On this day 22 June 1986 (Exactly 33 years ago) Azumah Nelson successfully defended his World Boxing Council featherweight title , knocking out Danilo Cabrera in the 10th round at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan
Nelson, then 24-1 with 19 knockouts, landed a right to Cabrera’s chin with 29 seconds left in the round to record his fourth title defense. Cabrera was a late replacement for Juan LaPorte of Purto Rico, a former division champion, who withdrew from the the scheduled 12-round bout a week before citing a rib injury.
Nelson, a then 28-year-old from Ghana, weighed 126 pounds. Cabrera, from the Dominican Republic, weighed 125, and dropped to 24-3-1.
On this day 22 June 1980 (Exactly 39 years ago) Horst Hrubesch scored a double as West Germany beat Belgium 2-1 to win their second European Cup at the Stadio Olympico in Rome.
They seemed in dominant mood and Horst Hrubesch settled any nerves with an early goal, but Belgium were to draw level when Rene Vandereycken converted a penalty.
Hrubesch flicked home a header with two minutes remaining, though, and that brought another European Championship victory for West Germany.
After losing the 1976 final to Czechoslovakia on penalties, West Germany were determined to put things right in Italy. A side boasting soon-to-be-crowned European Footballer of the Year Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Karlheinz Föster and Hansi Müller avenged that defeat in the group stage. Among the contenders – whose number had risen from four to eight teams – were 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cup finalists the Netherlands, England and a solid Italy side hoping to win on home soil for the second time in 12 years. But this was to be West Germany’s – and Horst Hrubesch’s – tournament.
Germany : Herald Schumacher, Manfref Karltz, Karlheinz Forster, Uli Stielike, Bernhard Dietz (C), Bernd Schuster, Hans – Peter Briegel (Bernhard Cullmann), Hansi Muller, Horst Hrubesch, Klaus Allofs , Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Manager : Jupp Derwall
Belgium : Jean -Marie Pfaf, Eric Greets, Luc Millecamps, Walter Meeuws, Michel Renquin, Wilfred Van Moer, Rene Vandereycken, Julien Cools (C), Raymond Mommens, Francis Van Der Elst, Jan Ceulemans.
Manager : Guy Thys
Referee :Nocolae Rainea (Romania)
Winners: West Germany
NB: This was the last European Championship with a third place play-off.
On this day 22 June 1937 (Exactly 82 years ago) Joe Louis KO James J Braddock in round 8 for his first heavyweight boxing title in significant moment in African American sporting history
James J. Braddock won the World Heavyweight Championship from Max Baer on June 13, 1935. Baer, a lethal puncher, was a 10-1 betting favorite.
Former champion Max Schmeling, who knocked out Joe Louis on June 19, 1936, was scheduled to fight Braddock for the championship on September 26, 1936. However, Braddock withdrew from the fight on August 18 due to a hand injury.
Braddock and Louis signed to fight at Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox, on June 22, 1937. Promoter Mike Jacobs, who represented Louis, convinced Braddock to fight Louis instead of Schmeling.
Jacobs guaranteed Braddock a purse of $300,000 and ten percent of the promoter’s net profits from promoting Louis over the next decade.
One minute into the first round, Braddock and Louis started to exchange punches, and Braddock dropped Louis with a right uppercut to the chin. Louis got up quickly and went on to dominate the rest of the bout.
Due to severe bleeding and a badly swollen face, Braddock’s manager, Joe Gould, wanted to stop the bout between rounds seven and eight, but Braddock convinced Gould to let him go on.
In round eight, Louis threw a left to the body and followed with a hard right to the chin that put Braddock down. While Braddock laid lifelessly on the canvas, the referee counted him out at 1:10 of the round.
Braddock later said, “When he hit me with that left-right combination, I could’ve stayed down on the canvas for three weeks.”
Entering the fight against Louis, Braddock had been knocked down just twice, and he got up each time to win. Louis was the only person who managed to put him down for the referee’s count of ten.
Louis held the title for twelve years and defended it twenty-five times, both records for all weight divisions
On this day 22 June 1938 (Exactly 81 years ago) Joe Louis scored a stunning 1st round KO of German Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
The Louis-Schmeling rematch came on June 22, 1938 – one year from the day Louis had won the world Heavyweight title. The fighters met once again in a sold-out Yankee Stadium in New York City.
Schmeling came out of his corner trying to utilize the same style that got him the victory in their first fight, with a straight-standing posture and his left hand prepared to begin jabbing.
Louis’ strategy, however, had been to get the fight over early. Prior to the fight he mentioned to his trainer Jack “Chappie” Blackburn that he would devote all his energy to the first three rounds, and even told sportswriter Jimmy Cannon that he predicted a knockout in one.
After only a few seconds of feinting, Louis unleashed a tireless barrage on Schmeling.
Referee Arthur Donovan stopped action for the first time just over one minute and a half into the fight after Louis connected on five left hooks and a body blow to Schmeling’s lower left which had him audibly crying in pain.
After sending Louis briefly to his corner, Donovan quickly resumed action, after which Louis went on the attack again, immediately felling the German with a right hook to the face. Schmeling went down this time, arising on the count of three.
Louis then resumed his barrage, this time focusing on Schmeling’s head. After connecting on three clean shots to Schmeling’s jaw, the German fell to the canvas again, arising at the count of two.
With Schmeling having few defenses left at this point, Louis connected at will, sending Schmeling to the canvas for the third time in short order, this time near the ring’s centre.
Schmeling’s cornerman Max Machon threw a towel in the ring – although under New York state rules, this did not actually end the fight.
Machon was therefore forced to enter the ring at the count of eight, at which point Donovan had already declared the fight over. Louis was the winner and world Heavyweight champion, by a technical knockout, two minutes and four seconds into the first round. In all, Louis had thrown 41 punches in the fight, 31 of which landed solidly.
Schmeling, by contrast, had been able to throw only two punches. Soundly defeated, Schmeling had to be admitted to Polyclinic Hospital for ten days. During his stay, it was discovered that Louis had cracked several vertebrae in Schmeling’s back.
On this day 22 June 1979 (Exactly 40 years ago) Larry Holmes TKO Mike Weaver in round 12 to retain his WBC heavyweight boxing title at the Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
On this day 22 June 1996 (Exactly 23 years ago) Michael Moorer beat Axel Shultz by split decision for the vacant IBF heavyweight boxing title at the Germany Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany.
STORY: GEORGE MAHAMAH