred thirty-thousand people at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Don King put together a mega-card featuring Julio Cesar Chavez versus Greg Haugen in the main event.
More a blood-letting than a competition, the rugged and gutsy Greg Haugen was outgunned and outclassed from the opening bell. This was Chavez before the dubious "draw" with Whitaker and although he was slowing he looks almost as indestructible and impressive as his record at the time.
Chavez takes his time with Haugen, punishing him for pre-fight trash-talk and feeding into the blood-lust of the screaming assembled. Haugen hangs in there, trying all the time, but the inevitable comes in 5.
There are few contests held in an atmosphere like this!
On this day in Fistiana, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera waged a brilliant war that ignited their fierce rivalry and served notice to all of boxing that an age of fantastic featherweights was dawning. Their first contest at the Mandalay Bay became a 12 round all-time classic for the ages on a chilly Vegas night at the start of the twenty-first century.
On this day in Fistiana, two instant classics took place on a 5 bout card at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. First, Rafael Ruelas survived a shaky first round to defeat Freddie Pendleton and in the main event, Humberto Chiquita Gonzalez even things up with a decision victory over rival Michael Carbajal.
James Toney vs. Iran Barkley Roy Jones Jr vs. Glenn Wolfe
February 13, 1993
On this day in fistiana in 1993, James Toney knocked-out Iran Barkley in what was a bit of an upset at the time. This was only the second fight at super middleweight for Toney and at the time Barkley owned two wins over Tommy Hearns and had gone the distance in a thriller with Roberto Duran. But Toney turned in what was a career best performance at the time and stopped Barkley inside the distance. And in the co-feature Roy Jones scored a 1st round kayo over Glenn Wolfe.
Zab Judah vs. Jan Bergman Kostya Tszyu vs. Ahmed Santos
February 12, 2000
On this day in fistiana in the year 2000, Zab Judah and Kostya Tszyu were co-featured on a Showtime Double Header from Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Both Judah and Tszyu scored kayos over Jan Bergman and Ahmed Santos, respectively.
On this day in fistiana, Lennox Lewis avenged himself on The Atomic Bull, Oliver McCall with a fifth round TKO due to nervous breakdown, in one of the weirder moments in Heavyweight Championship History.