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June in New York State
On June 1, 1984, in Buffalo, NY's Memorial Auditorium, Livingston Bramble knocked out Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini in the 14th round of their scheduled 15-rounder to win the WBA World Lightweight Title. On the same card, Gene Hatcher knocked out Johnny "Bump City" Bumphus in the 11th round to win the WBA World Super Lightweight Title.
On June 2, 1958, at St. Nicholas Arena in New York City, Emile Griffith made his pro debut with a fourth-round knockout of Joe Parham.
On June 6, 1953, at the War Memorial Auditorium in Syracuse, NY, Canastota, NY's-own Carmen "The Upstate Onion Farmer" Basilio earned a split-decision victory over New York City's Billy Graham to win the USA New York State Welterweight Title.
On June 6, 2015, WBC World Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto defended his title with a fourth-round TKO of challenger Daniel Geale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
On June 7, 1905, James J. Braddock was born in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City. Braddock, the world heavyweight champion from 1935 to 1937, fought a total of 31 times in his home state of New York and finished his career with a record of 46 wins (26 by KO), 24 losses and four draws.
On June 8, 1989, The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York officially opens.
On June 16, 1983, Roberto "Manos de Piedra" ("Hands of Stone") Duran celebrated his 32nd birthday by knocking out Davey Moore in the eighth round at Madison Square Garden to win the WBA World Super Welterweight Title. This was Duran's third world title in as many divisions. He was previously the World Lightweight Champion from 1972-1979 and the World Welterweight Champion in 1980. Duran, whose career record was 103 wins (70 by KO) against 16 losses, fought a total of nine times in the Empire State, including Long Island and Buffalo on top of his various Garden appearances. Considered one of the greatest to ever step in the ring, Duran never shied away from fighting the best opponents of his era, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Wilfred Benitez, Pipino Cuevas, "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Hector "Macho" Camacho.
On June 20, 1960, Floyd Patterson knocked out Sweden's Ingemar Johansson in the fifth round at the Polo Grounds to become the first man in history to regain the undisputed world heavyweight title. Johansson hit the canvas hard, seemingly out before he landed flat on his back. With his glazed eyes, his jaw bruised, and his left foot quivering, he was counted out. Johansson lay unconscious for five minutes before he was helped onto a stool. This was the second bout of the epic trilogy between the two warriors. In their first fight, Johansson beat Patterson on June 26, 1959, at Yankee Stadium with referee Ruby Goldstein stopping the bout in the third round, after Johansson repeatedly knocked Patterson down seven times. That night, Johansson made history by becoming Sweden's first world heavyweight champion, thus becoming a national hero as the first European to defeat an American for the title since 1933. Patterson went on to win the rubber match between the two in 1961 by knocking out Johansson in the sixth round. Patterson finished with a career record of 55 wins (40 by KO), eight losses and one draw. Johansson finished his career with 26 wins (17 KO's) against two losses, both To Patterson.
On June 24, 1952, at Yankee Stadium in 104 degree weather, Sugar Ray Robinson suffers from heat exhaustion and loses by knockout for the only time in his illustrious career, when Dr. Alexander I. Schiff orders the fight stopped after the 13th round of his bout against World Light Heavyweight Champion Joey Maxim. Both Robinson and referee Ruby Goldstein had to be hospitalized after the bout due to the heat, and Goldstein actually had to be replaced by Ray Miller in round 10 for the remainder of the fight. Joey Maxim had 82 Wins (21 Knockouts), 29 Defeats (1 knockouts), 4 Draws in his career and fought a total of 10 times in New York State, including in Rochester, Buffalo, Brooklyn, Manhattan and The Bronx.
On June 29, 1972, Robert "Manos de Piedra" Duran defeated Ken "The Fighting Carpenter" Buchanan via a 13th round TKO at Madison Square Garden to win the WBA Lightweight Title, the first of many championships in various weight classes for the Panamanian brawler. Widely considered to be one of the most controversial bouts in the history of the sport, Duran was a 2-to-1 underdog coming into the match against the Scottish champion. The challenger, whose nickname translates into "Hands of Stone," dropped Buchanan just fifteen seconds into the opening round and battered him throughout the bout. He was well ahead of the champion on all three judge's cards as the bell rang to end the 13th round, at which time Duran (apparently not hearing the bell due to crowd noise and the heat of the moment) continued to throw a couple of extra punches as Buchanan lay on the ropes and delivered a supposed low blow (others state referee Tommy LoBianco altered the direction of Duran's right arm as the punch was being thrown). Regardless, LoBianco stopped the bout when Buchanan did not answer the bell for round 14. Buchanan finished his career with a record of 68 wins (27 by KO) against eight losses. Duran, whose career record was 103 wins (70 by KO) against 16 losses, fought a total of nine times in the Empire State, including Long Island and Buffalo on top of his various Garden appearances. Considered one of the greatest to ever step in the ring, Duran never shied away from fighting the best opponents of his era, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Wilfred Benitez, Pipino Cuevas, "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Hector "Macho" Camacho.
On June 30, 1966, "Iron" Mike Tyson was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them. He fought a total of 17 times in the Empire State and accumulated a record of 50 wins (44 by KO) against six losses.
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