Melvina Lathan, Chairperson
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September in New York State Boxing History
On September 29, 2001, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins squared off against Felix Trinidad at Madison Square Garden in a matchup that caught the world’s eyes for many reasons. First, the fight would crown the first undisputed middleweight champion since Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1987, as both Hopkins and Trinidad held respective middleweight titles, so the hype had been explosive from the time the bout was first announced. The fight, originally scheduled for Sept. 15, 2001, was the most anticipated event of the boxing year, and due to Hopkins’ taunts and derisive actions against the younger Trinidad, tension was high as fight week began. And then, on the morning of Sept. 11, everything changed as New York City suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history. Suddenly, sports were an afterthought. But as New York and the nation attempted to get back to normal, or at least a semblance thereof, the fight was rescheduled for two weeks later for the 29th, and by the time it got under way, the tension generated by the bout's promotion and the events of the previous two weeks was palpable. In the ring, the old master Hopkins dominated, before finally dropping Trinidad midway through the 12th, at which point the Puerto Rican's father-trainer Felix Sr. entered the ring to stop the fight. Hopkins is still active and his record stands at 53 Wins (32 Knockouts), 6 Defeats (0 knockouts), and 2 Draws.
On September 17, 1950 at New York’s Yankee Stadium, Ezzard Charles retained his World Heavyweight title with a fifteen-round unanimous decision over former world champion and one of the greatest heavyweights ever, the Brown Bomber Joe Louis. Although Charles was officially the World Heavyweight champion at the time (he had held the title since June 21, 1949) of this defense, many boxing fans still viewed Louis, for sentimental reasons, as the real world Heavyweight champion. Charles was recognized universally after defeating Louis. Charles finished his career with 93 Wins (52 Knockouts), 25 Defeats (7 knockouts), and 1 Draw.