Who was the first light heavyweight to gain the Heavyweight Title?
Michael Spinks won the title by out-pointing Larry Holmes in 1985. Bob Fitzsimmons won both the light heavyweight and heavyweight title, winning the latter first. Roy Jones Jr. won a version by defeating John Ruiz in 2003.
When champ Larry Holmes chose to fight Marvis Frazier instead of the mandatory challenger, the WBC stripped him of his belt and matched Greg Page against Tim Witherspoon for the vacant title. What was the outcome?
Witherspoon's reign only lasted a short 5 months from March 9, 1984, to August 31, 1984.
Who did Jess Willard make his first title defense against in 1916?
In his first and only successful defense, Jess Willard fought a 10-round no-decision against Frank Moran.
Upon his retirement in 1904, James Jeffries chose two men to fight for the then vacant title. Who were they?
Marvin Hart claimed the title when he knocked out Jack Root.
Which of the following fighters won the title on a foul?
Schmeling was the victor after claiming he was hit below the belt by Jack Sharkey on June 11, 1930.
Which former champ had a punch he called the, "Hammer of Thor"?
Ingemar Johansson won the title on June 26, 1959, by knockout in the third round.
In 1896, shortly before becoming heavyweight champ, Bob Fitzsimmons and Tom Sharkey fought in San Francisco, with Sharkey winning in a flagrantly unfair decision. Who was the famous referee for the fight?
Fitzsimmons knocked Sharkey out, but the punch was called a foul even though it was obviously above the belt.
In 1978, Ken Norton was awarded the WBC title when which fighter refused to fight him?
First the WBC declared the title vacant, and then awarded it to Ken Norton who was out-pointed by Larry Holmes 3 months later.
Ernie Schaaf, an up and coming contender entered a fight with an undisclosed injury he received in a previous fight with Max Baer, and died after being knocked out by which fighter on February 10, 1933?
Max Baer, although an entertainer first and a fighter second, possessed one of the most lethal right hands in heavyweight history.
Which fighter tied Jack Dempsey's record of seven knockdowns in one round of a title fight?
Ingemar Johansson knocked down Floyd Patterson seven times enroute to a third round KO on June 26th, 1959.
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