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The 1980's

1980

Feb 2 - Salvador Sanchez stops Danny Lopez, 13 rounds, Phoenix, to win WBC featherweight title.

March 16 - Alan Minter defeats Vito Antuofermo, 15 rounds, Tokyo, to win middleweight title

March 31 - Mike Weaver, far behind on points, puts John Tate on his face in the 15th round, Knoxville, to win WBA heavyweight title.

March 31 - Eddie Gregory stops Marvin Johnson, 11 rounds, to win WBA light heavyweight title, Knoxville. Afterward Gregory changes his name to Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.

June 20 - Roberto Duran defeats Ray Leonard, 15 rounds, Montreal, to win WBC welter title.

July 13 - Matthew Saad Muhammad, surviving an incredible beating in the eight round, comes back to floor Yaqui Lopez four times, stopping him in 14 rounds, McAfee, new jersey, to retain WBC light heavyweight title.

Aug 2 - Thomas Hearns destroys Pipino Cuevas, two rounds, Detroit, to win WBA welter title.

Aug 2 - Aaron Pryor KOs Antonio Cervantes, four rounds, Cincinnati, to win WBA jr. welter title.

Sept 19 - Lupe Pintor stops Johnny Owen, 12 rounds, Los Angeles, to retain WBC bantam title. Owen dies from head injuries 45 days later.

Sept 27 - marvin Hagler stops Alan Minter, three rounds, London, to win middleweight title

Oct 2 - Larry Holmes stops Muhammad Ali, 11 rounds, Las Vegas, to retain WBC heavyweight title.

Oct 26 - Former WBA light heavyweight champion Victor Galindez, 31, dies during mishap in auto race, De Mayor, Argentina.

Nov 25 - Ray Leonard makes Roberto Duran quit in their famous "No Mas" rematch, eight rounds, New Orleans.

1981

Jan 11 - Bazooka Limon stops Idelfonso Bethelmy, 15 rounds, to win vacant WBC jr. lightweight title.

April 11- Larry Holmes defeats Trevor Berbick, 15 rounds, Las Vegas, to retain WBC heavyweight title.

April 12 - Former heavyweight champion Joe Louis dies, 66, in Las Vegas.

April 12 - Sean O'Grady defeats Hillmer Kenty, 15 rounds, Atlantic City, to win WBA lightweight title.

May 11 - Gerry Cooney stops Ken Norton, one round, New York..

May 23 - Wilfred Benitez KOs Maurice Hope, 12 rounds, Las Vegas, to retain WBC jr. middleweight title.

June 12 - Larry Holmes stops Leo Spinks, three rounds, Detroit, to retain heavyweight title.

June 20 - Alexis Arguello defeats Jim Watt, 15 rounds, London, to win WBC lightweight title.

July 9 - William (Caveman) Lee gets off canvas to KO John LoCicero, five rounds, Detroit, in "Fight of the Year"

July 18 - Michael Spinks defeats Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, 15 rounds, Las Vegas, to win WBA light heavyweight title.

Aug 21 - Salvador Sanchez KOs previously unbeaten WBC jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Gomez, eight rounds, Las Vegas, to retain WBC featherweight title.

Sept 16 - Ray Leonard, his left eye almost closed, rallies to stop Thomas Hearns, 14 rounds, Las Vegas, to unify welter titles.

Oct 3 - Alexis Arguello stops Ray Mancini, 14 rounds, Atlantic City, to retain WBC lightweight title.

Nov 6 - Larry Holmes gets off the canvas to stop Renaldo Snipes, 11 rounds, Pittsburgh, to retain WBC heavyweight title.

Dec 11 - Muhammad Ali ends career with a decision loss to Trevor Berbick, 10 rounds, Nassau.

Dec 19 - Dwight Braxton stops Matthew Saad Muhammad, 10 rounds, Atlantic City, to win WBC light heavyweight title. Braxton later changes his name to Dwight Muhammad Qawi.

1982

Jan 30 - Wilfred Benitez defeats Roberto Duran, 15 rounds, Las Vegas, to retain WBC jr. middleweight title.

May 8 - Ray Mancinci stops Art Frias, one round, Las Vegas, to win WBA lightweight title.

June 11 - Larry Holmes stops Gerry Cooney, 13 rounds, Las Vegas, to retain WBC heavyweight title.

July 21 - Salvador Sanchez stop Azumah Nelson, 15 rounds, New York, to retain WBC featherweight title.

Aug 12 - WBC featherweight champion, Salvador Sanchez, 23, is killed in auto accident, Mexico City.

Sept 4 - Kirkland Laing upsets Roberto Duran over 10 rounds, Detroit.

Nov 9 - Welter champ Ray Leonard, 25, announces retirement from boxing.

Nov 12 - In one of the decade's greatest fights, Aaron Pryor absorbs Alexis Arguellos' rights to the chin, then come back to stop Arguello, 14 rounds, Miami.

Nov 13 - Ray Mancini stops Deuk-Koo Kim, 14 rounds, Las Vegas, to retain WBA lightweight title. Kim lapses into a coma, dying five days later.

Dec 3 - Wilfredo Gomez stops Lupe Pintor, 14 rounds, New Orleans, to retain WBC jr. featherweight title.

Dec 3 - Thomas Hearns defeats Wilfred Benitez, 15 rounds, to win WBC jr. middleweight title.

Dec 10 - Michael Dokes stops Mike Weaver, one round, Las Vegas, to win WBA heavyweight title.

Dec 11 - Bobby Chacon, down twice, come back to floor Bazooka Limon in the closing seconds to take a 15 round decision, Sacramento, to win WBC jr. lightweight title.

1983

Jan 19 - Roger Mayweather KO Samuel Serrano, eight rounds, to win WBA jr. lightweight title.

Jan 29 - Roberto Duran KOs Pipino Cuevas, four rounds, Los Angeles.

Jan 31 - In the first WBC title fight scheduled for 12 rounds, Rafael Orono KOs Pedro Romero, four rounds, Caracas, to retain WBC jr. bantam title.

March 18 - Michael Spinks defeats Dwight Qawi, 15 rounds, Atlantic City, to unify light heavyweight titles.

May 27 - Marvin Hagler KOs Wilford Scypion, four rounds, Providence, to retain middleweight title. It is the first title bout sanctioned by the USBA/International, soon to be the International boxing Federation (IBF).

May 31 - Former heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey dies at age 87 in New York.

June 16 - Roberto Duran stops Davey Moore, eight rounds, New York, to win WBA jr. middleweight title.

Aug 7 - Hector Camacho stops Bazooka Limon, five rounds, San Juan, to win vacant WBC jr. lightweight title

Sept 1- Albert Davila stops Kiko Bejines, 12 rounds, Los Angeles, to win vacant WBC bantam title. Bejines dies of head injuries three days later.

Sept 9 - Aaron Pryor stops Alexis Arguello, 10 rounds, Las Vegas, to retain WBA jr. welter title.

Nov 10 - Marvin Hagler defeats Roberto Duran, 15 rounds, Las Vegas, to retain middleweight title.

1984

Jan 14 - Ray Mancini stops Bobby Chacon, three rounds, Reno, to retain WBA lightweight title.

March 9 - Tim Witherspoon defeats Greg Page, 2 rounds, Las Vegas, to win vacant WBA heavyweight title

March 31 - Wilfredo Gomez defeats Juan LaPorte, 12 rounds, Hato Rey, P.R., to win WBC featherweight title.

May 11 - Ray Leonard, floored for the first time in his career, gets up to stop Kevin Howard, nine rounds, Worcester, Mass, then promptly re-retires.

June 1 - Livingstone Bramble stops Ray Mancini, 14 rounds, Buffalo, to win WBA lightweight title.

June 15 - Thomas Hearns scores one of the most stunning KOs in ring history, flattening Roberto Duran, two rounds, Las Vegas , to retain WBC jr. middleweight title.

Aug 31 - Pinklon Thomas defeats Tim Witherspoon, 12 rounds, Las Vegas, to win WBC heavyweight title.

Sept 13 - Julio Cesar Chavez stops Mario Martinez, eight rounds, Los Angeles, to win vacant WBC jr. middleweight title.

Oct 19 - Mike McCallum defeats Sean Mannion, 15 rounds, to win vacant WBA jr. middleweight title, new York.

Nov 9 - Larry Holmes stops Bonecrusher Smith, 12 rounds, Las Vegas, t retain IBF heavyweight title.

Dec 1 - Greg Page KOs Gerrie Coetzee, eight rounds, Sun City, to win WBA heavyweight title.

Dec 8 - Azumah Nelson KOs Wilfredo Gomez, 11 rounds, San Juan, to win WBC featherweight title.

1985

March 23 - Mike Tyson turns pro with a first round KO of Hector Mercedes, Albany , New York.

April 15 - Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns explode at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. after the greatest first round in recent history, the two unloading nothing but heavy artillery, Hagler bleeding badly from a cut over the right eye, stops Hearns in the third round to retain middleweight title.

April 26 - Jeff Fenech stops Satoshi Shingaki, nine rounds, Moore Park, Australia, to win IBF bantam title.

April 29 - Tony Tubbs defeats Greg Page, 15 rounds, Buffalo, to win WBA heavyweight title.

May 4 - Daniel Zaragoza defeats Freddie jackson, DQ, seven rounds, Oranjestad, Aruba, to win vacant WBC bantam title.

May 19 - Wilfredo Gomez wins holy-disputed 15 round split decision from Rocky Lockridge, Hato rey, P.R., to win WBA jr. lightweight title.

May 20 - Larry Holmes defeats Carl Williams, 15 rounds, Reno, to retain IBF heavyweight title.

July 7 - Julio Cesar Chavez stops Roger mayweather, two rounds, Las Vegas, to retain WBC jr. lightweight title.

July 27 - Dwight Qawi stops Piet Crous, 11 rounds, Sun city, to win WBA cruiser title.

Aug 10 - Hector Camacho defeats Jose Luis Ramirez, 12 rounds, Las Vegas, to win WBC lightweight title.

Aug 18 - Lupe Pintor defeats Juan Meza, 12 rounds, Mexico City, to win WBC junior featherweight title.

Sept 21 - Michael Spinks becomes the first light heavyweight champion to dethrone a reigning heavyweight champion by defeating Larry Holmes, 15 rounds, Las Vegas, for the IBF heavyweight title.

Dec 6 - Donald Curry KOs Milton McCory, two rounds, to unify the welterweight titles.

1986

Jan 17 - Tim Witherspoon defeats Tony Tubbs, 15 rounds, Atlanta, to win WBA heavyweight title.

March 10 - Marvin Hagler KOs John Mugabi, 1 rounds, Las Vegas.

March 22 - Dwight Qawi stops Leon Spinks, six rounds, Reno to retain WBA cruiser title.

April 19 - Michael Spinks defeats Larry Holmes, 15 rounds, Las Vegas, to retain IBF heavyweight title.

July 12 - Evander Holyfield outduels Dwight Qawi, 15 rounds, Atlanta, to win WBA cruiser title.

Aug 23 - Mike McCallum stops Julian Jackson, two rounds, Miami Beach, to retain WBA jr. middleweight title.

Sept 26 - Bobby Czyz stops Slobodan Kacar five rounds, to win IBF light heavyweight title, Las Vegas.

Sept 27 - Lloyd Honeygram shocks Donald Curry, stopping him after six rounds, to win welter title, Atlantic City.

Nov 22 - Mike Tyson, 20, becomes the youngest heavyweight champion in ring history by stopping Trevor Berbick, two rounds, Las Vegas, to win WBC heavyweight title.

Dec 5 - Greg Haugen defeats Jimmy Paul, 15 rounds, to win IBF lightweight title, Las Vegas.

Dec 12 - Bonecrusher Smith stops Tim Witherspoon, one round, New York, to win WBA heavyweight title.

1987

Feb 6 - mark Breland KOs Harold Volbrecht, seven rounds, Atlantic City, to win vacant WBA welter title.

March 7 - Mike Tyson defeats Bonecrusher Smith, 12 rounds, LAS Vegas, to unify WBC/WBA heavyweight titles.

March 7 - Thomas Hearns stops Dennis Andries, 10 rounds, Detroit, to win WBC light heavyweight title.

March 9 - George Foreman ends a 10 year retirement by stopping Steve Zouski, four rounds , Sacramento.

April 6 - Ray Leonard in his first fight in nearly three years, takes a split decision victory from Marvin Hagler, 12 rounds, Las Vegas, to win WBC middleweight title.

May 8 - Jeff fenech KOs Smart Payakaroon, four rounds, Sydney, to win WBC jr. feather weight title.

May 15 - Evander Holyfield stops Rickey Parkey, three rounds, LAS Vegas to unify WBA/IBF cruiser titles.

May 30 - Tony Tucker stops Buster Douglas, 10 rounds, to win vacant IBF title, Las Vegas.

June 7 - Vinny Pazienza defeats Greg Haugen , 15 rounds, Providence, to win IBF lightweight title.

June 27 - Michael Spinks stops Gerry Cooney, five rounds, Atlantic City.

July 18 - Mike McCallum loses the first four rounds, then flattens Donald Curry with one left hook to the jaw, five rounds, Las Vegas, to retain WBA jr. middleweight title.

Aug 1 - Mike Tyson defeats Tony Tucker, 12 rounds, Las Vegas, to unify the heavyweight division.

Sept 5 - Virgil Hill stops Leslie Stewart, four rounds, Atlantic City, to win WBA light heavy title.

Oct 29 - Thomas Hearns KOs Juan Roldan, four rounds, Las Vegas, to win vacant WBC middleweight title. The victory gives Hearns a fourth world title in different weight divisions.

Oct 29 - Prince Charles Williams down in the first and second, comes back to stop Bobby Czyz, nine rounds, to win IBF light heavyweight title, Las Vegas.

Nov 21 - Julian Jackson stops In Chul Baek, three rounds, Las Vegas, to win vacant WBA jr. middleweight title.

Nov 21 - Julio Cesar Chavez stops Edwin Rosario, 11 rounds, Las Vegas, to win WBA lightweight title.

1988

Jan 22 - Mike Tyson KOs Larry Holmes, four rounds, Atlantic City, to retain heavyweight title.

Feb 14 - Buddy McGirt stops Frankie Warren, 12 rounds, Corpus Cristi, to win vacant IBF junior welter title.

Feb 29 - Azumah Nelson defeats Mario Martinez, 12 rounds, Inglewood, to win vacant WBC junior lightweight title.

March 7 - Jeff Fenech stops Victor Callejas, 10 rounds, Sydney, to win vacant WBC featherweight title.

April 9 - Evander Holyfield stops Carlos DeLeon to unify cruiser division, Las Vegas.

April 23 - Simon Brown stops Tyrone Trice, 14 rounds, France, to win vacant IBF welter title.

June 6 - Iran Barkley takes a beating for two rounds, then roars out to floor and stop Thomas Hearns, three rounds, Las Vegas, to win WBC middleweight title.

June 27 - Mike Tyson flattens Michael Spinks, one round, Atlantic City, to retain heavyweight title.

July 28 - Michael Nunn stops Frank Tate, nine rounds, Las Vegas, to win IBF middleweight title.

Aug 4 - Jorge Paez floors Calvin Grove three times in the final round, then settles for a 15 round majority decision, Mexicali, to win IBF featherweight title.

Aug 29 - In the last IBF title fights cheduled for 15 rounds, Samuth Sithnarvepol defeats In Kyu Hwang, 15 rounds, Bangkok, to retain IBF strawweight title.

Sept 3 - Meldrick Taylor stops Buddy McGirt, 12 rounds, Atlantic City, to win IBF jr. welter title.

Oct 29 - Julio Cesar Chavez wins 11 round technical decision from Jose Luis Ramirez, Las Vegas, to unify WBC/WBA lightweight titles.

Nov 7 - Ray Leonard knocks out Donny Lalonde, nine rounds, Las Vegas, to win both WBC super middleweight and light heavyweight titles

Nov 7 - Roger Mayweather defeats Vinny Pazienza, 12 rounds, to retain WBC jr. welter title, Las Vegas.

1989

Feb 4 - Mark Breland KOs Seung Soon Lee, one round, Las Vegas, to win vacant WBA welter title.

Feb 18 - Pernell Whitaker defeats Greg Haugen, 12 rounds, to win WBC middleweight title, his fourth division title.

feb 24 - Roberto Duran defeats Iran Barkley, 12 rounds, Atlantic City, to win WBC middleweight title, his fourth division title.

March 6 - Hector Camacho defeats Ray Mancini, 12 rounds, Reno, to win vacant WBO jr. welter title

April 12 - Former five time middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson dies, age 67, Culver City, calif.

May 13 - Julio Cesar Chavez stops Roger Mayweather, 10 rounds, Inglewood, to win WBC jr. welter title.

June 12 - Ray Leonard draws with Thomas Hearns, 12 rounds, Las Vegas, to retain WBC super middleweight title.

July 8 - John Muhabi stops Rene Jacquot, one round, Cergy-Pointoise, France, to win WBC jr. middleweight title.

July 30 - Julian Jackson stops Terry Norris, two rounds, Atlantic City, to retain heavyweight title.

Aug 20 - Pernell Whitaker defeats Jose Luis Ramirez, 12 rounds, Norfolk, VA, to unify, IBF/WBC lightweight titles.

Dec 7 - ray Leonard defeats Roberto Duran, 12 rounds, Las Vegas, to retain, WBC super middleweight title.


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