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Professional Boxing is known as the “Sweet Science”, but corruption, a lack of a central governing body and the rise of MMA have threatened to end this glorious sport. Mega fights still bring in huge revenues, but they are few and far between. We take a look back at 10 events which have contributed to the downfall.

10
James Butler

Butler was a very promising young fighter from New York City, known by the nickname “Harlem Hammer”. In November 2001, James Butler fought Richard “The Alien” Grant. The bout was a charity event to benefit survivors of the September 11 attacks. After losing by unanimous decision Butler made his way to the middle of the ring to purportedly congratulate Grant. Grant reacted by stretching his hand out in a motion to embrace. Instead, Butler (who had already removed his gloves) threw a vicious haymaker to Grant’s face. Richard Grant suffered numerous facial injuries including a broken jaw, lacerated tongue and several stitches. Butler, in turn, was arrested and convicted of assault, and served prison time for the attack.

Unfortunately, the tale does not end there. James Butler continued his career after this incident, but could never duplicate his earlier success. In October of 2004, Butler was arrested and charged with murdering Sam Kellerman, brother of HBO Boxing analyst Max Kellerman, with (ironically) a hammer, and setting his body on fire after a dispute. Butler pled guilty in 2006, and was sentenced to 29 years in prison.

9
Riot at Madison Square Garden

Polish born Andrew Golota entered the ring on July 11, 1996, with an exceptional 27-0 record and on the cusp of Superstardom. All he had to do was get past the 38-1 former Undisputed Heavyweight champ, Riddick Bowe. Golota responded with a brilliant performance. The Polish sensation clobbered the ex-champ round after round, almost into submission. He was well ahead on points and seemingly close to scoring a knockout.

In the 7th round, the fight began to take a very strange turn. Golota (for reasons known only to himself) commenced to blatantly and repeatedly punch Bowe below the belt line. Golota was warned several times and even received point deductions, but his behavior continued. After several more flagrant low blows the referee was forced to disqualify him. Riddick Bowe’s corner responded by rushing the ring and viciously attacking Golota and his team. This triggered a full scale, racially charged riot, which spilled into the stands. MSG security was not equipped to handle a massive brawl and had to wait for New York riot police to arrive. Reinforcements finally arrived but not before dozens of fans, boxing personnel and police were injured in this disgraceful and bizarre incident.

8
Only in America

Not just anyone can own a professional football franchise. Not just anyone can own a baseball franchise. Anyone can promote a fight, even a convicted killer and numbers operator from Cleveland. In 1974, Don King very shrewdly promoted his first professional fight. It turned out to be the famed Ali vs Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire. This mega-event instantly transformed King into a major player in boxing for the next 30 years.

But, unfortunately the major player likes to play dirty; King’s many exploits are infamous. He has perpetrated fraud after fraud on any and all promising young fighters to join his stable. King has been implicated in: murder, bribery, theft, bookmaking, breaches of contract, and mafia assisted racketeering. Larry Holmes once said, “Don King wears his hair like that so he can hide his horns”.

7
Sonny Liston and the Mob

By all accounts Liston had a woeful childhood. Extremely poor and physically abused, Liston left home at an early age and participated in numerous violent crimes. While incarcerated, his boxing skills were discovered and, soon after his release, he began destroying a string of opponents on his way to the Heavyweight title. Liston’s incredible prowess caught the attention of several mafia associates including, Frankie Carbo and “Blinky” Palermo.

By the time Sonny Liston fought a young Cassius Clay on May 25, 1965, many in the press already suspected that Liston was controlled by the mob. He nevertheless participated in one of the most obvious fixes in sports history. In the very first round, Liston took a dive and allowed himself to be counted out after Clay threw his famous “Phantom Punch”. Slow motion review shows a quick combination that seemingly misses, or at best only grazes, Liston. Coincidentally, their first fight also ended controversially when Liston refused to come out of his corner for the 7th round, claiming a shoulder injury. Sonny Liston would die 5 years later, under very suspicious circumstances.

6
Corrupt Richard Steele

A very rare event occurred on March 17, 1990. On this night two undefeated champions, who were both in the same weight class and who were both in their prime, fought each other. Julio Cesar Chavez who was 68-0 (and promoted by Don King) met undefeated Olympic gold medalist, and welterweight champ, Meldrick Taylor. Chavez was the favorite but it was Taylor who dominated the fight from the opening bell.

In late going Taylor’s trademark speed was beginning to wane but he still held a commanding lead on all scorecards going into the final round. Moments before the end of the match, Chavez scored a knockdown but Taylor rose to his feet quickly. Had the fight continued, Taylor would have still won by unanimous decision, but it was not meant to be. The bout referee, Richard Steele, stopped the fight with a mere 2 seconds left, and awarded the victory to Chavez. There were immediate protests from Taylor’s camp, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission (whose integrity has been routinely called into question) upheld the decision. Taylor’s career and health were subsequently ruined and Steele, who notoriously favored Don King fighters, forever tarnished the sport.

5
International Boxing Federation Scandal

The IBF, among other entities, is a major sanctioning body which is based in New Jersey. The way boxing works is: each sanctioning body has a champion. Champions are only allowed to fight boxers ranked in the top 15. Ranking committees determine who gets ranked. Ranking committee chairmen have the final say and are notoriously corruptible.

In November 1999, IBF president Bob Lee Sr. was indicted and convicted on numerous racketeering charges. Lee was conspiring with his rankings chairman, C. Douglass Beavers, to rig the rankings system to favor boxers whose promoters and handlers paid them cash bribes. The duo routinely took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the likes of Don King and Cedric Kushner, in return for artificially inflating the rankings of their fighters. Promoters who didn’t pay didn’t see title fights. The result was: a completely corrupt system which was not in any way based on merit. Another black eye for boxing.

4
Boxing’s not so Golden Age

James D. Norris was a very wealthy and extremely powerful man in the mid 20th century. He owned many companies and was heavily involved in the sports world, including owning a National Hockey League franchise, a major stake in Madison Square Garden and champion racehorses. Jim Norris was also a very unsavory individual and was widely known to associate with criminals. As president of the International Boxing Club, Norris had a virtual monopoly on championship fights, due to a lucrative contract the IBC had to broadcast fights on national television.

Jim Norris was personally responsible for fixing numerous bouts, including: Harry Thomas vs Max Schmeling in 1937, and Jake Lamotta vs Billy Fox in 1946. His corruption knew no limits. Besides match fixing he was also unofficially managing many boxers (usually against their will) and persuading them to hire his associates as advisers. Norris’ actions perpetuated a chain of farce’s which were passed off as competitive bouts to an unsuspecting public, and helped erode boxing’s integrity.

3
Seoul, Korea – 1988 Olympics

Many people remember a young Roy Jones Jr. being robbed of a gold medal by corrupt Olympic judges, but few remember an even uglier incident that preceded it. New Zealander Keith Walker was officiating a bantamweight bout between Byun Jong Il of South Korea and Alexander Hristov of Bulgaria. The fight was an ugly foul-filled affair and Walker had to repeatedly penalize Jong for head butting.

At the conclusion of the fight, Hristov was announced the winner but this only incensed Jong’s countrymen. Numerous South Korean boxing officials and coaches stormed the ring and viciously attacked referee Keith Walker with punches, kicks, bottles and even chairs. The terrified Walker barely escaped serious injury and headed directly to the airport and took the first plane back to New Zealand. Shamed and embarrassed, the Korean Boxing Federation president and the president of the Korean Olympic Committee both resigned after this deplorable incident.

2
The actions of Panama Lewis

At one time Carlos “Panama” Lewis was a world class trainer, his character, on the other hand, was anything but world class. Despite already being under a cloud of suspicion for allegedly giving his boxers water spiked with illegal stimulants and for gambling on fights that he was involved in; Panama Lewis concocted a wicked plan for his fighter, Luis Resto. Resto was nothing more than a journeyman fighter, or simply a professional opponent when he took on undefeated rising star Billy Collins Jr, on June 16, 1983

Knowing Resto was overmatched, Panama and another trainer removed padding from Resto’s gloves and poured an illegal hardening agent on his hand wraps. Luis Resto proceeded to brutalize his unsuspecting opponent for 10 rounds. After being declared the winner, Resto approached Collins’ corner. Collins’ father, who at that point was suspicious of Resto’s new found power, touched Resto’s hand and immediately notified ringside officials. The gloves and hand wraps in question were confiscated by the state Athletic Commission and both were brought up on charges. Panama Lewis and Luis Resto both had their licenses permanently revoked and were given prison sentences. Sadly, Billy Collins Jr. would never fight again, his once promising career shattered by the injuries he received. Collins Jr. was dead less than one year later, a suspected suicide.

1
Death of Duk Koo Kim

A superstar in South Korea, Kim had risen all the way to the number one lightweight contender and earned a world title shot against the famed Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, on November 13, 1982. The bout was extremely brutal, especially for Kim, who had begun to wear down in the latter rounds after absorbing tremendous punishment from the champion. In the early part of the 14th round, Mancini hit Kim with a crushing right hand that caused him to fly toward the ropes and hit his head on the canvas.

Kim managed to rise but the fight was stopped by the referee. Minutes later Duk Koo Kim collapsed into a coma and was carried out of the ring and taken directly to the hospital. Tragically, the Korean star died 4 days later from severe brain trauma. Out of the hundreds of recorded ring fatalities, Kim’s death was one of the saddest. Kim’s opponent, Ray Mancini, would never again be the same caliber fighter, and it was widely reported that he blamed himself for Kim’s death. Kim’s mother committed suicide three months after her son’s death by drinking a bottle of pesticide. The bout’s referee, Richard Green, consumed by guilt, also committed suicide shortly after the fight.
Romulus9
What a joke of a list.

First of all, how is Don King or Sonny Liston and the Mob a "moment"?

Secondly, where's the Tyson ear bite? Where's the Fan Man nonsense?

Why is an amateur boxing event (1988 Olympics) associated with this list?

I wasn't aware of the fact that Richard Steele "notoriously favored" Don King fighters. That's an opinion, isn't it? If someone is going to write a list like this, they may want to provide some foundation for this crap. Steele has long been considered incompetent for his actions during Chavez-Taylor I and Tyson-Ruddock I but corrupt? Again, provide some foundation. Otherwise, it sounds like 20+ years of whining from someone who probably lost bets on guys fighting Don King fighters and places the blame on Richard Steele, a referee who got most of the biggest fights in Nevada prior to the Chavez-Taylor and Tyson-Ruddock incidents.

Here's a bad boxing moment: Jose Guerra's 118-110 card for Hagler-Leonard.

Here's a boxing moment that should be on any list but isn't on his: Jerry Quarry vs. Ron Cranmer. I bet the author of the list has no knowledge of the fight or its meaning. Smart money says the only Quarry fights he's ever seen are the ones against Ali on ESPN Classic.

What a crock.

This nonsense has the same aura (or maybe it's a stench) as the products of the writers who used to scream about banning boxing and now want MMA banned. Once they've said that "it's brutal", they have nothing else to say so they just babble mindlessly and little of it is connected or logical.

But who am I to question the knowledge and comprehension of whoever the hell Rolo Tomasi is. Any assclown who is named after a delicious chocolate and caramel candy must be an expert on prizefighting. Once his brother Twix weighs in on MMA, I guess the entire world of combat sports can be called into question.

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Run and Gun Game Calls
lol im sorry, but as nuts as tysons ear bite was, it was nowhere near the top 10 worst incidents
JLUVBABY
these list are like all others people come up with... they are objective... formed off opinion of the person writing it... it was a decent list in my opinion... you could come up with a lot of other stuff too tho... i dont agree with richard steele tho... i think his situation was questionable officiating and at the end of the day the guy had a good argument in the taylor chavez fight... and lou duva has a little blame for what happened in that fight as well so with that said i wont just come out and call steele corrupt...
Spyder
QUOTE (Run and Gun Game Calls @ May 15 2011, 02:07 PM) *
lol im sorry, but as nuts as tysons ear bite was, it was nowhere near the top 10 worst incidents

Well, try talking about boxing to Average Joe and see how long it takes for him to mention it...lol

That one incident put boxing in the ICU.
The Ollie Reed Fan Club
QUOTE (Spyder @ May 15 2011, 06:49 PM) *
Well, try talking about boxing to Average Joe and see how long it takes for him to mention it...lol

That one incident put boxing in the ICU.



What put boxing in the ICU was the way the authorities dealth with it. Tyson got what amounted to a slap on the wrist. As much as I love Tyson he was lucky to ever get his licence back after pulling that B.S.

I had friends who were/are only very casual boxing fans and they couldn't believe he was allowed to get away with it. It was hard case to defend.
JLUVBABY
well tyson wasnt the first to bite... and worse has been done in retrospect in the sport... remember golota biting sampson pouhua on usa network?... he left vampire marks on the guy and nothing happened to him... just saying... tysons biting wasnt right but there is a lot bigger entity at play that needs to be talked about than that like currupt judging.... if anything is putting boxing on icu its casual fans watching a fighter (underdog) fight his ass off in the fight of his life only to get screwed... thats hard to watch for me and ive been watching the sport 30 years... that has to be the worst injustice in the sport... or fights not getting made... this is the stuff killing the sport... i know not all fights will get made but some just make more sense than others... greedy promoters... thats killing the sport.. certain fighters fighting guys they know they can beat... i can go on and on...

simply put.. this sport has an easy fix in my opinion... the best need to fight the best... simple end of story... it starts with the mayweather vs pac fight... as long as it dont happen i say fuck em both... i know its not all mayweather but when a fight is out there one thing i know is there is all ways a way to make it happen... i think that fight is closer to being able to being made then the two sides let on... just my opinion...
True-Boxing-Fan
QUOTE (JLUVBABY @ May 15 2011, 08:58 PM) *
thats hard to watch for me and ive been watching the sport 30 years.

what's up Jluv, you been following the sport for 30 years? Damn you must have been watching religiously since the day you were born, since you are what 32 or so. J/k just busting your chops. You a die hard. Whats your first fight you honestly remember analyzing well, it had to be the late eighties.
salvador
I agree with Romulus in that most of boxing's most horrible moments were related to shady scorecards that shed light into what a totally corrupt sport it is. I'd also add crappy management contracts where boxers were taken advantage of by promoters/managers and then end up broke and punchy.

That said, the really soul-killing worst moments for me are almost always when superstar fighters don't lay it all out on the line in the final rounds of fights they are losing. The one massive dramatic advantage boxing has over every other sport is that the fighter can choose to risk his health/body/brain when he's behind on the scorecards by sticking his chin out to go for the ko - and the disappointment that I feel as a fan when fighters like RJJ decided to go out on his feet in the last rounds of the 3rd Tarver fight takes more out of me than virtually anything else. (And yes, I know, it's much worse when fighters die or worse - Gerald McClellan ect.)

salvador
QUOTE (Romulus9 @ May 15 2011, 11:46 AM) *
But who am I to question the knowledge and comprehension of whoever the hell Rolo Tomasi is. Any assclown who is named after a delicious chocolate and caramel candy must be an expert on prizefighting.

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I think Rolo Tomasi was the name of the mythical character in L.A. Confidential who was the criminal who got away with some horrible crime that propelled Guy Pearce's character to become a cop. In other words, a fake name for an anonymous internet loudmouth.

Also, I love the term "assclown".
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Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley
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ROLL DEEP
Depends where you're from.


In the UK - I'd put Benn VS McClellan on the list and Tyson's ear bite.

Like someone mentioned, you speak to the general public about boxing and guarantee they'll bring those topics up, which tarnishes the sport. They won't speak about heroic comebacks, or great fights - they'll mention the bad stuff.


ffleming407
Tyson loosing to Buster Douglas
mexi-cutioner
QUOTE (ROLL DEEP @ May 16 2011, 11:47 PM) *
Depends where you're from.


In the UK - I'd put Benn VS McClellan on the list and Tyson's ear bite.

Like someone mentioned, you speak to the general public about boxing and guarantee they'll bring those topics up, which tarnishes the sport. They won't speak about heroic comebacks, or great fights - they'll mention the bad stuff.

Yes. Benn vs McClellan is defs a dark moment for the sport of boxing. Same as Leavander Johnson vs Jesus Chavez.

I'm surprised that emille Griffith vs Paret fight isn't on the original posters list.
Big Slim Sweet
QUOTE (salvador @ May 16 2011, 07:56 AM) *
I think Rolo Tomasi was the name of the mythical character in L.A. Confidential who was the criminal who got away with some horrible crime that propelled Guy Pearce's character to become a cop. In other words, a fake name for an anonymous internet loudmouth.

Also, I love the term "assclown".

I think Kevin Spacey dropped his name to the chief right after the chief shot him. The chief then asked Guy Pearce if he'd ever heard the name before, which tipped Guy Pearce off that the chief was in on it.

The Tyson ear bite should be number one. That act, on that stage, permanently stripped boxing of a lot of credibility with the mainstream.
salvador
QUOTE (Big Slim Sweet @ May 19 2011, 12:13 AM) *
The Tyson ear bite should be number one. That act, on that stage, permanently stripped boxing of a lot of credibility with the mainstream.


The ear bite was ridiculous, but for me the real problem was that Mills Lane let the fight go on. It made pro wrestling look reasonable. I always liked Lane, but it's hard to understand that one act without simply assuming that Don King paid him off and Lane made a very stupid decision under pressure.


SmartyBeardo
QUOTE (salvador @ May 19 2011, 06:56 AM) *
The ear bite was ridiculous, but for me the real problem was that Mills Lane let the fight go on. It made pro wrestling look reasonable. I always liked Lane, but it's hard to understand that one act without simply assuming that Don King paid him off and Lane made a very stupid decision under pressure.

Duk Koo Kim is #1 on my list.

Boxing has been on a downward trend since that day.
Romulus9
QUOTE (salvador @ May 19 2011, 09:56 AM) *
The ear bite was ridiculous, but for me the real problem was that Mills Lane let the fight go on. It made pro wrestling look reasonable. I always liked Lane, but it's hard to understand that one act without simply assuming that Don King paid him off and Lane made a very stupid decision under pressure.



In a practical sense, yeah, the fight should have been stopped.

But according to the rules and rules alone, Mills made the correct call. If there's an intentional foul and the fouled fighter can continue, which both Holyfield and Dr. Flip Homansky made perfectly clear, there's a two point deduction and the fight goes on. It's all about the fact that Holyfield could still fight without being impaired. Had Tyson walked over between rounds and knocked Holyfield cold while he was sitting on his stool, there's your immediate DQ. Or, for another example, when it was ruled that Terry Norris intentionally fouled Luis Santana, one of the greatest actors of our time, it was an immediate DQ because he couldn't continue. Because Evander could keep fighting following the foul, Mills made the right call.

Now, considering how the whole thing looked, most people would have liked to have seen the fight stopped immediately and Tyson taken away in handcuffs but in the pure sense of boxing rules alone, Lane did the right thing.
salvador
QUOTE (Romulus9 @ May 19 2011, 10:22 AM) *
In a practical sense, yeah, the fight should have been stopped.

But according to the rules and rules alone, Mills made the correct call. If there's an intentional foul and the fouled fighter can continue, which both Holyfield and Dr. Flip Homansky made perfectly clear, there's a two point deduction and the fight goes on. It's all about the fact that Holyfield could still fight without being impaired. Had Tyson walked over between rounds and knocked Holyfield cold while he was sitting on his stool, there's your immediate DQ. Or, for another example, when it was ruled that Terry Norris intentionally fouled Luis Santana, one of the greatest actors of our time, it was an immediate DQ because he couldn't continue. Because Evander could keep fighting following the foul, Mills made the right call.

Now, considering how the whole thing looked, most people would have liked to have seen the fight stopped immediately and Tyson taken away in handcuffs but in the pure sense of boxing rules alone, Lane did the right thing.


Biting someone's ear off goes way beyond "intentional or flagrant" foul. It's assault and would have been a felony anywhere in the world outside of a boxing ring. Stopping the fight should have been a common sense decision and I think that if Lane had had a few minutes to think it through in a quiet place away from the excitement of the crowd he would have stopped it. Like I said, I like Lane and I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but Don King is fundamentally corrupt, boxing is fundamentally corrupt, Tyson was the biggest money maker in the history of sports, AND it just seems so obvious that the fight should have been stopped that I can't help but speculate that Lane was, in some way, incentivized to make sure he gave Tyson every chance in the world to win.
BGv2.0
WOW....really surprised at that #1!

I never saw the Kim /Mancini fight as anything other than a very unfortunate outcome to a brutal fight. I mean....Kim was trying his best to kill Ray too...he just came up on the wrong end of that one.

I cannot call that a black eye in any sense that something wrong or dirty was going on.

It did open the American public's eyes to the brutality of the fight game and how it literally can be a matter of life and death....but it's hard for me to consider that a "worst" moment.

It is notorious, unfortunate, brutal and sad....but none of those things equate "worst" IMHO.

Same with the Benn/McClellan fight.

Same with Lewis-McCall II



As for the Tyson ear bite...kind of surprised it failed to make the list. AND...that fight had WAY too much $$$$ riding on it....there was no way Lane or anybody else ringside was going to stop that fight. In that sense KNOWING it was about money above anything else....even though Lane did operate within the rules....we all know his inital gut reaction was to stop it....and he was talked out of that....so usually when it's a moral issue...gut instinct is the right call....

so despite it being within the rules yet we all KNOW it's real motovation to be continued to go on...I think it does qaulify as a "worst" moment.
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